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Five new five-stars in '13 Top247

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At 247Sports, we continuously are evaluating and updating our rankings. Today, five prospects are now five-stars in our latest release of the Class of 2013 Top247. Plus, there are several other movers within the list.

Link: Top247

A few bullet points...

-We continue to believe it’s an outstanding recruiting cycle at defensive back so it’s no surprise that three of our new five-stars are projections to the secondary.

-We plan another, broader update to the 2013 Top247 in the near future and also will continue to expand the 2014 Top247.

-There continues to be balance in the big three states- Florida and Texas check in with 32 selections each in the Top247, California has 31. Georgia (25), Ohio (15), Virginia (12), Louisiana (10), North Carolina (10) and New Jersey (10) all are in double digits.

The new five-stars...

Kendall Fuller, CB, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel

We’ve always been high on Fuller’s ability, but after watching him cover multiple talented receivers at the Baltimore Nike Football Training Camp and getting a better sense of what he brings to the table as a pure cornerback prospect, there’s no doubt in our mind that he’s a five-star prospect at corner and one of the nation’s best overall prospects. He moves up to No. 9 overall in the latest Top247 and is the nation’s No. 2 prospect at cornerback behind Vernon Hargreaves III. On the recruiting front, Virginia Tech and Clemson lead Michigan and Tennessee.

Kenny Bigelow, DT, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian

One of the biggest questions about Bigelow was his ability to transition to the interior and embrace playing the spot. After watching him in drills at the Baltimore Nike Football Training Camp, there is little doubt that he’s not only embraced it, but is potentially special at the position. The 6-foot-3, 297-pounder showed he still has the quickness and explosiveness that made him a dominant defensive end early in his high school career. He is now at No. 14 overall in the latest Top247 and is the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle prospect. Bigelow is committed to USC.

Priest Willis, CB, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos di Niza

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Willis is a player that’s simply impressed every time we’ve watched him in person this spring, including Saturday at the Under Armour Sevens in Phoenix. When you talk about versatility, Willis definitely comes to mind. He can potentially be elite at safety or a boundary cornerback type position in college and has the hips and recover speed to play anywhere that requires coverage. Combine that with his ability in run support and he’s a special prospect. He is now the No. 17 overall prospect in America and No. 3 at cornerback. Willis remains open with his college decision, but we think it’s either USC or the SEC for him.

Carl Lawson, DE, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Lawson is college-ready from a physical standpoint and based off of eyeballing him in person and watching him go through drills at the Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp earlier this month, as well as his dominance on film, we feel that the Auburn commit is a five-star prospect from the Peach State in this class. Lawson’s ceiling may not be as high as some other prospects in this class, but he’s a no doubt impact college player with serious NFL potential because of his size/motor combination. He moves up to No. 18 overall and is now the nation’s top weakside defensive end prospect based on Alabama commit Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) now being projected as an outside linebacker.

Vonn Bell, S, Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland

We’ve been talking about Bell being a five-star for the longest time and made the call to go ahead and pull the trigger. Rankings are comparisons and many times you get a look in person at other prospects, then go back and compare. Once you get a feel for how they stack up, then you can better make a determination on a ranking. This was the case with Bell as we feel that not only his outstanding playmaking ability on film, but his versatility (something we reward) is a plus. It would not surprise us to see him end up playing cornerback at whatever school he picks, which is definitely wide open at this point (though we think the SEC or possibly Texas). He is now No. 18 overall in the Top247 and No. 2 at safety.

Other Notes

-There is movement within the current five-star prospects as the nation’s top quarterback, USC commit Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) moves up to a numerical rating of 100 and No. 4 overall in the country. We think it’s possible he could break into the top 2-3 nationally before all is said and done.

-Cal quarterback commit Jared Goff (Greenbrae, Calif./Marin Catholic) debuts in the Top247 with an overall grade of 91. He was the MVP of the Oakland Nike Football Training Camp, an Elite 11 selection and several scouts believe he’s one of the more undervalued prospects in the Golden State in this class.

-Wide receiver Robbie Rhodes continues his ascent, moving into the top 50 at No. 48 overall. He impressed at the Dallas Under Armour Sevens and is one of the more explosive prospects in the country.

-Linebacker Holland Fisher (Midlothian, Va./Manchester) moves up to No. 59 overall. The Virginia Tech commit was simply too impressive working out as a linebacker in Baltimore and you combine that with what you see on film and you have an explosive, versatile defender that has a high value as a prospect.

-Ohio State cornerback commit Eli Woodard moves up to No. 57 overall and now has a numerical grade of 95. He was impressive at the Baltimore Nike Football Training Camp. Had it not been for Fuller, he would have been the best one there.

-We feel like we had Larenz Bryant (Charlotte, N.C./Vance) pegged right early when we had him as the top prospect in North Carolina. After seeing him in person in Charlotte, we made the adjustment back to where he should be- the top prospect in that state- and No. 42 overall. He is also now a 95 numerically.

-Louisiana athlete Tre’Davious White has impressed this spring and moves up to No. 140 overall and now has a numerical grade of 93.

Link: 2013 Top247

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