The Lone Star State is always heavy with talent, but this is a special year in the Texas Top 100 as the top three players all star on the offensive side of the ball in running back Malcolm Brown, running back Aaron Green, and wide receiver Trey Metoyer.
“Malcolm Brown, who just committed to Texas last night, is one of those running backs who will go out and pound it for three yards every play of the first half and after he wears the defense down he will break off game changing touchdown runs. He may not have game breaking speed, but he has astounding vision, balance and power,” Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers explained.
“Green is the polar opposite of Brown, because he utilizes his speed to torch defenses and he can hit that extra gear that all of the special players seem to possess. He also catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a threat to score in the passing game. He is a home-run back.
“Metoyer made the biggest climb up the rankings chart as he is now recognized as the top overall receiver in the country,” Powers continued. “He runs crisp routes and understands how to use his body to his advantage to go up and make plays over the top of defenders. He does have a great vertical and can run but his best attribute is hands. They are extremely strong and he can pull down almost anything in range.”
The Oklahoma Top 30 usually produces three to four Scout 300 players in a given year, but for the Class of 2011 you will find cornerback Josh Turner as the lone player from the Sooner State on the list and he easily secured the top overall spot in the state rankings over quarterback Kendal Thompson.
“Turner still has his best football days in front of him too,” Powers said when asked about Turner’s talents. “He has to play both sides of the ball in high school, but after he is able to perfect his craft as a corner he will be something special. He has great hips and is lightning quick in and out of his breaks.”
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In Colorado you will find an offensive tackle, Brendon Austin, atop of the rankings, as he fended off quarterback Brock Berglund and offensive tackle Marc Mustoe. Austin, who has committed to play football at Stanford, has a high ceiling according to Scout.com’s Jason Jewell, who is on the ground compiling the rankings in the states of Colorado and New Mexico.
“With good size and solid strength the Chaparral left tackle looks athletic and ready to play on the left side for the college of his choice, but he could easily play the right side as well,” Jewell said of Austin’s strengths. “Along with his prowess on the field Austin is a strong student who has gained Academic All-State honors multiple times, meaning he will be able to quickly adjust and learn his blocking assignments once he is in college.”
In New Mexico, Jewell had the easy assignment of tabbing offensive tackle Matt Hegarty number one. Hegarty, who almost earned five-star status as one of the top fifty players in the country, will be taking his game from the Land of Enchantment to South Bend as he will play for Notre Dame in college.
“Hegarty has what coaches look for in a left tackle prospect,” stated Jewell. “He is long, lean and athletic. Athleticism allows him to reach defenders and make blocks at the second and third levels. His long arms and great feet make him a very sound pass blocker. Still needs to add strength and bulk but his frame will easily allow him to carry 300+ pounds.”
The battle for number one in the Sunflower State is a tight one as quarterback Bubba Starling and DT/OT Jordan Phillips are running neck and neck for the honor in Kansas. Usually the top player in a state rarely changes but these two have now switched spots more than once and it could happen again by the time it is all said and done if Starling cements his status as a future MLB prospect. But for now he holds a slight edge over Phillips at the top.
“Starling has a big arm and it is noticeable on film, but what people often overlook is his ability to run with the ball,” Powers said. “He is lightning quick and is legitimate threat to score on the ground at any point in the game and from any spot on the field. He has a deadly combination of skills. Phillips has an extremely high ceiling and a tremendous frame. His best football days are still ahead of him, but he could be an NFL quality player with the proper development.”
Sitting atop the Nebraska state rankings you will see a throwback in interior offensive lineman Ryne Reeves, who could play guard or center in college. He made a commitment to stay home and play for the Cornhuskers.
“Reeves is ranked as the third best center in the country right now, but he could also end up at guard,” Powers informed. “He is what you would envision a good mid-American lineman to be. He loves to punish defenders and he is super strong at the point of attack.”