Louisiana stands atop the final Scout 300 for 2014.
Bayou State natives Leonard Fournette and Cameron Robinson, 1-2 since the
summer, are 1-2 with the book getting ready to close on the 2014 class.
The nation's top running back, Fournette, is headed to LSU, giving the Tigers
their first top prospect in the Scout 300 and making it four straight years the
SEC landed the top prospect in the country.
The top offensive lineman in the country, Robinson, will leave the state to
play for Alabama, the third time in the last four years the Tide have grabbed
the No. 2 player in the land.
Leonard Fournette was the top player from the get go in the 2014 class, and in the final Scout 300 for 2014, Fournette stands alone at the top.
Michigan commit Jabrill Peppers ends the year as the No. 3 player in the country
and the top cornerback prospect nationally.
Alabama has another top five prospect coming in in Tony Brown, the No. 2 ranked
cornerback and No. 4 player overall.
Myles Garrett, headed to Texas A&M, is No. 5 overall and the No. 1 defensive end
in the country, and the Aggies also have the No. 7 ranked player and the
top-passer, Kyle Allen, in their class.
Sandwiched between the two future Aggies is Adoree Jackson, the No. 6 player in
the country and No. 3 cornerback in the nation.
LSU is the third school with two commitments from top 10 players, with No. 8
Jamal Adams, the top-ranked safety, joining Fournette.
Rashaan Evans, the No. 9 player and No. 1 outside linebacker and Juju Smith, the
No. 10 player and No. 2 safety, round out the top ten.
Final regional and state rankings for 2014 will be released by Scout later this
Scout's Director of Scouting, Scott Kennedy, said the 2014 class was highlighted
by two themes.
"Two themes have been the highlight of this class for much of the season for me,"
said Kennedy. "The Class of 2014 was the year of the running back and the athlete. My first year was Scout's first full year with the Class of 2003, and this is the best class of running backs I've ever seen headlined by Scout's No. 1 overall player Leonard Fournette."
The two-way players that stand in the top 10 are evident.
"There are also a host of multi-purpose athletes that can change the game from any number of positions including Jabrill Peppers, Adoree Jackson, and JuJu Smith among others,"
said Kennedy. "I truly believe this is a special group of players in this class, and if they can reach their potential, we'll be talking about the Class of 2014 for a long, long time."
Here is a regional breakdown:
The Southeast leads the way with 115 prospects in the Scout 300.
But it's the year of the running back in the Southeast, with the nation's top
player naturally leading the Southeast rankings.
"Running backs... Need I say more? Six running backs out of the southeast are five-star prospects on Scout,"
said national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons.. You have the top prospect in the country, Leonard Fournette who leads the way, but all six five-star running backs are among the 25 best in the country. Fournette
is the top guy, but in any other year, any one of the other five could be that
guy. It is a group that you don't see very often. All are so talented, different
in their own way, and special football players."
The Midlands is next up with 52 prospects in the Scout 300.
No one made the move like Myles Garrett did.
"The biggest mover in the region was Myles Garrett, who jumped from the No. 24 prospect in the country to No. 5,"
said national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "Garrett showed at the Under Armour
Game that he belonged in the discussion as one of the top rated players in the country. He is an explosive edge player with tremendous speed and quicks."
But defensive backs were the most loaded group in the region.
"The Midlands is loaded with great defensive backs in this class and many schools in and out of the region are stocking their coffers with that talent. An interesting point is that the three top rated cornerbacks; Tony Bown (Alabama), Edward Paris (LSU) and Arrion Springs (Oregon) are all leaving the region, as is the top rated safety; Jamal
Adams (LSU)," said Powers.
The West has 48 prospects in the Scout 300.
What's the biggest trend out West? The two-way player.
Five of the West's top ten players are prospects who could easily play on
either side of the ball, and be instant impact players.
"Adoree Jackson is the West's top prospect, and the top corner in the region
but he may end up at receiver in college. Juju Smith is the West's top
safety but he too could play receiver. Budda Baker is the No. 2 safety but
he will play receiver at Oregon. And Jalen Brown and Michiah Quick are the
top two receivers, and each could be elite defensive backs," said national
recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman.
The Midwest is just behind them with 47 prospects in the Scout 300.
While there may not be a load of top-tier talent, the depth is what was most
"I think it is a deep year in the Midwest," said national recruiting analyst
Allen Trieu. "With only four 5-stars, there may not be quite as much top and talent as last year but I think there is a great amount of very good, solid prospects will make an impact at the college level."
The linebacker group leads the way in the Midwest.
"The top three players in the region this year are linebackers and the top seven are all expected to play defense at the next level,"
The East ended the year with 38 prospects in the Scout 300.
The state of Virginia dominated the East rankings in 2014.
"The dominance of Virginia in the top end of the East members of the Scout 300 is remarkable,"
said national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. "There are 11 prospects from Virginia in it, and eight of the top 14 players in the region after from the state."
And it was dominant in the trenches.
"Much of the talent is at the line of scrimmage with defensive linemen D'Shawn Hand, Andrew Brown, Derrick Nnadi and Jeremiah Clark, and offensive lineman Steven Moss,"
said Dohn. "It's a special collection of talent, and at the most important areas on the field."
The Final 2014 Scout300
Scout.com national scouting director Scott Kennedy and national recruiting
analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins,
Greg Powers and Jamie Newberg contributed to this story.