A big jump for a cornerback and a number of additions highlight the most recent update of the Class of 2014 Top247. Evaluation is a constant process at 247Sports and these moves specifically were based on continued junior season evaluation, spring camps and combines, and recent school visits.
Malachi Dupri is entering the conversation for five-star status.
Malachi Dupre, WR, River Ridge (La.) John CurtisThe Move – From No. 54 to 31
The 6-foot-2.5, 187-pound Dupre continues his ascent with 247Sports, and is now entering the conversation for five-star status. The three-sport star has special ball skills, underrated ability after the catch with change-of-direction ability; and is one of the top playmakers in the 2014 class. Dupre, who has LSU, Florida State and Alabama as his top three, recently ran a 4.58 laser-timed forty yard dash and 4.29 pro-agility shuttle at the Dallas Nike Camp.
Malkom Parrish, CB, Quitman (Ga.) Brooks CountyThe Move – From No. 235 to 82
There has not been a cornerback rise more in the last two rankings updates than the electric Parrish. The 5-foot-10, 186-pounder with exceptional change of direction and explosive burst plays quarterback and defensive back at the high school level, but projects to corner and nickel at the next level. Georgia, Oregon and North Carolina are among his early offers.
Markell Pack, WR, Purvis (Miss.)The Move – From No. 207 to 102
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Pack may well get the nod as the smoothest wide receiver in the 2014 class. Pack is not only smooth and effortless getting into routes, but also after the catch with explosive burst out of every cut. He’s just as gifted after the catch as he is attacking the ball at its highest point, or making the tough catch with arms extended against attached coverage along the sidelines. Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and a number of others are chasing the four-star prospect.
C.J. Hampton, S, Meridian (Miss.)The Move – From outside the Top247 to 124
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Hampton is a uber impressive blend of striking ability, ball skills and instincts at the safety position. The Ole Miss commit is very physical, attacks ball carriers and strikes causing the separation of the ball from offensive player. He also displays the ability to cover from hash mark to boundary with ease and fluidity.
Bryson Allen-Williams, OLB, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar GroveThe Move – From No. 205 to 155
The 6-foot-1.5, 214-pound Allen-Williams has always been a high-energy high school defensive end that dominated, at times, on Friday nights. This spring in various camps, the South Carolina commitment has proven he can play standing up with a blend of quick feet, balance, fluid hips and shear want-to even though he may not look as comfortable as others in coverage at this point. Allen-Williams has the motor, energy and work ethic that few can match.
Saeed Blacknall, WR, Englishtown (N.J.) ManalapanThe Move – From 212 to 169
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Blacknall is a blend of ride out speed, quickness and after the catch stop/start ability. He is fast with legitimate 4.5 speed, but also quick – which shows up in space and in reactive situations. Florida State, LSU and Ohio State currently make up his top three.
DeAndre Thompkins, ATH, Swansboro (N.C.)The Move – From outside the Top247 to No. 175
One of the most impressive prospects in last weeks trip through the Carolina’s was the speedy Thompkins. The 6-foot-0, 170-pounder is one of the top return men in the 2014 class, and is seemingly getting faster by the day. While the majority of programs are recruiting him as a wide receiver, he could play on either side of the ball at the next level with a combination of explosive quickness, straight line speed, change of direction, jumping ability, length and physicality. Penn State, Notre Dame, North Carolina, West Virginia, N.C. State and a growing list of others have offered.
Also making moves into the Top247 are inside linebacker Petera Wilson (Memphis, Tenn./White Station), OT/G Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, NJ/Red Bank Catholic), DE Derek Barnett (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), S Armani Watts (Forney, Texas/North Forney) and center Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas).