New 2025 college football recruit rankings: Prospects on the rise

We updated the college football recruit rankings for the 2025 ESPN 300.

Many prospects improved their games at various football showcases, including Under Armour Future 50, since we debuted the Junior 300 rankings in early May.

While there are no changes at the very top -- the Nos. 1-6 players, including the top-ranked prospect overall, QB Bryce Underwood, remain the same -- we break down 12 players who stood out and took their games to new levels, starting with four players who earned a coveted fifth star.

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Three new faces

Four new five-stars

Justus Terry, DT
Georgia | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 7 (previously: 16)

Terry landed on the cusp of five-star range after a gutty MVP performance at a stacked Under Armour Atlanta camp back in February when he wasn't 100%. A few months later, he busts through into five-star territory after an excellent performance at the Future 50 event. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Terry is an explosive DL with a competitive demeanor, but his movement skills also set him apart. Terry can react and redirect very well and hunt down ball carriers. To that end, he snatched the "Most Athletic Lineman" award at Future 50 with a low 7-second time in the L-Drill.

S.J. Alofaituli, OG
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 8 (previously: 20)

There have been only a handful of interior offensive linemen who have earned a fifth star since ESPN began ranking recruits in 2006, but that list just got a little longer with Alofaituli. Physically, he is a bit unassuming at roughly 6-3 and 290 pounds, but Alofaituli makes the case of being one of the most consistently impressive OLs we have seen over the years. He possesses good power and fight, but also elite quickness and flexibility. With excellent feet, Alofaituli quickly fires out of his stance, gaining position to win the leverage battle and lock down defenders. There may not be many interior OLs among the five-stars, but after multiple evaluations, this was an obvious move.

Douglas Utu, OT
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 9 (previously: 17)

Bishop Gorman High School (Nevada) fielded one of the best offensive lines in the nation last fall and will likely do so once again this year. Utu, Alofaituli's teammate, possesses many of the ideal measurables with his size (6-6, 285), arm length and strength. His ability to bend, his balance and his agility all separate him from his peers, however. While mild mannered off the field, Utu is a punishing finisher in the heat of battle. As a returning starter for one of the nation's top programs heading into his junior season, Utu has established himself as one of the premier OLs in the 2025 class.

Michael Fasusi, OT
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 11 (previously: 24)

With only one season of O-line play under his belt, Fasusi exudes exciting upside with his big frame and excellent physical tools. Despite limited experience at Lewisville High School (Texas), Fasusi is displaying fast growth with good flexibility, agility and balance. For his 6-5, 290-pound size, Fasusi posts an impressive measurable UC score that puts him among top 80% for the position. Fasusi has already achieved a fifth star and, perhaps more exciting, still has a lot of room to grow and improve.

Five big movers

Harlem Berry, RB
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 18 (previously: 29)

Berry is an absolute jet. At 6 feet, 185 pounds, Berry is built more like a wide receiver or cornerback than a running back. At Future 50, he ran the fastest 40-yard dash among all competitors (4.37 laser-timed) and showcased excellent ball skills in the 7-on-7 portion of the event. As stated, he could fit right in at WR, which gives him value out of the backfield. As a full-time runner, Berry must get bigger and stronger to maintain durability. Berry moves into the top 20 at No. 18.

Solomon Thomas, OT
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 22 (previously: 35)

Several OLs have already made the jump to a five-star rating, and that group could continue to grow as Thomas is also on the rise. He followed up an MVP performance at the Under Armour Orlando camp with a strong showing at Future 50 despite being hampered with one hand in a cast. A big body that carries his 6-5, 300-pound frame very well in terms of agility, Thomas displays very good body control and bend. He also shows a hunger to compete and did not let his injury stop him from battling.

Blake Woodby, CB
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 30 (previously: 41)

It just so happens that Woodby was Berry's closest competitor in the 40-yard dash, falling one-hundredth of a second behind Berry in the final heat. Having seen Woodby three times in person, we are more than convinced his speed matches his style of play. The downside for Woodby is his lack of ideal height (5-11, 185). His speed gives him value, but if he were taller, he would likely be a top 10 overall prospect. Still, Woodby has proven himself worthy of a jump into the top 30.

Michael Thomas III, WR
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 98 (previously: 167)

Thomas balled out at our Under Armour New Jersey camp in pouring rain. At 6 feet, 190 pounds, he ran a 4.51 laser-timed 40, was taller than he looked on film and flashed potential to be an elite route runner. Thomas displayed 21.4 mph Max Speed on film, matching his camp speed in drills. He has John Metchie III-type skills.

Cooper Perry, WR
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 139 (previously: 181)

We confirmed Perry's 6-1, 190-pound size and his fast speed at June's Under Armour Utah camp. Not only did he time well with a 4.59 40, but his short shuttle time of 4.19 seconds was reflected in his route running. Perry demonstrates suddenness and shiftiness in a short area and has a knack for creating separation. He has a real feel for how to manipulate defenders.

Three key new faces

Tae Harris, CB
Georgia | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 117

When we initially saw Harris on film and wrote his evaluation, we noted his physicality and style of play, but also wanted to confirm his top-end speed. He sometimes doesn't look like he's moving all that fast, but his actual speed is undeniable. This past spring, Harris confirmed his explosiveness by posting a 10.7 100-meter time, which cemented his entry into the ESPN Jr. 300.

Blake Hebert, QB
Clemson | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 122

Seeing Hebert at an in-person camp was critical for us as it not only confirmed what we saw from his tape, but also exceeded our expectations. His verified testing numbers are outstanding for any position, let alone quarterback. Here's a look at his measurables: 75.5-inch wingspan, 10-inch hands, 4.64 laser-timed 40-yard dash and 96.33 SPARQ rating for the Elite 11. His arm strength has always been evident, but at 6-3, 215 pounds, he can roll. He posted a 20.2 mph Max Speed game film, which would be excellent for a wide receiver or a running back.

Darrell Johnson, S/ATH
Uncommitted | New 2025 ESPN Jr. 300 ranking: 155

The more we watch Johnson, the more he grows on us. Our assessment is based off what we think he projects as instead of definitive things we have seen to this point, as he has been used as a Wildcat quarterback. At the next level, we project him as a running back, safety or wide receiver. When he attended our ESPN camp in South Carolina this past spring, he performed as a safety in drills. Listed at 6-2, 205 pounds, Johnson weighed in at 197, ran a 4.67 laser-timed 40 and had a wingspan that neared 80 inches. It will be fun to see what position he ultimately plays.