With the ink dry on the letters of intent for the 2008 class, recruiting fans across the country are already turning their attention to the 2009 class. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every takes a look at some names you need to know, and will be hearing a lot more about in the coming months.
At only 6 feet and 277 pounds, McDaniel is as strong and quick as they come. During the 2007 season, he recorded 70 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, while also starting on the offensive line. Not long after leading his team to the 2A Florida state championship he had a performance to remember at the U.S. Army All-American combine. There was not one offensive lineman that challenged McDaniel that did not get beat. His technique, and brute force was enough to embarrass all challengers. This first-team all-state defensive lineman is also scheduled to graduate in December and his recruiting process moved quickly in part as a result. McDaniel decided the day after Signing Day that Florida State was the place for him and gave the Seminoles a verbal commitment. Expect him to make an immediate impact for the Seminoles.
This 6-foot-2, 235-pound monster of the gridiron totaled nearly 140 tackles in his junior campaign after missing his entire sophomore season due to injury. His Centennial team came up just a little short in the CIF state championship game, but Burfict showed his amazing ability to make plays in the backfield as well as run with receivers deep downfield. He should be a very hot commodity on the camp and combine circuit this spring. What will make him a high priority for any college is the fact that he has the size and speed to play all three linebacker positions. Look for this to be a battle of Pac-10 schools for his signature.
He used his athleticism and tenacity to blow holes and protect the passer on the way to the Utah 4A state championship for Timpview High School in 2007. His size and athletic ability makes him perfect to play any of the five offensive line positions. At the U.S. Army Junior Combine, Su'a Filo was one of the nastiest competitors in the one-on-one drills. All defensive linemen that went up against him walked away with battle scars. He already holds offers form hometown BYU and LSU, but after the spring camps and combines I expect his offers to reach double figures.
Listed as an athlete the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Shepard prefers to play quarterback at the next level. He put up some big numbers his junior season rushing for 1,525 yards and 18 touchdowns while passing for 794 yards and eight touchdowns. This achievement did not go unnoticed as he was the unanimous selection for District 17-5A Offensive Player of the Year. Any college that is looking for someone to run the spread offense needs to look no further. Shepard possesses legit 4.4 speed, and has displayed a very strong arm when called on to throw. With many colleges switching to the spread, expect his recruiting to be hot and heavy.
This past season we saw countless arguments over who is best wide receiver prospect: Julio Jones or A.J. Green. Well, if Randle was in the Class of 2008 you would be making this argument a three-way discussion. Randle was a first-team all-state performer in 2007 and had more than 1,000 yards in receptions. He also did his fare share in helping Bastrop to the Louisiana 4A state championship. In the Championship game he had four catches for 135 yards, and a touchdown. Randle possesses very good height at around 6 feet 3, and great body control. He also has the speed to blow by defensive backs. Look for the home-state LSU Tigers to be a heavy favorite, but I'm sure almost every school in the nation will be sending this prospect a written offer.