Top Ten Tight Ends of 2011

1. •••••  Kent Taylor                                                6-5, 218, 4.69                       Land O’ Lakes, FL

This young man reminds me of Greg Olson physically, facially, and athletically.

On Film–#1 does a great job of creating miss-matches, whether he is split out or with his hand on the ground. He runs very well for a 218 pounder and has the growth potential to weigh 250 in college. He gets off the line quickly and is flexible enough to avoid traffic, find the open seam, catch the ball with his hands, and then get good separation from the defender. He gets his head around quickly and has proven to be a long ball threat. He presents a big target who dominates the middle of the field, has good leaping ability, and is a long strider who can pick up yardage in chunks. The nation’s #1 TE prospect has proven to be a difference maker at the high school level and he’s the nation’s most athletic TE with great ball skills and super strong hands.

Stats–Caught 36 passes for 636 yds and 10 TDs in 2010 averaging 19 yds per catch.

Other Sports–He has batted over .350 in baseball. His father, Rob Taylor, played ball at Northwestern and was in the pro’s with Tampa Bay from 1986 to 1994.

Grades–His GPA is 2.9 and he scored a 910 on the SAT. Benches 275.

Favorite Schools–PENN STATE, AL, FL, FSU, TX, STANFORD, NOTRE DAME, AR, NORTHWESTERN, USC, and TN.

2. ••••+ Taylor McNamara                                    6-5, 232, 4.78                       San Diego Westview, CA

The #1 TE prospect in California and one of the country’s top three.

On Film–#88 impresses you right off the bat with his unusual quickness off the ball. He shows soft hands, natural receiving skills, does a great job of adjusting to the ball in the air, can make a difficult catch look easy, shows good concentration, can extend his arms and catch the ball away from his body, and rarely drops anything within reach. Like Florida’s Kent Taylor, McNamara can effectively spread out and go deep. He shows the ability to create extra yardage after the catch, is also able to run over defenders, and athletic enough to run around them.

Stats–Earned All-League and All-Area honors in 2010 after averaging over 15 yds per catch.

Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored a 1450 on the SAT. Benches 275 and has a 34″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to ARIZONA.

3. ••••   Jesse James                                                 6-8, 246, 4.8                         McKeesport South Allegheny, PA

The word here is potential. Rarely do you see someone close to 6-8 and 246 pounds run the way Jesse does. He is not yet a difference maker but has that kind of potential. In fact, with his height, long arms, and growth potential, he might wind up playing LT in college. Wherever he winds up you can bet with his size and athletic ability, Jesse will dominate.

On Film–Also excels as an end on defense.

Stats–Earned 1st Team class AA Century League honors at TE.

Other Sports–He’s a top-notch heavyweight wrestler.

Favorite Schools–Committed to PENN STATE.

4. ••••   Devin Funchess                                          6-4, 210, 4.6                         Farmington Hills Harrison, MI

As a receiver he’s a hybrid who could wind up playing WR or TE.

On Film–He played both WR and TE during the 2010 season. He catches the ball with his hands and shows outstanding leaping ability, concentration and toughness catching the ball over the middle. He certainly shows the potential to become an elite TE prospect at the next level. He fights for yardage after the catch and is cat-quick with excellent change of direction. An explosive ball player, he has a great attitude and work ethic. He also has the frame to weigh 240 to 250 within a couple of years. He runs like a WR but blocks like a TE. A superior talent.

Stats–Caught 36 passes for 738 yds and 6 TDs as a junior averaging 20 yds per catch. You have to go a long way to find a TE who has averaged 20 yds per catch for the entire season. Totaled 9 tackles and 1 pick seeing limited duty at DE.

Grades–His GPA is 2.9. Benches 245.

Favorite Schools–Committed to MICHIGAN.

5. ••••+ Charles (Justin) Meredith                         6-5, 219, 4.58                       Anderson T.J. Hanna, SC

The #1 TE prospect in South Carolina, he also ranks as the nation’s #4 tight end.

On Film–Justin runs great routes, catches everything within reach, is a tremendous lead blocker, and can split out and even play WR. A hybrid in high school who will wind up playing TE in college. When I watched Justin on film I was impressed with his lightening quick reactions, and his ability to quickly avoid traffic, find the open space, catch the ball, and immediately turn up field. Exceptionally athletic, he shows surprising speed, which he uses to gain significant yardage after the catch. He does a great job of putting his body between the ball and the defender, and also plays a little end on defense. He has the frame to weigh 240 in college.

Stats–Caught 25 passes for 376 yds and 2 scores in 2010.

Grades–His GPA is 3.7. Benches 325 and has a 36″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to NORTH CAROLINA.

6. ••••   Dillon Gordon                                             6-5, 260, 4.9                         River Ridge John Curtis, LA

Dillon is a big guy with quick feet and a big-time future.

On Film–He’s an aggressive, quick footed, technically sound TE who presents a big target for the Curtis quarterback. He shows great hands, is a terrific blocker, and is capable of playing in-line ou out-wide. In fact, he is such a good run blocker that some people believe he could wind up playing along the OL in college. Very strong at the point of attack, he has proven to be a very capable underneath receiver with decent speed and excellent body control.

Stats–Caught 12 passes for 200 yds and 2 TDs and graded out at over 80% in his blocking assignments in 2010.

Other Sports–Has batted over .500 in baseball as a first baseman, and averages 10 points and 7 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 365.

Favorite Schools–Committed to LSU.

7. ••••   Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick                             6-5, 260, 4.9                         Rocklin Whitney, CA

As big, quick, and as physical as they come.

On Film–He’s a gifted TE with surprising quickness and speed. He shows the quickness and flexibility to sustain and get good leverage on his blocks, he’s quick enough to effectively reach linebackers on the second level, and possesses rare strength and athleticism for a TE. When given the chance, he also shows a good, strong pair of hands, catches the ball away from his body, and can create a little bit after the catch.

Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0.

Favorite Schools–Committed to USC.

8. ••••   Colin Thompson                                        6-6, 250, 4.79                       Warminster Archbishop Wood, PA

I watched Colin perform down in San Antonio and came away impressed with him not only as a receiver but also as a run blocker.

On Film–He’s the prototypical TE with quick hands, quick feet, runs precise routes, and dominates as a blocker. On a team loaded with Division I players the coach says he may be the best of all of them. A playmaker, he has the quickness and flexibility to dominate as both a receiver and blocker. He gets good leverage, is quick to reach linebackers on the second, and excels in open field blocks. He shows surprising speed for a 250 pounder to gain additional yardage after the catch. Perfectly suited for a pro-style offense, he’s also a reliable end on defense.

Stats–Recorded 55 tackles, 8 sacks, 20 tackles for losses, and 2 picks at DE. He caught 13 passes for close to 200 yds and 8 TDs at TE. Earned All-Philadelphia area honors.

Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 260 and has a 24″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to FLORIDA.

9. ••••   Sean Price                                                   6-4, 215, 4.8                         Citra North Marion, FL

Called a major playmaker by his coach and by just about everyone who has played against him.

On Film–He played around 200 pounds last season so he was more of a WR than a TE but shows good speed, athletic ability, and growth potential. Runs like a WR but has also proven to be an outstanding blocker who gives good effort. However, right now he lacks the bulk and strength to compete as an inline blocker. Still, he’s one of the more productive receivers in the country who does a great job of putting his body between the ball and the defender.

Stats–Earned All-Central Florida honors for his play at receiver.

Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0.

Favorite Schools–Committed to SOUTH FLORIDA.

10. ••••   Evan Baylis                                                6-5, 228, 4.8                         Aurora Grandview, CO

The state’s #1 TE prospect and one of the country’s finest.

On Film–#88 was the Wolves’ leading receiver blending great size with unusual quickness and great technique. He seems to do everything effortlessly and has been blessed with long arms and surprising body control. A very flexible athlete who presents a big target over the middle and has shown the ability to take a hit. Loves to compete and has really improved as a run blocker. He does everything asked of him and is as smooth as they come.

Stats–Caught 33 passes for 456 yds and 6 TDs on his way to earning class 4A H-M All-State honors.

Other Sports–He’s a standout in lacrosse.

Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 265 and has a 27″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to OREGON.

UPDATE: Top Eleven Overall Players of 2011

Here is the updated Top Ten overall players of 2011, as of November 1st.  Plus, the 11th player overall is included, because it is a player who has jumped up from number 21, to number 11, after a tremendous senior year.

1. •••••  Dorial Green-Beckham                            6-6, 220, 4.43                       Springfield-Hillcrest, MO

I’ve had Dorial ranked as the #1 player in his class for the past two years. Seventeen years ago I went to Belle, West Virginia to see Randy Moss, and since then few have come close in comparison. While Dorial has not only come close, I believe he’s the equal of Randy Moss.

On Film–He’s a combination of A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and Randy Moss. At the WR position, he can do it all. The prototypical WR at 6-6, 220, he’s sort of a hybrid and is more suited to be spread out to create miss-matches. He gets a great initial burst off the line, a long strider who can get to top speed in a hurry, and shows good lateral agility and very impressive acceleration, which he uses to avoid tacklers. His size, speed, and body control is second to none. If he stays healthy, he should become an instant impact player as a true freshman. He does it all, he’s a good downfield blocker, catches the ball with his hands and in full stride, and shows the lateral agility to cutback against the grain. He possesses elite speed and he’s most of all one of the most productive high school WR prospects in the country. He is capable of making sensational catches look routine and uses his 6-6 frame, long arms, and 32″ VJ to snag high throws. Just the consummate WR.

Stats–Caught 78 passes for 1,743 yds and 15 TDs averaging 22.3 yds per catch.

Other Sports–Took state in the 100 meters with a time of 10.59. Also took state in the triple jump with a leap of 47′ 2″, and came in second in state in the long jump with a leap of 24′ 3″ to his credit. He also averages 22 points and 12 rebounds a game as a PFW in basketball. Like Randy Moss, he was named All-State in three sports.

Grades–His GPA is a solid 3.0 and he scored an 18 on the ACT and benches 305.

Favorite Schools–Everyone wants to know where Mr. Green-Beckham is going. Never rule out the local school of Missouri. Other schools very high on his list are AL, AUBURN, NOTRE DAME, OK, TX, USC, OH STATE, AR (which is less than a two hour drive away), LSU, MI, NE, FL, and FL STATE.

2. •••••  Gunner Kiel                                                6-4, 216, 4.7                         Columbus East, IN

His Uncle Blair was in my 1980 magazine and listed as one of the top QB prospects in the country. Gunner is now listed as the nation’s #1 QB prospect and #2 overall player in the country.

On Film–What you are looking for in a big-time difference maker QB, you will find in #11. He shows a strong arm and can make all the necessary throws. He shows a good follow through, consistently strides into his throws, shows outstanding footwork, and can throw blue darts while on the move. His accuracy is uncanny and his ability to accurately throw deep is a major plus. He also shows the ability to lead receivers with his passes. He can be elusive in the pocket and although he weighs close to 220 pounds, he can cause defense nightmares once he decides to tuck and run. He can play in any offense, pro-style or spread, and should become an instant impact player in college. A coach on the field, he’s a team player with a high football IQ. I’ve seen every top quarterback in person and on film and it’s my belief that Mr. Kiel should top that list.

Stats–Completed 161 of 238 passes for 2,742 yds and 36 TDs and was picked off 6 times. He also ran for 621 yds and 7 scores. As a sophomore he threw for 2,500 yds and 25 TDs. He reminds me an awful lot of Blaine Gabbert.

Other Sports–

Grades–His GPA is 3.8. Benches 270 and has a 31″ VJ. His Uncle Blair Kiel played at Notre Dame, his father Kip Kiel played LB at Butler, his brother Drew played QB at Illinois State, and his other brother Dusty a QB at Indiana.

Favorite Schools – Committed to INDIANA.

3. •••••  Noah Spence                                              6-3, 240, 4.52                       Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, PA

The #1 prospect in Pennsylvania and we rank him as the #4 overall player in the country.

On Film–I’ve had Noah in my magazine for the past three seasons and he’s gone from a potential All-American to super All-American. His strengths are getting to the QB consistently and in a hurry. He blends great size with speed, quickness, and power. Has a keen sense for the football and uses it on every down. Remarkable active with a terrific burst, he’s able to rip off blocks with strong hands and tremendous natural strength. His closing speed is second to none, he’s terrific when in pursuit, will keep outside leverage, and must be double-teamed at all times. An expert at chasing down the QB, he possesses an elite first step and is the consummate edge rusher. A difference maker in high school, he should be an instant impact player as a freshman in college.

Stats–Recorded 21 sacks and 89 tackles on his way to earning class AAA 1st Team All-State honors at DE. Totaled 20 sacks and 80 tackles in 2009. He’s been collecting sacks since his freshman year, in fact, in one game in 2008 he had 4½ sacks and 9 tackles. So Noah has not snuck up on anyone, he’s been an elite player for four years.

Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 350.

Favorite Schools–You name the school, he’s been offered by it. Right now he’s looking at PITT, PENN ST, OH ST, AL, AUBURN, BC, CAL, FL, GA, NOTRE DAME, USC, TN, NC, and VA TECH.

4. •••••  Mario Edwards, Jr.                                    6-3½, 269, 4.69                    Denton Ryan, TX

He’s rated 5th overall nationally.

On Film–#17 proves to be unstoppable as a pass rusher. He shows a great combination of quickness, strength and size. Has superior speed off the ball and is relentless in pursuit, shows quick hands, dominates the point of attack, runs well laterally, can redirect, and hustles on every play. He seems to be a natural at the DE position and he’s an impact player with All-American written all over him. As explosive as they come, he has the kind of quickness and burst rarely seen in anyone over 230 pounds. He just jumps off the screen at you when you are watching his film, he’s very fluid for his size, and can get into gaps and disrupt the flow of the offense. He should be an impact player as a true freshman.

Stats–Earned the state’s Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010 after totaling 127 tackles, 16 QB sacks, 38 tackles for losses, and returned 2 fumbles back for scores, all of this despite the fact he was double and triple-teamed the entire season.

Other Sports–Has been timed in an 11.5 100 meters in track.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 350 and has a 30″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to FLORIDA STATE after having been offered by every major school in the country. His father, Mario Edwards, was an All-American at FSU and played several years in the pros.

5. •••••  Shaq Thompson                                        6-2, 210, 4.47                       Sacramento Grant, CA

A five-star player and one of the country’s finest all around football players.

On Film–#22 shows All-American skills at TB and at SS. On offense he’s a big back with great vision, balance, strength, runs with his pads low, shows nifty moves, and the burst to get outside and turn the corner. On defense he is smart, quick, fast, hard working, and an incredible athlete. He shows the burst and pure speed to cut in front of a receiver and make the tough interception. Quick to diagnose, he can jump routes and has been blessed with exceptional ball skills. He hits like a Mack truck and can turn and run with the best of them. His coach reminds me that Shaq is bigger, faster, and stronger than any SS you will find, and I concur. There are no better SS prospects in the country than Mr. Thompson.

Stats–On offense he carried the ball 195 times for 2,000 yds and 25 TDs averaging 10 yds per carry. Caught 17 passes for 350 yds and 4 scores and totaled 54 tackles, 1 pick, and broke up 9 others at SS.

Other Sports–In track he’s been timed in a 10.8 100 and is the sectional champ in the 200 meters with a time of 21.6, and has long jumped 22′ 10″.

Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 290 and has a 33″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–His brother, Syd’Quan Thompson, played ball at CAL and is now with the Denver Broncos. Shaq is also looking at WA, NOTRE DAME, USC, UCLA, AUBURN, and OR.

6. •••••  John Theus                                                 6-6, 301, 5.1                         Jacksonville Boles, FL

The #1 ranked LT prospect in the country, he reminds me an awful lot of Joe Thomas.

On Film–#71 proves to be an exceptional pass and run blocker. One of the more athletic 300 pounders you will find, he shows great footwork, an aggressive and tenacious style of play, gets great leverage, dominates the point of attack, always gives good effort, and always plays under control. He keeps his shoulders square, presents tremendous lateral agility to slide and mirror, and has proven to be the prototypical left tackle with the long arms, quick feet, and outstanding technique.

Stats–In 2010 he dominated from start to finish earning 1st Team All-Coast. Has the frame to weigh between 320 and 330 in college.

Other Sports–Has thrown the shot put over 47′ and the discus 135′ in track. Averages 16 points and 15 rebounds a game as a center in basketball. His brother, Nathan, is a freshman at Georgia.

Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored an 1100 on the SAT. Benches 300.

Favorite Schools – Committed to GEORGIA.

7. •••••  Andrus Peat                                                6-7, 280, 4.9                         Tempe Corona Del Sol, AZ

I first got a look at Andrus over a year ago when I went to Tempe to check out his brother Todd Peat, Jr. I was impressed then and even more so now. He’s every bit of 6′ 7″, looks very thin at 280, and has been blessed with extraordinary athletic ability.

On Film–#75 amazes you with his quickness off the ball and his ability to get out into the open field and block down on linebackers. As nimble footed as they come, he has the potential and ability to become a college All-American and a future all-pro. Shows that quickness, balance, change of direction, and mentality the college scouts look for in an All-American. He plays LT in high school and will wind up playing LT in college. As soon as he forgets about being a basketball player Andrus will become even more accomplished. He shows natural power, can dominate the point of attack, always seems to get good positioning effortlessly, stays low, and can get under the defender to drive him off the play. He just seems to do everything well and effortlessly. Once he hits a college weight program there could be no stopping him. He has a very polished kickslide to mix things up quickly and is technically the best big guy I’ve seen in the country.

Stats–Graded out at over 90% in his blocking assignments, led the league in pancake blocks, and totaled 5½ sacks at DE.

Other Sports–In basketball he averages over 15 points and 10 rebounds a game as a PFW.

Grades–His GPA is 3.6 and he’s been on the honor roll throughout his high school career.

Favorite Schools–His brother signed with Nebraska so look out for the Cornhuskers but Andrus is also keeping an eye on STANFORD, USC, NOTRE DAME, ASU, MIAMI, CLEMSON, TX, LSU, MI, CO, FL, and AL.

8. •••••  Ellis McCarthy                                           6-4, 305, 4.9                         Monrovia, CA

Ranked as the #1 player in the west and the country’s #7 overall player.

On Film–A one man wrecking crew, he reminds me a little bit of Ndamukong Suh. He combines great size with explosive moves, terrific strength, quick hands, and an aggressive and tenacious style of play. Shows explosive strength on the edge, uses his long arms to quickly disengage, and shows exceptional closing speed. You also got to be impressed with his ability to quickly change direction, avoid traffic, and make plays, A fluid 305 pounder who is capable of becoming a dominating DE or DT in college. He played more DE in 2010 but does have a lot of experience at the DT position. I was sold on him after watching the CIF semi-final game this past December, a game in which Ellis dominated despite the fact that he was double and triple-teamed on every play. A humble and easy going guy off the field, and a mean, tough, and aggressive player on it.

Stats–Totaled 72 tackles and 14 QB sacks on his way to earning All-State honors in 2010.

Other Sports–Has thrown the shot put over 50′ and the discus 140′ in track.

Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 325 and has a 32″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–USC, UCLA, OK, FL, CAL, AZ, WA, TN, and MI.

9. •••••  Johnathan Gray                                         6-0, 195, 4.4                         Aledo, TX

The country’s #1 tailback prospect is a prep superstar who possesses all the tools for college stardom.

On Film–He shows tremendous speed, vision, agility, balance, and surprising strength. A combination power runner/slasher, he can accelerate to full speed, quickly, and can cut on a dime and change directions in the blink of an eye. Explosive should be his middle name, he can create in the open field and shows a good pair of hands. He never stops moving his legs and runs low to the ground. A workhorse type of back who gets stronger as the game progresses. He dominated just about every game he played in 2010.

Stats–Carried the ball 358 times for over 2,000 yds and 60 TDs on his way to earning 1st Team All-State honors.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 295. His father was the career rushing leader at Texas Tech.

Favorite Schools–Committed to TEXAS.

10. •••••  Rushel Shell                                                6-0, 215, 4.45                       Aliquippa Hopewell, PA

Three years ago I ranked Rushel as the #1 player for the class of 2012. This year he ranks #11 and is one of the country’s top three RB prospects.

On Film–This season Rushel, despite being a marked man for the past couple of years, still put together one heck of a year. An exceptional between the tackles runner, he keeps his pads low, punishes defenders, and gets significant yardage after initial contact. He shows an explosive second level burst and is a physical back with quick feet, reads his blocks, and displays good vision. He shows remarkable balance, body control, and lateral agility. When he is on, there may not be a better back in the country. A workhorse who never lets up and he seems to get stronger as the game progresses. As reliable as they come, he does not possess elite speed but good enough to carry the ball a long way. Hails from the same school that produced Tony Dorsett.

Stats–Earned 1st Team All-State honors for the third year in a row rushing for 2,510 yds and 27 TDs on 323 carries. He is just 880 yds away from the WPIAL all-time rushing record. For his career he has 6,551 yds and 77 TDs. A prep superstar and he should be an instant impact player as a true freshman.

Other Sports–Has been timed in a 10.8 100 meters in track.

Grades–His GPA is around a 2.7. Benches 330 and has a 33″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–The Buckeyes of OHIO STATE were a longtime leader for his services and now it looks like they are in for a battle with several other schools including PITT, PENN ST, AL, AUBURN, TN, FL, FSU, GA, NC, and UCLA.

11. •••••  Jameis Winston                                          6-4, 196, 4.56                       Hueytown, AL

The state’s #1 prospect and one of the country’s top rated signal callers.

On Film–I first met Jameis last November, in fact, he was the first player I interviewed for this season. I drove down to Hueytown and sat down with him and his coach and watched the first eight games of his junior season. I came away impressed enough to give him five stars. He is truly a gifted QB, who if he sticks with football, has a chance to be special. He shows a very strong arm, tremendous running ability, presents excellent size and overall athletic ability, can make throws with defenders on top of him, throws the deep out with authority, can throw exceptionally well while on the run, shows very good field vision, and performed exceptionally well in 2010 despite not having much talent around him. If Jameis decides that football is his sport, and if he chooses a school that will work around his talents, there will be no stopping him. A difference maker. His coach Matt Scott compares Jameis to Cam Newton. His pocket management is great and scrambling ability is excellent, so good in fact that he does not want to be labeled a runner.

Stats–Threw for 2,342 yds and 17 TDs and ran for 870 yds on his way to earning All-State honors.

Other Sports–He’s the state’s #1 baseball player, he batted over .400 with 7 home runs, 17 doubles, and 9 triples last spring.

Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 265.

Favorite Schools – Committed to FLORIDA STATE.

November Newsletter



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Top Ten Defensive Backs of 2011

1. ••••• Landon Collins 6-1, 205, 4.4 Geismar Dutchtown, LA
Ranked #9 overall nationally, Landon has what it takes to become an impact player at the FS position as a true freshman.
On Film–He possesses all the tools for greatness size, speed, instincts, reactions, attitude, aggressiveness, and most of all production. A very confident FS who reads well, takes very few missed steps, and when he does he shows great recovery speed. He’s a talented center fielder who makes plays from sideline to sideline. He’s instinctive in coverage, shows great awareness and range, above average acceleration and athleticism, he can quickly change directions, and closes on the ball like no other FS in the country.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-State honors in 2010 after totaling 102 tackles, 5 picks, and 3 caused fumbles. He also returned a kickoff back for 84 yds and a score, and a punt back 89 yds and a TD.
Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.8 100, a 22 flat 200 meters, and long jumped 20′ in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.

2. ••••• Travis Blanks 6-1, 195, 4.5 Tallahassee North Florida Christian, FL
A big, thick bodied DB who played CB his junior year and could wind up playing CB or FS in college.
On Film–He’s as athletic as they come, can turn and run with the swiftest of receivers, shows a smooth backpedal, and fluid hips. He does a great job of playing the ball, is as physical as they come, accelerates quickly, and has a great knowledge of the game. #8 covers a lot of ground and shows very good makeup speed. He’s a big CB who loves to mix it up. You would have to search a long time to find a corner as physical as Mr. Blanks. He will also play CB this season and wants to play CB in college. A four-year starter who helped lead his team to a state championship in 2008.
Stats–Recorded 104 stops, 4 picks, broke up 13 passes, and returned 2 punts back for scores in 2010. Also caught 36 passes for 385 yds at WR.
Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 22.5 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 290 and has a 31″ VJ.
Favorite Schools–Originally from North Fort Myers, he’s good friends with Jordan Diggs and there’s a chance they may want to play for the same school. Committed to CLEMSON.

3. ••••• Geno Smith 6-0, 165, 4.4 Atlanta St. Pius X, GA
The #1 prospect in the state of Georgia and one of the nation’s premier cover corners.
On Film–This rather tall, skinny CB is fiercely competitive, blessed with great hips, and overall athletic ability. He shows supreme ball skills when the ball is in the air and he’s a smart, instinctive defender who reads and reacts quickly to the play. He shows the ability to turn and run with the best of them and shows the natural explosiveness to close on the ball that only the great ones have. Over the past two years Geno has shown the ability to stay with the Atlanta area’s top receivers. He displays remarkable speed and quickness. Also shows tremendous footwork and can make a play on the ball even when initially beaten using his remarkable recovery speed to do the job. An impact player at the high school level, he should also be one in college.
Stats–Carried the ball 71 times for 731 yds and 7 TDs on offense. Totaled 47 solo tackles, 8 picks, and broke up 14 passes on defense on his way to earning All-State honors.
Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.8 100, a 22.1 200 meters, and has long jumped over 20′ in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 235 and has a 33″ VJ.
Favorite Schools– Committed to ALABAMA

4. ••••• Shaquille Roland 6-2, 180, 4.39 Lexington High, SC
The #1 player in the state is also one of the nation’s finest athletes.
On Film–He ranks 20th overall and Shaq has what it takes to become an All-American at the WR or DB positions. On offense he runs precise routes, does a great job of slipping jams, finding the open seam, catching the ball with his hands, and then the fun starts. He shows blazing speed, tremendous moves in the open field, and has proven to be a very difficult tackler. A great leaper, he catches the ball at its highest point and he proves to be one of the most explosive and elusive receivers in the country. On defense he’s smooth in transition, active, physical, and aggressive. He supports the run well and shows tremendous natural cover skills. Loose hipped and quick footed, if he chooses to become a cover corner, he should become one of the nation’s finest. He plays the game fast and with good recovery speed. Shows super quick feet and flexible hips, he’s a prep superstar in three sports. He loves basketball but is a difference maker in football.
Stats–Earned All-League and All-Area honors for his play on both sides of the ball.
Other Sports–Averages 20 points and 10 rebounds a game as a shooting guard in basketball and runs the sprints in track.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5.
Favorite Schools– Committed to SOUTH CAROLINA.

5. ••••• Terry Richardson 5-9½, 165, 4.45 Detroit Cass Tech, MI
Ranks as the #1 prospect in the state of Michigan and one of the nation’s finest cover corners.
On Film–#9 is all that you can ask for in a cover corner except possibly for ideal height. He shows a smooth backpedal, fluid hips, can turn and run with the swiftest of receivers, closes quickly on the ball, he’s a great leaper, fluid in coverage, can get in and out of breaks quickly, and shows great awareness.
Stats–Recorded 28 solo tackles, 8 picks, and broke up 13 passes in 2010. On offense he caught 20 passes for 350 yds and 5 TDs at WR.
Other Sports–In track he’s been timed in a 10.8 100 and a 22.3 200 meters.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8 and he scored a 17 on the ACT. Benches 240.
Favorite Schools– Committed to MICHIGAN.

6. ••••• T’ajani (Tee) Shepard 6-1, 185, 4.5 Fresno Central East, CA
One of the nation’s premier defenders. We listed Tee as a future All-American in last summer’s magazine and he proved us right with his play in 2010.
On Film–An exceptionally instinctive two-way player, he shows great hands and outstanding open field moves at WR. He’s even more brilliant as a natural CB with quick feet and balance. He can turn his hips, redirect quickly, and is a solid man to man defender. He plays the game with a lot of confidence showing very good knowledge of the game and good football instincts. Because of his size he could wind up playing FS but right now he’s considered one of the nation’s premier CB prospects.
Stats–He has picked off 10 passes and broken up 30 others over the past two years on his way to earning All-City honors in 2009 and 2010.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Benches 260 and has a 32″ VJ.
Favorite Schools– Committed to NOTRE DAME.

7. ••••• Shaq Thompson 6-2, 210, 4.47 Sacramento Grant, CA
A five-star player and one of the country’s finest all around football players.
On Film–#22 shows All-American skills at TB and at SS. On offense he’s a big back with great vision, balance, strength, runs with his pads low, shows nifty moves, and the burst to get outside and turn the corner. On defense he is smart, quick, fast, hard working, and an incredible athlete. He shows the burst and pure speed to cut in front of a receiver and make the tough interception. Quick to diagnose, he can jump routes and has been blessed with exceptional ball skills. He hits like a Mack truck and can turn and run with the best of them. His coach reminds me that Shaq is bigger, faster, and stronger than any SS you will find, and I concur. There are no better SS prospects in the country than Mr. Thompson.
Stats–On offense he carried the ball 195 times for 2,000 yds and 25 TDs averaging 10 yds per carry. Caught 17 passes for 350 yds and 4 scores and totaled 54 tackles, 1 pick, and broke up 9 others at SS.
Other Sports–In track he’s been timed in a 10.8 100 and is the sectional champ in the 200 meters with a time of 21.6, and has long jumped 22′ 10″.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 290 and has a 33″ VJ.
Favorite Schools–His brother, Syd’Quan Thompson, played ball at CAL and is now with the Denver Broncos. Shaq is also looking at WA, NOTRE DAME, USC, UCLA, AUBURN, and OR.

8. ••••+ Trae Elston 6-0, 181, 4.4 Oxford, AL
This team is absolutely loaded, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. When you have two All-Americans like Trae and his teammate Kwon Alexander, you provide quite a dilemma for the opposition’s offense.
On Film–He shows remarkable closing speed, has proven to be a sure tackler, is smooth in transition, flexible, and is known for his hard hitting style of play. He changes directions easily, is very active near the line of scrimmage, and plays the game with a lot of confidence, sometimes to the extent where he is a bit overaggressive but shows very good recovery speed. A high school superstar who can play on either side of the ball in college. The first game on his highlight tape has him making 16 solo tackles and 4 assists against Clay Chalkville. As physical as they come, he’s one of the best open field tacklers in the south.
Stats–Recorded 123 stops, 7 sacks, 10 tackles for losses, 4 picks and batted down a league high 17 passes in 2010. On offense he caught 55 passes for 879 yds and 8 TDs earning All-State honors for his play at FS.
Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.9 100 and a 22.5 200 meters in track. Averages 11 points and 5 rebounds a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored a 19 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–CLEM, AUBURN, AL, FSU, OR, MIAMI, LSU, TN, GA, NE, USC, and VA.

9. ••••+ Deon Bush 6-1, 180, 4.4 Miami Columbus, FL
A very large, active, and productive CB.
On Film–He does a good job of jamming receivers on the line, shows good anticipation, and closes on the ball quickly. Smart, technically sound, very fluid in coverage, can turn his hips, and gets in and out of his breaks quickly. He is excellent in man coverage and does everything effortlessly and athletically. Blessed with long arms, he has great acceleration.
Stats–Recorded 58 tackles and 3 picks returning one of them back for 50 yds and a score despite the fact that he missed five games due to a hamstring injury.
Other Sports–He has triple jumped 46′ in track.
Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0.
Favorite Schools–FL, AL, OH STATE, MI, FSU, MIAMI, LSU, NOTRE DAME, NE, PURDUE, TN, and AUBURN.

10. ••••• Thurston (T.J.) Davis, Jr. 6-1, 173, 4.38 Tallahassee Godby, FL
This season there’s no state in the country that comes close to Florida when it comes to cornerback prospects.
On Film–T.J. shows great ball skills. He dominates in press coverage and has proven to be a lockdown corner. He shows good acceleration, a quick burst, solid technique, and he can turn and run with the best of them. He also shows good awareness in zone coverage and is a pretty good tackler. Superior when the ball is in the air, he may need a little work in his defense against the run. Another dominating CB with All-American ability.
Stats–Recorded 17 tackles, picked off 6 passes, and broke up 6 others despite the fact that the opposition was keen on avoiding his territory.
Other Sports–He has run the 110 high hurdles in 14.6 in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3 and he scored a 17 on the ACT. Benches 235.
Favorite Schools– Committed to AUBURN

Top Ten Offensive Linemen of 2011

1. •••••  John Theus                                                 6-6, 301, 5.1                         Jacksonville Boles, FL

The #1 ranked LT prospect in the country, he reminds me an awful lot of Joe Thomas.

On Film–#71 proves to be an exceptional pass and run blocker. One of the more athletic 300 pounders you will find, he shows great footwork, an aggressive and tenacious style of play, gets great leverage, dominates the point of attack, always gives good effort, and always plays under control. He keeps his shoulders square, presents tremendous lateral agility to slide and mirror, and has proven to be the prototypical left tackle with the long arms, quick feet, and outstanding technique.

Stats–In 2010 he dominated from start to finish earning 1st Team All-Coast. Has the frame to weigh between 320 and 330 in college.

Other Sports–Has thrown the shot put over 47′ and the discus 135′ in track. Averages 16 points and 15 rebounds a game as a center in basketball. His brother, Nathan, is a freshman at Georgia.

Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored an 1100 on the SAT. Benches 300.

Favorite Schools–Committed to GEORGIA.

2. •••••  Andrus Peat                6-7, 280, 4.9                         Tempe Corona Del Sol, AZ

I first got a look at Andrus over a year ago when I went to Tempe to check out his brother Todd Peat, Jr. I was impressed then and even more so now. He’s every bit of 6′ 7″, looks very thin at 280, and has been blessed with extraordinary athletic ability.

On Film–#75 amazes you with his quickness off the ball and his ability to get out into the open field and block down on linebackers. As nimble footed as they come, he has the potential and ability to become a college All-American and a future all-pro. Shows that quickness, balance, change of direction, and mentality the college scouts look for in an All-American. He plays LT in high school and will wind up playing LT in college. As soon as he forgets about being a basketball player Andrus will become even more accomplished. He shows natural power, can dominate the point of attack, always seems to get good positioning effortlessly, stays low, and can get under the defender to drive him off the play. He just seems to do everything well and effortlessly. Once he hits a college weight program there could be no stopping him. He has a very polished kickslide to mix things up quickly and is technically the best big guy I’ve seen in the country.

Stats–Graded out at over 90% in his blocking assignments, led the league in pancake blocks, and totaled 5½ sacks at DE.

Other Sports–In basketball he averages over 15 points and 10 rebounds a game as a PFW.

Grades–His GPA is 3.6 and he’s been on the honor roll throughout his high school career.

Favorite Schools–His brother signed with Nebraska so look out for the Cornhuskers but Andrus is also keeping an eye on STANFORD, USC, NOTRE DAME, ASU, MIAMI, CLEMSON, TX, LSU, MI, CO, FL, and AL.

3. •••••  D.J. Humphries                                          6-5, 265, 4.86                       Charlotte Mallard Creek, NC

The #1 prospect in the state ranks among the top 15 overall prospects nationally, and just might be the most athletic of all the top offensive line prospects.

On Film–He trains with Mo Collins and you can see a lot of Mr. Collins in D.J. I compare him more to D’Brickshaw Ferguson when it comes to overall athletic ability and growth potential. He looks thin at 265 but can run like a 200 pounder. As fluid as they come, he’s an exceptional pass blocker who is aggressive. He can work his way to the second level in the blink of an eye, can bend his knees, is agile as a cat with great balance, and shows the ability to slide outside and cut off even the quickest of edge rushers. The consummate LT, barring injury D.J. should become a college All-American. Athletic enough to play any position along the line, he’s quick and strong enough to become a dominating LT. I watched D.J. play against Chester in which he proved to be a man among boys and totaled 19 pancake blocks in that one game.

Stats–Averaged 14 pancake blocks a game, his lowest grade of the season was 82%, and his highest was 97%. Earned 1st Team All-State honors for his play at LT. A difference maker at the OT position, his father, Diearrius Humphries, played for the Baltimore Ravens and Arena ball.

Grades–His GPA is 2.9. Benches 315 and has a 32″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to FLORIDA.

4. •••••  Zach Banner                                              6-9, 315, 5.2                         Lakewood Lakes, WA

I’ve watched this young man each of the past two seasons and I thought he played better as a sophomore. Zach, like Andrus Peat, also considers himself a basketball player, so once he gets that straightened out, look out.

On Film–The son of Lincoln Kennedy possesses all the tools for greatness. Years ago I went to see Jon Ogden play high school ball in Washington D.C. and I believe at this stage Zach is farther along. Ogden had to redistribute his weight and hit the weight room, Banner does not have to do that. Although he has not been much for weightlifting, he already has a great frame and could carry 340 pounds. He can bend his knees, slide and mirror, and has been blessed with strong hands and super long arms. If he wants it badly enough, there will be no stopping him. Has freakish size and is a natural athlete, and those two together are a deadly combination when they are put with the good work ethic and his size 18 shoes. He’s the type of LT that when he gets his hands on you it’s all over.

Stats–This season he earned 1st Team All-News Tribune honors at LT and was named H-M All-State.

Other Sports–Averages 11 points and 16 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.

Grades–His GPA is 3.6. Benches 300.

Favorite Schools–WA, USC, UCLA, MI, AL, AUBURN, CAL, LSU, NOTRE DAME, NE, OK, OR, PENN ST, and STANFORD.

5. •••••  Jarron Jones                                                6-5½, 298, 4.99                    Rochester Aquinas Inst., NY

The #1 prospect in the state of New York and one of the nation’s finest offensive lineman.

On Film–#74 proves to be an All-American at both the LT and DT positions. He slightly favors the DT position but I believe he has what it takes to become a difference maker at the LT position in college. In person Jarron is an impressive looking 6-5½, 298 pounds and on film he’s even more impressive with his quick feet and hands, and aggressive style of play. He’s quick to get out of his stance and is a smart and tough ball player with the athleticism to stand out. Shows the strength to drive the defender off the ball and the quickness to pull and trap. When out in space, he can effectively block down on linebackers. Has an explosive first step and the leg drive to consistently drive defenders off the ball. He plays the game with good balance, keeps his shoulders square, shows very good lateral agility to slide and mirror, and seems to have no difficulty at all keeping edge rushers away from his QB. In fact, he dominated everyone he went up against.

Stats–Recorded 68 tackles, 10 sacks, 14 tackles for losses, and 1 pick at DT. This year he will play end on defense. On offense he did not allow a sack and graded out at over 90% in his blocking assignments on his way to helping his team win the state championship. Since becoming a starter at LT Aquinas has a 23 and 1 record.

Other Sports–Averages 4 points and 7 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.

Grades–His GPA is 2.3 and he scored a 17 on the ACT. Benches 315.

Favorite Schools–Committed to NOTRE DAME.

6. •••••  Jordan Simmons                                        6-5, 320, 5.0                         Encino Crespi, CA

Some people believe the five-star tag I have given Mr. Simmons may be a little bit high but believe me, after watching him on film I’ve come away certain that he will become a college All-American either at tackle or guard.

On Film–He plays both tackle and guard and plays them with size, strength, quickness, aggressiveness, and has proven as tenacious as they come. This guy never lets up, plays hard until the whistle, shows great initial punch, and exceptionally quick feet for a 320 pounder. He can run with any O-line prospect in the west. I was impressed with his flexibility and lateral agility when pass blocking, no one gets by Mr. Simmons. He cuts off edge rushers like a seasoned pro. A powerhouse of a lineman, he plays the game on his feet, and dominated every opponent he went up against in 2010.

Stats–Averaged 8 pancake blocks a game totaling over 100 for the season including 12 against Chula Vista. Earned All-State honors.

Other Sports–Has been timed in a 13.6 100 meters, not bad for a 320 pounder, and averages 8 points and 9 rebounds a game as center in basketball.

Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 325.

Favorite Schools–USC, CAL, UCLA, WA, OH ST, NOTRE DAME, MI, AUBURN, NE, MIAMI, FL, GA, ASU, and CAL.

7. ••••+ J.J. Denman                                                6-6, 310, 5.15                       Fairless Hills Pennsbury, PA

I met J.J. and his coach the day after signing day, sat down, watched film, and came away with the impression that he has to rank among the very best run blockers in the country.

On Film–He shows exceptionally quick feet, athleticism, superior strength, awareness, and aggressiveness. Has a take no prisoners attitude and a mean streak a mile wide. He will bury 200 pounders as well as 300 pounders. Shows very good hand/eye coordination, can redirect quickly, and has enough quickness, body control, and burst to successfully block out on the second level, and he’s just what the doctor ordered for the LT position. His junior film shows him playing LT, RT, and OG.

Stats–Earned All-Area and All-State honors for his play at OT.

Other Sports–Has played lacrosse and some basketball.

Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 345.

Favorite Schools–Committed to PENN STATE.

8. ••••+ Jordan Diamond                                        6-6, 300, 5.2                         Chicago Simeon, IL

The #1 prospect in the state of Illinois has impressed everyone who has seen him in action, either in person or on film.

On Film–Every bit of 6-6, he shows the length, the long arms, the quick hands, the quick feet, and the aggressive style of play that the college scouts love to see. He has a take no prisoners’ attitude, never lets up, shows good hand/punch in pass protection, can seal and sustain blocks, and he’s exceptionally strong at the point of attack. He anchors well and he uses his outstanding athletic ability to slide and mirror and cut off fast edge rushers. One of the most dominating LT’s in the country.

Stats–Earned 1st Team All-State honors in 2010 and has not allowed a sack during his prep career.

Grades–His GPA is 3.3 and he scored a 20 on the ACT. Benches 375 and has a 25″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–MI, IL, TN, OH ST, WI, AUBURN, MIAMI, FSU, AL, IOWA, AR, NORTHWESTERN, and OR.

9. ••••+ Joshua Garnett                                           6-4½, 275, 5.2                      Puyallup, WA

Most every high school coach I talk to in the Seattle-Tacoma area this past spring regarded Mr. Garnett to be a better player than Zach Banner. However, he is 4″ shorter and about 40 pounds lighter.

On Film–Josh, once again, proved why he is considered to be one of the nation’s top LT prospects. Like Zach Banner, he was in our magazine last summer as a future All-American and that’s exactly what he is, an All-American. He is adept as both a pass and run blocking, shows exceptionally quick hands and feet, a great first step, does a great job of getting to the second level and burying linebackers, has an aggressive style of play, plays with a passion, and has proven to be a very good all around athlete with excellent lateral agility and balance. He is quick to handle the outside rush and is dominating in one-on-one pass blocking situations. He always gives consistent effort, is as durable as they come, and just explodes off the ball dominating the point of attack.

Stats–A two-time 1st Team All-SPSL pick at LT, he graded out at close to 90% in his blocking assignments last season. Was also a 1st Team selection at DE.

Grades–His GPA is 3.8. Benches 340 and has a 30″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–WA, USC, STANFORD, UCLA, NOTRE DAME, NE, MI, AUBURN, and CAL.

10. ••••+ Evan Goodman                                         6-5, 280, 5.0                         Lakeland Senior, FL

Along with Freddie Tagaloa, Evan is one of the two most impressive looking OL prospects in the country.

On Film–He’s big, strong, aggressive, tough, and relentless. He plays LT on offense and end on defense. He shows a great burst off the line, dominates at the point of attack, can slide and mirror, shows good balance, quick feet in pass protection, which allows him to cut off the speed rush, and also has proven to be a good positional blocker. A powerhouse with a bright future.

Stats–Earned All-Central Florida honors for his play on offense. He graded out at over 90% in his blocking assignments.

Grades–His GPA is 3.1. Benches 300.

Favorite Schools–Committed to ASU.

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Top Ten Athletes of 2011

1. ••••• Nelson Agholor, 6-2, 180, 4.5, Tampa Berkeley Prep (FL)
The #1 athlete in the state of Florida and one of the nation’s finest prospects.
On Film–On defense #3 shows terrific instincts, quick reactions, reads quarterbacks well, shows superior quickness, can turn his hips, and has the height, leaping ability, and smooth backpedal to dominate receivers. On the other side of the ball he’s a sure handed receiver with all the way kind of speed, and he uses his balance, instincts, and agility that he uses on the defensive side of the ball and puts it to good use at the WR position. He has proven to be a strong, consistent tackler who is an excellent return man with great hands and tremendous ball skills. I can’t say enough good things about Nelson, he seems to do everything smoothly and effortlessly. He should be an instant impact player as a true freshman.
Stats–On offense he totaled 1,440 yds at both RB and WR. On defense he picked off 3 passes, broke up 14 others, and also returned 4 kickoffs and punts back for scores.
Other Sports–Averages 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–FSU, FL, AUBURN, USC, NOTRE DAME, LSU, NE, MI, OK, TX, OR, and UCLA.

2. ••••• DaVonte Neal, 5-10, 180, 4.4, Scottsdale Chaparral (AZ)
The most excited ball player in the state of Arizona and one of the country’s top WR prospects.
On Film–DaVonte is a receiver who must be double-teamed at all times. He comes off the ball quickly with speed and strength, gets in and out of his cuts quickly, catches the ball, and then turns up field in a flash. He always takes what the defense gives him, can catch the ball at its highest points, and once he has secured the ball that’s when the fun starts. He can out run almost every back he goes up against and shows excellent open field moves.
Stats–Caught 38 passes for 950 yds and 11 TDs averaging over 25 yds per catch. Also carried the ball 50 times for 620 yds and 12 TDs. On defense he totaled 25 tackles, picked off 6 passes returning 2 of them back for scores, and as a testimony to his brilliant speed and moves he returned 4 punts and 1 kickoff back for TDs. Right now he ranks among the top 2 or 3 kick and punt returners in the nation. Earned 1st Team All-State honors as an all-purpose back.
Other Sports–Has been timed in a 10.7 100, a 21.7 200 meters, and long jumped 21′ 10″ in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Has a 38″ VJ.
Favorite Schools–He’s been offered by just about everyone and that includes USC, ASU, PENN STATE, NOTRE DAME, NORTHWESTERN, LSU, MIAMI, NC ST, UCLA, WA, CAL, BC, AUBURN, AR, and IL.

3. ••••• Stefon Diggs, 6-0, 185, 4.4, Olney Good Council (MD)
One of the premier athletes in the nation, he’s a five-star ball player who can do it all at WR or FS. He’s one of those athletes with the rare combination of body control, burst, and instincts.
On Film–I watched him as a WR down in San Antonio and he was consistently able to slip the jam and separate with ease. Very sudden, he can create after the catch, and runs precise routes. Not an overly physical ball player but is able to fight through contact after the catch. Exceptional with the ball in his hands, he’s a high school superstar be it running with the ball, catching the ball, or picking off a pass. He seems to do everything with ease and is a natural, all around athlete. The #1 prospect in the Atlantic Coast region.
Stats–Earned All-State honors after catching 43 passes for 811 yds and 15 TDs, and also rushed for 506 yds and 6 scores. On defense he returned 2 of his 5 picks back for TDs and broke up 16 other passes helping lead the Falcons to the WCAC championship.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0.
Favorite Schools–Stefon has been offered by most of the country’s powerhouses and that list includes MI, OH ST, USC, PENN ST, AL, CAL, AUBURN, FL, GA, FSU, IOWA, CLEM, MD, MIAMI, and VA TECH.

4. ••••+ Devin Fuller, 6-0, 190, 4.4, Old Tappan (NJ)
The #1 athlete in the state of New Jersey plays QB in high school and will probably wind up playing RB, WR, or CB in college.
On Film–He’s an immensely talented and quick footed athlete who dominated every game he played in during the 2010 season. He shows a very good arm, superior athletic ability, is an elusive scrambler, and a dynamic runner once he decides to tuck and run. If he decides to remain at QB, he has what it takes to make a difference at that position in college. Perfectly suited for the spread offense, he can improvise as well as any QB in the country. One of the more creative offensive players who is extremely dangerous when flushed out of the pocket. He can pick you apart when throwing the ball on the run. It’s that kind of speed, elusiveness, and burst that the college scouts are enamored with. Whatever position he winds up playing, one thing is for certain he will make an impact at that position.
Stats–Threw for 1,900 yds and 20 TDs and ran for 2,306 yds and 32 scores on his way to earning 1st Team All-State honors.
Other Sports–Has been timed in a 10.7 100 and a 22.2 200 meters in track. His father, Bart Fuller, played FS at TCU.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9.
Favorite Schools–TCU, PENN ST, AL, FSU, UCLA, MI, NOTRE DAME, RUTGERS, IOWA, and OH ST.

5. ••••• Ronald Darby, 5-11, 180, 4.31, Oxon Hill Potomac (MD)
He just might be the fastest player in the country and a ball player who shows All-American skills at RB, WB, and CB. I guess you can also throw in kick returner.
On Film–He’s a blue dart and a blazer on offense who has to be accounted for on every single play. At RB he shows tremendous speed, vision, agility, balance, and surprising strength. More of a slasher, he’s an all-purpose back who can run, catch, and when called upon block. When watching Ron on film he shows that he has the innate ability to never take a direct hit. He accelerates to full speed quickly, can cut on a dime, and can change directions in the blink of an eye. Explosive should be his middle name. As good as he is on offense he may be even better at CB. Here’s an athlete who is very smooth in transition, can turn his hips, and is an exceptional pass defender. Obviously he can turn and run with anyone, plays the game with a lot of confidence, reads offenses well, and reacts quickly. He breaks and closes on the ball as well as any CB in the Atlantic Coast region. A high school superstar, he should make an impact as a true freshman in college.
Stats–Recorded 47 stops, picked off 3 passes returning 2 of them back for scores of 65 and 98 yds, and batted down 9 others. On offense he rushed for 1,058 yds and 9 TDs on 142 carries. To top everything off he returned 5 kickoffs back for scores.
Other Sports–He’s an All-American in track where he’s been timed in a 10.5 100. He ranks #1 nationally in the 200 meters with a best of 21.2. He finished 2nd nationally in the 55 meters and 5th in the 60 meters. As of this spring he was second in the world in his age group in the 200 meters.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1 and he scored a 17 on the ACT. Benches 250 and has a 37″ VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to NOTRE DAME.

6. ••••+ Brian Kimbrow, 5-9, 165, 4.3, Memphis East (TN)
Without a doubt one of the nation’s most exciting football players.
On Film–#3 catches your attention immediately with his speed and creative moves in the open field. He’s small, compact, and blazing fast. He can play RB, WB, WR, or CB in college and also proved to be a devastating kick and punt returner. He shows exceptional run instincts, vision, and balance. A productive high school runner inside, he may not be able to stand the pounding in college. He shows great peripheral vision, can change directions in the blink of an eye, and is awfully tough to bring down in the open field. A Chris Johnson clone.
Stats–Carried the ball 190 times for 1,651 yds and 19 TDs. He totaled 10 solo tackles and picked off 2 passes at CB. Also returned 3 kickoffs and 2 punts back for scores.
Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.5 100 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Has a 37″ VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to VANDY.

7. ••••+ Joel Caleb, 6-3, 205, 4.55, Midlothian Clover Hill (VA)
The #1 prospect in the Richmond area and one of the nation’s premier all around athletes.
On Film–Joel impresses you at both the QB and the FS positions. On offense he certainly shows the skills to remain at the position, is deadly while throwing the ball on the run, and shows a big-time arm, smarts, and foot speed. However, he is such a talented FS that the college scouts are clamoring for his services at that position. When I met with Joel back in the winter he told me that he would prefer to play the slot but will do what’s best for the team he eventually signs with. On defense he’s a versatile and aggressive FS with loose hips and he always seems to find the ball. He shows tremendous range, reads well, and has the instincts to anticipate most plays. On offense his coach says every time he touches the ball there’s a chance he could take it the distance. An unselfish player who is a team leader, and he shows great character both on and off the field. His brother Brandon Caleb was a WR at Oklahoma.
Stats–Completed 92 of 165 passes for 1,452 yds and 20 TDs while also rushing for 785 yds and 11 scores. He totaled 2,156 yds and 28 TDs. On defense he totaled 26 solo tackles, 2 picks returning 1 back for a score, and batted down 5 other passes. Earned 1st Team All-Metro honors at FS.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 185 pounds 14 times.
Favorite Schools–VA, VA TECH, OK, AL, FL, GA, FSU, NOTRE DAME, OH ST, PENN ST, TN, and NC.

8. ••••+ D.J. Foster, 6-0, 185, 4.5, Scottsdale Saguaro (AZ)
One of the top four prospects in the state, I’ve watched D.J. over the past couple of years and have come away impressed with his overall skills.
On Film–#8 led the Sabercats at the RB, WR, and CB positions. He is a lockdown corner who is very comfortable playing against the other team’s fastest receiver, and he’s very confident with a smooth backpedal and he can turn and run with the best of them. One of the nation’s premier cover corners, he also showed great hands, burst, and displayed outstanding moves in the open field at WR. To top it off D.J. is considered to be one of the West’s top punt and kickoff returners. He shows the ability to become an All-American on either side of the ball.
Stats–Rushed for 1,500 yds and 29 TDs averaging 11 yds per carry. He also caught 40 passes for 770 yds, and then totaled 65 tackles picking off 8 passes returning 1 of them back for a score at CB. D.J. also returned 2 kickoffs and 1 punt back for scores on his way to earning 1st Team class 4A All-State honors.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–You name it, he’s heard from them and is looking at ASU, AZ, PENN ST, STANFORD, USC, AR, UCLA, AUBURN, MI, NOTRE DAME, NE, OR, CO, CAL, and WA.

9. ••••+ Cyrus Jones, 5-11, 190, 4.47, Baltimore Gilman (MD)
The more I watch this young man the more I like him.
On Film–He shows remarkable vision, quickness, shiftiness, and breakaway speed. A big play receiver who seems to possess all the tools for future stardom. He’s remarkable in the open field and once he latches onto the ball, look out. He turns up field quickly and shows good moves and superior speed. Quick as a cat, he can get in and out of his breaks like no one’s business, he dominates most games, and must be double teamed at all times. An impact player at the prep level, he should do the same in college. When you add his work ethic to his God-given talents you can see why I’m so high on him.
Stats–Totaled 1,240 all-purpose yards to go with 9 TDs running, receiving, and returning kicks. On defense he totaled 46 tackles, picked off 5 passes, and broke up 13 others leading the Greyhounds on both sides of the ball.
Other Sports–In basketball he’s one of the state’s top shooting guards averaging 23 points and 6 rebounds a game.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1. Benches 235 and has a 34″ VJ.
Favorite Schools–Like Stefon Diggs, Cyrus has been offered by just about everyone in the country including PENN ST, OH ST, AL, NOTRE DAME, FL, IOWA, MD, MIAMI, MI, STANFORD, OR, TN, UCLA, VA, WI, and AUBURN.

10. ••••+ Ricktavious Parks, 6-4, 225, 4.6, Hogansville-Callaway (GA)
One of the nation’s premier athletes, in 2010 Ricky played QB and played the position very well.
On Film–I was impressed with his throwing motion, ability to run with the ball, and the ability to make things happen. Best suited to play either TE or OLB in college, he’s a remarkably gifted athlete with strong hands. He runs much tougher than you would expect a QB to run, always gives good effort, shows good body control, and when he did see limited action at TE he proved to be an outstanding blocker. This young man can do it all. A five-star player in waiting, I would not be surprised to find him as a #1 draft choice four years down the road.
Stats–Threw for over 1,700 yds and 25 TDs and was picked off 9 times at QB in 2010.
Other Sports–Averages 14 points and 12 rebounds a game as a FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Benches 265.
Favorite Schools–Committed to AUBURN.

Top Ten Wide Receivers of 2011

1. •••••  Dorial Green-Beckham                            6-6, 220, 4.43                       Springfield-Hillcrest, MO
I’ve had Dorial ranked as the #1 player in his class for the past two years. Seventeen years ago I went to Belle, West Virginia to see Randy Moss, and since then few have come close in comparison. While Dorial has not only come close, I believe he’s the equal of Randy Moss.
On Film–He’s a combination of A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and Randy Moss. At the WR position, he can do it all. The prototypical WR at 6-6, 220, he’s sort of a hybrid and is more suited to be spread out to create miss-matches. He gets a great initial burst off the line, a long strider who can get to top speed in a hurry, and shows good lateral agility and very impressive acceleration, which he uses to avoid tacklers. His size, speed, and body control is second to none. If he stays healthy, he should become an instant impact player as a true freshman. He does it all, he’s a good downfield blocker, catches the ball with his hands and in full stride, and shows the lateral agility to cutback against the grain. He possesses elite speed and he’s most of all one of the most productive high school WR prospects in the country. He is capable of making sensational catches look routine and uses his 6-6 frame, long arms, and 32″ VJ to snag high throws. Just the consummate WR.

Stats–Caught 78 passes for 1,743 yds and 15 TDs averaging 22.3 yds per catch.

Other Sports–Took state in the 100 meters with a time of 10.59. Also took state in the triple jump with a leap of 47′ 2″, and came in second in state in the long jump with a leap of 24′ 3″ to his credit. He also averages 22 points and 12 rebounds a game as a PFW in basketball. Like Randy Moss, he was named All-State in three sports.

Grades–His GPA is a solid 3.0 and he scored an 18 on the ACT and benches 305.

Favorite Schools–Everyone wants to know where Mr. Green-Beckham is going. Never rule out the local school of Missouri. Other schools very high on his list are AL, AUBURN, NOTRE DAME, OK, TX, USC, OH STATE, AR (which is less than a two hour drive away), LSU, MI, NE, FL, and FL STATE.

2. •••••  Cayleb Jones                                              6-2, 190, 4.5                         Austin High, TX

Nationally ranked as the #2 WR prospect in the country, Cayleb is a joy to watch.

On Film–He shows the speed, quickness, hands, and heart to make a difference at the WR position. An impact player, he’s a sure handed receiver with outstanding moves in the open field. He plays big in big games and is a strong receiver who can absorb a hard hit, keep his feet, and hang onto the ball. He’s a playmaker and a home run threat. He also shows the outstanding body control to make acrobatic catches in traffic and he consistently gets clean releases off the line showing elite speed and quickness. He should become an impact player as a true freshman in 2012.

Stats–Earned 1st Team All-State honors after catching 91 passes for 1,141 yds and 9 TDs.

Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0. His father, Robert Jones, played LB for the Dallas Cowboys.

Favorite Schools–Committed to TEXAS.

3. ••••+ Durron Neal                                                6-0, 191, 4.48                       St. Louis Desmet, MO Jesuit, MO

In a normal year he would rank as the #1 WR prospect in his state but this is no normal year, still Mr. Neal is being recruited from coast to coast.

On Film–#5 does a great job of adjusting to difficult balls, shows strong hands, can snatch the ball out of the air, breaks tackles, runs good routes, and comes off the ball fast with quick releases. A natural receiver, he seems to be doing everything effortlessly. He does a good job of defeating the initial jam at the line, can sink his hips, and explode out of his cuts. At 6′ with a 37″ VJ, he plays like a 6-4 receiver. His first game on his highlight tape has him totaling over 300 all-purpose yards and 6 TDs against the very dangerous Hazelwood East. He recovered nicely from a right knee injury. Electric with the ball in his hands, he’s as agile as they come. In 2010 he played QB, RB, and WR and he should mainly play WR this season.

Stats–Carried the ball 115 times for 1,001 yds and 10 TDs. Caught 17 passes for an eye-popping 407 yds and 8 TDs. He completed 28 of 73 passes for 506 yds and 8 scores and totaled 20 tackles and 3 picks seeing part-time duty at FS. He also returned a couple of punts back for scores.

Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.9 100, a 22.5 200 meters, and has long jumped 21½ feet in track.

Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 255 and has a 37″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to OKLAHOMA.

4. ••••   Avery Johnson                                           6-2, 185, 4.5                         Pompano Beach Ely, FL

One of the more heavily recruited WR prospects in the south.

On Film–Avery shows very good straight line speed and also shows good balance, flexibility, and surprising strength when taking a hit from a defender. He can quickly accelerate downfield, does a good job of catching the ball over his shoulder, and also shows the versatility to be a game changer as a receiver or a kick returner. Uses his hands well to catch the ball and has proven to be an elusive runner after the catch.

Stats–Caught 55 passes for 705 yds and 7 TDs on his way to earning All-County mention in 2010.

Favorite Schools–Committed early to LSU.

5. ••••+ Chris Black                                                 6-0, 175, 4.4                         Jacksonville First Coast, FL

Once again it’s an outstanding year for WR prospects in the state of Florida and at the top of that list is Mr. Black.

On Film–Chris is not the tallest WR around but uses his 36″ VJ to his great advantage. He brings speed, quickness, and creativity to the wide receiver position. He runs precise routes, has a second gear, accelerates quickly, and once he gets a half step on a defender that’s when the fun starts. He catches everything within his frame and drives the defense crazy with his ability to get open. A very consistent receiver with big play capabilities.

Stats–Last season he caught 49 passes for 990 yds and 12 TDs averaging close to 20 yds per catch.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5. Benches 265.

Favorite Schools–Committed to ALABAMA

6. ••••+ JaQuay Williams                                       6-3, 201, 4.5                         Franklin Heard Co., GA

The #1 WR prospect in the state of Georgia is exceptionally quick off the line with excellent body control.

On Film–#1 has proven to be a student of the game. He picks things up quickly, he does a great job of putting his body between the defender and the ball, can out leap most defenders, and has been blessed with blazing speed. He runs sharp routes, can accelerate after the catch, catches the deep ball over his shoulder very well, and has proven to be a big-time threat. A physical WR who appears to have all the tools.

Stats–Caught 26 passes for over 700 yds and 12 TDs averaging well over 20 yds per catch at WR and also picked off 3 passes totaling 26 tackles at CB. He’s a cousin of all-pro Derelle Revis.

Other Sports–Averages 21 points and 10 rebounds a game as a guard in basketball. A year ago he was timed in a 10.5 100 meters in track.

Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 275 and has an excellent 38″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to AUBURN.

7. ••••+ Leonte Carroo                                            6-1, 200, 4.4                         Ramsey Don Bosco Prep, NJ

This school is absolutely loaded and might have more Division I players than any other school in the country for the class of 2012 and one of the very best players is WR Leonte Carroo.

On Film–He brings size, speed, strength, leaping ability, concentration, and production to the recruiting table and does everything expertly and with ease. He gets in and out of his cuts quickly, catches the ball, and then turns up field in a flash. He always takes what the defense gives him, catches the ball at its highest point, and is a reliable player who always seems to get the job done. He knows how to get himself open and has the kind of blazing speed that can keep a defense honest. Can track the long ball over his shoulder and is also a threat in the red zone. A premier prospect and one of the nation’s finest.

Stats–Caught 47 passes for 1,182 yds and 14 TDs averaging 21 yds per catch on his way to earning 3rd Team All-State honors.

Other Sports–Has been timed in a 10.8 100 and a 22.1 200 meters in track. Averages 10 points and 10 rebounds a game in basketball.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 230.

Favorite Schools–Committed to RUTGERS

8. ••••+ Deontay Greenberry                                 6-3, 188, 4.4                         Fresno Washington Union, CA

In person Tay-B already looks like an NFL WR.

On Film–He’s a big, muscular, super fast, and talented receiver and #4 is as good at going up and getting the ball as anyone in the country. He certainly has the elite speed the college scouts are looking for in a big receiver. He already knows how to use his body to shield the CB and make the tough grab. He can also make the tough, over the shoulder catch look routine, and has consistently shown the ability to get in and out of his cuts quickly, catch the ball with his hands and in stride. Tay-B also consistently gets separation from the defender. He shows great concentration, soft hands, and terrific acceleration. A red zone and deep ball threat, and an exciting creative player after the catch. An All-American waiting to happen.

Stats–Caught 60 passes for 1,208 yds and 8 TDs on his way to earning All-Fresno area honors.

Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.82 100 and a 21.3 200 meters in track.

Grades–His GPA is around a 3.0. Benches 260 and has a 36″ VJ. A potential difference maker.

Favorite Schools–Committed to NOTRE DAME.

9. ••••+ Jordan Payton                                            6-2, 202, 4.49                       Westlake Village Oaks Christian, CA

Has been listed in our magazine as a future All-American the past two years, this year he’s a certain All-American.

On Film–He has proven to be one of the more physical receivers you will find, shows good instincts, runs precise routes, and knows how to get open. Catches the ball at its highest point and can create after the catch. Runs through arm tackles and is a strong, physical runner who is a load to bring down. An athletic WR who can get in and out of his cuts quickly, runs precise routes, has the agility to change directions quickly, and has the burst and speed to get separation on the fastest of defenders. A go-to guy with the ability to become an impact offensive player in college.

Stats–Caught 61 passes for 907 yds and 10 TDs and totaled 42 tackles at FS.

Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 230 and has a 34″ VJ.

10. ••••+ Dwayne Stanford                                      6-4, 195, 4.5                         Cincinnati Taft, OH

The #1 WR prospect in Ohio and one of the country’s finest.

On Film–#17 presents a big target, great hands, deceptive speed, runs precise routes, and can catch the ball in traffic and show moves after the catch. He has proven to be a very difficult tackle, can get to top speed quickly, and is dominant in the red zone. He reminds me an awful lot of Chris Henry. He compliments his height with outstanding strength, which is the reason why he has become such a tough tackle. He catches the ball with his hands and can routinely make the catch outside his frame.

Stats–Caught 44 passes for 865 yds and 9 TDs averaging 20 yds per catch on his way to earning All-City and some All-State mention.

Other Sports–Averages 14 points and 11 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.

Grades–His GPA is 3.6. Benches 225 and has a 32″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–MI, FSU, AL, OH ST, NOTRE DAME, TN, NC, PURDUE, GA, and AUBURN.

Announcing the 2012 Tom Lemming Prep Football Tour



Tom Lemming is teaming up with NCSA Athletic Recruiting on a nationwide tour to find the next group of top football stars.  We are selecting high school football athletes entering grades 9 – 12 next year, who are seriously committing themselves to play football at the collegiate level, and want to know more about what it takes to become an elite college recruit.

The Tom Lemming Prep Football Tour will be making stops in 12 different locations throughout the country.  Each city will have a select group of athletes invited to join Tom Lemming and NCSA at a unique location to learn more about the recruiting process and what it takes to make it to the next level.

This also gives each athlete a one of a kind chance to meet Tom Lemming, and could help give them a shot at making it into the 2012 Tom Lemming Prep Football Report.  Tom’s book is viewed by many college coaches as a reference for recruiting athletes, and is considered by many as “The Bible” of college football recruiting.



2012 Tom Lemming Prep Football Tour Cities:

-          Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
-          Houston, TX
-          Phoenix, AZ
-          Miami, FL
-          Atlanta, GA
-          Raleigh-Durham, NC
-          Philadelphia, PA
-          Canton, OH
-          Denver, CO
-          Los Angeles, CA
-          Honolulu, HI
-          Chicago, IL

*Note*: Tour cities are subject to change to another location in the area

If any dedicated football athletes are interested in possibly getting invited to the 2012 Tom Lemming Prep Football Tour near you, please send the following information to rwancket@ncsasports.org

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Thank you, and good luck to everyone on the remainder of your season!

Top Ten Running Backs of 2011

1.  •••••  Johnathan Gray                                         6-0, 195, 4.4                         Aledo

The country’s #1 tailback prospect is a prep superstar who possesses all the tools for college stardom.

On Film–He shows tremendous speed, vision, agility, balance, and surprising strength. A combination power runner/slasher, he can accelerate to full speed, quickly, and can cut on a dime and change directions in the blink of an eye. Explosive should be his middle name, he can create in the open field and shows a good pair of hands. He never stops moving his legs and runs low to the ground. A workhorse type of back who gets stronger as the game progresses. He dominated just about every game he played in 2010.

Stats–Carried the ball 358 times for over 2,000 yds and 60 TDs on his way to earning 1st Team All-State honors.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 295. His father was the career rushing leader at Texas Tech.

Favorite Schools–Committed to TEXAS.


2.  •••••  Rushel Shell                                                6-0, 215, 4.45                       Aliquippa Hopewell

Three years ago I ranked Rushel as the #1 player for the class of 2012. This year he ranks #11 and is one of the country’s top three RB prospects.

On Film–This season Rushel, despite being a marked man for the past couple of years, still put together one heck of a year. An exceptional between the tackles runner, he keeps his pads low, punishes defenders, and gets significant yardage after initial contact. He shows an explosive second level burst and is a physical back with quick feet, reads his blocks, and displays good vision. He shows remarkable balance, body control, and lateral agility. When he is on, there may not be a better back in the country. A workhorse who never lets up and he seems to get stronger as the game progresses. As reliable as they come, he does not possess elite speed but good enough to carry the ball a long way. Hails from the same school that produced Tony Dorsett.

Stats–Earned 1st Team All-State honors for the third year in a row rushing for 2,510 yds and 27 TDs on 323 carries. He is just 880 yds away from the WPIAL all-time rushing record. For his career he has 6,551 yds and 77 TDs. A prep superstar and he should be an instant impact player as a true freshman.

Other Sports–Has been timed in a 10.8 100 meters in track.

Grades–His GPA is around a 2.7. Benches 330 and has a 33″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–The Buckeyes of OHIO STATE were a longtime leader for his services and now it looks like they are in for a battle with several other schools including PITT, PENN ST, AL, AUBURN, TN, FL, FSU, GA, NC, and UCLA.


3.  •••••  Keith Marshall                                           5-11, 190, 4.35                     Raleigh Millbrook

The #1 RB prospect in the state of North Carolina and one of the nation’s top 25 prospects.

On Film–I first saw Keith as a sophomore and knew then that he had to rank among the nation’s premier players for the class of 2012. He is a very confident, competitive, and instinctive back who is dynamite on the perimeter and can also get you the tough yards between the tackles when he’s called upon to do so. His combination of speed and acceleration is tough to match. Then when you add his vision and balance, you got yourself an All-American. He does a great job of avoiding direct hits and has that extra gear to make him an elite prospect. Needs to add some weight and strength but all the tools are there for him to become a difference maker at the college level.

Stats–Rushed for over 2,000 yds as a sophomore and last year rushed for over 1,600 yds and 18 TDs averaging 7 yds per carry.

Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.6 100 meters in track.

Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.3 and he scored a 1610 on the SAT. Benches 300 and has a 36″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–He has offers from just about everyone and that includes NC ST, NC, GA, FL, AL, AUBURN, FSU, CLEM, MI, NOTRE DAME, PENN ST, OR, USC, TN, VA, VA TECH,  STANFORD, and SC.


4.  •••••  Barry Sanders, Jr.                                      5-9, 185, 4.3                         Oklahoma City Heritage Hall

The son of Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, junior put together quite a 2010 season albeit a short one.

On Film–He shows remarkable balance, vision, and speed, plus the ability to break tackles. Quick footed and agile, he shows inherited instincts and breakaway speed. He does a good job of pressing the line, and picking and sliding. As competitive and confident as they come, he can turn a game around with one play. Has the kind of speed and quickness to scare a defense to death. He accelerates as quick or quicker than any back in the country. He missed the second part of last season due to a leg injury, which had not yet healed by the time he got down to San Antonio in January. When healthy, he certainly ranks among the top three backs in the country.

Stats–Carried the ball 107 times for 1,284 yds and 16 TDs averaging 12 yds per carry.

Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0.

Favorite Schools–OK ST, STANFORD, NOTRE DAME, UCLA, FSU, AL, AUBURN, TN, and TX A&M.


5.  ••••+ Greg Garmon                                              6-1, 195, 4.4                         Erie McDowell

Not only is Greg a great player and one of the nation’s premier RB prospects, but he has an exceptionally interesting story. He never went to school until the 4th grade and was moved around from foster home to foster home after his house burnt down, and over the past four years he’s had to battle cancer. Still, every time you see Greg he’s got a smile on his face and a great outlook on life.

On Film–The complete back, he’s been blessed with great size, speed, vision, balance, and hands, he’s a three-ring circus who can run, catch, and block. A do everything kind of back, he’s a strong runner who keeps his pads low, fights for yards after contact and keeps his legs moving. He shows good patience and burst, and is one of the more competitive players in western PA. He can stick and cut like no one’s business and shows some creative moves once he gets out into the open field. A potential difference maker who can get the job done. He should weigh 220 in college.

Stats–Earned 2nd Team All-State honors at RB after carrying the ball 141 for 1,252 yds and 14 TDs averaging 8.9 yds per carry. He also caught 4 passes for 180 yds and 2 scores.

Other Sports–Finished 2nd in state in the 200 meters with a time of 21.8 in track.

Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 300 and has a 30″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–He has not narrowed it down much and has over 30 offers including ones from PENN ST, PITT, FSU, IL, IOWA, MI, RUTGERS, NC, MN, SYRACUSE, VA, WV, VANDY, and UCONN.


6.  •••••  Matt Jones                                                  6-3, 215, 4.47                       Seffner Armwood

He just might be the best big back in the country.

On Film–#24 physically looks like Eric Dickerson, although he does not have Mr. Dickerson’s elite speed. But believe me this guy is big, tough, fast, durable, and instinctive. He runs a little too straight up and down for his own good, but at the high school level it doesn’t make any difference. He can out run most defenders but when trapped will run over them. A strong inside runner with good lean, he always falls forward when wrapped up. Very effective on quick-hitters and is not afraid to lower his shoulder for extra yardage. A joy to watch once he’s out in the open field, he is much faster than most 215 pounders, shows a decent spin move, and can accelerate on a dime. He certainly has what it takes to become an impact player as a true freshman and is one of the nation’s premier running backs.

Stats–Carried the ball 147 times for close to 1,500 yds and 26 TDs in 2010 on his way to earning All-State honors.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 300.

Favorite Schools–Committed to FLORIDA.


7.  •••••  Trey Williams                                             5-9, 178, 4.4                         Spring DeKaney

Another five-star back from the state of Texas, although Trey is a completely different type of back than Mr. Gray.

On Film–#3 proves to be one of the most creative backs in the country. A slasher with superior speed, moves, and vision, he seems to see the holes before they open and he’s able to reach full speed in a flash. He can out run most defenders, even the ones who get an angle on him. He can also cut on a dime and possesses big-time explosiveness. If he stays healthy, look out, he has the ability to be a game changer. Trey is also a dedicated player who works hard at improving his game. Has that elite burst only seen in the supers, and that allows him to be a threat to take the ball the distance on every carry.

Stats–Ran for 1,927 yds and 20 TDs on his way to earning 1st Team All-Houston area honors.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0.

Favorite Schools–Committed to TEXAS A&M.


8.  ••••+ Jonathan Williams                                    6-0, 195, 4.45                       Allen High

I must admit I knew very little about Mr. Williams during my initial trip through Texas in late December.

On Film–When I watched him on film he opened my eyes and I’m sure he’s opened a lot of college scouts’ eyes since then. This young man has all the tools to become a go-to back in major college ball. He shows good size, speed, hands, vision, balance, and blocking ability. A three-ring circus, he can do it all. The first game on his highlight tape has him rushing for 298 yds and 3 TDs on 23 carries. He put together a super junior campaign after breaking his ankle in 2009. Kind of a one move back, he excels as a north/south runner and runs with good strength and determination. Area coaches call him a tough tackle who can run over defenders and do it on a consistent basis. He lowers his shoulders and makes the defender pay for the tackle. He’s also excellent in short yardage situations, he’s perfectly suited for any kind of offense, and should become an instant threat as a freshman in college.

Stats–Carried the ball 248 times for 2,078 yds and 19 TDs averaging 8.4 yds per carry in 2010. He also caught 17 passes for 174 yds and 1 score.

Grades–His GPA is 3.1. Benches 290 and has a 35″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to MISSOURI.


9.  ••••+ Mario Pender                                              5-11, 188, 4.4                       North Cape Coral Island Coast

Not as big as Mr. Jones but just as effective.

On Film–#7 is quick through the hole and exceptionally creative in the open field showing speed, strength, and vision. One of the more explosive backs in the south, he runs hard on every down and is much bigger than his 188 pounds would indicate. He loves to punish defenders proving to be a powerful runner who can break tackles and shows good leg drive and determination. Also has the lateral agility to elude and the burst to accelerate past defenders. Shows all the way kind of speed and has proven to be a threat to go all the way on just about every carry.

Stats–Ran for 2,261 yds and 32 TDs averaging over 11 yds per carry in 2010 on his way to earning All-State mention.

Other Sports–He’s been timed in a 10.6 100 and a 22 flat 200 meters in track.

Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5.

Favorite Schools–Committed to FLORIDA STATE.


10.  ••••+ Malin Jones                                                6-0, 210, 4.49                       Joliet Catholic

He ran a legit 4.4 on a very slow Alamodome surface this past January and Malin completely sold me on his burst, speed, and overall talent.

On Film–He’s a downhill runner who is explosive through the hole. Has a great second effort, he almost never goes down on first contact and it’s his burst, vision, and balance that makes him a special ball player. He certainly has the size, speed, and strength to become an instant standout as a true freshman. Malin has brilliant all the way kind of speed but is also tough between the tackles, shows a lot of elusiveness in the open field, and is as competitive as they come. One of the nation’s premier RB prospects.

Stats–Carried the ball 104 times for 1,122 yds and 13 TDs averaging close to 11 yds per carry against the best competition the Chicago area has to offer.

Grades–His GPA is 3.4 and he scored a 26 on the ACT. Benches 325 and has a 31″ VJ.

Favorite Schools–Committed to NORTHWESTERN.