2014 Scout 300
The final 2014 rankings have been released by Scout and this cycle has come to an end.
Adding a Fifth Star
Bo Scarbrough hovered around that five-star mark all season, but after seeing him live late in the season, then again at the Under Armour All-America game, he now has that fifth star.
Scarbrough started his career as a wide receiver and now he is a 6-foot-2, 230 pound athlete who can do many things on the field. He is committed to Alabama as a running back and he is more athletic than 2013 five-star Derrick Henry. Henry had his coming out party against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
It is an elite running back class and Scarbrough finishes as the No. 7-ranked back in 2014. He is very fluid for his size, he has very good speed, and he catches the ball exceptionally well out of the backfield.
Florida and Ole Miss are still pushing for Scarbrough, but Alabama is still in control at this time. He will take his official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend.
New Best in Alabama
Five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey has held this spot since Scout started ranking the 2014 class, but one prospect made move after move over the past year.
Rashaan Evans is the new No. 1 in Alabama and he finishes the year as the No. 1 outside linebacker and the No. 9 overall prospect in the country.
Evans is a 6-foot-2, 220 pound freak athlete out of Auburn High School. He did so many things on the field for head coach Tim Carter this season and when the bright lights were on in all-star competitions, he played at his best.
He is explosive, he is athletic, he is strong mentally, and he has the work ethic of a champion.
Alabama, Auburn, and UCLA are the schools he is still considering. He has already visited UCLA officially and he plans to visit Alabama this weekend, then Auburn on the 24th of January.
New Four Stars
As fluid as the rankings are these days, not many big movers in the final update in this region. Two did go from high three-star to four-star prospects.
Miami commitment Michael Smith moved back into the Scout 300 and he finishes as the No. 19-ranked outside linebacker and the No. 225-ranked overall prospect. He is great off the edge, he can drop into the shallows, and he is athletic.
A prospect Scout tracked closely the last couple of months is North Carolina commitment Cayson Collins. He is a vicious hitter, he is aggressive, and he added another star. We saw Collins grow, start to fill that frame out, and the star out of Charlotte (N.C.) Berry checks in at No. 35 when talking outside linebackers.
A few prospects have ranked at new positions. Deiondre Porter is now ranked as a three-star safety, Arthur Williams went from offensive tackle to defensive tackle, Freddie Booth-Lloyd is now ranked as a defensive tackle, and Deontae Crumtie moved from offensive tackle to offensive guard.
A big mover was offensive tackle Derrick Kelly and he leaped up 100 spots from 107 to 37 at offensive tackle. He is a late-bloomer and an offensive tackle out of Florida to keep an eye as we inch closer to signing day.
18 prospects out of the southeast finished as five-stars in this cycle. Six of those are running backs. It is a special group at that position.
There was talk all year about the No. 1 guy in the country, not just the southeast, but it stayed the same. Leonard Fournette held off Cameron Robinson. Both are from Louisiana and both will play in the SEC – Fournette at LSU and Robinson at Alabama.