More than 600 prospects nationwide in the classes of 2015 and 2016 already lay
claim to Division I offers, and we're quickly heading toward double digits for
the class of 2017. Many of the best will be in Dallas next weekend for the
Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge presented by Under Armour. Here is a look at 10 from those classes whose
recruitments are already well under way, listed alphabetically.
TEN WITH OFFERS TO WATCH AT THE RIVALS UNDERCLASSMEN CHALLENGE
Byron Cowart, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood (2015)
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Missouri, South Carolina,
Vanderbilt and UCF
Cowart burst on the recruiting radar this spring after an impressive showing the
RCS Orlando event. He earned defensive line MVP honors winning after dominating
his one-on-one reps. Look for him to be the most physically impressive prospect
in Dallas with his chiseled frame. He has great first step quickness and should
give slower tackles fits at the Rivals250 Underclassman Challenge. Since his
spring camp efforts he has picked up offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida,
Florida State, and Vanderbilt to name a few.
DL Breiden Fehoko, Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington (2015)
Offers: California, Clemson, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Texas Tech, Utah,
Washington State, Wisconsin, Hawaii, San Diego State, Utah State, Weber State
Fehoko already has the offer list of a top-flight prospect and his film suggests
he has the motor to match. His pursuit of the football is relentless and he
possesses fantastic speed for his size. He doesn't play against the country's
best competition by any stretch and, more often than not, simply overpowers
linemen, leading some to wonder how he'll do when matched up with like-bodied
competition. There will be a lot of eyes on Fehoko when he shows up in Dallas,
and he'll have every chance to prove he belongs among the top defensive linemen
in his class.
WR DeSean Holmes, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany (2015)
Offers: California, Nebraska, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Houston
The next big receiver prospect at Mission Hills, Alemany, following in the
footsteps of USC signee Steven Mitchell, could be Holmes, who has looked
spectacular at numerous 7on7 events this off-season. Holmes does not have great
size but he's a game-breaker who can blow by any cornerback and he has excellent
hands. He catches everything. Holmes is not overly physical and needs to add
weight and muscle but that should come with time. With offers from UCLA, USC,
Nebraska and others, Holmes has staked his claim as one of the top 2015
receivers in the West.
RB Kerryon Johnson, Madison (Ala.) Madison Academy (2015)
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State,
South Carolina and Vanderbilt
Johnson is an intriguing and versatile prospect. Unfortunately, an injury kept
him out of the RCS Birmingham stop, so we are looking forward to seeing him
action. He is an excellent running back with the ability to play defensive back
at the next level. Either way he is a natural playmaker and one of the top
athletes in the Yellowhammer State for the Class of 2015. He reports several SEC
offers and figures to be a national level recruit when he enters his junior
DL Adam McLean, North Potomac (Md.) Quince Orchard (2015)
Offers: Florida State, Iowa, Nebraska, N.C. State, Rutgers,
Virginia Tech, Akron and Old Dominion
The 6-foot, 266-pound McLean is already very well known on the camp circuit and
continues to perform very well at every one he attends. With eight offer from
across the country from schools like Florida State, Iowa, Nebraska, N.C. State,
Rutgers and others McLean is quickly becoming a high profile national recruit.
Some of the best things these like about McLean are his explosiveness off the
line, high motor and aggressive hand technique. Although he doesn't have great
size, McLean is strong enough to make up for it.
LB Dylan Moses, Baton Rouge (La.) University Laboratory School
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas
The story of Dylan Moses is now widely known. The eighth grader who received
offers from LSU and Alabama a year before he ever set foot on a varsity field.
At 6-foot-2, 223-pounds Moses has been a standout running back, linebacker, and
even on the defensive line. He is a rare athlete to say the least. The speed,
explosion, instinct, the whole ball of wax, he is a special athlete with
potential at several different positions on the college level. Moses has been
thrust into the spotlight early and he has embraced it, and he will enter the
Underclassmen Challenge as one of the most highly anticipated participants.
OL Zach Rogers, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron (2015)
Offers: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA
Rogers returns to the Underclassmen Challenge for the second straight year and
is now a veteran of the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge. Rogers is one of the more
dominant, disciplined, and technically sound offensive linemen out there in the
2015 class. He is has already established himself as one of the top interior
line prospects in the class and works those hands and feet with a combination of
power and precision. He may be technical and disciplined but don't get it wrong
he likes to get down and dirty in the trenches.
DB Deionte Thompson, Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark (2015)
Committed to Alabama. Also had offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah
Thompson comes from a deep talent pool at West Orange-Stark and has quickly
emerged as a natural in the defensive backfield. He does like to work at
receiver but his ballhawking ability was what really shone bright as he earned
district defensive newcomer of the year honors as a sophomore. He is still
learning the finer points of the safety position but he is extremely athletic
and instinctual. He is currently committed to Alabama but that has not kept
other college programs from entering the picture with Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas
A&M all working hard to swing him there way.
OL Jerry Tillery, Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian (2015)
Committed to Notre Dame. Also had offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss,
Stanford, Oregon State and San Diego State
The first thing you are going to see in Jerry Tillery is that he is huge. He is
just a massive human being. That's just the way it is. The second is that he can
move really well. He gets those big feet moving and he also does a great job of
shooting his hands and getting defenders off balance with his punch. Then there
is his mean streak. He's a guy who plays with a level head, but he has that
nastiness coaches love in the trenches. He enjoys mixing it up and putting his
opponent on the ground.
TE Garrett Williams, Orlando (Fla.) First Academy (2015)
Offers: Arizona, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville,
Michigan State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Duke, Indiana and
Williams is a two-way standout at weakside defensive end and tight end. He
flashes good pass rush ability from his line spot. We like his size and his
non-stop motor. He will probably add weight without losing any speed or
quickness. The First Academy product already holds double-digit offers. The only
question now is where he will play when he gets to college.
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