Get ready to meet the best football players in the class of 2027. The NextUp Watchlist is live today!
The Next Up Watchlist identifies the emerging young talents from 7th grade. We know that elite talent can be identified at a young age, and this list will serve as a resource in pinpointing those athletes that we should expect big things from in the near future.
Some notable alumni from our Next Up Watchlist includes 2026 QB Julian Lewis (Ranked #1 on our most recent edition of the Elite101 and hold multiple D1 offers), 2025 QB Ryan Downes (who ranked #1 on the 2020 Elite101, holds multiple D1 offers, and plays for IMG Academy), and 2024 RB Rod Gainey (who ranked #1 on the 2019 Elite101 and holds D1 offers).
This list is not a traditional ranking, instead it's a way of spotlighting some of the nation's rising talents we've identified as impact players from their class.
Our fourth edition of the Next Up Watchlist features the class of 2027.
The NextUp Watchlist is available for our members to view HERE or you can just purchase the NextUp Watchlist or any of our top prospect reports HERE.
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