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Class of 2015 Southern Top 10

By Matt Osborne
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Though National Signing Day 2014 is still fresh in our minds, it is never too early to take a look at the top prospects in the class of 2015.

The recruiting process is seemingly starting earlier with each passing season.

At many college programs, recruiting classes have already predominantly been filled by the time that the regular season rolls around.

Though National Signing Day 2014 is still fresh in our minds, it is never too early to take a look at the top prospects in the class of 2015.

No. 1 – OT Mitch Hyatt

Hyatt has the characteristics which you look for out of an elite offensive tackle prospect: long arms and quick feet. He has long been considered one of the top prospects in the class, but his stock shot through the roof after an impressive showing against five-star DE Lorenzo Carter this past season. If he can add 20-25 pounds before enrolling in college, he will have a good chance of finding the starting lineup as a true freshman.

Recruitment Status: Verbally committed to Clemson.

No. 2 – CB Kevin Tolliver

Many colleges are starting to look for taller cornerbacks than they did in the past. At six-foot-two, Tolliver has the size and athleticism to match up one-on-one with any receiver in the nation. What is more impressive about Tolliver is that, despite his tremendous size, he also has better agility than any of the smaller defensive backs in the class. With his athleticism, he could also be utilized as a weapon on special teams.

Recruitment State: Verbally committed to LSU.

No. 3 – DT Trenton Thompson

Thompson still has some problems getting off of blocks once he has been engaged due to sub-par hand technique. The good news, however, is that it is nearly impossible to stay in front of him. Thompson has exceptional burst off of the football and is ridiculously strong in his lower body. His technique is not as developed as it should be solely due to the fact that he has never really been forced to develop it. Once he uses his hands more efficiently, he will be nearly unstoppable.

Recruitment Status: Georgia is the early leader.

No. 4 – OT Martez Ivey

Much like our No. 1 prospect Mitch Hyatt, Ivey is considered an elite tackle prospect because of his long arms and quick feet. He is perhaps the best pass-protecting offensive lineman in the entire class, although he needs to add additional size and strength to become more of a force in the ground game. His athleticism is unmatched at the position, and he has the frame to easily add significant weight at the next level.

Recruitment Status: Most experts consider Florida the early leader.

No. 5 – WR George Campbell

Campbell is without a doubt the top big-play receiver in the nation for the 2015 class. Standing nearly six-foot-four and possessing track speed, Campbell is able to easily blow by many defenders for long receptions. Even when guarded, he uses his body well to put himself into position to high-point the football. He will need to continue to work on his short routes, but his big-play ability alone makes him an elite prospect.

Recruitment Status: Early favorites include Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Michigan.

No. 6 – DT Tim Settle

Settle is a complete wrecking ball in the middle of the defensive line. His explosiveness is off of the charts, and he displays surprisingly advanced techniques for such a young prospect. One of his best moves is a lightning quick spin move he uses to leave offensive linemen lunging at air. Settle also has good size and strength, but there are some concerns about his conditioning level and how it will translate to college.

Recruitment Status: Early favorites include Alabama, Ohio State and Virginia.

No. 7 – DE CeCe Jefferson

Jefferson is one of the best pure pass rushers that we have seen in a long time. He showcases exceptional burst off of the line-of-scrimmage, and he is an elite athlete coming off of the edge. His one problem right now is that he is sometimes too undisciplined with his technique. In the end, though, you can teach someone to remain disciplined; you can’t teach someone to be a freak of nature from an athletic standpoint.

Recruitment Status: Many experts believe that Florida is the early leader.

No. 8 – QB Torrance Gibson

Gibson is such a good athlete that some recruiting services still consider him a wide receiver or a safety at the next level. Over the past couple of seasons, though, Gibson has proven that he has what it takes to be a collegiate signal caller. The left-hander has a surprisingly smooth throwing motion, and his accuracy and decision making has improved every season. Naturally, the best part of his game is his ability to make things happen with his feet.

Recruitment Status: Early leaders include LSU, Miami and Ohio State.

No. 9 – ATH Terry Godwin

Godwin is considered a prospect at “athlete” because he has stated that he plans to play both receiver and defensive back in college. Standing six-feet tall, Godwin has some of the best change of direction in the entire country. He is a dynamic playmaker in the open field, and he also closes on receivers quickly when on defense. Once he adds 10-15 pounds of muscle, he will be a five-star prospect on both sides of the football.

Recruitment Status: Verbally committed to Georgia.

No. 10 – DT Shy Tuttle

Tuttle’s burst off of the football is not as good as some of the other elite defensive linemen in this class, but he stands alone when it comes to strength in the trenches. Tuttle forces offensive linemen into the backfield with regularity, and then uses his hands to disengage and make a play on the football. He is a quarterback’s worst nightmare in the passing game, as he routinely brings tremendous pressure from the heart of the defense.

Recruitment Status: Clemson and North Carolina are considered the early leaders.

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.