Matt Elam was there, but fellow Floridian Corey Lemonier jumps up to that spot as we enter the 2009 season. It is all about upside for Lemonier because once his body fills out and adds some weight he will go as far as he wants to go. Elam moves down to the four spot and Alec Ogletree rounds out the top five.
Marcus Lattimore stills sits on top in the South and it is going to be difficult for anyone to replace the every down running back out of Duncan (SC) Byrnes. He is the total package and he could play college ball now for many schools across the country. He will likely lead the Rebels to another state championship in 2009 and complete a story book like high school career.
It is like alphabetical order – Lattimore and then Luc comes in number two. It could really be about that close when ranking the top two plays in the South. Luc is a prototypical inside linebacker and he, like Lattimore will make an impact early in his college career. He is so compact with muscle that he has to be careful he does not get too stiff on the next level. His game is very strong against the run, he can drop back into coverage well, and he just punishes people.
After Lemonier at three, you have two of the top safeties in the country. Elam and Ogletree are both strong safeties with linebacker like bodies. Both can hit, both have good ball skills, both have good instincts, and they are very close when breaking down film. Elam is a little quicker while Ogletree has shown a little more range. They are going head to head in the rankings and they will go head to head in the future when Elam plays for Florida and Ogletree plays for Georgia.
Closing out the top 10 are DeMarcus Milliner, Christian Green, LaMarcus Joyner, Gabe King, and Garrison Smith.
The only real move there is Green overtaking Joyner as the number two prospect in the state of Florida.
New OL on Top
Falling out of the top 10 is Mississippi offensive tackle Damien Robinson. The Olive Branch star has dropped from his top spot and been replaced by North Carolina State commitment Robert Crisp.
The 6-foot-8, 290 pound tackle has worked hard this off-season and he has shown better feet, a very good base setting, and more toughness. One of the concerns in the past about Crisp was his mean streak and he even has shown a little more fire in recent months.
Robinson has moved down to the number three overall offensive lineman in the South behind Crisp and Brent Benedict.
Position Change Opens Door at Quarterback
The South did not really have that elite quarterback that was a clear cut number one guy in this region, so going into the summer, athlete Blake Sims held that spot. After evaluating Sims and other quarterbacks over the last two months there has been a change.
Number one, Sims has been moved to safety. He could end up at safety, corner, or even wide receiver in college, but he will only play under center if it is in a wildcat package at Alabama. With Sims moving to safety and Munchie Legaux dropping in the rankings, Jeffrey Godfrey has taken over the top spot.
Not by much though.
Right on his heels are Barry Brunetti and Clint Trickett with Trey Burton and Terrance Broadway also making the South150.
Godfrey is a tad under 6-feet tall, but he has everything else you look for in a quarterback. He is a leader, he has a good arm, and he makes good decisions, and he can hurt defenses with his legs. Size hurts him a little like it does Brunetti. Trickett has a chance to make a move this season at North Florida Christian, so this battle is far from over.
Who are the Newcomers?
Alabama commitment Nick Perry moves into the top 150 at number 48, Michael Thornton moves in not far behind at 58, Demtre Baker enters at 75, and Jalston Fowler checks in at 83. Those five move slide into the top 100.
Darius Millines, Tyrann Mathieu, Corey Crawford, Willis Wright, Marcus Shaw, Bashaud Breeland, Gideon Ajabge, David Perry, Ronald Carswell, and many others make a move and fall into the rankings from 100-150.
Florida Rules the Rankings
As it should, Florida represents over 40 percent of the top 150 in the South. They have a total of 60 prospects in the rankings and here is how the states shake out:
- Florida: 60
- Georgia: 25
- Alabama: 14
- South Carolina: 13
- Mississippi: 12
- Louisiana: 10
- North Carolina: 9
- Tennessee: 5
- Arkansas: 2
More Scout Rankings Coming
The rest of the Scout.com regional rankings will be released throughout this week continuing with the West on Tuesday, Midlands on Wednesday, Midwest on Thursday, and the East on Friday. Next Monday, Scout.com will post its updated Scout300.
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