Most prospects in the Southeast have completed their 2016 campaigns, and the postseason update to the classes of 2017 and 2018 rankings are near. Here is an early look at several regional prospects whose stock are moving either up or down.
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Recruitment: Perry is committed to Miami and seems solid in his pledge. He is expected to sign with the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Perry recently broke Daunte Culpepper’s school record for touchdowns in a season, but the Miami commit is more than just gaudy statistics. Perry is a true dual threat that has made strides with his reads and accuracy over the past year and is now a truly dynamic weapon. He has also added muscle in recent months. His running ability will always be first on his attribute list. And while he’s always had a strong arm, he’s quickly become a more polished passer.
Recruitment: Solomon decommitted from Michigan at the beginning of the season and is now considering Georgia, Florida and a few other programs.
Analysis: Solomon has been a mainstay in the Rivals100 dating back to the initial release for the 2017 class, but he hasn’t been viewed with the same fanfare as some of the other top prospects in the class. This year, Solomon has come into his own on the field, showing the type of athleticism that had him in the mix for five-star status early in his career. The development he has shown this year is a major step in the right direction and should help him climb the ranks in the Rivals100 during the next update.
Recruitment: Warner is considering Georgia, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Duke with a decision expected to come sometime soon.
Analysis: Warner is another prospect who has been a four-star from the early going but now he has developed into more of a traditional middle linebacker, something that will be reflected in the next rankings update. In addition to always being around the ball and coming in as one of his team’s top tacklers, Warner has also shown an ability to make plays on the ball when it matters most. Having played everything from quarterback to running back to linebacker in his career shows how versatile he is and he should only continue to blossom as a full-time middle linebacker.
Recruitment: Alabama and LSU are among the schools battling to land Mathis.
Analysis: Mathis kept a low profile during the offseason and that allowed him to slip through the cracks compared to some other players at the defensive tackle position. But this year he’s shown that he belongs to be ranked at the position and make a move up the overall charts. His coach thinks enough of his ability to move at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds that he even sees time on offense. Athletic big men are key in today’s world of college football and that’s why schools will be battling down to the wire to land Mathis.
Recruitment: Troutman is committed to Louisville but will take visits in the coming year. His recruitment may evolve as new offers arrive.
Analysis: Already a Rivals250 member, the class of 2018 prospect is back from an arm injury and looking better than ever. He recently scored two touchdowns from the safety position in a playoff game and looks to be one of the most athletic and explosive safeties in South Florida. Troutman has solid size already but will likely add muscle in the coming year. As he does that, the sky is the limit for his potential.
Recruitment: Allen is committed to Florida and will likely sign with the Gators in February.
Analysis Allen has not had the type of season he’d hoped for as a senior. That’s not to say it’s been a total disaster. Allen has shown flashes of the reasons he’s a highly ranked prospect and still has incredible footwork in the pocket. He pushed the ball more since he suffered an injury to his back months ago and people have questions about his arm strength. It’s entirely possible Allen could bounce back if it’s his back that is still bothering him, but he certainly hasn’t progressed quite as quickly as everyone had hoped.
Recruitment: Collins has offers from a long list of major programs but Michigan, Georgia and Alabama seem like the main players.
Analysis: Collins looks great in a uniform and has a college-ready frame. Just based on that, his potential is sky high. He’s still an incredibly effective wide receiver and a major college prospect. It’s just that he hasn’t spent his senior season always living up to his lofty ranking. Collins goes in streaks and has a tendency to go quiet for long stretches despite his overwhelming physical advantages.