A quick note: These rankings are not set in stone just yet. We still have All-Star games, more senior film, etc., so what you see is our staff's changes up to this point. There will be a couple more changes before we lock them in a couple weeks before Signing Day.
Crete-Monee wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was moved to 5-stars after a big senior season. He helped his team to a state title and facing double coverage nearly every week, he still went out and dominated. He has it all: the ball skills, run after the catch ability and he's physical and willing to block. If anyone had questioned his competition level, he answered those questions at The Opening and other summer events where he was his best against the nation's best.
Three new four-stars in Ohio. Cincinnati Moeller linebacker and Michigan State commit Shane Jones, Pickerington Central defensive back and Northwestern commit Godwin Igwebuike and New Albany safety and Ohio State commit Darron Lee joined the ranks.
We have three people on the ground in Ohio and all of them raved about Godwin Igwebuike and Shane Jones, those two were unanimous decisions. Lee was a guy Dave Berk got to see more of than anyone else and he said he was one of the most impressive kids he saw all season.
"Darron Lee has a great physical frame, he's explosive, has untapped potential, and his best football ahead of him," Berk said. "Shane Jones excels going laterally, he's tough, and can move inside or play outside. Godwin Igwebuike is very physical, he's not afraid to come up and hit you and it'll be interesting to see where his future is. I think he's a safety but he can also be a running back. He could be a dominant physical presence at safety."
The thing about all three is that they had big years against great competition as well. Jones and Moeller played a murderer's row of opponents and he came up big each and every week. Lee quarterbacked his team deep into the playoffs and impressed us in a losing effort against Trotwood-Madison, one of the state's most talented teams.
Gareon Conley - CB, Massillon (Ohio)
The Ohio State commit is a long, athletic cover man who could play receiver in college too. Had a great senior year.
Jon Reschke - LB, Birmingham (Mich.)
Reschke, a Michigan State commit moved up 50 spots in the Scout 300. He had a big senior year. He has gotten bigger, but still faster and has a great nose for the ball. He's exactly what you want in a middle linebacker.
Mitch Trubisky - QB, Mentor (Ohio)
A North Carolina commit, Trubisky had a tremendous year and had several big outings in the playoffs. He's athletic, can throw on the move and showed more efficiency as a senior.
Taco Charlton - DE, Pickerington (Ohio)
Considered more potential than production going into this year, he had great camp performances, but we wanted to see him do it with pads on, which he did. Ceiling is very high.
Da'Mario Jones - WR, Westland (Mich.)
Michigan commit moved up over 20 spots at his position after a big senior year where he returned kicks and played running back in addition to receiver. Big, athletic, good after the catch and a diamond in the rough.
Tracy Sprinkle - DE, Elyria (Ohio)
Buckeye commit was the defensive player of the year in his home state. Inside-outside guy who is going to get bigger and likely be an interior guy in college, but really took it up a notch as a senior.
Alex Gall - OG, Cincinnati (Ohio)
Impressed us this year with his strong, consistent play and especially his battle with 4-star USC commit Jason Hatcher, where Gall had one of his best performances.
Jack Keeler - OT, Barrington (Ill.)
Can play inside or outside, has a tremendous frame and the Wisconsin commit played very well as a senior where he took over as leader on the offensive line.
Kyle Kempt - QB, Massillon (Ohio)
Kempt really surprised us with his great play as a senior, so much so, that he moved up nearly 30 spots at his position. He has great size and was very accurate as a senior, and did well in an offense where he was asked to throw the ball quite a bit.
Josh Jones - S, Walled Lake (Mich.)
Illinois commit is big, fast and physical. Could be an early impact kind of guy.
Chase Dutra - S, Brownsburg (Ind.)
Indiana commit had a really nice year. He plays full speed all the time and isn't afraid to throw his body around. Physical and willing to hit.
CB Marcus McShepard (Cleveland Hts., OH) - Northwestern
CB Heath Harding (Dayton, OH) - Miami (Ohio)
DE Deshai Powell (Indianapolis, IN) - Eastern Michigan
DE Jordan Watson (Chicago, IL) - San Diego State
OLB Chris Wipson (Plymouth, MN) - Minnesota
OT Josh Bass (Battle Creek, MI) - Eastern Michigan
OT Haris Vrabac (Warren, MI) - Ball State
RB Devon Sanders (Chicago, IL) - Uncommitted
S Matt Hubley (Waukesha, WI) - Wisconsin
WR Joe Morrow (Chicago, IL) - San Diego State
WR Jamarl Eiland (Plymouth, MI) - Buffalo