Class of 2016

The following players are under consideration for the College Football America Yearbook’s Class of 2016 All-America freshman team in next summer’s edition of the yearbook. Players selected for this honor will be tracked in future editions of the yearbook as part of our annual feature called The Program.


The Class of 2016 Watch List
Updated 1/2/2016

Players are ranked in order of our current preference under each position. Their consensus rating (listed as 5 or 4 stars, etc.) is listed next followed by hometown and high school. Additionally, if a player has made a verbal commitment to a college, then that school is listed after his high school/hometown. Finally, we’ve provided a link to each player’s 247sports.com page by clicking on the player’s name.


Quarterbacks


IMG - Shea Patterson
IMG Academy quarterback Shea Patterson

We’re still high on Lake Stevens (WA) pro-style prospect Jacob Eason who has remained committed to Georgia despite the fact that Georgia has changed coaches. After that, Feleipe Franks of Wakulla (Crawfordville, FL) has climbed up the ranks this fall, and we now have him as our No. 2 guy ahead of fellow Florida prospect Shea Patterson of IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL), an Ole Miss commitment. Franks was committed to LSU which hasn’t done a great job at developing quarterbacks in recent years, but we really like the thought of him in a Florida uniform. He changed commitments in about a week’s time while the LSU administration held Les Miles out to dry. Missing from our list is pro-style prospect KJ Costello of Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), a Stanford commitment. With Keller Chryst already a member of The Program, we’ve decided against bringing a second Stanford quarterback onboard. We really like dual-threat prospect Jawon Pass of Carver (Columbus, GA), and we may consider a dual-threat quarterback under our one of our four specialist positions.

Jacob Eason (6-5, 205)
5 stars
Lake Stevens (WA)/Georgia

Feleipe Franks (6-5, 220)
4 stars
Wakulla (Crawfordville, FL)/Florida

Shea Patterson (6-2, 195)
5 stars
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)/Ole Miss

Jawon Pass (6-5, 220)
4 stars
Carver (Columbus, GA)/Louisville


Running Backs


It’s not a banner year for running backs with only all-purpose back Tavien Feaster of Spartanburg (SC) ranking in the top 35 prospects of the Class of 2016. That leaves us scouring the 4-star ranks for our running backs and we’re still high on Woodward Academy (Atlanta, GA)’s Elijah Holyfield, son of the boxing great Evander Holyfield. B.J. Emmons remains on our list, but the Freedom (Morganton, NC) product would be our second Alabama running back meaning we will likely look elsewhere. Frankly, there’s not much else in the Top 100, so we’ll likely take Feaster as an all-purpose back in our four specialist spots alongside Holyfield in one of the traditional running back spots. Uncommitted Kareem Walker of De Paul Catholic (Wayne NJ) remains an option in the other slot, but we also might use the dearth of running backs to take a flyer on a kid like Matthew Falcon, a former Michigan commit that suffered a second knee injury and will instead play football at Western Michigan.

Elijah Holyfield (5-10, 204)
4 stars
Woodward Academy (Atlanta, GA)/Georgia

B.J. Emmons (5-10, 232)
4 stars
Freedom (Morganton, NC)/Alabama

Kareem Walker (6-1, 210)
4 stars
De Paul Catholic (Wayne, NJ)/Uncommitted

Matthew Falcon (6-1, 215)
3 stars
Southfield (MI)/Western Michigan


Wide Receivers


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Archer (Lawrenceville, GA)’s Davis

Tampa (FL) Catholic’s Nate Craig-Myers is the only 5-star wide receiver on our list at the moment so he’s a pretty good bet to make our cut for the Class of 2016. From there, we really like Kyle Davis of Archer (Lawrenceville, GA), Justin Layne of Benedictine (Cleveland, OH), DeKaylin Metcalf of Oxford (MS) and Stephen Sullivan of Donaldsonville (LA).

Nate Craig-Myers (6-2, 205)
5 stars
Tampa (FL) Catholic/Uncommitted

Kyle Davis (6-1.5, 218)
4 stars
Archer (Lawrenceville, GA)/Auburn

Justin Layne (6-3, 180)
4 stars
Benedictine (Cleveland, OH)/Michigan State

DeKaylin Metcalf (6-3, 195)
4 stars
Oxford (MS)/Ole Miss

Stephen Sullivan (6-5, 230)
4 stars
Donaldsonville (LA)/LSU


Tight Ends


Still wide open here – we could go with any of our top three at this point or we could still stumble on to another prospect that bumps any of these guys from the Class of 2016.

Avien Peah (6-3, 230)
3 stars
La Salle Academy (Providence, RI)/UMass

Jake Hausmann (6-5, 235)
4 stars
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)/Ohio State

Isaac Nauta (6-4, 237)
5 stars
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)/Georgia


Offensive Tackles


Allen's Gregory Little
Allen’s Gregory Little

Gregory Little (6-5.5, 305)
5 stars
Allen (TX)/Ole Miss

Matt Farniok (6-5, 316)
4 stars
Washington (Sioux Falls, SD)/Uncommitted

Patrick Hudson (6-5.5, 325)
5 stars
Silsbee (TX)/Baylor

Ben Cleveland (6-7, 322)
4 stars
Stephens County (Toccoa, GA)/Georgia

Willie Allen (6-7.5, 300)
4 stars
Curtis (New Orleans, LA)/Uncommitted

E.J. Price (6-6, 311)
4 stars
Archer (Lawrenceville, GA)/Uncommitted


Offensive Guards


While it’s a solid year for offensive tackles, it’s a little bit thin at guard. John Raridon of Valley (West Des Moines, IA) is a little small at 6-4, 260, but he should bulk up nice at Nebraska where he’s currently committed. He’ll probably make the cut, and we might balance out his size with the 6-3, 365-pound Michael Onwenu of Cass Tech (Detroit, MI) who will also head to the Big Ten to play for Michigan.

John Raridon (6-4, 260)
4 stars
Valley (West Des Moines, IA)/Nebraska

Richard Merritt (6-5, 345)
4 stars
Archbishop Carroll (Washington, DC)/Maryland

Michael Onwenu (6-3, 365)
4 stars
Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)/Michigan


Defensive Tackles


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McEachern defensive tackle Julian Rochester

It’s a banner year for defensive tackles, the strongest and deepest position in the Class of 2016. Rashan Gary has long been the nation’s top-ranked player and will probably stay there until Signing Day. He’s a lock at this point, and we also really love big Julian Rochester (6-5.5, 315) of McEachern (Powder Springs, GA).

Rashan Gary (6-4, 311)
5 stars
Paramus (NJ) Catholic/Uncommitted

Julian Rochester (6-5.5, 315)
4 stars
McEachern (Powder Springs, GA)/Georgia

Shavar Manuel (6-4, 290)
5 stars
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)/Florida

Raekwon Davis (6-7, 315)
4 stars
Meridian (MS)/Mississippi State

Dexter Lawrence (6-5, 330)
5 stars
Wake Forest (NC)/Clemson


Defensive Ends


There are some interesting choices here as Nick Bosa of St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) will follow his brother Joey to Ohio State. He’ll probably make the cut at one end with McTelvin Agim of Hope (AR) and Breland Brandt of Windward (Los Angeles, CA) the top two remaining candidates fighting it out for the other position.

Nick Bosa (6-4, 265)
5 stars
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)/Ohio State

McTelvin Agim (6-2.5, 268)
4 stars
Hope (AR)/Arkansas

Breland Brandt (6-4, 220)
4 stars
Windward (Los Angeles, CA)/UCLA

Oluwole Betiku (6-3.5, 240)
5 stars
Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA)/USC


Linebackers


Hoover - Jeremiah Moon
Hoover linebacker Jeremiah Moon

Lyndell Wilson of Carver (Montgomery, AL) is a virtual lock here, and we also like another Alabama prospect named Jeremiah Moon of the powerhouse Hoover (AL). Moon is intriguing with his athleticism at 6-4, 205 pounds, playing outside linebacker, and he could end up playing a hybrid linebacker/defensive back role at Florida that opens up some unique possibilities.

Lyndell Wilson (6-2, 220)
5 stars
Carver (Montgomery, AL)/Uncommitted

Jeremiah Moon (6-4, 205)
4 stars
Hoover (AL)/Florida

Ben Davis (6-3, 240)
5 stars
Gordo (AL)/Uncommitted

Michael Divinity (6-2, 218)
4 stars
Ehret (Marrero, LA)/LSU

Mique Juarez (6-2, 222)
5 stars
North (Torrance, CA)/Uncommitted

Chris Agyemang (6-3, 228)
3 stars
Proctor Academy (Andover, NH)/Uncommitted


Cornerbacks


Saivion Smith of IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) is a lock at this point, and we could end up with two 5-stars if we take Levonta Taylor of Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA).

Saivion Smith (6-1, 175)
5 stars
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)/LSU

Levonta Taylor (5-11, 182)
5 stars
Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA)/Florida State

Chauncey Gardner (6-0, 194)
4 stars
Cocoa (FL)/Florida


Safeties


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Peachtree Ridge safety Nigel Warrior (blue No. 6) making a tackle.

Safety is a dead heat between the top two listed here – Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, GA)’s Nigel Warrior and Brandon Jones of Nacogdoches (TX). We aren’t through evaluating safeties, though, and could end up with a few more options on our list.

Nigel Warrior (5-11, 188)
4 stars
Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, GA)/Uncommitted

Brandon Jones (5-11.5, 193)
5 stars
Nacogdoches (TX)/Uncommitted

Deontay Anderson (6-1, 192)
4 stars
Manvel (TX)/Uncommitted


Athletes


We’ll have to take a kicker and a punter among our four specialists, but we could opt for one of the following athletes in one of our other specialist spots.

Noah Fant (6-6, 210)
3 stars
Omaha (NE) South/Iowa

Devin Asiasi (6-5, 260)
4 stars
De La Salle (Concord, CA)/Uncommitted

Jacob Morgenstern (6-4, 210)
3 stars
St. Luke’s School (New Canaan, CT)/Duke

A.J. Taylor (5-11, 190)
4 stars
Rockhurst (Kansas City, MO)/Wisconsin

Devin White (6-0.5, 258)
4 stars
North Webster (Springhill, LA)/LSU


All-Purpose Backs


Tavien Feaster of Spartanburg (SC) is headed to Clemson and remains in contention for one of our four specialist slots.

Tavien Feaster (6-0, 204)
5 stars
Spartanburg (SC)/Clemson


Junior College Prospects


OT Garett Bolles (6-5, 290)
4 stars
Westlake (Lehi, UT), Snow College/Utah

DT Handsome Tanielu (6-3, 310)
4 stars
Waianae (HI), Snow College/BYU