2011's Years College Football Recruitment and Predictions
Top prospects around the nation are still available and are for the taking. Here are the top 10 uncommitted prospects and predictions according to Rivals.
Jadeveon Clowney-Right off the bat Clowney grabs your attention with a very impressive physical presence. In that 6-foot-6 range he carries his weight well and for a kid at about 230 pounds he has room to pack on a significant amount of bulk as he continues to physically develop. He possesses a nice wingspan and has a very physical nature to him and displays good strength. He looks to enjoy contact and will deliver some big hits.
Darkhorse- N/A, South Carolina by default but not really a darkhorse
Tony Steward-Steward is a dominant player displaying excellent athleticism and playing speed. Has the size we like to see for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. This a very flexible athlete who exhibit the quickness, burst and balance necessary to be effective from any spot on the field vs. both the run and pass; shows the K&D skills and instincts which allow him to continually get to the football, on plays both to or away. Possesses the upper body playing strength to defeat blockers however his speed allows him to beat blockers through gaps or avoid contact to make plays.
George Farmer-George Farmer is not only a physically imposing presence on offense, but we are not so sure he wouldn't make for a great safety prospect as well. Farmer is a thickly built, athletic prospect with great speed to stretch the field vertically, but also possesses the ability to turn the short catch into a homerun. He is built like Dez Bryant and has very quick feet for a bigger player.
Leader- USC(near lock)
Cyrus Kouandjio-Kouandjio is a dominant run blocker with excellent athleticism that is very rare at his size coming out of high school. This guy runs very well for a big man. His over all size is what we like to see for the tackle position at the major level of competition. Displays very good flexibility in a three point stance; comes off the ball with good initial quickness and explosion; gets a good fit with a flat back and good pad level; rolls his hips with good base and leg drive; has the playing strength to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage; his athletic ability and balance allow him to maintain contact when he moving defenders into space.
Leader- Alabama or USC
Curtis Grant-Grant possesses the excellent athleticism necessary to get to the football vs. both the run and pass. His size is what we like to see for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. This is a very flexible, smooth athlete; is more productive when pursuing laterally, although will take on blockers vs. the inside run; works at being a physical player with some success but must improve his ability to hand shiver and shed in 1 on 1 situations. Is aggressive and tough, flashing downhill and stacking skill against the inside run but an overall better and more productive guy when able to avoid blockers and work laterally; demonstrates the agility and balance to work through traffic with excellent playing speed and pursuit habits; displays solid wrap tackling skill with an explosive finishing burst.
Leader- Virginia Tech
Ray Drew-There is plenty to like about Drew as this kid is a talented and disruptive defender who still possesses a frightening amount of upside. He has great size and displays a nice wingspan. Despite already being in that 250 pound range he still has plenty of room to pack on more good bulk with time in a college weight program. He can be quick off the ball, but does need to be more consistent.
Leader- Alabama and Georgia
Devon Blackman-Blackmon is a special athlete that is reminiscent of an east coast version in Quan Bray. Blackmon is a dual-threat quarterback at this level because you want the ball in his hands on every snap, but he has cover corner or slot receiver written all over him for the next level. He could also develop into a terrific return specialist. He is remarkably smooth and fluid-- ease of movement and change-of-direction skills are excellent.
Isiah Crowell-Crowell is simply an explosive package at the running back position. Looks a tad smaller than his listed measurables but this guy is very well-built and compact. Built low to the ground and deceptively a very powerful back. Hits the hole fast just as the creases open and reaches top-speed almost instantly.
Stephon Tuitt-Tuitt is an interesting defensive line prospect. He is a big defensive end who you can't help but think will be a defensive tackle in time, but as you watch him you don't want to discount his ability to stay at end.
Leader- Georgia Tech
Darkhorse- Notre Dame
Gregory Robinson-Robinson shows good upper body playing strength as a run blocker; his size for the tackle position is good however this guy may end up at offensive guard as his career progresses. Shows good flexibility in a three point stance; flashes good initial quickness but not consistently explosive.
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