South: 2015 Scout 300 Update

Scout released its initial 2015 rankings a couple months ago and we updated the rankings this week. There are some new names in the Scout 300...

Just over 100 prospects out of the Scout 300 come from the southeast region and there are seven prospects that are in that group now that were not there in August.

Three defensive backs made the move into the Scout 300 and two are from the state of Louisiana.

LSU commitment Xavier Lewis is now a four-star cornerback and No. 23 in the country at his position. The 6-foot, 180 pound athlete has played some quarterback, corner, and safety at Reserve (La.) East Saint John, but he will be a strong and physical corner for the Tigers.

Kevin Henry is another Boot State athlete that added a fourth star this week on Scout and he may not have offers yet, but he will. Scout put their eyes on him for the first time last month and the 6-1, 200 pound star out of Baton Rouge Central could be a physical safety or outside linebacker on the next level. Expect his recruitment to pick up in the coming months.

Moving to North Carolina, Mark Fields sat out last year after transferring to Cornelius (N.C.) Hough is back on the field this season. Fields is a very physical corner and he could play safety on the next level too. He is built like a corner at 5-11, 180 pounds, but he is physical like a safety. He can tackle, he has good ball skills, and he has eight offers right now. Fields is now the No. 17 cornerback in the country on Scout.

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge leaped into the Scout 300 this cycle. The 6-4, 241 pound junior out of Deerfield Beach (Fla.) has eight sacks in seven games this season and he could stay outside at end or grow into a tackle on the next level. He has a great frame, he moves well, and he has a lot of potential. Marshall is the only offer at this time.

Moving over to the offensive side of the ball, three prospects made the move and added a fourth star.

Up front, Brandon Sandifer, a 6-4, 329 pound junior offensive lineman out of Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside is now the No. 17 guard in the country. He plays tackle now, but Scout likes him inside on the next level. He is a wide body, strong in the trenches, and a strong drive blocker. Alabama, Florida, and Ohio State have offered the Peach State junior.

Jordan Cronkrite and Van Jefferson are the final two prospects that are now considered four-star prospects on Scout.

Cronkrite is a powerful running back out of Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian and he has over a dozen scholarship offers now. The 5-11, 191 pound junior was offered by Alabama last month and he is a back who can get the tough yards inside, bounce it outside, and catch the ball out of the backfield.

Jefferson is a smooth wideout and he has good genes. The 6-2, 168 pound star out of Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood is the son of former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson and that has really accelerated his development. Auburn offered Jefferson on Monday and others like Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Penn State have offered the new four-star prospect.

Here are quick hits on other minor moves in the 2015 Scout 300:

  • Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart is on his way to a fifth star. He is not a top 30 prospect in the country and the No. 6 defensive end.

  • Javon Patterson is now the No. 59 prospect in the country and the No. 3 offensive guard. The Petal (Miss.) junior was rated as an offensive tackle initially. Other prospects that changed positions are Tavarus McFadden (Safety), Rico McGraw (Cornerback), Jaquan Johnson (Safety), Chauncey Rivers (Defensive end), Brandon Sandifer (Offensive guard), and Lester Cotton (Offensive guard).

  • Scout 100 cornerback Rico McGraw is the new top prospect in the state of Tennessee. The junior out of Ensworth leaped over Kyle Phillips, a defensive end out of Nashville (Tenn.) Hillsborough. Phillips is out for the year after having shoulder surgery last week.

  • Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga and wide receiver John Burt made the move into the Scout 300. Edoga is a very long and athletic tackle out of Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern and Burt is a tall wideout who can get vertical and he is a real threat as a returner.

  • When new names move in, others must fall out of the Scout 300. Some that are now three-star prospects are wide receiver Daylon Charlet, tight end Bry'Kiethon Mouton, lineman Kendrick Norton, and hybrid Rasool Clemons. Expect those four to regain their stars as we expand the four-star prospects at a later date.
    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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