Cornerback prospects with the size and skill set of Class of 2015 cornerback Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) are rare. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that the LSU commit has ascended to No. 1 overall in the most recent update of the 247Sports Composite Rankings for the next cycle.
Kevin Toliver II, an LSU cornerback commit, is the new No. 1 overall prospect for the Class of 2015.
The 247Sports Composite is a proprietary algorithm that compiles rankings and ratings listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services, creating the industry's most comprehensive and unbiased prospect and team rankings.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Toliver has elite coverage skills and also is physical in run support. There has been a run the past few cycles on elite cornerback prospects, but Toliver could end up being the most decorated since Patrick Peterson came out of Ely High in Pompano Beach, Fla., and subsequently went on to star at LSU, during the 2008 cycle.
-Cornerback Garrett Taylor (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s) is No. 98 overall, vaulting up 68 spots. He’s the highest mover within the top 100 prospects. Stanford is the early team to beat with 100 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. North Carolina and Notre Dame also are in the mix.
-Running back Larry Scott (Hubbard, Ohio) is No. 95 overall, skyrocketing up 52 spots. There’s no doubt that from a talent perspective, Scott is one of the top running back prospects in the Midwest, if not the country, for the 2015 cycle. Ohio State is currently trending at 92 percent according to Crystal Ball and if the Buckeyes make a push, they will be tough to beat. West Virginia is also an early player.
-Quarterback Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas) moved up to No. 48 overall, a jump of 42 spots. Stidham now has a year of varsity experience under his belt and was outstanding this past season. Baylor is the 87 percent pick on Crystal Ball.
-Running back Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) shot up to No. 74 overall, a move of 37 spots. Patrick, an early selection for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, was dominant this season at times. Florida State is the early team to beat, but watch out for Florida and Michigan. In fact, the Gators have 50 percent of the handful of Crystal Ball predictions to date.
-Wide receiver/athlete Stanley Norman (Culver City, Calif.) is No. 93 overall, vaulting 35 spots. Pound-for-pound, Norman is one of the top high school football players in the country. UCLA has the early edge over a host of suitors with the only Crystal Ball pick so far.
-Athlete Jerome Baker (Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine) moved up to No. 54 overall, jumping 31 spots. Baker projects best at linebacker in college and is a great athlete. Ohio State is the overwhelming early favorite to land him according to the Crystal Ball, which has 25 predictions- all for the Buckeyes.
-Outside linebacker Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) moved up to No. 34 overall, a jump of 25 spots. Iowa, which landed his brother in this cycle, is the favorite at 55 percent, according to Crystal Ball, with Michigan also garnering predictions.
-Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (Suffield, Conn./Suffield Academy) moved up to No. 53 overall, climbing 19 spots. Wilkins has more than 20 early offers and there’s no lead group currently or Crystal Ball predictions for the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder.
-Defensive tackle Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra) moved up to No. 18 overall, a move of 17 spots. Many coaches believe that the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Green does not even realize how talented he is yet- which equals plenty of upside- which equals a national-level offer list. USC has 100 percent of the current Crystal Ball predictions
-Defensive end Byron Cowart (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) moved up to No. 40 overall, a jump of 17 spots. Cowart is one of the more physically-gifted defensive end prospects in this class and has a host of offers. Florida has always been considered the heavy favorite and despite the Gators’ disappointing season, they are a 90 percent pick on Crystal Ball.
-Defensive back Tarvarus McFadden (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage) moved up to No. 64 overall, jumping 16 spots. McFadden is a taller cornerback in high school (6-foot-2.5, 180 pounds), but may project better as a safety if he can handle the run game. Crystal Ball currently only has two picks, one each for LSU and Clemson.
-Offensive tackle Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./University School) is now No. 85 overall, climbing 12 spots. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Richmond had an excellent junior campaign and is going to be one of the more heavily-recruited prospects in the mid-south for the 2015 cycle. Currently, Crystal Ball has Ohio State with 54 percent with Tennessee at 46.
-Cornerback Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) is No. 88 overall, moving up 11 spots. Crawford is committed to Michigan and is an excellent player for his size.
-Defensive end/outside linebacker Natrez Patrick (Atlanta, Ga./Mays) moved up to No. 43 overall, a move of 10 spots. Patrick is a player that brings his lunchpail to the field, but also is a very gifted athlete- an elite combination. Currently, Georgia is the overwhelming favorite to land the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder with 100 percent of the current Crystal Ball predictions.
-Offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen (Tampa, Fla./Plant) is now No. 83 overall, a jump of 10 spots. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection has dozens of offers. His father played at Alabama and currently the Crystal Ball predicts the Crimson Tide at 82 percent.
-Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peters Prep) moved up to No . 32 overall, a move of nine spots. Fitzpatrick is a talented taller cornerback who plays for one of the top talent-producing programs in northern Jersey. South Carolina has the early majority of Crystal Ball predictions with 60 percent to Ohio State’s 40 percent.
-Running back Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas) moved to No. 68 overall, a jump of nine spots. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder has had an outstanding junior season. He is committed to Texas A&M.
-Linebacker Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) moved up to No. 15 overall, a jump of eight spots. Jefferson is the top overall prospect in the Lone Star State for the 2015 cycle. 247Sports Crystal Ball predicts Texas A&M at 65 percent.