NCF On The Trail: 071613 2015 ESPN 300 team targets

2015 ESPN 300 targets: USC 

July, 16, 2013
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The names of USC targets are scattered throughout the newly released ESPN 300 rankings for the 2015 class, an important year for the Trojans as they rid themselves of the scholarship limitations. Here 10 prospects to keep track of the next two years:

1. CB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
6-foot-1, 195
ESPN 300 rank: 44

Given the need at cornerback, Marshall is as close to a must-get as there can be this early in the process. He’s been a known commodity in Southern California recruiting circles since his freshman year, building a reputation as one of the most physical defensive backs regardless of class. Marshall, nicknamed "Biggie," keeps getting bigger, though, so there is some uncertainty surrounding his future position. Regardless, the Trojans would take his signature in a heartbeat and sort through the questions later.

2015 ESPN 300 targets: LSU 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- With the release of the the ESPN 300 for 2015, it's easy to see that while LSU won't have quite as much access to local, high-end prospects as it does in the 2014 cycle. However, the Tigers can still put together an elite recruiting class with the bulk of its players coming from Louisiana. Here's an early look at who might be LSU's top targets.

Kevin Toliver
Derek Tyson/ESPNKevin Toliver, the brother of former LSU receiver Terrence Toliver, has the look of a prototype cornerback.
1. CB Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian)
6-foot-1, 183 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 2

The brother of former LSU wide receiver Terrence Toliver and LSU's first commitment in the 2015 class, Kevin is ideal for just the opposite role his older brother played. At 6-1, with long arms, fluid hips and exceptional speed, Toliver has the skill set to possibly be the most talented LSU cornerback prospect since Patrick Peterson, which is saying something considering the enormous talents the Tigers annually attract to the position.


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Georgia 

July, 16, 2013
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Football offers and commitments are occurring earlier and earlier. To keep in line with this new world of accelerated recruiting, ESPN announced its release of the initial ESPN 300 for the 2015 class on Tuesday.

The list is once again loaded with targets for Georgia. DawgNation takes a look at 10 targets to keep an eye on for 2015, in order of their ranking in the ESPN 300.

1. OL Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett)
6-foot-6, 270 pounds
ESPN 300 rank:
4


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Penn State 

July, 16, 2013
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The ESPN Junior 300 for the 2015 class was released today, so NittanyNation decided to take a closer look at 10 targets on the list and where they stand with PSU.

Here they are:

1. OT Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin)
6-foot-8, 290 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 75

Jenkins is near the top of PSU's big board, and he recently attended a team cookout. He said PSU felt like family, and his grandmother often stresses PSU's academics. He also has a lot of family connections to Pittsburgh, however, but he'll be one prospect the staff continues to go after hard. He already has a close relationship with his recruiting coach, Charles London, and feels as if he can trust London and the staff.


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Michigan 

July, 16, 2013
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The ESPN Junior 300 was released Tuesday for the 2015 class and it is littered with Michigan targets. The Wolverines don't have any commitments within the top list, but plenty of names that hold Michigan in high regard.

With roughly 65 targets already in the ESPN 300, Michigan should have a chance to land yet another top class for 2015. Here is a look at 10 of those prospects:

1. DE Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall)
6-foot-3, 235 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 1


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Alabama 

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It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the 2015 class. The University of Alabama already has three commitments and could add another by the end of the week. With the Tuesday’s debut of the 2015 ESPN 300 rankings, we take a look at the Crimson Tide’s top 10 targets for 2015.

1. DT Daron Payne (Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley)
6-foot-3, 318 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 30

The word got out quickly on Payne. In May, the ESPN 300 defensive lineman picked up his first offer, and in little over a week he already had six offers, including both major in-state programs, Alabama and Auburn. This summer, he moved to the top of the Tide’s board with a dominant performance at their OL/DL camp. Many believed he was the top lineman in attendance regardless of class. The rising junior is the top player in the state for 2015.


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Ohio State 

July, 16, 2013
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With Tuesday’s release of the ESPN Junior 300, here’s a look at 10 of Ohio State’s top targets in the 2015 recruiting class.

1. DE Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham)
6-3, 235
ESPN 300 rank: 1


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Texas A&M 

July, 16, 2013
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With the unveiling of the inaugural 2015 ESPN 300 on Tuesday, there are several names on the list that are desired by Texas A&M. One player the Aggies already landed and they're hard at work trying to get many of the below names on board. Here's a look at A&M's 2015 commit and top targets in the ESPN 300.

1. TE Jordan Davis (Houston/Clear Lake)
6-foot-4, 247 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 219


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Oklahoma 

July, 16, 2013
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Most of the time when discussing Oklahoma and underclassmen recruiting, it’s a pretty nonexistent topic. Not the case for the Class of 2015 as the Sooners have already netted two ESPN 300 commitments.

Here is a look at eight other notable 2015 OU targets to go with the Sooners' two early pledges:


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The Longhorns already have seven commitments in the 2015 ESPN 300, compared to two from Oklahoma and one from Texas A&M, but have high hopes of landing several more.

Here is a look at Texas’ top 10 targets from the list:


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Florida State 

July, 16, 2013
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NoleNation takes a look at some of the most wanted prospects in the ESPN Junior 300 for Florida State.

1. CB Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy)
6-foot-1, 183 pounds ESPN 300 rank: 2


A commitment to LSU since last November, there are no immediate signs that Toliver will leave his Tigers pledge. But Florida State continues to recruit him heavily -- and it should, given his tremendous ability.


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