There is a new No. 1 in the updated 247Sports Top247 for the class of 2015. Ricky Town out of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure has taken over as the top ranked player in the country moving up two spots from No. 3 overall.
Ricky Town takes over the top spot despite mssing some of his junior season to injury.
A USC commit and a U.S. Army All-American, Town has long been considered one of the top players in the nation by the entire recruiting industry. At 247Sports, we consider him the most college ready quarterback we’ve seen in five years. Despite a junior season that was dampened by injury, Town’s film and body of work were enough for us to make the move on him as the nation’s best.
If Town were to hold onto the top ranking all the way until national signing day of 2015, he will become the first quarterback to finish as the nation’s No. 1 player in the young history of 247Sports.
We take a look at some of the other notable movements in the overhaul of the 2015 rankings.
There are five new five-stars in the new Top247 and among them, Josh Sweat out of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith makes the highest debut. Sweat checks in at No. 10 overall in the update after the light turned on for him during his junior year. His numbers included 22 sacks, 31 tackles for loss and 94 tackles.
- Florida State safety commit Derwin James forced his way into the five-star range at No. 22 because of his complete skill set and raw ability.
- Tennessee commit Preston Williams earned both a five-star nod and the distinction as the top wide receiver in the country. Williams recently committed to the U.S. Army Bowl.
- U.S. Army Bowl All-American Kyler Murray’s remarkable run in the state of Texas at Allen High School earned him a five-star ranking. With players like Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson becoming priorities in the NFL, Murray is too good to penalize for his limited height.
No. 10, Josh Sweat, DE, Virginia
- A huge leap from junior to senior year for North Carolina defensive end Jalen Dalton, also a U.S. Army All-American, landed him in the mix at No. 30 overall and the last five-star in the current rankings.
- The highest debut among the new entries into today’s release is Mississippi linebacker Leo Lewis. As soon as his film hit, he was penciled in as a Top100 prospect within the 247Sports office and now it is official. Lewis has landed a slew of major offers over the last two months and will soon be a household name nationally. Lewis comes in at No. 59 overall.
- Originally from Wisconsin, Kahlil McKenzie made the move to California for his junior year and became a force for national power De La Salle High School in northern California. McKenzie’s efforts as a junior landed him at No. 60 overall in the Top247 update.
- A brand new name to the scene, Abdul Bello out of Montverde (Fla.) Academy is a massive 6-6, 295-pound offensive tackle who makes his rankings debut on 247Sports as the No. 5 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 64 player overall.
- Another big Florida mover is Calvin Ridley out of Pompano Beach (Fla.) Monarch. Ridley jumped from outside the Top247 all the way up to No. 93 in the country.
- There was plenty of shakeup in the state of Georgia and safety Rashad Roundtree made the biggest move into the conversation, landing at No. 129 overall after being previously unranked.
- Out of the state of Texas, Louis Brown is the latest small school athlete to emerge as a name to watch. The jumbo athlete out of Burton, Texas becomes the No. 135 prospect in the country with his move.
No. 22, Derwin James, S, Florida
- Two Indiana linebackers also moved into the rankings with Josh Barajas making the highest debut at No. 144 overall and Asmar Bilal following closely behind at No. 161. At No. 231 overall, Ohio linebacker Nick Conner also got into the mix out of the Midwest and he could see his stock continue to rise.
New arms out West
The California quarterback crop just keeps on getting deeper. In the latest update, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite signal-caller Travis Waller makes the biggest leap. Waller is 6-3, 185 pounds with all kinds of physical tools. He lands at No. 77 nationally.
Also new to the Top247 is Notre Dame quarterback commit Blake Barnett out of Corona (Calif.) Santiago. Barnett continues to emerge near the top of the pack in an outstanding year for arms out West and has positioned himself for an even higher climb.
While Waller and Barnett are new editions to the Top247, even within the list, the sun is shining on California arms. Jake Browning out of Folsom, Calif. moved up a healthy chunk to within the top 200 on the list.
All told, there are seven California arms in the Top247, including two five-stars with Town and Josh Rosen.
For more on the newest five-stars, click the photo gallery below.
No. 26, Preston Williams, WR, Georgia
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