There are currently six recruits in the 2024 category who have been nominated as five-star players. The only Midwest representative to be honored with the highest ranking of competitors is St. Louis University High School (Md.) WR Ryan Wingo.
The number of five-star players varies from grade to grade, but the competition is usually around 32 in total. This means that there will be 26 more players in the 2024 class who will earn five star status when our final rankings are released.
While there are more than five players in the region who could finish with the most elite ratings in the country, here’s a look at five players in the 2024 class who currently stand as a five-star prospect.
As the country’s No. 3 QB and No. 22 overall player, the Saline (MI) quarterback CJ Car has already been rated as one of the country’s elite. He is currently a four star player with a rival rating of 6.0 which is shy of the 6.1 rating that gives a player a five star rating. Car is an elite genius who can create every level of throwing. He’s mechanically strong, extremely accurate and it’s hard to find a brilliant weakness when you dive deep to evaluate his game. Although all of these factors make Car a five-star candidate, his current ranking is the highest priced position that stands out the most when looking at his five-star candidacy. The 2022 class had 2 quarterbacks with such rankings and the 2021 class ended with 5. Unless something difficult gets him down the rankings, Carr seems to be right at that threshold and should be in a five-star conversation soon. .
Justin Scott debuted as the No. 3 DT and No. 24 ranking player in the country as a whole when he released the primary contender 250 for the 2024 class. When evaluating Scott personally, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that he is as talented as they come in as a physician and athlete, and that’s why I only see his rankings grow as he continues to develop and dominate. Scott has grown up playing soccer and basketball, so football is relatively new to him, and he’s just scratching the surface of what can be as a player. Measured at 6-feet-5 and 310 pounds, Scott moves incredibly much more like an accomplished athlete than an athlete who weighs in at over 300 pounds. With just one year of varsity football under his belt, Scott has found a way to become a raw but still a force on the field from an experience and a basic perspective. He twists naturally, explodes out of the ball, and his straight-line motion is great. Scott’s ceiling is really limitless and he will definitely be in the five-star conversation at our next ranking meeting.
Nicholas Marsh currently carries a rating of 5.8 for our “lowest” four-star opponents, which means he has to jump to a much higher rated player to get this tempting fifth star. That being said, I certainly can’t get past Marsh’s ranking after witnessing his extraordinary performance in a recent camp. The camp had only just begun when it became clear that Marsh had the potential to become an elite caliber player. He seems to be getting better with each delegate, and as long as he continues to develop like him at the moment, I would be really surprised if he is not in the five-star conversation when it is said and done. The first thing that stands out when evaluating Marsh is his remarkable combination of size and athleticism. He is a flamboyant root runner, he knows how to manipulate DB, has incredible ball-skills and a high level of physique. In the rare situation that DB is able to have with him in tough coverage, Marsh uses his frame and strength to subdue the defenders. He’s really a champion when it comes to catching 50/50 and the burden of getting him down after a catch at the top. With her size she has great physical control for a young possibility and she is smooth in places where things start to show effortlessly. Marsh will probably jump to our next ranking and end up putting himself in a five-star conversation.
Opponents saw the potential of Brandon Davis-Swain early in his career and made him one of only 100 players initially given four-stars in the 2024 class. Davis-Swain was listed as an ATH recruit at the time because we didn’t know if he would be a linebacker, defensive end or anything else. After seeing him at a camp recently, it became clear that he was a real Edge Rasher and a potential influencer there. The defensive end position carries a lot of value in both the rankings and the NFL draft, and it’s just one of many reasons why WDE from West Bloomfield (MI) could eventually be in a five-star conversation. At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, the Davis-Swain has a frame that is muscular and carries lots of extra weight. He has a matchup nightmare for offensive tackles that ends in a 1-on-1 situation against him, as he can win with explosives off the ball and his pass rush arsenal with speed or other equipment. Davis-Swain has all the tools to become an influential pass racer at the next level and look for him to take action in the upcoming ranking revelations.
Many more players were considered for the list who may have better odds of being five stars than Tavian Galloway, but after a recent personal evaluation I had no choice but to put him on the list. The disadvantage I am talking about is based on Galloway’s position value and current ranking. When it comes to the value of TE in the rankings, you don’t see many five star players in the position. In fact, there has not been a five-star TE since the 2020 class where both Eric Gilbert and Darnell Washington have found coveted status. The second hurdle for Galloway is his current ranking. Although the 2024 rankings will not be finalized in about two years, the average says he will have to jump around 215 players to become a five-star. But I won’t put Galloway’s past, because he’s an elite genius with a multifaceted talent. Galloway is one of the few TEs in the 2024 class whose size and athleticism can both be divided into lineups as an in-line guy or as a receiver type, and he can perform these two roles at an equally elite level. He has an incredible frame of 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds and still has two more years of growth and development ahead of him at the high school level. Galloway has the momentum to expand the field, a matchup to defend an opponent would be a nightmare and could get his hands on dirt to fight the big boys on the line. There’s a lot to choose from here for not being part of the five-star discussion until the end of Galloway.