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Rivals100: New five-stars, same No. 1

The third release of the Rivals100 Presented By Under Armour for the Class of 2017 is out and there is no change at the top as Houston (Texas) Episcopal defensive tackle Marvin Wilson remains the No. 1 player in the country. However, there was some shuffling near the top as well as as four new members of the five-star club and one player who lost his fifth star, the second ranking in a row with such five-star changes.

The Recruiting Analysts break it all down for you.

“Marvin Wilson remains on top but things are getting tight up there,” said National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell. “This class, to me, is much more talented at the top of the list than 2016. I really like this class quite a bit. We have two elite defensive tackles (Wilson and Tyler Shelvin) in the top 10, arguably the most talented running back I’ve seen in years in Najee Harris, a freaky talent at defensive end (Josh Kaindoh) and one of the best athletes around in Dylan Moses. Trevon Grimes, Isaiah Wilson, Lamont Wade and Jeffrey Okudah are all rare talents at their positions as well.”

While Wilson stayed at No. 1, Harris moved up to No. 2 and Grimes moved to No. 3 as both pushed Kaindoh and Wilson down a couple spots. Shelvin is a new five-star in the top 10 while Moses, Wade, Okudah and Myers round out the top 10. Here’s a look at the new five-stars and the lone player to lose his fifth star this time around.



“Shelvin is a wide body who can clearly handle the line of scrimmage and is very strong at the point of attack, but it’s his agility and quick feet that allow him to stand out. He is quick off the snap, counters well and is so powerful that it’s hard to move him where you want him to go. Even when he’s blocked he can disrupt the play by pushing the pocket.” – Mike Farrell, National Recruiting Director

“An LSU commitment, Shelvin has incredible agility for a prospect of his size. The fact that he carried a little bad weight but still retains quick feet makes his upside and ceiling high and his versatility remarkable.” - Rob Cassidy, Southeast Recruiting Analyst

“People-Jones is on that upward trajectory you want to see with a wide receiver, a guy who gets better each time you see him as he continues to add size, quickness and polish to his routes. He’s a technician in route-running, which stands out the most to me as he is a quarterback’s best friend, setting up defensive backs and gaining that separation to make for an easier target.” - Farrell

“Peoples-Jones made a jump to the cusp of five-star status in the post-junior season update, and his showing at the Under Armour Future 50 camp on Jan. 1 was the final push he needed to get over the hump. A physical specimen who looked bigger than his listed 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, Peoples-Jones has the size and strength to destroy press coverage, the speed to get deep on cornerbacks and the precision in his route-running to create space in the short and intermediate passing game. On top of that, Peoples-Jones is a 4.0 student in the classroom who has shown an exceptional work ethic and dedication to his craft. He released a top 10 in January that included Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and others.” – Josh Helmholdt, Midwest Recruiting Analyst

“Parks emanates athleticism and is a big play waiting to happen. It’s rare to find guys who are 250-plus pounds who can stand up and play outside linebacker but are equally adept at getting after the passer as a situational rusher. He reminds me of former No. 1 Ronald Powell in his versatility and athleticism.” - Farrell

“Parks, who can play linebacker or defensive end, is a physically imposing prospect with a frame that grabs your attention as soon as he steps on the field. The reason he's special, however, is that he moves like a player of much smaller stature. Prospects with his combination of size and quickness are rare. Parks is careful when discussing recruiting and doesn't come close to naming a favorite. That said, people assume Florida will be in it until the end along with a number of other schools.” – Cassidy

“Lewis has always had the speed to beat players deep and now he’s added size which makes him tougher to check off the line of scrimmage and harder to cover in tight spaces. He can beat you deep with his speed or outmuscle you for the ball and he has a great catch radius.” - Farrell

“Lewis has gotten bigger and stronger in the last year and has kept his speed, so he's a major threat in the deep game but now also has the physical prowess to shed smaller cornerbacks, break tackles and gain extra yards. What also stands out about Lewis is his ability to make difficult catches. Whether the ball is thrown high, outside, low or wherever, Lewis always has a chance to bring it down. With his consistent pass-catching ability, his athleticism and speed and now his physical stature, Lewis deserved a bump to a five-star ranking. Lewis is wide open in his recruitment but Nebraska, Maryland and others have been pushing recently. Many think USC will be tough to beat though.” – Adam Gorney, National Recruiting Analyst


“Poole has talent, size and length, but he’s taken a step back when it comes to his coverage skills and it’s hard to figure out why. He has those same instincts, but against the best of the best at the Future 50 he seemed to be thinking too much and reacting less. He needs to get back to reflexive football and making plays rather than trying to guess too much.” - Farrell

“Poole made a name for himself last offseason by performing extremely well at marquee events like the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, but in Orlando at the Future 50 event it was clear that Poole has some work to do to get back to that level. He struggled with bigger, quicker wide receivers and wasn't on the same level as the other five-star defensive backs at the event. Poole is considering Georgia and Florida.” – Woody Wommack, Southeast Recruiting Analyst