It is a big day in the East Region's 2016 class as seven prospects were awarded four stars, and the wealth was spread out.
New Jersey had three players earn the honor, Pennsylvania had two and Maryland and Virginia each had one. Six of the players are on the offensive side, and each are being heavily recruited already.
Jarrett GuarantanoBaltimore Gilman School defensive tackle Ellison Jordan is now a four-star prospect, and already holds offers from the likes for Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia Tech.
In New Jersey, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic quarterback Jarrett Guarantano had another big spring on the combine circuit and now a four-star prospect. His offer list already includes Arizona State, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
"I'm going to put my head down and get better," Guarantano said. "I'm going to do everything possible to be a five-star and a top five quarterback in my class."
"I am really appreciative of that," Mitchell said.
A trio of less publicized but talented athletes also received four stars.
Pittsburgh Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders, Old Tappan (N.J.) Northern Valley defensive back Jordan Fuller and Egg Harbor City (N.J.) Cedar Creek receiver Ahmir Mitchell saw their statuses rise.
Sanders' offer list includes Pittsburgh, Penn State and Michigan. Fuller's recruitment will be interesting because he can play cornerback, safety and receiver, and his offer list is already in double digits and includes Florida State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and UCLA, where his brother, Devin Fuller, is a receiver.
Mitchell's brother, Damon Mitchell, is a freshman at Arkansas, and Ahmir's recruitment should take off during the summer. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder holds offers from Boston College, Florida State, Rutgers, Old Dominion and Virginia, and the four-star rating meant a lot to him.
"I am really appreciative of that," he said. "My hard work is being noticed and I won't let a rating describe me. I will continue to work to be great, but I am thankful for the notoriety."
Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East is already known as a big-time talent producer, and the next in line is 6-7 receiver Cary Angeline, who could develop into a tight end. His offer list includes Boston College, Duke, Miami, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia.
"I'm excited about it," Angeline said. "I think the strengths that make me a four-star is my combination of size, speed and athleticism. Growing up, I always wished to be a four- or five-star recruit, and it's pretty cool that I am now."
"It's a great feeling," Birmingham said. "I feel totally honored and blessed."
The East Region has 19 four-star prospects, and a five-star prospect (defensive tackle Rashan Gary of Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) High) in the 2016 class.
Scout.com's Michael Clark and Greg Pickel contributed