Some regard Derrick Henry as the top junior in the state of Florida at this time. The 6-foot-2, 232 pound running back out of Yulee was timed in the 40 yard dash at sub 4.5 seconds recently and he has already run for over 5,000 yards in high school.
Henry informed Scout on Monday that he has known for some time that it was going to come down to Florida and Georgia for him. He had over 40 scholarship offers, but those those stood out much more than any others.
He had already developed relationships with coaches from both UF and UGA, he had spent time on each campus, and he decided Friday night in Athens that he was ready to put his name on Mark Richt's commitment list for 2013.
Odds are high that Henry will be a five-star on Scout next year and that he will be one of the top prospects in America when rankings are released.
He is a special talent that you do not see very often. Some feel his size may cause him to move to another position, but he has not given Scout any reason to feel that way to this point.
A prospect that is close to Henry is Brice Ramsey. Unlike Henry, Ramsey does not have a lot of experience on the high school level yet. He has backed up a veteran quarterback at Camden County in Kingsland, Ga. his first couple of years, but it is his turn to shine in 2011.
Ramsey is a 6-foot-3, 200 pound signal caller with a Matthew Stafford like arm. Ramsey makes things look so simple and he wowed coaches, scouts, high school players, and parents throughout the South in recent months as he hit the road on the camp circuit.
After being offered by Georgia and Clemson during the spring evaluation period, he camped at Florida, they offered that day, and he camped at Florida State, they offered that day as well.
It is simple; whoever saw Ramsey throw and had the power to offer him a scholarship, they were going to offer him. He has what you look for in an elite quarterback and he committed to Georgia, like Henry at Dawg Night.
It did not stop there.
Joining Henry and Ramsey at Dawg Night was one of the top 2013 prospects in South Carolina, Tramel Terry.
The Goose Creek athlete worked at both cornerback and wide receiver in Athens and as soon as the camp was over, he committed to UGA with his buddies from Florida and Georgia.
Terry could be an elite corner on the next level. He has that size, strength, and speed you look for. He also has great ball skills and quickness.
This decision was surprising because this 6-foot, 185 pound athlete was leaning strongly towards South Carolina. He entered the UGA camp saying that this visit could change his mind and it did.
He will be one of the top five prospects in the Palmetto State in 2013 and he will likely be rated as a cornerback over wide receiver because of his potential there.
After UGA reeled in three good ones, Alabama grabbed two of the best on Monday.
The first one was not a big surprise. The biggest surprise about this one was that this prospect entered the UA camp without any offers.
O.J. Howard is a 6-foot-5, 220 pound tight end out of Pratttville (AL) Autauga Academy and after camping at Alabama for the third time, the Crimson Tide offered, and he committed.
The small private school may have scared some schools off, but do not let that fool you. This young man can play.
Scout saw him back in the spring and then watched him again at the Auburn camp on Saturday, he was impressive.
Howard is an athlete with a long body and he showed outstanding hands at Auburn. He dove for a couple of balls, he got good separation against some very good linebackers, and he displayed very good body control as well.
This junior-to-be in Alabama knew he wanted to be a part of Nick Saban's program, so once Alabama offered, it was an easy decision for him.
Later on Monday, one of the premier linebackers in the country today announced that he was going to be part of the Alabama football program as well.
This one was a little surprising, but not a shocker.
Reuben Foster would be a five-star right now, but he is only a junior, so he will have to wait a little while longer for those stars to go beside his name.
The 6-foot-1, 228 pound linebacker was born in Leeds, Ala. and his heart has been with the University of Alabama from the beginning. Alabama and Georgia offered Foster a scholarship as a freshman and since that time, Foster has developed a strong relationship with the Crimson Tide staff.
After spending some of Sunday and Monday in Tuscaloosa, this Lagrange (GA) Troup County star committed to UA.
Auburn and Georgia gave him something to think about, but he felt the time was right to make his decision, so he did. The timing surprised some, but not his choice.
Do not expect schools to give up on Foster, Howard, Terry, Ramsey, or Henry because they will not sign a letter of intent for another 18 plus months.
These young men will be among the best in 2013, so stay tuned to Scout for the latest on them and all the other elite prospects across the country.