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August 18, 2014
Rivals100: Risers and sliders
The high school football season has kicked off in some parts of the country and will be in full swing everywhere shorty. Our August Rivals100 Presented by Under Armour kicks off the excitement with no change at the top but plenty of movement otherwise. Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart remains No. 1 overall, but there has been some jockeying for position in the top 10 and beyond, including new five-star Kahlil McKenzie, a Tennessee defensive tackle commitment from Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley Charter, who makes his five-star debut at No. 9.
Cowart and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen (UCLA commitment) remain at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, but after that there are moves in the rest of the top 10. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall moves up 2 spots to No. 3 and Haines City, Fla. safety Derwin James (Florida State commitment) makes a big jump up 12 spots to No. 4 overall.
Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive end Josh Sweat moves up six spots to No. 5 while Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch wide receiver and Alabama commitment Calvin Ridley takes back the No. 1 slot at his position and moves up 11 spots to No. 6.
Former No. 1 overall Albany (Ga.) Westover School defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (Georgia commitment) holds onto the top spot at his position and checks in at No. 7 while fellow UGA commitment Terry Godwin from Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway is at No. 8. McKenzie moves up 22 spots to No. 9 and Berea (Ken.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris hangs onto a top 10 slot at No. 10 overall.
Apopka, Fla. offensive tackle Martez Ivey and Tampa Sickles athlete Ray-Ray McCloud III (Clemson commitment) represent the Sunshine State by adding fifth stars and checking in at No. 11 and No. 18 respectively.
Orange (Tex.) West Orange-Stark safety Deionte Thompson (Alabama commitment) makes the biggest jump of all the new five stars, pushing up 33 slots to No. 26 overall. Memphis (Tenn.) Memphis University School offensive tackle Drew Richmond is a slot behind at No. 27 with his new fifth star. Rounding out the new five-stars are Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro wide receiver Christian Kirk and Orange (Calif.) Lutheran linebacker Keisean Lucier-South who debut at No. 29 and No. 30 respectively.
This is the most five stars (30 total) we have had at Rivals.com for an August release, mainly based on the expanded number of national and regional camps as well as the increase in 7-on-7 tournaments. However, this also means there will be an intense battle for five-star status between now and our final ranking in January. The most five stars Rivals.com has ever handed out is 38 in 2002, and the last two years there were 33 each.
This class still appears to be a bit more fluid than the last two years, so look for plenty of shifting over our next two releases as the pads are put on. Our team of national experts weighs in with their observations on the summer performances of the following prospects that made big moves this time around.