The Scout Team: Defensive Emergers
Quentin Tartabull
Quentin Tartabull
Posted May 7, 2013

The Scout national recruiting analysts make their picks for which defensive prospect will get his first FBS offer this spring...

The national recruiting analysts will answer questions about the 2013 recruiting class season in a feature called "The Scout Team." Each day this week, we'll look at the topics on hand. The national analysts include Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting), Chad Simmons (South), Jamie Newberg (South), Allen Trieu (Midwest), Greg Powers (Midlands), Brian Dohn (East), Greg Biggins (West) and Brandon Huffman (West).

  1. Which defensive player from your region, without an FBS offer, are you anticipating will receive one during the evaluation period?
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Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): Xavier Tuitele is a linebacker from Helix High School who missed a good portion of last season with a broken fibula. He made it back for his last three games. I the athleticism he showed on the field at the NFA 7v7 is any indication fro the 6'2 and 220 pounder, he's fully healed and then some. He has great size and good flexibility. Once coaches see him in action this Fall and see that he's fully healthy, the scholarships will come. He may not have to wait that long.

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Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): Tavon Ross is one I am really keeping an eye on. It is not so much about talent for him, but it is about taking care of business in the classroom. If he finishes strong this school year, then schools will really think hard about offering him a scholarship. He is a versatile athlete who hardly leaves the field for Bleckley County, but he projects best as a safety on the next level. Interest has started to pick up over the last month or so, but no offers yet.

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Jamie Newberg
Jamie Newberg (South): Brice Hamilton (Madison, Fla//Madison County) is a player to watch for. This linebacker broke his fibula last year and missed most of the season. He's 6-foot-4 and close to 200-pounds. Hamilton will see time at safety and linebacker. He's a long athlete with speed and athleticism. He's hearing from teams like FSU, Florida, Miami, Clemson and Louisville but doesn't have offers. That will change over this month and summer.

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Brian Dohn
Brian Dohn (East): Woodbury (N.J.) High defensive back Jeray Demby is looking for his first offer and schools will find a long but thin player when they stop by the school. He is 6-1, 170, and can play safety once he gets stronger.


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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): Matthew Adams, a 6-foot-0, 200-pound linebacker from Fort Bend (Texas) Hightower High turned heads at the Dallas NFTC, earning LBer MVP honors after a strong performance. he did well in drills and also the testing, posting a 4.32 pro-shuttle and a 90.18 overall Sparq. He is quick-twitch for a backer and seemed to pick up drill work and assignments quickly. Put up big numbers and got accolades as a junior in 5A ball. He may be a bit of a tweener to some, but an offer will come.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): Morgan Park (Ill.) outside linebacker Tajhe Hartley has a nice frame at 6'2, 200-pounds and shows athleticism off the edge and ability to rush the passer on film. He needs to add weight, but that's the easy part. He has a few schools coming in to see him work out this week and if that checks out, he could find himself with a first offer very soon.

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Greg Biggins, National Recruting Analyst
Greg Biggins
Greg Biggins (West): Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) corner Artuz Manning played in a loaded secondary last year but will be the guy this coming season. He has been one of the top defensive backs all spring on the 7 on 7 circuit and has all the physical tools you could want in a next level corner prospect.

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): A two-year starter as a linebacker for Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany's Quentin Tartabull will see time on both sides of the ball this year, and he'll lead a defense that has been pretty stout the past couple of years. The son of former MLB player Danny Tartabull, Quentin is one of the most physical players in the region and projects best to safety in college.

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