It has been an eventful spring evaluation period for Top247 quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway).
Quarterback Brandon Harris is now the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 class according to 247Sports.
The first week of May alone, Harris picked up offers from Texas A&M, Ohio State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and LSU. Following those tenders from many top national and regional programs (including the in-state Tigers), he received invitations to the Under Armour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Now, he moves up nearly 150 spots in the Class of 2014 Top247 from 247Sports and is now the top dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country.
"After moving into the Top247 in the most recent update, Harris continues his ascent moving up more than 140 spots,” 247Sports National Scouting Director Gerry Hamilton, who first ranked Harris within the Top247 prior to his flurry of offers, said. “Harris continues to make strides both physically and as a passer, and has impressed more and more with each passing day during the spring evaluation period."
Harris was considered a strong lean to the Aggies prior to LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron scouting him in person and extending an offer from the Bayou Bengals. Now, 247Sports Crystal Ball projects LSU for Harris at 67 percent, compared to 33 percent for A&M.
The Crimson Tide, Auburn and the Buckeyes also are factors, along with Arkansas.
According to the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) is the top overall prospect in the state of California for this cycle.
In this Top247 adjustment, 247Sports brings its rankings in line with the rest of the industry by moving Jackson to the top spot in the Golden State.
One veteran college recruiter described Jackson as “gumby-like” in the way the talented prospect can move his hips and make plays, seemingly out of nowhere. USC is thought to be the team to beat for Jackson and the 247Sports Crystal Ball currently projects the Trojans at 100 percent.
That being said, watch out for teams east of the Mississippi River for Jackson, particularly Florida and Florida State.
After a big showing at the Oakland Elite 11, Oregon quarterback commit Morgan Mahalak (Greenbrae, Calif.) debuts inside the Top247 with a 93 numerical rating and inside the top 135.
The Ducks have a great track record of spotting quarterback talent and after seeing Mahalak in person this past weekend, we think they’ve hit on another excellent one.
Also from the West Coast, Vanderbilt quarterback commit K.J. Carta-Samuels (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep) makes his debut in the Top247 after a stellar showing at both the Elite 11 and Nike Camp this past weekend. Carta-Samuels is a prospect that we've liked for some time and after this weekend, we elected to move him inside the Top247 after comparing his skill set to other signal callers.
Other moves of note
-After watching him in person at the Oakland Nike Camp and evaluating his junior film, we feel that Utah offensive tackle commit Kenyon Frison has a chance to be one of the best prospects at his position in this class. He makes his debut inside the Top247 this update and could move higher moving forward.
-Five-star David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North) takes over as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the cycle. One NFL personnel executive that watched Cornwell on film said he'd "love to have him right now" after seeing his size, arm strength and footwork and that there "was not much not to like" about Cornwell overall. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has a cannon for an arm and all the tools to be special. There is, however, some concern about certain programs not going "all in" on offering this talented prospect. At this point, that keeps him out of the top 10 overall, but after evaluating other quarterbacks and doing comparisons, we feel comfortable with him being tops at his position.
-Offensive tackle Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) moves up into the top 50 this update. In-person, there may not be a better looking tackle prospect in the entire 2014 class. 247Sports Crystal Ball currently projects him to Florida State. Alabama, Ole Miss and others also are in the mix.
-Another Show Me State offensive line prospect, tackle Brian Wallace (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers), makes his debut inside the Top247. The 6-foot-6, 297-pound athletic tackle has Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri tied at the top for his services.
-Defensive line prospect Malik McDowell (Detroit, Mich./Loyola) is now the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2014 class, making him the highest-ranked four-star prospect in the Top247. 247Sports Crystal Ball has him as a projection to stay in-state and play for Michigan at a 100 percent rate.
-Offensive guard Roderick Taylor (Jackson, Miss./Callaway) takes over as the No. 1 prospect at his position in the class. One college recruiter raved about his athleticism, particularly his ability on the basketball court, and his film more than backs it up. The Under Armour All-American has a bevy of scholarship offers, but his recruitment is believed to be between Ole Miss and Alabama, with Florida State and Mississippi State also in the mix. 247Sports Crystal Ball projects him to the Rebels at 67 percent with 33 percent for the Crimson Tide.
-College recruiters are flocking to Imperial, Calif., to get a look at running back Royce Freeman, who made his debut within the top 100 last update. He moved up into the top 70 this update. USC, Oregon, UCLA and nearly every other program that recruits California has offered Freeman, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection. As a pure running back prospect, college coaches and recruiting analysts alike believe he’s better than 40-plus offer prospect Joe Mixon. Mixon has a slightly higher overall value as a prospect, however, because of his versatility.
-Mixon made a strong move himself, climbing into the top 40 after a strong showing at the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp. Look for Mixon's projected position to change to all-purpose back in the near future.
-After being dismissed from Bishop Gorman High, four-star Nathan Starks fell out of the top 100 nationally given the uncertainty surrounding his high school career. Starks is a talented athlete, but obviously missing time in a football program or perhaps even not playing next season lowers a prospect’s projection for success.
-Wide receiver Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss.), who committed to Florida State on Sunday, moved up inside the top 100 in the latest release. The dynamic athlete, who is a U.S. Army All-American Bowl invite, is one of the more explosive prospects in the Southeast for the 2014 cycle.
-Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) has been dominant on the camp circuit this spring and most importantly, was dominant on the field this past season. The 6-foot-1, 300-pounder, who has some of the top strength numbers in the 2014 class, moves up inside the top 160 in this update.
-Massive two-way line prospect Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./Hardin) makes his debut in the Top247. The 6-foot-3, 340-pounder could be another big in-state get for Mark Stoops and Kentucky, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which projects the Wildcats at 100 percent.
-Offensive tackle prospect Kaleb McGary (Tacoma, Wash.) makes his debut inside the Top247 at No. 242 overall. Many programs are recruiting McGary at defensive end, but his best spot long-term is on the offensive side of the ball.
-After showing improved footwork, speed and agility in Oakland on Sunday, linebacker Michael Lazarus (Berkeley, Calif.) returns to the Top247.
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