Here is a peek ahead at five of the top athlete recruits in the Class of 2015.
We’ve pinpointed five of the best athletes in the Class of 2015 and given them a full breakdown, including scouting report, pro/college comparison and recruiting update. To finish it off, we introduce one under-the-radar recruit to watch.
School: East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
If there was a category for the pound-for-pound best athlete in the 2015 class, the battle would be between Campbell and fellow Sunshine State star Torrance Gibson. Not only does Campbell have 4.36 40-yard dash speed and a near 40-inch vertical, but his special athleticism carries over to the field at various positions. On offense at receiver, Campbell has more than 1,500 yards the last two seasons with 12 touchdowns. On defense at safety and defensive end, he has amassed more than 80 tackles.
Scouting Report: A tremendous athlete with eye-popping measurables, Campbell could play a few different positions at the next level and succeed. As a receiver, he is a jump ball nightmare for smaller corners to defend with his length and ball skills. He also has blazing speed to move the chains after the catch. Defensively he is a rare athlete that has played SS, OLB and DE and shown disruptive production with his range and explosiveness. Check out Campbell’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Martavis Bryant. Campbell shares a similar size and speed combination with the Clemson wide receiver. Campbell may be more physical than Bryant was at this stage.
Recruiting Skinny: The former Michigan commit has a top two of Florida and Clemson, where his former teammate and good friend Artavis Scott is now on campus. Florida State is working hard to beat out the Gators and Tigers, as is Alabama and Auburn. Oklahoma is the dark horse in the race.
School: American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Gibson has his sights set on playing quarterback at the next level, and there are many a program that will give him that opportunity. Like Campbell, Gibson has an elite frame and athletic skill set that also makes college coaches see a very bright future at wide receiver or safety. In 2013, Gibson helped lead American Heritage to a state title, throwing for 1,789 yards and 19 TDs while rushing for more than 1,000 yards.
Scouting Report: One of this class’ most electrifying athletes, Gibson has immediate impact ability as a wide receiver or as a defensive skill player. His size, speed, explosive burst and ball skills are rare. However, he is adamant about playing quarterback at the next level, a position where his natural arm strength and playmaking ability are off the charts. His accuracy and overall mechanical refinement is subpar. Check out Gibson’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Nick Marshall. If Gibson remains at quarterback, we see high production coming running a spread offense like Auburn’s Marshall.
Recruiting Skinny: Gibson is considering schools in which he believes he will play quarterback. Three schools are believed to be out front: Tennessee, Auburn and Ohio State. Miami (FL) is also fighting hard to keep one of the nation’s best at home. LSU, Oklahoma and Florida are on the periphery at this point.
School: McKinley (Canton, Ohio)
Glover-Williams is one of the best jack-of-all-trades prospects in the class. The high school quarterback can play wide receiver, cornerback and star in the return game at the next level with equal possibility on either side of the ball.
Scouting Report: Glover-Williams might not look imposing getting off the bus, but you will be hard pressed to find a more scrappy competitor in this class. He lines up at multiple positions and his high school offense does a good job getting the ball in his hands creatively to make plays. Likely a corner at the next level with his quick feet and sudden change-of-direction skill, but his explosiveness and ball skills make slot receiver and returner possibilities as well. Check out Glover-Williams’ video highlights here.
Comparison: Jalin Marshall. Buckeye fans may not get a chance to see Glover-Williams on offense, but he will remind them of Marshall with his versatility, premium quickness and ball skills.
Recruiting Skinny: Glover-Williams took all suspense out of his recruitment early, committing to long-time favorite Ohio State in August of 2013. He remains 100 percent committed to the Buckeyes.
School: Callaway (Hogansville, Ga.)
Godwin is one of the top two-way players in the country, and his junior season was the best to date. After helping lead Callaway to a 12-2 record and the Class AAA state semifinals, Godwin was named first team All-State at wide receiver, second team All-State at defensive back and honorable mention All-State as a return man.
Scouting Report: Godwin is a natural pass-catcher with big-time skill level that makes it look easy on the gridiron. He’s ultra smooth, fast and athletic with excellent high-point skills and big-play ability after the catch. While those attributes make him coveted at receiver, he may transition more quickly at corner and should excel as a returner on special teams. Check out Godwin’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Malcolm Mitchell. Georgia fans will see a player similar in speed, versatility and talent as Mitchell. But they hope Godwin does not share the injury bug that has hit Mitchell in Athens.
Recruiting Skinny: Godwin committed to childhood favorite Georgia on Jan. 18. That’s the good news for Bulldog fans. The bad news is he has been on the campuses of Auburn and Alabama since that time, including the Crimson Tide spring game April 22. While Georgia is likely to hold onto Godwin, neither Alabama nor Auburn will give up without a fight that will likely drag on until Signing Day.
School: Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.)
Johnson has been one of the top two-way players in the state of Alabama the last two years, with a focus on running back. After being named the Class 3A Back of the Year in 2012, Johnson rushed for 1,017 yards as a junior to earn Class 3A All-State honors once again. He doubles as a physical, hard-hitting safety on defense and is being recruited nationally as a running back and safety.
Scouting Report: A fantastic athlete, Johnson was projected as a college slot receiver early on, but his increased thickness and power in the last year make running back the more likely spot now. He is quick, balanced and explosive carrying the ball and a hard-closing safety on defense, where he also shows a lot of promise. Unique athlete with a lot of versatility. Check out Johnson’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Landon Collins. Similar measurables as the Alabama defensive back with comparable physical and ball-hawking playing styles on defense.
Recruiting Skinny: Auburn was the first to recruit Johnson exclusively at running back, and the Tigers landed the versatile athlete April 15 over Florida State. Alabama, LSU, Clemson, South Carolina and Ole Miss were also considered.
School : Crest (Shelby, N.C.)
Roseboro was one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina headed into 2013 after intercepting 16 passes combined as a freshman and sophomore, but a torn ACL in the preseason kept the talented safety and wide receiver prospect out of action all season as a junior. With the injury also came the realization that his recruitment had slowed despite his impressive blend of size, speed and movement skills. A healthy senior season would not only solidify his status among the top athletes in the class, but also get him back on the boards of many colleges in the region. Currently, North Carolina is on top of N.C. State with both having offered. Check out Roseboro’s video highlights here.