Tuesday, June 25, 2024

College football recruiting updates: Where new Class of 2025 five-stars are going, info on the best available

While prospects still have their all-important senior seasons to play, the past two months provided 247Sports with extremely valuable data points in the evaluation process. Not only have the Under Armour Next Camp Series and Elite 11 Regional tour held events around the country, but there have been spring practices and showcases along with various 7-on-7 tournaments. 

As the spring camp circuit starts to wind down and summer official visits ramp up, 247Sports updated its Top247 rankings for the Class of 2025 and rolled out its first 32-player, five-star field for the cycle. There were already 16 five-star prospects in the class, so Wednesday’s updated meant for 16 more (No. 16 overall prospect, USC quarterback commit Julian Lewis, was already a five-star and is omitted from this list). 

247Sports is the industry-leader in recruiting rankings and coverage. New five-stars are committed to USC, Georgia, Florida State, Texas A&M, Auburn and Ole Miss. 

Here’s a look at the new five-star prospects. 

Overall Rank Position Name Committed to Home State
15 DL Iose Epenesa Illinois
17 EDGE Isaiah Gibson USC Georgia
18 OT Ty Haywood Texas
19 EDGE Jared Smith Alabama
20 ATH Michael Terry III Texas
21 TE Elyiss Williams Georgia Georgia
22 WR Caleb Cunningham Mississippi
23 S Trey McNutt Ohio
24 IOL Solomon Thomas Florida State Florida
25 WR Jamie Ffrench Florida
26 TE Linkon Cure Kansas
27 OT Michael Fasusi Texas
28 QB Husan Longstreet Texas A&M California
29 DL Malik Autry Auburn Alabama
31 WR Jerome Myles Ole Miss Utah
32 WR Derek Meadows Nevada

The rankings at 247Sports project towards the NFL Draft, so the 32 five-stars reflect the 32 first-round picks. We used to be a little more conservative when it came to awarding a fifth star, but we decided to get more aggressive with the rankings and try to provide fans with a better idea of who we believe at this stage has the best chance of being a college football superstar and a potential Day 1 NFL Draft selection.

Final rankings for the Class of 2025 will occur in January of 2025. 

Eye-opening recruiting nuggets on new five-stars

A collection of three surprising recruiting updates from 247Sports insider Tom Loy in his article covering the scoop on every five-star in the updated Class of 2025 rankings — all 32 of them! 

No. 15 Iose Epenesa

Edwardsville (Ill.) five-star defensive lineman Iose Epenesa has five official visits locked in. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder will visit Iowa, Miami, Missouri, Penn State and Utah over the next two months.

His brother played at Iowa, so watch out for the Hawkeyes.

However, don’t be surprised if Miami gets this one done. There is a lot of buzz around the Hurricanes.

No. 18 Ty Haywood

Early on, Oklahoma was the heavy favorite for Denton (Texas) Ryan five-star offensive tackle Ty Haywood.

Looking at it now, he has six official visits on the schedule including trips to Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, UCLATCU, and Texas A&M.

Sources believe that the Aggies are very much in contention to pull this off. The Crimson Tide have always been the dream school for the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder, according to sources, but there are still multiple schools in play.

No. 25 Jamie Fffrench

Ohio State was the leader for Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin five-star receiver Jaime Ffrench for a very long time. However, depending on whom you speak with these days, things have changed (what will never change is the typos we’re subject to the next several years with three ‘f’s in Mr. Fffrench’s last name!)

Some believe that Texas is the team to beat. Others have Miami as the likeliest of landing spots. Some have LSU and Tennessee at or near the top for the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder.

All that said, don’t count out the Buckeyes.

Want more recruiting scoop just like this? As the summer heats up, so too does the recruiting calendar. June will be chock-full of official visits, followed by a July spree of commitments. A subscription to 247Sports — the industry leader in college sports recruiting coverage at the national and local level — gets you access to every bit of news from our stable of insiders who span the country from coast-to-coast, and unlocks VIP insider content such as this loaded article from national expert Tom Loy. Sign up here today! 

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