Six prospects out of the south are five-stars on Scout’s initial rankings for 2016. You have one from Alabama, one from Louisiana, one from North Carolina, and three from Florida.
Keion Joyner | OLB | 6-3/205 | Havelock (N.C.)
National Ranking: 1 | Regional Ranking: 1
Joyner is a freakish linebacker who is explosive off the edge and he excels when chasing the football. He has great length, he plays fast, his motor is always running, and he is has an extremely high ceiling. LSU was his school growing up and the Tigers have offered. He has around 20 offers and currently lists no favorites.
Shavar Manuel | DE | 6-3.5/253 | Tampa (Fla.) Blake
National Ranking: 4 | Regional Ranking: 2
Manuel is a nightmare for offensive linemen. He has a great first step off the ball and he really closes in a hurry on the quarterback. He has 30 sacks in his first two high school seasons and he is one who can win the battle on the inside or outside. He may end up moving inside to a three-technique down the road depending on body development. Miami was his childhood favorite and the Hurricanes are in the race and Florida State is considered a frontrunner early on as well.
Ed Alexander | DT | 6-3/315 | Hammond (La.) St. Thomas Aquinas
National Ranking: 6 | Regional Ranking: 3
Alexander is one of those interior defensive linemen that just happens to be one of the best athletes on the team. He is agile at his size and he gets vertical in a hurry. He had 15 sacks as a sophomore and he practically lived in the backfield. He has a strong base and he is very disruptive up front. Former LSU commitment, but has decided to go through the recruiting process. LSU still considered the leader.
Lyndell Wilson | OLB | 6-2/225 | Montgomer (Ala.) Carver
National Ranking: 7 | Regional Ranking: 4
You see Joyner, another outside linebacker as the No. 1 prospect in the country, then you see Wilson not too far behind. Joyner is big-time and the same can be said for Wilson. He flies around the field, he plays sideline to sideline, and he brings pop when he makes a tackle. Wilson quickly dissects a play and goes directly to the football. He is athletic like Rashaan Evans, the top prospect in Alabama a year ago. It will like come down to Alabama and Auburn.
Nate Craig | WR | 6-2/200 | Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic
National Ranking: 8 | Regional Ranking: 5
Craig looks physically like a college receiver right now. He is a strong wideout that gets a lot of yards after the catch. He can take the short pass and go the distance or behind his the secondary vertically. He high-points the ball well and he is only going to get better as a route-runner over time. If he wasn’t so good with the ball in his hands, he would make a great strong safety. Auburn is the school Craig named his leader earlier in the spring. Alabama, Georgia, and the in-state schools are in the mix as well.
Nicholas Bosa | DE | 6-4/254 | Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
National Ranking: 9 | Regional Ranking: 6
Bosa, yes another Bosa at St. Thomas Aquinas, and this one is a five-star like the last one (Joey Bosa – Starter at Ohio State). Like his older brother, this Bosa gets after it with a high motor. He does a great job creating separation, working his hands, and doing his job. He can play the run, he can rush the passer – both at a high level. He set the school record with 14 sacks in 2013. Of course Ohio State is in the mix, but plenty of others are too. Alabama and FSU may get visits this summer along with the Buckeyes.
A common theme for the six five-stars out of the South is defense. Five of the six play on that side of the ball. It is another strong year in the south and there are plenty of others outside these six in the discussion for a fifth star on Scout.
Keion Joyner is a five-star out of the south and he is not only the top in his region, but the best in the country on Scout. Find out more about him and who else has the same amount of stars beside their name…