|South: Rankings Update|
Before we enter the All-American game season, there have been some moves within the Scout rankings. After evaluating prospects in all-star games and playoffs the last few weeks, you can see who made moves here.
Now that the high school football seasons are over and most of the all-star games have been played, some prospects have seen their stock improve on Scout.
Here is a look at some of the biggest moves out of the South.
Jones Jumps Into Scout100
Jones has some impressive film, but he is that much more impressive in person. After watching him for a couple of hours, it was evident that he is one of the top defensive linemen in the country.
He moved up from the high 100s to no. 91 overall in the country and he could continue to ascend up the rankings after he plays in the Under Armour All-America game.
What is so great about Jones is how good he is while still being so raw. He is quick off the ball and he can really dip that shoulder to get past offensive tackles when rushing the quarterback, but he is still learning technique and he rarely uses his hands in combat. He has so much room to improve and to think about what he could be like in three to fours could have him in five-star discussion come January.
Another Four-star Running Back
It is just a great year in the South at running back. Our top backs (in order) in 2012 were Keith Marshall (Georgia), Duke Johnson (Miami), Mario Pender (Florida State), T.J. Yeldon (Alabama), Mike Davis (South Carolina), Todd Gurley (Georgia), and Matt Jones (Florida), and all had big impacts other than Pender who was redshirted due to injury.
That is a very strong group and the 2013 group may not be as good at the top, but it could be deeper.
Custis could be a steal for Georgia Tech. Some question his speed and his quickness through the hole, but they shouldn't. He ran for over 2,000 yards for the second consecutive season and the Yellow Jackets not only are getting a productive player, but a back with strength, sneaky quickness, and someone who finishes with great body lean.
Wide Receivers on the Move
No drastic moves here where prospects changed stars, but Auburn commitment Jason Smith moved up six spots at his position. He is now the no. 30 receiver in the country and he may move up a little more come January.
After watching him at a practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game, he showed very good hands, natural ability to catch the ball, and all of the ability you look for in a big-play wide receiver. He will be used in multiple ways at Auburn and he should be a prospect that really flourishes under Gus Malzahn.
Other receivers that saw positive moves were Georgia Tech commitment JuMichael Ramos (No. 75) and Ole Miss commitment Derrick Jones (No. 110). Both are wide receivers that are 6-foot-2 or taller with deceptive speed and good hands.
Clemson commitment Mike Williams dropped slightly in the receiver rankings to no. 41. He is still a four-star wideout with a lot of ability, but he needs to work on his get off and his separation speed. He is outstanding on the deep balls and when the ball is in the air.