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    here's a little article on illinois top prospects for 2012:


    i would love to see ND really get involved with all these guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownkj002 View Post
    here's a little article on illinois top prospects for 2012:


    i would love to see ND really get involved with all these guys
    illinois has some very impressive prospects for 2012 and it seems that ND has verbal offers to a lot of these kids already
    All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract themfrom achieving their aims.

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    Just an early guess but I think We'll go hard after Schutt, Diamond, Voltz and Ekakitie. I dont think we'll go after more than 1 Nose Tackle in the '12 class and I hope that Schutt (or valentine is schutt doesnt work out) is that guy unless we can nab goldman somehow

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    Molnar Adds Four To Jr. Day List
    Wednesday, 26 January 2011 01:07 Christian McCollum

    The Notre Dame coaches have been compiling frequent-flyer miles as they scour the country putting the finishing touches on the 2011 recruiting class while identifying talent and touching base with 2012 recruits.

    Of course, it doesn’t hurt when you can check on four 2012 prospects at one high school, which is exactly what Irish offensive coordinator Charley Molnar was able to do on a recent stop to Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pa.

    Molnar met with Archbishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin, who gave the Notre Dame assistant information on four 2012 prospects - tight end Colin Thompson, running back Desmon Peoples and offensive linemen Frank Taylor and Brandon Arcidicano.

    “He was just gathering information and letting us know that he was very interested in the guys and he’s excited about recruiting them and the whole process,” Devlin said of Molnar.

    “It’s great. Notre Dame is Notre Dame, so whenever they come out and look at one of your guys, it’s a big thing. Coach Molnar is a great guy and I really got to know him a little bit and his background. He’s just very excited about the future of Notre Dame football.”

    Molnar extended invitations to Notre Dame’s Junior Day on Feb. 26 to all four players.

    Devlin was able to confirm that Thompson would be attending and Thompson later said he expects all four prospects to attend together.

    Thompson, a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, has received the most interest so far with offers from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Boston College and most recently, Wisconsin.

    “He’s a big kid and he’s a very good receiver running patterns,” Devlin said of Thompson. “He’s a big kid and he’s a good blocker on the line of scrimmage as well. He can run even with linebackers pressing him at the line and he’s got great hands.”

    The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Peoples had over 1,500 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns last season and sports offers from Pitt and the Scarlet Knights.

    “He’s a threat to score every time he gets the ball,” Devlin said of Peoples. “He’s a great open-field runner, very elusive. He’s strong, it’s hard for one guy to bring him down. Every time he touches the ball he can score.”

    The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Taylor has an offer from Pittsburgh while the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Arcidicano is starting to receive plenty of interest as well.

    Devlin acknowledges it’s rare for him to have four kids in the same class receiving so much interest.

    “I think at any school it’s a great thing for the program and the school to have four kids that are legit D-I kids,” he said. “Every year you might have one or two, but to have four in just one class, I think it’s a pretty unique thing.”

    The Vikings went 13-1 last year and lost to Allentown Central Catholic in the state semifinals. Allentown is led by another 2012 Irish recruit, quarterback Brendan Nosovitch, who had 602 total yards and seven touchdowns in the game.

    Archbishop Wood returns its quarterback, a couple more offensive linemen and enough talent on defense to be confident about breaking through to the next level in 2011.

    “We were pretty young this year, so we should have a good nucleus to go into next year,” Devlin said.

    The heart of that nucleus should be in South Bend very soon

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    Los Angeles, Calif. - Signing Day may be behind us, but recruiting never rests. Scout has already rated more than 500 players for the Class of 2012, and here is a look at the nation's best group of juniors.

    2012's Top Prospects

    With one million high school football players across the country, the flow of talent into colleges will never stop. But the talent ebbs and flows at different positions and in different areas of the country from year to year.

    For example, the state of Texas produced four running backs rated 5-Stars by for the Class of 2011. That number equaled the previous five classes in Texas combined.

    The State of California produced just two offensive linemen in the Class of 2011 that were rated 4-Stars or better, including Troy Niklas (6'5/265) of Anaheim who has a chance to play either tight end or defensive end at Notre Dame. But the Class of 2012 already passed that number with only half of the stars allocated for the year.

    The offensive line class on the whole is a stellar one for the Class of 2012 including the player that could be the nation's No. 1 overall Arik Armstead (6'8/275) of Elk Grove, Calif. Armstead is the younger brother of USC's Armond Armstead, and like his brother, he has already pledged to the Trojans.

    The running back position is represented as well. With only 12 5-Star players so far for 2012, three of them are running backs including Johnathan Gray (5'11/195) of Aledo, Texas, Keith Marshall (5'11/180) of Raleigh, N.C., and Rushel Shell (5'11/215) of Aliquippa, Pa. Unlike Armstead, none of the running backs has yet to make a college decision.

    While no quarterback is ranked amongst the Top 12 players to this point, I've said for the better part of a year that the two best pro-style passers I saw all season were juniors Gunner Kiel (6'4/200) of Columbus, Ind. and Zeke Pike (6'5/225) of Fort Mitchell, Ky. Both prospects hit the spring and summer camp circuit heavily and got a chance to compete with and outshine many of the Class of 2011's best.

    Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (6'5/210) of Springfield, Mo. is the nation's top receiver, and he likely would have been the nation's No. 1 receiver if he were a senior. He has the ideal blend of size, speed, athleticism and skills to be a go-to player the minute he steps on campus, similar to the prized receiver Class of 2008 which included players such as Julio Jones, Michael Floyd, and A.J. Greene.

    While the focus has been on Signing Day for the Class of 2011, several colleges have gotten an early jump on the Class of 2012. Alabama has six commitments (List) including middle linebacker Reggie Ragland (6'4/245) of Madison, Ala., one of three players already rated 4-Stars.

    Florida State, who could still end up with the No. 1 Class of 2011, is not missing a beat with seven commitments (List) including book ends at defensive end Chris Casher (6'4/220) of Mobile, Ala. and Dante Fowler (6'3/238) of Saint Petersburg, Fla.

    Ohio State didn't sign a running back in its Top 5 ranked Class of 2011, but the Buckeye coaches have already addressed the need in 2012 (List) with commitments from a pair of 4-Stars in bruising Brionte Dunn (6'1/215) of Canton, Ohio and Warren Ball (6'2/200) of Columbus, Ohio. Dunn and Ball are two of 12 running backs already rated 4-Star or better by Scout, but they're the only two to have made a college choice.

    Texas has yet to pick up a commitment, but that will change in the next few weeks as the Longhorns' junior day may as well be called Selection Saturday in Austin. Texas picked up 13 commitments last year during their junior day weekend on the way to 17 total players in the month of February.

    The recruiting process begins earlier and earlier every year, and Scout's recruiting team is there to keep you ahead of the game. No one in the industry has more players scouted and rated than

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    Quite a few names on this list that ND is looking at and some currenlty holding verbal offers................

    With national letters of intent signed just last week, it’s never too early to speculate about top players for next season.

    In this first of two All-American teams for juniors and sophomores, ESPN RISE checks out many of the best for the 2011 season.

    First Team Offense (Juniors)

    WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) 6-5, 210
    He should be one of the top overall recruits in the nation next season and has freakish speed, strength and leaping ability. Green-Beckham had 1,486 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

    WR Davonte Neal, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 5-10, 175
    A sensational player with game-breaking speed, Neal could have been multi-purpose but we preferred to slot him on offense. In helping Chaparral go 14-0 and rank No. 22 in the final FAB 50, he caught 37 passes for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns. Neal also ran for 550 yards and 12 scores, came up with five interceptions on defense and was a dangerous kick returner.

    WR Jordan Westerkamp, Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) 6-2, 190
    The Chicago Tribune all-state selection nabbed 89 catches for 1,631 yards and caught 21 touchdown passes during the 2010 season. Many Big Ten Conference colleges are offering.

    OL Vadal Alexander, Buford (Buford, Ga.) 6-6, 320
    A super force for a team that went 13-1, Alexander possesses that rare combination of immense size with athleticism. He was an Atlanta Journal-Constitution all-state selection.

    OL Arik Armstead, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 6-7, 275
    He helped pave the way for running back Mark Jenkins to rush for more than 2,700 yards for team that won CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. The brother of USC defensive lineman Armond Armstead has already committed to the Trojans.

    OL Zach Banner, Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.) 6-8, 310
    Seattle Times and Associated Press all-state choice is a contender for top lineman honors nationally next season. Oregon, Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, LSU and Penn State are among many that have sent scholarship offers.

    OL D.J. Humphries, Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 6-6, 270
    Associated Press all-state pick and Charlotte Observer all-region selection was a key player for one of the Tar Heel State’s top teams last fall. Colleges from the SEC and beyond are on him hot and heavy.

    OL Freddie Tagaloa, Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) 6-8, 320
    The first team all-state pick also is a force on the hardwood for one of California’s top teams. Tagaloa could be the most heavily-recruited lineman from the San Francisco Bay Area in many years.

    QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Kenton, Ohio) 6-2, 185
    Prolific should be Maty’s middle name. He will be a four-year starter next season. As a junior, he piled up 5,670 yards and 69 touchdowns. He also ran for 974 yards and 16 more scores. Notre Dame and Cincinnati are among those who have offered.

    RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas) 5-11, 195
    Already named the Mr. Football USA by ESPN RISE (including seniors), it’s going to be tough for Gray to do much more than he already has for the Bearcats. He scored 59 times during the 2010 season and rushed for 3,221 yards.

    RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) 5-11, 215
    He’s already a three-year starter and is making folks talk about a famous Pennsylvania football town once again. Shell powered his way to 2,510 yards rushing and scored 27 touchdowns last fall.

    PK Jake Higgs, Andrews (Andrews, Texas) 5-10, 155
    He was among the reported national leaders as a junior with 16 field goals made in 20 attempts with a longest of 53 yards. He was recently named to the Class 3A all-state team.

    First Team Defense (Juniors)

    DL Mario Edwards, Ryan (Denton, Texas) 6-3, 260
    The Class 4A State Defensive Player of the Year was all over the field for the Raiders. He broke through for 79 tackles with a whopping 32 for loss and had 12 sacks.

    DL Dante Fowler, Catholic (St. Petersburg, Fla.) 6-3, 230
    Fowler has already committed to Florida State. As a junior, he also had 32 tackles for loss with 20 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

    DL Noah Spence, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) 6-3, 230
    The Class 3A all-state selection comes from a perennial power in the Keystone State. As a junior, Spence had 121 tackles and 21 sacks.

    DL Adolphus Washington, Taft (Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-4, 250
    A defensive player of the year for Division IV in Ohio, Washington had 107 tackles and 19 sacks last season. Alabama, Texas and Ohio State are among those trying to get him to commit.

    LB Josh Clemons, Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 6-4, 205
    An Associated Press Class 5A all-state selection, Clemons was in on 109 tackles for perennial powerhouse team. Most of the SEC and ACC have already offered.

    LB Brian Nance, Trinity (Euless, Texas) 6-3, 215
    While Trinity fans can’t be happy for the way their season ended, Nance’s return gives them hope for the future. During the team’s 15-1 season and No. 11 finish in the FAB 50 rankings, he had 121 tackles, four interceptions and two touchdowns.

    LB Reggie Ragland, Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.) 6-3, 245
    Ragland has already committed to Alabama. He was named first team Class 6A all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

    DB Trae Elston, Oxford (Oxford, Ala.) 5-11, 175
    Another Class 6A all-stater by the ASWA, Elston had 104 tackles and three interceptions with 28 catches for 569 yards and six touchdowns last fall. College offers so far have come from Alabama, Florida, Florida State and LSU.

    DB D.J. Foster, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 5-11, 180
    An Arizona Republic All-Arizona choice, Foster had seven interceptions and 60 tackles for his team last fall. Cal, Oregon, Arizona and Arkansas are among the colleges that have offered him.

    DB Geno Smith, St. Pius (Atlanta, Ga.) 6-0, 170
    Possibly the No. 1 junior in Georgia, Geno received his first verbal offer from national champion Auburn. He was first team all-state in his division and drew raves for how he did in matchups against some of the top college bound senior receivers.

    DB Shaq Thompson, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) 6-1, 185
    Regarded as one of the top lockdown corners in California, Thompson also rushed for 1,880 yards and scored 25 touchdowns for the Pacers. He was chosen the State Junior Player of the Year. He’s the brother of Denver Broncos’ defensive back Syd-Quan Thompson.

    P Osborn Umeh, Mayfair (Lakewood, Calif.) 6-2, 215
    Umeh averaged nearly 40 yards per punt, but has been regarded as perhaps having the strongest leg in the class due to how he’s done at some camps and clinics.

    First Team Multi-Purpose (Juniors)

    QB/RB Devin Fuller, Northern Valley (Old Tappan, N.J.) 6-0, 190
    The 2010 Newark Star-Ledger all-state selection was a run first quarterback for the Golden Knights last season. With 2,306 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns, Fuller probably will get offers as a running back. He also passed for 1,844 yards and 20 scores so it’s easy to put him on this team in the multi-purpose category.

    QB-RB-KR Fredi Knighten, Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) 5-11, 175
    He may be the fastest player in Arkansas. As a quarterback, he passed for 4,318 yards and 54 touchdowns. He also rushed for 877 yards and eight scores, ran back a punt for a score and accounted for 64 total touchdowns.

    QB/RB Jeremy Liggins, Lafayette (Oxford, Miss.) 6-3, 240
    Yes, the comparisons to Cam Newton have begun due to Liggins’ size and running ability. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger all-state pick threw for 1,661 yards and 20 scores while running for 1,186 more yards and 17 scores. He led Lafayette to a 16-0 record and state title.

    QB/RB Brendon Nosovitch, Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.) 6-1, 190
    The Pennsylvania Class 3A state player of the year passed for 3,112 yards and 43 touchdowns. Nosovitch was just as effective running the ball with 1,647 yards and 25 touchdowns scored.

    WR/KR/DB Sterling Shepard, Heritage Hall (Tulsa, Okla.) 5-9, 175
    While fellow Heritage Hall junior Barry Sanders Jr. is outstanding as well, it’s Shepard who had the more sensational junior season. The 2010 Oklahoman all-state choice had 56 catches for 1,015 yards and 18 touchdowns as a receiver. He also rushed for 575 yards with 10 scores and ran back six interceptions or kicks for scores. On defense, Shepard had 103 tackles and eight interceptions.

    TE/DE Channing Ward, Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Miss.) 6-4, 240
    We decided that Ward fit best on this team in the multi-purpose category. As a tight end, he had six touchdown catches. As a defensive end, he had 132 tackles with 16 sacks and 25 tackles for loss.

    Second Team Offense (Juniors)

    WR Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.) 6-4, 190

    WR Devante Lacy, Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas) 5-10, 180

    OL Josh Garnett, Puyallup (Puyallup, Wash.) 6-5, 275

    OL Kyle Kalis, St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 6-5, 305

    OL Kyle Murphy, San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 6-7, 265

    OL Ronnie Stanley, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 6-6, 285

    OL John Theus, Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) 6-6, 275

    QB Cyler Miles, Mullen (Denver, Colo.) 6-3, 210

    RB Bri’onte Dunn, GlenOak (Canton, Ohio) 6-1, 225

    RB Anthony Wales, Central (Louisville, Ky.) 5-9, 170

    RB Trey Williams, Dekaney (Houston, Texas) 5-9, 180

    PK Garrett Owens, Arroyo Grande (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) 5-11, 175

    Second Team Defense (Juniors)

    DL Ken Ekanem, Centreville (Clifton, Ohio) 6-3, 230

    DL Darius Hamilton, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 6-4, 245

    DL Jarontay Jones, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 6-3, 230

    DL Se’Von Pittman, McKinley (Canton, Ohio) 6-4, 235

    LB Landon Collins, Dutchtown (Geismar, La.) 6-0, 210

    LB Dillon Lee, Buford (Buford, Ga.) 6-4, 220

    LB Juwan Rogers, Amite (Amite, La.) 6-0, 220

    DB Bam Bradley, Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) 6-2, 200

    DB Dante Deayon, Summit (Fontana, Calif.) 5-10, 175

    DB Cyrus Jones, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) 5-10, 180

    DB Deontay McManus, Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) 6-2, 205

    P Cole Leininger, Bartram Trail (Jacksonville, Fla.) 5-10, 170

    Second Team Multi-Purpose (Juniors)

    QB/RB Casey Cochran, Masuk (Monroe, Conn.) 6-1, 205

    WR/DB Stafon Diggs, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 6-0, 185

    RB/LB Kwontie Moore, Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.) 6-2, 250

    RB/KR Durron Neal, DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.) 6-1, 180

    RB/DB Chris Solomon, West Covina (West Covina, Calif.) 6-1, 180

    QB/RB Jameis Winston, Hueytown (Hueytown, Ala.) 6-4, 190

    Third Team (Receivers)
    Chris Black, First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.); Anthony Cooper, Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.); Quinshad Davis, Gaffney (Gaffney, S.C.); Alton Howard, Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.); Cayleb Jones, Austin (Austin, Texas); Darreus Rogers, Carson (Carson, Calif.); Ian Thomas, Franklin (Reistertown, Md.); Bryce Treggs, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.); Josh Weeks, Show Low (Show Low, Ariz.).

    Third Team (Tight End)
    Zack Gordon, Carrollton (Carrollton, Ga.).

    Third Team (Offensive Line)
    Ryan Anderson, Roosevelt (Kent, Ohio); Gavin Andrews, Granite Bay (Granite Bay, Calif.); Evan Boehm, Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.); Tyler Combs, Lawrence County (Louisa, Ky.); Ty Darlington, Apopka (Apopka, Fla.); Patrick Destefano, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.); Brian Gaia, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.); James Hamilton, Olympia (Orlando, Fla.); Kelby Latta, Harper Creek (Battle Creek, Mich.); Hiva Lutui, Trinity (Euless, Texas); Jake Meador, Whiteland (Whiteland, Ind.); Andrus Peat, Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.); Curtis Riser, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas); Isaac Seaumalo, Corvallis (Corvallis, Ore.); Jordan Simmons, Crespi (Encino, Calif.); Brock Stadnik, Western Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.); Max Tuerk, Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.); Dan Voltz, Barrington (Barrington, Ill.); Cody Waldrop, Armwood (Seffner, Fla.); Colby Watson, Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.); Michael Wilson, Aledo (Aledo, Texas).

    Third Team (Quarterbacks)
    Anthony Alford, Petal (Petal, Miss.); Connor Brewer, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Neal Burcham, Greenbreir (Greenbrier, Ark.); Chad Chalich, Coeur d’Alene (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho); Robert Gregory, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.); Bart Houston, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.); Ben Johnson, Westwood (Austin, Texas); Gunner Kiel, East (Columbus, Ind.); Jeff Lindquist, Mercer Island (Mercer Island, Wash.); Zeke Pike, Dixie Heights (Fort Mitchell, Ky.); Patrick Towles, Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.).

    Third Team (Running backs)
    Davante Bourque, Crowley (Crowley, La.); Kenyon Drake, Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.); Julian Durden, Montour (McKees Rocks, Pa.); Mark Jenkins, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.); Randy Johnson, Norland (Miami, Fla.); Byron Marshall, Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.); I’Tavius Mathers, Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Javon Robinson, Wooddale (Memphis, Tenn.); Alex Ross, Jenks (Jenks, Okla.); Kendric Salley, Williston-Elko (Williston, N.C.); Barry Sanders Jr., Heritage Hall (Tulsa, Okla.); Tim Wright, La Marque (La Marque, Texas).

    Third Team (Kicker)
    Evan Fischer, Holt (Holt, Mich.)

    Third Team (Defensive Line)
    Tyler Nero, Escambia County (Atmore, Ala.); Malcolm Brown, Brenham (Brenham, Texas); Josh Dawson, Tucker (Tucker, Ga.); Troy Hinds, Davis (Kaysville, Utah); Jarvis Lewis, Kellis (Glendale, Ariz.); Tyriq McCord, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.); Tommy Schutt, Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.); Leonard Williams, Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.); Jordan Watkins, Woodward (College Park, Ga.); Chris Wormley, Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio).

    Third Team (Linebackers)
    Kwon Alexander, Oxford (Oxford, Ala.); Karl Joseph, Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.); Quanzeil Lambert, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.); James Ross, St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.).

    Third Team (Defensive Backs)
    Travis Blanks, North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.); Zack Blaylock, Walton (Marietta, Ga.); Chaz Elder, Banneker (College Park, Ga.); Tracey Howard, Miramar (Miramar, Fla.).

    Third Team (Punter)
    Ethan Perry, Smithson Valley (Spring Branch, Texas).

    Third Team (Multi-Purpose)
    Braylon Addison, Hightower (Fort Bend, Texas); Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.); Zac Brooks, Jonesboro (Jonesboro, Ark.); Ronald Darby, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.); WR-DB Derrick Woods, Inglewood (Inglewood, Calif.).

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    A lot of ND targets listed in the article........... football recruiting analysts weigh in on topics in a roundtable format.

    What 2012 prospect are you most anxious to see in person this spring?

    Barry Every: I like watching giant, athletic offensive tackles sliding their feet once engaged with a defender. So for me I would have to say I look forward to seeing Zach Banner and Joshua Garnett. What film I have seen on these behemoths excites the analyst in me and I look forward to seeing them excel at what they are best at: stopping defensive ends from impeding the quarterback.

    Mike Farrell: I'd love to see Dorial Green-Beckham, but I don't think he'll be participating in much this spring so I'll say offensive tackle D.J. Humphries. I saw him last spring at the Nike Camp at Virginia Tech but I'm really looking forward to seeing how much he's developed. He could be better than five-star Robert Crisp from a couple years ago.

    Adam Gorney: Not to skirt the answer here but I'm most excited to see a position group and it's the wide receivers coming out of Southern California. Many believe it's one of the best groups in years with Bryce Treggs, Darreus Rogers, Derrick Woods, Darius Powe, Richard Smith, Jaydon Mickens, Gabriel Marks and Jordan Payton already in the Rivals250 to watch. Who will step up at multiple camps and prove to be the best receiver in Los Angeles? It will be interesting to watch.

    Chris Nee: I really want to see Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep athlete Nelson Agholor in action. His highlight video is simply incredible, but I want to see him at some events competing with and against higher-level prospects than he regularly plays on Friday nights. I just want to see how he stacks up among the Sunshine State's best, because I think he is near the top of the list of prospects in the state.

    Keith Niebuhr: Maryville (Tenn.) quarterback Patton Robinette. Although he has only one offer to date (Arkansas State), Robinette is drawing a lot of attention right now. And it's easy to see why. His highlights are incredibly impressive, as is what he accomplished last fall in his first season as a starting quarterback. Robinette looks like a complete quarterback with a very high upside, and I'm anxious to see him up close.

    Brian Perroni: Though he is in my region, I have not had a chance to see Dorial Green-Beckham in person just yet. With some people calling him a bigger Andre Johnson, I really want to see how well he moves. He is one of a handful of guys who seem to have an early chance at being named the No. 1 overall prospect in the country for the class of 2012.

    Who will be a sleeper school that you see rising with the 2012 class?

    Barry Every: Look for UCF to continue finding talent not only in Florida but around the Southeast. One more tremendous recruiting class will force the Big East to invite UCF to become the newest member of the BCS.

    Mike Farrell: Not a sleeper but watch out for Miami this year. Al Golden can recruit and I think he brings the 'Canes back to the top 10 in recruiting.

    Adam Gorney: In my region, I think Washington has a real chance to make another big move in the Pac-12 rankings and really start competing as one of the top schools in that conference. The state of Washington is loaded once again next season at the top with quarterback Jeff Lindquist, running back KeiVarae Russell and offensive linemen Zach Banner and Joshua Garnett, who already are high-profile, national recruits. If coach Steve Sarkisian can lock up those in-state players as he did with the state's best this recruiting cycle, that would be huge for the Huskies.

    Chris Nee: I think Miami will put together a pretty good class for 2012. Al Golden and his staff will benefit from another loaded year in South Florida and they are capable of selling early playing time at a number of positions. The Hurricanes have already held a few Junior Days and the response from them have been very positive.

    Keith Niebuhr: That's a tough question to answer, but I'll go with Clemson. Coming off a surprising top-10 finish in the team recruiting rankings, many expect the Tigers to come back down to earth during the next cycle. But I'm not so sure that's going to happen. Even though Clemson has been inconsistent on the field, the Tigers have generated a lot of buzz among prospects. I expect the recruiting success of 2011 to carry into 2012. Does that mean we can expect another top-10 class? That I can't say.

    Brian Perroni: TCU is in on a number of top prospects in Texas following its No. 2 overall finish and Rose Bowl championship last season. The Horned Frogs have a great shot at top in-state players such as Dominique Wheeler and Kendall Sanders and they are probably the biggest competitor with Texas for the pledge of running back Johnathan Gray.

    What position do you anticipate being loaded in 2012?

    Barry Every: I like what I see at the weakside defensive end position to date with Dante Fowler Jr., Jordan Jenkins, Mario Edwards and Adolphus Washington. We haven't even finished our national search for the elite kids so more are surely on the horizon.

    Mike Farrell: This could be a special year at wide receiver. Green-Beckham leads the way but there are a ton of others that I think could be very good. Many of them come in different sizes and aren't just jumbo guys. Offensive tackle could be special, too.

    Adam Gorney: I'm really impressed with the defensive tackles in this class, led by USC commit Arik Armstead, USC lean Ellis McCarthy, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy's Eddie Goldman and many others. Jarron Jones, Malcom Brown and Florida commit Dante Phillips are three other names that have caught my attention looking at the Rivals250 list. Although there aren't a ton of defensive tackles listed, it's a top-heavy position group that could be special.

    Chris Nee: In Florida there seems to be a good amount of top-tier wide receivers, defensive backs and offensive tackles. Things seem pretty top-heavy at all three positions. I think across the nation there are quite a few great defensive backs. The examples from Florida includes Miami (Fla.) Columbus defensive back Deon Bush, Miramar (Fla.) defensive back Tracey Howard, Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian defensive back Travis Blanks. Outside the Sunshine State, there are others such as Columbus (Ga.) Carver defensive back Deion Bonner and Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive back Shaq Thompson.

    Keith Niebuhr: Defensive end, particularly in the South, where there are a ton of very good players with impressive offer lists. During the next 11 months, names such as Dante Fowler Jr. and Tyriq McCord of Florida along with Jordan Jenkins and Jarontay Jones of Georgia are likely to become household names.

    Brian Perroni: After a few down years, the linebacker spot seems to be very deep this season. With national prospects such as Kwon Alexander and Josh Clemons out there, as well as a ton of Texas players such as Derek David, Brian Nance, Timothy Cole, Peter Jinkens, Alex De La Torre and Jordan Richmond, schools will have a lot of options at the position.

    What will be the biggest story line of this spring?

    Barry Every: Unfortunately, perception is reality for most people. So how more heated and nasty the Auburn/Alabama rivalry will get between fans and respective coaching staffs. This year's recruiting trail in Alabama will gain national headlines as one, if not both, schools will be accused of crossing the lines.

    Mike Farrell: It will be who can keep up with or come close to Texas when it comes to early commitments. A few schools are already close to double digits and we know Texas will be almost done by June. I think this year there could be more early commitments than ever, despite the NCAA's attempt to slow it down with delayed written offers.

    Adam Gorney: The biggest story I'm going to watch this spring is whether Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham can back up his reputation as possibly the top-rated player in the 2012 class. If he shows up at camps and combines it might be a no-brainer since he's so talented. But the top spot is open once again and a lot of prospects will be competing for it.

    Chris Nee: I think the biggest story line of the spring will be the amount of early commitments. I expect the number to be even higher than it was a year ago. I think it will show that new NCAA rules regarding official offers will be rendered relatively meaningless.

    Keith Niebuhr: This isn't a new story line, but I'll go with the continuing trend of players committing early. Teams can't offer football prospects in writing until Sept. 1, but that hasn't kept programs from making verbal offers and players from pulling the trigger as juniors. It seems as if more top players each year make their pledges before they've even played a down of their senior seasons.

    Brian Perroni: At least in my area, a lot of people will be watching to see what Texas does as far as early recruiting. If the 'Horns don't fill up as early this year then a lot of other schools such as Oklahoma and Texas A&M will likely take a little bit more time as well. If Mack Brown and company decide to push for a lot of commitments at the next junior day, other Big 12 schools will likely follow suit.

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    PISCATAWAY, N.J.- The Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 finished up Sunday on the campus of Rutgers University and many top prospects from the Northeast impressed.

    Here’s a look at the top prospects from 2012, 2013 and an early peek at a few Class of 2014 prospects that impressed during the two-day event.

    Class of 2012

    Leonte Carroo, WR, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco

    Caroo is a thickly-built receiver prospect with good hands that has enough explosiveness to make big plays happen. Physically, he’s a hand full for a smaller defensive back. Carroo has a double-digit offer list

    Casey Cochran, QB, Monroe (Conn.) Masuk

    Cochran changes ball speeds well. He made touch throws in the seam and also can gun it in when he needs to. Boston College has already offered the 6-foot, 200-pounder and despite his height, we expect him to pick up several more as we move forward with the 2012 cycle.

    Anthony Cooper, ATH, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside

    Cooper is a versatile athlete with excellent explosiveness, speed and change of direction. We can see him at either defensive back or wide receiver in college. The case for offense, though, can be made if you consider he has good hands. Virginia, Virginia Tech and a host of other programs have already offered. We believe more will be on the way soon.

    Trent Corney, LB, Thousand Island Rockford (Canada)

    Pound-for-pound, one of the top overall athletes at the event. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has excellent size and range. American college programs should take a look at him because he’s certainly got the raw tools to be a successful player at the college level.

    Ronald Darby, CB/S/ATH, Oak Hill (Md.) Potomac

    Darby, who runs a consistent sub-4.4 40-yard dash, moves well in space and can play the ball in the air at defensive back, where most colleges are recruiting him. He’s been an outstanding performer at early combines during this recruiting cycle, particularly the Under Armour All-American Combine on Jan. 2 in Orlando, here he ran a 4.31 in the 40. That’s caused his offer list to move into the double digit range.

    Romond Deloatch, WR, Hampton (Va.) Phoebus

    Deloatch has impressive feet and change-of-direction for a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder. He’s more than just a high-point receiver. Also, his size makes him a matchup nightmare for smaller defensive backs. Florida State has issued a verbal offer based on his SAT/ACT scores and we expected dozens of additional programs to follow suit as long as the film backs up what we saw this weekend.

    Stefon Diggs, WR/CB, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel

    Diggs is one of the top overall prospects in the country and was dominant at times when he played receiver for his team during the event. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has excellent ball skills and explosiveness and quite frankly is a big play waiting to happen on either side of the ball. More than two dozen programs have offered. Diggs is open, but says he’s leaning toward heading to the South to play college football.

    Devin Fuller, DB/ATH, Old Tappan (N.J.)

    Fuller played defensive back during this event and showed why he’s one of the hottest prospects in the country early in this cycle. The 6-foot, 180-pounder has cat-quick reflexes and excellent feet. In the secondary, he uses his long arms to his advantage to disrupt passing lanes. We feel, based on his film, that he’s better-suited to play offense simply because of his elusiveness and big-play ability in the open field. More than a dozen programs have offered and he is wide open.

    Devin Funchess, WR, Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrington

    Funchess projects as a big receiver or flex tight end in certain spread formations. He has good hands and runs well. Michigan, Michigan State and Cincinnati have offered, among others.

    Eli Harold, LB/DE, Virginia Beach (Va.) Lakes

    There wasn’t a better looking prospect on the hoof (Except for maybe Class of 2013 defensive end Kenny Bigelow). Very long arms. Showed the ability to turn and run with big receivers and tight ends. He has the frame to carry 240-250 pounds in time. Harold has dozens of early scholarship offers, including in-state programs Virginia Tech and Virginia.

    Abner Logan, LB, Salem (Mass.)

    Was impressive moving in space. He has plus change-of-direction. Logan is 210 pounds now and has the ability to carry 230-plus in time. He closed on the ball in the air on multiple occasions. UMass is his only scholarship offer to date, but if his film checks out and even approaches what we saw him do in 7-on-7 work, we believe he will get into the double digits offer wise when all is said and done.

    Deontay McManus, ATH, Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar

    McManus projects best as a linebacker, though he continues to insist he’s a wide receiver. His upside is not as high at receiver, but he’s good enough to compete there, especially in this setting. More than 20 programs have verbally offered him a scholarship. He says that Oklahoma State, Oregon and West Virginia are his three favorites because all have said he can play on the offensive side of the ball.

    Josh McPhearson, ATH, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Riverdale Baptist

    McPhearson, who recently transferred from powerhouse DeMatha, hasn’t made the impact on Friday nights, he’s been dominant in two different 7-on-7 events in the last three weeks. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder has shown excellent hands, speed, body control and explosiveness in these settings and is worth keeping an eye on.

    Wayne Morgan, CB, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall

    Morgan, one of the most explosive prospects in the country and a potential five-star, surprised us in terms of eyeball-test. He’s a thickly-built prospect with long arms- perfect for the cornerback position. Alabama, Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse, Miami (Fla.), Penn State and Virginia all have offered the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. At this point, he claims no leaders but says he’s most comfortable with the Scarlet Knights.

    Dennis Norfleet, RB, Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King

    He may have been the quickest player with the ball in his hands at the event. He’s one of a few players that could catch the ball in this setting and make multiple defenders miss. He’s a darting playmaker. Michigan State (recent offer) and Cincinnati have offered and we expect him to rack up many more moving forward.

    Ruhann Peele, WR, Linden (N.J.)

    Peele, who many consider to be the top receiver prospect in the Garden State for the Class of 2012, is a big-bodied receiver with good hands. Rutgers and a number of other programs have offered early and we believe the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder could emerge as one of the most coveted prospects in the Northeast as the cycle moves forward.

    Armani Reeves, CB, West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial

    Reeves backed up what we saw on film- an explosive, fearless prospect that can cover like a blanket from the cornerback position. Physically, he reminds us a bit of Class of 2011 Under Armour All-American cornerback Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla./South Lake), except he may have a little longer arms and be a bit more explosive than Waisome, while not quite being the technician that Waisome, who is now enrolled at Florida State, was/is. Reeves’ offer list is up to double digits, including North Carolina, Penn State and others. Academics are very important to him, so Stanford and Northwestern also have his attention.

    Canaan Severin, WR, Worcester (Mass.) Worcester Academy

    The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Severin has great hands. He made multiple tough catches during the event by using them and having excellent body control. His size also is a plus. College programs are starting to take notice. Penn State, North Carolina State, Boston College and Virginia all have offered.

    Charles Tapper, DE, Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar

    When you watch the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Tapper run around, it’s not surprising that Oklahoma jumped in with a verbal offer last week. He’s probably a defensive end and was playing out-of-position in a setting like this, but you can’t deny his athletic upside. Tapper is one of the more interesting stories early in this recruiting cycle- this past season was his first full season of football.

    Camren Williams, LB, West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial

    Williams, who has close to ten verbal scholarship offers including a recent one from Michigan, has a terrific inside linebacker build and instincts. He’s a player that could end up topping out at around 240 pounds (good weight) and you combine that with his athleticism and tremendous intangibles (leadership, football I.Q., etc.) and he’s an outstanding prospect. His brother plays at North Carolina (the Tar Heels have offered) and his father played for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. He and Reeves have been best friends since they were in the fourth grade.

    Class of 2013

    Nadir Barnwell, CB/ATH, Piscataway (N.J.)

    Barnwell can play a number of different positions, but was impressive at cornerback in this setting. He has the size, feet, speed and instincts to be an elite player in the secondary and is one of the prospects that has an early buzz for the 2013 cycle in Northern Jersey.

    Kenny Bigelow, DE, Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian

    Bigelow is extremely advanced physically. Like Tapper and Harold, this isn’t the setting where he’s going to be able to showcase is maximum potential, but he still was one of the top prospects at the event and could be one of the top prospects in the country for 2013.

    Ryan Burns, QB, Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge

    Strongest arm and quickest release at the event of all the quarterbacks. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has ideal size and recently moved to Northern Virginia from Jackson Hole, Wyo. He missed his sophomore season because of surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Boston College has already offered verbally.

    Juwan Jackson, S, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep

    The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is rangy and has cat-like quickness and change-of-direction in the secondary. If he can match on Friday nights what he displayed the last two days in 7-on-7, he can be one of the most highly-regarded prospects on the east coast for the Class of 2013.

    Kevin Olsen, QB, Wayne (N.J.) Wayne Hills

    Olsen was the top overall quarterback prospect at the event. The brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen showed the ability to scan the field quickly with good footwork and a quick release. He has the arm strength to make all of the throws and is advanced mentally. Multiple programs are showing early interest including Pittsburgh, Boston College and Rutgers. Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, USC and a number of other programs also have his interest early.

    Class of 2014

    Chigozic Onyekwaere, WR, Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College

    Onyekwaere made the catch of the tournament with a flying, one-handed stab in the back of the end zone. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has been clocked as low as 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and has a huge upside.

    Brandon Simmons, ATH, Mansfield (Texas) Timberview

    We’ve seen Simmons on the 7-on-7 circuit before and he continues to impress with his playmaking skills. The New Jersey native has already made waves at his high school program, Mansfield Timberview.

    Jalen Tabor, CB, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate

    We will be surprised if there is a better cornerback prospect in the 2014 class long-term. Tabor is a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder with long arms and excellent closing speed. He picked off several passes during the two-day event. The real deal. Tabor likes the Florida schools- Florida, Florida State and Miami (Fla.)- early.

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