Midlands 2014: Rankings Risers
Grant Blankenship - The Colony
Grant Blankenship - The Colony
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 31, 2013

Scout.com takes a closer look at the 2014 recruits who are on the rise and added an additional star, making them a four or five-star prospect...

DE Myles Garrett -- Arlington (Texas) Martin

Nat'l. Rating: 24

Recruiting: Texas A&M

A huge senior season has spurred his rise. He had one game where he racked up nine sacks. Yes one game. He is as physically impressive specimen that you will discover and has flipped a switch this season, becoming a more complete player.

DE Grant Blankenship -- The Colony (Texas) The Colony

Nat'l. Rating: 85

Recruiting: Notre Dame

Not much was known about Blankenship heading in to his senior year, except every school that saw him in person offered. And there is a good reason. His play on both sides of the ball has helped to lead The Colony to an undefeated record and playing for a district title.

WR Frank Iheanacho -- Houston (Texas) Westside

Nat'l. Rating: 95

Recruiting: Texas A&M, TCU, LSU, Houston, Florida State

This kid came off of the hardwood and the radar. A massive target who has impressed this fall and has drawn comparisons to Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, who was another player in Houston to follow a similar path. Evans remained in obscurity until his arrival on the field in College Station, but Iheanacho has shed his sleeper status even earlier.

TE Mavin Saunders -- Houston (Texas) Kinkaid

Nat'l. Rating: 246

Recruiting: Florida State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon

A flex-style tight end, Saunders is a receiver with a huge frame and impressive skill sets. You will find him split out wide in high school, giving his team a massive pass catching target, who hulks over defensive backs. He has elite skills in the passing game. The type of weapon many offenses are utilizing more of.

WR Roderick Bernard -- Houston (Texas) Sharpstown

Nat'l. Rating: 273

Recruiting: Texas

Bernard is an exciting player. He will remind Texas fans a little of Daje Johnson, who has made some nice plays in the offense. Bernard is very good in space and his quick feet and cuts nake it easy for him to dodge defenders. He is one of those guys you hold your breath when watching them with the ball.

S Armani Watts -- Forney (Texas) North

Nat'l. Rating: 283

Recruiting: Texas A&M

This player has saw some ebbs and flows with his ranking, but after dominating ditrict play in 2013 Watts has emerged as one of the most important players in the DFW area. He plays both sides of the ball and makes huge plays, and has compiled one of the best senior highlight reels.

DE Trey Carter -- Dallas (Texas) Pinkston

Nat'l. Rating: N/A

Recruiting: Arkansas, Tennessee, TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Texas, Texas Tech

Another major prospect who has really blown up on the national recruiting scene. He is rated as a defensive end, but plays up and down the line and is versatile in that regard. He plays with a high intensity level and is quick and fast for a bigger-framed lineman.

WR Emanuel Porter -- Dallas (Texas) Lincoln

Nat'l. Rating: N/A

Recruiting: Texas

Porter is a tall and rangy wide receiver with a high upside. He is very fast for a player with his length and runs solid routes. He will need to continue to develop, but as he grows and matures in college he will only become better and better. He is sure-handed and athletic, two qualities you always appreciate in a 6'4 pass catcher.

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