NCF On The Trail: ESPN 150/300

There are very few significant changes for the West region in the most updated version of the ESPN 300.

Perhaps the biggest news came toward the top, where Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) remains the top safety in the country but jumped into the top 10 at No. 10 overall. He is also now the top-rated four-star prospect in the country.

Five players from the West are among the top 50 prospects in the nation.
Three prospects in the top 5? Check.

Four five-star prospects overall? Check.

Fifteen prospects in the top 50? Check.

The Class of 2013 in Florida is quite simply the best the state has ever produced … at least until next year.

What makes this group so impressive isn’t just the numbers but the diversity that continues to develop in a state that was once known for just having speedy, undersized receivers, lockdown cornerbacks and random athletes who would either become receivers or cornerbacks.

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In previous years the Lone Star State has held a sizeable chunk of the ESPN player rankings, and the latest ESPN 150 and ESPN 300 lists continue to follow suit. Of the 300 names, 41 play in the Texas high school system.

Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) remains the highest-ranked player in the Midlands region. While he fell from No. 10 to No. 13 overall, he was switched from the nation’s top-ranked receiver to the nation’s top-ranked athlete, a position that better suits him because of his multiple hats at Sealy.

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In the East region, the biggest movers came in Virginia.

First, Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) jumped from 71st in the nation to 40th. Just behind him at No. 41 is Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). The tailback went from 53rd to 41st. Outside linebacker Doug Randolph (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest) jumped 15 spots from No. 159 to No. 144. The move was significant because it earns him the coveted ESPN 150 designation.

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Hackenberg remains top QB in ESPN 150 

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Three of Penn State's 2013 commitments remain among the updated ESPN 150/300, although two dropped slightly in the rankings.

The Nittany Lions' headline recruit, No. 1-rated pocket passer Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union), held steady as the 16th overall player. But both tight end Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) and offensive guard Brendan Mahon (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) saw their stock slip.

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There were significant changes made to the ESPN 150 and ESPN 300, but once again it has little impact on LSU’s class or the Tigers main source of talent -- Louisiana.

The updates in the rankings still project more or less the same numbers for the Tigers, as well as their home state. The last list featured 13 prospects from Louisiana, with six local players cracking the prestigious ESPN 150. The new rankings yielded the same 13 local players, although LSU commit Tevin Lawson (Denham Springs, La./Denham Springs) dropped down to No. 152, giving the state just five ESPN 150 members going forward.


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Henry tops Bama commits in ESPN 150 

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Alabama’s newest commitment, four-star athlete Derrick Henry, just so happens to be the Crimson Tide’s top-ranked recruit in the latest ESPN 150.


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At first glance, this year's Florida State recruiting class lacks the star power of the two before it. That isn't to say it is void of quality, though. But Seminoles do have some offensive firepower on the list, notably four-star prospects Ryan Green, Isaiah Jones, and Levonte Whitfield. In the trenches, which has been an area of focus for the Seminoles coaching state in recent cycles, offensive linemen Austin Golson and Ira Denson and defensive end Davin Bellamy have them off to a good start.

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Hargreaves, Taylor jump up in ESPN 150 

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With 20 verbal commitments, the Florida Gators continue to have one of the top recruiting classes in the country. In the updated ESPN 150/300 rankings, Florida has an impressive 13 players listed, including nine in the top 150.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida's only five-star commitment, continues to lead the way for Florida's No. 2-ranked class. Hargreaves, now the No. 3-ranked player in the country, jumped offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil in the latest update.


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Bulldogs represent with 11 in ESPN 300 

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With Wednesday’s update of the ESPN 150 and ESPN 300, the University of Georgia maintains its prominent presence on both lists with four commitments in the ESPN 150 and 11 in the ESPN 300.


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Michigan has added a few commitments and lost one in offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) since the last update to the ESPN 150 and 300 lists, but there weren't many changes to the rankings for the Wolverines' class this time around. With 23 commitments overall, Michigan still has 14 commitments among the ESPN 300 and 10 within the ESPN 150.

The biggest change for Michigan's class was the drop from No. 26 to No. 54 for quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle). Morris was out part of the season with mono and had a few struggles early on, but he's now focused on preparing for his freshman season at Michigan.

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The USC Trojans might have the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, but as the new ESPN 150 rankings revealed Wednesday, they still lack a five-star headliner.

Top-rated safety prospect Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and No. 2 defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) narrowly missed the five-star designation, but remained in the four-star tier as the nation’s 10th- and 11th-ranked recruits, respectively.

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Thomas, Taylor rise in ESPN 300 

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Ever since Oklahoma quarterback commit Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) was dropped from the ESPN 300 in July, Sooners fans have been clamoring for him to return to the rankings.

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Wide receiver Jacorey Warrick made the biggest jump of any Longhorns commitment in the ESPN 150, which was updated today. Warrick, who has been out since tearing the meniscus in his right knee on Oct. 4, moved up from No. 114 to No. 59. He is now the No. 8 wide receiver.

Darius James remains the Longhorns’ top-ranked player at No. 17 overall, which also makes him the No. 1 center. Jake Raulerson dropped a spot to No. 56 and remains the No. 3 offensive tackle.

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The most notable movement in the ESPN 300 from a Texas A&M perspective is the entry of one of the Aggies' commits into the ESPN 300. Carthage (Texas) High School defensive tackle Isaiah Golden, the nation's 29th-ranked defensive tackle, moved up to No. 229 overall.

There are five other Texas A&M commits in the updated rankings.


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