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October 14, 2010

Look Ahead: Lincoln is loaded

FROM THE ROAD: 2011 Offense | 2011 Defense | Underclassmen

Rivals.com analysts are canvassing the country again this week to check out the top talent in person. Here's where they'll be and where their attention - prospects listed alphabetically - will be focused.


Analyst: Chris Nee

Game: Madison (Fla.) Madison County at Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln, Thursday

Top Prospects:
Javorius Allen Lincoln, 6-1/210, ATH
Allen highlights
Allen is a talented athlete who could play running back, wide receiver or safety at the collegiate level. Allen is a major piece to Lincoln's offense and will get the ball put in his hands in a number of ways.
Mark Bodkin Lincoln, 6-6/300, OL
Bodkin highlights
Bodkin is still looking for his first offer. He possesses the size necessary to play on the next level as an offensive tackle. He provides protection on the edge of the Lincoln offensive line.
Keondrick Daniels Lincoln, 5-10/160, WR
Daniels highlights
Daniels is a small receiver who has started to receive major interest from Connecticut while holding around a half-dozen offers.. Daniels is a weapon in the Lincoln return game. He also plays on the defensive side of the ball in the secondary.
Chris Garye Jr. Lincoln, 6-3/202, DB
Garye Jr. is a big safety in the Lincoln secondary who has given an early pledge to USF. Garye is a physical presence at safety who is capable of coming up in run support while also dropping back in the secondary and making plays against the pass.
La'Donte Gibson Madison 6-3/316, OL
Gibson is a large offensive guard who holds early offers from Southern Miss and Florida A&M. He helps open holes on the front line for Madison's rushing attack.
James Hearns Lincoln, 6-3/220, LB (2013)
Hearns is a talented sophomore linebacker who is a wrecking ball in the middle of the Lincoln defense. Hearns is a very physical linebacker with great athleticism.

Quick Kicks:
Madison sent Chris Thompson and Jacobbi McDaniel to Florida State, while Lincoln sent defensive backs T.J. Bryant and Jawanza Starling to USC.


Analyst: Brian Perroni

Game:Garland (Texas) at Rowlett (Texas), Thursday

Top Prospects:
Treyvon Green Rowlett, 5-9/195, RB
Green highlights
The Northwestern commit has never averaged more than 5 yards per carry prior to this year, and now he is averaging 6.7. Does he have the explosiveness needed to play in college?
Samuel Oyenuga Rowlett, 6-0/162, CB
Oyenuga highlights
Not much is known about the Minnesota commit. He had a good showing at the NIKE Camp this summer but does it translate to a game?
Zach Wood Rowlett, 6-3/256, SDE
Wood highlights
An active defender, Wood chose SMU over several other offers. Is he a big DE or will he need to be a DT in college?

Quick Kicks:
This game could decide the district champion as Rowlett is 3-0 in league play and Garland sits at 2-1. Both schools have alumni all around the Big 12.


Analyst: Adam Gorney

Game: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco vs. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, Thursday

Top Prospects:
Victor Blackwell Mater Dei, 6-1/186, WR
Blackwell interview and highlights
Blackwell, who has already committed to USC, has twice as many receptions as anyone on the Mater Dei roster so it's been tough for teams to stop him.
Bryce Treggs St. John Bosco, 5-10/157, WR, 2012 prospect
Treggs is considered one of the top junior wide receivers in California and he already has verbal offers from Arizona State and Stanford. California, Notre Dame and many others are pursuing him.
Max Wittek Mater Dei, 6-4/215, QB
Wittek highlights
Wittek struggled when Rivals.com saw him earlier in the season against Corona Centennial but since then the Monarchs have won three straight. The USC commit has a strong arm and a big reputation.

Quick Kicks:
Wittek and Blackwell committed to USC within a month of each other this spring. Only three pro-style quarterbacks are rated higher than Wittek by Rivals.com and one of them is fellow USC pledge Cody Kessler out of Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial.


Analyst: Mike Farrell

Game:Matthews (N.C.) Butler at Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell, Friday

Top Prospects:
Nick Davidson Ardrey Kell, 6-7/270, OL, 2012 prospect
There are a plethora of top offensive linemen in the state of North Carolina for 2012 with early offers. How does Davidson stack up against D.J. Humphries, Brock Stadnik, K.C. Lawson and D.J. Reader from the same class?
Riley Ferguson Butler, 6-2/190, QB, 2013 prospect
Ferguson has some big shoes to fill, replacing the suspended Christian LeMay, but has led his team to an undefeated start. How does he compare with LeMay at the same stage of development?
Kris Frost Butler, 6-3/210, ATH
Frost highlights
Frost is being recruited by some as a linebacker and by others as a wide receiver. Which position fits him best and does he have the speed needed to be an offensive threat at the next level?
Peter Kalambayi Butler, 6-2/220, LB, 2013 prospect
Kalambayi is much bigger than Frost at the same stage of development, but does he have the same athletic upside?
Uriah LeMay Butler, 6-1/188, WR, 2013 prospect
LeMay has good size and is one of the true threats for Butler from anywhere on the field, but can he be one of the elite receivers in his class when it comes to size-speed combination?
Drew Owens Ardrey Kell, 6-5/227, TE
Owens is one of the best-looking tight end prospects you'll see, resembling a young Vernon Davis physically. Can he be a true pass-catching threat at the next level or is he a sixth offensive lineman?
Justus Pickett Ardrey Kell, 5-11/183, ATH
Pickett is a true threat as a runner and receiver, but is he strong and durable enough to take a pounding as a back or slot receiver in college?
Deion Walker Butler, 5-11/195, RB
Walker highlights
Walker is a physical workhorse who runs between the tackles very well, but does he have the speed to be an elite back in college?

Quick Kicks:
Ardrey Kell boasted linebacker Prince Shembo, a Notre Dame signee, last year. Butler has produced Hawatha Bell (North Carolina), Robert Blanton (Notre Dame) and Spencer Adams (Clemson), but Frost is the highest-ranked player from the program at No. 33 in the nation.


Analyst: Barry Every

Game:El Dorado (Kan.) at Towanda (Kan.) Circle, Friday

Top Prospects:
Jordan Phillips 6-6/290, DT
Phillips highlights
The Oklahoma commitment is he the leading tackler, and one of the top receivers, scoring leader, and punter for his team. Many experts believe he is the top player in Kansas.

Quick Kicks:
Barring a meltdown before the end of the season, Circle coach Lee LaMunyon and his Thunderbirds should improve on their past two seasons having finished (4-5) in 2009, and (2-7) in 2008.


Analyst: Chris Nee

Game: Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles vs. Yulee (Fla.), Friday

Top Prospects:
Derrick Henry Yulee 6-4/222 RB, 2013 prospect
It is a possibility Henry grows out of the position before reaching the college ranks. His size hasn't worked against him this season as he has racked up 1,272 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground through five games.
Kelvin Rainey Yulee, 6-3/203, TE, 2012 prospect
Rainey possesses the athletic ability to flex out as a wide receiver. He has already picked up a handful of major college offers after impressing as a sophomore and at summer camps.
Tyler Scott Bolles, 6-1/269, DT
Scott highlights
Scott leads a very good front seven for the Bolles defense by creating havoc in the middle of the defensive line. He has been receiving interest from a number of Division I colleges but is still waiting for his first major offer.
D.J. Stewart Bolles, 5-11/225, RB, 2012 prospect
Stewart is a thick running back with good speed. He has yet to receive major college interest but will find his way onto a college roster with his play over the next year.
John Theus Bolles, 6-6/275, OL, 2012 prospect
Theus highlights
The younger Theus is considered an elite offensive lineman in the 2012 class. He possesses very long legs and arms. He holds numerous Division-I offers but Georgia leads at this time due to landing his brother in the 2011 class.
Nathan Theus Bolles, 6-3/255, OL/LS
Theus highlights
Theus is an offensive line prospect at Bolles, but will end up a long snapper in the collegiate ranks. At numerous camps this summer, his snapping times were considered to be on an elite level. He is committed to Georgia.

Quick Kicks:
Bolles is 6-0 on the early season but will be tested by Yulee, which is 5-1. Just last season, Bolles had seven players sign with colleges.


Analyst: Adam Gorney

Game:Riverside (Calif.) La Sierra vs. Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, Friday

Top Prospects:
Junior Pomee Rancho Verde, 6-3/210, WR
Pomee highlights
Pomee is a big target who runs great routes and has exceptional hands. That's why USC, UCLA, Florida and Arizona are some of his favorite schools.
Ryan Henderson Rancho Verde, 5-10/165, DB
Henderson really emerged on the scene this spring at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp and proved to be a shutdown corner with lots of skills. He committed to Utah this summer and might be one of the more undervalued cornerbacks in Southern California.

Quick Kicks:
Rancho Verde is the home of Ronald Powell, the top-rated player in the 2010 class by Rivals.com. He's a freshman defensive end at Florida. Rancho Verde had to deal with tragedy earlier this season when defensive end Emil Smith died in a car accident. He was committed to Boise State.


Analyst: Brian Perroni

Game:Whitehouse (Texas) at Tyler (Texas) John Tyler, Friday

Top Prospects:
Quincy Aldridge Whitehouse, 6-2/195, S
Aldridge highlights
Aldridge is a big free safety that hasn't seen many offers since an injury early last season. He has been productive this year, tallying 24 tackles and three interceptions. Is he still agile enough to play safety or is he an OLB?
David Bush John Tyler, 5-11/165, ATH
The TCU commit plays quarterback for the Lions. He has run the ball well, averaging just over 6 yards per carry, but what position does he play in Fort Worth?
Eric Davis John Tyler, 6-3/227, DE, 2012 prospect
Davis is one of the best junior pass rushers in the state of Texas. He already has eight sacks on the year and has a chance to show what he can do against Whitehouse's passing game.
Chris Hackett John Tyler, 6-1/185, S
Hackett highlights
The TCU commit has 39 tackles and three interceptions in five games this season. Is he a safety or could he possibly even be a big cornerback that colleges covet?
Trey Metoyer Whitehouse, 6-2/198, WR
Metoyer highlights
The nation's No. 2-ranked receiver, the Oklahoma commit is making a case to be No. 1. He had 169 yards receiving and five touchdowns in the first half last weekend and has gone over 100 yards and scored at least one touchdown in every game so far.

Quick Kicks:
Both teams come into the game with 5-1 records. East Texas bragging rights are at stake here. John Tyler has one of the top sophomore classes in the state and several will play big roles this weekend.


Analyst: Barry Every

Game:El Dorado (Kan.) Butler C.C. at Coffeyville (Kan.) Coffeyville, Saturday

Top Prospects:
Ben Axon Butler, 6-2/205, RB
Team's leading rusher with 550 yards on 111 attempts and nine rushing touchdowns.
Cornelius Carradine Butler, 6-5/245, SDE
Carradine highlights
Carradine leads the defense in all of the following defensive categories: 69 total tackles, 14.5 TFLs, five sacks.
Duron Carter Coffeyville, 6-2/195, WR
The Ravens' leading receiver and scorer with 29 catches for 537 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Marcus Kennard Butler, 6-4/185, WR
Kennard highlights
Kansas State commitment caught 21 passes for 529 yards and an eye-popping 25.2 yards per catch.
Zach Mettenberger Butler, 6-5/245, PQB
Mettenberger highlights
Completed 97 of 168, throwing 19 TDs to only three picks. His efficiency rating is a staggering 172.8.
Nu'Keese Richardson Coffeyville, 5-10/180, ATH
Richardson highlights
Has recorded 28 tackles with 10 PBUs and seven INTs, one of which was returned for a score.
Robert Thomas Coffeyville, 6-1/300, DT
Arkansas commit has been in on 31 tackles, 11.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks while breaking up two passes.
Sylvester Williams Coffeyville, 6-3/310, DT
Has recorded 28 tackles, eight TFLs, 1.5 sacks and two PBUs.

Quick Kicks:
The 83rd matchup between these two storied programs promises to be one the best in the history. The Grizzlies, led by coach Troy Morrell, come in with the No. 1 ranking in NJCAA. The Coffeyville Ravens come in ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA, led by third year coach Darian Dulin.


Analyst: Brian Perroni

Game:San Antonio (Texas) Reagan at San Antonio (Texas) MacArthur, Saturday

Top Prospects:
Jace Amaro MacArthur, 6-5/237, TE
Amaro highlights
The Texas Tech commit is a big and physical tight end with very soft hands. After missing most of his junior year with an injury, could he push for an even higher ranking this next time around?
Trevor Knight Reagan, 6-2/190, DQB, 2012 prospect
Knight highlights
Knight is one of the top dual-threat passers in the state for the 2012 class. He has thrown quite a few interceptions the past two seasons, though, and accuracy could be a question mark.
Ashaad Mabry MacArthur, 6-3/295, DT
Mabry highlights
The big Oklahoma State commit stuffs the run well. Can he play the pass better than he showed last weekend against Churchill?

Quick Kicks:
MacArthur enters the game with a 6-1 record while Reagan is 5-1. The passing games will be fun to watch as Amaro is a huge target for MacArthur and Knight has twin brother Connor Knight to throw to.



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