Georgia commit Jacob Eason is the No. 2 prospect on Rivals' First 2016 Top 100.

College Football Recruiting Rankings: Rivals Releases First Top 100 For 2016

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.

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.

 

16 Players Earned 5-Star Grades

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.

Alabama: 3

Miami: 3

Georgia: 2

LSU: 2

Ole Miss: 2

Auburn: 1

Baylor: 1

Duke: 1

Florida: 1

Michigan: 1

Penn State: 1

Texas: 1

Texas A&M: 1

USC: 1

 

○ 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

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