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Introducing the 32-player, 5-star field for the 2025 class

Introducing the 32-player, 5-star field for the 2025 class

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10. Zayden Walkerlb: Walker’s personal best throw of 52 feet, 5 inches on the shot placed second among midfielders inside the new-look Top247. The Ellaville (Ga.) Schley County product offers plenty of positional versatility as he can create pressure with his rush and strength on the edge while also crashing gaps and stopping runs on the inside with his instincts. Walker plays an aggressive style of football and this could lead to him getting on the field early.

11. Kalik Lockettand t: Lockett compiled one of the best junior highlight reels of anyone in the country, catching 59 passes for 1,299 yards and 13 touchdowns. This prominent Saxe (Texas) bird has a slender body, but growth potential is clear as camp measurements reveal it has larger features. Lockett explodes from his breaks while climbing vertically and is not afraid to run past defenders to catch him. Most importantly, he can land and escape tackles.

12. Justus Terry,DL,USC Commitment: Terry is a big, strong guard who moves people at the point of attack with his strength. He can close gaps with his ability to get off quick and get around double teams often. The Manchester (Ga.) product needs to improve his game plan as a pass rusher and embrace his delivery every moment, but he has what it takes to be a true difference-maker up front and we saw that at Under Armor’s upcoming camp in Atlanta.

13. Josh Beattyafter that: Petty is a decorated wrestler and was a full-time two-way player at Roswell (Ga.) Fellowship Christian School. His background on the mat shows up frequently in the pads as he uses great body control to handle assignments. Petty will need to add mass in the coming years, but he already plays with a mean streak and is well-versed in hand-to-hand combat. He will have to adapt to a higher level of competition, but we are optimistic about the potential.

14. Andrew Babalolaafter that: Babalola is a former AAU basketball player who is still new to the game of soccer. He has the size to swallow quick passes and is athletic enough to stay on the left side long enough as he figures out the nuances that come with corner protection like timing and hand placement. Babalola recorded promising playing stretches on tape as a junior at Overland Park (Kans.) Blue Valley Northwest, especially in the running game where he often finished physically. He will need time to mature, but the upside is huge.

15. Ios EpenesaDL: Epenesa is the younger brother of a Buffalo Bills defensive lineman and a former Iowa standout AJ Epenesa. He’s a polished interior rusher who can win quick or late if opponents don’t match his energy. The younger Epenesa, who attends Edwardsville High School outside St. Louis, Illinois, is one of the few prospects we haven’t gotten much exposure to live, but he has nuclear throwing data (183 feet in the discus) and promising basketball chops.

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