Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Updated ESPN 300: SEC analysis
By Gerry Hamilton
The high school football season and postseason All-Star games have come to a close. With the official ending of the Class of 2014’s high school careers, it’s time for the final ESPN 300.
Here’s a look at the biggest movers from prospects committed to or considering SEC programs.
Alabama commit Bo Scarbrough climbed nine spots and, more importantly, became a five-star prospect in the final ESPN 300.
ATH Bo Scarbrough (Tuscaloosa, Ala./IMG Academy)
School: Alabama Scarbrough may have only moved up nine spots from No. 21 to 12, but the jump was actually a huge one considering the 6-foot-2, 215-pound went from being ranked as a four-star prospects to finishing as one of 15 five-star prospects in the class. Scarbrough remains committed to the Crimson Tide despite officially visiting Ole Miss, Notre Dame and UCLA, while Florida State and Florida continue to make a push. Scarbrough makes his official visit to Alabama on Jan. 17. He remains the No. 2 athlete overall behind Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr High).
QB-PP Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain High)
School: Texas A&M The early enrollee jumped 20 spots to No. 35 following the bevy of all-star games in December and early January. The 6-3, 200-pound accurate passer not only makes a big jump overall, but also in the pocket passer rankings as he takes over the No. 1 ranking at his position after being No. 3. Allen is expected to jump right into the open quarterback competition in College Station following the departure of Johnny Manziel to the NFL draft. Allen or Kenny Hill is expected to be the starter for the Aggies next season.
QB-DT Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway High)
School: LSU Like Allen, Harris impressed in the all-star practice and game setting making the jump from No. 58 to 37 overall, as well as up one spot to the No. 2 dual-threat signal caller in the class. While Harris has technical work that must be developed, his arm power, feet and functional athleticism jumped out daily during the Under Armour All-America practices and game. The 6-2, 186-pound Harris is an early enrollee, and will go through spring practice in Baton Rouge. He is expected to compete with Anthony Jennings and others this spring.
ESPN 300 Rankings
Mere weeks remain until signing day. RecruitingNation's team of scouts took one last look at the Class of 2014. Updated ESPN 300
OLB Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn High)
School: Considering Alabama, Auburn and UCLA The uber-athletic Evans is one of the top uncommitted prospects remaining the class. Evans, 6-3 and 217 pounds, played defensive end in high school but projects as an outside linebacker at the next level and he jumps more than 30 spots to No. 52 following standout performances at the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and the Under Armour All-America Game. Evans has already made an official visit to UCLA Sept. 28, and is scheduled to visit Alabama on Jan. 17 and Auburn on Jan. 24.
OG Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School)
School: LSU One of the most impressive prospects during the Under Armour All-America practices and game was the athletic, 6-4, 285-pound Brumfield. While he projects at guard long term, he flashed the athleticism to play tackle in the UA Game practices against top-flight edge athletes. Brumfield’s jump also makes him the No. 1 guard prospect in the class after being No. 4 previously.
Other prospects making significant jumps:
Alabama ATH commit Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera High), who went from No. 100 to 71.
Arkansas OT commit Brian Wallace (Saint Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College High), who went from No. 145 to 126.
Texas A&M DT commit DeShawn Washington (Nederland, Texas/Nederland High), who went from No. 198 to 150.
Behind the numbers
There are 15 five-star prospects in the final ESPN 300, and the SEC currently has seven committed with No. 9 Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra High), No. 13 Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross High) and No. 15 Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Al./Hoover High) still in the balance. Of the 300 prospects on the list, 106 are currently committed to SEC programs with the chance for that number to grow as high as 120.