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August 20, 2014

New four-stars outside the Rivals250

After a busy summer of on-campus camps and high-level events such as the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour, plenty of new players vaulted into the Rivals250. But not every standout could make the list, meaning some new talent entered the four-star ranks outside of the Rivals250, a select group of 90 players who are knocking on the door heading into their senior seasons. Our team of regional analysts breaks down the 13 new four-stars and explains why their summer showings led to a bump in their ratngs.

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Asmar Bilal
Indianapolis Ben Davis
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Bilal does not spend much time on the camp scene, but we got a chance to see some 7-on-7 action of him this summer and answer some questions about his build and potential for physical growth. Bilal was already on the cusp of four-star status based on his junior film, but seeing his frame and physical development this off-season gave us a stronger feel for his potential. -- Josh Helmholdt, Midwest region analyst
DaVante Davis
Miami Booker T. Washington
The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Davis has impressive speed, size and build and has consistently demonstrated a lockdown ability at the safety position. He possesses great instincts and he knows when to leverage his size. He also has the speed to stay with just about any opposing receiver on the outside. At times, Davis shows the feet and movement of a cornerback with the size of a safety. -- Adam Krohn, Southeast region analyst
Quinten Dormady
Boerne, Tex.
Dormady has prototypical size at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, and as a sophomore he showed plenty of potential. However, there were questions after an injury which kept him off the field as a junior. This spring and summer, he showed he was back and ready to compete. He threw with nice touch, velocity, and accuracy. It did not take long to see he was back and he was going to make some noise as a senior. -- Jason Howell, Mid-South region analyst
Tommy Hatton
Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's
Hatton has been a borderline four-star for a while, but the way he has progressed at the center position has been impressive. The future North Carolina Tar Heel is an extreme competitor and has the strength that makes up for the few inches he lacks. More importantly, Hatton has an excellent football IQ and is the type of player that every offensive line coach would want playing for him and leading the offensive line. -- Adam Friedman, Mid-Atlantic region analyst
Nyheim Hines
Garner, N.C.
Hines is one of the most electric players in the country. He has game-breaking speed, can score from anywhere on the field and is a reliable target in the passing game. Hines is a matchup nightmare for defenses. There isn't a linebacker in the country fast enough to him and safeties are not quick enough to stay with him out of his cuts. -- Friedman
Noah Jefferson
Las Vegas Liberty
Jefferson was the defensive line MVP at Rivals Camp Series Northern California, where he was nearly unblockable. Jefferson has tremendous quickness off the edge, which is made doubly impressive when you consider his size. His relative lack of offers is at least in part due to the fact that he only bust onto the scene as a prospect a season ago. There's plenty to like about Jefferson, who has maintained his quickness despite adding muscle. If he continues to develop at his current pace, he will be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks at the college level. -- Rob Cassidy, Mid-South/Southwest region analyst
Dior Johnson
Southfield, Mich.
We have seen plenty of Johnson this off-season because he is willing to compete anywhere at any time, and every single time out he has been impressive. The RCS Detroit defensive back MVP, Johnson sent his stock higher at several college camps this summer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Wake Forest commit covers like a cornerback, hits like a truck and possesses outstanding work ethic and leadership qualities. -- Helmholdt
Kirk Johnson
San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Johnson did not attend many camps, but the one he did stuck out in a big way. The new four-star running back had a phenomenal performance at the Texas camp this summer -- that's where he's committed -- and apparently the new coaching staff there absolutely loves him. Johnson has great size and speed, he is tough to tackle and he has some shake to his running style. His father played at Texas, his brother is committed to the Longhorns and Johnson could be a special back in that system in the coming years. -- Adam Gorney, West region analyst
Clayton Johnston
Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Johnston was an intriguing prospect during his junior season because he has great size and he's super tough with pads on. Then he had a nice performance at the B2G Elite Camp this summer and has proven to be one of the best linemen in California. According to reports, since we cannot cover the camp, Johnston earned his offer from USC during its Rising Stars Camp when he simply dominated. -- Gorney
Richard Moore
Cedar Hill, Tex.
Moore was a tackling machine for Cedar Hill in the 2013 season, but during the summer months he showed just how well he could cover. There were times in 7-on-7 competitions he was lining up at safety, where he showed excellent range. He is comfortable in space and has some long arms, which often tend to find their way into the receivers line of sight. Moore proved he has the ability to be an all-around linebacker. -- Howell
Tristan Payton
Jacksonville First Coast
At 6-foot, 187 pounds, Payton is a long, rangy receiver with above average hands and speed. He's physical and tough to bring down and that should only continue at the next level as he grows into his frame. He has great balance and hand-eye coordination and the USC commit should fit in nicely in the Trojans' up-tempo offense. -- Krohn
Malik Psalms
Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Psalms is a shut-down cornerback who's smart and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He's just the right amount of aggressive. He doesn't bite on double moves and once the ball is in the air, he has a knack for tracking it down and deflecting it. There is a reason so many programs continue to recruit him despite his commitment to California -- he's really talented and knows how to play the position. -- Gorney
Kyonta Stallworth
Detroit King
Stallworth was the offensive line MVP at RCS Detroit in April and got a bump in the spring rankings update, but we wanted to see him put those types of performances together consistently before considering four stars. At the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in June, we were able to see the Michigan State commit again and his performance there was even more impressive than the RCS MVP showing. -- Helmholdt
Complete rankings for the class of 2015
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Rivals100: Risers and sliders
VIDEO: Analysis of the new five-stars
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Rob Cassidy
Midlands/Southwest Recruiting Analyst

Adam Friedman
Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst

Adam Gorney
West Recruiting Analyst

Josh Helmholdt
Midwest Recruiting Analyst

Jason Howell
Mid-South Recruiting Analyst

Adam Krohn
Southeast Recruiting Analyst


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