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Breaking down the ESPN Junior 300

New names at the top and a few under-the-radar players make moves

Updated: November 19, 2013, 8:59 PM ET
By Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert | ESPN.com

Note: This is the second ESPN Junior 300 release for the Class of 2015. The initial evaluation of 1,000 prospects was based off of freshman and sophomore film; this latest update was influenced by junior season production. This will be the final review of this class in 2013, but after signing day, we will begin a more extensive evaluation period that will encompass additional game video analysis. 

The battle for the top spot in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300 is far from settled, but DE Jashon Cornell (Saint Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) remains at No. 1. Several prospects were discussed for that top spot, but no consensus candidate emerged to be able to knock out the talented defensive end. Cornell's grasp on the No. 1 overall ranking may not be a firm one, but he is still deserving of it. With a very nice blend of size, speed and athleticism, he can be a disruptive force off the edge.

There was some movement in the top 10 though, as George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) moved into the No. 2 spot. Listed as an athlete, that is a very fitting description, as he is an extremely versatile player capable of making an impact on the field in a variety of ways. Although he is a talented WR with outstanding measurables, it's hard not to see his upside as pass-rusher. CB Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) was also in the discussion for the top spot, but actually slipped a spot, which speaks to how tight the battle at the top is in these early stages. Campbell's versatility gave him an edge, but Toliver is still a tall, smooth and savvy corner. A new addition to the top 10 is Toliver's teammate, Jeffery Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian). The top-rated OLB has room to improve into a better-rounded player as he's free to attack on most snaps, but he is a fast, physical, explosive defender with a nose for the ball. Holland is one of the best pass-rushing LBs we've seen in recent years at this stage.

Big movers: Skill positions

No. 11 ATH Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), ATH
Previously ranked: 25 | Scouting report Insider
Gibson jumps into the top 15 and the only thing keeping him from possibly jumping into the top 10 is the fact that he is playing almost exclusively as a dual-threat quarterback and we feel he likely will end up as a wide receiver or even a safety in time. He is dynamic to say the least and given his measurables, he can really motor.

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