South: Early Spring Rankings Update
Davon Godchaux
Davon Godchaux
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 26, 2013
Chad Simmons

Scout is constantly watching film, getting out to see prospects to compete live at different events, and we continue to evaluate prospects as we move through the 2014 cycle. Find out some moves that were made early in the spring here...

Four prospects made moves into the Scout 300 on Thursday and three of them are from the state of Mississippi.

Sammie Epps, C.J. Hampton, and Markell Pack out of the Magnolia State and they all moved from three stars to four stars this week.

Epps is an athletic tight end and he is very fluid. He impressed at the Nike Football Training Camp and was right there with Josh Malone as one of the top pass-catchers in Memphis, Tenn. He is committed to Ole Miss and although he may be on the raw side, he is very talented with a lot of upside.

Hampton is known most for his physical style of play at safety, but he can cover too. He has very good closing speed, he has great range, and not only can he strike the receiver, but he can take the ball away too. Like Epps, Hampton is committed to Ole Miss.

Pack is a true wide receiver. He has shown time and time again that he can catch the ball in traffic and when you study his tape, his ability to make plays in the open field stands out. He is pushing 180 pounds now, but he has the frame to become that 200-plus pound receiver with speed.

Joining that trio in the Scout 300 is defensive lineman Davon Godchaux. Like many these days, Godchaux could play inside or outside on the next level. The 6-foot-4, 271 pounder stood out at end at the Memphis Nike Football Training Camp. He is a natural athlete, he has very strong hands, and he can use speed and power to defeat his opponent.

Receivers on the Move

Pack made the move into the Scout 300, but he was not the only wide receiver that made a move for the positive.

Josh Malone moved up over 10 spots in the wide receiver position rankings and he is now No. 20 in the country. He is a smooth and fluid wideout that looks like he is playing in slow motion at times. He has great hands and body control.

Another Mississippi prospect has impressed Scout. Jesse Jackson is a 6-foot-2, 200 pound playmaker and he is one to keep an eye on. He has moved up to a high three-star on Scout.

One of the fastest prospects in Georgia is Emanuel Beal. Scout went out to take a look at him recently as he trained and practiced at Hillgrove and he is explosive. He has a look of a running back, so he is strong, but it is his elite straight-line speed that is attracting most college coaches his way.

Movers in the Trenches

Starting on the offensive side of the ball, a number of prospects were on the move.

Miami commitment Trevor Darling is a 6-foot-6, 328 pound offensive tackle and he is really coming into his own. He has been that big body since he was a freshman, but he slides his feet well, he keeps defenders off his body, and he has good upside. He is up to the No. 10 offensive tackle.

Another Florida OL on the move is David Sharpe. He is still thin and raw, but he plays light on his feet, he is a natural bender, and he has length that you cannot teach. He moved up into the top 200 in the country and is now the No. 16 tackle. He could see his stock continue to rise when we see more of him in pads this spring and fall.

On the defensive side of the ball, Godchaux moving into the Scout 300 headlined this group.

Other than that move, Lamont Gaillard moved up five spots at defensive tackle to No. 13 in the country. He is explosive and strong at the point of attack.

Justin Jones and Cory Thomas make moves at defensive tackle. Jones is a very strong DL out of Georgia and he has active hands and he plays with good leverage. Thomas is an intriguing prospect with good size (6-6/270) and he is a fair athlete. He could be looked at an offensive tackle by some too. Both are top 35 defensive tackles at this time.

Charles Mosley slid down a little (No. 22) and we will continue to monitor his development and evaluate him as both a defensive and offensive prospect. He struggled at the Memphis Nike Football Training camp as a DL, but he still moves well for a guy his size (6-4/340) and even though schools have offered him more as a nose guard/defensive tackle, he could be highly sought after as an offensive guard too.

Position Changes

Isaiah Wynn is being recruited as a tackle, guard, and center by different schools. Scout moves him from a four-star tackle to a four-star guard. He is a top 10 guard in the country.

Auburn commitment Joshua Casher moved over to center from guard and he is now No. 4 center in the country.

Caleb Samuel recently committed to North Carolina and he will likely play offensive tackle for the Tar Heels. He is very athletic, with length, and a great frame for an OT. He was moved from Scout to offensive tackle from defensive end.

Sharief Rhaheed knows how to pursue the football and that really stands out on tape. He can come from the backside and chase the ball down with his speed and length. He is a rush end in high school, but Scout likes him more as an outside linebacker in college. He is an LSU commitment.

Breeland Speaks is a very versatile prospect. He played linebacker as a junior in high school, but he will put his hand down in college. He will likely end up inside as a three-technique and his speed there could make him a nightmare for interior offensive linemen. He was moved from end to tackle.

Scout has seen a lot of Florida commitment Duke Dawson over the past few months and he is a competitor. He is very strong, he is thick, and he looks to have more upside as a safety than he does as a corner. He is more quick than fast and he tracks the ball well. He would be great at filling that alley against the run as well. He was the No. 49 corner and he is now the No. 39 safety.

Another versatile prospect is Derek Barnett. Some schools are recruiting him as a tight end, some as a defensive end, and some as a defensive tackle. He worked out at end in Memphis at the Nike Football Training Camp and that is where Scout likes him at this time. He could slide inside in nickel packages to rush the passer, but he has a good blend of size, speed, and strength to be a strongside end in a 4-3 scheme. He could also play the five technique in the 3-4 scheme.

Scout has taken a long look at Mississippi's Ken Edwards on tape and live and we feel his most upside is at offensive tackle. He plays defensive end, but he has long arms, skinny ankles, and the potential to be a player at this position down the road. We moved him over to tackle in this update.

Quick Hits

  • Will Grier moved up to No. 55 overall in the country. He is the No. 3 signal caller in America and is currently committed to Florida.

  • Richard Yeargin moved up to the No. 17 OLB in the country. He was ranked No. 29. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he moves well, he is very strong, and he was impressive in Miami at the Nike Football Training Camp.

  • Kendarius Webster turned in a sub 4.5 second time in the 40 yard dash at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp and he is a rising cornerback prospect in Georgia. He is now No. 65 and could be much higher down the road.

  • Joseph Willis is a quarterback out of Mississippi who throws a very good ball. Keep an eye on 6-foot-5, 195 pound signal caller that is a sleeper now, but should emerge soon. He is a mid three-star on Scout.

  • Nick Chubb continues to ascend up the board on Scout. He is a solid 5-foot-10, 213 pound running back out of Cedartown, Ga. and he is now the No. 12 back in the country. He moved into the Scout 100.

  • Scout moved T.J. Harrell to safety from outside linebacker. Harrell is a very versatile player and some schools like him as a running back. We like him as a strong safety on the next level.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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