In case you live under a rock and haven’t been on the internet at all today, its National Signing Day in College Football which basically means that its quite possibly the craziest day of the entire year. Today thousands of kids will be signing their letter of intents to attend college for the next four years with many of them hoping to move on from college and into the pros. With that in mind we wanted to look at the Top Ten 2016 Prospects before they take a single snap on campus.
We fully realize and acknowledge that some, most or even all of these kids may not make it but what fun is there in that? In no particular order here are the top ten 2016 prospects.
DT Mario Edwards
Florida State-6’3, 285 lbs.
#1 247Sports, #4 Scout, #4 Max Preps, #3 Rivals
Edwards will come into FSU as the top recruit in this year’s class for them and they will be looking for him to make an immediate impact. With DE’s like Bjoern Wagner, Tank Carradine, and Brandon Jenkins proving plenty of pressure on the outside early in his career Edwards should see some one on one matchups that he can exploit and make a name for himself very quickly.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham
Missouri-6’6, 220 lbs.
#2 247Sports, #1 Scout, #1 Max Preps, #1 Rivals
How could you not help but be excited about what Dorial Green-Beckham (DGB) is bring to the SEC next year? There was little doubt he’d end up in the SEC but him staying in state with Missouri was a huge coup. He’ll likely be one of their top WR’s from the day he steps on campus and has all the potential ability of past great SEC WR’s like AJ Green, and Alshon Jeffrey.
SAF Landon Collins
Alabama-6’0, 210 lbs.
#3 247Sports, #8 Scout, #10 Max Preps, #17 Rivals
While Collins mother certainly has supplied us with plenty of internet fodder when it comes to playing the safety position there is almost nobody else in the same class as Collins. The Bama signee will come into next year in a situation where three of the starting four DB’s have all left for the NFL and everything is wide open. Robert Lester will return at one safety position but Collins has a good shot to take the other if he can come in and show Saban that its worth having to deal with his mother.
ATH Arik Armstead
Oregon-6’8, 285 lbs.
#4 247Sports, #2 Scout, #16 Max Preps, #61 Rivals
Armstead is actually going to be starting at Oregon in March as an early enrollee. He was supposed to make his decision weeks ago and start classes in January but was torn over his decision and eventually choose the Ducks. Armstead has fantastic size and some are already projecting him outside to 34 DE. He has long arms, great length, and is built to hold up at the point of attack. He could be a dominant DL at Oregon the likes of which they haven’t had since Ngata.
SAF Shaq Thompson
Washington-6’2, 210 lbs.
#6 247Sports, #3 Scout, #5 Max Preps, #4 Rivals
Shaq Thompson is probably the only SAF prospect in this class that can give Landon Collins a run for his money in terms of pure talent and skill and it will be fun to see how these two develop over the next four years. . Thompson could step in and be a star for a Huskies defense that just finished getting shredded by Baylor in their bowl game. Thompson has fantastic size and range and could become a ball hawk for the Huskies very quickly.
OT John Theus
Georgia-6’6, 301 lbs.
#35 247Sports, #7 Scout, #7 Max Preps, #23 Rivals
After the troubles UGA had in protecting Aaron Murray during this years bowl game you can just about guarantee that Dawgs Nation is already penciling in Theus at LT or RT. He’ll see the field early and often for UGA and with his size, arm length, and natural strength he should be able to more than hold his own. LT’s are a premium in the NFL and Theus can develop into a good one, he’ll be looking at being a high draft pick in just a few short years.
RB John Gray
Texas-5’11, 200 lbs.
#9 247Sports, #15 Scout, #9 Max Preps, #5 Rivals
Alright any time you run for over 3,000 yards and score 59 TD’s in one season you make this list. Gray is considered to be the overall top back in the country by almost every scouting service and with his combination of size and speed you can see why. Most expect Gray to add on even more muscle in college and not lose any speed. This should allow him to break even more tackles and become an even more dominant runner, if that’s even possible.
WR Stefon Diggs
Uncommitted-6’1, 190 lbs.
#10 247Sports, #6 Scout, #14 Max Preps, #8 Rivals
Diggs isn’t going to sign today with all the other prospects we can’t let that stop us from putting him on our list. Diggs is blessed with outstanding speed, quickness, and agility. He catches the ball well and knows how to make people miss. His athleticism ranks among the best in the country and some speculate he could play and excel at any number of positions. Most though agree if you split him out wide he has the kind of special ability that is not often seen, he’s already drawing comparisons to guys like Desean Jackson.
DE Noah Spence
Ohio State-6’3, 235 lbs.
#12 247Sports, #5 Scout, #3 Max Preps, #9 Rivals
A onetime Penn State verbal commit Spence flipped his decision shortly after Urban Meyer took over at Ohio State. Spence is considered the elite edge rusher in this class and will be helped by fellow DE commit Aldolphus Washington who just missed our list but will bookend with Spence for the Buckeyes. Spence brings speed and power off the edge as he has a terrific first step and uses his hands well to beat the OT. He’s expected to come in right away and help supply pressure so there is no telling how good he’ll become once he has a chance to fill out his frame.
DT Eddie Goldman
Florida State-6’5, 305 lbs.
#14 247Sports, #31 Scout, #17 Max Preps, #7 Rivals
Florida State with two DT commits in the top ten and there were another couple of guys they landed that we could of further included on this list. Goldman may not be quite as advanced as Edwards is coming in but he’ll be asked to get bigger and plug holes in the middle. Imagine if you will Goldman taking up multiple blockers and allowing all those pass rushers the chance to go one on one with the OL? That should make team in the ACC very worried.