College Football Recruiting 2012: Ranking the Top 100 Commitments
We're in September now folks, and we have seen more of the top prospects commit to the top schools around the country.
While we still have many players left on the board who appear to be far from making a decision, there are many prospects already pledged.
For this read, we're going to rank the top 100 players that have already committed and are locked up. Here we go.
100. Taylor Decker, OL
At 6'8", 290 pounds, Decker has heard a few whispers of being compared to former Irish offensive lineman Sam Young coming out of high school. He does a great job of sliding and mirroring his target as a pass protector.
He flashes patience, set quickness and recover ability. However, Decker is not the strongest and can get walked back by power.
He's a Notre Dame pledge.
99. Armani Reeves, CB
Reeves is one of the fastest and quickest players in the country. I think he has a canvas of an excellent corner, as his short area quickness and closing speed are outstanding.
He is rarely sticky out of his backpedal and rolls out of his transition with ease. He does not circle to close much and can carry a WR deep.
Reeves is headed to Penn State.
98. Aaron Porter, LB
Porter is one of the most productive defenders on the West Coast. He was the CIF DPOY last year and set school records with 156 tackles, 23 TFLs, 11 sacks and even had two picks.
He's 6'2", 230 pounds and plays in the middle. He brings his lunch pail every game and works every snap. Porter has very good instincts, a feel for the game and is an underrated LB that is a bit under the radar.
Porter is a Bruin.
97. Max Tuerk, OL
Tuerk is a 6'5", 290-pound OL prospect from the greater Los Angeles-Orange County area. He has a good size, solid agility, balance and flashes good foot quickness.
I think Tuerk can play OG or OT, and could be a solid swing OL in college. He shows good movement out of his stance, second level ability and some production in space.
Tuerk is headed to USC.
96. Hassan Ridgeway, DE
Ridgeway is a 6'4", 220-pound DE prospect that could also slide back to OLB.
He is an explosive pass rusher that also has strength to play the run. Ridgeway has good speed to make lays from the backside and should be a solid college defender.
He's a Texas commit.
95. Kenneth Marshall, CB
Marshall plays with an extreme amount of passion. He's ferocious and the kind of corner LBs will like because he will help them play the run. Marshall even has good, subtle avoid ability in pursuit.
He's a very good athlete that needs technique work. Marshall tries to take too many chances and is raw in come areas. But watching him, you see the potential and realize the reward could be a huge payoff.
Marshall is a Texas A&M commit.
94. Joshua Perry, LB
Perry is a bit underrated in my opinion. I think he has leadership qualities from what I've read about him, and I think he is still growing physically, albeit he already is 6'3", 225 pounds.
He's very athletic and has a high ceiling. He projects as a SAM LB in college due to his length, increasing strength and ability to cover TEs. He doesn't back down from play side runs and will attack the line of scrimmage.
He's solid to Ohio State.
93. Ondre Pipkins, DT
Pipkins has a chance to be one of the best DTs in this year's class when we look back three years from now. He wen to the NIKE Camp at Ohio State and just picked on everyone there during one on one drills.
6'4", 322 pounds he plays with great explosiveness and strength and seems bent on not being just a space eater. He makes plays vs. the run and can collapse the pocket vs. the pass as a rusher.
Pipkins is headed to Michigan.
92. Bralon Addison, WR
At 5'10" and 180 pounds and an all around skill set, Addison can also be listed as an ATH, as he can play QB, RB and CB as well as WR. He's a do it all player that uses great speed, quickness and athleticism to make plays all over the field.
The Texas A&M commit shows excellent release quickness and suddenness in and out of his breaks. Addison also displays soft hands and can really scoot around the field as a RAC player
91. Troy Hinds, DE
Hinds has been such a problem on the Utah high school football scene that many teams just shy away from him. At 6'5" 225 pounds, he is an excellent pass rusher.
He has a great burst off the edge, can close to finish and he has great pursuit ability. He can play the run with strength, but also has the range to chase.
Hinds is bound for BYU.
90. Josh Holsey, CB
There's a lot to like about Holsey's game. First, he's very quick and agile. I also like the fact that he plays with good balance and transition quickness.
He closes downhill on the ball and receiver in a flash. Holsey flashes solid hands to make interceptions and other plays on the ball for his defense as well.
Holsey is headed to Auburn.
89. Dakota Ball, DT
Ball is a 6'2", 295-pound DL that can play DT in a 4-3 yet is strong enough at the point of attack to factor as a DE in a 30 front.
He really plays with a good motor, competitiveness and effort. Yet I also see good quickness at the snap, the fight to pressure and good pursuit ability vs. the run.
He's headed to Alabama.
88. Tanner Mangum, QB
There some QBs you study on film and you just notice the game comes simple and easy to them. That's a trait Matt Leinart showed according to Norm Chow at USC. Mangum shows me that on a 6'2", 185-pound frame.
I see how he makes solid decisions, lets his skill players do their thing by delivering the football in position for them to make plays, and has pretty good accuracy. His arm strength is good enough to be a threat to all defensive levels.
He'll be fine at BYU.
87. Nick James, DT
You want a monster, space eating DT for your defensive front? Look no further than the 6'5", 335-pound James.
He plays with great snap quickness, balance, strength and power for a big man. His force comes from his strong upper body and he flashes some short area chase ability in pursuit.
James is committed to Mississippi State.
86. Terry Richardson, CB
Richardson is an athletic corner who has a trait I like in DBs: route recognition. It's an instinct some have and some don't, so it shows that he is a student of the game and serious about his craft.
I like his backpedal, although he needs to bulk up to hold his fort down in press man coverage. But Richardson has a skill set that should make him a starter in college.
Michigan has him locked up.
85. Erik Magnuson, OL
At 6'6", 275 pounds, Manguson is among the top tackles on the West Coast. He displays great balance, agility and foot quickness as a pass protector.
Magnuson flashes enough brute strength to potentially become a great drive blocker in college. I like his snap quickness, and he plays to his size at the point of attack.
Magnuson is headed to Michigan.
84. Bryson Echols, CB
Echols is a solid prospect who stands at 5'10", 170 pounds. He's versatile enough to play both the field and boundary at CB due to his willingness to support the run, while also being quick and rangy enough to cover.
Echols should develop into a solid player who can also factor on special teams since he has solid speed, toughness and athleticism.
83. Dalvon Stuckey, DT
Stuckey is a bit of a mystery. I question his every down intensity and effort. Some plays he's there, others it seems like he doesn't care.
6'3", 300 pounds and blessed with great strength, Stuckey will be in for a shock in college as he's either going reach his potential or flame out in a major way.
He's committed to Florida State.
82. Marvin Bracy, WR
Bracy may actually be the fastest player in the country. At 5'9", 165 pounds, he has been clocked at nearly 10 flat in the 100.
His biggest strength is obviously his speed and explosiveness, as he is extremely quick and sudden. Yet Bracy is a player that just needs the ball, whether it be on returns, quick screens or reverses and sparks will fly.
He's a Seminole.
81. Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB
Floyd is a 6'5", 220-pounder that has a lot of natural ability and athleticism. He can really track ball carries, run like a deer and just ball out.
He'll need to learn some nuances of pass rushing, get bigger and stronger and maybe get bit of a nasty streak, but he'll be a good one.
He's committed to Georgia where I think he'll play OLB in the Bulldog's 3-4 scheme.
80. John McGee, OL
McGee is an excellent pivot prospect and you can see the skill set even as he plays left tackle. 6'3", 260 pounds, he has among the quickest feet of any OL prospect in the country.
Even when he moves to center in college, I think McGee still can and will be used as a lead puller and second level shield. He's very athletic and moves well out of his stance. He should make a fine center.
Committed to Oklahoma.
79. Brian Kimbrow, RB
Kimbrow is a bit undersized for a rock toter at 5'9", 165 pounds, yet he makes up for it in other ways. The Memphis native claims he has been clocked at 4.25 in the 40.
Quick, slippery, elusive and explosive, Kimbrow is a Jack-of-all-trades type of offensive weapon. He can factor extremely heavily on the edges and flanks of the field.
He's headed to Vanderbilt.
78. Tyler Hayes, LB
At 6'3", 220 pounds, a stat that strikes me about Hayes is that he returned two kickoffs for scores last year. Imagine running downfield only to see that a 6'3", 220-pound specimen is charging at you, daring you to come hit him. Geez.
Hayes has the ability to factor as a running back since he rushed for 700 yards last year, but it looks like his future is brightest at linebacker. He's a good thumper and is physical at the point of attack.
He's bound for Alabama.
77. Bart Houston, QB
Houston is asked to take care of the football and manage the offense for De La Salle, but people know the 6'4", 200 pounder is more talented than he lets on right now.
It comes out when he is called upon to make a play, as Houston shows off a skill set of a future top notch starting college QB. He's poised in the pocket, leads his huddle, has a strong arm and a very quick release.
He's headed to Wisconsin.
76. Leonte Carroo, WR
Carroo is one of the best players, not only in New Jersey, but also on the East Coast. A 6'2", 200-pound receiver, he has very good strength to release off the line to fight press coverage, and he can break free and scoot upfield with speed.
Once he breaks out of his cuts with suddenness and sharpness to gain separation, he becomes QB friendly, as Carroo catches almost everything in sight. He's also a deep threat with solid RAC ability as well.
Carroo is headed for Rutgers.
75. Jarron Jones, DT
At 6'7", 290 pounds, 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 also think he can play end in a 30-front scheme as well.
Jones does a solid job of bursting at the snap, using his size to lean on blockers, wearing them down and shedding to make a stop. He understands when he needs to summon his quickness, which is usually on third downs, to rush the passer.
Jones is solid to Notre Dame.
74. P.J. Williams, DS
Versatility, as you can likely tell by now, is something that I value highly when evaluating. Williams is another versatile prospect, as he can play safety or boundary corner. He has 4.5 speed and the athleticism to factor all around the back end.
6'0", 180 pounds, Williams will attack the line of scrimmage to stop the run, but can also be used as a either a zone or man defender. He comes out of transition easily and closes well.
Williams is headed to Florida State.
73. Cassanova McKinzy, LB
McKinzy is a 6'3", 235-pound MIKE LB prospect that has excellent size. He fits right in as a middle 'backer due to his smarts and instincts in the box.
McKinzy shows the want and intelligence to take on the chore of lining up an entire defense play in and play out, while also being able to shift coverages, gap responsibilities and alignments pre-snap.
He's committed to Auburn.
72. .J. Yeldon, RB
6'1", 200 pounds, Yeldon is the top RB prospect in Alabama this year. He has excellent size, but has home run potential since he shows a good burst and long speed on tape.
Some teams like him on defense, but Yeldon feels RB is his top spot. He will be an every down runner in college.
Yeldon will attend Auburn.
71. Connor Brewer, QB
Brewer is one of the top QB prospects in the country. The thing I love most about him is he is a winner and gamer. Brewer is not a dual threat QB, but he does demand teams account for him as a running threat.
He has two state championships under his belt in Arizona and runs a similar offense to what Texas is installing currently. He can do it all from the pocket, and can escape to the edges and make plays on the run.
Brewer is committed to Texas.
70. Justin Shanks, DT
Shanks is a defensive tackle who I like a lot. At 6'4", 295 pounds, he has the potential to play end in a 3-4, but he could also stick as a 4-3 tackle. Shanks is also athletic enough to trim down a bit and play strong-side end in a 40 front.
He shows good snap quickness, strength at the point of attack, anchor ability and quickness to slip blocks. Shanks is a solid DL prospect who has a high ceiling.
Florida State has him locked up.
69. Martin Aiken, DE
6'4", 240 pounds, Aiken is an intriguing player. He's explosive off the ball, powerful at the point of attack, converts speed to power, and can close on the passer well.
He had a junior season with numbers like 106 tackles, 36 TFLs and 13 sacks. He shows a great fight to pressure and is a menace for an offensive line night after night.
Committed to Clemson.
68. Darreus Rogers, WR
Rogers is a 6'2", 195 pound perimeter player that could also be a great safety in college.
A great deep threat, Rogers is a player with a speed-based game that shows an elite instinct to track balls in flight. He makes plays vertically and has a high ceiling.
He's committed to USC.
67. Colin Thompson, TE
Thompson is a 6'5", 255-pound tight end prospect from Pennsylvania. Tough, stout and just a gamer, Thompson has the potential to factor in both the run and pass.
He shows great willingness to throw his body around as a blocker and seal ends and linebackers. In the pass, Thompson understands his own length, and can pluck balls from all around his frame.
Thompson is committed to Florida.
66. Peter Jinkens, LB
At 6'1", 210 pounds, Jinkens has the ability to chase all over the field or take on a run head on. He's pretty instinctive and has the athletic ability to move inside in sub packages and play the nickel linebacker role.
He shows good speed and range both ways. He needs to work on his coverage skills, but proper coaching and technique work should see him improve in this facet of his game.
Texas already has Jinkens in the fold.
65. Evan Boehm, OC
Boehm is a 6'3", 290 pound OL that projects best as a pivot player. He shows the snap quickness, nimble feet, solid strength and intelligence to play center and is viewed as the premier player at the position in the nation.
Another quality and trait that I like about Boehm is he shows quick hands to beat defenders to the point and punch. He gets good hand placement inside the body and can walk defenders back.
He's committed to Missouri.
64. Kaleb Ringer, LB
Ringer is a LB with a solid skill set. He's 6'1", 225 pounds and has great shedding ability. I really value this trait on LB prospects, since it is essential how they play in take ons and use their hands to get free from blocks.
Ringer also has excellent play speed, which is why his range so good, and he can also be used on blitzes. Another trait to Ringer's game that I like is when he arrives at the point of attack, he brings the wood with him.
He's headed to Michigan
63. Dan Voltz, OG
Voltz is a 6'4", 290-pound guard prospect who shows grit, toughness and strength.
He works every snap, he can maul in the run game and he'll hold his own against power on the inside. Voltz has the versatility to play all five spots, but I like him as a guard.
He's headed to Wisconsin.
62. Bryce Treggs, WR
Treggs is quick WR that stands 5'11", 175 pounds and is dangerous after the catch. He can roll out of his cuts and scoot around the field with ease.
He's not overly big, but he can beat you with speed and play making ability. He'll go across the middle if needed and can also return kicks and punts.
Cal has him locked up.
61. Dillon Lee, LB
Lee is a versatile defender that stands 6'4", 220 pounds and plays with great instincts. He plays the run with fantastic instincts and attacks the line of scrimmage with tenacity.
I also believe Lee has a burst to finish on the ball carriers he seeks out. His speed is better than many people think, and his length will allow him to factor as a blitzer since he will clog up throwing lanes naturally.
Lee's committed to Alabama.
60. Aaron Burbridge, WR
At 6'1", 180 pounds, 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.
I also see flashes of separation quickness and RAC ability down field. Burbridge may be underrated.
He's bound for Michigan State.
59. Royce Jenkins-Stone, LB
A 6'2", 215-pound linebacker, Jenkins-Stone has the ability to play all three spots in 4-3 look. He's instinctive enough to play MIKE, stout enough to play SAM, and fast enough to man the WILL spot.
He can bring the wood at the point of attack, thump well as a tackler and even be an efficient blitzer. Wherever Jenkins-Stone plays, look for some big things to happen.
Stone is committed to Michigan.
58. Kendall Sanders, DB
Sanders is a 6'0", 175-pounder that can play CB, RB and WR. He is an extremely versatile player with great athleticism, as evidenced by him rushing for over 1000 yards and chipping in nearly 800 yards receiving.
His length and athleticism project him as a CB, but don't be shocked to see Sanders line up on offense in Stillwater, as he's a future Oklahoma State Cowboy.
57. Ricky Parks, TE
Parks reminds me of a poor man's Jay Rome. He's 6'4", 230 pounds with 4.6 speed and can get up the hashes. He can annoy safeties in college.
He's a natural receiving tight end who can be flexed out on the flanks. He needs to get stronger and work on his blocking technique.
Parks is headed to Auburn.
56. Thomas Johnson, WR
Johnson is a playmaker in every sense of the word. He may not be the biggest receiver, but he has great speed and a knack for finding the end zone.
At 6'0", 175 pounds, he is dangerous after the catch. RAC is his middle name and getting to paydirt is his game.
Johnson is headed to Texas.
55. Alex Ross, RB
Ross is a physical runner who never backs down from defenders. At 6'1", 205 pounds, he loves to mix it up in between the tackles and dares tacklers to challenge him in alleys.
Ross gets to and through holes with solid explosion and decisiveness. He wastes no time and knows what he wants to get out of each carry.
Oklahoma has him locked up.
54. Se'von Pittman, DE
Pittman is a 6'4", 225-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.
Athletic and agile, Pittman does a solid job staying clean and has a burst to close and finish. He can be a bit of a one-trick pony at times, as he lacks strength, but a college strength program will improve that.
Pittman is headed to Michigan State.
53. Kaiwan Lewis, LB
Lewis is one of the biggest hitters in the country, regardless of position. He can really bring the wood and lay someone out.
On tape, he plays like a heat seeking missile at 6'2", 225 pounds. He explodes upon contact and seems to hit like he has the intention of making the ball carrier feel as much pain as possible. He's future starting MLB.
He's a Gamecock.
52. Sterling Shepard, WR
At 5'11", 170 pounds, Shepard has the size and quickness to fit into the slot like a dollar in a poor man's pocket. He releases off the line in a hurry and is dangerous underneath.
He will help an offense by demanding double coverage. When he plays in the slot, he'll force a safety to stay on him, which opens up the deep part of the field for his teammates.
Shepard will do all of this for Oklahoma.
51. Camrhon Hughes, OT
At 6'7", 290 pounds, Hughes has the frame you want in a tackle. I think he's long and athletic enough to play left tackle in college.
He flashes good knee bend, set quickness and mirror ability in pass protection. He has the ceiling to gain strength to move targets around in the run game as well.
Texas will be in charge of getting him to develop properly.
50. Tommy Schutt, DT
At 6'3", 290 pounds, Schutt 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.
He shows the potential to develop into either a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 two-gapping end. He also flashes very good ability to use his hands to shed and escape blocks.
He's a Penn State commit.
49. James Ross, LB
At 6'1", 215 pounds, what's so impressive about 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.
He's a natural MIKE 'backer who plugs the run, jumps backs in alleys and uses his athleticism to play with range. Once he gets seasoned in college, he could be a prime-time steal.
He's all Michigan's.
48. Ty Darlington, OL
Darlington is one my underrated prospects as I feel he should be valued higher than what many give him credit for. He's a 6'3", 275 pound OL that can play all five OL spots, but I think he'll be a center or OG in college.
He's good great technique and toughness, he fires out of his stance and can wall/position defenders. Darlington also has great hand placement and plays with good leverage.
Committed to Oklahoma.
47. Jonathan Taylor, DT
At 6'4", 307 pounds, Taylor is a major annoyance in the middle for offensive linemen. He can jump snaps, wreak havoc and he has great strength to push the pocket up the middle.
He also has some athletic ability to chase in short areas versus the run. He should be a solid defensive tackle in college.
Taylor is headed to Georgia.
46. Avery Johnson, WR
Johnson is the younger brother of former LSU and current Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. At 6'2", 185 pounds, Johnson is not just riding his brother's coattails.
He's a super deep threat with a big frame who can do it all. Johnson is a great athlete with natural ball skills, and he can develop into an all-conference player.
He's an LSU pledge.
45. Michael Starts, DL/OL
At 6'5", 275 pounds, Starts reminds me a bit of USC tackle Tyron Smith coming out of high school. He's extremely athletic and can play both guard and tackle.
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.
Interestingly enough, Starts committed to Texas Tech, where he will likely play DL.
44. Brock Stadnik, OT
Stadnik lines up each snap with one thing in mind: to finish his target off. He looks to pancake everyone in his way and does so most of the time.
At 6'5", 290 pounds, he has very good technique and can drive block very, very well. I think he can play right tackle and guard in college with ease.
South Carolina locked him up in May.
43. Eugene Lewis, WR
Lewis is a 6'2", 180-pounder who will see his mark mostly made in the intermediate passing game. He has the tools develop into a very good No. 2 receiver.
He works his routes well, sets up defenders and can break out quickly from cuts at the junction point. He won't wow you deep, but he can get by if he has to.
Lewis is pledge to Penn State.
42. Mario Pender, RB
Pender averaged almost 14 yards a carry last season. Do me a favor; go back and read that one more time. Because that's amazing.
At 6'0" and over 200 pounds, he 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's bound for Florida State.
41. Jelani Hamilton, DE
Hamilton first caught my eye by having a solid Under Armour combine showing in January. From a solid St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) program, he is a solid defensive end prospect.
He 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. He also flashes good range to chase ball carriers around in stopping the run.
He's committed to Miami.
40. Deontay Greenberry, WR
6'3", 180-pounds Greenberry has a tall and long frame which aids his strike zone. He snatches everything around him, but it's release quickness and separation quickness that will make a great college pass catcher.
He shows good play speed and has some wiggle in his athleticism. Greenberry has good RAC skills and is a solid playmaker.
He's committed to Notre Dame.
39. Noor Davis, LB
Davis is a big 6'4", 225-pound LB that is also looked at as a potential DE prospect. Yet, I think he is most valuable as a two-down LB/third-down, sub-rusher type.
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. He had over 11 tackles and eight sacks last year.
Davis is bound for Stanford.
38. Geno Smith, CB
Smith is a tall and long corner at 6'0", 165 pounds. He really excels in off-man and zone coverage. This is where he flashes his smooth backpedal, loose hips and transition quickness.
He lacks strength to jam effectively at the line, but he is so good in coverage that he can still be thrown on an island and forgotten about. He also shows good hands to make picks on balls outside his frame.
Smith committed to Alabama over Auburn.
37. Duke Johnson, RB
Johnson shows athleticism that speaks to me as being quicker than fast. 5'9", 180-pounds. He's an elusive ball carrier who can shake and bake with the best of them.
Dangerous in the open field, he always looks for the even the smallest crease to skate through and can hide well behind his blockers to pick and slide to holes.
He's headed to Miami.
36. Durron Neal, WR
The thing about Neal is he plays the same position and is in the same state as Dorial Green-Beckham. However, Neal is no slouch himself.
At 6'0", 185-pounds, he has good speed, 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 is committed to Oklahoma.
35. Warren Ball, RB
Ball is a 6'2", 200-pound running back who is equally good as a receiver out of the backfield. We use the term "every down" back a lot when evaluating running backs, but Ball is the epitome of the term.
He will be able to tote the rock on the first two initial downs, but he will also be able to be used as a featured pass catcher in the air assault portion of his team's offense. He shows natural receiving skills and a great burst.
He's headed to Ohio State.
34. LaDarrell McNeil, DB
McNeil is a safety prospect who can play both the free and strong spots in the back end. At 6'2", 190-pounds, he shows a very good knack to read and react versus the run and he is dynamic in the box. Yet he also has good enough athletic ability to roam around.
If I had to choose what specific spot I like him at, it would be strong safety. I like him more there just because he's a bit better playing the run than he is playing the pass.
He's pledged to Tennessee.
33. Dominique Wheeler, WR
Perhaps a bit underrated on the recruiting scene, Wheeler is fantastic receiver prospect. At 6'1", 180-pounds, he shows a great skill set on the offensive flanks.
He has solid release quickness, eats cushion well, he can stem a defender, he can break in his routes and he has solid hands. Wheeler also displays solid speed to get vertical and behind a secondary.
Wheeler is going to Texas Tech.
32. Tee Shepard, DB
Shepard is another cover corner who is among the top in the nation.
At 6'0" and over 170-pounds, he can play free safety and corner. He shows the coverage skills of a corner, which is where I think he projects best. Shepard is a great athlete with quick feet and transition ability on the perimeter.
He's headed for Notre Dame.
31. Kennedy Estelle, OT
At 6'7", 305 pounds, Estelle looks like a college tackle right now. He has excellent length throughout his frame and, most importantly, his arms. He can keep the rush out of his body and watch them pass the QB down after down.
However, Estelle excels in the run game, showing mauler ability, and he finishes well. He can be used on an array of blocks and can play left tackle in college.
Estelle is headed to Texas.
30. Brionte Dunn, RB
Dunn is your classic big-back prospect. He's a bruiser who does the dirty work in between the tackles, and loves to mix it up in run alleys. At 6'1", 215-pounds, he's a chugger who relishes contact.
I like the way Dunn finishes runs and plays to his size upon contact. He's physical and has excellent run instincts.
Ohio State has Dunn in the fold, for now.
29. Chris Black, WR
At 5'11", 175-pounds, 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.
Black is headed to Alabama.
28. Matt Davis, QB
Davis missed most of his junior season with a torn ACL, but the Houston-area prep football scene knows about him, and so do evaluators and college coaches. At 6'1", 200-pounds, he's a playmaking QB who can beat you on the ground or through the air.
Davis has a solid arm that can attack levels of the defense all over the field. He's accurate in and out of the pocket and can make plays as a runner with his legs.
Davis is a Texas A&M commit.
27. Dante Fowler, DE
Fowler is a tweener prospect that can be listed as a defensive end or an outside linebacker. Wherever he's listed , know he's a dynamic defender and pass rusher.
At 6'3", 240-pounds, he 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.
He's committed to Florida State.
26. Travis Blanks, DB
Blanks is a big DB who feels he is a true corner, but many say he can play and fits better as a safety. He had more than 100 tackles and four picks last year.
He's physical and long as a press defender, jams well and has good coverage instincts. Blanks can also carry receivers deep and supports the run well.
The Clemson commit is one of my favorites on this list.
25. Eli Harold, LB
Harold is an extremely explosive pass rusher that can play DE or 3-4 OLB. He is a great athlete with good range, play speed in pursuit and a quick close on ball carriers.
He's a hot name on the trail since many 4-3 programs see him as a two down LB and sub-package/third down DE.
Harold is committed to Virginia.
24. Zach Kline, QB
Kline is a 6'2", 205-pound QB with a cannon for an arm, good moxie, solid athleticism and good field vision. He shows solid pocket presence and can make accurate throws on the run.
Kline loves to let her rip and fit balls into tight windows, showing off his arm strength. I think he could start early in his career at Cal.
23. Trey Williams, RB
Williams is not very big, but he's very fast, slippery and explosive. Quick and elusive at 5'8", 175-pounds, Williams is a stick of dynamite in the backfield and can score anytime he touches the rock.
He uses his lack of height to his advantage, sliding and hiding behind his line, then darts out when he sees a crease. He may not be an every-down back in college, but I still expect him to be very productive.
He's committed to Texas A&M.
22. Sheldon Day, DT
Day has the size and skill set of a prototypical 4-3 under tackle. At 6'2", 280-pounds, he does it with quickness at the snap and sheer will.
He flies off the ball and even is athletic enough to play a little defensive end, too. He shows a quick read/react ability to the run and can anchor well in the middle.
Day's all Irish.
21. Matt Jones, RB
Jones is a big back prospect who stands at 6'3", 210-pounds. Most big backs are stiff, straight-line bruising types, but Jones is the contrary.
He has very good athleticism and has good wiggle for a big back. He is decisive with his reads, hits holes hard and can also be used as a receiver.
Jones is committed to Florida.
20. Kyle Kalis, OT
Kalis is a 6'5", 305-pound lineman's type of lineman. He's a lunch-pail type that 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 displaying solid finishing ability.
He can pull and trap well, due to his easy movement. As a pass protector, Kalis displays the solid foot quickness he needs to slide and mirror well. I like him most at right tackle.
He's committed to Michigan.
19. Jessamen Dunker, OT
Dunker may possess the highest ceiling of any offensive line prospect in the nation for 2012. At 6'6", 310- pounds, he is a former hoops player who has only played football for a limited amount of time.
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 draft pick.
Florida will be charged with bringing him along.
18. Ricardo Louis, WR
Louis is rising up many boards very fast. He's 6'2", 200-pounds and is a big play threat from all over the field.
He plays some QB ow in high school, but everyone who sees him projects him to kick out to the flanks and be a dynamic WR. Louis shows excellent play speed, solid hands, leaping ability and good RAC skills.
He's committed to Auburn.
17. Brian Poole, CB
5'11", 180-pounds, 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
I think Poole can play both the field and boundary positions at corner, as he is athletic and quick enough to have the range for the field side, but he also can support the run well as a boundary corner.
Florida has Poole's commitment.
16. Ronald Darby, CB
Darby is a 5'11", 175-pound corner prospect who could find himself playing running back in college. He's a special athlete who can wow you on tape. He has very good foot quickness, which is why he projects well to corner.
He shows solid instincts in coverage, comes out of his backpedal well and can close in a hurry. Darby also can return punts and kicks very, very well, too.
Darby, who's alias is "Nitro", is headed to play for Notre Dame.
15. Jabari Ruffin, LB
Ruffin is a great-looking prospect, standing in the 6'3"-6'4", 230 pound range, he's a great athlete on the field.
He makes plays on offense as TE/WR/RB, but his future lies more than likely on defense as an OLB. I think Ruffin can play the SAM spot at the second level as he plays stout against the run, but also can cover TEs and RB in coverage.
He's committed to USC.
14. Eddie Williams, DB
Williams is an elite free safety prospect that is 6'4", 205 pounds, Some list him as an ATH because he is that versatile, showing an ability to factor at a plethora of positions.
DS, WR and OLB are all spots that you could see Williams play in college, but free safety is his best spot. He's instinctive in coverage, quick to recognize routes and he can pluck interceptions out of the air with ease.
Alabama has him locked up.
13. Chris Casher, DE
Casher is a prospect that early on was seen as a potential receiver, but has lit it up the past few seasons as a defensive end. Now, he's mainly projected at end, and he's quicker and more athletic than many would expect at 6'4", 230.
Casher shows a great burst at the snap and can run around blockers all contest long. He's long to stay clean and can convert speed to power. I also think Casher could play linebacker in college.
Florida State is where he's headed.
12. Malcolm Brown, DT
At 6'2", 280 pounds, Brown looks like a great future 3-technique, as his quickness at the snap is formidable.
He flies off he ball, blows by guards, disrupts offensive fronts and plays in the backfield. He's the type of player that should be among the career leaders in the TFL department after he leaves Texas.
11. Cayleb Jones, WR
6'3", 190 pounds, Jones is among the top receivers in Texas, and the country.
Jones shows on tape that he is a player that understands he has a long frame, 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.
He's bound for Texas.
10. Zeke Pike, QB
At 6'6", 225 pounds, 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 in tight windows.
He's committed to Auburn.
9. Shaq Roland, WR
Roland is a receiver that is here because his ceiling is so high. At 6'1", 180 pounds, he has played multiple spots, but receiver is his definite future home position in college. He just needs to spend more time there and get coached up.
Dynamic with the ball in his hands, Roland shows very good play seed and explosiveness. He isn't very strong, but can beat press with change of direction and quickness in his release. He flashes great separation quickness and solid hands.
Roland is a Gamecock.
8. John Theus, OT
At 6'6", 295-pounds, Theus excels at drive blocking and has the ability to finish.
Solid in pass protection, I think Theus' best spot is right tackle, but I won't be shocked if he becomes a good left tackle. He moves targets off their marks with ease, has quick feet and plays physical at the point of attack.
Theus is a Georgia pledge.
7. Gunner Kiel, QB
At 6'4" and over 200-pounds, Kiel will have to fend off some top gunslingers through the cycle for top QB honors.
Yet he is one of the top prospects at the moment and has a great arm, mobility, accuracy and solid vision. He reminds me a bit of Blaine Gabbert.
Indiana scored Kiel in an upset over Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan.
6. Reggie Ragland, LB
Watching and evaluating Ragland on tape is fun and a treat to do, as seeing a big player move around so fast was a sight to see. At 6'4", 245 pounds, he actually has played a little receiver for his high school team.
Many project Ragland as a linebacker in college, as he shows tremendous instincts, run-plugging ability and plays to his size at the point of attack. Ragland also has the speed and range to make tackles outside the box and work in coverage as well.
He's pledged to Alabama.
5. D.J. Humphries, OT
The natural comparison for Humphries' game seems to be Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and rightfully so.
At 6'6", 270-pounds, Humphries is a left tackle through and through and is likely the best athlete in the trenches in the country.
Humphries is headed for Florida.
4. Arik Armstead, DE/OT
At 6'8", 280-pounds, Armstead has been talked up as the top prospect in the country. He can play defensive end, defensive tackle and also shows the feet and balance to play left tackle.
The brother of current USC defensive end Armond Armstead, Arik is a mammoth who isn't just a big man; he's an excellent athlete as well.
He is committed to USC, where he will begin as a strong side defensive end.
3. Jameis Winston, QB
At 6'4", 200 pounds, Winston combines a rifle for an arm along with great play speed and running ability.
The most recent tip on Winston is that he wants to make an early decision. He is narrowing in on a decision, and this summer we will know where the signal-caller is headed.
Winston is committed to Florida State.
2. Mario Edwards, DE
The most complete edge defender in the country, Edwards is a 6'4", 275-pound monster of a defensive end.
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.
Edwards is committed to Florida State, which he picked over Texas.
1. Johnathan Gray, RB
Gray is the top running back in the country on my board, as the 5'11", 195-pounder produces more than three average players put together.
He has over 6,000 yards and 109 touchdowns over the past two seasons alone. Gray has elite vision, feel, instincts, elusiveness, speed and quickness.
Texas is where he will tote the rock.