In the latest release of the class of 2014 Top247, two more five-stars have been added along with a number of big movers. As is seemingly always the case, difference-maker pass rushing prospects are at a premium with two of the nation’s best making ascending moves to the top of the class.
Defensive end Lorenzo Carter is now the No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.
Though there were dozens of moves, here's a look at the five most noteworthy.
Lorenzo Carter, WDE, Norcross (Ga.)
We’ve known for some time that Carter was a tremendous athlete, but it was his junior season film and several in-person evaluations by our team that caused him to ascend rapidly to his lofty position at No. 3 overall, a numerical grade of 100 and a five-star rating. The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Carter has special quickness and instincts and the type of frame that could see him make millions of dollars in the NFL one day. As good as he is now, he can be even better and since rankings are projections, we project him very high. Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida and a host of other programs have offered recently.
John Smith, S, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Smith had a brilliant junior campaign for Los Angeles-area power Poly and is dynamic on film on both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder likely projects long-term as a safety (a loaded position in the 2014 cycle), and plays fast and physical on the defensive side of the ball. He’s a playmaker for Poly on offense as well and has the explosiveness to be a big-play threat offensively. One view of his junior film and we were sold that Smith is a special prospect. UCLA, Washington and Fresno State are his early offers, but there is surely more to come.
Lorenzo Featherston, DE, Greensboro (N.C.) Page
Similar to Carter, Featherston has a tremendous frame. He posted a confirmed 38-inch vertical leap at a Nike Combine last spring and had a big season on the field for his high school. Also impressive is his ability at 6-foot-7, 215 pounds to slide inside and battle interior offensive linemen. Featherson is just starting to be noticed in terms of recruiting, but Clemson, North Carolina and Tennessee have already moved in with offers.
Marshon Lattimore, ATH, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville
The latest dynamic athlete from Glenville is a big-time playmaker. While we aren’t sure long-term what position he will play (best guess here is corner), it’s clear from watching him on film that he has the raw ability to be elite. Lattimore enters the Top247 with a numerical rating of 97, which equates to a high four star. Ohio State has a pipeline to Glenville and the Buckeyes have offered early and should be considered the team to beat at this stage.