Saturday, November 11, 2006

Class of 2009 Watch

Thomas Gordan QB/ATH 5'11 180 Detroit Cass Tech Michigan

Gordon is the only sophomore playing for the always talented Cass Tech team and is their starting QB. He has led the team to the Detroit Public School League title, showing off great athleticism, quickness and surprising passing ability. More of an athlete than a QB, look for him to make a splash in college as either a DB or WR. One of Michigan's best young prospects.

Eddie Lacey RB 6'2 210 Geismar Dutchtown Louisiana

Lacey is one of two outstanding young sophomore running backs for Dutchtown this year. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards and averages over 7 yards per carry. Has excellent size and benches over 300 pounds. He has combined with his classmate Kelvin York for over 28 TDs this year. They are virtually identical as running backs, showing a surprising combination of power, explosiveness and surprising speed running out of a wing-T offense. Two of the very best young prospects in Lousiana.

Kelvin York RB 6'1 205 Geismar Dutchtown Louisiana

Kelvin is one of two outstanding young sophomore running backs for Dutchtown this year. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards and averages over 7 yards per carry. Has excellent size and benches over 300 pounds. He has combined with his classmate Eddie Lacey for over 28 TDs this year. They are virtually identical as running backs, showing a surprising combination of power, explosiveness and surprising speed running out of a wing-T offense. Two of the very best young prospects in Lousiana.

Corey Brown WR 6'2 175 Monroeville Gateway Pennsylvania

Brown is one of several very talented underclassmen for the powerful Gateway program. From a school that has produced the likes of Justin King (Penn State) and Jon Ditto, Brown has the potential to join them as a future big-time college prospect. He is a tall and smooth WR who has fine speed and an exceptional pair of hands. Should emerge as one of theh nation's elite receivers.

Reid Fragel TE/DL 6'7 230 Grosse Pointe South Michigan

South isn't known for churning out D-1 talent, but that should change over the next couple of years with Reid Fragel and the state's leading receiver, junior James Saros, on their way to becoming blue-chip recruits. Being my hometown, I've had a chance to see Reid play and he has a great frame and surprising athleticism for such a tall player. He has good bloodlines, as his older brother Mark was a lineman with Miami (Ohio) and his dad played at Michigan State and Northern Michigan. He's a superior prospect to his brother. Has been to several summer camps and looked good at the Michigan and Northwestern camps. Also plays DE. Outstanding student.

Justis Oliver DL/OL 6'5 240 Hackensack New Jersey

Justis Oliver is an outstanding DE prospect who is already drawing serious D-1 attention. He reminds the Hackensack coaching staff of former All-State DE Jermaine Dias. He has great size and outstanding athleticism and quickness for a big sophomore. He should emerge as one of the nation's top defensive linemen in a couple of years.

Isaac Okoye LB/DL 6'4 205 Centennial Eaglecrest Colorado

Okoye is a budding star as a sophomore DE for Eaglecrest. He has a great frame that has a lot of room to fill out and is very, very quick off the edge. Will probably fill into being a college DE down the road. A potential difference-maker and definitely one of the top young prospects in the Rocky Mountain region.

Nick Zachery DB/QB/PK/P 6'2 180 Sheridan Indiana

Zachery is one of the top prospects in Indiana. He really flourished as a freshman starter at QB and DB for the state Class 1A (smallest division) champions. He did it all as a freshman, posting 1,825 rushing yards on 229 carries and 419 passing yards. Through 13 games on defense he had 50 solo tackles, 42 tackle assists, 8 interceptions and 7 pass breakups. He also punted for a 41.4 average and averaged 44.1 for 62 kickoffs, with 8 touchbacks. Also an outstanding return man, he oes it all. He was named a First Team Underclass Class 1A All-State selection. I like him best as a college safety prospect due to his outstanding athleticism, size and speed. Has great football intangibles.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Class of 2009 Watch

Tim Curry QB 6'4 189 4.90 Elysian Fields Texas

Curry is a nice-sized QB who possesses a strong arm and fine athletic ability. He received an MVP award at the 2006 LSU summer camp and was also very impressive at the Arkansas State camp. He has a 31-inch vertical and runs the forty in under 5 seconds. He is enjoying a productive sophomore season and should emerge as one of the top QBs in the southwest in the near future.

Tracy Lampley RB 5'7 165 4.40 Wayne County Mississippi

A rare freshman starter for the Class 4A state champions, he rushed for 105 yards in the state title game. He has followed that up with an exceptional sophomore season and is considered by many to be the top sophomore RB in a talent-laden state. Lampley lacks great size, but is quick as a cat and can cut on a dime. Also an outstanding return man.

Keith Langtry WR/DB 6'0 170 4.55 Kansas City Rockhurst Missouri

Langtry is a smooth and talented WR/DB prospect out of one of the state of Missouri's premier programs. He is putting up fine numbers as a sophomore two-way starter. He's been especially effective as a sophomore playing in the slot, showing off nice quickness, good route-running ability and a fine pair of hands. In five games as a sophomore he has had 10 receptions for 206 yards. Is emerging as one of the top prospects in Missouri's Class of 2008.

Danny Kistler OL 6'6 310 Seattle O'Dea Washington

Kistler is part of a very strong underclass contingent at O'Dea, a program that has produced more than it's fair share of D-1 prospects over the years (the most recent being USC freshman Taylor Mays). He has tremendous size for a sophomore coupled with surprisingly quick feet and very good strength. Needs to work on his techniue, but that should come in time. Definitely one to watch in the next couple of years.

Dan Arnes DL 6'5 282 Stratford Wisconsin

Arnes is a rare sophomore starter for a team that has won three consecutive Division 6 state championships. This small school star is big and has a big-time future. He possesses a great frame and is surprisingly agile and athletic for a big guy. Also has pretty good strength, something he shows off by throwing the discus and shot put in track.

Aaron Slusher LB 5'11 200 South Charleston West Virginia

A talented and active linebacker who was named the Charleston Daily Mail Freshman of Year in 2005. A tackle-machine who has great football instincts and can go from sideline-to-sideline. Also plays fullback. One of West Virginia's best.

Carlton Callender DB 6'2 185 Miami Southridge Florida

Callender was good enough as a freshman to play varsity ball for one of Dade County's top programs (He was the only freshman to do so). He is following that up with an exceptional sophomore season, showing off his fine range, size and hitting ability as a future big-time safety prospect. Has a chance to be one of the nations elite recruits in a couple of years.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Great Bloodlines: Class of 2007 Defensive Backs

Chad Jones DB/WR 6'3 215 4.55 Baton Rouge Southern Lab Louisiana Older brother Al plays at LSU

Damien Berry DB/LB/RB 5'11 194 4.65 Belle Glade Glades Central Florida Miami His father, Ken, played on two national title teams while attending Miami

Jordan Bernstine DB/RB 5'11 200 4.43 Des Moines Lincoln Iowa Nephew of former Iowa star and NFL player Rod Bernstine

Chase Minnifield DB 6'0 180 4.45 Lexington Henry Clay Kentucky Virginia The son of former Louisville and Cleveland Brown great Frank Minnifield

Jordan Mabin DB/RB 5'11 175 4.42 Macedonia Nordonia Ohio Northwestern A cousin of Pittsburgh freshman Dorin Dickerson

Davon Morgan DB/QB 6'1 182 4.58 Richmond Varina Virginia Virginia Tech A cousin of Michigan freshman RB Brandon Minor

Jamison Hughes DB/WR 6'0 191 4.59 Oxford Mississippi Mississippi The son of Ole Miss DB coach Tony Hughes

Troy Woolfolk DB 5'10 170 4.40 Fort Bend Dulles Texas Michigan The son of former Michigan star RB Butch Woolfolk

Curtis Thomas DB/QB 6'1 190 4.46 Aldine Texas Kansas State His uncle, Juqua Thomas, played in the NFL

David Arnold DB 6'0 185 4.47 Copley Ohio Northwestern Arnold's father, Dave, was a DB at Michigan in the 1980s

Sherod Murdock DB 6'1 175 4.50 Tampa Middleton Florida Alabama Sherod is the younger brother of South Carolina freshman O.J. Murdock

Terance Calais DB/ATH 6'0 192 4.52 Patterson Louisiana His dad is former LSU DB Ivory Hilliard and he has several uncles who also starred at LSU

Anthony Perkins DB/QB/ATH 6'1 185 4.52 Northglenn Colorado Colorado Grandfather Don Perkins was a star with the Dallas Cowboys

Jake Arnold DB 5'11 188 4.45 Fayettevile Arkansas The grandson of legendary Arkansas coach and AD Frank Broyles

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Class of 2009 Watch

Ronnie Wingo RB 6'2 190 4.40 St. Louis University Missouri

Wingo really exploded onto the scene as a sophomore, carrying the ball 262 times for 1419 yards (5.4 ypc) and 11 TDs through his team's first ten games. He is a tall, long-striding runner who has the speed to get to the corner and go the distance. Wingo finished fourth in the Missouri Class 4 100-meter dash (10.84 seconds) and seventh in the 200 (22.11) as a freshman. Could wind up converting to WR in high school if he gets any taller. One of the top young prospects in the midlands.

Jevon Reynolds WR 6'1 170 Denver South Colorado

Reynolds made a name for himself as a freshman, starting both ways for South (a 5A school, Colorado'S highest classification) and earning Second Team Denver Prep League honors as a WR. He was also very impressive at the 2006 Colorado summer camp. He's putting up great numbers as a sophomore (in one recent game he had 5 receptions for 120 yards and a TD). He has a nice frame and great quickness for a wide receiver, with the jets and moves to be able to easily get separation from prep DBs. Once he fills out and gets stronger he should emerge as one of the elite prospects in Colorado.

Ben Reimer TE/DL 6'3 200 Gig Harbor Washington

Reimer is a nice-looking TE prospect who has the size, frame and athleticim to project as a D-1 rercuit down the road. He has nice, soft hands and runs pretty well. Has the sort of frame that should really fill out.

Ryan Mulitalo OL 6'3 280 West Valley City Hunter Utah

Mulitalo should emerge as one of the very best prospects in Utah in a couple of years. His older brother, Ray, is a senior and also a D-1 prospect but Ryan should be a true blue-chipper down the road. He has ideal size for an offensive guard or DT, shows excellent quickness off the ball and is very athletic for a lineman. Very, very strong. He also has a nasty streak on the field.

Marcus Hall OL/DL 6'5 287 5.84 Cleveland Glenville Ohio

Hall is yet another super prospect to emerge out of the talent-laden Glenville program (think Troy Smith and Ted Ginn, Jr, just to name two of many). As a freshman, he dominated going up against the varsity in practice. As a sophomore, he is starting at OT. He could project as a DT in college. A rare freshman invitee to the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio, he showed a quick burst off the ball playing defense in pass rushing drills. He was possibly the largest player at the combine as a freshman! Moves exceptionally well for a big man and will be one of the nation's most highly recruited prospects by the time he's a senior.

Gabe Helmuth LB/QB 6'1 185 Saline Michigan

Gabe is one of only two sophomores on the Saline roster and projects to be a D-1 prospect at LB in a couple of years. He has great bloodlines. He is the younger brother of Michigan verbal Vince Helmuth (fullback) and half-brother of NFL TE Chris Baker. Like his two older brothers, Gabe is an outstanding athlete with fine quickness and strength for his size. He also plays basketball and as a freshman was one of the top young discus throwers in the state. Should emerge as one of the better prospects in Michigan.

Nick Llaca DB/WR 5'11 180 Los Angeles Loyola California

Impressive sophomore starter at Loyola. Talented DB prospect who also plays WR (11 receptions for 90 yards through 8 games). Moved to Los Angeles from Miami. Tough and hard-hitting DB who has a nose for the ball and quick feet. Defense is his future and he is one of the better young prospects in Los Angeles.