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    Video from the USF 7 on 7. Some are impressive..................

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    Best out West

    With so many outstanding offensive linemen on the West Coast, how would you rank them?

    - A.J. from Rialto, Calif.

    It is a phenomenal year for offensive linemen out West and since I've only seen a few of these players so far, and the spring evaluation period will be so crucial, it's difficult to determine a settled list on where will have that ranked.

    I can say this much: Andrus Peat will lead that list and we're really impressed with his overall feel for the game, his toughness and he has an incredible offer list. Plus, he comes from good stock since his brother, Todd, was a four-star defensive tackle who signed with Nebraska last month.

    Many others will have the chance for five-star status as well. Joshua Garnett and Zach Banner are battling it out for supremacy in Washington. Ronnie Stanley is the best offensive lineman in Nevada. Kyle Murphy's stock has shot through the roof in recent months and Jordan Simmons and Freddie Tagaloa are also two other top players in California.

    There's a good chance some of those names will end up five-star prospects but it's almost assured - unless they fail to perform - that they all will at least be high four-star recruits. It's that special of a year out West. One more big-time name to consider out West is Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove's Arik Armstead, one of the top two-way linemen in the nation. He's listed as a defensive tackle by but could have a special future on either side of the ball. Seeing him again this spring and summer could give him a tremendous boost in the rankings.
    Leader for Marshall?

    What is going on with Byron Marshall? Are there any leaders yet?

    - Tom from San Jose, Calif.

    It's probably too early to tell with Marshall, the outstanding running back from San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian who put up huge numbers in his junior season.

    Many consider him the best running back in the state of California so far and he was definitely impressive at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio. We want to see more of him this spring and summer to get a good feel on where he should be ranked nationally.

    I know Marshall has visited a bunch of Pac-10 schools already and his brother plays at Arizona State so all of those things can play an influence. With more exposure before his senior season, I think some national programs could get involved so it's probably too early to tell where he's headed.

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    Irish have good reason to be optimistic
    Steve Megargee College Football Staff Writer

    Spring practice likely won't answer the biggest question surrounding Notre Dame football:

    Who's the starting quarterback?

    Dayne Crist started the first nine games for the Irish last season before rupturing the patellar tendon in his left knee. Tommy Rees replaced him and led Notre Dame to victories in each of his four starts.

    Crist delivered better statistics, while Rees produced a better won-loss record.

    Spring practice probably won't solve anything because of Crist's health status. Even though Crist should be able to work out on a limited basis, he probably won't participate in any contact drills.

    This spring also gives Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's staff its first up-close look at true freshman Everett Golson, an early enrollee who is billed as the Irish's quarterback of the future. Golson's mobility may even allow him to serve as a change-of-pace quarterback as early as this fall.

    Here's a look at where Notre Dame stands heading into spring practice.

    QB Dayne Crist returns for Notre Dame, but he may not be the starter in 2011.

    Coach: Brian Kelly
    Last season: 8-5 overall. Beat Miami 33-17 in the Sun Bowl.
    Spring dates: March 23-April 16.

    (minimum seven starts last season)
    Offense (9): C Braxston Cave, QB Dayne Crist, T Taylor Dever, TE Tyler Eifert, WR Michael Floyd, WR TJ Jones, T Zack Martin, WR Theo Riddick, G Trevor Robinson.
    Defense (8): LB Carlo Calabrese, OLB Darius Fleming, CB Gary Gray, E Ethan Johnson, E Kapron Lewis-Moore, S Zeke Motta, S Harrison Smith, LB Manti Te'o.
    Special teams (2): K David Ruffer, P Ben Turk.

    Positions of strength

    It's a testament to the changing face of Notre Dame football that the Irish's biggest strengths this season are on defense instead of offense. Gary Gray and Robert Blanton give Notre Dame experienced cornerbacks who helped the Irish rank 25th nationally in pass efficiency defense last season. Harrison Smith picked off seven passes last season -- four in the final two games -- and fellow safeties Jamoris Slaughter and Zeke Motta are solid. All-America candidate Manti Te'o leads a quality linebacker corps. Notre Dame returns each of its two starting offensive tackles from last season, including rising star Zack Martin on the left side. Biletnikoff Award contender Michael Floyd and Theo Riddick give the Irish two exceptional wide receivers, though the Irish lack depth in the receiving corps beyond those two. Floyd, though, was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated Sunday morning, putting his Irish career in jeopardy. The school's disciplinary board would have the final say in Floyd's status, and if he is suspended for the season, wide receiver goes from a position of strength to a big question.

    Help is needed

    Notre Dame has questions in the offensive backfield. Cierre Wood (119 carries, 603 yards, three TDs) takes over as the main running back, but the Irish need someone to share carries with him. The most likely contender is senior Jonas Gray (20-100-0), a former Rivals100 running back who hasn't met expectations. Notre Dame also must decide on a starting quarterback, though Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees give the Irish two experienced contenders.

    3 guys to watch

    DE Aaron Lynch: This early enrollee was the nation's No. 28 overall prospect and arguably the best pure pass rusher in the 2011 recruiting class. Although Notre Dame returns both of its starting ends (Ethan Johnson and Kapron Lewis-Moore), coaches likely will find a way to get Lynch on the field in passing situations if he shows he can handle that role this spring. His speed could allow him to make an immediate impact, even if he isn't an every-down player.

    NT Louis Nix: Although he was one of the highest-rated prospects in Notre Dame's 2010 recruiting class, Nix didn't play last season after reporting to campus out of shape. He spent the season remaking his body and refining his game. He heads into spring as one of the front-runners to replace the departed Ian Williams as Notre Dame's starting nose tackle.

    OLB Prince Shembo: As a backup last season, Shembo showed flashes of big-play ability. He ranked third on the team with 4.5 sacks and delivered two sacks in a victory over Boston College. He heads into the spring as the favorite for a vacant starting outside linebacker spot.

    The pressure is on

    RB Jonas Gray: The No. 72 overall prospect in the 2008 recruiting class, Gray still is seeking his first career touchdown as he heads into his senior season. Gray hasn't rushed for more than 119 yards in any of his first three seasons, and he remains best known for two fumbles -- one that began a near-collapse against Navy in 2008 and another that led to a Michigan touchdown in a 38-34 loss to the Wolverines two years ago. Gray heads into spring practice knowing this represents his last chance to live up to expectations. He's the odds-on favorite to complement Wood at running back -- the Irish don't have many other options -- but Gary needs to prove he can handle that role.

    The buzz

    Notre Dame fans inevitably begin every season with plenty of optimism. This season, it may be justified. The Irish should be ranked in the preseason polls after winning their final four games last season, and an appearance in a BCS bowl is a realistic goal. The quarterback competition between Crist and Rees will garner plenty of attention this summer, but Golson may be the quarterback to watch this spring. Although his lack of height (he's generously listed as 6 feet) made him only a three-star prospect, Golson threw for 11,634 career yards and 151 touchdowns at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High. He seems like an ideal fit for Kelly's spread offense. The Irish also will get an early look at Lynch and five-star outside linebacker Ishaq Williams, potential future standouts on Notre Dame's defense. The biggest question for the Irish defense is finding a successor to Ian Williams at nose guard, though Sean Cwynar was capable while starting in place of an injured Williams over the final four games of the 2010 regular season. Floyd's status bears watching, as well.

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    Notes on multiple ND recruiting targets

    My mom stresses to me about academics, Whitehead told She says, Son, you cant play football the rest of your life, it could be taken away from you, once you get an education, you get that degree nobody can take it away from you. Im really looking at getting my degree and how it will help me later on in life. I know if I graduate from Notre Dame, thats a prestigious college that everybody knows. I want a school with great academics. Im thinking about a college with computer engineering or computer science. The fact Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech offered is big, especially since Im trying to work in that field.

    love that he's already visited ND before (with Tuitt)

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    Best of events- 2012 class

    Here’s a look back at the 12 best performers in-person from the road so far this recruiting cycle. (Note: These are only players from events that JC Shurburtt personally attended and is the opinion of one person.)

    Nelson Agholor, ATH, (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) - Tampa Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7: Agholor showed why he has scholarship offers from coast-to-coast as his size/athleticism matched up with what is obvious on film. The level of competition he plays was a concern, but not after seeing him in person. Agholor is a national-level recruit with offers from all over the country.

    Ryan Brodie, OT, (Long Branch, N.J.) - Badger Sport Elite Lineman Challenge: Brodie is one of the most athletic offensive line prospects in the country and after adding strength, he will be able to start early in his college career. Boston College, Rutgers, Connecticut and South Carolina have offered and expect many more.

    Bennie Coney, QB, (Plant City, Fla.)- Orlando Elite 11: Coney has a big arm and excellent size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. His athleticism and what is obvious on film was backed up by his performance at the Elite 11. Coney has interest from many of the top programs throughout the Southeast.

    Jordan Diggs, S, (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast)- Tampa Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7: Diggs constantly plays at a high level, has good ball skills and great size/lateral movement ability. Auburn, Ohio State, South Florida, South Carolina and others have offered Diggs, whose brother Jeremy Ware plays for the Oakland Raiders.

    Stefon Diggs, ATH, (Olney, Md./Good Counsel)- Jersey Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7: Diggs is an electric athlete who could play either side of the ball in college. What we saw there backed up what we saw on film. Diggs is a national-level recruit with offers from all over the country.

    Mailk Gilmore, WR, (Lakewood, Calif.)- Los Angeles Under Armour Combine: Gilmore was the top prospect at the Los Angeles event and his 6-foot-3, 200-pound size, hands and speed gives him big-time upside. Notre Dame, Michigan, Duke, San Diego State and others have offered.

    Deontay Greenberry, WR, (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union) Vegas Badger Elite 7-on-7: Greenberry was perhaps the most impressive player at the Vegas event. He has great hands and speed and schools immediately started taking notice after this showing. Washington, Washington State and Arizona State have offered with Notre Dame showing interest as well.

    Eli Harold, DE, (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes)- Jersey Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7: Harold played linebacker at this event, but was impressive in the way he moved. He’s got a tremendous amount of upside and ability and schools from across the country want him. Florida, North Carolina and Virginia are out in front.

    Tryiq McCord, DE/LB, (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson)- Miami Nike Football Training Camp: McCord is just so impressive with his athleticism. It’s up in the air if he plays defensive end or outside linebacker, but he’s good enough to play either. His raw tools made him one of the more impressive prospects at the Miami NFTC. McCord has a double digit offer count.

    Wayne Morgan, CB, (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall)- Jersey Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7: Not much was known about Morgan except for a good 40-yard dash time and excellent film as a high school quarterback. At the event, he impressed physically, was good in coverage and could re-direct. A big-time prospect. Michigan and Alabama have offered out-of-region while Rutgers, Syracuse and host of others have offered from the Atlantic Coast. Morgan currently favors the Scarlet Knights.

    Sean Price, TE, (Citra, Fla./North Marion)- Tampa Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7: Price was the star of the event, catching nearly everything that was thrown to him. He established himself as one of the top pass catchers at his position in the Southeast. Most of the top schools in the SEC and ACC have offered Price.

    Armani Reeves, CB, (West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial): Anytime you don’t play the best competition- as is the case with Reeves- you want to see how a prospect matches up athletically. Well, Reeves matched up just fine and was for the most part superior to the other athletes at the event. Reeves has offers from all over the country, including Penn State, where his best friend and teammate, Camren Williams, just committed.

    Best of events- 2013 class

    Nadir Barnwell, CB, (Piscataway, N.J.)- Jersey Badger 7-on-7: Barnwell is one of the top athletes in the Northeast for the 2013 cycle and showed off at cornerback at this event. He’s a big-time prospect that’s already on the radar of many colleges.

    Greg Bryant, RB, (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage)- Miami Nike Camp: One of the most physically-impressive prospects in person. http://footballrecruiting.247sports....-pics-1632019/ Hamilton talks Bryant (photos included)

    Kenny Bigelow, DE, (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian)- Badger Sport Elite Lineman Challenge: Like Bryant, Bigelow also passes the eyeball test. His film has already earned him early verbal offers from Auburn and others. He’s a big defensive end with a nasty streak.

    Buddy Brown, S/LB, (Williamstown, N.J.)- Next Level Nation Elite Showcase: Brown is a big safety that could grow into a linebacker. He’s still developing, but has good size and moves around well.

    Shamire Devine, OL, (East Point, Ga./Tri-Cities)- Atlanta MVP Camp: The 6-foot-6, 340-pound Devine was outstanding in one-on-one drills against some very stiff competition. The future is bright and colleges should come calling soon.

    Reuben Foster, LB, (LaGrange, Ga./Troup)- Atlanta MVP Camp: Foster already has everybody in the country after him and his film is some of the best linebacker film you will find for any linebacker in any class. He showed at the camp that he loves to compete and has superior athleticism.

    Marcell Harris, S, (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange)- Miami Under Armour Combine: Here is a big safety in the mold of Hasean Clinton-Dix that can fly to the football. He displayed outstanding ball skills and lateral movement at this event and should have offers from across the country provided the film checks out.

    Delando Johnson, WR, (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall)- Next Level Nation Elite Showcase: Johnson should be one of the best receivers on the East Coast for 2013 and already has interest from Penn State, South Carolina, Rutgers and other programs.

    Kevin Olson, QB, (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills)- Jersey Badger Sport Elite 7-on-7: Olson, the younger brother of NFL tight end Greg Olson, is 6-foot-3, has a big arm and the type of moxie that you want in a quarterback. The intangibles are all there as is the athletic upside. Florida State has already jumped in with a verbal offer.

    D.J. Park, OL, (Dillon, S.C.)- Atlanta MVP Camp- Park is a big offensive lineman that can move his feet and has excellent punch. He was dominant in one-on-one drills and showed why Clemson and other schools have already come in with a verbal offer. He could be the top prospect in South Carolina for 2013.

    Troy Williams, QB, (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne)- Williams has pinpoint accuracy and excellent velocity on his throws and though he’s not the tallest quarterback prospect out there, he can still make all of the passes. Nevada and Washington have already offered. Williams loves Oregon.

    Black taking visits

    Potential five-star wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) will make two unofficial visits this week, to South Carolina on Thursday and Florida State this weekend. The Seminoles, Florida and Alabama are at the top of his list with the Gamecocks right behind the trio. The Crimson Tide and Gators both made big impressions when the dynamic prospect made unofficial visits. Florida State has been the strongest longest with Black, but they are in a battle. 

    National Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton was on the road in Tallahassee, Fla. and other parts of the Panhandle this week. Here are two updates from that trip

    Davis wants to see LSU

    Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby has produced its fair share of big time football prospects during the last 25 years and the 2012 class will be more of the same.

    The headliner of the group in Gidby’s junior class is cornerback prospect T.J. Davis.

    The 6-foot-0, 175-pound jet has double-digit verbal offers with more expected in May.

    “I’ve been offered by Florida State, Florida, Miami, Louisville, USF, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Illinois, Texas Tech and there some others,” Davis said. “There’s a few that I would still like to be offered by. Washington would be one, they are a good program,”

    According to the two-sport star, his recruitment was jump started with a strong camp showing in 2010.

    “Recruiting kicked off so fast for me after the Nike Camp my sophomore year. My first offer was Florida State and then they just came piling in,” he said.

    Davis has made a number of unofficial visits in recent weeks and months and that process will continue this weekend.

    “I’ll be at Georgia Tech this weekend and I have already been to Alabama, Auburn, FSU, Florida, Georgia, Miami and USF so far,” he said.

    While Davis doesn’t list a favorite, there is one SEC program he wants to take a closer look at.

    “Right now, they are pretty much all the same. I really want to go check out LSU because they are a great program, Patrick Peterson is a great corner and will be a top pick in the draft.

    Davis reports a 4.38 in the forty-yard dash and 14.46 in the 110-meter high hurdles.

    Harlow in search of a “connect”

    Davis' teammate, Laith Harlow continues to be one of the more heavily-recruited tight ends in the Southeast Region.

    The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder at the talent-rich program has a state title ring on his mind.

    “I’m wide open right now, pretty much,” Harlow said. “My focus first is on Godby High school and helping get the state championship,”

    While taking home the crown in 2011 is his primary focus, he has made several unofficial visits.

    “I have taken some unofficial visits. I’ve been to Miami, USF, Alabama and I went to Florida. Really, every place was great. They all made me feel at home, I met the players and they all made me feel at home. That is why I’m still open because they all made me feel at home,” he said.

    The talented blocking tight end is nearing double-digit offers.

    “I’ve been offered by Miami, USF, Notre Dame, Louisville, Arkansas, Stanford, Kentucky and there’s more that I can’t think of,” he said.

    Four of the top programs are offer possibilities down the line.

    “Right now, the schools that haven’t offered that might offer me are Alabama, Florida, Oregon and Oklahoma,” he said.

    Oklahoma is one program that has been coming on of late.

    “I talked to Coach (Bruce) Kittle this morning on facebook. He tells me I’m high on their list and they will offer me when they meet me,” he said.

    When it comes decision time, Harlow’s decision is going to come down to a connection.

    “A lot of people just say academics, but it’s communications for me. Everyone will have a good communications department, but it’s where I feel most comfortable with the coaches and connect the most,” he said.

    Harlow intends to wait until signing day to make his decision and make the best decision he can. He’s not sure what visit he will make this summer.

    Don't forget about Manning

    Not much was written about Virginia Tech cornerback commit Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla./Edison) during Sunday’s Miami Nike Football Training Camp, but that was as much of an oversight as anything. Manning has wiry frame and will have to add bulk and strength, but he is cat-quick and can cover. The Hokies got a good one early here and he appears firm- he had a Virginia Tech cap on during the event Sunday.

    Nuts and Bolts

    -Justin Hopkins reports a new offer and weekend visit for offensive tackle Erik Magnuson (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon).

    -Hamilton with thoughts on his visit with linebacker Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.) earlier this week.

    -Who is the top 2013 prospect in the country?

    -Jason Sapp reports that Mark Harrell from North Carolina enjoyed his visit to Notre Dame. Sapp also reports that South Carolina offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano was impressed with South Bend.

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    Who will be No. 1?

    There are several candidates for the No. 1 prospect in the country for the Class of 2012. Here’s a look at five. Obviously, it’s a great year at the top at the offensive tackle position nationally.

    Arik Armstead, OT/DE, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove- The talented jumbo athlete and USC commit has the chance to be dominant on either side of the ball and has unlimited upside at offensive tackle. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder is a great athlete, but also is a dominating football player.

    Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Springfield (Mo.)- What more could you ask for out of a receiver prospect? Green-Beckham has great size at 6-foot-6, but moves around like he’s 6-foot-1, is a dominant football player and track star. He already has offers from most of the BCS-level programs in the country.

    Eddie Goldman, DT, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate- Goldman is a dominant defensive lineman as it stands today, but what makes him so intriguing is that he can be even better with more coaching and development. His offer list also reads like a who’s who of college football and he’s been on the radar for well more than a year.

    Andrus Peat, OT, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol- Peat is extremely athletic, has good feet and huge upside. He’s also a dominant high school player. Most of the programs across the country have already offered and his brother was a BCS-level prospect that signed with Nebraska in last year’s class.

    John Theus, OT, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles- Theus is probably the most polished offensive tackle in the country and barring injury is ticketed for the National Football League. He’s got everything you want- feet, strength, length, quickness, size, attitude, etc.- in a big-time offensive tackle prospect. He’s a safe bet to end up at Georgia, where his brother Nathan signed as a long-snapper in the 2011 class, barring some sort of change with that program.
    Gray to announce April 22/

    The recruitment of one of the top running backs in the 2012 class could be coming to an end in the coming weeks. According to the father of Aledo star back Johnathan Gray, James Gray, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is likely to announce his decision on April 22, his birthday.

    Gray is set to decide between Texas, TCU and Texas A&M with Texas appearing to be in the lead heading into a Saturday visit to Texas A&M to watch the Aggies spring practice.

    The family may stay overnight in College Station to take in a second Texas A&M practice on Sunday. The Texas Longhorns spring game is also on Sunday and could be a possible visit if not a second day at Texas A&M.

    Gray was on the campus of TCU Saturday for the Horned Frogs scrimmage. It was the latest of several trips to TCU for the record breaking runner. His hometown of Aledo is just minutes away from the TCU campus.
    Nuts and Bolts

    -Safety Jordan Diggs transferred from Bishop Verot in Fort Myers, Fla. to Island Coast in Cape Coral, Fla. Diggs has more than a dozen scholarship offers from Auburn, Ohio State, South Carolina, South Florida and others.

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    You can definitely tell coach Kelly likes Ohio.................. (free)

    Last week I started a look at the players I thought were best from this year's Ohio class of talent by position. I called it "My 22," in which I selected one player for each position that I thought was the best prospect. Click here to take a look at my selections for the offense.

    Today, let's take a look at the defense. This is going to be much harder than the offense as the depth on the defensive line and at safety is something I am still amazed at. It is also going to be the most fun.

    Strong Side Defensive End - Chris Wormley, 6-4, 250, Toledo Whitmer.

    Wormley is the one kid in this defensive line class who brings me quickly to that most important word in recruiting -- upside. Seeing him in shorts and t-shirt is when this kid really impresses the most. He is 250 pounds and looks 225. Where his body can go and still be as athletic and fast as he is right now at 250 is what has everyone so excited about him.

    We see what he is capable of at times on the field. Once he fills out and finds the consistency that comes from every down fire, he will be a very special player.

    Back-up - Se'Von Pittman, 6-4, 235, Canton McKinley. This was the hardest decision I had to make. I think that highly of Pittman that I nearly started him over Wormley. Pittman is longer and a little quicker. He plays with an intensity that few can match. I suspect that if you had every game that both played last year Pittman would have made more plays. He has only been playing football for a few years so his upside is tremendous too.

    Three-technique Tackle - I am first going to define what the term "three-technique" tackle means. It is a more athletic defensive tackle who is more an attack player. He is going to attack a gap and try to make a play. This is the position the guys who make the big bucks play. He usually lines up on the outside shoulder of the guard, most often on the strong side.

    Greg McMullen, 6-5, 255, Akron Hoban. He is a strong side end in high school but will grow into a three-technique tackle by the time he steps on a college football field. I think Adolphus Washington and Chris Wormley are both capable of more spectacular play but McMullen's consistent high level of play, high motor and the heart of a warrior put him at the top of my list for 2012. McMullen makes plays, and even when he is not he is still a disruptive force with his non-stop motor, forcing the offense to account for him on every play. Run at him and he will stand up the blocker and make the tackle. Run away from him, he will defeat the blocker and run down the ball carrier.

    He is just as adept as a pass rusher. He played with both hands in casts for several games. That kind of heart is the mark of a champion.

    Back-up - Tom Strobel, 6-5, 240, Mentor. This is one I struggled with. I think there are a handful of players who could be three-technique tackles but I have already put them at positions they are better suited for. Strobel is one I am having trouble with. I have no doubt about his talent. He was at one time a top ten kid on my list. What I am having trouble with is Strobel being a three-technique tackle. I have not seen him up close so I will defer to those who have, including the Buckeye staff which has offered him as a tackle.

    Nose Tackle - Trae Clark, 6-4, 330, Colerain. Build a nose tackle and this is what he will look like. I am not going to say he is a better prospect than John Hankins because there was not as much film out there on Hankins as there is on Clark. I am going to say he reminds me of Hankins. Both are natural wide bodies. I think Clark carries his weight even better than Hankins. In short areas they both show excellent burst and quickness. They both do a great job of finding the ball. Someone is going to secure an excellent nose tackle in Clark.

    Back-up - Greg Kuhar, 6-3, 265, Lakewood St. Edward. Make no mistake. If not for the depth at Ohio State and the depth of this class, Greg Kuhar would be a strong candidate for an offer. The staff did bring him down for a visit. He reminds me so much of Dex Larimore except he is bigger framed than Larimore. He shows great instincts and he plays low. He has great balance. This is the kind of player that will help Michigan get back into competition with the Buckeyes. Brady Hoke has recognized that and come in with an offer.

    Weakside Defensive End - Adolphus Washington, 6-4, 245, Taft. I am sure there are those who would say Chris Wormley is the most spectacular of the defensive linemen in this class. For me it is Adolphus Washington. I have seen plays he made in his full length film that remind me of Jadeveon Clowney.

    I remember one play where the quarterback knows he is going to get hit but thinks he has time to get the ball off. With any other lineman, he does have time. But Washington nearly breaks him in half with a Clowney-like burst and the pass flutters to the ground a couple of yards away. In another he picks up a fumble and looks like Eddie George taking it back for a touchdown. No player in the state can put together the package Washington does.

    He plays as a freshman wherever he goes, and when he finds the every down intensity that is the hallmark of the great defensive linemen, he will be on to the NFL. He could grow into a strong side end, maybe even a three-technique tackle, but right now I see an elite weakside end with the explosion and speed I see with Washington.

    Back-up - Arlington McClinton, 6-6, 220, Midview. I am caught between strongside end and weakside end with McClinton. He has more of a strongside end's game at the point of attack but has such a long body and the reach you are looking for in a weakside end, and his speed once he disposes of the blocker is that of a weakside end. I take him as a weak side end and move him if necessary. This is a kid who is likely to blow up this summer when he gets out to camps and combines.

    Strongside Linebacker - Josh Perry, 6-3, 220, Olentangy. If Perry is not the best all-around athlete in the class, he is certainly on the short list. He excels at everything he does. He is outstanding rushing the passer, dropping into coverage, catching the ball as a tight end and he could be a running back if it is called for. Weakside linebackers get the headlines, but strongside linebackers are the better all-around players. They must be strong against the run but still be able to play zone or even cover a back or tight end one on one.

    Back-up - LaKeith Walls, 6-4, 200, Cleveland Rhodes. The best player nobody is talking about. Like Perry, he is a good running back but a better linebacker. He is strong at the line of scrimmage but is very good in coverage. He has the height and the frame to grow into a full blown 4-3 defensive end but right now he is a fine-looking and underrated linebacker prospect.

    I want to add another name here. The more I look at Glen Oak safety DeShawn Hall the more I see a linebacker. I love taking these big high school safeties and turning them into strongside linebackers because they are already well-versed in coverage. He is in the 6-3 or 6-4 range and over 200 pounds. I give Walls the edge because he is already playing linebacker.

    Middle Linebacker - Joe Bolden, 6-3, 220, Colerain. When you think about linebackers you think about middle linebackers. It is the glamour position -- Butkus, Lewis, Singletary. Meet the future. The Buckeyes played with a 212-pound middle linebacker in Brian Rolle. The game has become so much about coverage that the Buckeyes, amongst others, have made the transition to a smaller player who is excellent against the pass and adequate versus the run. With Bolden you get a good coverage linebacker but one who is big enough to be a good run stuffer.

    Back-up - Kaleb Ringer, 6-2, 230, Northmont. There is still a place for the big run stuffer at middle linebacker. For many schools Ringer will top their list. He is a big physical kid who moves well and reads the game well.

    Weakside linebacker - Ifeadi Odenigbo, 6-4, 210, Centerville. I think he could grow into a full blown defensive end but right now he is an edge guy. He is at his best rushing off the edge, but if he does not get that big, I think this kid with high character and excellent academics will have no problem transitioning to a weakside linebacker. I think he will be plenty good enough in coverage for him to be a three-down player.

    Back-up - Mike Svetina, 6-2, 220, St. Ignatius. I liked Svetina the first time I saw him. Looking at him again I like him even more. He is a great fit as a classic 4-3 weakside linebacker. He is a sturdy kid so he can stand up against the run. He shows speed running down plays from behind. He is an excellent blitzer. In addition, Svetina puts up a strong argument for the best pass defense linebacker in the class.

    Bench Corner - Cameron Burrows, 6-2, 190, Trotwood (2013). The best defensive back in Ohio. Yes, I said that. I have been singing the praises of the class of 2012 safeties but this 2013 corner is the best defensive back in the state. I will go so far as to say I think if he continues to grow as a player we could be looking at the best defensive back to come out of this state since Eugene Clifford. Burrows is a big corner right now. Even if he outgrows the position he is going to make a great free safety.

    Back-up - Jermaine Edmondson, 6-0, 170, Canton McKinley. A player who I just saw recently. Edmondson is a solid corner with good size and plenty of football smarts. He is a willing tackler. A good summer where he shows speed should produce a nice offer list.

    Field Corner - You don't have bench and field corners in the pro game because of the hash marks putting the ball almost in the middle of the field on every play. In college you have a bench corner who is a bigger, more physical player and a field corner who is faster and more athletic to cover the wide side of the field that is created by the wider hash marks.

    Cody Quinn, 5-10, 170, Middletown. I don't know about that 5-10 but the 170 looks right. Quinn is probably too small too play football, but apparently he did not get the memo. If you could measure toughness, Quinn is Andre the Giant. You just don't see kids this size being called physical. Quinn brings it. He is so football smart that his speed is extra. He always seems to be in the right place because he reads the game so well. If Quinn were a bigger kid he would have Big Five offers.

    Back-up - Nana Kyeremeh, 5-10, 170, Thomas Worthington. This is a new name to you. He was to me too. We talk about makeup speed with corners. Kyeremeh has makeup speed like no player in the class. Like Quinn, he is not ideal sized but is a fearless tackler.

    Strong Safety - Bam Bradley, 6-2, 200, Trotwood. The only knock on Bradley is that he might grow into a linebacker. This is a big physical safety who has a read-react-run that any linebacker would be happy to have. Great tackler and a big hitter. His junior film does not include but a few plays of Bradley in coverage and on the ball. Look back on his sophomore film to see a player who has the ball skills of a free safety.

    Back-up - Devan Bogard, 5-10, 205, Glenville. Whether it be at strong safety or at the Star position, Bogard is a tackling machine. If he were just a little bigger I would put him at linebacker. He has speed and is very aggressive. A good tackler and a great hitter.

    Free Safety - Jarrod Wilson, 6-3, 190, Akron Buchtel. This kid gets his hands on the ball so much on his film that it looks like he is playing wide receiver instead of safety. He reads the game so well. That is where I give him the edge over Frank Epitropolous. He has size and range. He is going to have to become a better tackler if he wants to be the player he can be.

    Back-up - Frank Epitropolous, 6-2, 180, Upper Arlington. Really these two are 1a and 1b. Epitropolous s the better athlete. He is faster.

    Buckeye fans wondered why I did not talk about him as a receiver. He has an offer from the Buckeyes as a receiver or as a safety. It is really simple. I have not been happy with the recruitment of safeties recently. I see a kid who can sit back there as a deep safety in the later third of the field by himself and make plays from one sideline to the other. He is going to win battles in the air against the biggest receivers with his height, athleticism and 40.5-inch vertical, and I want that player at safety.

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    The Class of 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the big man. It's an incredibly deep year at the offensive tackle position including the No. 1 prospect in the country. Ironically, there was a debate as to if he was even the best offensive tackle in his own region let alone the top prospect in the country.

    The skill players usually get the headlines, while the offensive tackle position ends up being the second highest paid player in the NFL. For the Class of 2012 though, it's the big man that makes headlines. An incredible three out of the top four prospects on are offensive tackles.

    That's not to say there aren't skill players to celebrate around the country. The Class of 2012 has the best receiver prospect since the heralded Class of 2008 that included A.J. Green and Julio Jones among others as well as explosive running backs and hard hitting safeties.

    But it's the big men that take center stage early on this year including Scout's No. 1 overall Arik Armstead (6-8/275) of Ek Grove, Calif. While Armstead is No. 1 in the country, he had strong competition in his own region according to West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman.

    "It wasn't the runaway like DeAnthony Thomas last year or Matt Barkely in 2009," said Huffman, "but this was more along the lines of Ronald Powell/Robert Woods in that it literally could have gone either way. Ultimately the choice for number one in the West was Armstead over Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol offensive tackle Andrus Peat (6-7/280). The younger brothers of a pair of four-star defensive tackles in Scout 300's of the past, the younger brothers are the best 1-2 punch of offensive tackles out West, quite possibly, ever."

    Armstead is a two sport star who also stars on both sides of the ball. He's good enough to play college basketball, offensive or defensive lines. "What clinched it for Armstead is the superior athleticism he has compared to Peat. Peat is slightly bigger, while Armstead is a more agile. Both have tremendous strength and quickness off the ball, both excel in pass pro and in run blocking, but the quickness and mobility Armstead has eventually moved him in to the front."

    It's not just about the tackles as the nation's No. 1 safety resides in the Golden State as well. "Armstead and Peat were really the main candidates for the top prospect in the region, Shaquille Thompson (6-1/195), the five-star safety from Sacramento Grant is the top skill prospect in the West, but in a year of elite lineman throughout the region, Armstead and Peat are clearly the class of the region."

    Armstead and Peat are at the top of the class in the West, but they're not alone. "The common theme is just how strong the West is in in the trenches," continued Huffman. "Nine of the top 10 players in the region are either offensive lineman or defensive lineman. Any other year, players like San Clemente (Calif.) offensive tackle Kyle Murphy (6-7/268), Puyallup (Wash.) guard Joshua Garnett (6-5/275) or Encino (Calif.) Crespi offensive guard Jordan Simmons (6-5/330) would be the top lineman, such as in last year's class. But this year they merely round out a stellar list. Defensively, Aziz Shittu (6-3/275) from Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony and Ellis McCarthy (6-5/295) from Monrovia (Calif.), stand out as top 10 prospects, both at the defensive tackle position."

    While Armstead currently has a grip on the No. 1 position, he not only faced intense competition from his own region, but he got a strong challenge from the best receiver prospect since the Class of 2008.

    "Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6/220) looks like an NFL player right now," said Midland Regional Manager Greg Powers. "He is big, strong, fast and has the ability to go up and snag the deep ball out of the air at the highest point, creating mismatches that seem unfair in high school. Guess what? There won't be too many college defenders able to lock him down either."

    The Midland Region seems to be the only one not loaded with big men in the trenches, but the state of Texas boasts a pair of players who will challenge and benefit the nation's best offensive lines. "Defensive end Mario Edwards (6-4/26) of Denton Ryan and running back Johnathan Gray (5-11/195) of Aledo were the two players pushing Green-Beckham for the top spot in the Midlands. Edwards is a well-schooled and aggressive defender who excels in stopping the run, and Gray is a home-run hitting runner who puts his foot in the ground and gets the ball upfield in a hurry. Both are excellent players, but just a half-step below the aforementioned stud receiver." said Powers.

    While the offensive tackles top many lists around the country, the interior linemen fittingly are in the middle of the country. "There are definitely some talented players at the tackle spots in the Midlands, but there a large amount of talented interior linemen as well. The Midlands boasts the top two centers in the country in Evan Boehm (6-3/290) of Lee's Summit, Mo. and John McGee (6-3/275) of Texarkana, Texas, and there are six offensive guards in the Scout300 after only one made that list a year ago."

    While the East produces the smallest amount of Division 1 Signees among the Scout Regions, the players at the top of the list are extremely talented. five of Scout's Top 16 prospects reside in the East, including the Nation's No. 1 defensive end.

    "The top ranked player in the East Region is Harrisburg, Pa. defensive end Noah Spence (6-4/240)," said East Regional Manager Bob Lichtenfels. "The rush end has recorded more than 40 sacks in three seasons as a starter and he is good at getting after the quarterback as anyone in the country. Spence is consistent and very athletic."

    The state of Pennsylvania also has a running back that reminds Lichtenfels of another Northern back who made headlines recently.

    "One player who was considered for the top spot in the East was Hopewell, Pa. running back Rushel Shell (5-11/215). Shell reminds us a lot of former Heisman winner Mark Ingram. He plays on a team with limited talent and everyone in the stadium knows he is getting the ball, but Shell still posts staggering numbers."

    The run on offensive tackles may have taken a break in the East and the Midlands, but it picks right back up as we move South.

    "John Theus (6-6/292) of Jacksonville, Fla. was the top prospect in the South because he is the total package," said South Regional Manager Chad Sommons. I have been watching him closely for two plus years and he was good in 2009 and he is great in 2011. He is up to 6-foot-6 and 292 pounds and he has everything together on and off the field. He comes from a great program in Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.), so he is being well coached.

    He has the size that you look for, he has the attitude that you love to see in an offensive lineman, he is a very intelligent player that understands the game, he has great feet, and he is someone I say confidently that we will all be watching play on Sundays. He is just a special player in a very strong region that makes a very strong case for the overall number one spot."

    Theus was pushed for the top spot by a player he could end up paving the way for on the next level. "It came down to Theus and running back Keith Marshall (5-11/190) with defensive tackle Quay Evans (6-3/300) not too far behind. There are just no real questions or concerns about Theus and while Marshall and Evans are not too far behind, Theus is the clear number one guy at this time."

    Like many of the managers, Simmons is in awe of the talent in the trenches this year. "Offensive tackle is a very strong position in the South this year like it is across the entire country. It is crazy this year at that position. The state of Florida is known for speed and guys at the skill positions, but my top three prospects in that state right now all play offensive tackle. Four offensive tackles in the South are five-star prospects and six of the offensive tackles in this Region were named in the top 74 prospects in the country. It is a very strong year at tackle in the South and it is good at the top and with good depth as well."

    While the Midwest lacks some of the talent at the top of the list that we're accustomed to seeing, there is a lot of depth just below the Top 15 list including five prospects in the next 15 such as Scout's No. 1 quarterback Gunner Kiel (6-4/215) of Columbus, Ind.

    The Midwest boasts two of the nation's best quarterbacks in Kiel and Zeke Pike (6-6/225) of Fort Mitchell, Ky. Kiel and Mitchell are similar passers with excellent frames and big arms, but Kiel has been a little more consistent to this point of his career and got the nod heading into the spring and summer evaluation period.

    Adolphus Washington (6-6/240) of Cincinnati, Ohio is a defensive end that drew consideration for the top spot at his position, and athletically, he may still be the best in the country. He is a player to keep an eye on to keep pushing his way higher as he develops as a senior.

    Scout currently has roughly 550 players ranked as we're in the heart of the Spring Evaluation Period, and we will continue to update the rankings as we go through the rest of the evaluation period, the summer camp season, senior years, all-star games and more as we countdown to signing day in February of 2012.

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    Led by a plethora of elite offensive linemen, particularly in the west, the Class of 2012 has a unique makeup at the top.

    The first full five-star release of the recruiting cycle features three players that project on the offensive line in college from the western part of the country, players from states more known as basketball hotbeds- like Indiana, North Carolina (though that state produces its share of football prospects, too), New York and Kentucky, three from New Jersey (including two from the same high school) and eight total from the usual “big three” states of California, Texas and Florida.

    Though it is a good, deep year in Georgia, Ohio and Louisiana, there were no five star prospects from that state.

    Overall, it’s a great year for offensive linemen on the West Coast, even beyond the five-stars.

    One Pac-12 head coach remarked that “there usually aren’t the linemen” in the region that there are in this recruiting cycle and that he was excited about the potential of that position in this class. 

Another member of a Pac-12 staff also raved about the group. 

“Any other year, guys like Max Tuerk, Lacy Westbrook and Cedrick Poutasi would be the top guys in the west,” he said. “There are so many talented guys this year, that you feel comfortable with your school getting any one of these guys.”

    Though USC commit Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) is currently slated to play defensive end for the Trojans, his highest ceiling is at offensive tackle, where we project him to play. In all honesty, he could play either, but playing on offense could be the difference in being really good and being special. Of course, that’s for Armstead, his family and the USC coaches to decide.

    Here’s a look at the 21 five-star prospects from 247Sports.

    1. Arik Armstead, OT/DE, Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove

    Scouting report: On the hoof there’s probably not a better looking lineman in the country. Armstead is every bit of 6-7 and at that size he can play either side of the football. Though he’s ranked as an offensive tackle, Armstead is projected to play defensive line at USC which shows his remarkable versatility, etc. etc. etc.

    Recruiting buzz: Armstead has been committed to USC since his sophomore year and is firm in that commitment but does plan fall visits to Miami, Alabama and Auburn.

    2. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Springfield, Mo.

    Scouting Report:[ There isn’t an offensive skill player in the country as physically gifted as the 6-foot-6, 221-pound Green-Beckham. A big physical player that runs well, can get high in the air, and is dangerous as both a possession receiver and deep threat. He’s also a multi-sport athlete that’s a standout in track and field and basketball.

    Recruiting Buzz:The Green-Beckham camp has kept his recruitment close to the vest. Many of the SEC schools figure to be in the hunt. Look for places like Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma to possibly be players as well

    3. Eddie Goldman, DT, Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate

    Scouting report: Goldman is a powerful defensive tackle with quick hands and excellent agility for a 300-plus pounder. He’s dominant at his current level of play, but his ceiling remains high as he is not a finished product by any stretch. Goldman has been on the radar since his sophomore year and there’s a reason why nearly 50 college programs have offered. 

    Recruiting buzz: Goldman’s recruitment is wide-open. There is some Miami talk. He could visit North Carolina soon. The Heels signed defensive tackle Marvin Austin out of D.C. in the 2007 class.

    4. Andrus Peat, OT, Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol

    Scouting report: At offensive tackle, size is a very important part of the equation and Peat has got an ideal body and frame to be a franchise left tackle. He is a lean 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds with long arms and he lacks bad weight. Between the whistles, Peat is so powerful through the hips. When he locks onto a defender, he isn’t content just getting a body on a body, he runs his feet, drives his hips and finishes his blocks with a defender’s mentality. As a pass blocker, Peat has a text book pass set, showing a flat back, great knee bend and the foot quickness to combat elite edge speed.

    Recruiting buzz: Peat’s brother Todd Peat signed with Nebraska in the class of 2011 so the Huskers will be a factor but the younger Peat looks to be wide open at the moment with offers from around the country.

    5. Shaq Thompson, ATH, Sacramento, Calif./Grant

    Scouting report: At an athletic 6-1, Thompson has a great safety physique. He’s got length to give him a center fielder’s range and the strength to come up and play in the box. On the high school level, Thompson has demonstrated some terrific versatility as an elite high school running back. In fact, athletically, Thompson has the capability to play running back, receiver safety or cornerback on the next level. As a defensive back he is advanced in his ability to backpedal and turn-and-run and he has very strong ball skills. He also has speed, Thompson has been clocked at under 11 seconds in the 100 and under 22 seconds in the 200 in high school.

    Recruiting buzz: A previous Cal commit, Thompson recently de-committed from Jeff Tedford’s program however most expect that he still ends up in Berkeley when all is said and done.

    6. John Theus, OT, Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles

    Scouting report: Theus has everything one looks for in an offensive tackle both physically and athletically. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Theus has the height, weight distribution, natural strength and foot quickness to translate to the next level. Not only does he have a quick first step and quickness in his pass set, but he has body quickness and reactionary quickness to react to defenders in front of him or after re-directing an initial pass rush move. He is as adept of a run blocker as pass blocker with the ability to run his feet and work to the second level with fluid movement. His initial punch is powerful and he is a finisher in the run game.

    Recruiting buzz: Theus is considered a heavy Georgia lean with Florida running second. His brother, Nathan Theus, signed with Georgia in February.

    7. Keith Marshall, RB, Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook

    Scouting report: Marshall is the most explosive back in the country. He runs wild through opposing defenses and has excellent balance, vision and feet. Give him a crease and he is gone. Marshall runs a legitimate 4.3-second 40-yard dash and is a standout in track. He’s also a good student who plans to enroll at the college of his choice early.

    Recruiting buzz: North Carolina and Georgia have long been considered the favorites, but Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina, among others, could get in the mix as well.

    8. Stefon Diggs, ATH, Olney, Md./Good Counsel

    Scouting report: Diggs is a physical, fast gamer who could play either side of the ball at a high level in college. We like him slightly better as a cornerback because that’s where he is more rare, but could just as likely see him being a high-end receiver at a BCS Conference program. Diggs can re-direct well and is deceptively quick in addition to having legitimate speed and being a straight-up great football player.

    Recruiting buzz: Nearly every school east of the Mississippi and many west of the Mississippi has offered. Diggs has given no hints about where he wants to go, except to say at one point he is interested in “Florida schools” Florida, Florida State and Miami (Fla.).

    9. Kyle Murphy, OT, San Clemente, Calif.

    Scouting report: Murphy is a slender 6-7 275-pounds with plenty of room to add good weight. Already he is a powerful player at offensive tackle. Murphy shows terrific athleticism getting to the second level, locating defenders and being physical at the point of attack. When engaged he keeps a powerful wide base, keeps his legs running and drives through defenders. Athletically Murphy is elite at the offensive line position and that shows in the pass game as well, with a good quick pass set and flexibility through his ankles and hips. A cerebral prospect with a 3.9 GPA and a brother starting at Harvard, Murphy has a low bust quotient as well.

    Recruiting buzz: Murphy is open in his recruitment, but has noted that Oregon, Cal, Stanford and USC stick out as he has visited all four.

    10. Gunner Kiel, QB, Columbus, Ind./East

    Scouting report: The most polished signal-caller in the nation, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Kiel has great mechanics, a strong arm, and is a physical runner that can make plays with his legs when needed. He displays excellent toughness on film and has other added intangibles that make him the best in the country at his position.

    Recruiting buzz: Kiel hasn’t narrowed down his lengthy list of scholarship offers, but a few schools that appear to be in good early shape are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and possibly USC.

    11. Eddie Williams, ATH, Panama City, Fla./Arnold

    Scouting report: Williams is impressive at first glance before ever watching a play or game. He is a big safety at 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, that can run, has ideal quickness for his size, has shown timing for the ball in the air, is a hard hitter filling in the run game, eats up ground with a quickness and stride combination, pursues the ball with nasty intentions and intimidates receivers that challenge the middle of the field. His physicality and ability to take on and blow up would be blockers followed by a sure tackle sets him apart from many others. He possesses the body type to carry 230-pounds or more, which brings into question if he will stay at safety long term or grow into an outside linebacker. Wherever he ends up, he’s going to be a playmaker.

    Recruiting buzz: Williams committed to Alabama in August of 2010 after considering offers from Florida State, Florida and many others.

    12. Yuri Wright, CB, Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco

    Scouting report: Maybe the most natural cornerback in this year’s class, Wright has rare instincts that makes allows him to play two steps faster than anyone else on the field. His transition out of a backpedal is smooth and fluid, he can run with any wide receiver and he has elite size when the ball arrives. Wright’s athleticism and makeup speed allows him to be slow in his backpedal and trust his quick recognition skills to make plays big plays downhill in the quick game and the run game. He also brings special teams value as a player that blocks a lot of kicks off of the edge, showing not only athleticism but a playmaking knack.

    Recruiting Buzz: With offers from around the country, Wright has listed Michigan, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Georgia as schools that stand out.

    13. D.J. Humphries, OT, Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek

    Scouting report: Humphries has feet and a big frame, is flexible and strong. He’s everything you look for in a big-time offensive line prospect and has a great pass set for a high school trenchman. He gets good extension with his long arms and moves his feet well enough to make life tough for even the best high school-level defensive end. There’s a reason why nearly a half hundred schools have offered.

    Recruiting buzz: Humphries is an SEC lean with Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU high on his list and the Gators the team to beat.

    14. Mario Edwards, DE, Denton, Texas/Ryan

    Scouting report: Edwards is a unique prospect. He tips the scales at 280-pounds, but has the ability to play strong side defensive end due to combination of natural strength, understanding of leverage, enough quickness and the speed and desire to pursue the football. He is powerful bull rusher that registered nearly 20 sacks in 2010 along with an eye-popping 50 tackles for loss. Doesn’t stay blocked long and is very aggressive with the hands. His initial contact with high school offensive linemen normally ends with the lineman getting knocked backwards, off balance or to the ground. He has the body type to weigh 300-pounds and be a terrific penetrating, pass rushing three-technique down the line. He is the son of former Florida State and NFL cornerback Mario Edwards, who is on the coaching staff at Denton Ryan.

    Recruiting buzz: Edwards committed to Florida State March 15 over Texas. Had verbal offers from the majority of the nations top programs.

    15. Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo, Texas

    Scouting report: Gray is a complete back. At 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, he that rare ability to run the ball inside with vision, quick feet in the hole and subtle run maximizing power as well as the speed and quickness combination to get to the edge. He has the ability to score the ball on long runs or in the red zone. In the passing game, he has quality hands and doesn’t waste any motion after the catch. Also capable as a pass protector. Running back is in the bloodlines. His father, James Gray, played running back at Texas Tech. He will enter his senior season with more than 7,000 career-rushing yards.

    Recruiting buzz: Gray is likely to announce his decision on his 18th birthday, April 22. Texas is considered the favorite over TCU and Texas A&M.
He has been to each school at least twice since the beginning of February.

    16. Jameis Winston, QB, Hueytown, Ala.

    Scouting report: There aren’t many concerns when it comes to the ability of Jameis Winston, in fact his baseball ability may be the biggest worry of all. A possible early draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft, Winston’s athleticism is evident. He is a prospect with good size as he continues to add weight. He has a big arm that he uses effectively both inside and outside of the pocket. Winston also has great big-play ability on the ground. He can use his speed and elusiveness not only to extend plays, but also to make defenders miss downfield and outrun opponents.

    Recruiting Buzz: Many consider Winston’s recruitment to be a battle between Alabama and Florida State with the Tide on top. Auburn’s recent push has made the Tigers a factor as well.

    17. Devin Fuller, QB/ATH, Old Tappan, N.J.

    Scouting report: Fuller is an electric offensive football player with breakaway speed and excellent quickness and change of direction. As a quarterback, he’s a good passer in addition to being able to consistently make th magic happen with his legs. If he moves to another position, many believe he could be a big-time cornerback at the college level. After watching him cover at a 7-on-7 event in February, we could see that as well.

    Recruiting buzz: Is legitimately wide open. There is talk to watch out for Georgia Tech, watch out for Virginia and some other schools that have talked to him about playing quarterback specifically, but Fuller is the type of prospect that examines and considers every offer equally.

    18. Zeke Pike, QB, Fort Mitchell, Ky./Dixie Heights

    Scouting report: The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Pike is a football player through and through. Watch his film and he’s not only making outstanding throws and plays from the quarterback position, but he’s also wreaking havoc from his defensive end position and blocking field goals.

    Recruiting buzz: Pike has yet to name favorites but said that when he narrows his list, Auburn, Arkansas, North Carolina, Purdue and Tennessee will likely make the first cut. Places like Florida State, LSU and Michigan could also make a strong push.

    19. Chris Black, WR, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast

    Scouting report: Black may not be the most physically imposing wide receiver in the 2012 class, but he is one of the best. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is blessed with special quickness and playmaking ability. Black features electric feet, terrific hands, impeccable timing, ideal separation in and out of breaks, the ability to make multiple defenders miss in space and is strong with the ball. His ability to snatch the ball out of the air in a crowd sets him apart, along with his ability after the catch. Black is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Runs after the catch or in the return game with vision.

    Recruiting buzz: Black has Florida State and Alabama as co-leaders with Florida and South Carolina running third and fourth.

    20. Darius Hamilton, DT, Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco

    Scouting report: The son of former New York Giant Keith Hamilton, Darius is an active defensive lineman with a quick first step extremely quick hands that lines up both on the inside and outside for his high school team and makes plays in both spots. His versatility, size/speed/athleticism and bloodlines make him a can’t miss type of prospect.

    Recruiting buzz: Hamilton is wide open. He plans to make several unofficial visits before beginning to narrow his list. Rutgers would love to keep him and several of his teammates in-state.

    21. Jarron Jones, DT, Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas

    Scouting report: Jones is raw, but has great quickness and huge upside. Lik Armstead, he could end up on the offensive side of the ball, but has an excellent ceiling on defense as well. Once word of his ability and his film started circulating, Jones’ offer list shot into the double digits.

    Recruiting buzz: Is wide-open, but Penn State, Rutgers and schools in the Northeast are all factors. He plans to visit State College in the near future.

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