South: 2016 Ranking notes

Lyndell Wilson

Scout has not officially ranked prospects in the 2016 class yet, but we started evaluating prospects years ago and assigning stars months ago. A

As we close in on the initial 2016 rankings on Scout, we are still placing stars on prospects that we feel strongly about early on.

Here is who added stars on Wednesday:

Derrick Brown, DT, Sugar Hill (Ga.) Lanier
An athletic big man in the middle who has not even tapped into his potential. Very long arms, light on his feet, and likely a three-tech on the next level. Athletic enough to play some five-technique too.

Devin Bush, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan
Aggressive and flies around the football field. Always in attack mode and can close on the ball with the best of them. Very physical player who could be a hybrid safety or outside linebacker on the next level.

John Broussard, CB, Phenix City (Ala.) Central
Long corner with good feet and fluidity. Can drop his hips, change direction, and runs with top wideouts. As he develops physically, watch out. Kentucky only school that has offered to this point.

Michael Divinity, OLB, Marrero (La.) John Ehret
An athletic linebacker who could become a hybrid on the next level. He is that kid who could play standing up or with his hand down depending on the system he plays in. He has a good frame and he can run. LSU has offered early among others.

Kristian Fulton, CB, Metarie (La.) Rummel
Another one of those corners who is 6-feet tall with long arms and good hips. He could be one of the best in the country when all is said and done. He has all you look for in a lockdown corner.

Briston Guidry, DT, Metarie (La.) Rummel
An active defensive lineman who plays end now, but will likely end up on the inside down when he gets to college. He has good quickness up the field and he plays with good balance. He can make a play behind the line of scrimmage or get his hands up in the passing lane.

Mecole Hardman, CB, Elberton (Ga.) Elbert County
Natural athlete who plays quarterback in high school, but projects as a corner on the next level. Very good short area quickness and he can play physical. Ball skills are a strength as well.

Benito Jones, DT, Waynesboro (Miss.) Wayne County
Jones really shows good quickness off the ball and anticipation. He uses his hands well and he is strong at the point of attack. He comes off the ball low and he could line up anywhere along the front.

Austin Kendall, QB, Charlotte (N.C.) Charlotte Christian
Kendall has all the intangibles you look for in a top quarterback. He is a very smart signal caller and he plays under control. He throws a very good deep ball and he has good accuracy. His arm strength has improved over the past year as well.

Rashard Lawrence, DT, Monroe (La.) Neville
A big body in the middle who can help collapse the pocket and get penetration. He is not a space-eater, but Lawrence is a defensive lineman who can move. A couple of offers now, but he will add many more.

Clyde Leflore, WR, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton
A receiver just over 6-feet tall and a little thin, but someone who gets separation and adjusts to the ball well. He has dependable hands, he can go up and get the ball, and he could play inside or outside on the next level.

Tobias Little, LB, Atlanta (Ga.) Mays
Ideal inside linebacker. Moves great downhill, strong at the point of attack, and surprisingly good in space. Looks like a college linebacker now and his recruitment is picking up steam.

Shavar Manuel, DE, Tampa (Fla.) Blake 10 sacks as a freshman, 19 sacks as a sophomore, and he has quickly become one of the top recruits in the state of Florida regardless of class. He is a thick defensive end with a good first step. Could grow into an elite three-technique.

Malik Miller, FB/LB, Madison (Ala.) Madison Academy
Really a jumbo-athlete who could play fullback, h-back, or linebacker on the next level. He could run some out of a one back set too. Brings a lot of versatility and he plays hard and physical. Both Alabama and Auburn among others have offered.

Shea Patterson, QB, Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist
After seeing him live recently, he is my top quarterback at this point. Patterson is more athletic than some may think and he also throws a great ball. He is a precise passer, he sees the field well, and he gets the ball out of his hand quickly. He is currently committed to Arizona.

E.J. Price, OT, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett
Has the frame you look for in offensive tackles. Very athletic too and a natural bender. Grew up playing quarterback. Has great feet and length. Needs to develop in the weight room and fundamentally.

Ahmmon Richards, WR, Wellington (Fla.)
Smooth wide receiver who can also play safety. I like him on the offensive side of the ball on the next level because of his speed, hands, and big play potential. Good route runner and he is an athlete.

Janarius Robinson, DE, Panama City (Fla.) Bay
Raw, but a real athlete on the edge. He still has a lot to learn, but he has so much upside. He gets to the quarterback in a hurry, he has the frame you look for, and he has so much raw talent.

Dylan Singleton, CB, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer
Some schools may like Singleton as a corner, but safety is where I like him longterm. He has a nose for the football, he is a great centerfielder in the secondary, and he is a very headsy player. He may have corner size, but possibly top free safety skills.

Elijah Stove, WR, Niceville (Fla.)
A wide receiver who just knows how to make plays. He picks passes off on defense, he catches touchdowns on offense. He has good speed, his hands are elite, and he has good size (Over 6-feet tall). Nice offer list early and it will only get better.

James Valdez, CB, Holly Hills (S.C.) Lake Marrion
Smooth athlete just under 6-feet tall with good length and quickness. South Carolina recently became the first school to offer and many others will.

Lyndell Wilson, OLB, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
The leader in Alabama at this stage for the 2016 class. Athlete who can run, chase, and hit. He has five offers now, but that will double in the near future. He is one of those kids you offer after watching a few plays.

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