Ranking 1 to 1000: Scout Update
Malliciah Goodman makes Big Jump
Malliciah Goodman makes Big Jump
Director of Scouting
Posted Jun 17, 2008

With the Spring Evaluation period behind us, Scout has updated its college football recruiting rankings to include nearly 1,000 players from around the country.

Updated Scout Rankings:

Scout 300

Positional Rankings:


Scout.com's team of football recruiting Scouts has spent the past year scouring the country for the nation's top players attending hundreds of games, football camps, and watching endless hours of video.

As in any method of Scouting, there are hits and misses. The NFL is full of guys that slipped through the college cracks and played at lower division schools, and the NFL is full of guys that slipped through their cracks and became All-Pro after being drafted in the sixth round.

As always, Recruiting Rankings are a guide; they're not the law. A top-ranked recruiting class is an element of winning; it's not THE element of winning.

That being said, recruiting is an important piece of the puzzle. Scout's initial rankings have been out for months, and there wasn't a lot of movement at the top of the list, including Matt Barkley remaining No. 1 overall, but there have been some movers and shakers in this latest update.

Brandon Huffman, the West Coast Manager for Scout, saw several players make big rises in the rankings including a Cal commit, and a pair of USC commits.

"Morrell Presley made a big jump, going from No. 14 in the West to No. 6 and to the top tight end nationally," said Huffman. "After his MVP

Morrell Presley

 performance at the L.A. UnderArmour/Scout Combine, Presley proved why he's the elite prospect at his position nationally. A unique blend of speed, size and soft hands, Presley is the new prototype tight end. Fellow USC commit Kevin Graf also jumped into the Top 50 nationally, securing his spot as the top offensive lineman in the West."

"The biggest jump, though, came from quarterback Allan Bridgford from Mission Viejo. The Cal commit firmly cemented himself as one of the premier passers in the West in one of the best years for quarterbacks in California in a while. Bridgford had a great spring and became a hot commodity before giving Jeff Tedford and the Golden Bears a commitment."

Jumping across the country to the Southeast, saw Clemson commitment Malliciah Goodman of South Carolina make a huge leap to the No. 10 Spot at defensive end.

South Carolina native Miller Safrit of Scout.com loved what he saw out of Goodman at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Charlotte, as well as what he saw on the football field.

Malliciah Goodman
Malliciah Goodman

"Goodman may have been the most impressive physical specimen at our Combine in Charlotte," said Safrit. "He measured 6-3.5/252 and had a shuttle and forty time in the 4.5s. He's got the wingspan of a seven footer. He has the tenacity on the football field of a major college defensive end already. He has the body that could make him an early contributor on the next level. When you combine his measureables with what he does on the field, he's a no-brainer for the National 100."

There were two new players from the North (East/Midwest) that escalated themselves into the ranks of the top 50 and earned five-star honors running back Tavon Austin from Baltimore (Md.) Paul Laurence Dunbar and offensive guard Chris Watt from Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West.

"Austin impresses me a little more every time I see the kid," North Recruiting Manager Bob Lichtenfels said. "He is a rare breed that just does things that not many other kids can do."

Tavon Austin
Tavon Austin

Lichtenfels is also very high on Watt from the Midwest.

"Watt is a warrior, plain and simple," Lichtenfels continued. "He is so strong and uses leverage like nobody else. He is very quick off the snap and is relentless from whistle to whistle."

Midland Regional Manager Baron Flenory had three guys that he felt deserved special mention when talking movers and shakers.

"Running back Brandon Wegher is a kid that sticks out like a sore thumb on film," said Flenory. "Playing in small town Iowa, Wegher does exactly what you would excepted of a major Division 1 prospect: dominate. He just broke the state 60 meter dash and in today's spread offenses Wegher can be a big time threat. His work ethic is second to none."

"Kevin Young is a tight end out of Olathe North High School (KS) that has seen his stock raise over the spring. I was able to see Young in person at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine in Kansas City and the Kansas Super Jayhawk camp, and both times he looked like a man amongst boys. He has an explosive first step and uses his hands really well. He went to the Nebraska camp as well and dominated the one on ones and walked away with a scholarship offer."

Kevin Young

"The biggest jump of the Midland region was Donnie Jennert, moving from not ranked to being a 3-Star. Jennert is an intriguing prospect because he can play wide receiver or tight end at the college level. Standing 6-6.5 he ran the 40 in 4.49 at the Under Armour Scout.com combine and caught just about everything thrown his way. His height creates mismatches against smaller defensive backs, and he is able to stretch the field. His frame is thin but can carry a lot more weight, so I would not be surprised if he slid down to play tight in some offenses. I look for his stock to continue to grow after the first couple of games of his senior season."

Updated Scout Rankings:

Scout 300

Positional Rankings:


Star Ratings are derived from a player's ranking regardless of position.

5-Stars = 1-50 regardless of position
4-Stars = 51-300
3 Stars = 301-1000

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 -by SCPlaybook.com  Jun 6, 2008

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