Gehrig Dieter, the prolific pass-catcher from South Bend (Ind.) Washington, rewrote the nation's…
The Scout Team: 2012 Breakout Stars
The five Scout.com national recruiting analysts answered questions about the 2011 season in a feature called "The Scout Team". Each day this week, we'll look at the topics on hand. The national analysts include Chad Simmons (South), Allen Trieu (Midwest), Greg Powers (Midlands), Bob Lichtenfels (East) and Brandon Huffman (West). We're almost halfway through the 2011 season. Which prospect in the 2012 class has jumped out and become a breakout star this season? Chad SimmonsChad Simmons (South): Kenny Orjioke is the guy for me. He moved to Georgia from California at the end of July and he thought he was a junior, but he has been ruled a senior because of when he started high school. He turned 16 over the summer and he now has over 10 scholarship offers. He is a 6-foot-4, 228 pound athlete that is one of the hottest seniors in the country.. Bob Lichtenfels Bob Lichtenfels (East): Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic running back Damion Jones-Moore is finally healthy. No one ever doubted his abilities as a player, but durability has been a question. Jones-Moore has been the key-cog to the Vikings offensive machine as he has run for 743 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has another three receiving. Central Catholic is (5-0) and Jones-Moore rarely plays into the fourth quarter. Greg PowersGreg Powers (Midlands): Brandon Sheperd, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Parkway Central High in Mo., has proved in his senior season that he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the other top wide receivers not only in the state, but across the country. He can go up and make big plays or catch the ball underneath and make something special happen. So far this year he has already accounted for nearly 1,000 yards and scored 17 times. Allen TrieuAllen Trieu (Midwest): South Bend Washington's Gehrig Dieter is certainly putting up impressive numbers. He started off the season very strong. Since then, I think schools have been game planning for him, but colleges are seeing the talent and he's still very much alive for some BCS offers. Another is Middletown (Ohio) RB E.J. Junior, who has had an excellent senior year and picked up his first offer from Cincinnati as a result. Brandon HuffmanBrandon Huffman (West): Camarillo (Calif.) receiver Jake Maulhardt was a player who caught our after an all-state underclass season as a junior. But even he's surpassed his own expectations with what he's done as a senior. Through four games, he has 60 receptions for 644 yards and four touchdowns, including a state-record 28 catches in Week Three. Now schools are really starting to pick up their interest in Maulhardt, who surprisingly doesn't have any offers. At 6-6, 200-pounds, he can be a big receiver, but may be better suited adding some weight and moving to tight end. But his productivity, with his size, make him an intriguing prospect at the next level and should land him a plethora of offers.
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