College Football Recruiting: Video of the Top 5 Highlight-Reel Playmakers

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IJanuary 18, 2012

College Football Recruiting: Video of the Top 5 Highlight-Reel Playmakers

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    The 2012 recruiting class is full of superb young athletes who have shown some remarkable ability on the gridiron this past year, and if you're a college football fan, you have to be excited about the infusion of young talent that the sport will get next season.

    There will be plenty of freshmen who will be capable of making a Marcus Lattimore/De'Anthony Thomas/Sammy Watkins-type of instant impact in 2012, and it should be fun to watch which players emerge as stars early in their careers.

    Here's a look at five highlight-reel playmakers from the 2012 class that I think have a great shot to make their presence felt next season.

ATH Devin Fuller (Old Tappan HS, New Jersey)

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    A lot of top recruits made some "wow" plays this year, but I can guarantee you that most of them didn't accumulate the sheer number of "wow" plays that Devin Fuller put together.

    Fuller is one of the most naturally gifted players to emerge from New Jersey in years, and he's got the chance to be a sensational offensive weapon no matter where he ends up lining up in college.

    If you've seen his highlights, you know why schools like Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska, Notre Dame and TCU are all chasing the All-American recruit.

WR Stefon Diggs (Good Counsel HS, Maryland)

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    With remarkable speed and burst off the line of scrimmage, Stefon Diggs embarrassed countless poor opposing defensive backs, as he routinely burned anyone that stepped in front of him during his high school days.

    Diggs is one of the most explosive and athletic players in the country, and he shined as both a receiver and defensive back for Our Lady of Good Counsel high school in Maryland.

    Any time Diggs had the ball in his hands, he was a threat to take it to the house, and most of the time, he did just that.

    The 6'0'', 185-pound speedster has yet to announce his commitment as of yet, but he holds offers from nearly every power program in the country, including Auburn, Florida, USC, Oklahoma and Michigan. 

RB Johnathan Gray (Aledo HS, Texas)

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    Texas already has a budding star in its backfield with Malcolm Brown, and now the Longhorns are going to have a perfect complement to Brown next year when Johnathan Gray, who holds the national high school football record with 205 career touchdowns, joins the mix in Austin.

    Gray dominated opposing defenses since his freshman year of high school, and he proved that he was just too physically superior for the type of defenders that tried to stop him or even contain him.

    It will be interesting to see if he can come up with the same type of huge runs in the Big 12 next season.

RB Barry Sanders (Heritage Hall HS, Oklahoma)

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    It’s never easy to try to follow in your father’s footsteps, especially in the same sport where he was a legend (just ask Marcus Jordan), but Barry Sanders has managed to step out of his father’s shadow and make a name for himself on his own. He’s developed into one of the most entertaining running back recruits in the country.

    Sanders has shown the same type of balance and burst that made his father an icon with the Detroit Lions, and he’s got what it takes to make a huge impact in the Pac-12 next season when he joins Stepfan Taylor in the Stanford backfield.

RB Trey Williams (Dekaney HS, Texas)

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    Trey Williams may have been overlooked just a bit in the state of Texas because of all of the success that fellow star running back Johnathan Gray was having, but there was never a time when any of his opponents overlooked him.

    Although he's only 5'8'' and 180 pounds, Williams is an absolute beast. He has the type of rare combination of power, balance, quickness and vision to make big plays happen any time he gets the ball in his hands.

    Texas A&M fans are crossing their fingers that Williams ends up in Aggie Land next season.