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On3 Outliers: Prospects that On3 is higher on than the rest of the recruiting industry

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The 2025 recruiting cycle has reached arguably it’s biggest peak outside of signing day, with official visits out of the way and prospects making decisions. It’s also a crucial time in the evaluation and ranking process, with tons of data to filter through. After the summer camp circuit, official visits, and 7v7 competition, On3 has released its latest recruiting rankings for the 2025 class. Included on that list are a number of prospects that On3 is higher on than the industry’s other three services: 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.

Director of Recruiting Charles Power and National Scout Cody Bellaire break down some of the biggest outliers for On3 this cycle:

IOL Michael Carroll – Alabama commit

On300 Ranking: No. 12
Next Highest Ranking: No. 185 (Rivals)
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Scout’s Take: “Michael Carroll has everything you could ask for in an interior offensive line prospect at this point in his career. He has verified size, athleticism and film that jumps off the screen. At 6-foot-6, 315 pounds with his fluidity and tenacity, Michael Carroll is every coaches dream as a run blocker and pass protector going into their senior season.  Carroll has not only shined on Friday nights, but he has also performed extremely well in a camp setting against the toughest prospects in the country. He has earned his spot as the top interior offensive lineman and one of the top prospects in the 2025 cycle regardless of position.”

ATH Lance Jackson – Texas commit

On300 Ranking: No. 22
Next Highest Ranking: No. 65 (247, ESPN)
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Scout’s Take: “Lance Jackson’s size (6’5 and 250-plus pounds) is impressive, but not as impressive as his skillset on both sides of the football. Jackson starts on both sides of the football for Pleasant Grove (TX) at tight end and defensive end. As a tight end prospect, he can stick his foot in the ground and separate from defenders as well as high point the football comfortably. On the defensive side of the ball he shows excellent explosiveness when firing off the football and has a great combination of speed and power in his pass rush as well as the necessary functional strength in order to set the edge as a run defender. Jackson’s biggest question mark in terms of where he ends up playing at the next level will be determined by his physical development. — Cody Bellaire, On3 National Scout

WR Quincy Porter – Ohio State commit

On300 Ranking: No. 27
Next Highest Ranking: No. 59 (ESPN)
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Scout’s Take: “Quincy Porter has arguably the largest catch radius that we’ve seen to this point for 2025 receivers. He’s a big outside receiver and has continued to add size, checking in at over 6’3, close to 200 pounds with plus length. This offseason, he ran track for the first time since his freshman year and and put down an 11.12 mark in the 100 meters, which is really moving at that size. Watching his junior season, his ability to make contested catches is among the best we’ve seen from the receiver group. And he was highly productive against good competition as well — he scored a touchdown on one out of every 2.5 receptions, coming down with 16 scores on and 41 catches at over 23 yards per catch.” — Charles Power, On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings

QB Deuce Knight – Notre Dame commit

On300 Ranking: No. 28
Next Highest Ranking: No. 52 (Rivals)
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Scout’s Take: “Deuce Knight had a busy offseason and it allowed for us at On3 to get plenty of live looks at him. We were able to see him perform in multiple live settings including the Under Armour Camp Series, OT7 Championship Series and the Elite 11. Knight has always had the size and athleticism, but in previous live viewings, we felt the accuracy and decision making were inconsistent. However, during the OT7 Championship Series we saw him light up the scoreboard for two days in a row. It was the first true sign of consistency that we had seen from him in a live setting and we saw that consistency carry into the Elite 11 Finals where he earned On3 MVP honors. Knight is one of the more gifted prospects at the quarterback position and has set himself up for a potential fifth star if he is able to bring this consistency that we were able to see during the offseason into his senior year.” — Cody Bellaire, National Scout

OT Ryan Fodje – Oklahoma commit

On300 Ranking: No. 46
Next Highest Ranking: No. 89 (247)
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Scout’s Take: “Ryan Fodje is a light-footed pass protector who has really grown into his body over the course of the past year. Plus, he’s a guy who we’ve always liked coming out of a sophomore season. And he’s continued to make strides and add size. He is younger for the class, really could be a 2026 prospect and won’t turn 17 years old until until later this week. He currently checks in at around 6’4.5, 295 pounds. And he just has very good lateral lateral movement skills and projects well in pass protection. He’s continued to rise up among a really strong top tier of offensive tackles.” — Charles Power, On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings

QB KaMario Taylor – Mississippi State commit

On300 Ranking: No. 94
Next Highest Ranking: No. 161 (Rivals)
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Scout’s Take: “KaMario Taylor has one of the highest upsides among 2025 quarterbacks. He had a fantastic junior season leading his team to a state title game appearance. He had a total of 63 touchdowns, and he’s a dynamic dual-threat quarterback. He’s one who I think has a very strong arm and is able to really touch all areas of the field. And he’s a dynamic threat as a runner too, with close to 800 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. Relative to many of the other top-100 quarterbacks, he is earlier in his development and is probably the furthest from being a finished product. He’s going to need continued technical refinement and coaching to focus on some of the finer points of the position, but there is no denying his physical ability. When the lights turn on, his natural ability takes over and it kind of allows him to separate himself.” — Charles Power, On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings

CB Brandon Finney – Oregon commit

On300 Ranking: No. 70
Next Highest Ranking: No. 113 (ESPN)
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Scout’s Take: “Brandon Finney solidified what was an already strong athletic profile this offseason by lighting the camp circuit and track on fire. Finney laid down personal bests in four events during his junior track season running 6.41 in the 55m, 7.00 in the 60m, 10.85 in the 100m and 21.84 in the 200m. He backed up his track performances by putting together one of the stronger defensive back workouts of the entire Under Armour Camp Series in the testing portion, individual drills and competition periods. Finney is long, athletic and polished at the cornerback position and has a chance to continue to see his stock rise if he is able to come down with more ball production as a senior.” — Cody Bellaire, National Scout

WR Romero Ison – USC commit

On300 Ranking: No. 146
Next Highest Ranking: 4-star, unranked (ESPN)
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Scout’s Take: “Romero Ison is one of the most productive receivers in the On300 and is really an exciting player with the ball in his hands. He finished his junior year with over 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns and is a guy who can really run at his size as well. He runs sub-11 seconds in the 100 meters and has ripped off low 4.4, high 4.3 times at college camps in the 40. A dynamic playmaker, he maximizes yards after the catch, he’s able to get open and get deep vertically. And he’s just an exciting player with the ball in his hands. Ison is a guy who kind of fits the mold of what we have seen in the NFL draft from these smaller speedier playmaking type of receivers.” — Charles Power, On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings