College Football Recruiting 2012: The Final B/R Top 100 Prospects
Here we go: the final board edition of our top 100 prospects we feel are the best high school football players and college football prospects in the country.
Now, there are many prospects who just missed the cut that I feel will be dynamic players in college. However, here are my final top 100 prospects for the 2012 cycle.
On to National Signing Day!
100. Zach Kline, QB
At 6'2" and 205 pounds, Zach Kline has a shotgun for an arm. He really prepares well, shows some solid athleticism and mobility in the pocket and loves threading the needle into tight windows.
With his solid athleticism in the pocket, Kline has some escapability and plays with good moxie. He is committed to Cal.
99. Warren Ball, RB
Warren Ball is a 6'2", 200-pound running back who is equally good as a receiver out of the backfield. He will be able to tote the rock on the first two initial downs, but he could also be used as a featured pass-catcher in the air assault portion of his team's offense.
Ball has a solid burst to and through holes, good speed and solid elusiveness. He's committed to Ohio State.
98. Deontay Greenberry, WR
At 6'3" and 180 pounds, Deontay Greenberry has a tall and long frame that aids his strike zone. He snatches everything around him, but it's his release quickness and separation quickness that will make a great college pass-catcher.
Headed to Notre Dame, Greenberry told me in an interview last year that he feels he's the next Michael Floyd.
97. Jordan Payton, WR
Jordan Payton is one of the best players in the country, but his recruitment is one of the most interesting sagas as well. At 6'2" and 190 pounds, Payton is perhaps the best receiver in Southern California.
Payton has above-average speed and a thick build and flashes strong hands. His catch radius is impressive, and he should be solid at Cal.
96. James Ross, LB
At 6'1" and 215 pounds, what's so impressive about James Ross is this will be only his third year of playing football. He's already shown natural instincts, and his potential is off the charts.
People marvel at how much he's picked up in such a short time. He's one of the recruits on this board with a very high ceiling. Ross is a Wolverine.
95. William Mahone, RB
William Mahone is a 6'0", 195-pound back with solid pop and quickness. He's a quicker-than-fast athlete who also has good run strength.
Mahone doesn't shy away from tugging it up the middle and will bang with the big boys. He also plays faster than many think.
And he's Irish.
94. Se'Von Pittman, DE
Se'Von Pittman is a 6'4", 245-pound defensive end who does what an end is supposed to do: rush the passer. He flies off the ball and crashes down hard off the edges all night.
Pittman has a chance to be a great DPR-type in college, which will be at Ohio State.
93. Aaron Burbridge, WR
At 6'1" and 180 pounds, Aaron Burbridge shows the potential to develop into a complete receiver. He has the athleticism and speed to eat cushion, instincts to set up defenders in route-running and hands to haul in throws.
Burbridge should easily develop into one of the top deep threats in the Big Ten, very quickly perhaps, at Michigan State.
92. Jelani Hamilton, DE
At 6'5" and 240 pounds, Jelani Hamilton shows the ability to become a good end, as he can play the pass and run. He has adequate snap quickness, solid use of hands, strength and a burst.
Hamilton also flashes good range to chase ball-carriers around in stopping the run. He's going to Miami.
91. Camrhon Hughes, OT
Camrhon Hughes stands 6'7", 290 pounds and has the frame you want in an offensive tackle. I think he's long and athletic enough to play left tackle in college, but he flashes versatility to match up at a couple other spots on the OL front.
Hughes is headed for Texas.
90. Kendall Sanders, DB
Kendall Sanders is a 6'0", 175-pounder who can play CB, RB and WR. He is an extremely versatile player with great athleticism, speed, quickness and light feet.
Sanders' length and athleticism project him as a solid CB, but don't be shocked to see him line up on offense in college. He's headed to Texas too.
89. Eugene Lewis, WR
Eugene Lewis is a 6'2", 180-pounder who will see his mark mostly made in the intermediate passing game. He works his routes well, sets up defenders and can break out quickly from cuts at the junction point. Lewis won't wow you deep, but he can get by if he has to.
Lewis is bound for Penn State.
88. Ricky Parks, TE
No disrespect to either player, but Ricky Parks reminds me of a poor man's Jay Rome. Parks is a 6'4", 230-pounder with 4.6 speed and can get up the hashes. He can and will annoy safeties in college because he's big, mobile and agile as a receiver.
Parks played QB some in high school, but many expect him to be a tight end on The Plains of Auburn.
87. Troy Hinds, DE
Troy Hinds has been such a problem on the Utah high school football scene that many teams just shy away from him. At 6'5" and 225 pounds, he is an excellent pass-rusher with a great burst off the edge who can close to finish and has great pursuit ability.
Hinds is headed to BYU.
86. Royce Jenkins-Stone, LB
Royce Jenkins-Stone stands 6'2", 215 pounds and has the ability to play all three spots in the 4-3 look. He's instinctive enough to play MIKE, stout enough to play SAM and fast enough to man the WILL spot.
He's committed to Michigan.
85. Sheldon Day, DT
Sheldon Day has the size and skill set of a prototypical 4-3 under tackle. At 6'2" and 280 pounds, he does it with quickness at the snap and sheer will.
Day shows a quick read/react ability to the run and can anchor well in the middle. He's bound for Notre Dame.
84. Michael Starts, DL/OL
At 6'5" and 275 pounds, Michael Starts shows easy movement in his pulls and traps and is dynamic on the second level. He can hit moving targets and is productive in space.
As a DL, Starts has solid snap quickness and good athleticism and flashes some short-area chase ability.
He's bound for Texas Tech.
83. Chris Black, WR
At 5'11" and 175 pounds, Chris Black is among the top receivers in Florida. He is a speedster who combines athletic ability with quickness.
His best skill is his RAC ability. Black can turn a quick slant into a six-yard scamper and can be used on smokes, bubbles and reverses.
He's going to Alabama.
82. Evan Boehm, OL
Evan Boehm is a 6'3", 290-pound OL who projects best as a center. He shows the snap quickness, nimble feet, solid strength and intelligence to play the pivot and is viewed as the nation's premier player at the position.
After committing and then de-committing to look around, Boehm is committed again to Missouri.
81. Bryce Treggs, WR
Bryce Treggs may not be big, strong or physical, but he's fast, quick and agile. At 5'11" and about 170 pounds, he shows the potential to be a sharp route-runner who can be used as a deep threat while also factoring heavily in RAC situations.
People in Berkeley view Treggs as their next DeSean Jackson; he's in the same mold.
80. Jonathan Taylor, DT
At 6'4" and 307 pounds, Jonathan Taylor has the size, quickness and skill set to develop into a force in the middle. He can jump snaps and wreak havoc, and he has great strength to push the pocket up the middle.
With Taylor's size and Georgia playing the 3-4, Taylor could wind up as a 30-front end or as a nose tackle in Athens.
79. Zach Banner, OT
Zach Banner stands 6'9"—yes, 6'9"—and weighs 300 pounds. He is not just a stick figure, as he shows great athleticism on the edges to set up quickly, bend his knees, slide, mirror and anchor versus all rushers.
Banner can use his long arms to wash, but he can also get up in targets' chests as a drive-blocker.
USC, Washington, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Michigan are in the mix.
78. Mario Pender, RB
At 6'0" and more than 200 pounds, Mario Pender has fantastic speed to hit creases and skate through. He does a solid job of banging inside and can break a few tackles as well.
Pender runs tough and is very durable. He should provide great depth and versatility at Florida State.
77. Geno Smith, CB
Geno Smith is a tall and long corner at 6'0" and 165 pounds. He really excels in off-man and zone coverage; this is where he flashes his smooth backpedal, loose hips and transition quickness.
With graduation and the NFL draft affecting the depth chart of the Alabama secondary, there is a chance Smith could be a key contributor in Tuscaloosa early in his career.
76. Greg Garmon, RB
Big backs with vision are among my favorite types, and Greg Garmon is exactly that.
At 6'2" and 200 pounds, you can almost see his eyes quickly processing information on tape, and he blocks very well.
Garmon is committed to Iowa.
75. Jessamen Dunker, OT
Jessamen Dunker, a Florida pledge, may possess the highest ceiling of any offensive line prospect in the nation for 2012.
At 6'6" and 310 pounds, his film shows a super-athletic future left tackle who can mirror quick rushers and match power in the run game. With coaching, Dunker could become an All-American player and perhaps a high-round NFL draft pick.
74. Jordan Simmons, OL
Jordan Simmons has the talent and ability to play tackle and guard, but I like him as a guard more. At 6'5" and 335 pounds, he shows very, very good athletic ability, strength and balance as a blocker.
Simmons has the size, girth and athleticism to play either OG or OT. I think he best fits in as an OG, but USC will decide where he plays.
73. LaDarrell McNeil, DB
LaDarrell McNeil is a safety prospect who can play both the free and strong spots in the back end. At 6'2" and 190 pounds, he shows a very good knack to read and react versus the run, and he is dynamic in the box.
McNeil also has good enough athletic ability to roam around.
Tennessee will try to hold on to him.
72. Thomas Johnson, WR
He may not be the biggest receiver, but Thomas Johnson has great speed and a knack for finding the end zone.
At 6'0" and 175 pounds, Johnson is dangerous after the catch. RAC is his middle name, and getting to pay dirt is his game.
It's Cal vs. Oregon vs. TCU for him.
71. Jarron Jones, DT/OL
At 6'7" and 290 pounds, Jarron Jones finished his junior year with 68 stops and 10 sacks. He can be a dynamic force in the middle due to his size and overwhelming length.
I think Jones can play end in a 30-front scheme as well. But there is talk that he could wind up as an LT at Notre Dame.
70. Elijah Shumate, DS/OLB
At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Elijah Shumate has great instincts versus the run and fills alleys quickly. He can play outside 'backer and strong safety, and he is nasty in the box.
Shumate can stand to improve his coverage ability, but he's too good in the box to be asked to play in space often. Notre Dame again.
69. Alex Ross, RB
Alex Ross is a physical runner who never backs down from defenders, standing at 6'1" and 205 pounds. He loves to mix it up in between the tackles and dares tacklers to challenge him in alleys.
Ross will bring a physical yet still speedy and quick running style to Oklahoma.
68. Tee Shepard, DB
At 6'0" and more than 170 pounds, Tee Shepard can play free safety and corner. He shows the coverage skills of a corner, which is where I think he projects best.
Shepard has an extremely quick backpedal, transitions out well, has good hips and can close in a flash. He's headed for Notre Dame.
67. Brock Stadnik, OT
At 6'5" and 290 pounds, Brock Stadnik has very good technique and can drive-block very, very well. I think he can play right tackle and guard in college with ease and just be nasty each snap.
Stadnik is a headliner for the South Carolina class.
66. Isaac Seumalo, OL/DL
Isaac Seumalo reminds me a bit of Fred Matua coming out of high school: similar build, same quick hands and an ability to play OG or DT. He's 6'3", 275 pounds and has a good amount of stamina to go both ways.
Wherever Seumalo ends up, be it DT or OG, he should be a multi-year starter for Oregon State.
65. Kent Taylor, TE
Kent Taylor is a 6'5", 215-pound tight end whom I think has the skill set of a "joker" type. He can be used as a tight end, wide receiver, slot receiver, fullback and H-back all over the football field.
I didn't hear his name as much as I'd like at the Army game, but it's just an all-star game. I have high hopes for him at Florida.
64. Brionte Dunn, RB
At 6'1" and 215 pounds, Brionte Dunn is a chugger who relishes contact and flashes some quickness. I like the way he finishes runs and plays to his size upon contact.
Dunn is physical and has excellent run instincts. He's committed to Ohio State—solidly now.
63. Durron Neal, WR
At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Durron Neal has good speed and quickness and runs solid routes. He shows an ability to attack the football at its highest point and seems to always find a way to get more yards out of a catch than he should.
Neal has heard some Jeremy Maclin and Ryan Broyles comparisons to his game. He's pledged to Oklahoma.
62. Javonte Magee, DL
At 6'5" and 265 pounds, Javonte Magee has the quickness to cause problems in the middle, but he wants to play DE in college. I'm not sure if that's his best spot, but I can see him being a stacking guy on the strong side.
He's committed to Baylor.
61. Ronnie Stanley, OL
At 6'6" and 285 pounds, Ronnie Stanley has the ability to play left and right tackle. He's light on his feet, quick and agile.
Yet Stanley has solid strength, and he can maul in the run game.
Notre Dame won out here.
60. Matt Jones, RB
At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Matt Jones, a Florida Gator commit, has the make and size of a "big back."
Most big backs are stiff, straight-line bruising types, but Jones is the exception. He has very good athleticism and has good wiggle for a big back. Jones is decisive with his reads, hits holes hard and can also be used as a receiver.
59. Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB/WR
At 6'4" and nearly 210 pounds, Josh Harvey-Clemons shows very good knowledge of the game on defense, plays with instincts, can set the edge and is a sound athlete.
If he sticks to OLB, his transition quickness will allow him to become one of the better cover LBs in the country. Look out for Florida or Georgia.
58. Ricardo Louis, WR
Ricardo Louis is a 6'2", 200-pound WR who makes big plays with the football. He doubles as a QB for his high school team, but he will play on the flanks as a collegian.
Louis just shows great play speed, quickness and athleticism, along with natural ball skills and playmaking instincts. Auburn won out.
57. Trey Williams, RB
At 5'8" and 175 pounds, Trey Williams uses his lack of height to his advantage, sliding and hiding behind his line and then darting out when he sees a crease.
Williams may not be an every-down back in college, but I still expect him to be very productive. Will that be at Texas A&M? We'll see.
56. Travis Blanks, DB
I was a tad disappointed in Travis Blanks at the Army game, but as I mentioned before, it was just an all-star game.
Blanks is a big DB who, at 6'1" and 195 pounds, can play both safety and corner. He has the length, size, speed, quickness and athleticism, along with the instincts, to be an impact defender.
He's committed to Clemson.
55. Curtis Riser, OG
Curtis Riser is a 6'5", 300-pound OG who is a highly touted prospect. He plays from snap to whistle and has some mean and nasty to his game.
Riser can drive-block well but has good feet to handle himself in a short area as a pass-protector.
Texas won out here.
54. Dominique Wheeler, WR
At 6'1" and 180 pounds, Wheeler shows a great skill set on the offensive flanks. He has solid release quickness, eats cushions well, can stem a defender and break in his routes, and he has solid hands.
Wheeler also displays solid speed to get vertical and behind a secondary.
He's headed for Texas Tech.
53. Aziz Shittu, DT
At 6'3" and 275 pounds, Aziz Shittu had 6.5 sacks and more than 75 stops from his defensive tackle spots as a junior. He does it with a combination of snap quickness, strength and athleticism—on every snap.
He also has a chance, if you ask me, to play DE in college. Shittu flashed good range at the Army game and a quickness to close on the flanks.
Michigan, Cal, Stanford and Texas A&M are a few to name that are in the mix.
52. Barry Sanders Jr., RB
At 5'9" and 190 pounds, Barry Sanders Jr. actually does remind you a bit of his dad when you watch him on tape. He has excellent elusiveness and quickness in the open field and just enough long speed to get to the house.
Sanders is headed to Stanford.
51. Tommy Schutt, DT
On tape, Tommy Schutt reminds me of Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo. At 6'3" and 290 pounds, he plays with great explosiveness at the snap.
Combine that with a great motor and very good strength, and you see a great player in action.
Schutt is committed to Ohio State.
50. Matt Davis, QB
At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Matt Davis is a playmaking QB who can beat you on the ground or through the air. He has a solid arm that can attack levels of the defense all over the field.
Davis is accurate in and out of the pocket, and he can make plays as a runner with his legs.
He's committed to Texas A&M.
49. Ifeadi Odenigbo, LB/DE
At 6'4" and 220 pounds, Ifeadi Odenigbo is as raw a prospect as there may be in the country. He's super athletic, quick and explodes off the ball.
Odenigbo plays very, very fast and has amazing range. He committed to Northwestern earlier this month.
48. Kennedy Estelle, OT
At 6'7" and 305 pounds, Kennedy Estelle looks like a college tackle right now. He has excellent length throughout his frame and, most importantly, his arms.
Estelle can keep the rush out of his body and can wash them off with ease.
He's committed to Texas.
47. Wes Brown, RB
Wes Brown is a very solid running back prospect from the Mid-Atlantic region and has the tools be a complete runner on the collegiate level. He's solid in all areas of his game and stands 6'0" and 190 pounds.
Brown is committed to Maryland.
46. T.J. Yeldon, RB
T.J. Yeldon is the top RB prospect in Alabama this year. He has excellent size at 6'1" and 200 pounds, but Yeldon has home-run potential since he shows a good burst and long speed on tape.
His speed, fluidity in the open field, natural run instincts and sheer athleticism will be on display at Alabama.
45. Jordan Diamond, OT
At 6'6" and 290 pounds, Jordan Diamond has solid athletic ability and knee bend, which helps him in pass protection.
Diamond does a good job of sliding when engaged and recovers well. He also shows a great ability to get up on linebackers on the second level, and he can hit moving targets efficiently.
Diamond has offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Alabama, among others.
44. Zeke Pike, QB
At 6'6" and 225 pounds, Zeke Pike possesses a cannon of an arm to go along with elite size and very good athletic ability. He can attack all levels of a defense, outside the numbers and up the seams.
Pike has some gunslinger in him and will try to rifle balls into tight windows.
He's headed for Auburn.
43. Tracy Howard, CB
At 6'0" and 175 pounds, Howard has the length that many teams are looking for in corners these days.
Howard also has solid coverage skills and can come out of his backpedal easily and fluidly. He can carry receivers deep and will sniff around in the run game as well.
Florida, FSU, Miami and LSU appear to be the top schools for Howard.
42. Duke Johnson, RB
At 5'9" and 180 pounds, Randy "Duke" Johnson is a jitterbug type of back with great speed, quickness and jump-cutting and home-run-hitting ability. He can return kicks and punts, plays well in space and can score from anywhere on the field.
Johnson looks to be sticking with Miami.
41. Kyle Kalis, OT
At 6'5" and 305 pounds, Kyle Kalis is a lunch-pail type who works on the fronts each snap, whether at right or left tackle. He's best in the run game, showing an ability to play with good leverage at the point of attack and displaying solid finishing ability.
Kalis could play LT, RT or even OG at Michigan.
40. Dante Fowler, DE
At 6'3" and 240 pounds, Dante Fowler can play the run well and chase ball-carriers all over the field. On third downs, Fowler revs up his motor and gets after the passer with speed, quickness and explosion.
Fowler impressed me at the Under Armour game with a thicker-than-anticipated frame, strength and burst to finish.
He's committed to Florida State.
39. Yuri Wright, CB
Yuri Wright is a big CB prospect at 6'2". He's also a sleek athlete with a long frame at 180 pounds and is a solid athlete.
Wright has good transition quickness, solid ball skills and quick feet.
Rutgers, Notre Dame, Cal, Colorado, Georgia and Michigan are hunting him hard.
38. Nelson Agholor, ATH
At 6'2" and 180 pounds, Nelson Agholor can factor as a safety, receiver, running back or corner. Talk is his best spot may be safety, but you can't count him out as a receiver.
Agholor is dynamic with the ball in his hands, but then again, he could be an All-American safety.
USC, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State are in the mix.
37. Channing Ward, DE
Channing Ward is a 6'4", 240-pound pass-rush specialist who could play OLB in a 3-4 scheme. He has good athleticism, shows a pass-rushing plan and plays well with his hands.
Ward has a good, thick frame and has solid play strength. He should become a top-notch defensive player for Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss.
36. Cayleb Jones, WR
Cayleb Jones understands he has a long frame at 6'3" and 185 pounds, and he snatches balls all around him to increase his catching radius. He also shows solid quickness in and out of breaks, good route-running and the ability to catch in crowds.
Jones reminds me a bit of Larry Fitzgerald. He's headed to Texas.
35. Ellis McCarthy, DT
Ellis McCarthy is a defensive tackle who I think will see himself rise up higher before NSD 2012. He's a dynamic force in the middle at 6'4" and nearly 310 pounds, but he has very, very little body fat.
McCarthy committed to Cal earlier this month but has since switched to UCLA.
34. Adolphus Washington, DE
Adolphus Washington is another pass-rusher and among the elite in the country this year. At 6'5" and 250 pounds, Washington has the size to play the strong side in college but the athleticism, play speed and quickness to man the weak side as well.
The best player in Ohio, Washington is indeed going to Ohio State.
33. Kyle Murphy, OT
At 6'7" and 270 pounds, Kyle Murphy excels in pass protection and gets by through being simply more athletic than his opponents.
Once he gets coached up in college, look out, because Murphy will combine athleticism with technique—and that could equal no sacks for opposing rushers.
Cal, USC, Oregon, Florida and Stanford have been his main schools.
32. Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB
At 6'3" and 250 pounds, Jordan Jenkins may be able to come in as a true freshman and make an impact as a sub-rusher from Day 1—he's that athletically gifted.
You watch him on tape, and you see a burst and ability to beat blockers at the snap. He should make a great 3-4 OLB in Georgia's scheme.
31. Josh Garnett, OL
Josh Garnett may be the best offensive guard prospect from the Washington area since Steve Schilling.
At 6'5" and 275 pounds, Garnett has a high ceiling and plays with great athletic ability, knee bend and strength. He may also be able to kick out to tackle in college.
Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame are the main three.
30. Eli Harold, LB/DE
At 6'3" and 230 pounds, Eli Harold is an extremely explosive pass-rusher who can play DE or 3-4 OLB. He is a great athlete with good range, plays speed in pursuit and is a quick closer on ball-carriers.
Harold can play either the SAM LB spot or 3-4 OLB. He shows a quick get-off and has improving strength and solid play speed.
Harold is headed to Virginia.
29. Noor Davis, LB
Noor Davis is a big 6'4", 225-pound LB who is also looked at as a potential DE prospect. He is very athletic, changes direction well for such a tall player in space and can cover pretty well at this stage of his development.
Stanford has his commitment.
28. Chris Casher, DE
Chris Casher is quicker and more athletic than many would expect at 6'4" and 230 pounds. He shows a great burst at the snap and can run around blockers all contest long.
Casher is long to stay clean and can convert speed to power. He's committed to Florida State.
27. Rushel Shell, RB
At 5'11" and 215 pounds, Rushel Shell is among the best running backs in the country. He has elite vision, awareness and run instincts to go along with great speed and run strength.
I fully expect him to make an immediate impact. Shell has solid foot quickness and just enough juice to skate to the edges.
He's committed to Pitt.
26. Brian Poole, CB
At 5'11" and 180 pounds, Brian Poole is a sticky cover man who can carry receivers all around the field. He has great jamming ability when pressing and doesn't back down from anyone.
Poole can play both the field and boundary positions at corner. I expect him to become a star at Florida.
25. Jabari Ruffin, OLB
Jabari Ruffin stands in the 6'3"-6'4", 230-pound range. He makes plays on offense as TE/WR/RB, but his future more than likely lies on defense as an OLB.
I think Ruffin can play the SAM spot at the second level since he plays stout against the run, but he can also cover TEs and RBs in coverage.
Ruffin is committed to USC.
24. Shaq Roland, WR
Shaq Roland is a smooth, shifty and very speedy WR who stands at 6'1" and 180 pounds. He's viewed as the best player in the state of South Carolina this year.
Roland is an incredibly smooth athlete who looks natural and fluid in his movements. He could also get some looks as a DB. He's headed to South Carolina.
23. Avery Young, OT
Avery Young can set up quickly, slide, mirror, bend, recover and anchor versus rushers down after down. Once he learns good hand placement and how to mix up his sets, he could develop into an All-American left tackle.
He's 6'6", 275 pounds and has all the physical tools. Some college seasoning and development should make him a standout.
Georgia, Florida and Alabama trail Auburn.
22. Darius Hamilton, DL
Darius Hamilton is a 6'4", 245-pound defensive prospect who can do it all.
Most ends at the high school level only focus on their pass-rushing prowess, yet Hamilton shows the strength to anchor and shed against the end. He's so strong and physical at the point of attack that he could tack on some pounds and play DT in college.
Rutgers, Florida, Cal, USC and Tennessee are all in the mix.
21. Malcom Brown, DT
At 6'2" and 280 pounds, Malcom Brown looks like a great future 3-technique, as his quickness at the snap is formidable. He flies off the ball, blows by guards, disrupts offensive fronts and plays in the backfield.
Brown has solid play strength, will fight with leverage and can play the run as well as rush the passer from the middle.
Brown is headed to Texas.
20. Ronald Darby, CB
Ronald Darby has very good foot quickness, which is why he projects well at corner. He shows solid instincts in coverage, comes out of his backpedal well and can close in a hurry.
Darby can also return punts and kicks very, very well.
Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida State appear to be the main three.
19. John Theus, OT
At 6'6" and 295 pounds, John Theus is solid in pass protection, and I think his best spot is right tackle. He moves targets off their marks with ease, has quick feet and plays physically at the point of attack.
Theus also has some explosion at the point of attack and works every snap.
He's committed to Georgia.
18. Gunner Kiel, QB
Gunner Kiel is a 6'4", 200-pound QB with great tools. He's got a solid arm and flashes striking accuracy, good field vision and some athleticism.
Kiel runs a spread offense, showing a total grasp and command of what he's doing. He's not Michael Vick, but he can take off with the ball some.
In a shocker, Kiel has backed off LSU and is now enrolled at Notre Dame.
17. Quay Evans, DT
At 6'2" and 320 pounds, Quay Evans is an immovable object in the trenches. Once he gets his hands on a blocker and inside the body, it's over. Evans can use brute and sheer strength to toss the blocker around or overpower him to get into the backfield.
He's is committed to Mississippi State.
16. Eddie Goldman, DT
Eddie Goldman is a 6'5", 305-plus-pound defensive tackle who has "special" written all over him. He has the quickness to jump blockers at the snap, strength to toss and shed and anchor ability to stop double-teams in their tracks and make a mess in the middle.
Top schools for Goldman include Florida State, Alabama, Cal, Auburn, Clemson, Maryland and Miami.
15. Jameis Winston, QB
At 6'4" and 200 pounds, Jameis Winston combines a rifle arm with great play speed and running ability. While Gunner Kiel is the better pure QB prospect, I believe Winston is the better player and has more potential.
Winston has a strong arm, can push the ball deep and seems to have a good feel for things. He shows solid pocket presence, is a great athlete and can make dazzling runs with his legs.
He's committed to Florida State, but LSU, Alabama, Stanford and Ohio State are still after him.
14. Reggie Ragland, LB
At 6'4" and 245 pounds, Reggie Ragland is a future standout in college; I expect a wealth of things from him in two to three years. Ragland shows tremendous instincts and run-plugging ability and plays to his size at the point of attack.
He's committed to Alabama and has the makings to fit the Rolando McClain and Dont'a Hightower molds.
13. D.J. Humphries, OT
At 6'6" and 270 pounds, D.J. Humphries is a left tackle through and through and is likely the country's best athlete in the trenches.
Humphries plays with easy movement, knee bend, balance, second-level ability, strength and mirror ability.
He's pledged to Florida.
12. Eddie Williams, DB
Eddie Williams is an elite free safety prospect who is 6'4", 205 pounds and one of the best overall players in the country. Some list him as an ATH because he is that versatile, showing an ability to factor at a plethora of positions.
The smooth and rangy Williams is headed for Alabama to form a great safety tandem with...
11. Landon Collins, SS
Landon Collins is a 5-star recruit and one of the top players in the country—he can play safety and outside linebacker.
At 6'0" and 210 pounds, Collins is uber-instinctive in the box, physical versus the run and rangy to chase and pursue.
Collins committed to Alabama over LSU.
10. Keith Marshall, RB
Keith Marshall is a 5'11", 190-pounder who has great breakaway speed, explosiveness, quickness and elusiveness.
When you have 4.32 speed, chances are you are going to be on a lot of lists.
Marshall is a terror to defenses because he's a prime-time home-run threat with the ball. He has committed to Georgia.
9. Arik Armstead, DE/OT
A 6'8", 280-pound monster, Arik Armstead can play DE, DT and even OT for you.
In fact, Scout.com has him as its top OT prospect.
Armstead has solid snap quickness and point of attack strength and can anchor well. However, I think he likes DL and wants to stick at DE. He's got potential to be a heavy-handed, strong-side shedder type who can play the run and pressure the pass.
Cal, Auburn, Oregon and Notre Dame are in the mix.
8. Kwon Alexander, OLB
At 6'2" and 210 pounds, Kwon Alexander projects well at WILL, but I think he can also play SAM in a 4-3 scheme due to his ability to carry tight ends around the field in coverage.
He's the rangiest defender in the country. Alexander will be recovering from a torn ACL, so a redshirt year may be in store.
LSU, Auburn, Florida State and Alabama are the core four.
7. Stefon Diggs, WR
At 6'1" and 190 pounds, Stefon Diggs is a quicker-than-fast athlete who has tremendous speed. His RAC ability is amazing, and he is likely tops in this category in the country for 2012. Diggs can shake, bake and clean the dishes routinely.
He's wide open to the likes of USC, Florida, Auburn, Oklahoma, Maryland, Michigan, Florida State and more.
6. Andrus Peat, OT
At 6'7" and 280 pounds, Andrus Peat is the top line prospect in the country and will be a franchise left tackle. Sound in his technique, smart, patient and savvy in pass protection, Peat is an elite offensive lineman.
Peat is looking at Nebraska, Arizona State, USC, Stanford and Florida State.
5. Shaq Thompson, S
Shaq Thompson is a 6'2", 205-pound safety prospect who can also play running back. He can play both FS and SS and even some CB in a pinch.
Thompson fires at the run, but he also has great range and cover instincts on the back end. He's committed to Cal.
4. Noah Spence, DE
At 6'4" and 245 pounds, Noah Spence can also stand up as a 3-4 OLB and rush the passer while also making plays from the back side against the run. He's an elite pass-rusher and fabulous DE prospect.
You watch Spence on film, and you get the snap quickness, the ability to stay clean, conversion of speed to power and the burst to finish on the passer.
Spence is committed to Ohio State.
3. Johnathan Gray, RB
At 5'11" and 195 pounds, Johnathan Gray has elite vision, feel, instincts, elusiveness, speed and quickness. His skill set is remarkable, and he proved at The Opening that he can catch the football with the best of them.
Gray flashes good jump-cut ability, a burst to the second level in alleys, strength to break tackles, elusiveness and speed to reel off long runs. He's going to Texas.
2. Mario Edwards, DE
Mario Edwards is a 6'4", 297-pound monster of a defensive end—and in my eyes the most complete DE prospect in America right now.
He has the strength to play the run, anchor, stop and stack at the point and shed blocks. Then he has the speed to chase and pressure passers all night long.
Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas are in the mix.
1. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
Dorial Green-Beckham is a tall and long-framed athlete with an incredible strike zone. At 6'6", he clearly has the size to tower over defenders and is a natural terror in the red zone.
Yet he's also in the 220-pound range and runs the 40 in the 4.4 area. He's a phenomenal athlete, has great ball skills and shows a burst in and out of his breaks to gain separation. DGB also can shield a DB away from the ball, flashes pluckability and is very good as a RAC player.
Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas are his top five.