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Breaking down the new additions to the final 2024 On300

Collin-headshotby:Collin Ginnan01/29/24


On3 has released its final recruiting ranking for the 2024 class. This final update comes after the end of the high school playoffs and postseason All-American games, where top prospects across the country faced off in a week of practices and ended with nationally televised games.

The latest edition of On3’s 2024 rankings features 41 prospects that are new to the On300. Thirty-nine of the 41 players have signed a National Letter of Intent with their current school. One new On300 recruit has yet to sign with any program. Another is a ‘Short-Term Signee’ — a recruit that signed early in December, enrolled and entered the NCAA Transfer Portal prior to the February National Signing Day.

Director of Scouting and Rankings Charles Power and National Scout Cody Bellaire break down 10 marquee additions to the final 2024 On300.

EDGE Zina Umeozulu — Texas

Zina Umeozulu
Zina Umeozulu (Justin Wells/Inside Texas)

Allen (Texas) EDGE Zina Umeozulu committed to Texas on September 6 before signing with the Longhorns to join his brother, Neto, in Austin. Zina chose Texas over Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas A&M.

He checks in at No. 93 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Zina Umeozulu was a big riser coming out of the Under Armour All-America Game. He had a fantastic showing throughout the week in Orlando. He had one of the best showings among EDGE prospects in attendance. Umeozulu has a big frame at around 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and plus-length. We saw him do some things in Orlando that quite frankly, he has not put on film over the last season or two at Allen High School. Umeozulu showed very good bend, good power, good first-step quickness and really gave offensive tackles a bunch of issues throughout the week.

“He was a guy who was a national name early in the process and has kind of flown under the radar a little bit over the past two seasons. But kind of reminded everyone of why he was considered to be a national talent as a sophomore. But just what he showed with his overall physical and technical skillset made him one of the more pleasant surprises that we evaluated on the national all-star circuit.” – Director of Scouting and Rankings Charles Power

WR Kylan Billiot — LSU

2024 WR Kylan Billiot. (Billy Embody – On3)

Houma (La.) Terrebonne wide receiver Kylan Billiot committed to LSU on June 14 and signed with the Tigers in December. Billiot chose LSU over Georgia Tech, Florida, and Troy.

He checks in at No. 108 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Kylan Billiot is a prospect that we always continued to find ourselves saying “he’s got a shot, we just want to see a bit more.” After seeing him at LSU summer camp for two years in a row heading into his senior season, it was obvious that he had the physical and athletic traits to be a top-tier prospect but the skillset was just so raw.

“The senior film showed improvement in some positional traits, but seeing him compete during the week at the Adidas All-American game pushed him over the edge for us. He displayed the ability to separate from corners at all levels of the field and proved that he can go out there and win at the catch point consistently against the best competition in the country.” – National Scout Cody Bellaire

DL Alex Foster — Baylor

Alex Foster
Credit: Alex Foster/X

Greenville (Miss.) St. Joseph defensive lineman Alex Foster committed to Baylor on July 4 and remains unsigned ahead of the February National Signing Day.

He checks in at No. 152 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Alex Foster is a huge riser for On3. He has several positive indicators as a prospect overall. For starters, he has an outstanding frame. This guy is 6-foot-4.5, 280 pounds with elite length. His arms measure over 35 inches and he is very young for the class. Should be a 2025 prospect, won’t turn 17 until September. Alex Foster put together really good senior film, he runs sideline to sideline, is a big, explosive athlete who is just scratching the surface of his potential.

“I think when you look at how he stands up physically and athletically among the defensive line group, we came away being bullish on his upside. This is a guy who is really just beginning to tap into what looks to be a mint potential.” – Charles Power

WR Dominic Overby — Iowa State

Dominic Overby
Dominic Overby/Instagram

West Jordan (Utah) wide receiver Dominic Overby committed to Iowa State on December 17 before signing with the Cyclones three days later.

He checks in at No. 155 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Dominic Overby is a prospect that we got wind of late in this 2024 recruiting process. It wasn’t until late in his senior season were we aware of just how gifted of an athlete was hiding in West Jordan, Utah. Overby didn’t pick up his first FBS offer until November of 2023, but when we turned the film on it was a no-brainer. With his size and movement skills combined with his ability to attack the football and make plays after the catch, Overby made it an easy decision for us to place him in the On300.” – Cody Bellaire

IOL Eugene Brooks — Oklahoma

Sooners OL Eugene Brooks
Eugene Brooks. Photo by: Josh McCuistion –

Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon interior offensive lineman Eugene Brooks committed to Oklahoma on July 25, choosing the Sooners over rival Texas. Brooks signed with Oklahoma in December.

He checks in at No. 182 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Eugene Brooks had a phenomenal showing at the Under Armour All-America Game. I think he was probably the strongest interior offensive lineman we saw at the point of attack. He’s just a bull on contact. Really was able to stone defensive linemen once he was able to get his hands on them and had a really good showing. Brooks has kind of transformed his body over the past year or so — cut a ton of weight, probably 60 pounds and is just moving much better. He’s a guy who is very explosive in short areas, strong, just has explosive power.

“He is a great shot-putter and just has a lot of natural play strength. Going to need to continue improving athletically and not overly long, but he’s just a rock-solid guard propsect and one who certainly helped himself in Orlando.” – Charles Power

QB Trey Owens — Texas

(courtesy of Owens)

Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair quarterback Trey Owens committed to Texas last January and signed with the Longhorns in December. Owens chose Texas over Baylor, SMU, Texas Tech, Rice and others.

He checks in at No. 217 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Trey Owens is arguably one of the most improved players at the quarterback position for us. His jump from his junior to senior was extremely impressive. His production was through the roof for Cy Fair (TX) High School and compounded that stellar senior season with an excellent showing during the week of practice at the Adidas All-American game. His size with his ability to place the football and make plays downfield was tremendous and showed that he deserved to be considered as one of the top signal callers in the country.” – Cody Bellaire

QB Demond Williams Jr. — Washington

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Demond Williams, Jr (Photo credit: Chad Simmons/On3)

Chandler (Ariz.) Basha quarterback Demond Williams Jr. is a Short-Term Signee who initially signed with Arizona in December before enrolling in Tucson. With the departure of head coach Jedd Fisch to Washington, Williams Jr. entered the NCAA Transfer Portal and committed to the Huskies.

He checks in at No. 220 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Demond Williams had a fantastic senior season. He’s a quarterback who could be easy to dismiss as a blue-chip prospect because of his size — he’s around 5-foot-10, 175 pounds — but he is an outstanding player and we saw that first off as a senior where he completed over 76% of his passes for 3,200 yards and nearly 12 yards an attempt with 34 touchdowns. Just three interceptions and he also ran for over 1,100 yards and 20 touchdowns. So he’s one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in this cycle just when you look at what he does on Friday nights.

“He had no problem translating his abilities over to the national all-star setting at the All-American Bowl. He was the best quarterback in the actual game and was able to create a bunch of plays improvisationally. He’s an accurate passer and we think he projects as a very good college quarterback and a guy who could end up being a draft pick by virtue of being so good in college. He’s just a very good player and a guy that can do a little bit of everything. I think he’s going to be a fun player at the college level.” – Charles Power

RB Daniel Hill — Alabama

Daniel Hill Alabama Crimson Tide
Meridian (Miss.) target Daniel Hill on his June official visit to Alabama.

Meridian (Miss.) running back Daniel Hill publicly committed to Alabama during the 2024 All-American Bowl and enrolled in Tuscaloosa. Hill chose the Crimson Tide over Mississippi State and South Carolina.

He checks in at No. 226 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Daniel Hill has always been an intriguing prospect for us. The production on the field has always been good but the size and movement skills gave us pause for quite awhile. Where was his best fit? Should he transition to linebacker? Safety? Should he continue to bulk up and play H-back? All of these questions ran through our heads and forced us to rollercoaster on his ranking throughout the cycle. But finally seeing him workout throughout the week of practice at the All-American game really opened our eyes to his ability with the ball in his hands at running back.

“His lateral ability and pass-catching out of the backfield was exceptional. Being one of the bigger backs did not limit his explosiveness or ability to make defenders miss in a phone booth which was huge for us. He proved that not only does he have the tools to play running back, he has the potential to be a three-down weapon at the next level and beyond.” – Cody Bellaire

LB Fred Johnson — South Carolina

South Carolina LB commit Fred Johnson with Gamecocks defensive coordinator Clayton White (Photo: @CoachBamDavis on Twitter).

Norfolk (Va.) Maury linebacker Fred Johnson committed to South Carolina on June 17 before signing in December. Johnson chose the Gamecocks over Virginia Tech, Duke, Rutgers and Maryland.

He checks in at No. 240 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“Fred Johnson is a linebacker that we were looking forward to seeing at the All-American Bowl, unfortunately he did not make it. But we felt like his physical ability stacks up really well. He’s a toolsy linebacker. He’s 6-foot-3.5, over 220 pounds, outstanding length for the position. This is a guy who ran a 4.54 40-yard dash at South Carolina’s camp, so he can really move.

“Had a good senior season helping his team to a state title playing linebacker and receiver. He’s going to need to continue to settle in as a linebacker — to this point he’s kind of been like a stand-up edge rusher. But I think he has the athleticism and just pure traits that we tend to like at the position.” – Charles Power

QB Michael Hawkins — Oklahoma

Michael Hawkins
Michael Hawkins/X

McKinney (Texas) Frisco Emerson quarterback Michael Hawkins committed to Oklahoma in April before signing with the Sooners in December. Hawkins chose Oklahoma over in-state TCU.

He checks in at No. 253 in the final edition of the 2024 On300.

“The reason I had to say “arguably” one of the most improved players at the quarterback position for Trey Owens is because Michael Hawkins also made a gigantic leap from his junior to senior season. Hawkins was someone for us that we had seen in person a few times heading into his senior season and had questions with his consistency and how quickly he could react to the speed of the game. And with him attending a new high school for his senior season, we really wanted to see how Hawkins could handle adapting to a new team and a new offense.

“Well, after throwing for over 3,000 yards on nearly 70% completions as well as rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring a combined 55 total touchdowns it was clear that Hawkins learned to slow the game down. He proved that he can become a complete quarterback in today’s game that has the ability to consistently move the chains and score points with his arm and his legs at the highest possible level.” – Cody Bellaire

New additions to the 2024 On300

93. EDGE Zina Umeozulu — Texas
108. WR Kylan Billiot — LSU
152. DL Alex Foster — Baylor
155. WR Dominic Overby — Iowa State
182. IOL Eugene Brooks — Oklahoma

205. S Xavier Lucas — Wisconsin
208. CB Ryan Mack — Miami
215. EDGE Jaylen Brown — Missouri
217. QB Trey Owens — Texas
220. QB Demond Williams Jr. — Washington

224. OT Tevita Manukainiu — San Jose State
225. QB AJ Surace — Rutgers
226. RB Daniel Hill — Alabama
227. OT Trent Mitchell — NC State
229. WR Trevor Rogers — California

240. LB Fred Johnson — South Carolina
241. WR JayShon Ridgle — Houston
247. ATH Cam Dooley — Kentucky
248. TE Witt Edwards — Vanderbilt
249. ATH Xavier Gayten — Mississippi State

252. CB Devondre McGee — TCU
253. QB Michael Hawkins — Oklahoma
260. WR Mario Craver — Mississippi State
261. IOL Daniel Calhoun — Georgia
262. EDGE Joseph Anderson — Iowa

267. EDGE Josaiah Knight — Illinois
268. CB Ricky Knight — Florida State
269. LB Brayden Platt — Oregon
271. IOL Caleb Holmes — Pittsburgh
272. EDGE Chima Chineke — Iowa

274. LB Cam Buffington — Iowa
277. QB Judd Anderson — Miami
279. RB Ohifame Ijeboi — Minnesota
281. EDGE Quintavius Johnson — Georgia
282. RB Duke Scott — NC State

286. OT Payton Stewart — Michigan State
287. IOL Aiden Pastoriza — Cincinnati
288. DL Mo Saine — Minnesota
292. IOL Jaden Ball — Purdue
295. LB Elijah Groves — NC State
300. LB Desman Stephens — USC