With the All-American Games done and Signing Day three weeks away, the final Scout 300 of the class of 2012 has been released.
Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove offensive tackle Arik Armstead has stayed as the top player in the region, and remained in the top two nationally for the entire year.
Shaquille Thompson, the nation’s top safety from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, has made a big move himself, moving from just outside the top 10 nationally to the nation’s number three prospect after Armstead and Dorial Green-Beckham.
Another big jump was made by San Clemente (Calif.) tackle Kyle Murphy, who is now ranked third in the region and moved into the top 15 nationally.
The West is now home to two new five-stars, both who were on the cusp all spring and summer, and cemented it with stellar senior years and big weeks on the All-American Game circuit.
The biggest mover was Corvallis (Ore.) offensive guard Isaac Seumalo, who’s moved from the fifth-ranked guard to now being ranked as the top offensive guard in the final rankings. Seumalo, the top-ranked player in Oregon for the entire year, had an outstanding showing at the UnderArmour All-America Game, sealing his spot here and earning him five-stars. The Oregon State commit is the Beavers first-ever five-star by Scout.com.
Also moving into the top 50 was Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union’s Deontay Greenberry, who helped lead Washington Union to the CIF State Division III title, starring on both sides of the ball. Greenberry had been just outside the top 50 since July, coming in at #52 prior to the final rankings, and with a record-setting senior year and a good week in Phoenix at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, he moves into five-star range.
Dropping from the Top 50 are a pair of offensive tackles, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol’s Andrus Peat and Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes’ Zach Banner.
Other big jumps came at the quarterback position, where Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley’s Zach Kline moved into the top five and Mercer Island (Wash.) passer Jeff Lindquist moved into the top 10.
Defensively, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou defensive end DeForest Buckner ends the year as the West’s top pass-rusher and moved up 16 spots as a defensive end and into the top 150 en route to Oregon, where he committed to at the Semper Fi Bowl.
One played stayed in the Scout 300 but ends the year at a position that was different from where he started. Venice (Calif.) receiver Gabriel Marks was the City Section Defensive Player of the Year and had been ranked as a four-star cornerback but he now ends the year as a four-star receiver.
Two new prospects join the Scout 300 and earned fourth stars, thanks to good senior seasons and finalizing their years with good showings at their respective All-American Bowls.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey receiver Jaydon Mickens was the highest-rated three star in the West and now he moves into the Scout 300, thanks to an MVP showing at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive end Alex Balducci also moves into the Scout 300 after an excellent week in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Scout.com will release the final West 150 next week as well as the final state rankings.