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VandySports.com 2014 Mid-State Top 25

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Rank Name Pos Location Stars Ht Wt School
#1Josh MaloneWR
Gallatin, TNStation Camp

Malone is simply one of the nation's top receivers and overall prospects. A 5-star talent, Malone posted over 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. Malone committed to Tennessee in December over several major programs. He possesses ideal size, good hands and advanced route running. Malone played in the US Army All-American game.

5 stars6'3"195Tennessee
#2Jalen HurdRB
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. He missed his senior season due to an injury but will be ready for college. 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. A 5-star level prospect and Top 25 overall talent, Hurd committed to Tennessee in March after receiving offers from virtually everyone.

5 stars6'3"230Tennessee
#3Alex BarsOL
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 a 10-2 season. The 4-star prospect is committed to Notre Dame. He played in the Under Armour All-American game.

4 stars6'6"309Notre Dame
#4Emmanuel SmithDB
Murfreesboro, TNOakland

Smith may have the best upside of the class due to his combination of size, quickness and intelligence. The Oakland standout enjoyed a strong senior year, posting 55 tackles with 3 interceptions and 8 pass breakups. He was recognized as one of the top safety prospects during the Rivals Camp series and ranks 27th at the position currently. Smith committed to Vanderbilt in March over a number of other schools. He played in the Semper Fi All-American game.

4 stars6'2"202Vanderbilt
#5Derek BarnettDE
Brentwood, TNBrentwood Academy

Barnett earned his second straight Mr. Football Award this fall after posting 17.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Another versatile prospect, programs recruited him for both sides of the ball. He runs very well for his size, and his frame could stand even more bulk in the future. He chose Tennessee in October. He played in the O-D All-American game.

4 stars6'3"270Tennessee
#6Rashaan GauldenDB
Nashville, TNIndependence

Gaulden is one of the nation's better defensive back prospects. Versatile and steady, the Independence standout possesses great instincts and closes very quickly to the ball. He committed to Tennessee over several other schools and posted 193 tackles and 4 interceptions during his senior year. He played in the Semper Fi All-American game.

4 stars6'1"175Tennessee
#7Michael SawyersDT
Nashville, TNEnsworth

Sawyers led Ensworth to a 4th straight state title this fall, posting 5 tackles against MUS. The 300-plus pound interior defender struggled with an injury during the year but still finished with 37 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and a couple of sacks. The strong, athletic big man committed to Vanderbilt in July. He's recognized as one of the nation's best interior defenders. Selected to play in the Semper Fi All-American game.

4 stars6'2"307Tennessee
#8Jashon RobertsonDT
Nashville, TNMontgomery Bell Academy

Robertson is also a top interior defender within the state. Enjoyed a strong senior year at MBA, earning Region Player of the Year honors. Also named All-State. Committed to Vanderbilt early in the process but re-opened his recruitment when James Franklin left. Later committed to Tennessee.

3 stars6'3"286Tennessee
#9Paul AdamsOL
Nashville, TNChrist Presbyterian Academy

Adams is one of the state's top true tackle prospects. The 6-foot-6 standout developed well over the last two years. 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.

3 stars6'6"270Missouri
#10Vic WhartonWR
Nashville, TNIndependence

Wharton is a highly athletic prospect that enjoyed a strong two year run at Independence. 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.

4 stars6'0"190Tennessee
#11Bruno ReaganOL
Clarksville, TNClarksville

Reagan may be the top interior line prospect within the state this period. The Clarksville standout only took up football a few years back but came on as a junior. He went on to capture a state championship in wrestling last spring as well. Blessed with very agile feet and quick hands, Reagan committed to USF during the summer. Recently picked up a Vanderbilt offer as well.

3 stars6'3"288Vanderbilt
#12D'Andre FerbyLB
Nashville, TNEnsworth

Ferby was a key member in three of Ensworth's four straight titles. The Mr. Football in 2013, he's a big, athletic runner with vision and quickness. He could also play linebacker at the next level. He committed to Western Kentucky over a few programs including Wake Forest.

3 stars6'2"220W. Kentucky
#13Carlos JohnsonOL
Nashville, TNPearl-Cohn

Johnson might be one of the state's best kept secrets. The big, athletic lineman is very light on his feet and possesses the length colleges covet. Johnson has a lot of natural power and his reach creates lots of space. He committed to MTSU over Maryland and other schools last summer.

2 stars6'3"308Middle Tenn. St.
#14Antonio AllenLB
Murfreesboro, TNBlackman

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 and enjoyed a strong senior year in 2013. Allen is also a potential fullback prospect due to both his power and running ability. He committed to Western Kentucky in the fall.

2 stars6'2"230W. Kentucky
#15Thomas RichardWR
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 over the last two years. Richard committed to Missouri in late April after receiving interest from dozens of programs, including several others from the SEC.

3 stars6'1"185Missouri
#16A.J. LongQB
Lebanon, TNFriendship Christian School

Long was one of Pennsylvania's most successful young QB's before moving to Lebanon last summer. He led 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. Long enrolled at Syracuse earlier this month after receiving 12 FBS offers.

3 stars6'2"190Syracuse
#17Denzel HardingRB
Murfreesboro, TNSiegel

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 over 3,000 yards the last two seasons. He has good vision and speed and is versatile enough to also play defensive back on the next level. Schools are starting to show more interest.

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#18D.J. MottOL
Nashville, TNMontgomery Bell Academy

Mott is another member of the Big Red's talented offensive line. He plays with good bend and utilizes his good feet to drive well into the second level. He could be very effective at guard. He turned down several FBS offers to attend Harvard.

2 stars6'5"255Harvard
#19Logan BurnsDB
Nashville, TNHillsboro

Burns is one of the top athletes within Nashville Metro city schools. Suffered a ACL injury as a junior but made a full recovery in 2013. Could project to safety or corner. Committed to play at Tennessee-Martin recently.

5'10"175list
#20Aaron MedleyK
Lewisburg, TNMarshall County

Medley is considered one of the top kickers in not only the state, but in the country, according to Rivals.com He committed to Tennessee in May.

3 stars6'2"170Tennessee
#21Justin MartinATH
Nashville, TNJohn Overton

Martin was one of middle Tennessee's top runners this fall. He possesses nice size and agility and was difficult to stop for the Overton Bobcats. Several schools were interested in Martin but he may end up pursuing a two-year state at a junior college program in order to improve his chances at a four-year school down the road.

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#22Jesse MoffittOL
Madison, TNGoodpasture Christian School

Moffitt is another top offensive lineman within the middle Tennessee region. He's strong at the point of attack and has improved athleticism. Moved inside this year at Goodpasture, and dominated in the process. Committed to MTSU during the summer and may be the steal of the class.

2 stars6'2"284Middle Tenn. St.
#23Austin BarrettDT
Murfreesboro, TNOakland

Barrett is another talented lineman. Strong, quick, and could play either guard or defensive tackle. Many believe he's not only a FBS level lineman but a potential BCS guy for the right situation. Has committed to play at Mercer but could see some late interest.

2 stars6'2"286Mercer
#24Finis Stribling IVDB
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.

2 stars5'10"170Missouri
#25Parker WadeOL
Nashville, TNEnsworth

Wade is another solid offensive line prospect that was a part of championship teams at Ensworth. A coach's son with a high football IQ and better than average athleticism, Wade was key in the Tigers rushing success over the last several years. The All-State product chose to commit to Navy in January and he could be the next middle Tennessean to make a impact in Annapolis.

2 stars6'3"265list