Seven prospects made moves in the most recent release of the Class of 2013 Top247 from 247Sports after impressive showings at practices for both the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Mississippi State commit Chris Jones is the newest five-star prospect in the 2013 Top247.
Among the movers are Mississippi State defensive end commit Chris Jones (Houston, Miss.), who moved up to No. 15 overall and is the latest five-star prospect in this class according to 247Sports.
Here’s a look at Jones and the rest of the prospects making jumps.
Chris Jones, DE, Houston (Miss.)
The Move - From 35 to 15
Jones joins running back Alex Collins (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./South Plantation) as one of the biggest movers in the 2013 class this season. Entering the 2012 season as a near unknown, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Mississippi State commitment has now gone from outside the Top247 to the No. 15 prospect in the country and five-star status. While Jones is raw in terms of technique, his athletic ability, frame, motor and upside are among the very best in the class.
ArDarius Stewart, ATH, Birmingham (Ala.)
The Move - From 74 to 61
At this weeks practices, the 6-foot-0, 185-pound Stewart has again proven to be one of the top athletes in the 2013 class. While the Alabama commitment worked at free safety and covered man in the slot with the look of a big-time defensive back prospect with impressive quickness, change of direction and reactive quickness; he could also land on the offensive side of the ball at receiver. His ability with the ball in his hands showed up in the punt return game in Montgomery.
Darius Paige, DT, Foley (Ala.)
The Move – From 249 to 119
Paige was more than impressive in Montgomery. Blessed with an athletic near 6-foot-4 and 300-pound frame that includes long arms and skinny ankles, the Alabama commitment showed a quick first step, the ability to extend and quickly dispose of would be blockers and the ability to collapse the pocket with natural strength and quickness. While he will likely go through some re-shaping of the body at the next level, his combination of talent and upside make him one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the class.
Ashton Shumpert, ATH, Tupelo (Miss.)
The Move - From 165 to 152
The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Shumpert was already a prospect we were high on entering the week, but he impressed in different ways in Montgomery. Shumpert, who will choose between Mississippi State and Ole Miss in January, showed the ability to catch the ball with sure hands and arms extended out of the backfield daily in practice, as well as adjust the body to poorly thrown passes. He also showed more than the ability to be a downhill runner with the frame to carry 230 pounds with some nifty lateral movement. Shumpert could project to running back, safety or even outside linebacker at the next level.
Jason Smith, ATH, Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen
The Move – From 219 to 179
The Auburn commitment proved to be a smooth and sure handed slot receiver in Montgomery. While the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder will need to add strength and muscle mass to his frame, he is blessed with quickness, body control, the ability to sink his hips and impressive ball skills. One of several talented receivers on the Alabama team working against some big time defensive backs on the same team, Smith was the best route runner and toughest cover this week.
Greg Gilmore, DT, Hope Mills (N.C.) South View
The move- No. 109 to No. 94
Gilmore, an LSU commit, impressed with his ability to move for his size during the practice sessions for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Chances are, with further in-person evaluation, he could move even higher. The Tigers are a great fit for him as they are known for maximizing big defensive tackles.
T.J. Logan, APB, Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford
The move- No. 198 to No. 181
We’ve known that Logan was good for some time as he has been ranked among the Top247 prospects in this class since our initial list, but he impressed us with his breakaway ability at the Shrine Bowl practices a bit more than he even did on his impressive film. The North Carolina commit will be used in a number of ways in Larry Fedora’s offense in Chapel Hill. He’s a big play waiting to happen and that may happen as soon as next season.
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