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Class of 2017 recruiting stock report: Rising and falling by region

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Dylan Moses

The high school season and most of the premier postseason all-star games are now in the rearview mirror, and the recruiting world has set its sights on National Signing Day.

Rivals.com will release its final updated rankings of the 2017 cycle next week, and there's sure to be plenty of player movement. Here's a look at several prospects who could see rankings bumps - and some whose stock is trending in the other direction.

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SOUTHEAST STOCK UP

Moses, an Alabama commit, led powerhouse IMG Academy in tackles this season and used his All-American Game appearance to put to rest the talking point that he is better suited to play running back than linebacker. Always an impressive-looking physical specimen, Moses showed a nose for the football and became miles better in coverage as a senior. - Rivals.com Southeast analyst Rob Cassidy

SOUTHEAST STOCK DOWN

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Collins boasts an impressive build but had an up-and-down senior season and went quiet for the most part during all-star season. He has solid hands but struggled to get separation from top-flight defensive backs. While he’s certainly an impressive athlete capable of contributing in a major conference, he’ll need to become more explosive to develop into a truly elite college talent. - Cassidy

MID-ATLANTIC STOCK UP

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It was tough to choose between Young and Khalan Laborn here, but Young's all-star game performance had more of an impact on the game itself. Young has always been super athletic, and some five-star offensive tackles got a taste of how unblockable he can be during the Army All-American Bowl. The most impressive thing about Young's postseason performance was how well-rounded he has become. The question surrounding the Ohio State commit was about his strength at the point of attack against elite-level competition. DeMatha plays high-level competition every year, but the prospects Young faced in San Antonio were on another level and he thrived. - Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic analyst Adam Friedman

MID-ATLANTIC STOCK DOWN

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Singling out a prospect that didn't meet expectations is never fun, but I was hoping for more from Notre Dame commit David Adams. He was a tackling machine during the regular season and playoffs, but he had a difficult time keeping up at the Under Armour All-America Game. Adams does have very good vision and shoots running lanes well, but he needs to be faster before he is a regular contributor in South Bend. - Friedman

MIDWEST STOCK UP

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Broiles has always stayed in the four-star range, but his placement in the Rivals250 has fluctuated over the last year, and he even fell completely out prior to his senior season. Following the Oklahoma commit's breakout week at the Under Armour All-America Game, though, Broiles is certainly on the move back into the Rivals250. The talent has always been there for Broiles, but evaluations prior to his week in Orlando begged the question whether he had the intangibles and football IQ to reach his potential. The Under Armour performance went a long way toward answering that question. - Rivals.com Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt

MIDWEST STOCK DOWN

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Myers was a five-star prospect from the very first Rivals100 for the class of 2017, but it is looking like he will not end that way. He came out as a sophomore and performed exceptionally well against players a year older at the Future 50 event associated with the Under Armour Game and solidified his status as an early five-star. In the following two years, though, we saw very little of Myers outside of the season, and when he arrived in San Antonio for this year's Army Bowl, he struggled against top-level competition. Physically Myers still looks the part, but fundamentally and athletically he has fallen behind the curve. - Helmholdt

TEXAS STOCK UP

Hines showed up to the Under Armour All-America Game in the best shape the full team of analysts had all seen him in since we started to cover his recruitment. Long, athletic and eager as ever to get in and make a hit on the ball carrier, Hines was impressive throughout the week. Hines saw a bump back in the right direction with his ranking after the fall, but after what he showed in an All-America setting among so many other top talents, he showed that he is worthy once again of a climb in status. - Rivals.com Texas analyst Nick Krueger

TEXAS STOCK DOWN

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Simply put, Robinson struggled to throw well consistently. For as long as he's been a top prospect covered by Rivals, this has always been the case, but with an opportunity to show over a week that he was finishing his high school career as the best version of himself, he simply did not. All too often his passes went sideways, into the dirt and over the heads of their intended targets. During the game, with a final opportunity to salvage his poor performance from the week leading up to it, he struggled mightily again. - Krueger

WEST STOCK UP

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Lenoir had a phenomenal week at the Army All-American Bowl and proved he can stick with any wide receiver in the country. The Los Angeles Salesian standout can be physical at the line, force receivers to the sideline and compete for jump balls. Plus, Lenoir did a fantastic job of being competitive all week. One of the things I like most about Lenoir is that he has that hunger and drive to be dominant on every play, and he proved it all week at the Army game. USC, Oregon and Nebraska have emerged as the frontrunners in his recruitment. He had previously been committed to the Ducks. - Rivals.com West analyst Adam Gorney

WEST STOCK DOWN

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I still believe Lewis is one of the more talented wide receivers in the 2017 class, and that’s why he won't plummet down the rankings, but a drop was in order because some other receivers had much better all-star showings. Lewis was OK in practice but really didn’t dominate, and he forgot his pads on the first day when everybody seemed raring to go. The Hawkins prospect had a great senior year and has separated himself as one of the best in this class, but Lewis also needs to bring that hunger to want to dominate on every rep. - Gorney

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