2025 ESPN Junior 300 rankings: Leading classes, scheme fits, under-the-radar
Craig Haubert Close Craig Haubert ESPN Staff Author National hiring analyst and analyst
for ESPNU More than a years of college and pro training experience.
- Finished from Indiana and Nebraska-Omaha Tom Luginbill Close Tom Luginbill ESPN Analyst Senior Citizen National Recruiting Analyst for ESPN.com Coached in four professional
football leagues Finished from Eastern Kentucky and Marshall Oct 31, 2023, 02:31 PM ET We updated the ESPN
- Junior 300 player rankings for the Class of 2025. While there are no modifications at the very leading as QB Bryce Underwood and
offending tackle David Sanders stay ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. We saw movement inside the top 10 and numerous potential customers make their very first look inside the desired rankings.DT Elijah Griffin and WR Dakorien Moore are now in the top 5 following strong junior season efficiencies. In general, 31 potential customers enter the rankings led by lockdown corner Dawayne Galloway who debuts at No. 78 overall.Here’s a breakdown of the most recent rankings: Jump to an area: Leading classes Rising up the rankings New deals with Under-the-radar players Best fits Leading classes Kirby Smart and Nick Saban are well ahead on the 2025 recruiting
. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The 2024 cycle is still in movement but with the early signing period quickly approaching and the 2025 class on the horizon it’s a good time to take a peek ahead and see which teams are getting a get on their future recruiting efforts. Georgia Bulldogs: UGA has signed seven straight top-three classes and presently are in the result in sign the premier class for 2024. Revealing terrific consistency on the recruiting trail Georgia is off to a strong start for 2025 as well. During UGA’s current title runs, the tight ends played a crucial function and the Bulldogs are refilling at this position. They have a set of ranked tight ends devoted in Under Armour Future 50 participant Ethan Barbour, who moves well and has good hands, and Elyiss Williams, who possesses a huge frame at 6-foot-7 and can develop into a player in the mold of previous Bulldogs TE Darnell Washington. They have actually also scored early in-state on defense as well led by five-star DL Justus Terry– a tough interior player with great arm length, strength and lateral movement. OLB Jadon Perlotte out of Buford High School is a rangy edge defender that can rush the passer in addition to make plays in space. They went into the home state of competing Alabama to land among the top OL potential customers in Micah Debose, a competitive multi-sport athlete whose other sports consist of soccer and tennis. Alabama Crimson Tide: A constant existence near the top of
the recruiting rankings, it is not surprising to see the Crimson Tide among the quick start classes for 2025. The class is led by two of the top three rated receivers in the class in Ryan Williams and Jaime Ffrench. The premier possibility in the state of Alabama, Williams was the first sophomore named Mr. Football in the state and in his high school career so far already has taken over 140 passes and 40 getting TDs. Ffrench, at roughly 6-foot-1 with excellent body control, is a target with a large catch radius. Anthony Rogers is a versatile weapon that can be utilized out of the backfield or as slot receiver. Bama added OT Mason Short and OG Dontrell Glover from the state of Georgia. Editor’s Picks 1 Related
Oklahoma Sooners: The Sooners’ first class as a member of the SEC currently has a strong foundation before they even formally join the conference. They continue to construct and reinforce their defense, however it is not stunning to see this 2025 class anchored by offensive firepower. 3 ESPN Junior 300 WRs are on board in Gracen Harris (No. 131), Jaden Nickens (No. 142) and Elijah Thomas (No. 213). Harris is a little quicker than quickly, however can be sudden in his movements and has good, fast hands. Nickens is an in-state win and larger target with good length that can adapt to the ball well. The Sooners also remained in-state for their QB, Kevin Sperry, a passer with a quick release and excellent precision who has completed 68% of his passes. He also moves well and is second on his high school group in rushing. They do have some defense in the class in three-star Ka’Mori Moore, a stout interior presence with great power who can help stuff the run.
Notre Dame Combating Irish: The Fighting Irish have among the larger classes at this stage led by QB Deuce Knight out of Mississippi. A lefty with good arm strength in addition to great movement, Knight brings nice physical tools and upside to develop. With an excellent tradition of identifying and establishing TEs the Irish have actually a ranked prospect on board in James Flanigan, whose father is a Notre Dame alum and whose grandfather played in the NFL. Justin Thurman is a running with a good mix of speed, quickness and explosiveness and showed that with amongst the total leading screening numbers from this previous camp season.
Oregon Ducks: The Ducks are bringing in a familiar name at the QB position in the son of former Oregon QB Akili Smith. Akili Smith Jr. is a high (6-foot-5), lean prospect with great physical upside. While he requires to continue to fill out, he currently displays great arm strength which need to only enhance and he can do an excellent job of changing and altering arm angles. He is surrounding 2,000 lawns passing and 23 TDs. Oregon has also protected early on some future potential targets in ESPN Jr. 300 WRs Dallas Wilson and Adrian Wilson. Dallas, out of Florida, is a tall, rangy target (6-foot-3) with excellent hands and feel for getting open and Adrian, out of Texas, is a receiver with good agility that can generate yards after the catch. Big movers
WR Dakorien Moore|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 5
Previous ranking: 10
Devoted: LSU Tigers
Moore is one of the most significant difference-makers in the 2025 class. Nobody has a response for him on defense. Moore is balancing an incredible 24.5 lawns per catch with nine goals on 31 receptions. He has actually been the catalyst for Duncanville (Texas), among the very best high school programs in the country and is one of those potential customers that could play any skill position on either side of the ball. At 6-foot, 180 pounds, he is not the most significant player, but he is extremely explosive. Moore ran a laser-timed 4.5 40-yard dash at our Under Armour Camp circuit and long-jumped over 22 feet in track and field last spring.Dakorien Moore(@thereal_kori2x) wants all the smoke Balling out at Future 50 #UANext pic.twitter.com/EmXvgZTRrz!.?.!— The Underclassman Report(@TheUCReport
)June 24, 2023 OLB Jonah Williams|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 23 Previous ranking: 58 Uncommitted Williams, a security who is listed
as an outside linebacker, can be a flexible player with his combination of size and speed. He’s
, 205 pounds with length and will continue to fill out and become that role. Williams is already showing impact ability despite positioning. He shows flashes reminiscent of 2019 ESPN 300 security and previous Notre Dame standout Kyle Hamilton. Williams has elite range to both match up in protection and act as a sideline-to-sideline existence. He shows excellent ball abilities, and his length and leaping ability allow him to win contested matchups. That production has shown up this season. Williams has two interceptions and seven touchdowns on just 12 catches. In addition to playmaking tools, Williams also shows excellent toughness. He can be a physical, wrap-up tackler and brings ball providers down in space. In 9 games this season, Williams has 46 overall deals with, 4 tackles-for-loss, five passes safeguarded, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles and healings. He has actually also broken in with 12 receptions for 312 lawns and 7 TDs.DT Nathaniel Marshall|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 74 Previous ranking: 195 Uncommitted While the 6-foot-4, 265-pound plays tight end and DL in high school, and reveals excellent ball abilities, his
power transfers to the protective trenches where he’s a disruptive threat. Marshall, who likewise plays basketball and was
protective player of the year in his league as a sophomore, wants to have actually taken another big action this season. He has excellent explosiveness and can utilize great power to press blockers back. His variety helps separate him from other big, strong protective linemen. Marshall’s effect extends well beyond the tackle box. He has actually shown he can be an element down the line in addition to downfield. DB Tariq Hayer|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 90 Previous ranking: 180 Uncommitted Hayer continues to show that he is one of the premier defensive backs in the 2025 class. He is a versatile player that contributes at both corner and safety. Hayer has exceptional speed, publishing among the very best laser-tested 40-yard dash times of this previous camp season with a 4.54. That shows
in his play with his variety and ability to match up and keep up receivers. In addition to his speed, he is likewise aggressive in his play and fast to come up and support the run. Notable new entries CB Dawayne Galloway|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 78 Uncommitted Galloway is among the fastest players in this class. After posting track times of 10.4 and 21.1 in the 100 and 200-meters respectively, it’s simple to see the speed transition to the film. He’s just under 6-foot-2 with long arms and the capability
to keep up any person. He
has the capability to change the game with the ball in his hands and has upside as a return man.Allstate Playoff Predictor How will Saturday’s leading games affect the College Football Playoff chase after? What are the existing odds for the leading 4? The Allstate Playoff Predictor has the answers. Inspect back each week as the chances are upgraded
following that week’s games. CB Mason Alexander|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 162 Uncommitted It’s clear we like high corners, specifically those who run a 10.7 100-meter and have ball abilities like a wide
receiver. He has checked well including a 22.4 200-meter, however most importantly his production matches his athleticism. He can play on the inside or outdoors similar to Terrion Arnold at Alabama. This season, Alexander has played in nine games with 38
total tackles, eight passes safeguarded, a forced fumble and 3 picks.RB Bo Walker|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 184 Devoted: Georgia Bulldogs Walker might not wow in speed screening, but he plays fast in pads. He is brief, however not small. Walker is a pinball with exceptional contact balance and agility. He rarely goes down upon very first contact, is difficult to get a clean chance at and is constantly falling forward. Walker reminds us of previous Tulane RB Tyjae Spears. Walker published a 19.4 Max Speed MPH at 5-foot-9 192 pounds. Jerome Myles might be a versatile receiver target for whichever program lands him. 3 Action WR Jerome Myles|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 165 Uncommitted At nearly 6-foot-2 and just 200 pounds, Myles has actually published among the better max speeds of players in this class. He clocked in on tape at 20.4 MILES PER HOUR. He is a big, enforcing target who reaches leading speed rapidly, which not only makes him a vertical danger, but also a player who can elevate and take the ball away from individuals when contested. Myles reminds us of Tre Harris at Ole Miss.ATH Brandon Finney|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 201 Uncommitted Finney was a possibility we first saw in camp
in Baltimore this spring, however there was very little film to go off
early on. Midseason film reveals a long, rangy, athletic pass catcher with sneaky great speed. He also functions as a corner/safety on defense. He’s not quite as high but is similar to Oklahoma’s Jayden Gibson as an outside target that can go get it.Under-the-radar potential customers QB Tavien St. Clair|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 226 Dedicated: Ohio State Buckeyes St. Clair is an interesting prospect because he is nowhere near an ended up item. He’s huge, athletic and can
make all the tosses. He’s better on film as a junior than he was as a sophomore. There are times when he really flashes big time ability but requires to be more consistent essentially. He reminds us a little Tennessee’s Joe Milton when he came out of high school.ATH Micah Matthews|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 211 Uncommitted Matthews isn’t quite huge enough to be a real H-back, however he’s enjoyable to view.
He’s not a real wiggle kind of receiver, either. He’s basically a huge power back. His versatility,
though, is a true possession. If he gains weight, he could end up being an energy weapon in the mold of Florida State’s Jaheim Bell.DT Kevin Wynn|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 249 Uncommitted Wynn is a two-gap noseguards with one-gap, first-step explosiveness. What he lacks in height, he makes up for in leverage, power at point of attack and shooting gaps. He can hold up and anchor double-teams on the within however does not always need to come off the field on 3rd down. His motor catches
your attention. In 8 games this season, Wynn has actually posted 49 total tackles, 22 takes on for loss with four sacks. Get your favorite live sports, stories and originals with ESPN+, Disney +and Hulu. Upgrade to a Disney Bundle plan and begin streaming something for everybody today! OT Devin Harper |
ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 102 Uncommitted The 2025 class is shaping up to rebound at the offending line position after a down year in 2024. Harper has almost an 80-inch wingspan and seems completing perfectly as he turns into his frame. He is displaying good body speed and improvements in agility in pads. He fasts to get hands on defenders and use his frame, strength and excellent effort to manage and press challengers around.
This is a player with great physical tools. If he continues to make favorable strides, he ‘ll likely rise in the rankings.TE Linkon Cure|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 106 Uncommitted Opponents in the
state of Kansas are finding out it’s impossible to cover Remedy one-on-one. He is 6-foot-6, however his playmaking capability extends beyond being a huge body. In five games this season, Remedy has 23 receptions for 578 lawns and 7 touchdowns. He has good hands and runs well. Cure, who likewise contends in the 100m obstacles and high jump, has fast feet and outstanding agility that enables him to elude defenders off the line, develop separation out of breaks and make people miss after the catch. He works both in-line and bent out. While he requires to add some more mass, this is a tight end who
can make plays and be a crucial weapon in college passing attacks.OLB Jaedon Harmon
| ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 144 Uncommitted Harmon was one of the more fun prospects to watch in this assessment duration due to the fact that he flies around and delivers hits. His volatility leaps out and he closes on the ball in rush and makes a play. He showed that volatility with a 33-inch vertical and 115-inch broad jump this offseason at the Atlanta Under Armour camp. Harmon is effective in coverage with capability to quickly close area and provide a pop, but is at his best yelling downhill and exploding running plays and hunting down QBs. System fits TE Elyiss Williams|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 19 Dedicated: Georgia Bulldogs The Bulldogs continue to hire at an elite level and have a set of ranked tight ends committed in 2025 in Ethan Barbour and Williams. They’re both excellent fits, but the latter
leaps out. Existing Bulldogs star Brock Bowers is an elite player when healthy, but during their two title runs, he was even more dangerous when paired with Darnell Washington. While Bowers will quickly move on, Georgia has good talent depth to keep the position a strength and Williams can be an excellent enhance at the position the way Washington was. He requires to continue to submit but is likewise a huge existence at around 6-foot-7. He can be a red zone target like Washington was and is perhaps a little better receiver at the exact same phase. He’s not quite as huge yet, however he can also develop into a strong blocker and help be an
asset to their ground attack. Akili Smith Jr. has a different playing design than his dad, however will follow in his daddy’s footsteps at Oregon. Matt Eisenberg/ESPN QB Akili Smith Jr.|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 82 Dedicated: Oregon Ducks The younger Smith is a little taller and leaner than his father who was a first round choice from Oregon. The two are not carbon copies, but the kid did inherit some of his dad’s arm talent. He likewise has a quick, smooth release and can move well to develop second-chance chances. Yes, it’s a much different period now compared to when Akili Smith bet the Ducks, however you can see why the existing staff is willing to restore a familiar name. Smith Jr. may not be an instant starter, however he has excellent physical tools and upside and just like their existing QB Bo Nix, whose father was a successful college QB, too. This season in 10 games, Smith completed 112, whose dad was a successful college QB, too. This season in 10 games, Smith completed 112-of-182 passes(61.5%conclusion)for 1,975 lawns 23 TDs and 4
INTs. He has actually also carried on 33 times for 165 yards and 3 TDs. 182 passes( 61.5%) for 1,975 yards 23 TDs and 4 interceptions. He has likewise carried on 33 times for 165 lawns and three TDs. E.J. Colson|ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 275 Devoted: UCF Golden Knights Colson lacks ideal size at about 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, and is not a consensus four-star prospect. Enjoying Colson, however, and you can see why UCF was not afraid to move early here. He showed to be worth the cost of admission throughout an in-person assessment this fall, throwing for 290 yds and 3 touchdowns while likewise running for 130 yds and a score in a tough, close loss to presently unbeaten Colquitt County. He is a scrappy football player that can leave difficulty, make plays on the relocation and, when required, injured defenses on the relocation. His mechanics are not polished, however he can eliminate the ball and modification arm angles. Colson’s arm strength benefits his size and he reveals some touch. This is an excellent football player and headed to the Huge 12 where there can be some points scored, and Colson can give the Knights a playmaker at the QB position.