College Football Recruiting 2012: The Top Uncommitted Recruit at Every Position
Here's the latest edition of the "State of the Board," or the best available at each position.
We're going to give you a quick rundown of the top player at each position on the high school recruiting board who has not made their commitment yet.
An interesting aspect to many players on this list is that most of them figure to still be a ways away from deciding.
ATH: Nelson Agholor
Nelson Agholor may be the most athletic player in Florida this year, and perhaps the entire country. At 6'2", 180 pounds, he makes play after play all night long.
He can be a factor at safety, receiver, running back or corner. His best spot may be at safety, but you can't count him out as a receiver. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands, but then again, he could be an All-American safety.
Florida, USC, Texas, Miami, Florida State, Georgia and Notre Dame are in the hunt.
CB: Tracy Howard
At 6'0", 175 pounds, Tracy Howard has the length that many teams are looking for in corners these days. Receivers are getting bigger, so corners need to as well.
Howard also has solid coverage skills and can come out of his backpedal easily and fluidly. He can carryreceivers deep and will sniff around in the run game as well.
It appeared Florida and Miami are the main two, but Howard says he is still getting recruited hard by Florida State. USC, LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Notre Dame and West Virginia are also in the hunt.
DS: Landon Collins
Landon Collins is a 5-star recruit and one of the top players in the country, as he can play both safety and outside linebacker.
At 6'0", 210 pounds, Collins shows to be uber-instinctive in the box, physical against the run and have great range.
He's productive in space in coverage, showing an ability to be a factor in the zone due to his awareness. He always finds a way to the ball and hates getting caught in traffic.
Alabama, LSU and Texas appear to be the main three for him
LB: Kown Alexander
At 6'2", 210 pounds, Kwon Alexander is a fantastic linebacker prospect. He has tremendous play speed and range and will be a three-down defender in college.
He 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.
Alabama, Florida State, Auburn and LSU are the core four right now.
DE: Noah Spence
A 6'4", 240-pound speed rusher—and a natural at getting after the passer—Spence is viewed as the best pass-rushing DE in America. He has a sharp first step and burst to close on the passer and finish.
He stays clean, is strong enough to convert speed to power and can do this standing up. Spence shows excellent backside pursuit speed, flashes strength at the point of attack and could also be a short-area underneath zone defender.
Ohio State, Penn State, LSU, Florida and Maryland are his top five.
DT: Eddie Goldman
Goldman is a 6'5", 305-pound defensive tackle with great physical tools.
He has the quickness to jump blockers at the snap, the strength to toss and shed and anchor ability to stop double teams in their tracks and make a mess in the middle.
Florida State, Cal, Auburn, Alabama, Maryland, Miami and Clemson are his top seven.
OL: Andrus Peat
At 6'7", 300 pounds, Andrus Peat is one of the top line prospects in the country and will be a franchise left tackle.
He reminds me a lot of USC left tackle Matt Kalil coming out of high school. Sound in his technique, smart, patient and savvy in pass protection, Peat is an elite offensive lineman.
Nebraska, Stanford, Florida State, USC and Texas have nbeen mentioned recently among others.
TE: Christo Kourtzidis
Kourtzidis can be a little inconsistent with his hands, as sometimes, his timing with certain catches is off. I wonder if he has concentration lapses.
However, when he's on, the 6'4", 240-pound tight end is a good one. He works each snap as a blocker, can get up on linebackers and is athletic enough to factor in as a prime target in the passing game.
Kourtzidis was a Florida State commit, but now has opened back up. Aside from the 'Noles, Cal looks to be the other main school in contention.
WR: Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham is a rare player and a prospect with a high ceiling. He's also been extremely productive during his career already.
At 6'6", 220 pounds, Green-Beckham has the hands, speed, separation quickness, catch-in-crowd ability and playmaking talent to become a dominant receiver in college.
Missouri, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas and Alabama are the most mentioned.
RB: Wes Brown
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 at 6'0" and 190 pounds.
He can pick and slide to holes and he has the juice to skate through. Look for Brown to develop into a very solid back down the line.
Vanderbilt leads Miami, South Carolina and Colorado.
QB: Gunner Kiel
Kiel has very good accuracy and command of his current high school offense. He is a consistent 65 percent or higher completion rate passer who knows where to go with the ball in his pre-snap reads.
At 6'4" and 200 pounds, Kiel can make throws on the run and get upfield with his legs. He's a solid running threat, but Kiel likes to dissect defenses from the pocket.
Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, LSU and Arkansas sit pretty right now.