Defensive end Keisean Lucier-South planned to trim his considerable list of scholarship offers to a final five schools in early August, but just like he is on the field, the nation's No. 28 prospect was quick off the line, announcing his top five on Monday.

Five-star athlete George Campbell, a former Michigan recruit, has seen his recruitment skyrocket after backing off his pledge to the Wolverines back in December. Now, the No. 10-ranked prospect has decided to narrow his choices of colleges to 10.


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Evaluating high school football prospects is not always an exact science. As a result, each year we uncover prospects on the recruiting trail who we feel are sliding under the radar.

In this latest ESPN 300 update we have highlighted a few sleepers who may be lacking sought-after attributes that often characterize top-tier prospects. Whether it stems from a lack of ideal size and speed, unimpressive combine numbers, unclear positional projection, injuries, presumed inferior level of competition or just simply overlooked, the following eight prospects are ones we feel will blossom at the next level.

TE-H Garrett Williams -- This is a prospect who lacks difference-making speed and plays in a run-based veer offense; two characteristics that make it hard to create exposure as pass-catching tight end prospect. However, Williams is an excellent athlete capable of being a productive receiving target and physical blocker. In his more natural fit he can be a versatile contributor to Clemson's offense and could make people take notice of his ability.


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ESPN 300: 10 things to know

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The ESPN 300 for the class of 2015 has been updated with the summer camp circuit now in the rearview mirror. Here are 10 things to know about the latest ESPN 300.

10. There are 184 prospects committed in the ESPN300. The SEC leads the way with 77 commitments followed by the ACC with 25, Pac-12 and Big Ten with 24 apiece and Big 12 with 22.

9. The state of Florida leads the way with 51 prospects in the 300. Twenty-nine of the 51 are currently committed with 22 of the 29 headed to the ACC (12) and SEC (10). There are six five-star prospects from the Sunshine State, and five remain uncommitted.

8. The number of five-star defensive linemen in the 2015 class. In the five classes prior put together, there were 15 five-star defensive linemen. Six of the eight remain uncommitted, including the top five.

7. Defensive end CeCe Jefferson checks in here. He is one of five prospects from Florida ranked in the top 10 overall, trailing only the 2013 class from the Sunshine State that produced six of the top 10. Former top-10 ranked prospects overall from Florida include NFL first-round draft selections Patrick Peterson, Trent Richardson and Matt Elam, as well as second-round pick Lamarcus Joyner.

6. There are 19 quarterbacks in the 300, and all but one have committed. When No. 55 Deondre Francois announces his decision July 31, all 19 signal-callers will be off the board. Of the 19, 14 are from west of the Mississippi River, including eight from California. When looking at where the quarterbacks are headed, the Pac-12 leads the way with six, followed by the SEC (five), Big 12 (three), and Big Ten and ACC with two apiece.

5. The number of players from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 300. LSU cornerback commit Kevin Toliver II is No. 5, pass-rushing linebacker Jeffery Holland No. 41, two-way lineman Kendrick Norton No. 78, Auburn safety commit Ben Edwards No. 157 and Georgia safety pledge Deontai Williams No. 196. Trinity Christian also has North Carolina linebacker commit Andre Smith, UCLA linebacker commit Victor Alexander and Army defensive end pledge T.J. Jackson as FBS commitments on defense. Future ESPN300 prospects Shaun Wade (class of 2017) and Tyreke Johnson (2018) add to what is an entire Division I defense for the Conquerors.

4. As always, there are some strong bloodlines in the 300. No. 14 Kyler Murray is the son of former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, No. 17 Mitch Hyatt's uncle Dan Benish played on Clemson’s 1981 national title team, No. 31 Shy Tuttle's uncle Perry Tuttle also played on the Clemson 1981 national championship team, No. 37 Kahlil McKenzie is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, No. 95 Jake Fruhmorgen is the son of former Alabama and NFL offensive lineman John Fruhmorgen, No. 166 Bobby Evans is the son of former Oklahoma Sooners basketball player Bobby Joe Evans, No. 170 Van Jefferson is the son of former NFL wide receiver and Tennessee Titans assistant Shawn Jefferson, and No. 183 Chris Warren III is the son of former NFL running back Chris Warren.

3. Martez Ivey is the fifth offensive tackle to be ranked in the top five overall by ESPN. Andre Smith, No. 4 in 2006, went on to be a first-round NFL draft selection, and Cyrus Kouandjio, No. 3 in 2011, was a second-round selection in the 2014 draft. Laremy Tunsil, No. 5 in 2013, was an All-SEC second-team selection as a freshman. The final top-five ranked offensive tackle is Cameron Robinson, who was No. 3 in the 2014 class.

2. Just missing out on the top spot is No. 2 Byron Cowart. He sits in the same place as a number of high NFL draft choices before him, including first-round selections Percy Harvin (No. 2 in 2006) and Julio Jones (No. 2 in 2007). Manti Te'o (2009) and Kouandjio (2011) were second-round NFL draft picks.

1. Defensive end Josh Sweat takes over the top spot. The 6-5, 240-pound Sweat, who has 4.46 speed and a 39-inch vertical, was a high school teammate of 2014 five-star and No. 5 Andrew Brown. Sweat becomes the fourth defensive end in the past five years to be ranked No. 1 overall. Da'Quan Bowers, No. 1 in 2008, was a second-round NFL draft selection, while Jadeveon Clowney, No. 1 in 2011, was the first overall selection in the 2014 draft. Mario Edwards (2012) and Robert Nkemdiche (2013) are starters at Florida State and Ole Miss, respectively.
ESPN 300 WR John Burt is the latest rangy athlete to commit to the Texas Longhorns and head coach Charlie Strong.


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Early Offer: 2016 targets come off board
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: It’s been said recruits are committing sooner than ever before and the recent run of pledges in the 2016 class proves to some that an early signing period is needed now more than ever. Plus, if you want to know how competitive it is to recruit in the Southeast, just check out the up-and-down two weeks the Florida Gators have had on the recruiting trail.

It’s never too early
Signing day for the Class of 2016 isn’t for another 555 days, but that hasn’t stopped a high number of ESPN Junior 300 prospects from making early decisions. In the last eight days alone, seven of the best players in next year’s class committed, and overall 47 of the top 300 prospects have made their decisions.

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If there is one thing recruiting fans are accustomed to seeing, it’s Florida State in the Top 10 recruiting rankings. In 2016, the national champion Seminoles are off to another fast start with a pair of ESPN Jr300 prospects, including No. 181 Keith Gavin.

Significance of impact: Gavin’s commitment isn’t one that will be felt nationally, but this is an important pledge for the Seminoles. Gavin resides less than 20 miles from the Florida State campus and had been a heavy lean to the ACC champs. Closing the deal with Gavin is big for Jimbo Fisher and staff as they build momentum in the 2016 class with the most talented prospects close to campus and then branch out.

What he brings: The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Gavin is a big, physical wide receiver with excellent ball skills and the ability to win one-on-one matchups. While he doesn’t possess the burst to run away from defenders at the next level, he has ability after the catch due to strength, vision and instinct.

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Four-star athlete Brian Cole is such a versatile player that he may end up helping the Michigan Wolverines on both sides of the ball. Here's a look at what his commitment means to Michigan:


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If there was any doubt that the USC Trojans have the ability to recruit coast to coast under Steve Sarkisian, those questions have quickly been answered in the 2016 class with Michigan two-way standout Daelin Hayes committing to the Trojans on July 26 following a two-day unofficial visit to Los Angeles.


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South Carolina is currently rolling and building a top-10 class in 2015, and on July 26 got their 2016 class off to a terrific start, picking up a verbal pledge from versatile ESPN Junior 300 prospect Kyle Davis.


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Video: Sooners pledge hits 66-yard FG

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Oklahoma Sooners commit Austin Seibert made a 66-yard field goal to win a competition at the Kohl’s 2014 Kicking Camp.
Steve Sarkisian and the USC Trojans received a verbal commitment on Saturday from ESPN Junior 300 athlete Daelin Hayes.


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ESPN 300 OLB Richard McBryde has the skill set to be a real playmaker in Ellis Johnson's aggressive Auburn defense.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Though not as heavy on star-studded talent as in years past, there was still plenty of news at Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp. The day started with the Gators receiving a commitment from three-star offensive tackle George Brown Jr., and ended with some of the top prospects from the Southeast attending the one night camp. Here is a closer look at the top story lines from Friday evening.

ESPN 300 athlete set to decide

The 11th-ranked athlete and the No. 155-ranked player overall in the ESPN 300, Ray Ray McCloud III, will announce his college decision on Monday night.

McCloud didn’t participate at Friday Night Lights but did have a chance to spend some time with current Florida player and pre-season All-SEC selection Vernon Hargreaves III, who like McCloud is also a Tampa native.

"Vernon knows I’m coming from the same place he was a few years ago,” McCloud said. "He just told me to always keep my options open until signing day because you never know what could happen as far as coaching changes. He said to just take my time with the process.”

McCloud will choose between Florida, UCLA, Clemson and Maryland on Monday but his father, Ray McCloud Jr., also added that USF has recently made an impression on his son.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp had one last chance to speak with McCloud before he makes his big decision on Monday and his message was simple.

"He said he wants me to do what I do in my home state,” McCloud said. "He wants me to be a Gator."

Four-star running back remains committed to Miami

Despite Miami signing Joseph Yearby, the No. 4-ranked running back in the country last year, and having three running backs committed this year, ESPN 300 running back Dexter Williams said he remains strong in his commitment to the Hurricanes.

“It would be a good feeling to be in the backfield with them because all of them are great backs and they can do great things,” Williams said. "Wherever you go, there's competition. You've got to beat out your competitor.”

The Florida coaching staff was hoping to changes Williams’ mind on Friday but to no avail.

"They're just saying you can get on the field here," Williams said. "We're only going to take two [running backs]. They're taking four. Just think about it."

Williams admits his own father pushes him to switch his commitment to the Gators.

"He has loved the Gators since he was little, and he wants me to be a Gator a lot," Williams laughed. "So he tells me every morning, 'Be a Gator.' When I told him I was still thinking about it, he said, 'That's the way. That's where I want you to go.'"

Coney has leader, will decide soon

Four-star linebacker Te’Von Coney sent out a tweet recently that said he would be attending the same school as his friend George Brown Jr. On Friday, Brown committed to the Gators and Coney admitted that their packaged deal will likely still happen.

"It was, like, 85 percent true,” Coney said of his tweet. "Florida is my leader right now but I’m still checking out Auburn, Tennessee, Miami and other programs but Florida is still my leader. I’ll probably make my decision soon, like within the next month or so.”

Coney admitted his visit to Gainesville strengthened the Gators chances of landing him.

“I just think Florida’s a great school,” he said. "It’s the Harvard of the South. I can get a great education, they have a great business and engineering school which are two majors I’m thinking about majoring in.

"I think they have a great program and they need linebackers right now to come in and step up and I think Will Muschamp is a great defensive coach and they are always going to have a top defense and that’s what I want to play in."

Prince likes four

ESPN 300 offensive tackle Isaiah Prince was one of the most impressive linemen to attend FNL and received plenty of attention from the Florida coaching staff.

After the event concluded Prince said there are four schools that are standing out right now but he’s likely to add other schools as his recruitment continues.

"Right now, the schools that really stick out to me is Maryland, Alabama, Florida and Ohio State, but I’ll probably have more schools in the mix as I take more visits,” he said.

Though he has no set dates in mind, Prince knows of three schools he would like to visit in the fall.

“This visit helped Florida out a whole lot,” Prince said. "It’s a really nice campus, I want to study sports management and that building is right next to the stadium. I’ll most likely be back for a game in the fall as well as games at Alabama and Ohio State."

ENNIS, Texas -- Texas A&M's red-hot recruiting streak continued Friday with the addition of an ESPN 300 player at an always-needed position.

James Lockhart IV announced in front of family, classmates and educators at Ennis High School that he was going to College Station and joining Kevin Sumlin's growing 2015 class. Lockhart, the top-ranked defensive end in Texas, chose the Texas A&M Aggies over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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