Midwest: 2016 Rankings Changes

Midwest: 2016 Rankings Changes

Five new Midwestern juniors to be were added to the Scout 300 and a few others were rated. Here is a breakdown of the changes.

Scout continues to update 2016 rankings as we move through the year. With the summer camp season ending, we have had a chance to see many more prospects in person and a few additions were made to the ranks of the rated.

New Four-Stars
- Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) cornerback LaVert Hill debuts as a four-star and part of the Scout 300 at number 240. He is an outstanding cover man with great instincts, anticipation and a knack for making plays on the football. He makes quarterbacks pay for going his way. His strong summer has been highlighted by the addition of several BCS offers.

- Eden Prairie (Minn.) outside linebacker Carter Coughlin debuts as the number 25 player at his position and 248 in the Scout 300. We really liked his sophomore film, but a lot of it was with his hand down. Camp season has allowed him to show what he can do as a linebacker and he has run well (4.44 forty at Ohio State) and covered well. The dimensions to his game and versatility lead to two offers (Minnesota and Pittsburgh) and his ranking.

- Southfield (Mich.) running back Matt Falcon moved up from the bottom of the Scout 300 into the middle and earned a four-star rating. He's always had immense physical talent, but we wanted to see how healthy he looked recovering from last season's knee injury. The answer to that is he looked outstanding. He has size, speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He still needs to take care of business this Fall, but his physical tools are top-notch.

New Three-Stars

- Plymouth (Mich.) offensive tackle Michael Jordan is a kid we really liked at Michigan camp. We had seen him as a defensive player earlier, but his potential on offense is high. He's athletic, has a big frame (6-6, 265 pounds) and was not as raw in pass pro as we expected him to be.

- Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) quarterback Messiah deWeaver is now the nation's number 23 quarterback. He really put on good weight over the last year and his passes have more velocity as a result. He also has continued to polish his mechanics. Coupled with his intelligence and the poise he showed last season, we felt the Michigan commit had raised his stock.

- Perry (Ohio) tight end Luke Farrell had quite the month, adding offers from Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State. He's a good sized kid who performed well at a couple of camps. We initially really liked his defensive film, but he showed he's a BCS prospect on offense as well.

- Evanston (Ill.) defensive tackle Naquan Jones has great size (6-4, 295 pounds) and upside. He is still learning to play defensive line, but is light on his feet and has a lot of the tools that can't be taught while the things he's still working on can be.

- Two Ohio linebackers, Lebanon's Jango Glackin and Trotwood-Madison's Roland Wader earned new ratings. Glackin is athletic and can run and change direction while Wader is a good sized kid who really started to come into his own this summer.

- Greenfield (Wisc.) linebacker Tristian Pipp awaits his first offer, but we like his frame, growth potential and nose for the football.

- Watch out for three Midwestern offensive tackles, Mayer (Minn.) Lutheran's athletic Sam Schlueter and two from Illinois, Geneva's Loudon Vollbrecht and Lincoln Way West's Justin Witt. Vollbrecht is a 6-foot-7, 300-pound basketball player with great upside. Witt is a high school tight end who has the frame and athleticism to project as a BCS level tackle.

- Dublin Coffman (Ohio) quarterback Gunner Hoak has thrown it well this summer. He has good size and a live arm. Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll's Aidan Smith is another we've liked. He spins the ball well and has good accuracy and consistency.

- Brownsburg (Ind.) running back Toks Akinribade has nice size (6-0, 200 pounds) and ability. He earned his first offer from Indiana this month.

- Three receivers earned new ratings. Detroit Cass Tech's Demetric Vance has outstanding size and sure hands. Naperville (Ill.) Central's Emmanuel Rugamba is an athletic kid who runs smooth routes and has good ball skills. Louisville (Ky.) Male's Keion Wakefield is not the biggest kid, but has speed and open field ability.


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