July 30, 2014

Class of 2016: Future four-stars?

2016 Rivals250: Future four-stars?
With the initial rankings for the Class of 2016 rankings being released at the earliest point of any class in Rivals.com history, the number of four-star prospects was capped at 250. That means no new four-stars outside of the initial ranking, but it allows us to take a look at some of the prospects who have the opportunity to impress and move up in the future.

Because the rankings are starting earlier and earlier -- following the trend of earlier offers and commitments -- there will surely be players who emerge as juniors and during the next offseason. In the meantime, members of the Rivals.com National Team provided their thoughts on some of 2016 prospects who just missed the four-star cut and why they could make the leap in the near future.

Complete rankings for the class of 2016
Rivals250: A deeper look at the class
VIDEO: Rivals250 LBs bringing the heat
VIDEO: Farrell details a few players that could eventually make the Rivals250
1 QB
Chazz Surratt
Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln
Surratt is a very athletic and explosive quarterback with a powerful arm. The lefty from Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln has the speed to make people miss in the open field but is also a pretty accurate quarterback from the pocket. If the play breaks down around Surratt he has the ability to turn it into a big play and change the momentum of the game. - Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Adam Friedman
2 OT
Clark Yarbrough
Woodberry Forest (Va.)
From a technique standpoint, Yarbrough is already a four-star caliber of player, but his body has not developed at the same pace. He has a great 6-foot-6 frame but is still only about 260 pounds. Once Yarbrough adds more muscle and shows that he won't be overpowered by some of the bigger defensive linemen his rankings could skyrocket. - Friedman
3 OG
Chandler Tuitt
Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek
Tuitt is a raw prospect who is still learning the position, but he has an excellent frame with very little bad weight. He's spent the offseason working with a position coach to hone his craft and he'll be playing for one of the state of Georgia's top programs this season. He already has a few quality offers and as he continues to add muscle and develop I think he could turn into one of the class's best offensive guard prospects. - Wommack
4 DE
Andre Anthony
New Orleans (La.) Miller-McCoy
Anthony is long and lean and brings plenty of speed off the edge. He is a bit on the light side for a defensive end right now, but as he continues to grow and develop strength in both his upper and lower body he has some high end potential. His speed and explosiveness off the edge are hard to find. - Mid-South Recruiting Analyst Jason Howell
5 DE
Isaiah Chambers
Houston (Texas) Macarthur
Chambers has a big frame and comes off the ball with a good first step. As he continues to develop his technique and grows into his big frame, he has the potential to shoot up the list. College coaches already like what they see with several scholarship offers already on the table. - Howell
6 DT
Raekwon Davis
Meridian (Miss.)
To put it simply, Davis is very, very big. At 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds, he is just scratching the surface of his potential. He is another guy who still has plenty of room for growth in the strength department. What he has though is a nice first step, flexibility, and he plays with some good leverage as well. - Howell
7 LB
Mike Pinckney
Seabrook (S.C.) Whale Branch
Pinckney is an aggressive, physical linebacker who will fit best as a weakside guy who can blitz off the edge and up the gap as well as drop into coverage. He reads run/pass well, tackles with good leverage and delivers a hit when he arrives at the ball. He has natural instincts that help him overcome his lack of length. He's a leader on the field with his physical and violent play. - National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell
8 LB
Kyle Taylor
Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga
Taylor, the younger brother of 2014 Iowa signee Miles Taylor, hits with great power and has the size to play inside or outside linebacker. His athleticism and agility on the outside help him chase down plays toward the sideline and help him to stop cutbacks and not over pursue. As his instincts and play recognition improve Taylor will be able to ruin offenses game plans. - Friedman
9 RB
Martell Pettaway
Saint Clair Shores (Mich.) South Lake
Pettaway has had a strong off-season, even going head-to-head with 2015's No. 1 running back Damien Harris in Indianapolis back in February and holding his own. At 5-foot-10 and 199 pounds, Pettaway has the build to run between the tackles and he can be an asset as a receiver out of the backfield. But, some of the most important attributes in a running back's game cannot be showcased in a camp setting and we want to see him on the field this fall before considering the move to four-stars. - Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt
10 ATH
Delontae Moore
Washington (D.C.) Bailou
Listed as an athlete, Moore is the type of player that can do a number of different things on the field. He can line up as a wide receiver, a slot receiver and can be used as a defensive back. Moore is electric with the ball in his hands and has the ability to score from anywhere on the field because of his quickness, explosiveness and overall speed. - Friedman
Complete rankings for the class of 2016
Rivals100: Meet the five-stars
Rivals100: Hayes, Patterson emerge in rankings
VIDEO: Nate Craig highlights
VIDEO: Farrell on why Craig is No. 1
VIDEO: Farrell on Eason, Cleveland and Walker
VIDEO: Farrell on Robertson, Wilson, Taylor and Smith
PHOTOS: See the five-stars in action
PHOTOS: Rivals100 No. 1s (2002-2016)
Complete ranks by position for 2016
Position Rankings: Headliners and players to watch
PHOTOS: Top player at each position
Early Top 10 for 2016
PHOTOS: Top 10 recruiting classes



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