One of the unique things about watching the football recruiting scene in the South is not only the depth of talent in the region, but the way new prospects emerge on almost a weekly basis.
Our latest edition of the Southeast Elite 88 features a number of familiar names at the top of the list, but also several newcomers who have emerged as some of the nation’s most coveted prospects.
The list includes players from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The top four spots remained unchanged from our preseason ranking, with Lake Mary, Fla., linebacker Keith Rivers heading the list.
Rivers (6-3, 215, 4.5) is considered by many to be a strong lean to Southern Cal, but Oklahoma and Florida continue to put up a good fight.
The Sunshine State’s top player is followed on the list by St. Martinville (La.) wide receiver Early Doucet, Colquitt (Ga.) Miller County defensive end Brandon Miller and Miami (Fla.) Carol City linebacker Willie Williams.
And like Rivers, none of those five-star prospects have announced their college decision, setting up a suspense-filled finish for each one.
The nation’s top-rated athlete, Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County star Alonzo Bryant, worked his way into the new Top 10.
He also represents one of seven Georgia Bulldogs on the Elite 88, edging LSU’s six. Miami was next with three, but the Hurricanes pack incredible quality into those verbals with the No. 10 (RB Bobby Washington), No. 17 (DB J.R. Bryant) and No. 19 (RB Charlie Jones) prospects.
Some of the newcomers to the list included: Florence (S.C.) Wilson linebacker/tight end Lawrence Timmons, who is making a push to be the Palmetto State’s top prospect by signing day; Immokalee (Fla.) defensive back McIntosh Nicolas; Jacksonville (Fla.) White defensive back Dawayne Grace; Citra (Fla.) North Marion wide receiver Greg Carr; Deerfield Beach (Fla.) defensive lineman Emmanuel Dunbar; East Point (Ga.) Tri-Cities athlete Ramarcus Brown and Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern defensive back C.J. Barber, all four-star prospects.