December 28, 2012

Prep players ready to make impact

THE LIST: Class of 2013 Prep School Top 25

The 2013 Rivals.com Postseason Prep School Top 25 has been released and there are some great players near the top who will be impact players in college.

The group is loaded with four-stars and is led by Clemson commit Shaq Lawson.

Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell provided some analysis for the top players and talked about how they will fit in at the college level.

"We knew Lawson was an elite pass-rusher coming out of high school, but he has taken the next step and he's emerged as an elite prospect who can (make an) impact immediately in the ACC," Farrell said of the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder out of Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy. "His frame and first step will make him one of the top nightmares for quarterbacks soon enough."

The second-ranked prep player is 6-foot-3, 205-pound JaQuay Williams from Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy.

"Williams is a kid with good size, big hands and who can run and he will fit in very well with that exciting Texas A&M offense," said Farrell. "He was committed to Auburn and coveted by Georgia, so for the Aggies to steal him away from two local SEC teams is key. It might take a year or two, but eventually he will be a key to that offense."

Four players from Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy hold down the Nos. 3-6 spots.

"Leonard Floyd is a guy who can get after the passer and has added some size and strength from his prep year and he's a perfect hybrid guy for the Georgia defense," Farrell said of the 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end. "He can play standing up as he proved this year or with his hand on the ground and there aren't a lot of guys like that out there. He's one who fits perfectly in Georgia's scheme.

"James Summers is a tremendous athlete who could play quarterback or numerous other positions in college," Farrell said of the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder. "I think he's a great fit for North Carolina's offense because he's dangerous with the ball in his hands and Larry Fedora will make sure they use him to the best of his ability. He really emerged as a senior in high school and is a pure leader.

In a 3-4 defense, which Georgia runs most of the time, you need a big man over the center and (John) Atkins can be that guy," Farrell said of the 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle. "He has good size, moves well and can slide over when they go to a 4-3 base as well and get after the passer. I think he's college ready physically now and will impact early.

"Brian Nance is an athletic linebacker with good coverage skills and who can track the ball well," Farrell said of the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder. "Out of high school he would have had more options if it weren't for academic issues and Baylor is getting a good one here. I think he'll be a guy that sees the field early."

Three players from Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy round out the top nine.

"Stefan Houston emerged late as a senior and is a big, physical linebacker who signed with Maryland as a senior but flipped to Marshall," Farrell said of the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder. "With his size and skill level, he's an instant impact guy for the Herd and they don't have many guys as talented at his position on their current roster.

"Angelo Jean-Louis signed with Miami out of high school but, like Houston, will play his college ball at Marshall and impact on the offensive side of the ball," Farrell said of the 6-foot, 185-pounder. "He's a terrific athlete, can stretch the field and could play defense if needed as well. He's another instant impact guy for Marshall, maybe even earlier than Houston because it's an easier transition for skill players.

"Drew Harris is a big running back who can run with power and has light feet," Farrell said of the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder. "While he didn't have a great year at Fork Union, it's because he was coming off ACL surgery and they didn't want to push him too hard.

Running back is an area of need for Virginia Tech and Harris could impact early with his size and explosiveness."

Other notables in the top 15 include Dawsonville (Ga.) Atlanta Sports Academy wide receiver Deontay McManus (West Virginia); Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy wide receiver Avery Johnson (LSU); Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy safety Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson); Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy offensive tackle Brandon Hill (Alabama); Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy offensive tackle Jonathan McLaughlin (Virginia Tech) and Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy defensive end Desmond Owino (N.C. State).

McLaughlin was committed to East Carolina before he flipped to Virginia Tech.

Linebacker Lester Liston (Rutgers); safety Kivon Coman (Mississippi State); linebacker Sam Lebbie (West Virginia); defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett (Pittsburgh); athlete Delon Stephenson (Rutgers) and tight end Artimas Samuel (Mississippi State) are some other players in the top 25 who are going to BCS schools.




 

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