New to the Scout100
The top 10 players in the region all stayed the same, but there were two players in the region, who have continued to impress, working their way in to the Scout.com Top 100: Arrion Springs and John Bonney.
Springs, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound defensive back from San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt checks in as the No. 81 player in the country. He is one of the most athletic defensive backs in the country and he has continued to make improvement with his technique. The speedy, physical defender – who has made a commitment to Oregon – could play cornerback or safety in college.
Checking in at No. 99 is Bonney. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Houston (Texas) Lamar is the eighth prospect from the Texas to make the Scout100, showing the strong talent at the position, and experts behind the scenes are calling it the ‘Year of the Defensive Back’ in the Lone Star State. He is another versatile defender who could play multiple roles. He also happens to be one of the top uncommitted players in the region.
New to the Scout300
As with many typical years the talent in the trenches tends to develop and be more pronounced later in to the recruiting process and a couple of offensive linemen find themselves debuting in the Scout300 and earning four-star status.
Brian Wallace, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle from St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers was one of the most impressive physical specimens in the region. Tall and strong. He looks skinny, but has good weight in his legs to drive defenders. He stays balanced and is hard for defensive ends to get around. The No. 174 prospect is considering offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Alabama, and Arkansas.
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Two Texas A&M commits make their debut in wide receiver Jamal Jeffery from Lufkin (Texas) High and offensive tackle Zach Ledwik from La Grange (Texas) High. Jeffery is an explosive playmaker, who just has that knack for making defenses pay. He can beat you all over the field. He comes in at No. 219. Ledwik, a 6-foot-6, 275-pounder checks in at No. 254. He has some of the lightest feet on film and added the necessary weight in the off-season.
Payton Hendrix, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety from Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne gives the private school an unprecedented three players in the Scout300. Hendrix is a ball-hawk, considering offers from a who’s who of top national programs. The nation’s No. 231 player is trying to prove that he is the top BCS prospect on his own high school roster, giving No. 65 Nick Watkins and No. 104 Jovan Pruitt a run for their money.
The fourth Missouri player to make the list is Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney running back Markel Smith at No. 272. After coming out of the gates and running over defenses at the start of the 2012 season people have kind of forgot what type of presence he brings to the field. He is a multi-faceted back, who is awesome in the open field. He can beat you in a number of areas and should be the type of player who can come in and make an early impact in college.
TCU commit Jimmie Swain rounds out the newcomers on the list at No. 282. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker was another recruit who saw his stock soar in the off-season. He will be playing his senior season at Olathe (Kan.) North after a transfer.