South: Ranking Update Notes

South: Ranking Update Notes

There is a new No. 1 at quarterback for 2016 and he is out of the South region. That is one of a few changes this week out of the South in the Scout rankings...

Not too much movement went on out of the South this week when the Scout rankings were updates, but there was a few movers.

The biggest move was in the 2016 rankings -- Shea Patterson is the new No. 1 quarterback in the country.

The Arizona commit took over the spot and Malik Henry moved down to No. 2. Patterson was a four-star, now both he and Henry are five-star quarterbacks and Patterson is the No. 9 overall prospect in the country.

Greg Biggins is a national recruiting analyst on the West region and he's had the luxury of seeing each signal caller throw this year.

Patterson, a 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback with mobility stood out to him.

"I had a chance to see Patterson throw for three days at the Steve Clarkson QB Retreat in San Diego over Memorial Day weekend and was thoroughly impressed. In fact it only took about 3-4 throws to see the kid was a special talent," said Biggins.

"His footwork, quick release, live arm, accuracy and ability to throw with heat or touch depending on the throw really jumped out to me. His pocket mobility, presence and ability to move around, while keeping his eyes down the field was equally impressive. On top of the physical ability, Patterson also showed an advanced feel for understanding the different reads he had to make and picking up a complex college offense should't be an issue for him.


McGirt at the NFTC earlier this spring.

"Throw in a tireless work ethic off the field and Patterson definitely has all the tools to play early at the next level."

Just like he impressed Biggins out West, he did the same when competing in the South. Patterson was already the No. 1 quarterback in the South for Chad Simmons, now he is No. 1 overall.

The only other mover in the 2016 class it outside linebacker Jaleel Laguins. The 6-2, 207 pound athlete tested off the charts at Georgia Friday night and you put that with his tape -- it is very impressive.

Laguins was offered by Auburn and Georgia at camp last weekend and Florida and Penn State each offered in June. The Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee junior is now the No. 14 outside linebacker on Scout.

Moving to the 2015 class, the biggest move there was offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt. He impressed Scout at the Charlotte NFTC early in the spring and he did it again in Athens, Ga. at Dawg Night.

The 6-5, 270 pound senior out of Durham (N.C.) Hillside is now No. 24 at offensive tackle on Scout and No. 9 in the South. He is athletic, he is versatile, and he has real upside. The North Carolina commit is now a Scout 300 prospect.

Another offensive tackle, Abdul Bello rose up the rankings some too after seeing him live again at Florida State last week. The Montverde (Fla.) Academy senior is now the No. 15 prospect at his position. He committed to FSU Tuesday.

A prospect that is starting to emerge this summer is Orange Park (Fla.) Oakleaf defensive back Chris Westry. He camped at Auburn Sunday, he was offered as a cornerback. Scout now ranks the senior as a safety. No. 73 is where the 6-foot-4, 180 pounder now ranks at his position on Scout.

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