There are a quartet of new four-star prospects and a new member from the East Region in the Scout 300 Top 10 and several prospects made huge jumps in the latest set of rankings.
Five-star Woodbridge (Va.) High defensive tackle http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=5464767>Da'Shawn Hand remained the No. 2 prospect in the nation, and Paramus (N.J) Catholic five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers, a Michigan commit, moved up four spots to the No. 7 spot in the nation.
The region’s other five-star prospect, Virginia commit Quin Blanding of Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) remained at the No. 15 slot in the nation.
Meanwhile, Central Catholic High (Pittsburgh) quarterback J.J. Cosentino, Thomas Jefferson High (Clairton, Pa.) outside linebacker Chase Winovich, Dwight Morrow High (Englewood, N.J.) receiver Juwann Winfree and New Castle (Pa.) High athlete Malik Hooker all were elevated to four-star status.
Cosentino, who is committed to Florida State, is ranked No. 155 in the nation. He is also the No. 9 quarterback in the 2014 class.
“That’s awesome,” said Cosentino, a Florida State commit. “It’s an honor to be ranked like that with the top guys. All I can do is improve to show I deserve that, but four stars doesn’t guarantee me success. I still have to show it on the field.”
Winovich moved from a three-star to a four-star prospect and is the No. 17 outside linebacker in the class. The Michigan commit is also the No. 230 prospect in the class.
“Being upgraded to a four-star recruit is extremely humbling and I’m appreciative of everyone at Scout for thinking so highly of me,” Winovich said. “Hopefully, I can not only play to that level, but transcend even higher after the season.”
Winfree was being recruited by schools to play safety and receiver, but he is not looking solely at receiver in college. He is the No. 40 receiver in the class, and No. 256-rated prospect in the nation.
“Moving up to a four-star is a real big deal, but in terms of NFL-wise and moving up to the next level, it doesn’t matter what star ranking you are,” Winfree said. “It feels good to be a four star and I appreciate it.”
Unlike Winovich and Cosentino, Winfree’s recruitment remains open. He recently trimmed his list to 13 schools – Maryland, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Kansas, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan State, Virginia and Boston College – and is planning summer visits.
“If everything goes as plans, I am supposed to be going with my coach (and teammates) to Pitt, West Virginia and N.C. State,” Winfree said. “There could possibly be a few other schools.”
Hooker, who is being recruited to play receiver and defensive back, holds double digits offers. His offer list includes Arizona, Boston College, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Temple and West Virginia, but he is yet to make a definitive trim.
“I’m still working on y top five,” Hooker said.