Updated Regional Rankings
Deantwan Whitehead
Deantwan Whitehead
Posted Sep 13, 2005
Miller Safrit, ACC Recruiting Analyst

After just a few weeks into the season around the nation, players are showing their progress towards meeting potential, and several players made big jumps in the rankings this fall.

Updated Rankings:
East 100 | Midlands 50
Midwest 100 | South 100
Southwest 100 | West 100
Perhaps no player made as big a jump in the regional rankings as Deantwan Whitehead, a defensive end from Birmingham (Ala.) West End. Not even making an appearance in the South 100 over the summer, "Peanut" has taken charge by shooting up to number seven in the region thanks to some great senior play.

"With nearly one third of all division one prospect in the South Region on, there are going to be players constantly making moves into the South Hot 100," says South regional editor Scott Kennedy. "Several defensive players made big jumps this month including Deantwan Whitehead of Alabama, Kiante Tripp (OL/DL) of Georgia, and Jacob Cutrera of Louisiana."

J.B. Walton
In the east, two players moved up quickly, and both are from an already talented state of Maryland. J.B. Walton, an offensive lineman from Indian Head (Md.) Lackey, and A.J. Wallace, a cornerback out of Pomfret (Md.) McDonough, both moved up quite a bit in the East 100 and even have an appearance in the National 100.

"Both guys are speed guys at their position and really had to learn how to use that speed to their advantage," says East analyst Miller Safrit. "Walton has the potential to be the best interior lineman in the nation with the way he can control the line and kick out as a lead blocker but keeping a good base and balance while running so he doees not lose control of himself."

There have been a lot of prospects who have made huge jumps and there are prospects that have fallen completely out of the Midwest Hot 100 since its earlier release. Ohio’s Tyler Moeller made the biggest jump. Moeller sits at No. 24 and he’s been given a four-star rating.

Jamie Cumbie
"Morris, Ill., tight end Jamie Cumbie (No. 24) was extremely impressive in his opener last week. I originally felt that Cumbie would play defensive end for Clemson but he showed big play ability at tight end and there’s no doubt that he could be a go-to-guy for the Tigers in the near future," says Midwest recruiting analyst Chris Pool. "Columbus (Ohio) Benedictine running back, Jahmal Brown, put on a show last weekend in Pittsburgh. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder, checks in at No. 44 this month. Brown was unranked in the pre-season. If he gets his academics in order, their will be several school beating down his door with scholarship offers."

In the West Hot 100, the movement was limited, though there are a few players that found themselves receiving a higher rating.

"Probably the one that made the biggest jump was Terrence Austin, who we moved above Jamere Holland - the fastest player on the west coast," says West analyst Chris Fetters. "He's also a little smaller than Holland, but he is a much better receiver."

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