Next Up Watchlist will be released on August 1 | Youth1

Next Up Watchlist will be released on August 1

Get ready to meet the best football players in the class of 2028. The Next Up Watchlist is coming on August 1st!

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, 2026 QB Kane Archer, 2025 QB Ryan Downes, and 2024 RB Rod Gainey, and many more high profile athletes.

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.


To view the list you MUST be a Youth1 Premium member, so sign up today. You'll get access to all of our Youth1 National Rankings and Watchlists and access to the best platform for your athletic resume. 

Get your Youth1 Premium Membership here, and check out the list when it drops on August 1! 


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