College Football Recruiting: 2015 Preview


Signing day may be over with, but that does not mean coaches and recruiters are taking a vacation.  The class of 2015 is the next crop of prospects waiting to become household names among fans and athletic staffs. The scope of the recruiting world is now on these juniors as they start to make college choice lists.  The ESPN Junior 300 has these prospects ranked in the top five in the country, but that could change as the summer camp circuit starts. These five prospects are the best in the nation: Jashon Cornell, George Campbell, Kevin Toliver II, Mitch Hyatt and Trenton Thompson.

Jashon Cornell is the top junior in the nation.  He is a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end prospect from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Minn.  He isn’t as physically gifted as some of the top defensive ends of the past, but Cornell measures up quite well.  A very disruptive player, Cornell uses his speed and strength to make plays behind the line of scrimmage.  He has offers from every Big Ten school and a couple of familiar big names like Florida State and Southern Cal.

George Campbell is as an intriguing an athlete there is in the class of 2015.  Campbell is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete from East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Fla. with top shelf athleticism.  Campbell is already drawing comparisons to Randy Moss with his size, length and blazing 4.36 40-yard-dash speed.  As a wide receiver, he uses those skills to create mismatches with most defenders and as a member of the secondary, he uses his good instincts to break on balls and finish plays.  He currently has a number of offers from most schools around the country.

Kevin Toliver II from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., is the top cornerback prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 and is committed to LSU.  Continuing the tradition of good corners at LSU, Toliver is a rangy, 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect.  He has the agility to run and move with smaller receivers and the height and strength to stay with the big receivers in college football. He also displays good ball skills and savvy in man and zone coverage.

Mitch Hyatt, the top junior offensive tackle prospect in the nation, is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound Clemson commit.  Hyatt hails from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga.  A tall prospect with a good frame and long arms, Hyatt is a smart player who will bulk up in time.  He is a well-coached prospect with good athleticism and mobility in space.

Trenton Thompson, the top defensive tackle prospect, is from Westover High School in Albany, Ga.  Thompson is a disruptive, 6-foot-3, 263-pound prospect who uses good quickness and burst off the line.  He moves better than expected, chasing down plays from behind, which also shows his motor.  A very strong player, Thompson can hold his ground in the trenches and tackles very well.

As one can see, the top of the class of 2015 is very southern, two prospects from Florida, two from Georgia.  It is also very defensive, only Mitch Hyatt exclusively plays offensive.  These players are still juniors so this will not be the last time you hear of them and their recruitment, their ride has just begun.