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Power Ranking Top 10 ATH Recruits in Class of 2015

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMarch 7, 2014

Power Ranking Top 10 ATH Recruits in Class of 2015

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    Georgia commit Terry Godwin
    Georgia commit Terry GodwinCredit: 247Sports

    Some college football prospects are difficult to pin down at one position. Versatility and shortcomings alike can make it a challenge to confidently identify where a recruit will play when he arrives on campus.

    These players fall into the "athlete" category, where the only definite is an expansive skill set. We pared down a nation's worth of athlete prospects into a top 10, searching for effectiveness, speed and playmaking ability.

10. Shawn Burgess-Becker

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    Size: 6'1", 185 pounds

    School: Monarch High School (Coconut Beach, Fla.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    The Knights reached postseason play with Shawn Burgess-Becker doing damage on both sides of the ball. He compiled 518 receiving yards and five touchdowns, adding 72 tackles and five interceptions on defense.

     

    Scouting Report

    Burgess-Becker is a natural fit at cornerback, where he displays enough toughness and closing speed to compete at the highest level of college football. He gets airborne and attacks the pass, showing off excellent hands in traffic.

    His straight-line speed is extraordinary, making him a legitimate threat to score anytime he gains possession. He is an effective big-play receiver but remains unpolished as a route-runner and displays better instincts on defense.  

     

    Recruitment Status

    He is viewed as a strong Miami lean, and the local squad has shown him plenty of love throughout his recruitment process. Burgess-Becker recently received offers from Auburn, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Mississippi State.

9. Kerryon Johnson

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    Size: 6'0", 185 pounds

    School: Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Kerryon Johnson and the Mustangs won a second straight state championship. He rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown in the title game, according to WAAYTV.com.

     

    Scouting Report

    Johnson stars at running back and defensive back at Madison, although he could contribute as a receiver in college. His length creates plenty of opportunities and allows him to cover taller receivers on defense.

    He shows great balance as a runner and body control while hitting a rushing lane. There's also a lot to like about his game at cornerback, where he won't be overmatched athletically.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Auburn and Alabama are fighting over this prized in-state recruit. He also received strong interest from Florida State, Clemson and LSU.

8. Osa Masina

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    Size: 6'4", 218 pounds

    School: Brighton High School (Salt Lake City)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Osa Masina was scintillating throughout a 12-win campaign. He rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns while tallying 87 tackles on defense.

     

    Scouting Report

    Masina is a long-striding runner with above-average speed and special size. His highlight reel is filled with phenomenal runs and rushing touchdowns, but safety may be the strongest option.

    He can match up against receivers of any size and brings physicality to the backfield. His reach will get his hand on the football, and he can take it the distance for a defensive touchdown.

     

    Recruitment Status

    BYU and Utah are heavily involved here. Beyond state borders, Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame are in pursuit.

7. Marcus Lewis

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    Size: 6'1", 187 pounds

    School: Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Marcus Lewis earned first-team all-conference honors for an impressive season at Gonzaga, a perennial playoff contender.

     

    Scouting Report

    Lewis predominately lines up at cornerback, but his style of play is suited for the safety position. Once he identifies the football, he sprints full speed and puts a lick on the ball-carrier.

    He serves up devastating blocks on special teams, proving his toughness extends to various facets. It remains to be seen how his speed stacks up against other elite members of the 2015 class, but he can contribute in an expansive secondary role.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Ohio State has put itself in an enviable position as Lewis' early favorite. Clemson, Kentucky and Virginia Tech are also in the mix.

6. Malik Dear

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    Size: 5'10", 185 pounds

    School: Murrah High School (Jackson, Miss.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    The Mustangs finished 5-7, but Malik Dear made his presence known on a routine basis. He rushed for 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding more than 600 receiving yards and another six scores through the air.

     

    Scouting Report

    Dear does so much on offense that it's difficult to predict where he'll play in college, though receiver is more likely than running back. He runs with physicality, breaking tackles and bursting into space.

    He's not a burner but makes defenders miss in the open field and doesn't slow down in traffic. He is dynamic in the intermediate passing game and should make a compelling case to play in the slot.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Mississippi State and Ole Miss are heavy favorites. SEC rivals Alabama and Florida have also extended offers.

5. Jerome Baker

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    Size: 6'1", 205 pounds

    School: Benedictine High School (Cleveland)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Jerome Baker starred for the nine-win Bengals. He was a touchdown machine at running back and stood out at linebacker.

     

    Scouting Report

    Baker is an excellent candidate to suit up in the offensive backfield or outside linebacker in college. He's a downhill runner who shows no hesitation in his approach and can break away from defensive backs.

    He fights through traffic with tenacity and displays immense lower-body strength. He is built to handle between-the-tackles rushing duties at the next level.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He attended a February junior day at Penn State. Fellow Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan are also pursuing Baker.

4. George Campbell

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    Size: 6'3", 184 pounds

    School: East Lake High School (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    George Campbell and the Eagles reached a state championship game. He caught 31 passes for 769 yards and seven touchdowns, adding 29 tackles on defense.

     

    Scouting Report

    Campbell has plenty to prove as a receiver, where he looks uncomfortable at times. His pass-catching skills are adequate but prevent him from taking a leap among America's best downfield targets.

    The combination of size and speed keeps coaches salivating about his potential, even if they don't necessarily know where to play him. It's unclear what kind of physicality he would bring to the defensive backfield, but for an athlete of his stature, there is a fit somewhere on the field.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He decommitted from Michigan in December, but the Wolverines remain in the mix. Florida, Florida State and Clemson have emerged as top options.

3. Dexter Williams

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    Size: 6'0", 192 pounds

    School: West Orange High School (Winter Garden, Fla.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Dexter Williams transferred to West Orange from Olympia High School (Orlando, Fla.) in February. He rushed for 1,072 yards in his final season at Olympia, per the Orlando Sentinel.

     

    Scouting Report

    Williams is an electric rusher off the edge who only needs one cut before he's off to the races. His quickness gives him an opportunity to reach the end zone from anywhere.

    He doesn't display sustained top-level speed, but his burst through the hole is special. It's difficult to envision him lined up outside of the offensive backfield, although receiver is a possibility. 

     

    Recruitment Status

    He recently received offers from Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee and Georgia. His favorites include Florida, South Carolina and Ohio State.

2. Terry Godwin

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    Size: 6'0", 165 pounds

    School: Callaway High School (Hogansville, Ga.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Terry Godwin helped the Cavaliers claim a regional title, starring at receiver and cornerback.

     

    Scouting Report

    He is more powerful than his weight might suggest, as he is able to break tackles and reach open space. Godwin gains sizable chunks of yardage with elite straight-line speed and mid-route adjustments.

    His leaping ability shines on both sides of the ball. He needs seasoning as a tackler but knows his way around coverage.

    Receiver is his likely landing spot in college.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Godwin is a Georgia pledge. He committed to the Bulldogs over offers from Auburn, Alabama, Notre Dame and USC, among others.

1. Brian Cole

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    Size: 6'2", 190 pounds

    School: Heritage High School (Saginaw, Mich.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Brian Cole contributed as a running back and cornerback for Heritage. He earned all-state honors at defensive back, tallying 47 tackles and five interceptions.

     

    Scouting Report

    Cole can flat-out fly, whether he's moving with the ball or toward it. His quickness makes up space in a hurry, and he knows how to lay the lumber on defense.

    He's an upright runner who makes defenders miss with exceptional lateral movement. He does his best work at cornerback, where he exhibits smooth hips and footwork in coverage.

     

    Recruitment Status

    A local battle is brewing between Michigan State and Michigan. Big Ten rival Ohio State is the strongest contender beyond state borders.

     

    All prospect information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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