The NextUp Watchlist is available now, introducing the top 2026s in the country! | Youth1

The NextUp Watchlist is available now, introducing the top 2026s in the country!

Get ready to meet the best football players in the class of 2026. The NextUp Watchlist is live today!

The Next Up Watchlist identifies the 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 2025 QB Luke Carney (who now plays for IMG Academy), 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 third edition of the Next Up Watchlist features the class of 2026.

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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