The Scout 100 for 2014

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The South leads the way with 35 prospects in the Scout 100 for the Class of 2014...

The South has stacked the Scout 100 for 2014, no surprise, with the region loaded as always.

More than a third of the prospects in the Scout 100 call the South home, 35 to be exact.

The West and Midlands, with California and Texas supplying much of the talent, each have 18 prospects in the Scout 100.  The Midwest isn't far behind, with 17 prospects on the list while the East has a dozen, but a third of them are in the top 21, and five-star prospects.

So which position is the most prominent?

That would be receiver, with 15 pass-catchers on the list, followed by 14 defensive ends, 13 running backs and 12 cornerbacks.

Here is a regional breakdown:


Quin Blanding

EAST

The high-end of the talent in the East is in DMV. Three of the four stars (Da'Shawn Hand, Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown) are from Virginia, and the next four players in the region are from either Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.

On the cusp of five-star land is Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) cornerback Jalen Tabor, who is the fifth-ranked player in the region. He is long and runs well, has a 6-foot-2 frame but his loosehips allows him to turn quickly and stay on the hip of a receiver. He also has the acceleration to make up ground.

Bishop McNamara High (Forestville, Md.) offensive tackle Damian Prince holds dozens of offers, and it is easy to see why. The 6-5, 300-pound Prince explodes on the snap and once he latches on to a block, it's over. He has thelength to play on the edge.


Racean Thomas

SOUTH

This is the year for running backs at the top in the Southeast. In the Scout100, we have nine running backs and all are elite in their own way. Leonard Fournette, Sony Michel, and Racean Thomas are all five-star backs, then you have Joseph Yearby (Miami commitment), Jalen Hurd, Bo Scarborough, Elijah Hood, Dalvin Cook (Clemson commitment), and Darrell Scott as high four-star prospects. All are special.

You have guys with power like Fournette, Hood, and Scarbourough, then you have the speed backs like Cook and Scott, you have Michel who can do it all at a high level, you have Yearby who is as productive as they come, and you have Hurd who is a big back who moves with grace. This group of running backs is as good as they come at the top and there are plenty of others in the Scout300 that have the same type of offer lists.

Some of the top prospects on this list will be changing positions on the next level. A couple athletes in Florida play quarterback now, but will likely play wide receiver and cornerback on the next level. Quinton Flowers is a playmaker with the ball in his hands and we project him as a wide receiver because of his agility, speed, and athleticism. Harris helped Booker T. Washington win a state title in 2012 at quarterback and he is dangerous with the ball in his hands, but corner could be where he has the highest ceiling. He is a natural athlete with quickness, great change of direction, and intelligence.

The guys who play in the trenches are well represented in the Scout100. Cameron Robinson and K.C. McDermott are the top offensive tackles and Donnell Stanley and Roderick Taylor are the top guards. This is an elite quartet and they are among the best in the country at any position. All are strong at the point of attack and can be elite college offensive linemen.

On the defensive side of the ball, Lorenzo Carter leads the way. He is an elite rush end with length and speed. Justin Thornton is a lot like Cater in size and style of play. Carter is a little stronger, but Thornton is very long, he gets to the quarterback in a hurry, and he is athletic. Kentavious Street and Gerald Willis are two bigger defensive ends that will play on the strongside. Both are strong with their hands, both can play the run, and both can rush the quarterback. Willis plays with power and Street has great effort.

When you move to the inside, Khairi Clark anchors the Scout100. He is an elite defensive tackle with strong hands, good quickness, and he can plug a gap or get penetration. He is the complete package when building a defensive line from inside out. Elisha Shaw and Josh Frazier are two others that find themselves in this group and Shaw is more a raw, big athlete with unlimited potential with Frazier being the physical presence you look for at defensive tackle or nose guard.


Malik McDowell

MIDWEST

The states of Illinois and Michigan are strong this year and that is represented in the top 100.

Michigan has Drake Harris, Malik McDowell and Damon Webb as top five guys in the Midwest and Illinois has Clifton Garrett, Jamarco Jones, Nyles Morgan and Parrker Westphal in the national top 100.

Of course, Ohio is always strong and that state has three players in the top 100.

Harris has the athleticism and ball skills you look for in a wide receiver. Michigan has produced top receivers before like Charles Rogers, who ended up being a 1st Round pick and Aaron Burbridge, who made a big impact as a true freshman. Harris may be every bit as talented as those guys.

Garrett is a hard hitting guy who's shown recently that he can be a three-down linebacker. Both of these guys have coaches flocking from across the country to see them and offer them.

The next two guys, McDowell and Webb are right there in the conversation with Harris and Garrett.


Jamal Adams

MIDLANDS

Aside from the five-stars in the Top 20 from the Midlands, there is plenty of other talent in the region that dots the Scout 100.

Lewisville (Texas) Hebron safety Jamal Adams a 6-foot-0, 190-pound brickhouse, who has great feet and coverage skills. He has a nice blend of skills and  would make any defensive backfield stronger when he sets foot on campus.  Schools from all over the country have offered.

Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was the premiere playmaker on one of the toughest defenses in the Lone Star State. He is  tough against the run, but also has the ability to get after the quarterback  and wreak some havoc in the backfield. Another national level recruit with  an abundance of offers.

Mount Pleasant (Texas) receiver K.D. Cannon, 6-foot-1, 170-pounder holds offers from  schools like  Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M,  Texas Tech, and West Virginia. He has big, strong hands and great hand-eye  coordination, which helps him go up and take balls out of the air over  defenders.

Galena Park (Texas) North Shore middle linebacker Zach Whitely and Mansfield (Texas) Timberview cornerback Edward Paris are very special in their own rights. Whitely is a throw-back, hard-working defender, with a nose for the football. Paris, an  LSU commit, is a physical defensive back, who pulled down seven  interceptions as a junior in 2012.


Michiah Quick

WEST

What's the biggest trend out West?  The presence of Arizona.

The Grand Canyon State has six players in the Scout 100, the most in the state's history, and just one behind California, with seven.  Utah also has a pair of Top 100 players.

And the region that presented the Biletnikoff Award winner in 2012 and two of the three finalists for the Mackey Award has plenty of pass-catchers in the Scout 100.

Four receivers and two tight ends are among the 18 players from the region, including the top-ranked receiver in the country, Fresno (Calif.) Central's Michiah Quick and the top two tight ends in the country, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham's Dalton Schultz and La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua.

The West had the top quarterback in 2013 and again, 2014 finds the nation's top quarterback from the region, Palo Alto (Calif.) passer Keller Chryst.

The 2014 Scout 100

Scout.com national scouting director Scott Kennedy and national recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brandon Huffman, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins, Greg Powers and Jamie Newberg contributed to this story.

Scout.com will be releasing rankings throughout the week for the 2014 class.  On Wednesday (3/6), Scout released new five-stars for 2014; Thursday (3/7) is the release of the Scout 100 for 2014 and Friday (3/8) will be the full release of the Scout 300 for 2014.  The full Scout 300 and positional rankings will be updated on Friday, March 8th, and the lone changes being made today are to players outside of the Scout 100.

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