If you excel in high school football, there’s no guarantee you’ll be any good in college. You’d be surprised how many walk ons outperform recruits. The same holds true for stellar college players making the transition to the NFL. Take a look at the past 20 years of Heisman winners. Then again, a handful of current NFL players didn’t play a single snap in high school. It seems to be a guessing game on par with the stock market when it comes to which blue chippers in high school will run the show at the next level and beyond, but COED’s placing its bets on these 10 prospects.
10.) Steve Edmond, LB, Texas
This young player has one statistic that has to make defensive coordinators salivate—54 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons. To do that he must not only have an incredible nose for the ball, but also be a tremendous athlete to be able to blow the play up in the hole or chase someone down in the backfield. At 6’3″ and 225 pounds he has the frame to be a great player at the next level, With Texas not being so good this season, it would not be surprising to see him get a chance next season.
9.) Bubba Starling, QB, Nebraska
You look at this kid and you think future great college quarterback and possible future professional one. At 6’5″ and a shade under 200 pounds it will take a huge offensive line to make it hard for him to see down field. He has decent speed and a pretty good head on his shoulders (3.4 GPA). Oh, and if you’re wondering if he can play check out his last performance in the Kansas state semi-finals: 31 carries, for 396 yards and five TD. If Taylor Martinez does quit I think Nebraska will be in good hands.
8.) Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas
The Longhorns need some offensive help and will be able to get it in a home grown product from Cibolo, Texas, Malcolm Brown. There hasn’t been a running game in Austin since Cedric Benson was there, and that is exactly who this guy reminds people of.
At 6’0″ and 220 pounds he has the size to bang out the tough yards. His size and smarts (3.4 GPA) will make up for what he lacks in the speed department.
7.) Cyrus Kouandjio, OL
The man has not committed to anyone yet, but at 6’7″ and 322 pounds I think it is safe to say he will be a huge benefit to wherever he goes (no puns intended there, honest).
He must be something else since he has about 40 scholarship offers to choose from.
6.) Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma
He’s fast (4.42 40 speed), tall (6’2″), can jump (38 vertical), and he’s not small (200 pounds). He has all the intangibles that make a good receiver and has been one of the best in the state of Texas. When he goes over to Oklahoma and starts playing with an experienced, quality quarterback like Landry Jones Mack Brown and the rest of the college coaches in the state of Texas will be sorry they let him escape.
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5.) Demetrius Hart, RB, Michigan
Assuming Rich Rodriguez still has a job next year this young running back has the ability to save it for another. Hart a smaller, compact back with impressive speed, excellent vision, and the patience to allow things the time to open up. Analysts compare him to Ray Rice; if that is not a solid endorsement than someone will need to tell me what one is. Pair him up with Denard Robinson next season and the Wolverines could become a force to be reckoned with.
4.) Christian Westerman, OL, Texas
It’s not sexy to pick offensive linemen in list like these, but without guys like Westerman paving the way it does not matter who you have in the backfield. One of the reasons the Longhorns sucked in ’10 was the lack of blocking up front.
At 6’5″ and 288 pounds he may be a little lean, but with his agility and strength he will not just shove one person around next year; he’ll knock one guy down and then go after another.
3.) Jadeveon Clowney, DE
With guys like Dwight Freeney creating havoc in the NFL it only makes sense that the college ranks try to feature them too. Clowney has the physical ability and talent to make an impact wherever he goes. At 6’6″ he will always have the ball carrier in his sights. At 250 pounds and with a 4.6 40-yard dash he has the size and strength to run circles around and through anyone. Expect to see this young player sacking quarterbacks on Saturday next fall.
2.) Curtis Grant, LB
There can not be a bigger compliment to a linebacker than to be described as similar to a compared to Ray Lewis. At 6’3″ and 222 pounds you can’t ask for much more out of your linebacker. He’s not so big he can’t get out in pass coverage, but than he has the size to step in and stop the run. With 4.5 speed he’ll be able to handle pass coverage, and with his strength he’ll be a force against the run inside. In years to come people could end up comparing young players to him.
1.) Tony Steward, LB
If a player’s only knock is that he is sometimes too aggressive than he must be something special. That aggression at the linebacker spot is key in stopping the run, but can be hazardous to pass coverage. At 6’2″ and 225 pounds he has the size to bang heads with the best, the athleticism to cover in pass coverage, and the strength to win every hit he comes into. This guy has the ability to make a difference the second he steps on campus (wherever that may be).
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