The Opening Finals serve as a culmination of spring and summer, camps, combines, 7on7s and college workouts. It’s an insightful look at the best 162 prospects in the country and it’s a factor in our latest Top247 update for the class of 2019. But it’s only a small piece of the calculus that includes everything we’ve seen, learned and studied with this class since the last major rankings overhaul in February.

In the latest major overhaul of the Top247 for the class of 2019, we have a new No. 1, eight new five-stars and 19 new faces in the Top247.


In an accompanying piece, we've outlined 10 notable risers, from a few guys making small gains to others making their debuts in the Top247. And we've got a feature on new five-star Owen Pappoe, the Auburn commit who's been on the recruiting scene for what feels like forever.

Let's get to the headliners. 

New No. 1

IMG Academy defensive end Nolan Smith has overtaken Zach Harrison as the new No. 1 player in the country. Harrison had been No. 1 due to his freakish upside. He’s 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, runs a 10.7 100 meter and a 4.47 40 but he’s still extremely raw as a defensive end. We love Harrison but we came to the realization that Smith has enough freakish athleticism of his own with a 4.51 40 yard dash and a 42-inch vertical. But he also has none of the refinement concerns. The Georgia commit is polished, dominated elite competition last year as an underclassman and at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, he has no size concerns. Smith is the rare prospect that is both safe and has immense upside.

There was really only one other prospect that joined the conversation as the No. 1 prospect and that was Kayvon Thibodeaux. He reasserted himself at The Opening Finals and delivered a No. 1-worthy performance and that helped him creep up to No. 3 in our overall rankings.

The 5-star rundown

OT, Logan Brown (Wisconsin commit)

Up from 17 to 6

A 61-foot shot putter who is a lean athlete at offensive tackle with a nasty streak, we felt this was the right time to crown the guy we’ve long suspected was the nation’s top tackle. Now lets see if he can hang onto that title.

DT, Travon Walker

Up from 16 to 7

Walker is raw and still a long way from being a finished product but he’s a three-sport athlete that excels in all three, is an elite level athlete and he has a frame that will naturally grow into a defensive tackle rather than trim down in college.

DE, George Karlaftis (Purdue commit)

Up from 12 to 9

Whether he grows into a defensive tackle or stays at defensive end, Karlaftis is a fantastic athlete that is relatively new to football with a track, basketball and water polo background. We saw five-star film and athleticism prior to The Opening Finals but wanted one last look and he checked out for us.

LB, Owen Pappoe (Auburn commit)

Up from 20 to 10

Pappoe is a verified freak athlete. He’s a 4.4 40 guy as a 210-pound linebacker and he’s the type of guy every team wants in today’s game. He’s been on the scene for a while and the five-star tag is well-earned.

WR, Kyle Ford

Up from 32 to 13

If you’re looking for someone that earned a fifth star primarily from his performance at The Opening, Ford is your guy. He went out and took it with a wide receiver performance that was historic at that event. Let’s not call him just a camp all-star, though. He had over 1,400 yards receiving as a junior.

OT, Wanya Morris (Tennessee commit)

Up from 62 to 14

Wanya is the same guy he was that dominated The Opening Charlotte Regional and the same guy that has elite film but the more we see his body type, his elite athleticism, the more we feel like he has a chance to be the best tackle in this class.

RB, John Emery

Up from 48 to 16

Emery has the most excited running back film in this cycle. He’s the best combination of size (206 pounds) and speed 4.42 40 in this class at that position. He missed some time due to injury as a junior but expect a big senior season because his skillset is freakish.

LB, Brandon Smith (Penn State commit)

Up from 33 to 17

This move is really based on film and traits than any single camp performance. Smith just feels like a can’t miss prospect because of the God-given length, verified athleticism and the ability to strike and play downhill as a 6-4 linebacker.

New QB pecking order

Oklahoma commit Spencer Rattler is the new top quarterback and there wasn’t much debate about the move at all. He moves up to inside the top 50 despite a smaller frame because of his throwing instincts, arm talent and consistency he’s shown in person.

There was some debate on No. 2. Florida State commit Sam Howell and Auburn commit Bo Nix both merit strong consideration but ultimately Nix moves up to No. 2 and inside the top100 in part because of his command and accuracy but in part because he’s so athletic with a 4.60 40. Both are really talented passers.

The fourth name that enters what we feel like is the top tier of quarterbacks in this class is South Carolina pledge Ryan Hilinski. He jumps up to right outside of the Top100 and in the discussion with the other three because of what he did on film as a junior and the way he has dramatically and steadily improved his game over the last few years. He validated a jump with a really some really strong spring and summer showings.

The new arrivals

No. 49 TE Baylor Cupp (Texas A&M commit)

No. 102 RB Tyrion Davis (LSU commit)

No. 137 OT Andrew Kristofic (Notre Dame commit)

No. 156 S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame commit)

No. 161 ATH Steele Chambers (Ohio State commit)

No. 170 LB Marvin Hamm (Boston College commit)

No. 179 CB Cameron Smith

No. 189 LB Cameron Williams

No. 193 DE David OJabo

No. 208 APB Giles Jackson

No. 209 CB Joey Porter Jr.

No. 228 OT Warren McClendon

No. 233 RB Daimarqua Foster (TCU commit)

No. 234 OLB Avery Huff (Miami commit)

No. 238 APB Wandale Robinson

No. 239 RB Kenan Christon

No. 246 TE Kyle Bilodeau (Purdue commit)