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August 19, 2014
Rivals250: Risers and sliders
The Rivals100 Presented by Under Armour delivered plenty of changes as the summer evaluation period draws to a close and the season is just days away. It's the same with the entire Rivals250, as numerous changes have been made up and down the list.
There were significant changes in the top group, though, as Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall moved to third overall, followed by Haines City, Fla., safety Derwin James and Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive end Josh Sweat to round out the top five.
Turning to the Rivals250, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas running back Jordan Scarlett, Houston Lamar defensive back Holton Hill and Whitehouse, Tex., safety Justin Dunning were a few of the prospects who made a big move up and are close to cracking the top 100 list. After numerous summer evaluations, there were also a bunch of prospects who moved down in the rankings.
A big move is considered up or down 30 or more spots or moving into the coveted five-star class, while any moves less than 30 are considered nominal. Negative moves of less than 30 slots, while certainly significant to prospects and the fan bases involved, are usually the result of so much upward movement from prospects that stood out during this evaluation cycle.
With the summer evaluation period all wrapped up, the focus turns completely to the high school football season. There have already been plenty of changes in the Rivals250 so far this recruiting cycle and there are destined to be many more following the season.