It's not rocket science with Brown. At 6-0, 210 pounds, there's really not any part of his game not to like. In addition to a great frame and his big-play explosiveness, Brown finishes runs like he's mad at the world and he's proven to be a great open field runner the last three seasons. From a physical standpoint, Brown is pretty much the perfect blend of everything that you're looking for in a future college or pro running back. Between the tackles, Brown finishes his runs as well as any back we've seen at the high school level since Adrian Peterson. He runs with such power and with such good pad level that he simply runs through arm tackles and often takes more than one or two defenders to bring him down. Once you add in the fact that he's pretty much been a dominant player at the 5A level the last two years that has averaged better than 10 yards per carry the last three seasons it's not hard to see why he's emerged as the No.1 player in the state.
With so many elite-level backs in the state this year, I was a little skeptical of Williams when I first started to hear his name being mentioned with the likes of the other top backs in the 2011 class. Yet, from the moment I hit play on the kid's 18-minute highlight tape, he had me at hello. Wow. At 6-1, 185 pounds, Williams is a blend of the best parts of Malcolm Brown and Herschel Sims put together. Two things that jump out from the get go with Williams is his burst/explosiveness, along with his nasty disposition as a runner. Whether he's running between the tackles or making plays in the open field, Williams is going to punish whoever is on the other side of the ball that wants to cross paths. Also, when I made the comparison to Sims, I did so because Williams is a guy that catches and works out of the backfield with relative ease. In fact, his high school makes every effort to get him the ball in as much space as possible because he break a guy down, run through him or right past him. You've heard of the three-click guy, well, this kid was a one-click guy for me who just happened to follow up one "wow" play with another 18 minutes of the same thing.
If you're looking for the guy in this class that that has "Bad MF" inscribed on his wallet, then Edmond is your guy. At 6-2, 225-pounds, Edmond emerged as a junior as the most dominant defensive force in East Texas with a combination of physicality and playmaking ability that puts him on a slightly different level than the majority of his peers. He has a long frame that will allow him to fill out nicely at the next level, but he's much quicker on his feet than you'd guess by eye-balling him in his uniform. In fact, he moves around pretty effortlessly in dropping back into coverage, which allowed him to make a number of plays in coverage this season. He's a sideline-to-sideline guy that makes a ton of plays and is always around the ball. He has the potential to spin down to defensive end down the road, but he sure looked like a college linebacker as a junior. He's able to take on and get off of blocks so easily and he doesn't struggle as much as a lot of other linebackers with traffic around their feet. He's one of the top linebacker prospects of the last decade in the state of Texas.
Sugar Land, TXDulles
When I look at the 6-1, 185-pound Evans, I see a guy that has a chance to be one of the top cornerback prospects in the last decade from the Lone Star State. Evans is the kind of playmaker in the secondary that you dream about and the package comes with the kind of speed that makes him a world-class sprinter in his age group. Although he's played safety in high school, he's shown very strong cover skills, as he's able to turn his hips fluidly and he explodes out of his breaks with ease. With perhaps the best combination of speed and closing ability of prospect I've seen in a long time, Evans is a ball-hawk on the field that possesses very strong ball skills and he's not afraid to throw his body around towards anyone. We're talking about a kid that can play any spot in the secondary and possesses the almost perfect blend of abilities for a defensive back. Perhaps the only negative on Evans is that he's so dynamic on the track that it could divide his focus and commitment towards football because he has a chance to be an NCAA champion in that sport. Overall, he might not be the best player I've seen at the defensive back position in this state, but he might possess the most physical tools of any cornerback prospect I've seen.
It would be easy to simply say that Shipley is the same kind of receiver as his brother (Jordan), but the truth is their games are not exactly the same. Where his older brother is probably a shade quicker/faster, Jaxon is probably a stronger overall athlete at this stage of his development. Like his older brother, he's an excellent route runner, he has great hands and he has the ability explode out of his breaks to give him true separation from defensive backs. At back-to-back Texas Elite Camps the last two summers, Shipley dominated the competition to such a large degree that many were calling him the best overall player on hand. Perhaps the thing that you love the most about Shipley is his ability to go get the football when it's in the air. Despite playing in constant traffic, he has the ability to locate the ball and get his body in a position to make the catch. Actually, the more you think about, the more he does sound like his brother. The family tradition continues.
Metoyer dominated the Class 4A ranks for three seasons and has drawn comparisons to a young Michael Crabtree because of his explosive after-the-catch ability and tremendous ball skills. After catching 74 passes for 1,105 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, Metoyer followed that up with 77 catches for 1,169 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. Metoyer brings a combination of size and speed that makes him very tough to bring down, especially once he gets a head of steam. If there's a knock on Metoyer, it's that he doesn't quite have the burst and outright speed that a true national elite wide receiver prospect has to possess. Still, he's an above-average athlete that has top-end ball skills. His strength in the lower body reminds me of a guy like John Chiles, but Metoyer's natural receiving skill is much higher, even if he gives up a little explosiveness. My biggest question with Metoyer is whether he'll be able to get off the ball quick enough against top-level defensive backs.
It's been a while since the Cleveland has an elite-level prospect, but Reed certainly gives them one in the 2011 class. At 6-5, 240 pounds, Reed is an outstanding athlete and really started to come into his own as a senior. Reed has a quick first-step off the ball and is a plus-player off the edge, despite his larger frame. His ability to play up and down the line of scrimmage makes him the type of playmaker you don't normally see in his frame. One of the interesting storylines of his development will be where his body finishes once he's done filling out. He's listed as a defensive end for now, but the truth is he's just big, athletic, great-looking physical prospect. Schools across the nation are falling in love with Reed because his upside as a player is as high as any in the state, and that's a valuable commodity when you're a defensive lineman.
Galena Park, TXNorth Shore
Flowers is yet another top-notch power line prospect out of the North Shore program. At 6-3, 280-pounds, Flowers will often maul his opponent, but his skill level as an athlete is also really high. For a guy that's going to weigh 300 pounds in the near future, he moves incredibly well on his feet. But, this is no combine star that can't get it done on the field. Flowers is skilled enough as an athlete that he can get to the second level and block effectively in space. He also possesses a terrific punch and is a high-effort player. Once he learns to play with better pad level and refine some pass protection skill, he has a chance to be scary. He's one of a handful of players that are in the discussion for the title of best prospect in Texas.
When you're talking about quarterbacks in the state of Texas this year with nearly limitless ceilings, the first guy in the conversation should be the 6-2, 190-pound star from the Metroplex. Although there's still a lot of quarterback development that he needs to experience, there's not much from the quarterback position that he can't do and make look fairly easy while doing it. From an athletic standpoint, Walsh is a plus-athlete that possesses extremely quick feet, which makes him a nightmare for opposing defenses to defend because he's actually at his most dangerous once he's outside of the pocket and creating on the fly. Although he's not the kind of scrambler that will break a guy down in the open field, he's got a good bust and can make big plays with his straight-line speed. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Walsh's ability is that he possesses equally exciting skill as a passer. His arm strength rates among the best in the state and he currently plays in an offense that has provided him a ton of passing reps, while requiring him to make a variety of throws. This isn't a spread guy with a pop-gun arm. He's one of the few high school quarterbacks that takes a majority of reps from under center.
|4 stars||6'2"||190||Oklahoma St.|
If you're looking for a defensive tackle to get excited about in the 2011 class, look no further than Jackson, who ranks as one of the quickest defensive tackle prospects that the state has seen in the last decade. An incredibly active player, Jackson uses his quickness and athleticism to make plays up and down the line of scrimmage. As skilled and athletic as Jackson is, it is his thirst on and off the field to be a great player that really stands out. It matters to him that he becomes a great player and that's an important quality that often gets overlooked. Yes, he's going to give up some size and will need to play in a scheme that allows him to attack and penetrate, but he has as much playmaking ability s any defensive tackle I've seen from this state in the last 10 years.
Some guys have it and some guys don't. Diggs doesn't just have it... he oozes it. At 5-10, 188 pounds, Diggs plays with as much swagger as any player in the state and he backs it up with a dominating presence in every phase of the game. He's an extremely powerful athlete that does everything on the field with a suddenness that puts him into an elite group of players. In addition to those elite-athletic skills, he's been a dominating player on the field, rushing for more than 4,000 yards and nearly 80 touchdowns in the last three seasons. As if all of that didn't sound good enough, he's also the brother of former Texas All-American Quentin Jammer. Some schools actually like Diggs more on the offensive side of the ball, but he's a corner at heart and he lives to compete on an island. He kind of reminds me of what Quan Cosby looked like when he was actually coming out of high school more than a decade ago.
Arlington, TXSam Houston
Although he's currently listed as a quarterback, you can look up athlete in the recruiting dictionary and you'll find a photo of the 6-0, 170-pound Turner, who is a bit of a wizard with the ball in the open field. Although Turner often looks like an explosive straight line runner, it's only because he's such an explosive player that he can usually explode through traffic and from one level to the next in the blink of an eye. What really excited you about Turner is what he can do once his straight-line options become limited. It's at that point that is improvisation skills as a runner make him an electrifying open-field runner. He cuts, spins, jukes and explodes - he's the kind of guy that has to touch the ball, whether it's on offense or defense. As much offensive skill as he possesses, don't discount his upside as a defensive back who could potentially play any position in the secondary.
San Antonio, TXJohn Paul Stevens
Thompson is a bit of a project because he's being recruited to play in the secondary after spending the majority of his time as a high school player on the offensive side of the ball. At 6-1, 170 pounds, Thompson has is a fluid athlete with plus-speed and a nice burst. It'll likely take him a few seasons to develop, but Thompson has all of the physical tools to emerge as a starting-level player for a major college program.
When I first watched Thompson as a sophomore, I was worried that he might be a bit of a tweener-type at linebacker/defensive end because he was a 6-3, 210 pound edge player that was probably looked at his best when he had a hand on the ground. However, over the course of the last year, Thompson has started to fill out his frame, while also continuing to develop his game. Suddenly, the 6-3, 235-pound Thompson is starting to look like one of the state's top defensive prospects. Thompson is an extremely physical player that is at his best when he's running downhill and using his exceptional closing speed, but he's also a diverse player that has shown flashes in pass coverage and there's no question that he can get after the quarterback off the edge. There are times when he'll play a little stiff, but I think this is a kid that brings a lot of strengths to the table athletically and he rates off the charts in the intangibles department as a locker room leader on a two-time defending state champion.
When we're talking about playmakers at the high school level, you're not going to find many that can impact a game from both sides of the ball as well as Brown. Throughout his varsity career for the Indians, Brown has been of the state's top big-play performers, averaging 28 yards per catch over his career and a touchdown on every third catch. Brown has good deep speed, but his hands and ability to go up and get the football at its highest point make him an impossible match-up for most high school defensive backs. As good as he is as a receiver, I'm not so sure that his best position might be on the other side of the ball at safety where he brings the same type of ball skills that he possesses on offense to the table, while also bringing a physical presence to the position. The 6-1, 175-pound Brown earned Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore and by the end of his junior season, you can make a case that Brown was one of the most explosive two-way threats in Texas. If there's a concern about Brown, it's that he isn't a quick-twitch type athlete and isn't always as fluid as you'd like for him to look, but there is no denying that he's a legitimate weapon on the field.
San Antonio, TXSam Houston
The first thing you have to take into account with Russell going in is that he's very raw and is has only been a part-time football player at this point because of his development. When you take that into consideration, it makes you like the upside of this 6-3, 280-pound interior line prospect even more. Although, he's not the kind of up-and-down the line of scrimmage athlete that a guy like Desmond Jackson is, he's still very quick on his feet and he can be just as disruptive in the backfield. At the moment, this kid is just kind of getting by on his raw ability and once he commits himself to the weight room and the sport, he has a chance to be an impact player at the major college level.
San Antonio, TXMacarthur
|4 stars||6'5"||237||Texas Tech|
Klein, TXKlein Collins
At 6-7, 285 pounds, Greenlea has a very strong blend of size, strength, attitude and agility. As a run blocker at the point of attack, Greenlea is a punishing player that plays through the end of the whistle. He's also a guy that has quick feet that can get out at the second and third levels as a pulling lineman or in the screen game. Although his pass-pro will need to improve, he has the kind of feet and knee-bend that let's me think he has a chance to play tackle (probably on the right side) and someone who can defend edge rushers, while also providing elite-level run skills. He's got tricky athleticism for a big guy because he doesn't always look incredibly fluid, but he does move well on the field.
Klein, TXKlein Collins
I'm absolutely convinced that the best pound-for-pound player in the state might be this five-star player in a three-star package. A dynamic player with the ball in his hands, Sims is a threat as a runner, receiver and return man, which has led me to call him the Brian Westbrook of the Texas high school ranks. The only downside to Sims is that he's a five-star player trapped in a three-star frame, and he not quite an elite-level athlete. He's just a guy that puts on a cape every time he steps on to the football field. Even at 5-9, 185 pounds, he's a powerhouse of a runner that is always fighting and finishing his runs. His explosive cutting ability is top-rate and once he gets a step on a defender, he has the speed to get to the end zone, but there are questions about whether he'll be the same home-run threat at the next level. Sims ranks as possibly the best receiver out of the backfield among the backs in this year's class and he's also one of the state's top return men.
|4 stars||5'10"||190||Oklahoma St.|
El Paso, TXEl Dorado
The state has been dying for a true impact tight end prospect for the last few seasons and we might have finally found a guy who can apply for the job is the 6-5, 235-pound athletic beast from West Texas. Even at his size, McFarland dominated at the Army All-American combine with his ability to get open, especially in the vertical passing game, as opposing defensive backs struggled to match up with him on the field. He's also a natural pass-catcher that can catch the ball away from his body. At this point in his career, he's more of a huge receiver than anything else, but it's clear where he's headed and the fact that he brings some physicality to the table at this age provides hope that he'll take to all of the aspects of the tight end position once he gets to next level. The only concern with McFarland is that he doesn't test out athletically as well as he plays on the field, but the film doesn't lie â€“ he's a hell of an athlete and I don't care what the stopwatch says. There's not a more physically impressive or dynamic talent in the state at the position this year â€“ he's the guy that has the it qualities.
Current LSR Rating: 5.8
|3 stars||6'6"||230||Texas A&M|
|3 stars||6'6"||245||Texas Tech|
If you're looking for a Although he still needs to develop some physically, the kid has everything you're looking for in a quarterback in terms of making the right decisions with the ball and running an offense. While mostly playing in a spread offense featuring four- and five-wide receiver sets, Ash does a great job of spreading the ball all over the field and delivering passes at every layer of the offense. He's also a very tough kid that will stand in the pocket and take whatever shot comes his way in the name of completing a pass. Although he doesn't possess a rocket arm, he's got a very quick release and he's performed well at camps. As his fills out physically, his arm strength should improve as well. He's also a quarterback that does a great job of using his ability to escape from traffic to help generate big-plays down the field. Ash does a really nice job with the screen and short passing games, and he throws a very catchable ball. He also throws the ball down the seam well.
At 6-6, 271 pounds, Cheek is an interior line prospect that will need some time to develop, but he's a hard-worker that plays the game with a lot of want-to. His biggest issue is that he's a limited athlete that doesn't play with a lot of quickness on either side of the ball. As his frame is developed, he'll need to learn how to play with better pad level. Overall, he's got some tools to work with and he has good blood lines, so he's got a chance to turn into a pretty solid player in time.
|4 stars||6'7"||271||Texas A&M|
Cochran is an easy lineman to like because he brings great size/frame, along with good feet and some true physicality. Those are three pretty important aspects of the position, but he certainly grades out well in those three. At 6-6, 270 pounds, Cochran still has some room to grow physically and he'll need a few years to put himself into a position to play at a high level, but for a guy that is still developing in terms of strength, he's a very physical player that delivers a great punch at the point of attack. Although he might not have the flexibility and feet to play left tackle, he does have enough athleticism and promise to land at right tackle, as well as either guard position. I think the thing that you have to love the most about Cochran is that he's just a tough, hard-nosed player that plays through the whistle and seems to play with some real attitude. Yes, he's going to take a few years to develop, but the kid is a finisher, which bides well when you project his physical development over the next few years.
The thing that you love about Williams is that he brings a lot of versatility and skill to the table for such a strong, compact athlete. As a runner, he's a tough guy for one guy to bring down and he runs with the kind of downhill lean that helps him turn three yard runs into nine-yard runs. Also, there's suddenness to his game that helps him pop a lot of big runs. His top-end 40-speed might not be elite, but his first 15-20 yards him separate him from a number of his peers. I might be undervaluing him right now because of the number of top backs at the top of the list, but Williams is a big-time guy.
|4 stars||5'10"||206||Texas Tech|
San Antonio, TXJames Madison
Heading into the 2009 season, there's nothing you could have told me outside of injury that would have made me believe that Green would drop out of the top two or three slots in the state, but a disappointing junior season has me questioning my initial evaluation of Green. Don't get me wrong, the guy is one of the best running backs in the nation and a "must-have" type of guy for just about every school in the nation, but he just might not be the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel. The truth is that he's somewhere in the middle. At 5-11, 181 pounds, Green is a 4.4 guy with the ability to break a defender's ankles in the open-field, but at the very end of the day this kid is a born runner with uncanny instincts, footwork and vision for a young player. When he's at his best, Green is the most dynamic player in this class, but it seems like he's lived off his sophomore film for a while.
Anderson arrived at junior season with a reputation as a guy who looked great in a t-shirt and shorts, but there were questions about whether his top-level athletic skill would translate into top level play on the field. Those questions don't really exist any longer after Anderson emerged as one of the top havoc-making interior linemen in the state. At 6-3, 260 pounds, Anderson is still a guy that will need to continue to develop physically and add strength so that he can hold up at the point of attack, but he's a quick-twitched athlete that possesses a great burst off the ball and he's extremely tough at the point of attack. His athleticism makes him a candidate to emerge as an elite-level pass rusher as an interior rusher.
Hatten is a really raw prospect, but there's a lot of ability inside of that 6-4ish, 260-pound frame. The thing that you love about the kid is that he can really move well on his feet, which allows him to play well in space when he's pulling or involved in the screen game. Also, his feet are good enough that he could possibly play either tackle with some coaching. Also, although his strength is a work progress, he plays tough at the point of attack and seeks out contact. This is a kid that's going to need some time to develop because he's still learning the position and needs a lot of reps to go along with his frame development, but the kid has star potential. Consider him a high ceiling/low basement prospect.
|3 stars||6'5"||265||Texas A&M|
Klein, TXKlein Collins
Current LSR Rating: 5.8
Current LSR Rating: 5.8
|3 stars||5'11"||175||Boise St.|
Wallace is a big, physical prospect that many people believe has a chance to emerge as the best prospect to ever come out of the talent-rich Skyline program. At 6-2, 220 pounds, Wallace blends a great array of size, strength and raw athleticism. The first thing that jumps out on film about Wallace is that he's such a physical striker. He's one of those players that has the ability to stop all forward momentum upon contact. Wallace is also a good downhill runner that possesses some sideline-to-sideline ability. Although he's a plus athlete for a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker, he can play a little stuff at times. He's going to need to learn how to take on blockers and play in traffic around him, but the guy is a pure football player that leaves an impact in every game that he plays. When it's all said and done, he could end up putting his hand on the ground some at the next level because he has some pass rush skills. As he receives a little more schooling, he has a chance to be an impact college player.
Current LSR Rating: 5.8
|3 stars||6'1"||193||Texas A&M|
Klein, TXKlein Oak
There's not a lot that's flashy about Stevenson, but when you're 6-6, 227 pounds and have some upside as a college tight end prospect, you've going to have some value as a prospect. Stevenson is a natural receiver, but he's brings decent athleticism to the table, but he's not a guy that's going to out-athlete anyone on the field and his after-the-catch ability is limited. Still, he's not a stiff and can give you a bit of a vertical threat because of his plus-ball skills. Despite his size, Stevenson will need to add some strength and physicality to his game before he'll be a true contributor, so he might be a player that's two or three years in the making.
If you love big, physical receivers then you're going to love Onyegbule. At 6-4, 200 pounds, Onyegbule is a huge target that possesses very good speed and outstanding ball skills. Frankly, his size just dominates opposing defensive backs at this stage and as he continues to polish his overall skill, he's going to be an increasingly dangerous player. One of the things you love about Onyegbule is that when the ball is in the air, he goes up and gets it. Also, his ability to run with the ball after the catch is underrated, mostly because he didn't always get a lot of chances to get one-on-one opportunities in the open field, but he can break a guy down in space, which makes him a load to handle because of his size. When you consider his combination of size, athleticism and skill, he has a chance to emerge as the best NFL prospect at this position in the class.
Pasadena, TXSouth Houston
The 5-10, 190-pound Scott has everything that you're looking for in an top-level defensive back. The thing that separates Scott from his peers right now is his strong combination of size, athleticism, speed and strength. While most defensive backs in this class are still trying to build their body up, Scott is way ahead of the pack in that regard. On the field, he's a physical presence that seems to relish opponents who are willing to take some shots at him. He'll gamble at his position a little too much and he'll need some technique work when he gets to the next level because he relies a little too much on his raw athletic skill, but there's no question that he's the kind of guy that has a chance to emerge as a multi-year starter for a major college program.
Klein, TXKlein Oak
Hughes is a bit of a projection at this point, but you can't help but notice his 6-5, 240-pound frame on the field. Hughes is still learning how to use all of his physical strengths, but he's a high effort player that has good feet, athleticism and he's shown some skill as an edge rusher. As a junior, there were times when Hughes looked like an elite-level player and there were others when he struggled somewhat at the point of attack and didn't quite make the amount of plays you'd expect. When it's all said and done, he's a good athlete and not a great one with an elite skill set off the edge, so he could end up being an interior lineman that can play outside in a 3-4 or inside in a 4-3.
Cedar Park, TXCedar Park
Although he might not rank as the most dynamic talent in the linebacker class this year, I'm not sure that Moss isn't the most complete linebacker in the state. At 6-1, 219 pounds, Moss is an underrated athlete with really good feet that can play sideline to sideline. He turns his hips very easily and ranks as one of the best linebackers in coverage this year. One of the areas that he needs to improve on is his play at the point of attack, but the kid is a dedicated weight room guy. The thing that really stands out to me about Moss is that he really cares about being good and I'm not sure that there's a player in the state that's as dedicated to being a good football player as Moss. We're always looking for players that bring plus-athleticism to the table to go along with their plus-play on the field and that's exactly what Moss is.
Current LSR Rating: 5.8
I'm not sure that I've ever seen a top prospect come out of Muleshoe during my time of covering football recruiting, but there's no question that the 6-4, 225-pound Washington has a chance to be a top-notch college player in a few years. The two-way standout looks like a possible plus-pass rusher off the edge at defensive end with his combination of size, quickness and athleticism. Although his level of competition is a question mark, Washington has been a dominating player, which is exactly what you want to see, and there's no questioning that he can move really well for a kid in his frame. It doesn't matter if he has traffic around his feet or if guys are trying to cut block him, he plays with great footwork and balance, and once he gets a head of steam going, he can close on a quarterback with the best of them. On top of that, he does a great job with hands and probably tips/deflects more passes than any lineman in the state. Yes, he'll be a bit of a project at the next level because he needs to add a lot of strength to his frame, but it's rare that you see such a fluid athlete at his size. He's also a player that could probably play some tight end at the next level as well. Consider this kid to be one of the state's top sleepers.
|3 stars||6'4"||225||Texas Tech|
Mesquite, TXNorth Mesquite
There's nothing tricky or flashy about the 6-1, 230-pound Bergeron, who ranks as one of the nation's top true fullback/big back options in the 2011 class. A physically imposing player, who plays the game with the kind of physicality that you hope to see from someone with his build, Bergeron has quick feet that allows him to dance in and out of traffic, but he's at his best when he gets his shoulder squared and gets a head of steam. Another thing that I love about Bergeron is that he's a team-first player that will do anything to help his team win and he can be a productive player without the ball in his hands, which is exactly why his value as a potential fullback/lead blocker can't be underestimated because so many players with his skill set ignore the non-rushing parts of the position. With his combination of size, strength (340-pound bench), speed (11.1 100 meters last spring in track) and skill, he ranks as one of the best fullback prospects in the state in the last decade.
The Woodlands, TXThe Woodlands
When you look at Lasco on paper, there's not much to dislike. At 6-1, 190 pounds, Lasco has the size and he certainly has the speed that you're looking for at the next level, but in the two games that I've scouted in person, he hasn't look like the kind of natural runner that will make him a starting-caliber running back at the next level, which is why a number of teams view him as a possible wide receiver at the next level. He's much better along the perimeter and in space than he is trying to run between the tackles, but when he gets a crease, he can be a home-run hitter for an offense. Although he has very good feet, he's not a guy that often breaks a lot of people down in space and he's more of a straight-line runner.
Arlington, TXSam Houston
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
|4 stars||6'4"||300||Texas Tech|
Here's a guy that's been flying under the radar a little, but he's a guy that I think has a big case of the "it" factor as a player. At 6-1, 163 pounds, Edwards plays much bigger than his frame and he's absolutely fearless in his uniform. However, it takes more than guts to be a big-time receiver prospect and it's Edwards' ability after the catch that separates him from a lot his peers. If you can get the ball to Edwards in space, he has the ability to take care of the rest with his great burst and ability to make plays with his feet. When you add in the fact that Edwards has above-average ball skills and can return kicks on special teams, you're talking about a player who hasn't come close to touching his ceiling as a player. He's kind of a poor man's version of 2010 Texas signee Chris Jones. He might not have quite the elite-explosiveness that Jones possesses, but Edwards can do a lot of the same things on the field.
|4 stars||6'1"||163||Texas Tech|
Dallas, TXLake Highlands
At 6-2, 194-pounds, Roland possesses a nice combination of strength and athleticism. As a junior in 2009, Roland was one of the top big-play weapons in the Metroplex, as he averaged nearly 10 yards per carry and another 18 yards as a receiver. He's an extremely athletic player that projects as a possible running back, wide receiver, defensive back and even linebacker because of his frame, which has a lot of room for development, Over the last year, he's tested between 4.6-4.8 in the 40, but he plays faster than his times would suggest. Heâ€™s all upside and projection, but I love his versatility and the fact that the guy is a natural playmaker on the football field.
|3 stars||6'2"||199||Oklahoma St.|
League City, TXClear Springs
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
|4 stars||6'1"||200||Texas A&M|
If you saw the Class 5A state title game against Austin Westlake, I don't have to tell you that Carter has some serious playmaking skill. The guys is a flat out ball player who can probably play on either side of the ball and special teams with some time and development. From an athletic standpoint, Carter's biggest problem is that he's carries a slight frame (161 pounds) and there are some questions about just how much growth his frame will hold. Those size restrictions won't make him everyone's cup of team, but the guy can break players down in space and he has plus ball-skills. It might take some time for him to get there, but he's a very talented kid, who I think has some "it" factor.
League City, TXClear Springs
One thing that's been missing in recruiting in recent years inside the state of Texas is a plethora of playmaking linebackers. That's not the case in 2010 and Randle ranks as one of the best outside linebacker prospect of the bunch. The 6-2, 200-pound Randle is a striker at the position, who plays sideline-to-sideline with a purpose. Although he still has some upper-body development and overall strength issues that he'll need to work on before he'll be college-ready, he's got a good long arms and a frame that can carry more weight, and he shows flashes of suddenness o the field that makes him standout from a crowd. The kid can flat out run. And with his athletic skill and hard-nosed football instincts, he's got a chance to be an impact player. The only question with Randle is whether he'll fall into the dreaded tweener category and it's a fair concern because he's a linebacker playing with safety size.
Fort Worth, TXArlington Heights
Some guys are just football players and thatâ€™s how I pretty much look at Jackson. At 6-0, 205 pounds, he's not a guy whose going to jump off the film with his raw athletic ability, yet it's hard not to notice that he's almost always the best player on the field at his current level and he probably earned his rep by standing out in a high profile match-up against 2010 Texas signee Darius White. You can play him at receiver or defensive back and his combination of ball skills and natural football ability will allow him to make plays, but it's tough to project just what kind of player he'll be at the next level because does lack elite-level athleticism and burst and could take some time to develop. That's not to say that he's not a good athlete because he is, but he's not likely to test at a level that wopuld match the top players at his position. My biggest concern is the fact that he's not a guy that separates easily from defenders and that part of his game won't get any easier at the next level. Still, the guy can flat out play some football.
Mesquite, TXWest Mesquite
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
The 6-4, 254-pound Hutchins is a dancing bear on the field, as he's able to moved from level to level as effortlessly as someone half his size. Although he doesn't have the height that project to playing tackle at the next level, he has the feet to play the position. His ability to move his feet and excel in pass protection ranks among the best in his class among interior line prospects. On top of his outstanding feet and athleticism, Hutchins is also a guy that plays the game with a nasty disposition and he uses his hands as well as any line prospect I've seen in this class. The only thing holding him back is further development to his body and there are questions about whether he'll be able to add the weight he'll need to carry to play on the line. If not, it's possible that he could emerge as a blocking tight end or even a defensive lineman. If and when he does fill out that long and lean frame, he'll have a chance to be an elite college player. It's just going to take some time and patience with Hutchins.
Round Rock, TXStony Point
Has the size, frame and potential to be a big-time prospect in a couple of seasons. Is a plus-athlete that has a higher ceiling than most players in his age group. At this point in his career, he's getting by on his size and natural ability. When he was matched up against Chad Lindsay of The Woodlands as a sophomore, he really struggled against a player that could match his size and surpass his strength. While that was somewhat expected as a sophomore, Wade encountered some of the same issues again as a junior and he didn't make the gains in the weight room that would have improved those areas of his play. A lot of that has to do with the fact that his time is currently split between multiple sports and there are some that wonder if his true passion isn't baseball. Overall, Wade is an intriguing prospect because if he ever truly dedicates himself to the sport and into the off-season, he has a chance to emerge as one of the state's top defensive line prospects. Also, don't discount his upside as a possible offensive line prospect. Really he has the athleticism to do a lot of things if he wants to.
Cedar Park, TXCedar Park
Drango doesn't quite have the elite-level athleticism, footwork or strength that would make him a national 100 type of prospect, but while he might not quite be elite, we're still talking about a very good right tackle prospect that does a lot of things really well as a player. The first thing that you notice about Drango is that his frame - all 6-6, 270 pounds of it. He's a guy that's good at the point of attack and plays much better moving forward than he does moving backwards, which could ultimately push him inside when the dust settles. Still, Drango is a good athlete and he's got pretty good feet. It might take him a few years to fill out his frame in a way that will lead to real success at the next level, but he can be a two- or three-year starter for a major college program.
Tyler, TXJohn Tyler
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
Shannon reminds me of a poor man's Christian Scott and not just because he's from the same high school and arrives on the scene with the same kind of 6-2, 190-pound frame. Like Scott, Shannon is a plus-athlete that plays the game with a lot of physicality and playmaking skill. The difference between the two is that Scott provided a little more of the "wow" factor on tape, but it's possible that Shannon will emerge as that kind of player over the course of the next season. Also, just like Scott, Shannon is a better player moving downhill than he is in coverage, but he's a good enough athlete that he doesn't project as a player that will have problems with some of the adjustments that he'll need to make.
Dallas, TXSt. Mark's
Montgomery registers as one of the state's more unheralded jewels in the 2011 class. At 6-0, 200 pounds, Montgomery possesses an excellent blend of size and skill with some of the best ball skills of any receiver in the state. In fact, its Montgomery's ability to get the ball in a crowd at it's highest point might be the thing that stands out about him the most, although his burst out of cuts makes him a dynamic big-play thread. Although he's capable of making guys miss in space, Montgomery more often than not relies on a straight-line running style. He's more quick than fast and if there's any concern I have about him moving forward, it simply relates to where he goes physically from here because he looks like a running back playing wide receiver. Think of a guy like Phillip Payne, but slightly smaller and with better natural ball skills.
Marquez is one of the state's top all-purpose threats and he projects as the kind of guys that can play running back, wide receiver and return kicks on special teams. Although he's not a physical back that's going to make a living between the tackles and he needs to spend some more time in the weight room, Marquez has a great burst that allows him to turn a simple outside pitch into a long touchdown run at the high school level. As I mentioned, he's a versatile guy that seems to catch the ball very naturally, which is a definite plus. In fact, Marquez is such a good player in space and in the open field that he might project more as a receiver than anywhere else on offense. Bottom line - he's a skilled offensive player who has very good, but not great physical tools.
|3 stars||5'11"||173||Texas Tech|
Plano, TXPlano East
Johnson is a 6-2, 190-pound safety prospect that plays with a ton of physicality in the running game and could eventually project as an outside linebacker down the road. While Johnson is a talented athlete that has good range, his strong-suite as a player right now is playing near the line of scrimmage in run support. It'll be interesting to see how his body develops moving forward because he really hasn't even started to fill out physically. It's possible when it's all said and done that he could emerge as a 6-2, 225-pound outside linebacker in time, which would probably better match his talent. Also, another thing that I like about Johnson is that he's a high-effort, high intensity player that cares about the game.
|3 stars||6'3"||195||Oklahoma St.|
Burns might be the best defensive player that you haven't heard much about through the earliest stages of the 2011 recruiting year. At 6-0, 200 pounds, Burns is an athletic playmaker at the safety post that plays like a linebacker. In fact, that's exactly how he's used at the high school level, as he pretty much lines up everywhere on the field for Martin. In fact, he plays so much near the line of scrimmage and is so good as a downhill player, it's hard to believe that he's as quick on his feet in his back-pedal and smooth in the hips. That combination really is pretty rare and you won't find many safety prospects that can pull it off.
|3 stars||5'11"||185||Texas A&M|
The 6-2, 220-pound Kelly-Thomas is as raw as it gets and he hasn't really started to scratch the surface as a player. At this point thing I love the most about Kelly-Thomas is that the kid has an incredible burst and first-step off the edge as a pass rusher. Although he hasn't yet harnessed his game, there's no question that he's one of the more explosive players off the edge in the entire state. If there's a question about Kelly-Thomas, it might his natural position at the next level. Although he's a blur off the edge, he's more of an athlete right now than a football player and it could take some time for him to develop at the next level. However, his value as a prospect remains high because of his elite-level athletic ability.
Austin, TXLake Travis
Brewer is one of those guys that has a lot going for him, but a couple of serious question marks that probably keep him from being a super blue chip prospect. Let's get the negatives out of the way, so that we can focus on his many positives. From a size standpoint, he's hugs the six foot mark. He also is a very good athlete, but not an elite one, which will likely limit his effectiveness as a two-way threat at the position. Now, let's talk about the positives. Despite the size concerns, Brewer can absolutely spin the football and make a variety of downfield throws with one of the state's quickest releases. Like his predecessor at Lake Travis (Garrett Gilbert), Brewer throws the ball especially well on the move, which will be a key component for him at the next level because he probably can't be a pure pocket guy. He also grades out very high on the intangibles meter because of his success on the field for one of the state's top programs and his football IQ is off the charts.
|3 stars||6'1"||175||Texas Tech|
In a year when so many of the top defensive tackles in the state are undersized, but ultra-athletic, Norton has emerged as one of the top powerhouse interior prospects available. At 6-5, 290 pounds, Norton is pretty much a bull in a china closet at this stage of his development, as he just kind of throws his body around and imposes his combination if size and strength on people. Although he's not a guy that possesses truly plus-quickness and athletic ability, he moves well on his feet and can be a disruptive force in the backfield. While his ceiling is high, he's still a player that needs to learn how to take on and get off blocks better, while playing with better pad level. At the end of the day, Norton will go as far as his commitment to being good will take him because he really does possess a lot of raw physical ability.
|3 stars||6'5"||300||Colorado St.|
Williams is a stockier version of Abilene running back Herschel Sims in that he's a four-star player trapped inside of a three-star body. Of course, that means that his 5-9, 190-pound frame that comes with only a slightly-above average athletic skill set is what it is - he's never going to be the fastest, quickest or most electric back on the field. Once you get past some of those details, there's no question that Williams can flat out play some football. As a runner, he's a tough cookie, often working the field like he's in a pinball machine. His plays with great balance, his greet feet and low center of gravity make him a very difficult guy to get to the ground. Another thing that you really like about Williams is that he's a versatile kid that can just as easily play in the slot as a receiver as he can a tailback. In addition to his skill as a runner on offense, he's also an instinctive ball hawk at safety and a strong return man on special teams. In my mind, we're talking about a good football player - first and foremost, even if he doesn't win a lot of combine awards. His lack of elite athletic ability and explosiveness at his size might limit his upside as a defensive back, but he has a chance to be a very good college running back. His feet, balance, instincts and tenacity are undeniable.
Missouri City, TXFort Bend Marshall
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
|3 stars||5'9"||183||Texas Tech|
Irving, TXIrving Macarthur School
When you look at the 5-10, 180-pound Haynes, there's not a lot that sticks out physically. His size is fairly average and there's nothing other-worldly about his athletic ability or speed, but the kid is just a fantastic football player who goes after every assignment like a junkyard dog. Haynes runs great routes, catches the ball cleanly with his hands and just knows how to make plays.
|3 stars||5'10"||180||Oklahoma St.|
Gildon is an under-sized outside linebacker prospect that plays with a non-stop motor and possesses plus-athletic ability. Although Gildon will sometimes get swallowed up by linemen in traffic, one of things I really like about is his game is his ability to use his hands to help him get off of blockers. There's nothing about him right now that can prepare him for taking on a 6-5, 300-pound monster straight on at the moment, but he has good feet, has a knack for finding the football and he'll strike people upon contact. As hard as he plays, he's got a chance to emerge as a really good college linebacker with a few more seasons of development.
Beaumont, TXWest Brook
Goodman is another player who is still in the learning stages of his development, but at 6-2, 225 pounds with sub-4.7 speed, he has the type of speed and quickness off the edge to develop into a possible plus-player at the next level. Goodman gets by on a lot of his raw ability on the field right now, but as he continues to fill out physically, he has a chance to become a pretty well-rounded physical player. The thing that stands out about Goodman, outside of his obvious athletic skill, is that he has a real nose for the football and plays with a lot of intensity. He's a little bit of a project, but guys that can rush the passer are worth their weight in gold, so there's no question that Goodman is a prospect with a potentially high reward.
Arlington, TXSam Houston
Jackson is this year's version of Adrian White - a guy that looks great at combines and in workouts (both when testing and competing), but there are times when you watch him on film and he leaves you a little under-whelmed. At 6-0, 198 pounds, Jackson possesses a nice blend of size/athleticism, but he's not an off the charts kind of guy in either area. At his best he's been a guy that can catch the ball well and make some plays down the field, but he probably projects as a bit of a possession receiver at the next level and possibly a very good one.
There's nothing special about Stewart physically, but man, he plays a great brand of football and he certainly plays bigger than his 5-10, 163-pound frame would suggest. The thing that I love about Stewart is that he simply has the "it" factor and plays with a ton of swagger. He's effortless in moving around the field and makes a ton of plays. Also, he's a very physical corner that's going to be hell to deal with as he continues to develop physically because he already does a great job of controlling bigger receivers off the line of scrimmage. The biggest concern with Stewart is his size and I've had a few people tell me that aren't sure he's really 5-10, but the kid can flat out play
|3 stars||5'10"||163||Oklahoma St.|
Gaines might not be a guy that tests incredibly well, but there's something about him as an athlete that I really like, even if there's nothing that jumps out about his physically. When the ball is in his hands on the offensive side of the ball he's got the quickness and athletic ability to break defenders down in space. Whether you project him as a receiver or as a defensive back, he brings a certain amount of playmaking position that I really like, but I want to see him a little more this spring before making something close to a final decision on him.
|3 stars||5'11"||175||Texas Tech|
There's a lot to like about Lee. At 6-2, 191 pounds, he's a good athlete with really good ball skills. His ability to catch the ball away from his body and in traffic will jump off the film at times. Perhaps more than any receiver I've seen in the state, Lee will work the middle of the field without a lot of fear. I don't know if he's a guy that's going to wow you with his athletic skill, but he's got good speed and quickness. He doesn't look like an elite guy on film, but he's a very good player that comes from a program that has produced a ton of college players. I'm curious to see what he looks like this spring because he might be a player whose stock takes off with a little more development. At this point, he looks like a very solid possession type.
The 6-2, 185-pound Aldridge is a versatile two-way threat that projects as a likely college defensive back, but he also has the type of playmaking skills as a receiver that could eventually lead him to landing on that side of the ball. While I'm not sure that he has elite speed and quickness, he's a guy that makes a ton of plays and seems to have a knack for finding the football. Also, although he's a guy that definitely needs to build up his frame in the weight room, he's not afraid to mix it up as a tackler. That's not say that he'll blow people at this point, but he's not afraid to stick his helmet into the fray. As mentioned previously, he's also a skilled offensive player that catches the ball well and could end up playing receiver as well. Overall, he's a very good all-around athlete and playmaker who just doesn't quite own elite-level skills.
Hurst, TXL. D. Bell
Barnett is a bit of a frustrating player because he's a very athletic big kid that has a very high ceiling, but there have been questions about his commitment to maximizing his talent in the last 24 months. At his best, Barnett has a chance to be a legit two-way threat at the tight end position and even has some upside as a possible defensive lineman. The problem I currently have with Barnett is that when you watch his film, his play doesn't match what you would expect from an athlete of his caliber. For a player that can really grade out as a plus-athlete, there just wasn't enough that came through on the field while he was in a uniform. Perhaps it was simply a motivation issue.
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
|3 stars||6'1"||218||Oklahoma St.|
Austin, TXLake Travis
He's what you really like about the 6-5, 270-pound Doyle - with his frame and footwork, he's got a chance to be a legitimate left tackle prospect at the next level, especially when you consider the volume of reps that he's had at the position for one of the state's top programs. Although Doyle is an aggressive player in the running game, his No.1 strength right now comes in the form of pass blocking and once he adds more mass and strength to his frame, the rest of his game has a chance to fall in line. Also, while he has good feet, he's not necessarily an elite-level athlete, but he does a great job of slide-stepping and keeping his balance against quicker, more athletically raw players. Mostly importantly, he's a good player that doesn't know anything but success on the field. If there's a question about Doyle outside of his strength and somewhat limited athleticism, it's the ankle break that he suffered in the state championship game as a junior that he never looked completely healed from this fall.
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
Sugar Land, TXDulles
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
Selders is a guy that I'm a little torn on. While I'm not sure that he possesses plus-speed at the running back position, he sure does seem to run away from a lot of guys on the football field. There's no question that Selders is really good, but he's a little too much of a straight-line runner for my taste and I wonder if the entire skill set exists to make him an above-average college running back. Still, as I mention that, it's hard not to like the fact that he's willing to stick his nose in the action, shown some versatility as a player and has been a very productive player. Consider me a little torn on him as a prospect.
Copperas Cove, TXCopperas Cove
Durant plays like a poor man's Corey Nelson, which quite a compliment and basically means that he flies all over the football field making plays, but he probably doesn't quiet have the elite-level burst and quickness that the current high four-star prospect possesses. That being said, there's a lot about Durant that stands alone for all of the right reasons. At 6-0, 180 pounds, he's an undersized kid, but Cove moves him around throughout each game between safety and linebacker - at times he plays near the line of scrimmage and at times he'll drop back in deep coverage. Although he's undersized and needs to add muscle to his frame, he's an aggressive player that's unafraid of throwing his body into a bigger player. His ability to play sideline to sideline makes him an attractive nickel linebacker type. The bottom line with this kid is that he's a playmaker and one of the best pound-for-pound defenders I've seen in the 2011 class.
Jones is yet another kid that brings a really interesting combination of size and athleticism to the wide receiver position A 6-3, 199 pounds, Jones hasn't even really started to build the kind of strength to his frame that he could eventually put on at the next level, but he's already a physical player that has terrific in-air ball skills. Jones absolutely knows how to go get the ball at his highest point, but outside of those types of downfield plays, he hasn't shown a ton of versatility as a player and while his speed is solid, his after the catch skill is a bit of a question mark.
One of the toughest things to find in recruiting is a true interior linebacker prospect with the athletic ability to play in space and the range to cover sideline to sideline. With the 6-1, 220-pound Sanders, there's a chance that he could be that kind of player with some development at the next level. One of first things that jumps out about Sanders is that he's a good athlete that can flat out chase the football and he also possesses some closing suddenness. He's going to need a lot of work in the way of taking on blockers and he's a total work in progress as an interior linebacker prospect, but he's a versatile guy that could probably play inside or out depending on the scheme.
At 6-5, 218 pounds, Bean has the type of fame that can carry more weight that would allow him more weight and play the defensive end position at the next level. Fram a physical standpoint, Bean certainly looks the part, but he doesn't appear to have the athleticism and raw athletic ability to be an elite-level player off the edge. It's obvious that Bean has been coached up at the high school level because he uses his hands very well, gets off of blocks and plays extremely well at the point of attack. As he continues to address muscle and strength to his frame/game, he's got a chance to be a quality starter for a major college program ay defensive end. I'm not sure that he'll ever emerge as a star because he doesn't have a great first step or burst, but he's a sound player with a major college frame.
|3 stars||6'5"||218||Oklahoma St.|
Orange, TXWest Orange-Stark
Roberts is a raw talent, but at 6-3, 172 pounds he has the kind of size, projectable frame and raw athleticism to become a big-time player at the next level. Despite that upside, he's also a guy that isn't nearly as developed at the position as a number of his peers in this class and he doesn't bring the same diversity/all-around skill as a player. He's the kind of guy that will need some time to develop because he hasn't had the rep volume that the players he'll be competing against have seen, but man his ceiling is high. Don't be surprised is his stock takes off this spring.
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
|3 stars||6'4"||255||Oklahoma St.|
Current LSR Rating: 5.7
Round Rock, TXStony Point
Lindley is a kid that I'm really torn after watching him pretty closely during his three seasons of varsity play at Stony Point. At 6-2, 215 pounds, Lindley is a very good athlete that has sideline-to-sideline range and he's as natural in pass coverage as any linebacker in the state. Knowing those things about Lindley, I was shocked last season when it didn't translate to the field in the form of making plays. On a team full of really good players, Lindley was solid the last two seasons, but not a true standout and there were times when he flat out disappeared in games. The physical ability is there and he's shown real flashes as a talent, but he's not yet a plus-player on the field.
Dallas, TXParish Episcopal School
Hankins is a really good high school player whose upside as a college prospect remains up in the air in my mind. Although he's listed at 6-1, 219 pounds, I'm not sure that he's really 6-0. He's a physical player that can really be a striker at times and he plays with a lot of fire and aggression. However, he's a little stiff in the hips and plays much better as a downhill player, which could be a problem at the next level if he's maxed out some physically. Perhaps I'm way wrong on Hankins, but I just don't see a nationally elite prospect at this point.
When you look at Gutekunst's frame and current skill set, it's easy to see a kid that has a chance to play right tackle or either guard spot at the next level. At 6-6, 290 pounds, Gutekunst is a decent athlete, but certainly not an elite one. Still, he moves his feet well and seems to have some natural pass protection skills. Even though he's nearly 300 pounds, he doesn't always play with a lot of strength at the point of attack and he'll need to learn to play with better pad level. Still, this kid plays hard and owns a pretty high ceiling, even if it takes him two or three years to get there.
|3 stars||6'5"||290||Texas A&M|
Irving, TXIrving Macarthur School
At 6-0, 173 pounds, Brown is wiry cornerback prospect that showed some flashes last season that he could be a possible big-time prospect. Although he might physically be a few years away being ready to play at the major college level, he's a guy with some natural cover ability and some play-making instincts. I don't know that he's a top-end athlete, but he's got some quickness about him that I like. He's a a little raw, but he's got a pretty high ceiling.
|3 stars||6'0"||173||Notre Dame|
There's nothing really flashy about the 6-1, 197-pound quarterback prospect. Although he's a good athlete in a uniform on the field, he's not a guy that's going to overtake the next level with his speed (5.0+ 40-yard dash) or suddenness (4.62 shuttle), but he's a tough kid with a live arm that shows some upside with a little bit of patience. He hasn't been a great player on the field as a high school player and his mechanics are a work in progress, but he's got a little something about him that you like because he has some playmaking abilities that definitely catch the eye.
Katy, TXCinco Ranch
Nlemchi is another big back that brings true skill as a runner to the table, even if he doesn't have the explosiveness that would make him a nationally elite prospect. Still, at 6-1, 206 pounds, Nlemchi possesses a really strong frame that could probably add another 20 pounds, which could long him into the fullback/H-back position long-term. As a runner, Nlemchi plays with good pad level and is one of the state's toughest runners to bring down. Although he's not ultra-quick, he does have good speed and once he gets going he can really cover some ground as a runner. Although there's nothing flashy about his skill set, he's tough, rugged, productive play makes him one of the state's top backs.
La Porte, TXLa Porte
There's nothing special about Webb from a physical perspective, as his 5-10, 179-pound frame can attest to, but there's no question that he has the kind of explosive ability as a runner that causes you to take notice of him. Although his outright speed might not be an elite level, Webb has a really strong burst out of his cuts and his first 10-15 yards rank up there with a lot of the best backs in the state. Webb is another one of these backs that trusts his speed a little too much and he likes to bounce things a little too much to the outside, but he can break people down in the open field. Interesting enough, as explosive as he can be out of his cuts, it takes a while for him to set that move up and at the next level he's going to need to be quicker and faster decisions. Still, he's a tough runner who shows a fighting spirit as a running back. I'm not sure that he has the entire skill set needed to be a front-line every down back, but with some development, he has a chance to be a very good all-purpose back that can run a little, catch a little and return kicks on special teams.
Consider me a pretty big fan of Morrison. I know that the kid is 5-11, 180 pounds and doesn't really have top-end speed to go along with a modest build, but the kid is definitely a quality athlete and a born playmaker. If you view Morrison as a safety, he brings pretty good cover skills to the table because he's a natural back-pedaler who gets in and out his breaks pretty cleanly. If he had a little more speed and quickness, he'd be one of the state's top corners. Still, he does a little bit of everything on the field. If you want him to blitz, he'll make a play. If it's third and one, he'll come up with a big stop. He's just that kind of player. Yes, might be a 4.6 or 4.7 guy, but I think he plays a little faster than when he needs to on the field.
One of the most underrated offensive line prospects in the state this year if is the 6-5, 260-pound small school prospect from West Texas. The first thing that stands out about Chappell is the fact that he has good feet, moves around the field fluidly and shows some real strong aptitude for pass protection. Just like his frame might suggest, he needs to add strength and learn how to play stronger at the point of attack. If he were a better raw athlete, he'd rank as a national prospect, but his ceiling simply isn't as high as the true national blue chip prospects. Still, we're talking about a kid that has a chance to develop into a multi-year starter type after two or three seasons of development.
Current LSR Rating: 5.6
Current LSR Rating: 5.6
|3 stars||6'5"||250||Oklahoma St.|
Current LSR Rating: 5.6
|3 stars||6'5"||203||Boise St.|