- Robert Nkemdiche – Ole Miss (6-5, 265) DE, Loganville, Georgia: Started from day one. Has been good, but not as dominating as he could have been. This year should be the year of the Nkemdiche before he declares for the NFL.
- Carl Lawson – Auburn (6-3, 250) DE, Alpharetta, Georgia: Lawson showed a lot of promise as a true freshman with 4 Quarterback sacks and 7 Quarterback hurries. But, last season, Lawson had to sit out due to a severe knee injury. Lawson should be back with a vengeance for the
2015 season and particularly with the arrival of new Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp.
- Vernon Hargreaves III – Florida (5-11, 185) CB, Tampa, Florida: Simply put, he’s been a star from day one and will continue to dominate at the next level after this season. He did have his struggles against Amari Cooper of Alabama, but so did everyone else. Great player.
- Mackensie Alexander – Clemson (5-11, 175) CB, Immokalee, Florida: He redshirted as a true freshman and started as a redshirt freshman. Clemson had the top defense in the country in 2014.
- Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss (6-6, 295) OT, Lake City, Florida: Tunsil started from day one at Left Tackle for the Ole Miss Rebels. Tunsil suffered a serious leg injury in their bowl game loss to TCU. It’s unknown whether Tunsil will be available for the 2015 season.
- Matthew Thomas – Florida State (6-3, 205) LB, Miami, Florida: Thomas has had his share of issues and redshirted as a freshman. He played some as a sophomore and 26 total tackles in 2014.
- Jaylon Smith – Notre Dame (6-3, 212) LB, Fort Wayne, Indiana: Smith played immediately as a true freshman and was 3rd on the team in tackles. Last season, Smith led the Fighting Irish in tackles and was their best defensive player.
- Kelvin Taylor – Florida (5-11, 216) RB, Belle Glade, Florida: Taylor has run for just over a thousand yards in his first 2 seasons combined. Matt Jones left for the NFL after this season so Taylor should be the main guy.
- Derrick Henry – Alabama (6-3, 243) RB, Yulee, Florida: I can’t believe this guy was only 9th. He had to split time at Alabama with TJ Yeldon this year, but Yeldon is gone and Henry should
excel. He ran for right under 1,000 yards this past year.
- Eddie Vanderdoes – Notre Dame/UCLA (6-3, 310) DT, Auburn, California: Originally signed with Notre Dame but got out of his scholarship because of his mother’s health, I believe. Good player for the Bruins.
- Eli Apple – Ohio State (6-0, 185) CB, Voorhees, New Jersey: Ohio State just won the national championship and Apple was a starter at Cornerback for them. Great player.
Others in top 25, but there were only 11 5 star players:
12. Su’a Cravens – USC (6-1, 205) S, Murrieta, California: Safety/Outside Linebacker hybrid. Cravens is tough.
13. Montravius Adams – Auburn (6-3, 281) DT, Vienna, Georgia: Good player for Auburn and should be better under new Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp.
14. Jalen Ramsey – Florida State (6-0, 190) CB, Brentwood, Tennessee: Great player for the Seminoles.
15. Christian Hackenberg – Penn State (6-4, 212) QB, Fork Union, Virginia: Rare true freshman starter at Quarterback. Was better as a freshman, but still expected to be a high NFL pick after this
16. Reuben Foster – Alabama (6-2, 242) LB, Auburn, Alabama: He’s a back up at Alabama but should start in 2015 and what action he has seen he has impressed.
17. Darius James – Texas (6-5, 320) C, Killeen, Texas: Hasn’t lived up to billing.
18. Kendall Fuller – Virginia Tech (5-11, 190) CB, Olney, Maryland: One of the best players in America. An All American.
19. Laquan Treadwell – Ole Miss (6-3, 195) WR, Crete, Illinois: Treadwell has been the Rebels’ best for the past 2 seasons. Seriously injured last season.
20. Max Browne – USC (6-5, 214) QB, Sammamish, Washington: Back up to great Trojan Quarterback Cody Kessler. Should battle for starting job in 2016 unless he transfers.
21. Kenny Bigelow – USC (6-3, 297) DT, Elkton, Maryland: Bigelow redshirted and then was recovering from injury in 2014. Looks to compete for playing time in 2015.
22. Greg Bryant – Notre Dame (5-11, 197) RB, Delray Beach, Florida: Notre Dame’s second leading rusher in 2014, but the leading rusher is in the same class.
23. Max Redfield – Notre Dame (6-2, 181) Ath, Mission Viejo, California: Starts at Safety for the Irish.
24. Antonio Conner – Ole Miss (6-2, 200) S, Batesville, Mississippi: Standout player. Hello NFL
25. Robert Foster – Alabama (6-3, 190) WR, Monaca, Pennsylvania: Back up for the Tide, but could start in 2015.
Other players in the top 100 that have played so far:
28: Jonathan Allen – Alabama (6-3, 245) DE, Ashburn, Virginia: Bad Hombre!
32: Alvin Kamara – Alabama (5-10, 192) RB, Norcross, Georgia: Transferred to a JC and then to Tennessee of all people. Should play against Bama this season.
41: Kendall Beckwith (6-3, 225) LB, Jackson, Louisiana: Great Middle Linebacker.
45: OJ Howard – Alabama (6-6, 225) TE, Prattville, Alabama: Great Tight End, but doesn’t see a lot of passes.
47: Stacy Coley – Miami (6-1, 173) WR, Oakland Park, Florida: Good receiver for Canes.
49. Jalin Marshall – Ohio State (5-11, 196) WR, Middletown, Ohio: Awesome Buckeye