UPDATED: 15 to watch for 2015 National Signing Day

I posted my original list on Feb. 4. Updated it on April 29. Now, on June 26, I just wanted to refresh that a little bit, given that players are adding size, scholarship offers, commitments and the like. I’ve moved some guys up and down, as well.


15 to watch for 2015 National Signing Day

1. Zach Stewart (Coalfield, 6-5, 317, right tackle): Stewart is a solid Tennessee verbal commitment and has been since April 2013. He’s a Class A Mr. Football winner, and has proven himself SEC worthy on the field and at spring/summer camps. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2499103/zach-stewart
2. Brant Mitchell (Webb, 6-2, 240, linebacker): This past season’s Division II-A Mr. Football Lineman winner holds scholarship offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Louisville, Duke and Mississippi State. The former Vanderbilt staff offered Mitchell. More offers will be on the way for one of the most talented linebackers this area has produced. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3376842/brant-mitchell
3. Dylan Jackson (Maryville, 6-6, 245, defensive end): Jackson committed to Tennessee in mid-January. The Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman finalist also garnered scholarship offers from Alabama, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Duke. Jackson just started to reach his potential as a junior. He’ll be scary good come August. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/817557/dylan-jackson#
4. Nathan Cottrell (West, 5-11, 185, running back): Cottrell, a Georgia Tech commitment, won the Nike SPARQ Combine in Atlanta in March (he ranked first among 1,767 competitors). He ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 40.8-inch vertical. Last season, he rushed for 1,912 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, averaging 14.5 yards per carry in Class 5A football for state runner-up West. He ran 4.3 after 4.3 this summer and also received offers from MTSU, Air Force and Cincinnati. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1351705/highlights/84041376?autoplay=1
5. Nathan Gilliam (Farragut, 6-5, 275, left tackle): Kentucky was the early worm with Gilliam, becoming the first FBS program to offer a scholarship to the largely undiscovered talented offensive lineman back in early December. He’s no mystery man anymore. South Carolina, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Louisville, MTSU and Mississippi State have all now offered Gilliam scholarships. He has an older brother who plays offensive line for Tennessee. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2058988/nathan-gilliam#
6. Joc Bruce (South-Doyle, 5-11, 175, athlete): Bruce committed to Tennessee on June 17. He rushed for 1,936 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior but might play slot receiver for the Vols. He had 268 yards receiving and three receiving TDs in 2013 in an offense that was run-heavy. But his versatility makes it hard to accurately project his position in college. My prediction? Safety. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1579023/highlights/104431375
7. Jaylond Woods (Clinton, 5-10, 170, defensive back/receiver): Woods committed as a sophomore to Tennessee and was also offered by Clemson, per his profile on 247 and Rivals. While his junior-season statistics (from Lenoir City) didn’t wow you, Jaylond has legit skill and game-breaking tendencies. He could have a big senior year at Clinton, where he transferred to this offseason. Clinton QB Tyler Thackerson threw for 2,724 yards as a sophomore in 2013. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1638630/jaylond-woods#
8. Noah Hoxie (West, 6-3, 220, linebacker): Hoxie made himself a known commodity this past fall for the Rebels, helping lead West to the 5A state title game with 98 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. Nice speed and tenacity. His physique will be able to hold more weight and still allow him to make plays. His academics are in strong standing, and he has received offers from Army, Princeton, Air Force, Davidson and Tusculum. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1351714/noah-hoxie#
9. Jonathan Roth (Fulton, DE, 6-5, 270): Roth’s recruitment picked up serious steam this offseason. His film has impressed many a college coach, as he has a tremendous burst off the ball. Roth has received offers now from Navy, UT-Martin, Charleston, Campbell University and Virginia Military Institute. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1002027/highlights/138879386
10. Hunter Lane (Gibbs, 6-3, 250, defensive end): Lane is drawing FBS interest, as Memphis has already made multiple stops in Corryton to check on the District 3-AAA lineman of the year. Lane, an All-PrepXtra and All-State choice, finished his junior season with 79 tackles and 13 sacks and has since gained 25 pounds of positive weight in the offseason. Furman, Air Force and Yale are also evaluating Lane. Austin Peay has offered. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2580267/highlights/94011377
11. Kyle Malik Mitchell (Alcoa, 6-2, 290, OL): Mitchell has made announcements on Twitter that he has been offered the opportunities of playing for Army and Air Force and Austin Peay. Mitchell was an All-PrepXtra and All-State talent as a junior, and he was named OL MVP of the Charlotte NFTC (Nike Football Training Camp) in late March. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1478016/kyle-malik-mitchell
12. Domonique Williams (Fulton, 5-11, 180, cornerback/wide receiver): Probably the most undervalued player off of Fulton’s last two Class 4A state championship teams. The All-State and All-PrepXtra selection already has an offer from Tennessee State, and he should make some more recruiting noise this fall. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1001992/highlights/64786375?autoplay=1
13. K.J. Roper (Fulton, 6-2, 195, WR/OLB/S): UT-Chattanooga and Western Carolina offered Roper this offseason. He played receiver in the shadows of Oregon State signee Xavier Hawkins, but Roper has tremendous hands and runs a 4.7. He caught 22 passes for 511 yards and seven TDs as a junior. He’s bulked up 10-15 pounds and could play some linebacker this fall. His Hudl: www.hudl.com/athlete/1001979/highlights/117527380
14. Mason McNutt (South-Doyle, 6-4, 270, offensive guard): McNutt helped South-Doyle churn out quite the ground-game production this past season and has been killing it in the weight room this offseason. He could be the sleeper in the area’s recruiting class. Keep an eye on this guy. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/522873/highlights/124099390
15. Cole Sams (Webb, 6-6, 285, offensive tackle/defensive tackle): Sams, right now, is probably a mid-major to FCS type of recruit. But with his body frame and another offseason to develop under great line coaches at Webb, Sams’ talents should only continue to find their way in front of FBS coaches’ eyes – especially since highly sought-after Webb linebacker Brant Mitchell hasn’t committed. The more coaches that stop in to check on Mitchell, the more who could learn about Sams. His Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2115966/cole-sams#

MORE TO SEE: Richie Koons (Maryville, 6-3, 280, DT), Jaquez Tyson (Alcoa, 5-9, 200, running back), Matthew Fox (Anderson County, running back, 2,415 rushing yards in 2013), Zac Jancek (Catholic, QB, 6-3), Jason Maduafokwa (The King’s Academy, 6-3, 225, running back), D.J. Campbell (Fulton, FB/LB, 6-0, 270), Bryce Miller (Maryville, 6-5, tight end), Brenden Teeter (Alcoa, 6-3, 195, strong safety), Ethan Jeffers (Campbell County, quarterback, 3,324 yards, 39 pass TDs in 2013), Cedric Washington (Central, DB/WR, 6-0, 177), Griffin DeLong (Bearden, LB, 6-1, 215), Logan Lacey (Catholic, running back/linebacker, 5-11, 200).