The main focus of any Rivals100 Presented by Under Armour rankings release is the five-stars, but there are plenty of other prospects in this group that are standouts. With so many ranking cycles left in the class of 2016, we will be looking at more rankings changes than ever before. Led by the highest-ranked prospect to miss out on five-star status, recent USC linebacker commitment Daelin Hayes from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's, here's a look at a few of the notables outside the five-star range.
By rankings prospects so early, before they even play a down of junior football, much of what you see here is in pencil and far from permanent marker. But it is exciting to rank these players so early. I hope the process slows down a bit and we're not ranking players off of freshman film, but it seems that's the way the industry is headed and we'll adjust accordingly.
Beyond the listed players below, other prospects in the Rivals100 that intrigue me include Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military wide receiver Drake Davis, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke, Hammond (La.) St, Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Edwin Alexander, and Niceville, Fla. wide receiver Elijah Stove. Since we are ranking these prospects so early, there will be more changes and shifting in this 2016 class than there has ever been. There are players out there who haven't even emerged yet and some of the top guys might have already reached their ceilings, This will be a fun ride for sure.
Hayes is a unique combination of size and athleticism. His off-season on the camp circuit saw him dominate every aspect of his position that was tested, from his movement through position drills to his coverage skills in open space. The only knock on his scouting report is missing his sophomore season due to injury, but he is ready to go for 2014. -- Josh Helmholdt, Midwest analyst
Patterson brings a lot of skill to the table. He is a refined passer who can make all the throws, and he also has the ability to make plays with his legs. He has been very well-schooled as a quarterback from a young age and his work is showing." -- Jason Howell, Mid-south analyst
The Midwest has produced very good tight ends over the last several classes - from Jake Butt to Daniel Helm to C.J. Conrad - but Hausmann may prove to be the best in recent memory. The Cincinnati native is an athletic specimen who runs like a wide receiver with the strength to bully linebackers. At 6-foot-4 and 228 pounds, he provides a mismatch in the passing game and also has the frame to fill out and be effective as an in-line blocker. -- Helmholdt
Johnson is very strong and athletic and is good at utilizing proper hand placement and extending his arms to keep his opponent off balance. He has natural balance when facing bigger defenders and plays with good pad level. Johnson can reach the second level and hit moving targets due to his excellent agility and footwork." -- Adam Krohn, Southeast analyst
He's mean, tough, fierce and aggressive. Toailoa plays inside linebacker with fury and vengeance and goes after quarterbacks and running backs aggressively to make a lot of plays. Another thing that's impressive about Toailoa is his ability to get out and cover down the field. He runs like a safety and hits like an 18-wheeler. -- Adam Gorney, West Coast analyst
Monroe is a heavy-hitting safety with range to get to each corner of the field. He has a nice, solid build at 6-foot, 180 pounds and he has some nice instincts to go along with it. His combination of size, speed, and instincts has already made him one hot target for college coaches. -- Howell