Rivals has gained a reputation as one of the most revered and respected recruiting sites by consistently putting out some of the best and most accurate prospect evaluations and rankings.
Any time the site publishes any sort of new prospect rankings, the recruiting world immediately takes notice.
On Monday, Rivals revealed its first Top 100 rankings for the 2016 class.
— Rivals.com (@Rivals) July 28, 2014
Obviously, the biggest news is that WR Nate Craig from Florida’s Tampa Catholic High School, who recently committed to Auburn, stands tall as the No. 1 overall prospect.
That certainly wasn’t the only intriguing aspect of the rankings, though.
Here’s a look at the most interesting tidbits from Rivals’ initial 2016 Top 100.
Here they are listed by overall ranking.
1. WR Nate Craig (Tampa Catholic HS, Florida)
2. QB Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens HS, Washington)
3. OL Ben Cleveland (Stephens County HS, Georgia)
4. DT Dexter Lawrence (Wake Forest HS, North Carolina)
5. ATH Demetris Roberton (Savannah Country Day School
6. OL Gregory Little (Allen HS, Texas )
7. DE Shavar Manuel (Blake HS, Florida)
8. DT Rashan Gary (Paramus Catholic HS, New Jersey)
9. QB Malik Henry (Westlake HS, California)
10. LB Lyndell Wilson (Carver HS, Alabama)
11. RB Kareem Walker (DePaul Catholic HS, New Jersey)
12. LB Caleb Kelly (Clovis West HS, California)
13. LB Keion Joyner (Havelock HS, North Carolina)
14. DB Levonta Taylor (Ocean Lakes, Virginia)
15. DE Rashaun Smith (St. Frances HS, Maryland)
16. DE Breland Brandt (Windward HS, California)
○ 21 different states are represented
Florida, Georgia and California are the most well-represented states with 14 recruits each.
Here’s a look at the breakdown for the total number of prospects for each state.
- Florida: 14
- Georgia: 14
- California: 14
- Louisiana: 8
- Texas: 8
- New Jersey: 7
- Alabama: 4
- Marland: 3
- Mississippi: 3
- North Carolina 3
- Ohio: 3
- South Carolina: 3
- Virginia: 3
- Arizona: 2
- Illinois: 2
- Pennsylvania: 2
- Arkansas: 1
- Michigan: 1
- Tennessee: 1
- Washington: 1
- Wisconsin: 1
*Washington DC has two prospects included.
○ 21 of the players have already announced their collegiate commitments
Alabama and Miami are tied with the most commitments with three each.
Here’s a look at the total number of commitments for each school.
- 5. ATH Demetris Robertson (Savannah Country Day School, Georgia)
- 38. ATH Shyheim Carter (Kentwood HS, Louisiana)
- 61. DT Benito Jones (Wayne County HS, Mississippi)
- 26. RB Mark Walton (Booker T. Washington HS, Florida)
- 29. WR Sam Bruce (St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Florida)
- 67. WR Dredrick Snelson (American Heritage HS, Florida)
- 28. DT Edwin Alexander (St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Louisiana)
- 79. QB Feleipe Franks (Wakulla HS, Florida)
Ole Miss: 2
- 19. WR DeKaylin Metcalf (Oxford HS, Mississippi)
- 66. RB Justin Connor (North Panola HS, Mississippi)
- 1. WR Nate Craig (Tampa Catholic HS, Florida)
- 22. OT Patrick Hudson (Silsbee HS, Texas)
- 23. WR Scott Bracey (Benedictine School, Virginia)
- 87. CB Chauncey Gardner (Cocoa HS, Florida)
- 70. OT Erik Swenson (Downers Grove South HS, Illinois)
Penn State: 1
- 42. RB Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills HS, Pennsylvania)
- 39. WR Collin Johnson (Valley Christian HS, California)
Texas A&M: 1
- 6. OT Gregory Little (Allen HS, Texas)
- 17. LB Daelin Hayes (St. Mary’s HS, Michigan)
○ WR is the most represented position with 15 total prospects
Here are the totals for each position.
- Quarterbacks: 9
- Running Backs: 5
- Wide Receivers: 15
- Tight Ends: 4
- Offensive Linemen: 11
- Defensive Tackles: 13
- Defensive Ends: 11
- Linebackers: 9
- Defensive Backs: 12
- Athletes: 11
○ Biggest and Smallest Prospects
The Tallest Player is OT Willie Allen at 6’7’’
The Shortest Player is WR Sam Bruce at 5’8’’
The Heaviest Player is OT Patrick Hudson at 330-pounds
The Lightest Player is ATH Trevon Sidney at 155-pounds