Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Class of 2007: All-Name Team (Part II)

Famous Half-Names

Nick Hitler P 6'1 185 Eureka Missouri

Michael DiMaggio RB Bishop Eustace New Jersey

El Greco Brown WR/ATH 6'3 170 4.50 Nashville Maplewood Tennessee

Sinatra Wallace LB/RB 6'0 260 4.70 Dallas Skyline Texas

Nicolai Schwarzkopf TE/LB/DL 6'5 224 4.63 Stone Mountain Chamblee Georgia

Religious Names

Nathan Jew RB 5'10 187 4.54 Jackson Academy Mississippi

Jesus Short RB 5'10 178 4.41 Tucson Cienega Arizona

Quovadis Lindsey WR/DB 5'9 190 5.00 Starkville Mississippi

Johidas Jude LB 5'10 170 Orlando Florida

Class of 2009 Watch

Here come the linemen!

Thomas Hart OL 6'4 275 Orangeburg-Wilkinson South Carolina

Hart is one of the best young OL prospects in the Carolinas. He started as a freshman for a strong program and has a nice frame combined with excellent strength and athleticism. Unusually quick feet for a big kid. Being compard to former O-W All-American and current St. Louis Rams’ tackle Alex Barron.

Tyrece Ashmore OL 6'2 335 Washington-Wilkes Georgia

Ashmore is a powerful OG prospect who plays for a very strong team. As a freshman, he started the state semifinal and championship games. He uses his great strength and wide body to overpower prep linemen. One of the top sophomores in the state.

Rico Huggins OL 6'3 270 Wichita East Kansas

Sophomore starter on the offensive line and has a nice combination of size and speed. Quick enough to pull.

Bradley Franklin OL 6'2 305 Russellville Alabama

Plays for one of the state's top programs and he was already big and strong enough as an eighth-grader to make the varsity roster. Real thick, but not fat, and has quick feet. Great strength and plays well with leverage.

Michael Philipp OL 6'3 285 San Bernardino Arroyo Valley California

The younger brother of University of Arizona-bound Hans Philipp (5-11, 290) is starring on the offensive line as a sophomore. Real aggressive and tough like his older brother but has a frame better-suited to big-time college ball.

Jeremy Simmons DL 6'4 308 5.31 Clay County Alabama

Simmons is a man-child of a prospect who will definitely be one of the nation's top prospects in a couple of years. He really wowed people on the combine circuit after his freshman year, showing off his great frame, speed (5.31 combine forty, tremendous for a youngster his size) and quickness (outstanding 4.68 shuttle). This young prospect has as much upside as any sophomore lineman in the nation.

Justin Juckum DL/TE 6'5 214 4.99 Chilton Wisconsin

Juckum is a prospect whose best football is ahead of him. He didn't have a lot of playing experience entering his sophomore year as he started playing the game late and has been hampered by injuries. He has a tremendous frame and wingspan and runs very, very well. He tested very well during the 2006 combine circuit, running a sub-5.0 forty and a great 4.57 shuttle. Also has pretty good strength for his yet-to-be-filled-out frame (15 bench reps) and a 33-inch vertical. Could also project as a college TE.

Marcus Brooks DL 6'6 215 St. Louis University Missouri

Brooks is another tall and wiry prep DE who has the sort of frame that colleges really love to see. Talented enough to start as a sophomore for a solid program, he is explosive off the ball and has excellent feet. One of the top young prospcts in the metro St. Louis.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Class of 2007: All-Name Team (Part I)

Today I am starting to roll out my Class of 2007 "All-Name" Team. I'll start with "Famous Names". In the next few weeks I'll be following up with numerous other interesting names while also continuing my regular postings of some of the top prospects in the Class of 2009.

Famous Names

Arsenio Hall DL 6'2 270 Oak Creek Wisconsin

Mohamed Ali OL 6'3 317 Aliso Viejo Aliso Niguel California

Ty Cobb OL 6'2 275 Jenks Oklahoma

Bo Jackson WR Glide Oregon

Patrick Henry QB/DB 6'3 200 4.80 Bishopville Lee Central South Carolina

Daniel Boone OL 6'0 295 5.75 Applewood Canada

Jesse Jackson LB 5'9 165 East Bay Florida

Glenn Miller WR 5'10 180 Indianapolis Cathedral Indiana

Roland Massimino OL 6'4 265 Barrington Illinois (Note: he is Rollie's grandson)

Tom Izzo OL/DL Derby Connecticut

John Madden OL 6'3 240 Oak Park Fenwick Illinois

John Hopkins OL/DL 6'2 220 Winters Mill Maryland

John Hopkins LB/TE 6'1 218 4.90 St. Louis Oakville Missouri

Jack Higgins LB 6'0 200 4.65 Eaglecrest Colorado

Matt Dillon LB/TE 6'2 205 Newton Falls Ohio

Ali Khan DL 6'0 205 Tampa King Florida

R.J. McNamara OL/DL 6'4 265 5.40 Northern Valley New Jersey

Monday, November 13, 2006

Class of 2009 Watch

Mike Colvin QB 6'2 180 Morristown New Jersey

Colvin made a name for himself at the Schiano Shootout at Rutgers last summer. As first year starter as a sophomore, he has good size and can run and throw very well. Has taken on a leadership role at a young age. Has the potential to emerge as one of the top prospects in the state by the time he's a senior.

Andrew Holland QB 6'1 188 Cleveland St. Ignatius Ohio

Holland has stepped in and earned playing time as a sophomore ahead of several quality upperclassmen for the talented St. Ignatius program. It's quite rare for a sophomore QB to do that at St. Iggy, a program that has produced several D-1 QBs, including Michigan State sophomore Brian Hoyer, most of whom did not earn starts until they were juniors. He has pretty good size for a young pup and can beat you with both his arm and leg. Leads a strong group of sophomores (see below for some more) at St. Iggy this year.

Alex Owah RB/DB 5'11 175 4.50 Harrisonburg Virginia

Alex is a very quick runner who shows off a great burst through the line, fine balance and an innate ability to read blocks and find the hole. The latest in a line of talented Owah brothers at Harrisonburg (older brother Andy was the starting TB last year). Through late-October he had already rushed for over 1,400 yards, averaging about 11 yards per carry. As a freshman he saw some varsity action as well, carrying the ball 15 times for 110 yards. Once he fills out he should become a national recruit.

Joseph Parris WR 6'1 173 Cleveland St. Ignatius Ohio

The younger brother of Notre Dame freshman WR Robby Parris has done an admirable job stepping into his older brother's shoes as a rare sophomore starter for the powerful St. Iggy program. Not yet quite as tall as Robby, he's still growing and like older bro' shows impressive hops, hands and route-running ability to go along with deceptive speed. One of the better young prospects in Ohio this year.

Dan Fox TE/DL 6'3 205 Cleveland St. Ignatius Ohio

Continuing with talented sophomores at St. Iggy, Fox could well be the best prospect in the team's Class of 2008. He is a talented TE/DE prospect with a great frame that still has to fill out. He has outstanding athletic ability to go along with his size, showing off outstanding quickness, pretty good strength and a mean streak on the field. A future big-timer.

Kawame Geathers OL/DL 6'4 310 5.20 Carvers Bay South Carolina

The latest in the assembly line of big-time Geathers prospects (his dad is former Buffalo Bill Robert Geathers and older brother Clifton was a prep AA last year). Was a two-way starter on the JV team as a freshman before making the jump to varsity in 2006. A man-child who some feel has the most potential of anyone in the family given his rare combination of size, power and athleticism. Another future all-american.

Marcus Kinney DL/OL 6'2 255 Clarksburg Maryland

Kinney starred ont he JV team as a freshman at Damascus before transferring to Clarksburg for his sophomore year. He is a quick and athletic nose tackle who has the size and frame to get bigger without losing his speed. One of the better young sophomores in Maryland.

Dominique Walker LB/RB 5'11 185 Charlotte Independence North Carolina

Walker is playing for a very, very strong program wihich has produced numerous D-1 players over the years (e.g. Chris Leak) and currently has the longest winning streak in the nation. He's a super-quick and athletic LB who should fill out nicely over the next couple of years and emerge as a D-1 talent.