For most high school programs around the country, fall practice has begun.
Jameis Winston moved up to the No. 4 spot in the country following a terrific Elite 11.
But before the season officially kicks off, 247Sports has used spring practices, camps, combines, 7-on-7s and additional film evaluation to formulate the preseason update of the Top 100 and the Top 247.
Thursday will mark the release of the full Top 247, but first Wednesday’s Top 100 release features plenty of big risers - including a few major changes to the five-star pool.
Collins made the most aggressive jump into the group by scaling from No. 53 all the way to the No. 6 player in the country. If anyone has earned it, Collins has. Not only does Collins have great film and good size, but he showed elite athleticism at Nike’s The Opening. Collins won the combine MVP with incredible testing numbers (4.42 40, 4.27 shuttle, 43 inch vertical, 43 foot powerball toss). He then topped it with an MVP performance in the 7-on-7 portion of the camp.
Spence’s move was less drastic but perhaps more overdue. National recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt has liked Spence for some time, and saw enough this spring to put give him the five-star nod.
“Spence was one we undervalued initially because we had not seen him in person,” Shurburtt said. “After seeing him and combining that with what we saw on film, he’s one of the elite defensive line prospects in the country. I’ve also met Noah and his father - who played college football at North Carolina State - and they’re both quality individuals, meaning Noah has a low-bust factor in terms of being derailed by off-the-field issues or lack of desire to be great.”
Similarly, Brown had already drawn plenty of unanimous praise for his junior film but his spring gave him the added push to five-star status.
Noah Spence makes his five-star debut.
“As a team, we all voted unanimously that Malcom Brown moved to five-star status,” said national analyst Gerry Hamilton. “The reason is simple: he has special athletic ability at the defensive tackle position. Brown has rare quickness, lateral agility and natural strength for a 292-pound player and continues to mature mentally.”
Alternatively, Pike struggled a bit this spring and summer. He’s shown inconsistencies as a passer. Despite his plethora of tools and potential, the Auburn commit is just too raw at this point to consider a five-star lock. Collectively, 247Sports remains optimistic about the upside and future for Pike and we love his passion to compete. However, at the five-star level there’s little room for error.
The other big mover within the five-star ranks was quarterback Jameis Winston. His dominating performance at the Elite 11 camp was enough to earn him the nod as the top quarterback in the country. The recent Florida State commit also became one of four prospects with a 100 rating.
While offensive line, linebackers and running backs sometimes have trouble showcasing their skills in the camp season, quarterbacks get plenty of opportunities to display their arms and skill sets. With more 7-on-7s than ever, and one of the most physically and mentally challenging Elite 11 camps we’ve seen, there was plenty of movement among the quarterback ranks.
One of the big movers was BYU commit Tanner Mangum.
Despite hailing from Eagle, Idaho, Mangum looked ready for the big-time when lined up alongside 23 of the top quarterbacks in the country at the Elite 11. His play was impossible to ignore in all five days there, as well as at The Opening in Oregon. Mangum jumped from outside the Top247 all the way up to No. 36 nationally.
Another big move came from Zach Kline, who moved up more than 80 spots to No. 70 nationally. National analyst Steve Wiltfong observed Kline for five days at the Elite 11.
Travis Wilson may have as much NFL potential as any quarterback in this year's class.
“I don't think there's any question Zach Kline has the strongest arm in America,” Wiltfong said. “He's got a little Brett Favre in him with that gunslinger mentality. He believes he can complete any throw, and a lot of times he does. He's obviously not short on confidence and has all the things you look for in a leader for your football team.”
Not far behind Kline, Utah commit Travis Wilson jumped more than 90 spots into a No. 75 ranking.
“I’m not sure there is another quarterback in the country with the NFL upside of a Travis Wilson,” said Wiltfong. “By the time he fills out physically and leaves Utah, he's going to have the look of an NFL quarterback. He's got game, too. He's not flashy, but he can make all the throws, shows good pocket presence and - most importantly - is consistent.”
A family move
Cousins Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry are making a habit of doing a lot of things together. First, they committed to Notre Dame together. Now, the Irish commitments have made dramatic moves up the rankings.
Greenberry has family bragging rights for now. He jumped from No. 209 all the way up to No. 42, but his cousin doesn’t have far to go to overtake him. Shepard jumped from No. 145 to No. 46 in the rankings.
Greenberry and Shepard have demonstrated the rare physicality that can separate a player on the next level. Neither has shied away from competition, putting on some of the most impressive offseason performances that we’ve seen at any position.
- Oregon State fans have plenty to be excited about in the commitment out of Isaac Seumalo. The versatile two-way lineman has been as physical and consistent as any prospect in the country this spring and summer. In fact, his performances earned him a leap from No. 134 all the way to within five-star striking distance at No. 29.
- All three of the Big 3 in Florida got some good news with the latest rankings update. Miami fans can take comfort in a big move by Duke Johnson, one of the most elusive backs in America. Johnson landed at No. 35 after previously being No. 179. Florida commitment Mike Davis makes his debut in the Top100 at No. 85, and Florida State defensive end Chris Casher inched closer to five-star status at No. 31.