South Rankings Update
This story originally published on FOXSportsRecruiting.com
James Clark
James Clark
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 6, 2012
Chad Simmons


Scout continues to evaluate 2013 prospects and now that the regular season has just about wrapped up in the South, we have made some adjustments.

A handful of prospects added stars this go around and three of those came out of the Sunshine State.

Tyrell Lyons has been very impressive this season and he moved up to the no. 26 outside linebacker in the country. The 6-foot-2, 222 pound senior out of First Coast is committed to Florida State.

The other two prospects that added that fourth star are running back A.J. Turman and wide receiver James Clark.

Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg made a push for both of those guys and he explains why.

"I haven't seen Clark in person but I love what I see in film. He reminds me of Santana Moss because of his size/speed combo. Clearly Clark is one of the most explosive prospects regardless of position in the country - exceptional speed and quickness. Very productive. Can play on the outside or be a slot. This is an aggressive kid that can go get the football," Newberg said about the new no. 29 receiver in the country.

Turman moved up to the no. 32 spot at running back and Newberg has been pushing for Turman to ascend up the rankings for well over a month.

"Turman doesn't get the play in the state because there's some big name ahead of him but this is a cat that excels at running the ball between the tackles. The knock on Turman is top end home run speed but I think he's certainly fast enough to get the job done. This is a power back that gets a ton of yards after contact. He has very good balance and leg drive."

Clark remains uncommitted and Turman is committed to Georgia.

A couple of running backs went out with a bang while winning state titles after sitting just a couple spots outside the four-star group, both joined it.

All you can say is wow after reading North Carolina commitment's stat sheet from Saturday.

T.J. Logan finished the game with 510 yards and eight touchdowns on 28 carries. The 5-foot-11, 180 pound back out of Northern Guilford (N.C.) is going to make a lot of plays for the Tar Heels. He has shown quickness, an excellent burst, and he is great in space.

Mark Dodson helped Whitehaven (Tenn.) take care of business in their game and he had 318 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries to earn offensive MVP honors. He finished the season with 3,397 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Dodson is another back with great speed, he is very elusive, and he runs with more power than some would expect. He can also catch the ball well out of the backfield.

The star back out of Whitehaven that is committed to Ole Miss is not the only senior out of Tennessee that added a star.

Jason Carr, a big defensive lineman out of White Station did too.

He had a very good senior season and it still growing and maturing as a player.

"Jason played extremely well for us this season. He had 14 sacks, he blocked a kick, and he is a great ball player. He just doesn't have the size, but he is a true football player," White Station head coach Bevin Rutherford said.

Coach Rutherford added, "We played him at defensive end, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, and all over the place this year. The way he made the transition from each position really stood out to our coaches. He knew what to do at each spot, how to play each position, and he had a great season."

Those were the big movers going up in the rankings, but there were some other moves made.

Here are some quick hits on a few of those:

  • Florida commitment Keanu Neal moved up to the no. 15 safety in the country. He moved up seven spots in position rankings.

  • Offensive guard Josh Outlaw moved down to a three-star. He still has some developing to do and he has good feet, so as he progresses in the weight room and with his technique, he will become better in the trenches.

  • Some position changes were made and we moved Alabama commitment from outside linebacker to inside linebacker, Florida commitment Marqui Hawkins from safety to wide receiver, and Auburn commitment Jarrad Davis from outside linebacker to inside linebacker. This trio is three stars on Scout.
    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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