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Every summer since 2011, the Elite101 has identified the top 101 football players entering the 8th grade, as selected by Youth1.com’s National Scouting Director Ryan Oliver. Over the last 6 years, the Elite101 has become the trusted resource for pinpointing youth football players that are destined to play big-time Division I college football. Many of the top high school and college prospects were first recognized nationally through the Elite101. Some players who have previously made the Elite101 list include:
In 2011:
  • Shea Patterson (QB) - #1 overall player in the class of 2016 per 247sports.com. Now enrolled at Ole Miss
  • Isaac Nauta (TE) - #1 Tight End in the class of 2016 per 247sports.com. Now enrolled at Georgia
In 2012:
  • Dylan Moses (OLB) - #2 overall player in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com.
  • Davis Mills (QB) - #2 Quarterback in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com. Committed to Stanford
In 2013:
  • Tyreke Johnson (S) - #1 Safety in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com.
  • Matt Corral (QB) - #2 Quarterback in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com. Committed to USC
  • Cade Mays (OL) - #2 Offensive Tackle in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com. Committed to Tennessee
In 2014:
  • Owen Pappoe (OLB) - #2 overall player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • JT Daniels (QB) - #1 Quarterback in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • Dominick Blaylock (WR) - #3 Wide Receiver in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • Stephen Herron Jr. (DE) - #2 Defensive End in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
17 athletes that appeared on last year’s list from the class of 2020 received scholarship offers from Division I football programs during their 8th grade year, including 10 of the top 12 ranked players—thus proving the accuracy of the Elite101.
For 365 days we have scoured the country looking for the best players in the class of 2022. From all-star games to tournaments, showcase to camp performances, coach recommendations and endless hours watching film, the class of 2022 Elite101 is here.
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With more verbal scholarships being offered to pre-high school football players than ever before, the Freshman450 is the nation’s premier listing of the who’s who of the top incoming freshman football players in the nation. With its fourth release, the Freshman450 takes an indepth view of the top 450 elite level players debuting on the high school scene this season.
The chosen athletes are listed alphabetically by first name at the position where Youth1’s National Scouting Director Ryan Oliver projects they will make the biggest impact throughout high school. While several dozen have received a verbal scholarship offer prior to high school, every athlete on the Freshman450 is expected to play major college football.
Here’s how well the list predicts athlete success:
In 2013:
Three years ago, nearly 50 athletes selected for the 2017 US Army All-American Bowl and 2017 Under Armour All-America Game made the Freshman450 before beginning their high school careers.
  • Dylan Moses (OLB) – No.1 Linebacker and No.2 overall player in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com.
  • Cam Akers (RB) – No.2 Running Back in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com.
  • Darnay Holmes (DB) – No.2 Cornerback in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com.
  • Shaun Wade (DB) – No.3 Cornerback in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com. Committed to Ohio State.
  • Hunter Johnson (QB) – No.1 Quarterback in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com. Committed to Clemson.
  • Davis Mills (QB) – No.2 Quarterback in the class of 2017 per 247sports.com. Committed to Stanford.
In 2014:
Two years ago, 17 of the top 25 ranked athletes in the class of 2018 by 247sports.com made the Freshman450 before beginning their high school careers.
  • Trevor Lawrence (QB) – No.1 Quarterback and No.1 overall player in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com.
  • Tyreke Johnson (S) – No.1 Safety in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com.
  • Matt Corral (QB) – No.2 Quarterback in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com. Committed to USC
  • Cade Mays (OL) – No.2 Offensive Tackle in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com. Committed to Tennessee
  • Justin Mascoll (DE) – No.1 Defensive End in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com.
  • Taron Vincent (DT) – No.1 Defensive Tackle in the class of 2018 per 247sports.com.
In 2015:
Last year, 20 of the top 25 ranked athletes—including 9 of the top 10—ranked athletes in the class of 2019 by 247sports.com, made the Freshman450 before beginning their high school careers.
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE) – No.1 Defensive End and No.1 overall player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • Owen Pappoe (OLB) – No.1 Outside Linebacker and No.2 overall player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • Brian Williams (S) – No.1 Safety and No.3 overall player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • Ishmael Sopsher (DT) – No.1 Defensive Tackle and No.4 overall player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • Noah Cain (RB) – No.1 Running Back and No.5 overall player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
  • Jashawn Sheffield (WR) – No.1 Wide Receiver and No. 6 overall player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.com.
Youth1 is pleased to present this year’s Freshman450 and the next crop of athletes, who’s success we’ll follow for years to come!
View the Freshman 450 Lists
 
Freshman-450 Watchlist
The immense football talent across the country cannot be overstated; from all states and locations there are players training hard to become the best football player possible. The jaw-dropping ability that we see in many, which translates to being able to play football at the next level isn’t always evident early in all athletes. Perhaps the size or speed just isn’t quite there yet...but that doesn’t mean that these talented kids can’t compete at the High School level or won’t develop into an elite college player. This is where the Freshman450 Watch List comes in.
The Freshman450 Watch List, selected by Youth1’s National Scouting Director Ryan Oliver, is comprised of several hundred athletes who have displayed elite talent. The Watch List is a springboard for athletes who most certainly belong in the upper echelon of football players in the country, but are just a step below the top 450 athletes at this point in time. With that said, neither list should be seen as a destination. It’s only the beginning.
View the Freshman 450 Watch Lists