2017 247 Sports top 100

Submitted by Farnn on August 11th, 2014 at 9:16 PM

For anyone who wants to feel old, 247 Sports has ranked their top 100 for the 2017 class.


LSU already has their number 1 player committed, and there are 3 Michigan players in the top 50 including James Ross' brother checking in at #50.

Clearly a lot will change in the next 2 years but nice to see 3 MIchigan kids ranked so highly.


Space Coyote

August 11th, 2014 at 9:28 PM ^

These kids have only played their FR year of high school. They are entering, right now, their So year. This list means almost next to nothing. Half the kids haven't gone through puberty yet. Many kids that will eventually be great haven't gotten off their JV team yet.

This is a "here's 100 players that matured faster than their peers" list. It's really getting ridiculous. But with all the recruiting sites, now it's a race for who can get them out soonest, despite the fact it means very little. I mean, it's one thing that teams are forced to delve into recruiting a little bit this early, but do these kids, kids that are Sophs, really need to see themselves on top 100 lists and stuff? Sorry for rambling, but even as someone who follows recruiting, as a high school level coach I feel this is way out of hand and too much. I feel uncomfortable with this list. And I think it's a pretty pointless thing on top of it. Most of these kids are 14-15 years old!


August 11th, 2014 at 10:03 PM ^

I completely agree that these kids are the ones who have matured the fastest, AND have gone to camps and combines to be seen and evaluated. Thousands of players in the class of 2017 have never been evaluated by Scout, Rivals, 24/7...ect.

One thing to consider though about 2017 studs...I bet most on this list are 16 years old already. And at one point in their schooling they repeated a grade.....it's a big trend for parents to do that to give their some a better chance to get a scholarship.


August 12th, 2014 at 8:29 AM ^

NFL teams bust every year on their 1st round picks, and those are the professionalis drafting 21-23 year olds.  That list doesn't mean "almost next to nothing"...it means absolutely nothing.


As a guy who works with kids in that age group, it sickens me to see the rankings of basketball kids in middle school and 9th graders like this.  I don't know if it's coincidence or causation that so many of them come to college and have struggles socially, academically, and/or legally because in some of their most formative years, they had websites telling them how good they were, then coaches recruiting them either telling them how good they were or flat out lying to them (Holgorsen) and I wonder how delayed their coping mechanisms are for dealing with the stress early on and then the competition once they get where they're going.  For some kids, maybe this helps, but what about the kids who don't have the support network at home?  I fear ranking kids in the summer after their 9th grade school year in football and earlier in basketball is a detrimental thing to do for them.  Wait until they at least finish their junior seasons.


August 11th, 2014 at 9:32 PM ^

I work with 9th (going on 10th) graders every week. It is strange to me that they or their classmates are being recruited by colleges and fanboys already

Real Tackles Wear 77

August 11th, 2014 at 9:34 PM ^

It is very very early but Peoples-Jones is a UM legacy and Josh Ross comes from a UM family and has his brother here now...every reason to suspect the talent level will continue to be high for years to come

Wee-Bey Brice

August 12th, 2014 at 12:47 AM ^

Dj already committed to FSU, almost 0% chance he doesn't follow through with that.

Shaun is very interested in M but it isn't mutual yet. I will send film on him after the season, or midway through, hopefully they follow with an offer. Good chance we'll get an official visit if so

Roc Blue in the Lou

August 11th, 2014 at 11:11 PM ^

My twin 5 year old boys had their Kindergarten open house tonight...and i havn't even looked into a hudl page or signed them up for a regional 7 on 7!  Am i too late....(panting and breathless)????

Bo Knows

August 12th, 2014 at 12:37 PM ^

FWIW, their number one player, Dylan Moses, barely saw any playing time his freshman year due to upperclassmen and injuries. Just goes to show the weakness of these rankings thus far.