Hendersonville, TNBeech Senior
Hurd rushed for a state record 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2012 while leading Beech to a Class 5A title. One of the best athletes to come out of the region in over a decade, Hurd could play various positions in college, though he plans to stay as a RB. He gets to the edge very quickly. A 5-star level prospect and Top 25 overall talent, Hurd committed to Tennessee in March after receiving offers from virtually everyone. He's already been invited to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American game.
Gallatin, TNStation Camp
Malone followed up a brilliant sophomore season with another solid year in 2012. One of the nation's top overall receivers, the Station Camp standout combines a great frame with smooth burst and quickness. He can be very physical and present match-up problems for any defensive back. He's an elite pass-catcher. Another 5-star level prospect, Malone is considered a Top 50 level prospect and has collected offers from all over the country. Malone has also been invited to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American game.
Nashville, TNMontgomery Bell Academy
The latest in a family of BCS level prospects, Alex Bars might prove to be the best of the bunch. The long, mobile prospect is very effective in the running game, often grinding out opponents and getting to the second level quickly. Bars long arms and light feet make him an effective pass blocker as well. He is easily considered a Top 100 prospect nationally and led MBA back to respectability at the close of last season. The 4-star level prospect recently committed to Notre Dame over more than 30 other programs. He's a franchise tackle prospect.
|4 stars||6'6"||309||Notre Dame|
Brentwood, TNBrentwood Academy
Barnett enjoyed a breakout junior season in 2012, earning the Division II-AA Mr.Football Lineman of the Year Award. Another versatile prospect, programs from all over the country are recruiting Barnett as either a defensive lineman or tight end. He runs very well for his size, and his frame could stand even more bulk in the future. Virtually every SEC program has offered as well as many other BCS programs. He recently received an invite to the NIKE Opening.
Gaulden missed his entire junior season due to transfer rules in 2012, but the versatile athlete is still considered one of the nation's better defensive back prospects. The former Brentwood Academy student has received numerous BCS offers from programs such as Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Nebraska and South Carolina. Other major programs could offer soon as well. He possesses great instincts and closes very quickly to the ball.
Smith may have the best upside of the class due to his combination of size, quickness and intelligence. The Oakland standout enjoyed a very productive junior season for the Patriots, racking up 77 tackles, 2 INTs and 6 pass breakups. He also accounted for 1,500 yards and 12 TDs offensively. He was recognized as one of the top safety prospects during the Rivals Camp series. Smith committed to Vanderbilt in March over a number of other schools.
Sawyers posted a solid junior season in 2012 while leading Ensworth to its third straight state championship. The 300-plus pound interior defender posted 41 tackles with 8 sacks on defense, and earned all-state honors for his blocking on offense. The strong, athletic big man excelled during the Rivals Camp series and now holds nearly 20 BCS offers, including many from the SEC. He's quickly becoming recognized as one of the state's top interior defenders.
Nashville, TNMontgomery Bell Academy
Robertson is also a top interior defender within the state. A two-way player since his freshman year at MBA, Robertson emerged mid-way through last season with 50 tackles, 15 TFL and 4 sacks. The all-state performer then went on to win a state title in wrestling. Robertson has added nearly 15 pounds of muscle to his frame since last fall. He was dominant against several OL prospects with FBS offers last weekend at Vanderbilt's Elite camp. He committed to Vanderbilt last June.
Wharton is a highly athletic prospect that enjoyed a strong 1st year at Independence, posting over 1,000 yards of total offense, nearly 1,000 yards in return yardage and 40 plus tackles on defense. A wiry, slippery prospect with good burst and acceleration, Wharton may project best as a receiver on the next level, though he could also get a look at safety. Wharton committed to Tennessee last December.
Nashville, TNChrist Presbyterian Academy
Adams is one of the state's top true tackle prospects. The 6-foot-6 standout put together a good junior campaign with at CPA in 2012, helping the Lions reach the 3A state semifinals. Long and athletic, Adams can get out quickly and push as an aggressive blocker. He can also narrow his base and plow through traffic. He collected offers from numerous BCS programs, but chose the Missouri Tigers on May 17th.
Reagan may be the top interior line prospect within the state this year. The Clarksville standout only took up football a few years back but had a very strong junior season posting over 50 pancake blocks. He went on to capture a state championship in wrestling this spring. Blessed with very agile feet and quick hands, Reagan has collected a number of offers in recent weeks including a few BCS offers. More are likely to come in the coming months as well as he gets out on the camp circuit. Reagan was a standout during the Rivals Camp series.
|3 stars||6'3"||288||South Florida|
Johnson might be one of the state's best kept secrets but that's starting to change. The big, athletic lineman is very light on his feet and possesses the length colleges covet. Johns3on has a lot of natural power and his reach creates lots of space. Though the proud Pearl-Cohn program has not been strong as it once was, he's starting to see attention from all over, including many programs within the SEC. He holds a MTSU level offer but that's surely to change as the months go by.
|2 stars||6'3"||305||Middle Tenn. St.|
Lebanon, TNFriendship Christian School
Long was one of Pennsylvania's most successful young QB's before moving to Lebanon last summer. All the junior did was lead Friendship Christian to a Class 2A state title while amassing over 3,000 yards of total offense and 50 touchdowns. Long is a very accurate passer, especially while running out of the pocket. His athleticism may project him to other positions in college, but he's one of the state's best QB's, without question. Long committed to Syracuse in March after receiving 12 FBS offers.
Ferby is another key member of a Ensworth program that has enjoyed 3 straight state titles. The big, athletic runner rushed for nearly 700 yards as a reserve to the now legendary Corn Elder as a sophomore and over came an injury last fall to contribute to another Tigers title in November. A strong athlete with vision and quickness, Ferby could play also play linebacker at the next level. His injury has slowed his initial recruitment but a strong senior season should garner even more attention from BCS programs. He may be the most under-recruited prospect in the state as the summer begins.
Allen is a hard-hitting linebacker prospect that possesses enough speed, change of direction and tackling ability to be a difference maker on the next level. The Florida transplant was the District 7-AAA Defensive MVP in 2012 after posting 56 tackles. Allen is also a potential fullback prospect due to both his power and running ability. He's received offers from several programs including UAB, MTSU, South Alabama and Appalachian State. His next offers could be of the BCS level.
Nashville, TNChrist Presbyterian Academy
Richard is one of the state's top receiving prospects for the 2014 class. The good-sized target possesses a good blend of quickness and toughness. Richard has also improved on his route running since the end of last year. He hauled in over 50 passes for 1,000 plus yards and 13 TDs in 2012. His play helped CPA reach the semifinals of the Class 3A playoffs. Richard committed to Missouri in late April after receiving interest from dozens of programs, including several others from the SEC.
Nashville, TNMontgomery Bell Academy
Mott is another member of the Big Red that's drawing attention from all over the country. Mott plays with good bend and utilizes his good feet to drive well into the second level. He could be a very effective guard on the next level. He stands around 260 now but could play at 290. Mott's secured offers from the likes of Missouri, MTSU, Western Kentucky, UAB, Georgia State and others. Several other SEC programs are also looking at the growing lineman.
Lewisburg, TNMarshall County
Medley is considered one of the top kickers in not only the state, but in the country, according to Rivals.com. The Marshall County standout converted on 3-of-6 FG's last season and converted 37-of-41 PAT's. 31 of his 47 kickoffs also resulted in touchbacks in 2012. Medley committed to Tennessee in May after receiving offers from Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Yates is another one of the state's top offensive line prospects for the 2014 class. The Oakland product helped lead the Patriots back to the state playoffs in 2012 and the team figures to be a contender for a championship in 2013. Yates moves very well for his size and will mirror defenders with his length and body control. He's received offers from the likes of MTSU, Western Kentucky and UAB so far, while others like Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Wake Forest and Purdue are showing strong interest.
Nashville, TNFranklin Road Academy
Irby is another FBS level offensive lineman in the middle Tennessee area. The FRA product stands well over 300 pounds but is still flexible and really bowls over defenders. He also plays with some quickness and his technique is developing. Irby has already pulled in a few FBS offers including scholarships from Memphis, MTSU and Western Kentucky. More could be on the way.
|2 stars||6'4"||315||W. Kentucky|
Burns is one of the top athletes within Nashville Metro city schools. A play-making DB, Burns had a breakout junior season at Hillsboro in 2012, racking up 20 tackles, 8 pass breakups and an INT for the Burros. The all-district performer possesses great ball skill and good speed. He's also a capable receiver. Burns suffered a ACL injury at the end of last season, but is expected to make a full recovery. He's received attention from dozens of schools despite the injury.
Odom is the latest in a long line of Riverdale standouts. Though his junior season ended after just 6 games due to injury, Odom has been very productive during his Warrior career. A quick, shifty athlete with lots of ball skill, Odom is fluid and closes very quickly to the ball in coverage. Most see him as a DB on the next level and he's attracted attention from several SEC, AAC, Conference USA and Sun Belt schools. Offers should just be around the corner.
Harding is the top running back prospect in Rutherford County for 2014 and maybe one of the best in the state overall. He rushed for 1,468 yards as a junior and posted 569 yards receiving. His 29 total touchdowns were key during the Stars deep Class 6A playoff run. Harding has good vision and speed. He could also play DB if needed. Schools are starting to show more interest.
|#24||Finis Stribling IV||DB|
Thompson's Station, TNIndependence
Stribling is another well-kept secret in middle Tennessee. The track star possesses ideal speed for the corner position but is versatile enough to play receiver or even running back. Stribling posted over 40 tackles in 2012 after rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and picking off three passes in 2011. Missouri was the first to offer and he quickly gave his verbal to the SEC program. Others like Cincinnati and Kentucky were interested prior to his decision.
Forrest is yet another talented senior prospect from Ensworth. A versatile athlete that's lined up at guard, tackle, tight end and along the defensive line, Forrest was a key clog in an offense that averaged nearly 430 yards and 40 points in 2012. The athletic lineman has received interest from various FBS schools since the recruiting period began and has received offers from Murray State and Butler so far.