25 in ’25: Looking at the 25 Mid-South entries in the 2025 Rivals100

The 2025 Rivals100 debuted on Wednesday and 25 prospects from the Mid-South region made their way onto the list.

The 2025 class is proving to be deep on the offensive side of the ball, especially at the receiver position, as sophomore seasons continue to show big playmakers in the 2025 class.

Here is a look at each entry in the 2025 Rivals100 from the Mid-South.


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Duncanville (Texas) wide receiver Dakorien Moore is one of just a handful of freshmen to ever get ample playing time at the DFW powerhouse, and he made the most of it last season for the Panthers in helping lead the way towards a state championship appearance. Moore has also been a camp legend early in his high school career and has proved to be a matchup nightmare for anyone that lines up opposite of him.Pair his abilities with a 21-foot-7-inch long jump and an early 11.42 100-meter time, and it becomes clear that Moore oozes with potential.

Galena Park (Texas) North Shore cornerback Devin Sanchez is drawing early comparisons at the Houston-area program to 2022 five-star Denver Harris for his ability in coverage, but its his physical presence at the line and during the play that separates him from any defensive back that has come through the Texas perennial powerhouse program. Alabama, Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma are among his early offers.

Explosiveness is what comes to mind with Ackerman (Miss.) Choctaw County wide receiver Caleb Cunningham. His verified athleticism paired with his three-sport background makes him an intriguing prospect between the lines on the football field. This spring, Cunningham was a state qualifier in all three jumping events. As a freshman, Cunningham was the leading receiver for his team hauling in 31 receptions for 569 yards and 10 touchdowns in a run-heavy offense.

A stud on the football field and basketball court, Millwood (Okla.) wide receiver Jaden Nickens already holds multiple offers in both sports. On the football field, Nickens’ 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame makes him a matchup nightmare while his vertical ability and body control puts him in the elite status of freshmen nationally. As his career in both sports develops, it will be interesting to see which sport Nickens dedicates his time to, but there is real potential early on that he could play both at the next level.

Alvin (Texas) Shadow Creek wide receiver Jacorey Watson began making noise in the South Houston area during his limited action as a freshman, and that extended into the offseason when he tore up the college camp circuit, earning offers from Michigan, Ole Miss, Texas and more. Watson has taken on a bigger role as a sophomore for his team and has stepped into the quarterback role following a season-ending injury to Shadow Creek’s starter. Don’t mistake it, he is a wide receiver at the next level, but his athleticism and ability to affect the game in multiple ways was on full display during his first game as the starting quarterback on Saturday, a game his team won 38-6.

The brother of Texas A&M commit Daymion Sanford, Katy (Texas) Paetow cornerback Deyjhon Pettaway has made a lot of noise in West Houston for the defending 5A Division II state champions in Texas. His length, coverage ability and quick twitch in the secondary has allowed him early opportunities to play on what is arguably the best defense in the state of Texas. Pettaway also owns a 10.83 100-meter time, making him one of the fastest 2025 prospects in the state of Texas early on.

The Woodlands (Texas) wide receiver Quanell X Farrakhan Jr. has been the talk of the town in North Houston after a big freshman season across town at Conroe (Texas) Grand Oaks that saw him haul in 36 receptions for 678 yards and nine touchdowns while also rushing for 195 yards and one touchdown. Farrakhan can be used in multiple ways on both offense and special teams as he excels at lining up inside, outside, out of the backfield and being motioned for jet sweeps. Farrakhan gives teams multiple options offensively just by being on the field, and when the ball is in his hands he has the ability to gain big yardage each time. Georgia, TCU and Rutgers are among his early offers.

It’s not often you find a freshman winning a state championship in the 100-meter event, but that’s exactly what Metairie (La.) St. Martin’s Episcopal running back Harlem Berry did at the 1A level in Louisiana in the spring. It’s even rarer to find a player excelling on the track that early and making his presence felt on the gridiron as well. In his first game of his sophomore season, Berry rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, building on what was already an encouraging freshman year. LSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M are among his early offers.

There was little known about Katy (Texas) Jordan wide receiver Andrew Marsh until his breakout performance at the All-American Combine in San Antonio back in January where he lined up against competition across all classes and dominated with his elite separation and high-point ability. On the 7-on-7 circuit, Marsh made multiple acrobatic catches by using his already developed body control and soft hands. Through three games this season, Marsh has 19 receptions for 267 yards and five touchdowns. Oklahoma, Texas and Michigan State are among his early offers.

It’s hard to make an argument against anybody in the state of Texas having as big of a freshman season than Galena Park (Texas) North Shore wide receiver Deion Deblanc. For Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower, Deblanc was a machine for big plays despite four-star 2023 Texas commit Ryan Niblett already being accounted for in the same offense. Despite Deblanc having to sit out his sophomore season due to transfer rules, the potential for the 5-foot-10, 180-pound playmaker to continue his dominance remains high. Oregon, Texas Tech and Houston are among his early offers.

Allen (Texas) tight end Davon Mitchell is the highest-ranked tight end in the country for the class of 2025 to start out, and it’s for good reason. Mitchell already possesses a wide 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame that he pairs with an above average skillset and athleticism bag that makes him a rare early bloomer at the position. His dominance on the camp circuit both in the spring and at college campuses in the summer have earned him 16 early offers including Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and more.

Hattiesburg (Miss.) Oak Grove defensive tackle Andrew Maddox is one of the most offered 2025 prospects in the state of Mississippi with 12 early scholarships from Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M and more. His physical presence on the interior defensive line paired with his 6-foot-4, 283-pound frame makes him a deadly pass-rusher in his class with the potential to have legitimate staying power in the top 100 as time goes on.

Houma (La.) Vandebilt Catholic running back Jaylon Coleman has lightning speed that makes him one of the fastest players in the country, regardless of class, with his 10.40 100-meter time that helped him qualify for state in the event on the 4A level in Louisiana. His speed translates to the football field where he uses his ability to show a quick burst off the line when lined up out wide and out of the backfield. Mississippi State and Texas A&M are his early Power Five offers.

DeSoto (Texas) wide receiver Daylon Singleton has generated a lot of noise at the DFW powerhouse program with his speed and route-running ability. Singleton owns a 21.61 200-meter time that allowed him to qualify for area on the 6A level in Texas as a freshman. Singleton mainly saw time at the sub-varsity level in 2021 as a freshman, but his one opportunity in the playoffs saw him haul in a 50-yard touchdown on his only reception. With most of DeSoto’s receiving corps leaving after this season, 2023 will be a big opportunity for Singleton to explode statistically.

Cy-Fair (Texas) defensive end Landon Rink has already proven his worth as one of the best pass rushers in the country for the 2025 class on the college camp circuit, but it’s helped that his sophomore season has started off on the right foot. In just three games so far this season, Rink leads his team with 19 tackles including six for loss and 2.5 sacks. His combination of finesse moves off the line paired with his powerful upper half make him a dangerous pass rusher that can only ascend over the course of the next three seasons. Texas and Texas Tech are among his early offers.

Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel cornerback Lennis Finister Jr. put his name on the map at the Rivals Camp Series stop in New Orleans this past spring where he put his length and coverage on display. Finister’s speed is also an intriguing aspect to his athletic profile that could make him a highly recruited boundary corner as the 2025 class develops. Finister holds just one early offer from UTSA, but his blow up is bound to come in the coming months.

San Antonio (Texas) Brandeis wide receiver Jaden Perez was a difficult name to avoid during the summer as college programs raved about his performances at various camps. Perez has been a standout in Central Texas early in 2022 as he’s shown his ability to fight through tacklers and be used in multiple ways in the Brandeis offense. As 2022 powers on, it’s safe to bet that his early offer list will rise given his exceptional verified athleticism from the spring and his increased role as a sophomore.

Lake Cormorant (Miss.) athlete Jarcoby Hopson has generated a lot of buzz in Mississippi because of his positional versatility and athletic profile. Hopson probably projects best as a linebacker where he can cover sideline-to-sideline and use his physicality to make open field one-on-one tackles. As he continues to develop physically, Hopson is a prospect that could bridge towards five-star status before 2025 signing day. LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee are among his early offers.

Humble (Texas) Atascocita all-purpose back Tory Blaylock has been on the radar since before his freshman season, but he exploded after a huge performance at the Underclassman Report Camp in Houston earlier this spring. Pairing that with his solid season on the track created a lot of hype heading into his sophomore season where he has already turned heads early in 2022. Oregon, Penn State and Texas are among his early offers.

Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview cornerback Omarion Robinson impressed on film from his freshman season and it has manifested into five early offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, TCU and more. His versatility in the secondary has also been on display as he can play on the boundary, nickel or at safety and be just as effective. His IQ in coverage is beyond his age and will help push him towards being a national recruit.

Jefferson (Texas) running back Kamran Williams had arguably the biggest freshman season of any prospect in Texas from a statistical perspective while rushing for 1,179 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games. During that stretch, Williams had back-to-back games where he rushed for 215 and 318 yards respectively. He also qualified for region on the track with a 10.81 100-meter time in the spring. Texas Tech and UTSA are among his early offers.

Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall cornerback Caleb Chester is one of the more physically developed 2025 prospects in the state of Texas at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and he uses that to be a difficult presence in the secondary. Florida State and Kansas are among his early offers.

Sachse (Texas) wide receiver Kaliq Lockett is a big-bodied pass catcher that overwhelms defensive backs across all classes and he has proven that across various camps in the DFW area. If Lockett can back his strong offseason with a solid sophomore season, I’m expecting a big recruiting blowup this fall. Utah and SMU are among his early offers.

Madison (Miss.) St. Joseph Catholic quarterback Emile Picarella displayed strong mechanics and accuracy during his freshman season, and it has Power Five programs expressing high interest early. Both in-state SEC schools have offered along with Oregon and Oklahoma after he continued his strong play during the spring and summer. The only quarterback from the Mid-South in the initial top 100, Picarella has a chance to be one of the higher recruited signal-callers in the country in 2025.

Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff linebacker Kelvion Riggins is a tackling machine at the second level and can make impact plays for a defense that already features some of the top players in the country in the 2023 and 2024 classes. His athleticism puts his potential over the top as he is seen flying downhill on run plays and moving sideline-to-sideline when needed. Miami, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are among his early offers.

The younger brother of former 2017 five-star Dylan Moses, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab linebacker Keylan Moses shows just as much potential with his developed physical profile and early on-field performances. At a program that has done an exceptional job at developing defensive talent in the past, Moses’ potential is sky-high heading deeper into his sophomore season. Alabama, Oregon and Tennessee are among his early offers.

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