South: 2015 Rankings Notes
Martez Ivey
Martez Ivey
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 6, 2014
Chad Simmons


A number of new names are now in the Scout 300 and one elite talent out of Florida moved from a four to five star this update. Get the latest here…

Updated Scout 300

At the top this cycle are two elite offensive tackles, Martez Ivey and Mitch Hyatt.

Ivey is a 6-foot-5, 281 pound long and lean tackle out of Apopka, Fla. and he is now the No. 1 overall junior in the country on Scout. Ivey has size you cannot teach and he has great feet and flexibility. He is a national recruit as is the No. 2 overall prospect in the south, Mitch Hyatt.

Hyatt is similar size at 6-6, 276 pounds, and he is now the No. 2 prospect in the south, No. 3 overall. The five-star out of Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett committed to Clemson over Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Ohio State Wednesday night.

Rounding out the new top five are CeCe Jefferson (Defensive end – Glen Saint Mary, Fla.), Kevin Toliver (Cornerback – Jacksonville, Fla.), and Trenton Thompson (Defensive tackle – Albany, Ga.).

New Five Star

The biggest move in terms of stars is Torrance Gibson. He went from a high four-star on Scout to a five-star and is now the No. 12 overall prospect in the country.

He had a big junior season where he helped Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage win a state title. He threw for over 1,700 yards and rushed for over 1,000 this season and he really developed into a true quarterback.

Gibson is not lacking too many offers either. The 6-4, 200 pound junior has over 20 offers and he has become one of the most sought after prospects in the Sunshine State.

He is the only new five-star out of the south on Scout this cycle, there are now 11 total, and six of those are from the state of Florida.

New Four Stars

The rankings are very fluid and they sometimes change every couple of weeks, but this is the biggest turnover for 2015 in a few months.

We were able to see post-season tape, quite a few of these prospects were evaluated in person late in the season or at a combine over the last couple of months, and 13 prospects moved into the Scout 300 today.

The biggest move was made by Rashad Roundtree, a safety out of Evans (Ga.) Lakeside who is now the No. 81 overall prospect in the country. He went from one to about a dozen offers in a couple of weeks. The 6-1, 205 pound junior can run, can hit, and he has great ball skills. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, and many others have offered Roundtree.

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, new Alabama commit Jonathan Ledbetter (Defensive tackle - No. 140), inside linebacker Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane (No. 161), inside linebacker Leo Lewis (No. 218), cornerback Maurice Smitherman (No. 255), outside linebacker Joshua McMillon (No. 255), outside linebacker Adonis Thomas (No. 266), and defensive tackle Sterling Johnson (No. 286) made big moves.

On the offensive side, wide receiver Devante Peete (No. 138), offensive tackle Christian Pellage (No. 195), running back Johnny Frasier (No. 245), offensive guard Lester Cotton (Alabama commit - No. 256), and running back Nyheim Hines (No. 300) have moved into the Scout 300.

The Best by Position

Quarterback: Torrance Gibson – Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

Running Back: Kerryon Johnson – Madison (Ala.) Madison Academy

Wide Receiver: Preston Williams – Lovejoy (Ga.) – Tennessee Commit

Tight end: Devonaire ClaringtonMiami (Fla.) Westminster

Offensive tackle: Martez Ivey – Apopka (Fla.)

Offensive guard: Javon Patterson – Petal (Miss.)

Center: Brian Chaffin – Charlotte (N.C.) Charlotte Christian

Defensive tackle: Trenton Thompson – Albany (Ga.) Westover

Defensive end: CeCe Jefferson – Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County

Inside linebacker: Roquan Smith – Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County

Outside Linebacker: Jeffery Holland – Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian

Cornerback: Kevin Toliver – Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian – LSU Commit

Safety: Tavarus McFadden – Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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