UCLA in the Scout 100

Josh Rosen

UCLA commit Josh Rosen and targets DeChaun Holiday and Kahlil McKenzie are some of the biggest movers in the new Scout 100...

With the evaluation period wrapping up this weekend, some major moves took place in the Scout 100, including a new No. 1 quarterback in the country and a new No. 1 player in the West.

The long-debated discussion of who was the West's best quarterback, and essentially, the nation's best, tipped the scales toward Josh Rosen this week.

The five-star from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco had been neck-and-neck with Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town since last summer, and after his 2013 season and then a terrific spring the UCLA commit moved ahead of Town, who is committed to USC.

It was never a question of Rosen's physical ability, but the maturation of Rosen as a quarterback and, most importantly, a leader, plus a good handful of showings at events gave him the push.

Rosen is still the No. 3 player in the West, with Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall, who'd been the top prospect in the region since the early post-Signing Day rankings, moving down a spot to No. 2 to make way for the West's new top prospect.

After a stellar junior season, with his team's only blemish coming against Rosen in the CIF State Open Division title game, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie shined at the Oakland NFTC, and the five-star cemented his status as the West's top overall prospect.

And McKenzie may not be done, with a chance to keep moving up and challenge for the nation's top prospect nationally in 2015.

John Houston, the Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker, dropped 10 spots in the rankings, but remained a five-star.

Moving in to his former spot at No. 17 is teammate Rasheem Green, who's now the No. 4-ranked prospect in the region, staying ahead of Orange (Calif.) Lutheran defensive end Keisean Lucier-South in the regional and national rankings.

Both Green and Lucier-South are headed to The Opening, the most prestigious summer evaluation event which takes place July 5-7 at the Nike complex in Oregon, and, like McKenzie, will get a chance to make an impression in pads.

UCLA's first commit in the 2015 class, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones, is no longer the No. 1 tight end in the country. The five-star opted to skip the camp and 7v7 circuit this spring, after making a name for himself on it last year. While he's still a five-star, Chris Clark, the prospect from Connecticut, moved ahead of him in the tight end rankings after easily being the class at the position this spring nationally.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro receiver Christian Kirk remained at No. 35 and in striking distance of five-stars, the highest ranked four-star at the receiver position and the highest-ranked four-star in the region.

Nationally, Mesquite (Texas) Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson, Missouri City (Texas) Marshall cornerback Kendall Sheffield and Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle stayed at No. 2, No. 7 and No. 15, respectively, though McKenzie's rise in the rankings dropped Settle to No. 4 at the position.

Plano (Texas) running back Sotonye Jamabo had been the No. 1 running back in the pre-spring rankings but dropped to No. 2 nationally and is now the No. 43 prospect overall.

In state, Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Marvell Tell and Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill cornerback Isaiah Langley held steady while San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday moved up nine spots overall to No. 73 in the country and two spots in the cornerback rankings to No. 11.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is closing the gap on Pasadena (Calif.) Muir receiver Desean Holmes, with just one spot separating them at receiver (No. 7 and No. 8) and overall (No. 82 and No. 83).

Most of the changes this week were in the Scout 100.

In early June, the West will have an overhaul of rankings in the Scout 300 and some of the expected big risers that UCLA is recruiting include San Leandro (Calif.) cornerback Stephen Johnson and Riverside (Calif.) Poly cornerback Ykili Ross.

Prospects outside the Scout 300 that could make a move into the ranking include Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive tackle Vaimoe Sekona, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive guard Semisi Uluave and Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive tackle Dru Samia.

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