Here’s a look at the new additions to the final ESPN 300 rankings for the 2016 class:
OG John Simpson: Simpson had a strong showing at the Army Bowl, where he proved he deserved to make the move up. Against some very good interior defenders, the lengthy and tough Simpson showed he can more than hold his own; he demonstrated good versatility with an ability to play guard, where he is listed, but also has potential to develop at center.
WR Tino Ellis: Ellis finished his recruitment with a bang as a senior player. This class is loaded with receivers, so it has been difficult analyzing them all. Ellis has gotten bigger, and his penchant for reliable ball skills and making difficult grabs has improved. Initially, he was more of a slot receiver, but has now shown how comfortable he can be on the outside as well. While he is more quick than fast, he is more than fast enough to create big plays after the catch.
QB-DT Messiah DeWeaver: He plays much better than he performs in a camp and combine setting, providing more evidence for fans to stop paying so much attention to combine performances. DeWeaver has upside and can be developed. Michigan State knows a thing about that, as both Kirk Cousins and Connor Cook were lightly recruited. DeWeaver comes in with a higher profile, but there is plenty of work to be done. Per usual, he won’t be expected to play right away.
WR Bryan Edwards: Edwards’ recruitment went slowly, and in a year when the state of South Carolina was down and did not receive much attention, the senior from Conway established himself with a strong senior year. Edwards, who has more size and strength than pure top-end speed, is a huge need for an anemic Gamecocks offense. Edwards could also play on the inside as a jumbo WR/H, which could get him in the mix sooner rather than later.
OG Denzel Okafor: The Texas commitment enters the final 300 after an impressive senior season and performance in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Okafor possesses an ideal frame with long arms and strong hands. He showed agile feet and a real solid base in pass protection versus strong competition throughout the week in California.