South: New Five-Stars
Nelson Agholor
Nelson Agholor
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 1, 2011
Chad Simmons

Like always, the South is loaded with talent and four prospects just added another star beside their name on Scout. They are some of the best in America.

Out of the 50 five-star prospects on Scout at this time, 17 come from the South Region.

Four of those are new to five-star status, but each deserves it.

Landon Collins is a 6-foot, 203 pound safety out of Geismar (LA) Dutchtown and he is now rated as the number 23 prospect in the country. His hard work has paid off.

"I think my work ethic has helped make me a five-star on Scout," Collins said. "I never knew I could be a five-star recruit, so it feels amazing to be that. I am determined to be the best player on the field when I step onto it, so I feel like that has helped me get here."

He knows with the stars comes expectations.

"I think there is more pressure when you are highly rated, but I like the challenge. When you are a five-star, it puts a bulls-eye on your chest - people want to take that guy out because they feel it could help them win the game. Teams base their scheme around you and things like that too. I like it though because I want to play well through all of that."

Collins seems to perform well no matter where he goes. He not only delivers big hits on the football field while playing fast, but he sets records off the field as well.

At The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., he recored a 143.76 SPARQ Rating. He was timed at 4.42 seconds in the 40 yard dash and threw the power ball 43 feet there.

He showed good speed to the ball in coverage, he is a very physical presence in the secondary, and he is someone that will likely pick Alabama or LSU at the ESPN Under Armour All-America game in January.

Nelson Agholor moved into the top 50 and he now sits at number 31. While Collins is a very physical player on the football field, Agholor plays with grace.

He is a very fluid athlete that is being recruited as a safety and wide receiver. He is good enough that he could probably play corner as well.

The 6-foot-1, 175 pound athlete out of Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep is rated as a safety by Scout.

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons was asked why safety over wide receiver.

"He can play either position well, but I like his upside more as a free-safety. He really has great ball skills, he gets great breaks on the ball, he covers a lot of ground in the secondary, and not only can he sit back and play in his alley, but he could play some man as well," Simmons said.

Agholor is about as open as they come at this time when talking recruiting.

Miami commitment Duke Johnson has moved up to number 44 in the country on Scout after a very impressive spring and summer.

Johnson is a 5-foot-9, 180 pound athlete out of Miami (FL) Norland that loves to compete. He is not scared to attend camps, combines, and 7v7 events and he feels that has helped him earn this ranking.

"Being a five-star has been a goal of mine and it feels good to know that people appreciate my hard work," Johnson said. "I have gone out and just competed and I feel all the camps and combines helped me get to this level."

What makes Johnson special is his big-play ability. He is not the biggest, he is not the fastest, and he is not the most explosive, but he is a gamer and he is a threat any time he touches the leather on the football field.

He makes quick cuts, he is very durable, he has exceptional hands out of the backfield, he is tough to touch in space, and he has extremely quick feet.

Sliding in at number 50 to round out the five-stars on Scout is cornerback Tracy Howard.

Howard has been considered one of the top corners in the country since Scout watched him live in Orlando at the state championship games.

He is a long and rangy corner with excellent feet and hips. He is more of a finessee player that will bait the quarterback to throw it his way so he can make a play on the ball. He is quick out of his breaks, he can turn and run with the best of them on this level, and the 6-foot, 175 pound corner out of Miramar, Fla. is special.

In recruiting, it looks like Florida and Miami may battle it out for Howard.

To look at the full Scout300 that was updated by the Scout team last week, click HERE.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was promoted to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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