Two of the 13 five-star prospects in the initial rankings of Scout.com’s 2016 class reside in the East Region, and one saw his rating bumped up from four stars.
In addition, there are 29 four-star prospects from the East Region, which is dominated by receivers. In fact, 10 of the top 32 players are receivers.
The two five-star players are Scotch Plains (N.J.) Fanwood defensive tackle Rashan Gary, who was awarded the rating in the fall, and Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic running back Kareem Walker.
“I really like the fact I’ve become a five-star because that was a goal before the season started,” Walker said. “I wanted to be a five-star before my junior year started.”
The 6-foot, 210-pound Walker averaged more than 10 yards per carry as a sophomore, and his offer list approaching two dozen. He has a combination of power, size and acceleration to go with an ability to run the 40-yard dash in the 4.45 second range.
Scout 300 for 2016
“(Schools) say they like the way I run the ball, how my head level drops when I hit the hole,
Walker said. “They said not every running back could do things like that, and you can’t teach that. It’s something that is natural. And my size. Those are the things they talk about.”
Maryland leads the way with eight four-star prospects, followed by Virginia (7), Pennsylvania (6), New Jersey (5) and Washington, D.C. (2).
DT Rashan Gary, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
RB Kareem Walker, De Paul Catholic
OG Richard Merritt, Archbishop Carroll
DE Rashaun Smith, St. Frances Academy
OG Michal Menet, Exeter Twp
CB Levonta Taylor, Ocean Lakes
MLB Jaquan Yulee, Lakeland
DE Shane Simmons, Dematha Catholic
WR Trevon Diggs, Thomas S Wootton
DT Ellison Jordan, Gilman School
WR Ahmir Mitchell, Cedar Creek
WR Scott Bracey, Benedictine
RB Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills
QB Jordan Fuller, No. Valley Reg. Old Tappan
WR Drake Davis, Fork Union Military Academy
QB Jarrett Guarantano, Bergen Catholic
QB Dwayne Haskins, The Bullis School
WR Steven Smothers, Franklin
WR Brad Hawkins, Camden
OT Jauan Williams, Archbishop Carroll
TE Mark Birmingham, Briar Woods
WR Cameron Chambers, Timber Creek
QB Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North
OT Clark Yarbrough, Woodberry Forest School
WR Keandre Jones, Our Lady Good Counsel
RB Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa
WR Cary Angeline, Downingtown East
WR Tino Ellis, Dematha Catholic
DE Kyree Campbell, Freedom
QB Aaron Mathews, Clairton
OT Liam Smith Red Bank, Catholic
A look at how the East Region shakes out in the Scout 300 for the 2016 class.