The updated Scout 300 for the 2014 class was released Monday, and it brought three new four-star prospects to the East Region.
Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII receiver Noah Brown and Richmond (Va.) Benedictine outside linebacker Raymon Minor are uncommitted prospects who made the move into the elite class.
Also, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy receiver Freddy Canteen, a Michigan commit, is now a four-star prospect.
“It means something to me because I put in a lot of hard work to be the best, and to be labeled a four-star means I’m moving in the right direction,” said Brown, who is the No. 36 receiver and rated the No. 201 prospect in the country. “However, I take it with a grain of salt because I know rankings mean nothing once the pads come on and you’re on the field.”
The multi-dimensional Brown, who is 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, is coming off a junior season in which he had 41 catches for 630 yards and four touchdowns, and ran 98 times for 847 yards and 13 scores.
He said Ohio State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt are standing out, and he plans to decide before Pope John’s Sept. 12 season opener.
Just behind Brown is Minor, who checks in as the No. 15 outside linebacker and No. 205 prospect overall. Minor, who is 6-4, 215 pounds, is expected to trim his extensive offer list in early September.
“Minor is a big-time athlete, who has good size and runs very well,” said Scout.com regional analyst Michael Clark, who covers Virginia preps. “He is very instinctive, plays sideline to sideline and takes good angles when pursuing the football. Overall, Minor has the potential to become a star at the college level."
The 6-0, 175-pound Canteen, who committed to Michigan in late June, earned the fourth star with a strong spring and summer. His junior season was relegated to three games because the school had sanctioning issues with Maryland’s governing body of high school athletics.
He is the No. 46 receiver in the class and rated No. 280 overall.