With events like “The Opening”, the Elite 11, Girdiron Kings, Prodigy Camp and more, the month of July is important in terms of prospect evaluations. With that, we offer a pre-July “rework” of the Top247, with the idea that this list will change a bit between now and the start of preseason camp in August with comments from 247Sports National Analysts Gerry Hamilton and JC Shurburtt.
Oregon running back commit Thomas Tyner is still among the top 35 prospects in the country for the Class of 2013.
Here’s a look at some of the moves.
The first move of note was Oregon running back commit Thomas Tyner sliding out of five-star status.
“After continued review, we just don’t believe Tyner is a five-star back. We continue to really like his one cut, homerun speed, however,” Hamilton said.
Penn State tight end commit Adam Breneman dropped slightly after suffering a knee injury that will keep him sidelined this year.
“Breneman suffered a tough luck knee injury recently that will keep him out of his senior season. That coupled with the moves up by others led to his minor descent,” Hamilton said.
Athlete Ricky Seals-Jones moved into the top 30 nationally.
“While we don’t believe Seals-Jones will play wide receiver long term, there is no denying he is one of the top pound for pound prospects in the class. His athleticism, versatility and physicality are among the best in the class,” Hamilton said.
Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes moves on the cusp of five-star status.
“Quickness is an extremely important attribute when you are talking about a 310-pound defensive tackle and at the Eugene Nike Camp, Vanderdoes showed just that. Outside of Montravius Adams, there may not be a quicker defensive tackle off the ball in this class,” Shurburtt said.
Ohio State quarterback commit JT Barrett dropped slightly, but it was more of a case of others moving ahead.
“Barrett moved down slightly, but his move is more of the continued climb of Christian Hackenberg at the quarterback position, and the rise of others. Barrett remains our top dual-threat signal caller in the class,” Hamilton said.
Penn State quarterback commit Christian Hackenberg moved on the cusp of five-star status after an outstanding showing at the Las Vegas Elite 11, which reinforced the notion that he’s one of the top signal callers in a class that is fairly deep at that position.
“Hackenberg continues to ascend in our minds, and may be the best pure talent of any pro-style quarterback in the class. The more we see of the future Penn State signal caller, the more we think he will climb,” Hamilton said.
Baylor receiver commit Robbie Rhodes continued his rise in the national rankings.
“The biggest mover in the state of Texas in recent months, Rhodes is one of the most explosive prospects in the country. The recent Baylor commitment not only has exceptional burst off the line of scrimmage, and vertical speed, but he has shown to be as competitive as any when the ball is in the air,”
Notre Dame offensive tackle commit Hunter Bivin impressed scouts at the recent IFAF 19-U World Championships in Austin, Texas, and moved up toward the top 50 nationally.
“Bivin has been the best prospect in recent days in Austin at the USA football event. Bivin first caught our attention at a January combine, and only continues to ascend in our minds,” Hamilton said.
Taquan Mizzell vaults into the top 100 after several impressive camp showings.
“Mizzell was tough to tag at the recent NLA National Championships in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has impressed in every camp setting he’s been in,” Shurburtt said.
Florida receiver commit Rodney Adams is a player that we’ve always liked and his showing in Austin just reinforced that in our minds, so he moved into the Top247. If he were not committed to the Gators, several big-time programs that do not normally recruit the Sunshine State, have privately said that they would be “all over” Adams.
“Like Bivin, Adams has been a team USA standout in recent days featuring a fluidity and ability to stick the foot in the ground and accelerate that has impressed,” Hamilton said.
LSU commit Tre’Davious White continued to ascend and is near the top 100 for the 2013 class. He stood out at the IMG National 7-on-7 in Bradenton, Fla., last week.
“White has been a big mover in recent months and continues after a very strong showing last weekend in Bradenton. A big corner with quick feet and turn and run speed, White is expected to continue his rise,” Hamilton said.
-Wisconsin defensive end commit Chikwe Obasih made his debut in the Top247.
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