One of the most exciting players to come out of middle Tennessee in quite sometime, Mathers has solid vision, speed and balance to make him a dangerous back. A strong inside runner that's capable of bouncing to the outside and taking any play to the house. Mathers rushed for a staggering 2,614 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. In 2011, he rushed for 2,251 yards and 27 touchdowns. Mathers committed to Ole Miss in August over several other BCS programs. He's rated 16th among running backs by Rivals.com and 237th overall.
The most physically impressive looking prospect in the state this year, Azubike has tremendous upside and a lot of natural ability. Quick, balanced and aggressive, Azubike racked up 114 tackles, 48 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 2011. A Rivals250 prospect, Azubike committed to Vanderbilt in July. He starred in both post-season all-star games, taking home Defensive MVP honors from the East vs. West Tennessee all-star game and most unblockable player recognition at the O-D All-American Bowl in Dallas in late December.
Brentwood, TNBrentwood Academy
Shuler is one of the state's top offensive line prospects. The athletic blocker is quick and technically sound, but also plays with a lot of toughness and finishes off blocks with the best of them. He graded out at 91-percent and registered 25 pancake blocks in 2011. Shuler committed to Stanford in June over several other BCS offers. He played in the U.S. Army All-American game in January. Shuler is a Rivals250 prospect.
A very versatile prospect, Batey could play either receiver or defensive back at the next level. He possesses solid quickness and plays the game with a smooth, loose style. He also possesses deceptive strength and the strong feet. He may be the best edge play-maker in the class. As a senior, he caught 42 passes for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also scored four more touchdowns during the year. Batey committed to Vanderbilt in July. He played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January, catching a touchdown pass for the West team.
Nashville, TNMontgomery Bell Academy
One of the state's top overall offensive lineman, Bars has solid balance and hands and mobile feet that make him a fit for many offensive systems. Many believe his best football is ahead of him and thus his ceiling has made him a four-star prospect. Bars committed to Michigan in June over a number of other BCS schools.
Brentwood, TNBrentwood Academy
One of the most versatile defensive lineman in the state, Baron could play end or tackle on the next level. He brings both strength and a motor that's tough to beat, and uses power and leverage to make things difficult on blockers. He has proven himself to be one of the best trench attackers over the years, racking up 60 tackles for loss and 30 plus sacks the past three years. Baron committed to Virginia Tech in July over a number of other BCS offers.
Franklin, TNBattle Ground Academy
Beathard is a polished quarterback that has blossomed into one of the state's best signal callers. Accurate and steady, Beathard rarely makes mistakes and has the arm strength to complete execute most throws. As a senior, he threw for 2,146 yards and 20 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He also ran for 2 touchdowns. He was impressive for the West team in the East vs. West Tennessee All-Star game in December. He committed to Ole Miss in the spring and remains a commit despite coaching change.
Columbia, TNColumbia Central
Another one of the state's most versatile prospects, Belew has emerged as a sound two-way player. Possesses a solid frame with deceptive speed and a high football IQ. He picked off five passes in 2011 and registered over 70 tackles. He also caught 40 passes for 933 yards and 11 touchdowns. He committed to Memphis in the summer, but changed his mind after a coaching change. Chattanooga, Wofford and a few others are involved, but he remains undecided. Belew is a quality player that would be a steal in the Sun Belt but may be an even bigger steal if he ended up in FCS football.
Brentwood, TNBrentwood Academy
Thompson is one of the state's top receivers. The tall and quick pass catcher is a consistent route runner on the perimeter and has the ability to catch several passes in traffic. Thompson is great at slipping past a defender, finding several opportunities on fades and post routes. He committed to Arizona State in late September but has since opened things up after a coaching change. He's looking at Mississippi State and UCLA at this time, but also has other offers.
Madison, TNGoodpasture Christian School
One of the most exciting play-makers from the quarterback position, Reynolds possesses good arm strength and solid mobility for the FBS level. The undersized signal caller throws the ball accurately and with authority. Reynolds passed for 2,083 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for over 500 yards and 14 more for the Cougars. Air Force, Navy and Wofford have offered. He should have a decision by signing day.
Mount Juliet, TNMount Juliet
Shelton is a gifted defensive back that projects as a tall corner or two-way safety at the next level. He makes a number of plays outside of his immediate range. He also plays with toughness and a swagger that's ideal for defensive backs. In 2011, Shelton posted 58 tackles with a interception and eight pass breakups. Several SEC programs have been involved during his recruitment and he should make a decision around signing day.
One of the mid-state's top quarterbacks, Kuivinen has several physical traits that make him a strong college prospect. He possesses ideal size at 6-foot-4 and enough mobility to move around in the pocket. He also has a strong arm with improved accuracy. He passed for 2,379 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, completing 54.2 percent of his passes. Programs such as Syracuse and Tulane have offered while others like Vanderbilt, Purdue and Western Kentucky have shown interest.
Hathaway might be one of the state's best kept secrets, despite playing at one of its top programs. An all-state selection in 2010, Hathaway posted over 190 tackles in the past two seasons with five interceptions for the Bulldogs. The hard-hitting defender is strong in pre-snap reads and plays with a lot of energy. He was a Defensive MVP in the East vs. West Tennessee all-star game in December. He committed to Tennessee Tech recently and is a steal for the OVC program.
Davenport has been one of the best prospects in Rutherford County over the past several years. A versatile runner who could play either half back or fullback, he possesses adequate speed but separates himself with supreme vision and impressive cutback ability. He also runs with a lot of power and rarely ever goes down on first contact. Davenport also has reliable hands and could play safety at the next level. He rushed for 1,611 yards and 26 touchdowns for Riverdale as a junior but his senior season was plagued by injuries. He's likely to sign with Navy at the end of the month but has other options as well.
One of the best kickers in the state, Foster has a strong leg and is versatile enough to play both placekicker and punter. As a senior, Foster averaged 40.2 yards per punt for Independence. He committed to Kentucky in August.