Scout.com released the 2014 rankings prior to the season and more than 2,000 players are listed. In addition, the Class of 2015 Scout 300 was released earlier this month, followed by the Ultimate 300, a compilation of the top 300 players in the nation in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.
With recruiting sped up, Scout.com is pleased to release a “Watch List” for the 2016 class with more than 75 recruits from across the nation.
This is not a ranking, but rather a guide for fans to get to know some of the big names in the class.
Here is a look at 13 players from the West to know, with the players listed alphabetically.
Brandon Burton, S, 6-0, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Skinny: The next young star from the vaunted Cavs program, Burton could end up on either side of the ball, like Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and Adoree Jackson.
K.J. Costello, QB, 6-5, 205, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Skinny: Already off to a strong start as a sophomore, Costello already filling the big shoes of Johnny Stanton.
Micah Croom, CB, 6-0, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Skinny: A part of arguably the best secondary in the country with the Jackrabbits, playing opposite five-star 2015 corner Iman Marshall.
Kevin Davidson, QB, 6-3. 210, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Skinny: Few schools in NorCal have cranked out quarterbacks like SRV and Davidson will be a three-year starter.
Joel Dublanko, MLB, 6-3, 215, Aberdeen (Wash.) High
Skinny: The top sophomore in the Pacific Northwest got an SEC offer this summer after a big camp tour.
Drew Kobayashi, WR, 6-2 ½, 180, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis
Skinny: Could be the best receiver to come out of the St. Louis program.
Chase Lucas, RB, 6-1, 180, Chandler (Ariz.) High
Skinny: Part of one of the best backfields in the region, Lucas is the top skill prospect from Arizona.
D.J. Morgan, WR, 6-3, 185, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Skinny: A big target for the Braves, got an SEC offer as a freshman and will thrive with Josh Rosen.
Marshal Nathe, OG, 6-3, 385, Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial
Skinny: Another top lineman from the Grand Canyon State.
Garrett Rand, DT, 6-3, 255, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Skinny: Hamilton is always known for their elite linemen prospects and he may be Arizona’s best underclassmen regardless of year.
Quinn Seau, MLB, 6-2. 205, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Skinny: The nephew of USC and NFL star Junior Seau, he’s the next Seau star from San Diego, like his cousin and brother in the past few years.
Boss Tagaloa, OG, 6-3, 250, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Skinny: One of the rare freshman to play for the Spartans, was all-underclass at the Oakland NFTC and got an SEC offer not long after.
Blake Walls, OLB, 6-1, 205, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Skinny: Playing alongside two other Scout 300 linebackers in the 2014 and 2015 class, Walls is the next in line.
Compiled by National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman)
and Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout).