A few make big enough impressions to make a move in the ESPNU 150
Over the past six weeks, with on-campus college camps, combines and most recently The Opening at Nike, we had the opportunity to further evaluate the Class of 2012 and have made some subtle changes not only to the ESPNU 150, but to a few prospects who sit just outside the rankings.
Despite his lack of exposure and hype, we really liked Thompson all spring because of his combination of size, range, speed and unexpected but impressive coverage skills. Seeing Johnson play exclusively as a cornerback after evaluating him primarily as a running back gives him even more value than we previously thought, as he originally ended up on the cusp of the first edition of the ESPNU 150.
Geismar (La.) Dutchtown safety Landon Collins continues to rise and now sits at No. 20 overall, up from No. 51. Miami Norland athlete Randy "Duke" Johnson climbs a few spots from No. 54 to No. 50, while Buford (Ga.) High School OLB Dillon Lee continues to move up the board as well, climbing to No. 56 from No. 72.
Of course with additions to the ESPNU 150 comes some subtractions, which is par for the course and not always a negative reflection. McPherson (Kan.) High School QB Tyler Matthews and Lindale (Ga.) Pepperell DT Dakota Ball drop out of the 150 at this time.
Two players outside of the 150 who received significant grade raises are Eagle (Idaho) High School QB Tanner Mangum and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco WR Bryce Treggs. Mangum, a BYU commit, jumps into the four-star range, while Treggs, a recent verbal commit to Cal, jumps into the four-star ranks and is now in the top 20 WRs nationally. ATH Corey Coleman, a Baylor commit, has also seen his stock rise in the past month.
Tom Luginbill is ESPN's national director of football recruiting.