Get ready to meet the best football players in the class of 2028. The Next Up 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 include 2027 QB Owen Lansu, 2026 QB Julian Lewis, 2025 QB Ryan Downes, and 2024 RB Stacy Gage.
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 5th edition of the Next Up Watchlist features the class of 2028.
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