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Rivals100: No. 61-80 updates

Scouting report: Johnson's high school does not throw the ball much, so all of his skills and abilities cannot be shown off during the season. Still, when Valley Christian did throw the ball, it was to Johnson because he is a fantastic talent. At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Johnson can go up and leap over cornerbacks to catch passes. He also has nice speed, so defensive backs have a tough time keeping up with him. Johnson has excellent hands and great size, a nice mix for one of the best WRs in California.
Latest: Johnson missed Rivals Camp Series Las Vegas and the Pylon 7v7 in the same city, but he's locked in for RCS Los Angeles on May 10.
Leaders: Johnson is committed to Texas
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Devante Brooks
Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High
Scouting report: Brooks has a special combination of size and speed. His ability to make catches downfield while outrunning linebackers or reaching over defensive backs wowed a lot of people. He is a willing blocker and is improving in that area as he gets stronger. His recovery from a torn ACL has gone very well and he should be back at full strength to start the season.
Latest: Virginia Tech, Maryland and Tennessee were major contenders for Brooks before he committed. The personal attention and comfortability with staff were some of the reasons he committed to the Volunteers. His commitment appears solid, but expect other schools to continue to recruit him.
Leaders: Brooks is committed to Tennessee
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Mykel Jones
Patterson, La.
Scouting report: Jones is a big-play threat any time he touches the ball. He runs precise routes, makes quick adjustments to the ball, and has the speed to blow past most defenders.
Latest: Jones has been taking things slow lately. He attended the LSU junior day and he plans to visit LSU and Alabama in the spring.
Leaders: Jones recently named a top five of LSU, USC, Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama. Also keep an eye on Florida State and Ole Miss.
Way-too-early prediction: USC
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Rashard Lawrence
Monroe (La.) Neville
Scouting report: Lawrence is very quick off the ball and his strength allows him to bull through most opponents. However, he also has some nice counter moves and his lateral quickness is impressive as well.
Latest: He has not made many trips recently, but it does look like he could name a top five after spring ball. Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Georgia and USC are are a few schools who have been coming on strong.
Leaders: Lawrence has not narrowed his list at this point, but he has mentioned LSU and USC as standout programs in the past.
Way-too-early prediction: LSU
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Donnie Corley
Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King
Scouting report: Corley has always been a technician at the wide receiver position, but he showed during his junior season he also has elite playmaking skills. Now that he is filling out his 6-foot-2 frame, Corley is rounding into the total package at wide receiver.
Latest: Corley named a top five of LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee in January, but an offer from Alabama and a couple of campus visits, including one to Michigan, opened his eyes and he no longer claims a top group.
Leaders: LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and others.
Way-too-early prediction: Ohio State
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Frank Martin
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Scouting report: Martin plays for one of the most respected programs in high school football and has received excellent coaching for years. Mater Dei is known for developing tough, hard-nosed players and Martin fits that mold to a tee. The four-star prospect plays through the whistle, has excellent technique and loves to drive defensive linemen into submission. He continues to be one of the top OL in the country.
Latest: Martin has been limited this spring so far because there haven't been many lineman camps, but he's expected at RCS Los Angeles on May 10.
Leaders: USC has been Martin's dream school for some time, but he has developed an excellent relationship with UCLA and others. Plenty of national programs have also offered and Martin is expected to narrow his list soon.
Way-too-early prediction: USC
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Dwayne Haskins Jr.
Potomac (Md.) Bullis School
Scouting report: There may not be a smoother passer in the 2016 class than Haskins. His delivery is very quick and nearly the same every time. That, combined with his footwork, make him a very accurate passer. He has the arm strength to make a 60-yard throw, but also knows how to put touch on short and intermediate passes. Haskins is more mobile than people give him credit for, but he does not get a lot of called runs in his offense.
Latest: Many people believe Haskins will end up at Maryland and he will tell you honestly that he doesn't know where he is going to go because he hasn't taken a closer look at some of the other schools he is interested in. He will be at Notre Dame for its junior day this coming weekend and he is looking at going to a number of schools in the South, Midwest and on the West Coast. Haskins has said in the past that he wants to be committed by the beginning of the season, but there is a lot of work to be done before then.
Leaders: Maryland, Notre Dame, Michigan
Way-too-early prediction: Maryland
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WR
Dylan Crawford
Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic
Scouting report: Crawford has grown a couple of inches since this time last summer, but he still has all the speed and ability with some extra height to be a bigger target. The four-star can go across the middle to make plays, he's constantly a deep threat because of his speed and there are few receivers in the 2016 class with better hands. All around, Crawford has all the skills to be special.
Latest: Crawford was one of the top receivers at the Las Vegas Pylon 7v7 and especially dominated in pool play on the first day of the tournament. He's expected at RCS Los Angeles on May 10.
Leaders: USC, UCLA, Michigan, Stanford and others still intrigue the four-star receiver and he doesn't have any clear favorites at this point. An offer from Oregon would definitely be big.
Way-too-early prediction: USC
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Chris Daniels
Euless (Texas) Trinity
Scouting report: Daniels has the size, ability, and knowledge to play many positions along the defensive front. He has a quick first step and he works his hands well.
Latest: Daniels has visited Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, and most recently Texas A&M, and he plans to visit Arkansas and Kansas in a couple of weeks. A visit to Ole Miss is also in the works, and he will attend RCS Dallas on March 29.
Leaders: Daniels does not list a group of leaders at this time.
Way-too-early prediction: TCU
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CB
Chauncey Gardner
Cocoa, Fla.
Scouting report: Gardner is a physical and aggressive safety that is highly skilled but also highly gifted when it comes to playing verbal mind games. Gardner has a thick build, solid speed and a knack for forcing receivers to lose their composure while somehow maintaining his own. Gardner is good in run support and has earned a reputation for being a big hitter.
Latest: Gardner re-committed to Florida on an unofficial visit this week after decommitting from Florida during the coaching change. Originally, he planned to wait until Signing Day to announce his decision.
Leaders: Gardner is committed to Florida.
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Benito Jones
Waynesboro (Miss.) Wayne County
Scouting report: Not the biggest defensive tackle in America by any stretch, Jones uses his quickness to be disruptive. He is a master of leverage and showcases solid balance. If he is somehow able to maintain his agility while he adds size, he could develop into an All-American college player.
Latest: Jones chose Ole Miss in August and seems solid in his commitment.
Leaders: Jones remains committed to Ole Miss
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Byron Murphy
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Scouting report: Murphy is physical near the line of scrimmage in bump-and-run coverage, and he can keep up with receivers down field with great speed and footwork. He seems to dare quarterbacks to test him and then the four-star goes out and consistently makes plays. He's electric with the ball in his hands, too, and could project as a two-way player at the next level.
Latest: The 6-foot, 170-pound corner recently named UCLA, USC, Florida State, Texas A&M and Washington as five early favorites. But don't discount other schools, including nearby Arizona State and Arizona, which he visited for junior day two weeks ago.
Leaders: Florida State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington.
Way-too-early prediction: Murphy says he's wide open with the process, but it's easy to envision him at Texas A&M, where former teammate Christian Kirk now plays, or even UCLA, where good friend Priest Willis could teach him the ropes.
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Trayvon Mullen
Coconut Creek, Fla.
Scouting report: Mullen is a pure cover corner that locks down with a nice blend of speed and length. His long arms are certainly an asset, and he smoothly transitions out of his backpedal when it's time to turn and run.
Latest: Mullen says Miami, Alabama, Tennessee are the three teams that stand out the most at this juncture but LSU is certainly involved as well. He also plans to visit Florida State this offseason.
Leaders: Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU
Way-too-early prediction: Alabama
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Shurod Thompson
Pittsburg, Calif.
Scouting report: Thompson can play either defensive back position, but he is better at safety and he especially showed that at the Pylon event in recent weeks. He covers ground well, can read the quarterback and then make a play on the deep ball and Thompson can come down and rip the ball away from receivers. The four-star is also talented at corner, but he seems more comfortable at safety.
Latest: Thompson earned Top Performers honors at RCS Las Vegas and then he looked good again at safety at the Las Vegas Pylon 7v7.
Leaders: Arizona State and USC remain the two favorites for Thompson, but unlike in weeks past, the four-star said he still remains open to all programs.
Way-too-early prediction: USC
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Khalil Ladler
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Scouting report: Ladler can run with nearly any receiver in America and rarely gives up a deep pass. He's a pure cover corner that brings a lot of attitude to the field as well. He has fantastic hands for a defensive back.
Latest: LSU's stock may have gotten a bump with Ladler when his high school teammate Saivion Smith committed to the Tigers recently. Florida State is also a big-time player.
Leaders: Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia and LSU.
Way-too-early prediction: Florida State
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RB
Justin Connor
Sardis (Miss.) North Panola
Scouting report: Connor is caught somewhere between being an elusive, finesse back and a power runner. What that means is that he's a nice combination of size and agility. His versatility is his strength as he can break tackles or avoid them in the open field. He could stand to add some more weight, but his sub-200-pound frame doesn't significantly hinder his on-field power.
Latest: Connor chose Ole Miss in early August, but is still considering Mississippi State and others.
Leaders: Connor remains committed to Ole Miss
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Michael Divinity
Marrero (La.) John Ehret
Scouting report: Divinity is very natural in space and has some great ball skills for a linebacker. His speed and length allows him to cover ground in a hurry.
Latest: He plans to take visits to Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, and maybe swing up to Arkansas and Oklahoma. In addition to his college stops, he is participating in the Rivals Speed & Skill Challenge in Houston.
Leaders: Divinity says he is not ready to name his leaders right now.
Way-too-early prediction: LSU
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T.J. Chase
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Scouting report: Chase certainly does not hurt for work ethic or drive. He is a staple on the camp circuit and competes with top talent at every turn. The impressive thing is that he usually comes out on top. Chase is long, athletic and fast. He's also as battle-tested as any high school player in America.
Latest: Chase earned Top Performers honors at the Rivals Speed & Skill Challenge in Orlando and has stayed busy this offseason competing in camps, combines and 7-on-7 tournaments nearly every weekend.
Leaders: Chase is committed to Clemson
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Javon McKinley
Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Scouting report: McKinley has excellent size on the outside and he absolutely pulverized defenders in one-on-one situations in his junior season. Corona Centennial always puts up huge numbers but it was still striking that McKinley finished with 91 catches for 1,906 yards and 20 touchdowns this past season. He's long, has surprising speed and he can catch short passes and make people miss or be a consistent deep threat.
Latest: McKinley has missed out on some of the early camps and 7-on-7 events this off-season, but he plays with the powerhouse B2G 7-on-7 team ,so he will be out and about in the coming months.
Leaders: The four-star still does not have any favorites, but he recently visited USC again and seems to like the Trojans. He recently landed offers from Stanford and Vanderbilt and trips to Arizona and Oregon are expected soon. Washington and Notre Dame are also coming after the four-star receiver a lot.
Way-too-early prediction: USC
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