The Scout Team: Spring Time Stars

Isaiah Wynn

Scout takes a look at prospects who've starred all spring and have seen their recruitment jump as a result...

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 player has emerged from offerless to where they are now as a result of a good spring?
Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): Justin Jones (6'3/260) of South Cobb High School in Georgia was holding an offer from Old Dominion at one point this Spring. His second offer? Miami. That's quite a step up in being noticed by big time programs. He's an excellent big athlete who could play end in the right system or slide inside and play defensive tackle. He was terrific at the Nike Camp held in Buford, and since then Duke, Marshall, and MTSU have offered. They won't be the last.

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Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): Spring is just getting started down here and many schools have not started yet, so it is still unknown just who will benefit the most from a good spring evaluation period. A guy that have gotten off to good start is cornerback Kendarius Webster out of Stockbridge, Ga. He is a long corner who shined at the Nike Football Training Camp in Atlanta last month. He has recently added offers from Virginia, South Carolina, and Ole Miss. Others have their eye on him and will be evaluating him live at practice this spring.

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Jamie Newberg
Jamie Newberg (South): To me, Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) has emerged as one of the premier recruits in the state regardless of position. Around Signing Day he had two major offers - Vandy and USF. Now he has two dozen including Florida, FSU, Georgia, Nebraska, Auburn, Tennessee, etc. Wynn was the top linemen at the US Army Combne and was dominant at the Miami NFTC where he earned an Opening invite. He may not quite have as much upside as tackle K.C. McDermott or Trevor Darling but right now he arguably the best O-linemen in the state.

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Brian Dohn
Brian Dohn (East): Perkionen Valley (Graterford, Pa.) athlete Rasaan Stewart now holds six offers, including ones from Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Temple as his recruitment begins to move well. He plays quarterback for Perk Valley but projects as a safety with size and speed.


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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): Dakota Allen, a 6-foot-2, 227-pound linebacker from Houston (Texas) Summer Creek High went from offerless to having a nice list with schools like Kansas State, TCU, Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana, North Texas, and UTSA on board. He showed well at the NFTC posting a 4.79 40-yard dash and showing well in all drills. He has reported a top two of TCU and KSU with an impending decision to come this summer.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): Warren Central (Ind.) sophomore Mykelti Williams was without an offer, but the 5'11, 185-pound safety has impressed during workouts and earned an offer from Indiana. He also has schools like Ohio State, Cincinnati, and more looking harder at him now that they have had a chance to see him.

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Greg Biggins
Greg Biggins (West): Fontana (Calif.) Summit receiver Erik Brown has blown up like few other players in the West. He lit up the NLA 7 on 7 event in Vegas and showed it was no fluke at several other passing tournaments. In fact, you can make a strong argument that Brown is now the top receiver prospect in the state and has unlimited upside due to his size, hands and body control.

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback John Plattenburg comes from one of the premier programs in the state but even after a big junior season, was slow to get offers.  That changed quickly after Boise State offered in early March and now Plattenburg has double-digit offers, including half of the Pac-12.  He's a pure lockdown corner, who's gotten bigger since football season, and has shown the ball skills and instincts college coaches covet.

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