The most celebrated back in the state since Adrian Peterson, there's not much Gray doesn't do well. He's got good size, vision, toughness patience and he's got world class speed in the open field. Gray is an above average receiver out of the backfield and is not afraid to stick his nose in and block on pass protection. The only knock on Gray is a heavy workload in his first three years of varsity action, but he's shown the ability to still perform at a high level even when less than 100%.
Edwards has the frame to step in and start from Day 1 at nearly every school in the country. A starter as a freshman at 3A Prosper, Edwards was a big part of a title team. Since transferring to Ryan as a junior Edwards has been placed in a defense where he can maximize his many talents. He's incredibly quick, strong and is football saavy. When the light switch is on there aren't many in the country who can block him.
Jones burst on the scene with a strong sophomore season and then wowed observers at the Nike Camp last April. He's got good size and speed, but he runs precise routes and simply attacks the football. If there's a jump ball or a pass in traffic Jones is likely to come down with the ball.
Williams is a highly productive back who plays in one of the toughest districts in the state. What he lacks in size he makes up for in every other category with incredible burst and outstanding vision. Williams is almost impossible to tackle in the open field.
One of the most violent hitters in the state, David plays the game with reckless abandon and it often pays big dividends. David is very adept at reading the offense and once his mind is made up he's a heat seeking missile.
The top offensive lineman in the state at a position with incredible depth in 2012. Riser has a frame that can hold additional weight and he is surprisingly agile. He plays with a mean streak and at the point of attack is one of the best in the country.
Widely considered the top interior lineman in the state, Brown has been a mainstay for the Cubs defense. Brown has the ability to take on the double team and occupy lineman to allow his lineman to make a play, but he's very quick off the ball and excels at getting in the backfield and disrupting the opposing offense. His speed is also a great asset, he's relentless in pursuit.
Sanders doesn't quite have a position at the next level, but he's got the ability and tools to be the best corner in this class. Sanders is a do it all man for Athens playing QB, RB, WR, DB and returning kicks, he's got a preference to play on the offensive side of the ball at the next level but if he focuses on CB he'll be elite.
Thompson's stock is through the roof right now after a strong showing at the USAAB Combine. He's got all the physical tools and has started for two years at one of the better programs in Greater Houston. He's a gifted enough athlete to play receiver and his ball skills are evident, but his future could be on the defensive side.
Richmond's biggest asset is his speed, he's able to go sideline to sideline and make plays. He's most dangerous on the blitz when he really is able to cause havoc for the offense. Richmond is good in pass coverage but this is one area of his game he can still improve.
Easily the most dominant high school lineman I saw in 2011, Lutui is simply dominant at the point of the attack. He's strong and very agile and plays with incredible tenacity. He plays tackle right now, but does need work on pass pro could be a candidate to move to guard at the next level.
McNeil is the top safety prospect in the state, a four year starter at A Maceo Smith McNeil is rangy and able to cover a lot of ground, he plays very quick but he's never in a hurry, McNeil is very good at diagnosing a play and then making his move. He's got outstanding ball skills and is a physical hitter in the ground game. He's the total package.
Magee could play DE in a 3-4 or spin down to a tackle in a 4-3 defense, he's also athletic enough where if he maintains his current weight he's more than capble of playing DE in a 4-3. He's got great instincts and has the frame and agility to be a menace at whatever position he lines up.
Addison is a sensational athlete and is electric with the football in his hands, but many think he'll wind up on defense at the next level. Addison's sister plays basketball at Oklahoma so that could give the Sooners an early edge.
This one could wind up being a Texas vs. Texas A&M duel for the playmaker from Brenham. Cole erased any doubts about his ability with a strong Army Combine performance where he emerged as one of the more aggressive players against the run. Cole's got work to do in pass coverage but he's fluid and has good hips so the transition should not be difficult.
One of the more gifted OL prospects in the state, McGee is a player who could move even higher up the rankings during the off-season. He's a player who keeps a low pad level naturally which is a rare commodity. He's got out of this world athleticism and as he develops into his frame he'll be downright nasty.
Maybe the best all around QB in this class; Knight's got good size and throws the deep ball well. His arm is strong but accurate, well schooled in all aspects of the passing game. Solid mechanics and is a much better runner than he's given credit for.
Davis' best asset is his quickness, he's a chore for any lineman to handle because he gets off the ball so well. He's got good strength and moves sideline to sideline well. He may be too short to be a prototypical DE for most but in the right system he'll flourish.
Jinkens is an incredible athlete, but he actually didn't spend a ton of time at LB as a junior. He showcased his talents late in the season as a running back. Jinkens runs well and is a good tackler, but he does need to improve in pass coverage. However, with his athleticism he should continue to improve in that area.
Davis was considered the top QB in this class at this time a year ago, but a knee injury in the season opener last year has caused his stock to drop. He's still a dynamic talent and if he can prove he's back to 100% after the injury expect his stock to be on the upswing.
Nance has the frame to wind up prototype size for a linebacker and when he's dialed in the one word that comes to mind is violent. He plays the game with an old school mentality and can deliver punishment. Nance has sheds blocks well and has been coached well at Trinity, if he's able to add 20-30 pounds he can play as a true freshman.
Anyone else seeing the pattern of just how loaded a class of offensive lineman are in Texas this year? Estelle is a mammoth 6'7 305 pound tackle who is extremely explosive at the point of attack. He moves well for a player his size and is very coachable.
An immense talent from a school known for producing big time talent, Wright is the latest from Galveston County. Tremendous balance, vision and breakway speed are Wright's biggest assets but he also has shown he's not afraid to pick up the tough yards. If he takes care of business in the class he'll have several dozen offers.
Johnson emerged late in the season as Skyline's main big play threat. After an outstanding sophomore season playing QB at Arlington Oakridge, Johnson battled injuries for most of his junior season. He's got elite speed and is a big play waiting to happen.
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De la Torre is a highly productive linebacker who always seems to be around the football. He's a typical coaches kid in that he plays the game smart and is never out of position. Don't underestimate his ability to make plays and go sideline to sideline.
Pope has the raw ability to be the top free safety in this class. He covers a ton of ground, is outstanding in pass coverage and is not afraid to stick his nose in and make plays against the run. The one knock on Pope is his weight, he needs to pick up 20 pounds or so to take the play to play pounding at the next level.
Keenan has a lean frame that could easily hold additional weight and he would not lose any quickness. He's moves well and has good strength. He's a little sloppy at times due to him being able to physically dominate at the small school level and he'll need to work on the technical aspects of his game.
Coleman is a versatile athlete who can line up at tailback or receiver and be equally effective, he's also one of the more dangerous kick returners in the DFW area. He's one of the fastest players in the state, he likely projects as a slot at the next level.
Smith has seen his stock skyrocket recently after a dominant performance at the USAAB Combine in January. Smith's a little on the short side but he's able to make up for that with incredible quickness at the snap for a big man and excellent strength.
Richardson had a breakout sophomore campaign, but his numbers tailed off as a junior as he faced constant double teams. He's dangerous with the ball in his hands and has the ability to go up and get the football. Will be a handful for most teams in the slot, he recently verbally committed to Texas A&M.
"Big V" as he is known as in most years would be a top 15 type player. He's got a long frame that can easily hold more weight, he moves well and plays the game angry. He's still a little raw as he's growing into his frame. His two brothers Will and Kevin are also 2012 OL prospects.
Boyette is an athletic interior lineman who has seen his stock shoot through the roof once an impressive junior highlight video got out. Boyette has a quick first step and does a great job with his hands, he's relentless in pursuit as well.
Anthony burst onto the scene with a big time sophomore campaign, he didn't quite get the fanfare during his junior season but he's a special talent. A longer leaner back, Anthony is a glider who eats up yardage in a hurry. The one knock on Anthony is off the field concerns as rumors of him quitting the team before his junior season surfaced. Anthony became Baylor's first 2012 verbal recently.
Richardson is a quick undersized defensive end who if he could grow to be about 6'4 he'd be a top 15 type guy. What Richardson does have is a great first step off the edge, outstanding technical skills as a pass rusher and long arms. All big pluses when evaluating rush ends.
Hunt is a solid interior line prospect, he moves well for a big guy and has excellent strength at the point of attack. He's somewhat underrated but he's a guy who can come in and contribute very quickly at the next level. He recently committed to TCU.
Thomas is just another stud from the West Orange-Stark pipeline. He's got potential to be shutdown corner, great hips and above average ball skills. He's also extremely tough and possesses elite level speed.
Fields is one of the most athletic DE's in the state, he's rangy and extremely quick. When he's able to pin his ears back and get after the QB he's as good as it gets. Fields needs to get strongers and learn the position more as he's the definition of raw.
Hines is one of the more underrated lineman in the state, he's a big physical force at the point of attack what we might call a road grader. He plays in a run oriented offense at the high school level so he'll need work in pass protection.
Mansfield's going to be a must stop for recruiters the next two years as they have some outstanding prospects coming up. Ridgeway could emerge as the best, a TE/DE combo Ridgeway could be more suited to play DE at the next level. Ridgeway has the measureables that scouts love along with excellent burst. He's been well coached and is one of the more technically sound DE's in this class.
Griffin has seen his stock drop some after a subpar junior season, but he could see his stock rise with a strong off-season. Griffin is an outstanding route runner and has good hands but he's not a breakaway threat. He could wind up being a very productive slot at the next level.
Lacy has probably the best set of hands in the DFW area as he racked up all state honors as a junior, despite facing constant double and triple teams. He's a converted running back and has had to learn the finer points of route running, but as he's improved in that area he's become a guy who is nearly impossible to cover in the slot.
Baratti is one of the most underrated athletes in the state, he's got the ability to play QB at the next level and be more than serviceable. He has good size and an above average arm and his mobility is outstanding. He could wind up being a guy who plays receiver or free safety as well. He's the kind of kid you try to get on campus and figure out what to do with him later, the key is get this kid on campus!
Maybe it's because most everyone pegs a Matthews as being a Texas A&M lock but Mike is often left off the coversation when it comes to top lineman in the state. If he winds up in College Station as expected Matthews will be a guy who will be ready to play from day one and he'll be the type of player who you almost take for granted because you expect him to be a rock up front and as reliable as they come.
Jackson's been toting the mail for the Gobblers since his freshman year, but his junior season was cut short before it even got started due to a knee injury on just his second carry of the season. If Jackson shows he's back to full speed expect his stock to surge.
Lyons is another very athletic LB who moves well sideline to sideline and can bring the wood. He's best suited to play inside, but his height and penchant for being caught flat footed at times are concerns.
Wilson has been blocking for one of the most celebrated backs in the state in quite sometime and doing an impressive job. He's got great feet and has no problem getting to the second level. Wilson's got an outstanding frame that can hold additional weight and his height is a big plus. This could be a player who moves into the top 25 with a strong off-season.
Crenshaw is a slightly undersized safety but he makes up for his lack of size with outstanding instincts along with being a solid tackler. Could potentially move to corner in obvious passing downs and play on the slot. Great closing speed as well.
A relative unknown to most, Santos tore the combine circuit up last year and followed it up with an outstanding junior season at 3A Van. Oklahoma State jumped on the sleeper linebacker early and has held his commitment. Santos is a big and physical linebacker who excells in the box where's difficult to handle. He does need to improve in pass coverage.
Brantley is a massive tackle who is one of the more punishing run blockers in the state. He gets his hands on you and is simply strong enough to drive you back. Brantley has good feet but can be beaten by quicker pass rushers off the edge, he needs to watch his weight but if he continues to progress in the off-season he'll have a large number of suitors.
Ehrlich is a protype LB who not only has good size but moves around quite well, his instincts are second to none and he's one of those guys who always seems to be around the football. He was the top defensive player on a state championship squad at Pearland.
Neroes is one of the toughest guys to project an actual position to, but make no mistake his explosiveness and athletic ability is off the charts. He played DE as a junior for Garland, but he's a good enough athlete to play safety if he wants to. I think if he grows another inch and can put on some weight you've got what could turn into an unblockable edge pass rusher at the next level.
Nicholas burst onto the scene with a monster junior season, he's still very raw but he's made tremendous strides. Nicholas is a pure pocket passer with a big arm. His decision making and poise in the pocket are still evolving but he's put himself in the discussion as one of the better QBs in the state.
At 6'5 West fits the bill of a big physical receiver. He reminds me of Pearland's Samuel Uwachakwu who is a Boise State signee of similar size and build. West does play some DE for Willis, but his future is likely on offense. He's got excellent hands, is tough to bring down after the catch and is a punishng blocker. Maybe he grows into a tight end? One downside is sloppy route running.
After a bumper crop in the Class of 2010, the San Antonio area isn't as fertile for the 2011 class. One exception is massive OL Marrs, who is an outstanding pass blocker. Marrs has long arms and moves very well for a big man, he needs to show a little more of a mean streak, especially in his run blocking.
Sanchez is a versatile athlete who is a big play machine for Keller Central on both sides of the ball. Look for Sanchez to develop as a cover corner potentially at the next level. He's a natural in space and has outstanding ball skills.
One of the biggest sleepers in the country, its amazing this guy doesn't get more run. A back with good size, excellent speed and vision who also can catch the football out of the backfield, Williams is just now starting to generate some buzz. Once his junior highlight video hits the net I expect the buzz to become a roar.
Okafor recently committed to Texas Tech, the huge tackle is aggressive at the point of attack and is fundamentally sound. His weakness is he's a bit slow of foot and may actually need to lose a little weight in order to improve his quickness.
It's not often you see a safety at 6'5, but Randolph fits the mold. He looks awkward at times and doesn't have the most fluid hips but he does cover a lot of ground. Randolph could eventually grow into an OLB, he's got the mindset to play in the box as he's not afraid to stick his nose in on run support. When the ball is in the air and Randolph is in position he's one of the best in the state at making a play.
Hood had a strong junior season playing on both sides of the ball, but in a positon tha lacks a lot of depth he's a guy who could really make a name for himself. Hood is big enough to play the nose in a 3-4, but agile enough to also play DT in a conventional 4-3. He's quick off the ball and has excellent strength, he's a little sloppy technically but the tools are there for him to be an impact player inside.
Burton is a big physical safety who is more than comfortable dropping down in the box and being a factor in run support. Burton will need to continue to work on his footwork and being able to flip his hips, turnining and running in coverage.
Irokansi has all the measurables and is a superstar at camps, but there's still a lot for him to prove with the pads on. If he's able to harness that natural ability and athleticism and become a technically sound pass rusher he'll be a force. Right now raw would be the best word to describe Irokansi.
Collins is a massive OL who moves very well (12.2 100m at 310 lbs is outstanding). Collins is already the size of a Division 1 lineman so he'll need to be mindful of carrying any un-needed weight. Close family ties to TCU should give the Horned Frogs an early edge in his recruitment.
Overstreet is an outstanding athlete who in the right system could emerge as a very dangerous QB at the next level. He's got great size and speed and is a load to tackle in the open field. His passing has improved and if he continues to impress he'll get a shot at QB which is his position of preference. As a pure athlete he's among the most dynamic playmakers in the state.
On the hoof Jones has the build to play linebacker at the next level. He's got great technique and when he gets to the ball carrier he's a very sure tackler. He runs well, but seems to lack the lateral quickness and burst needed to be a big time playmaker. He often is slow to diagnose a play and often ends up trailing plays.
Ifedi is a big physical pass blocker who has the size and arm length to be an outstanding tackle. A full off-season in a top notch conditioning program will be make him even more dominant than he already is. Ifedi has named Texas A&M as an early leader for his services.
Busby is a three year starter for one of the top programs in DFW yet he's flown under the radar. Busby has cornerback type coverage ability along with excellent ball skills and a knack for the big play. He lacks the blazing forty time, but as the coaches like to call it "he's football fast."
Nixon doesn't throw a very pretty football, but it's effective. He will need to work on his technique and get a stronger arm, but he's got some great assets. His size and ability to buy time without seeming hurried is a tremendous trait to his game. Nixon's not a dual threat guy but he's plenty mobile enough to avoid sacks.
Thomas is battling back from a knee injury, but if he can get back fully healthy he'll remind analysts of former Ike safety and current LSU Tiger Craig Loston. Thomas is a big physical and downright intimidating safety who can bring the big hit. Obviously lateral movement and change of direction will be an area to watch as recovers from his injury.
There wasn't much Miller didn't do as a junior for Garland, playing RB, DL and LB but his future is at LB where his toughness and speed can be put to best use. He'll be a guy who may fly under the radar at the high school level because he's having to play out of position.
Rodgers has an outstanding frame for a DE and could step right in at the next level and contribute. He's quick off the ball and strong at the point of attack. Needs to learn to stay in his lanes and play more disciplined football to make more of an impact.
Dickerson doesn't have the ideal size you'd like in an every down back but his productivity is hard to ignore. He's a perfect spread back in that he can hide behind his OL and burst up the field with his tremendous quickness.
In a class where interior defensive lineman are at such a premium, Fears is player who could really be a hot commodity. He played behind two outstanding senior DT's at Duncanville in 2010 so his stats are limited but he tore the camp and combine circuit up last summer. Fears is a player who could bulk up and be a guy who plays on the nose in a 3-4 scheme.
Another in the line of talented signal callers from Highland Park, Burgin put up big numbers despite splitting time as a junior. He's got a big arm and is very accurate, his downside is he's not real mobile.
Echols is a player who continues to climb the rankings, a first team all-state selection in some circles he was one of the top DB's in DFW. He's got blazing speed and is very fluid in coverage, he's a natural out on an island. Echols does take risks and can get burned for the big play at times, but more often than not he wins his one on one battles.
Edwards spent most of his junior year playing running back, but his future appears to be on the defensive side of the ball where he had a strong sophomore season. Edwards has excellent size and great speed in the open field, he does struggle flipping his hips and getting into position in coverage which is why I think he may grow into a very fast OLB, he's shown the toughness at RB in 2010 that he could transition with relative ease. The Art Briles connection to Stephenville worked again as Edwards is a Baylor verbal.
Briscoe is hot and cold, when he's good he's on par with just about anyone but he has stretches where he's erratic. If he's able to minimize the head scracthing moments his good moments are eye popping.
Adcock has an older brother who plays for Cal and much like older brother he's a guy who plays tackle in HS but will likely transition over to the interior line at the next level. Adcock mentions center is his favorite position and with good centers being hard to find, Adcock could be a highly sought after prospect.
Smith is a big physical back who has been a member of the Texans varsity squad since his freshman season. A foot injury and some off the field issues kept him sidelined for the vast majority of 2010. Smith has the size and toughness to possibly move to LB at the next level if needed. A strong senior campaign could see Smith make a climb back up the rankings.
In past summers you'd be more likely to catch Goines on the basketball court than on the football field, but Goines is a player who oozes NFL potential if he focuses on the gridiron. A full AAU summer basketball schedule has kept Goines from hitting the camp circuit. The [physical tools are there for Goines to shoot up the charts as he's as gifted as any lineman in the country.
Quite possibly the fastest player in the state Hawkins is the definition of nasty speed. He's fully capable of running by the best corners in the state in heartbeat. He's got some work to do as a receiver but there's no question he'll make plenty of DC's nervous with legit 4.4 speed.
Long has a (no pun intended) long frame that can easily hold another 30-40 pounds. He plays with tenacity and a definite mean streak. He is strong, but plays a bit high. He'll need to clean up his technique and work on being more explosive out of his stance.
Richardson is a big agile, prospect who the coaches say plays really well with his hands on the interior. Coaches say he's tough to move on the inside, but he needs to work on being more explosive off the ball and getting up the field to rush the passer.
Incredible quickness and speed in the open field, once he gets his hands on the football he's as dangerous as anyone in the state. The one knock is he doesn't have good technique in catching the ball away from his body with his hands. Could potentially turn into an elite corner at the next level, older brother Quincy is a TCU verbal.
Hilliard is a big, physical linebacker who plays for an emerging football factory in the Greater Houston area. He's got excellent bloodlines as he's the younger brother of former Notre Dame OL Cedric Hilliard. He's got prototype size for an inside linebacker.
Thomas passes the eyeball test without question, a big receiver who runs well in the open field he's still got some work to do in becoming a more refined prospect. Cutting out basketball will certianly help and with a full off-season devoted to football I expect Thomas to be a force on the field and in the recruiting wars.
Blueitt is a bit on the small side at DT and could wind up being a classic tweener, but he's a high production tweener whose game I like. He plays tackle for West Brook whose philosophy is to try and get as much speed on the field as possible. He pursues well and despite going against bigger players he's able to hold his ground, shed blocks and get up field. If he can put on some weight and not lose his burst he could be a sleeper 3-4 type DE if he improves quickness off the ball he could play end in an even front.
Taylor is a big back who is surprisingly agile and an above average receiver out of the backfield. He's a bit under the radar but he's a guy who has been a starter since his freshman season for the Lumberjacks. A strong spring could put him squarely on several BCS schools radar.
Albritton could easily fit into the ATH category, but most everyone has the dynamic playmaker slotted in the secondary at the next level. A four year starter at Class 2A Anahuac, Albritton made plays on both sides of the ball as a junior but his good size, ideal speed and great hands make him a good fit at corner at the next level.
Johnson is a solid receiver and at the next level could be a solid fit in the slot. He's a technically sound route runner and combine that with above average quickness and he's a guy who you can count on to get open. He's got excellent hands as well, his highlight film won't wow you with spectacular plays but he's going to get plenty of looks because he's a chain mover. He was more of a third option as a junior, but he'll be the go to guy as a senior.
Talk about a player coming out of nowhere, Suits fits the bill. Suits along with his Mesquite Poteet team saw their stock shyrocket after advancing to the state semi-finals. Suits runs well, plays smart and racks up the tackles. He's the linebacker version of a "stat sheet stuffer."
Haack has all the traits of a player from the Katy system, he's well coached, he's smart and he knows how to to win. Add in the fact that Haack has excellent talent and he could be another Andy Dalton. Haack as a sophomore piloted KHS to the state title game and he backed that up with an outstanding junior season. Haack doesn't do anything at an exceptional level, but he does everything very well.
Thomas is a big physical kid who moves much better than you'd think. He is quick enough to get to the second level and deliver punishing blows to unsuspecting LB's and DB's. Stamina is a concern as Thomas needs to spend some time this summer working on shedding some bad weight, but the physical tools are there for him to be a very productive lineman in an incredibly deep class.
One of the top prospects in West Texas, Ward has dazzled in his two seasons behind center. His future is either at slot or in the secondary, but he is without a doubt a pleasure to watch with the ball in his hands. He's quick, has a knack for making plays and is very strong for his size and is a load to bring down.
Richard battled nagging injuries for a large part of 2010; but when healthy he showed flashes of immense talent. He's an athletic freak who when the light switch is on is a force. He spent some time at OLB as well this year and showed potential which could improve his stock even more. He's still lacking in the toughness department and that will need to be straightened out if he wants to make an impact at the next level.
Singleton is a QB at Memorial and he's been highly productive. For a guy known as a dual threat he's got outstanding touch on the deep ball. His real asset of course is his mobility and he's flat out electric in space. He could be a very interesting prospect in the slot.
Very underrated small school prospect out of East Texas, Brown led Henderson to a state championship as a junior. He's raw as a receiver, but his athleticism us undeniable. He's extremely dangerous in the open field and has good hands, could wind up playing defense in college.
One of the more versatile players in the state, there's not much that Lagasse can't do. He likely projects at the next level as a slot, but don't be surprised if he winds up as a strong safety. He's got great instincts and is a solid tackler. On offense he catches the ball extremely well and is an effective blocker when asked to pick up the blitz. He's a key player on one of the top teams in the state and a very under valued prospect.