It will be a few more years before they are in college, but these underclassmen are already turning heads at the varsity level and stacking up college offers.
Today we take a deeper look at the top 10 sophomores in the nation.
As the top 10 players in the initial rankings, it’s a safe assumption these will be names to know for years to come.
David Sanders, OT, Providence Day (North Carolina)
Sanders is the first player in the 2025 class to hold the title of No. 1 overall recruit in the country. History shows it’s not easy to stay in that top spot for three years, but if the 6-foot-6, 255-pound tackle ever drops in the rankings it likely won’t be very far. Shemar Stewart, a defensive lineman out of Monsignor Pace (Florida) who signed with Texas A&M in February, debuted a few years ago as the top recruit in the 2022 rankings but finished at No. 9.
Elijah Griffin, DL, Savannah Christian (Georgia)
In a class particularly strong on the defensive line, Griffin comes in as the top player at his position in the initial rankings. The Georgia Bulldogs offered Griffin a scholarship when he was a 13-year-old middle schooler, and he has since added almost 20 more offers.
Armondo Blount, DL, Dillard (Florida)
The alma mater of Hall of Fame wide receiver Isaac Bruce is home to one of the top-ranked sophomores in the country. As much as it’s a statement for Dillard to be ranked third overall in the country, it carries weight being the top player in Florida. The state is loaded with elite talent on a yearly basis, and it might be richer with 2025 recruits than any other state.
Zion Grady, DE, Charles Henderson (Alabama)
Grady is the top-ranked recruit in a deep class of Alabama prospects. The state has three players in the top 10, led by the 6-foot-4, 210-pound edge rusher from Troy. Grady racked up six sacks and eight tackles for loss as a freshman.
Jared Smith, DE, Spain Park (Alabama)
Listed at a lean 6 feet 6 inches and 230 pounds, it might be hard for some to believe Smith is only a sophomore in high school. His length and athleticism coming off the edge is a nightmare for offensive lines. The dual-sport athlete also throws down for the Spain Bark basketball team.
Bryce Underwood, QB, Belleville (Michigan)
The name might not ring a bell at the moment, but as the top-ranked quarterback in his class Underwood will soon be a household name in the world of recruiting. The 6-foot-2 signal caller led Belleville to a a state championship as a freshman while posting 39 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Anquon Fegans, Safety, Thompson (Alabama)
Another year and another big-time safety recruit out of Thompson, the No. 22 team in the SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25. The 6-foot-1 Fegans is the No. 1 safety in the 2025 rankings, and he plays for the same team as the No. 1 safety in the 2023 rankings, Alabama commit Tony Mitchell. Good luck throwing deep on that secondary.
Dakorien Moore, WR, Duncanville (Texas)
The top-ranked sophomore in Texas is also the No. 1-ranked wide receiver in his class. Listed at 5-foot-10, Moore is a burner who cracked the starting lineup as a freshman for a Duncanville team which finished No. 17 in the final SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25 last season.
Iose Epenesa, DL, Edwardsville (Illinois)
Fans might recognize that last name, and that’s because Iose is the younger brother of A.J., a five-star defensive end from the Class of 2017 who is now with the Buffalo Bills. His brother’s former school Iowa was the second to offer him behind Utah, and the 6-foot-3 sophomore also has offers from Michigan, Miami, Arkansas and more.
DJ Pickett, Safety, Zephyrhills (Florida)
Rounding out the top 10 is the No. 2-ranked player in the Sunshine State and No. 2-ranked safety in his class. Pickett had over a dozen college offers to his name entering his freshman year, and now he has 40 offers as he begins his sophomore campaign.