Thanks to the release of final Class of 2014 prospect rankings in the recruiting industry on Tuesday, the 247Sports Composite rankings had plenty of movement. The four biggest risers in the rankings, which are determined by a proprietary algorithm that weighs equally the rankings and ratings of major recruiting media outlets, including 247Sports, all stood out during practices for the Under Armour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the games themselves earlier this month.
The all-star game settings are used much like the Senior Bowl is with regards to the NFL Draft. You get to see the top players in the country side-by-side and get a good comparison of each from an athleticism standpoint and pure football talent/ability standpoint. Recruiting rankings can at times change drastically after analysts are in that type of evaluation setting, much like draft stock can rise and fall at the Senior Bowl.
The four biggest risers after Tuesday's updates (these will change as more media outlets release final rankings) are all committed prospects, though one is definitely looking at other options.
Erick Smith, CB/S, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville (+59) -Smith, an Ohio State commit, was perhaps overshadowed by his high school teammates, the more versatile and highly-touted Marshon Lattimore and massive offensive lineman Marcelys Jones, who had some drama in his recruitment toward the end before enrolling at OSU. All Smith did was prove to be one of the top defensive back prospects at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and has the skills to play either cornerback or safety in college. Smith's ascension may mean that the Buckeyes have the top secondary class in the country this cycle, depending on how things play out.
Jeff Jones, RB, Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn (+38)- Jones was one of the top overall performers at Under Armour, displaying power, vision and excellent feet throughout the week and overshadowing several of the more highly-touted running back prospects in Central Florida. Jones currently is committed to Minnesota, but Michigan and Florida both are making a strong push. It's up in the air as to if he stays home and plays for the Golden Gophers, but the bottom line is he's a potential impact player regardless of where he ends up. 247Sports Crystal Ball is trending Wolverines.
Garrett Brumfield, OG, Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab (+22)- There's nothing sexy about Brumfield's ascension other than a whole lot of butt-kicking and athleticism on display at Under Armour. The LSU commitment is 6-foot-3.5, 272 pounds with long arms and will have an NFL future if he develops and performs at a high level in his hometown during college.
Travis Rudolph, WR, Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman (+17)- The Florida State commit performed at a steady, high level at Under Armour, drawing comparisons to both Rashad Greene (FSU) and Amari Cooper (Alabama), two previous south Florida prospects at wide receiver who have gone on to outstanding collegiate careers. Everything about Rudolph is solid and smooth and he proved that against some of the best competition in the country.