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Elam vaults to five-star status

Several big movers, including a new five-star defensive tackle, highlighted the most recent update of the Class of 2014 Top247 from 247Sports.

Defensive tackle Matt Elam is the newest five-star prospect in the 2014 Top247.

Link- Class of 2014 Top247

Matt Elam, DT, Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin

New Ranking – No. 10 overall (up 231 spots)
Notes- The 6-foot-6, 360-pound Elam is the big mover making the jump to five-star status. With a frame that is unmatched in the 2014 class, along with the flexibility, agility and quickness to go with it; Elam is a rare prospect. While he has to continue to build strength and work his way down to a playing weight of 335-340-pounds, he possesses a skill set and frame one can’t teach – including an 80-inch wingspan.

C.J. Hampton, S, Meridian (Miss.)

New Ranking – No. 50 overall (up 69 spots)
Notes- The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Hampton impressed on junior video with a combination of pure speed, reactive quickness, ball skills, physicality and instincts; and that has continued on the spring and summer combine and camp circuit.

Damien Mama, OG, Bellflower (Calif.)

New Ranking- No. 68 overall (up 44 spots)
Notes- The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Mama has been dominant in multiple camp settings this summer and that combined with his film equals one of the top interior prospects in the country without question. USC, Alabama and others are fighting for his commitment.

Jacob Park, QB, Goose Creek (S.C.), Stratford

Size, strength and big-play ability all are attributes that facilitated Notre Dame commit Justin Brent's ascension to the top prospect in Indiana for the 2014 class and No. 122 overall in the Top247.

New Ranking – No. 72 overall (up 67 spots)
Notes- The 6-foot-3, 199-pound Park has been continued to impress, including the summer camp circuit this month. Blessed with some of the best feet and agility that a pro-style quarterback can be, Park was head and shoulders above all comers at Georgia camp showing a quick and strong arm to go with the athleticism.

Cameron Sims, WR, Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish

New Ranking – No. 93 overall (up 32 spots)
Notes- Sims continues to mature physically and as a wide receiver. The 6-foot-3.25, 195-pounder has flashed his strong hands, physicality, high-point ball skills and under valued change of direction ability on the June camp circuit.

Arrion Springs, CB/S, San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt

New Ranking – No. 95 overall (up 12 spots)
Notes- The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Springs has been a big time performer at Nike Camps and Texas camp this summer. Versatility is the name of Springs’ game with the ability to play boundary corner, nickel or safety.

Damon Webb, CB, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech



New Ranking- No. 97 overall (up 70 spots)
Notes- There perhaps was not a more competitive cornerback (or really player) at the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp a couple of weeks ago. The Ohio State commit has gotten stronger and displayed outstanding ball skills and recovery speed.

Johnnie Dixon, WR, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer

Notre Dame quarterback commit DeShone Kizer has a ton of raw potential and upside. He moved into the Top247, safely inside the top 100, in the most recent update.

New Ranking – No. 98 overall (up 12 spots)
Notes- Dixon has been a steady riser in recent months. The 5-foot-10, 187-pounder was dominant in spring practice at Dwyer, and continues to develop as a route runner with plus speed, quickness, body control, physicality and hands.

Derick Roberson, DE, San Antonio (Texas) Brennan

New Ranking – No. 104 (up 33 spots)
Notes- Roberson continues to show that he is one of the elite edge rush prospects in the class. Whether it’s as a 4-3 end, or 3-4 outside linebacker prospect, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is both quick and reactive with plus change of direction ability.

Justin Brent, WR, Indianapolis (Ind.) Speedway



New Ranking- No. 122 overall (new addition to Top247)
Notes- Brent, a Notre Dame commit, is a strong, big-bodied receiver that showed enough speed at the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp to make plays deep. Brent is one of those prospects that you get a different feel about when you see him in person.

Jacob Pugh, OLB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby

New Ranking – No. 139 (up 69 spots)
Notes- The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Pugh is more than an “on the hoof” prospect. He’s blessed with a terrific frame, but has big time athleticism featuring elite reactive quickness and pursuit ability. In time, Pugh will be a 245-pound terror off the edge with lateral agility.



Kyle Berger, LB, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius

Vanderbilt defensive end commit Lloyd Tubman gives the state of Kentucky three prospects in the Top247 for the 2014 cycle.



New Ranking- No. 140 overall (up 34 spots)
Notes- Berger shows excellent speed on film and was elite laterally at the Columbus NFTC, warranting the Ohio State commit’s rise in this update.

Erik Brown, WR, Fontana (Calif.) Summit

New Ranking- No. 157 overall (up 29 spots)
Notes- Brown continues to impress in all settings and when all is said and done, it would not be a surprise to see him as one of the top overall prospects in California for this cycle. Crystal Ball says USC 75 percent.

Johnny Dwight, DT, Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County



New Ranking- No. 187 overall (new addition to Top247)
Notes- After verifying his height as 6-foot-2.5 and viewing addition film, there is no doubt that Dwight, an Alabama commit, belongs in the Top247. He may even end up ranked higher than where he made his debut.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic

New Ranking- No. 193 overall (new addition to Top247
Notes- The Notre Dame commit displayed a load of potential at the Columbus Elite 11 and Nike Camp. The bottom line with Kizer is that he’s 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and is a multi-sport athlete whose best days of quarterbacking are ahead of him. There’s very little to not like.

Clayton Thorson, QB, Wheaton (Ill.) North



Wide receiver Cameron Sims was dominant at Georgia's camp at moved up 32 spots to No. 93 overall in the 2014 Top247.

New Ranking- No. 210 overall (up 26 spots)
Notes- Thorson was impressive across two days or camp at both the Columbus Elite 11 and and following Nike Football Training Camp. The 6-foot-4 Northwestern commit has great upside.

Will Richardson, OT, Burlington (N.C.) Cummings

New Ranking- No. 222 overall (new addition to Top247)
Notes- After finding junior film on Richardson, it's apparent that the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder has excellent athleticism and is a high-effort, hard-nosed prospect that could fit in at a number of spots on the offensive line at Virginia, where he is committed.

Lloyd Tubman, DE, Louisville (Ky.) Seneca Academy

New Ranking- No. 223 overall (new addition to Top247)
Notes- Elam isn’t the only defensive lineman from the Bluegrass State making a move in the 247Sports rankings. Tubman, who is committed to Vanderbilt, is as raw as they come, but has an elite first step and tons of natural explosiveness and athletic ability.

Rashaan Evans, OLB, Auburn (Ala.)

New Ranking – No. 228 (new addition to Top247)
Notes- The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Evans continues to develop physically, and is seemingly getting faster at the same time. His ability to pursue sets him apart from others in the class.

Brad Kaaya, QB, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade



New Ranking- No. 235 overall (new addition to Top247)
Notes- The strong-armed Kaaya, a Miami commit, has seen his stock steadily rise throughout the spring and summer and could move even higher with a good showing at the Elite 11/The Opening next week.

Ishmael Zamora, WR, Alief (Texas) Elsik

New Ranking – No. 240 (new addition to the Top247)
Notes- The 6-foot-3, 201-pound Zamora is another impressive find for the Baylor Bears coaching staff at the wide receiver position. The big time athlete with a coaches dream frame won the Texas 5A 110-high hurdles championship at 13.70, and then went out in May on the football field and showed exactly why he has a very high ceiling.

Gavin Bryant, LB, Jackson (Ala.)

New Ranking- No. 241 overall (new addition to Top247)
Notes- Bryant, who committed to Tennessee on Monday, is one of the more productive linebackers in the state of Alabama for the 2014 class and would likely be a 20-plus offer prospect if his academics were in order. 


Lorenzo Joe, WR, Abilene (Texas) Cooper

New Ranking – No. 246 (new addition to the Top247)
Notes- It’s easy to forget about Joe as a wide receiver prospect with him playing quarterback for Abilene Cooper, but he possesses very good feet, sure hands and a very advanced understanding of how to play the position with a frame that is starting to develop.

JC Shurburtt contributed to this report.

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