WRs Emerge as Early Midlands 5-Stars
Derrick Griffin
Derrick Griffin
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 2, 2011

Scout.com has been releasing its first 2013 5-star honors to a select group of highly anticipated recruits from across the country. The picks are in from the West, East, South and Midwest and the first wave of selections culminates with two picks from the Midlands Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska).

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Dorial Green-Beckham, the #1 WR in the country and the #2 overall player in the country, was an easy selection at the top of the Midland's rankings list for 2012, but picking the overall number one player in the Midlands is not going to be an easy task.

There are a number of talented players still vying for the honor and the debate will likely rage on all of the way up to National Signing Day in February 2013.

Prospects like Harker Heights (Texas) High’s OT/DT Darius James (6’5, 315), Arlington Heights (Texas) High’s DT A'Shawn Robinson (6’4, 205), Lawton (Okla.) High’s D.J. Ward (6’3, 245), Lake Highlands (Texas) High’s OT Kent Perkins (6’6, 285) Weimar (Texas) High’s Ja’Braylin Thomas, Whitewright (Texas) High’s QB Tyrone Swoopes (6’5, 220) Baytown Sterling (Texas) High’s WR Jamar Gibson (6’2, 190) are all still fighting for the top honor.

But the first two 5-stars are being awarded to Rosenberg Terry High’s (Texas) WR/TE Derrick Griffin and Sealy High’s (Texas) WR Ricky Seals-Jones, who are both physical freaks and dual-sport stars.

WR/TE Derek Griffin (6’6, 195)

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Breakdown: Griffin might also end up as a 5-star on the hardwood as well. Right now you can find him in the Scout Hoops Top 100 and rated as the #12 power forward in the country. Honestly, as a football guy when I think power forward I say to myself ‘college football defensive end’. But Griffin is an explosive wide receiver who can high point the ball and uses his frame to bully smaller defensive backs. He is already a legit 6’6 and he says if he grows another inch or two he may opt to concentrate on the round-ball full-time, but right now he is a wide receiver with the size and frame to grow in to a Jermaine Gresham with better ball skills. He will be fighting for catches this year as his team is running the veer.

2010 Stats: As a sophomore Griffin hauled in 28 passes for 500 yards and scored eight touchdowns.

WR Ricky Seals-Jones (6’5, 210)

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Breakdown: While Griffin may be a basketball star playing football Seals-Jones is a football star who plays basketball. He also has the size and vertical ability to complete beast over the top of defenders and make big catches down the field. He can literally just run straight down the field and just go get the deep ball at about any point in the game. He is deceptively fast, and has the long strides that chew up a lot of the ground, quickly. The thing that ‘RSJ’ will bring to the table that most big receivers don’t is the ability, balance and footwork to break off possession routes. He is also a great athlete and rarely ever leaves the field of play, because he also plays safety on defense.

2010 Stats: Jones was the Tigers' leading receiver with 31 catches for 512 yards and 11 scored. He earned All-State honors in basketball.

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