South: 2015 Five-star Breakdown
CeCe Jefferson
CeCe Jefferson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 7, 2014
Chad Simmons

Scout has been evaluating prospects in the 2015 class for well over a year and a half now and there are currently 11 five-star prospects out of the south on the list. Scout breaks down that elite group here…

Scout updated the Scout 300 on Thursday and you can see that here.

Out of the 108 prospects ranked out of the south, 11 are five stars. We break those down here:

Martez Ivey | | OT | 6-5/281 | Apopka (FL)
Martez Ivey

The Skinny: Ivey is a national recruit due to his feet, his size, his length, and his potential. He is still lean, but he has the frame to add substantial weight. He moves very well in space, he can mirror those speed rush ends, and he is a prototypical left tackle on the next level. Not only is he No. 1 in the south now, but No. 1 in the country.

Mitch Hyatt | | OT | 6-6/276 | North Gwinnett (GA)
Mitch Hyatt

The Skinny: You have Ivey, then you have Hyatt, and not all may see it in the same order. Hyatt, like Ivey is an elite tackle and a prototypical left tackle longterm. He really reacts well to the defensive linemen and he plays against some of the best on a regular basis in Georgia. He shows nice punch and he has the old-school toughness with the new age athleticism. He plays basketball, so once football is his only sport, watch out. He is strong fundamentally now and he will develop physically. Hyatt committed to Clemson Wednesday.

CeCe Jefferson | | DE | 6-3/245 | Baker County (FL)
C.C. Jefferson

The Skinny: Jefferson is an explosive athlete who can be moved around the defensive front. He is quick off the ball and he really closes on the quarterback quickly. He is athletic enough to play some outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme or play fulltime with his hand down at end in a 4-3 front. He has good length, he shed blockers well, and he is very athletic. He gets his hands in passing lanes and he is a kid schools have to scheme against.

Kevin Toliver | | CB | 6-2/180 | Trinity Christian (FL)
Kevin Toliver

The Skinny: Not many cornerbacks out there are built like this one. Toliver is a true 6-foot-2 athlete with long arms and he can cover. He is best playing off the ball right now and his length helps him cover more ground and in the recovery as well. He has very good ball skills and he has played a lot of quarterback, safety, and wide receiver in the past. Once he settles in at corner, refines his game, and just gets more reps, he will take off. His upside is what you have to think about.

Trenton Thompson | | DT | 6-3/289 | Westover (GA)
Trenton Thompson

The Skinny: Thompson looks the part and he is put together like a college defensive lineman, not one in high school. He is very strong, he has very little body fat, and he can move. Thompson explodes off the ball and he closes on the quarterback as well as anyone. He is a very disruptive player in the trenches with so much potential as he continues to develop. As he refines his game and improves fundamentally, he will be scary.

Torrance Gibson | | QB | 6-4/207 | American Heritage (FL)
Torrance Gibson

The Skinny: Gibson is an elite athlete who can do so much at a high level on a football field. If he wanted, he could be a top safety or wide receiver, but over the past year he has developed into an elite quarterback with still so much room to improve. He sees the field well, he has great mobility, he can make any throw, and he is a quarterback defenses have to worry about in and out of the pocket. He has a lot of upside.

Preston Williams | | WR | 6-4/200 | Lovejoy (GA)
Preston Williams

The Skinny: Williams is the total package at wide receiver and he is already committed to Tennessee. He has plus size and run away from a defense type of speed. He has good strength and balance, enabling him to break a tackle. Because of his size, he's always open, because he can outleap and box out smaller defensive backs. He has terrific hands and elevates well in traffic to rip the ball out of the air. There's not much he can't do.

Terry Godwin | | ATH | 6-0/165 | Callaway (GA)
Terry Godwin

The Skinny: Godwin is a gifted athlete who could end up playing either side of the ball on the next level, maybe both. The Georgia commitment looks to have the most upside as a corner due to his size, length, instincts, and ball skills. All those things can be used as a wide receiver too, so he is equally talented on that side of the ball. He still is lean, so he needs to add weight and muscle to his frame, but he is a smart player who is blessed athletically.

Byron Cowart | | DE | 6-4/246 | Armwood (FL)
Byron Cowart

The Skinny: This young man has come a long way since being identified by Scout as a freshman over two years ago. The scary thing is, he still has so much room to improve, yet he can take over games at times. He is such a talented athlete who can run, who is very strong, and who chases the ball down all over the field. Cowart looks like a college player to the eye and he will get bigger. He still needs to improve his technique and play with more consistency, but he is a freak on the field with a high ceiling.

Daron Payne | | DT | 6-2/326 | Shades Valley (AL)
Daron Payne

The Skinny: Payne is the man in the middle you look to build your defense around. He can really anchor the defensive line and cause teams to double-team him. He is very strong at the point of attack and he can move well side-to-side. He is more of a bull rush guy right now and can help collapse the pocket up the middle. He needs to refine his game as a pass rusher and his overall technique. A strong and big body in the middle is what Payne is.

George Campbell | | ATH | 6-3/183 | East Lake (FL)
George Campbell

The Skinny: Campbell is an athlete who can do so many things. He has shined on the football field at rush end, safety, and wide receiver in recent years. He has very strong speed, he is explosive, and he is very fluid. As a wide receiver he has to improve on catching the ball with more consistency and just become that sure-handed wideout. He has big hands, he accelerates well, and he can be elite there when it all comes together. Do not rule out him drawing looks at free safety. He can track the ball, he has great range, and he would be a turnover machine in the secondary.

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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