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October 6, 2011
Midseason report: Top players scouted
Rivals.com analysts offer their mid-season report - the top prospects they've scouted in person at each position so far this fall. Here's the rundown of 42 elite recruits who have impressed over the first half of the 2011 high school season.
Mike Farrell, National/Mid-Atlantic
QB David Sills, Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian, 2015 - Plays beyond his years and has all the tools already to be a great one.
RB Wes Brown, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel - Healthy again, Brown is running with power and a purpose.
WR/TE Cyrus Jones, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman - Could end up at cornerback in college, but he's an impressive receiver as well.
OL Brian Gaia, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman - Did a lot of damage as a defensive tackle, but is also a very solid offensive lineman.
DL Kenny Bigelow, Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian, 2013 - Potential five-star for next year, Bigelow is just starting to learn to dominate.
LB Camren Williams, West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial - Tackling machine showed toughness and the ability to make blockers miss.
DB Quin Blanding, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside, 2014 - Huge sophomore with great instincts, ball skills and the willingness to hit.
Adam Gorney, West Coast
QB Connor Brewer, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chapparal - Smart, savvy quarterback that plays with lots of moxie and intelligence. Making all the throws isn't a problem.
RB Shaquille Powell, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman - Powell is a hard-nosed, tough running back who rarely goes down on first contact. He plays with something to prove.
WR/TE Bryce Treggs, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco - Whether it's on the outside or in the slot, Treggs is a constant threat to break the game wide open with big catches.
OL Jordan Simmons, Encino (Calif.) Crespi - One of the biggest and most talented linemen in the country who plays with good footwork and speed. Once Simmons gets his hands on a defender, it's over.
DL Alonzo Williams, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly - Williams is incredibly fast off the snap and does a great job getting into the backfield and tracking down quarterbacks and running backs.
LB Jared Afalava, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham - Athletic, mean and competitive, Afalava embodies all the good qualities of a linebacker who can lead the defense.
DB Su'a Cravens, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta, 2013 - A special player at more than one position, Cravens has all the intangibles to be considered one of the top players in the 2013 class.
Josh Helmholdt, Midwest
QB Brogan Roback, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's, 2013 - The 6-4, 190-pound Roback has great size and throws a beautiful ball, but what sets him apart is the way he manages the game and sees the field.
RB Dennis Norfleet, Detroit King - Norfleet had enough highlight reel worthy runs to fill an entire season in the game we saw him. His quickness, agility and power are outstanding.
WR Aaron Burbridge, Farmington Hills (Ohio) Harrison - After a quiet offseason, Burbridge emerged in the first weeks of 2011 showing the talents that made him one of the Midwest's most coveted receivers.
OL Kyle Bosch, Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis, 2013 - We have not seen many offensive linemen in the Midwest early, but the 6-5, 275-pound Bosch stood out because he is well ahead of his years technically.
DL Adolphus Washington, Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft - Few players look more out of place on a high school football field than Washington. It is truly a man against boys.
LB Joe Bolden, Cincinnati Colerain - Bolden did not have a big night stat-wise when we saw him, but his combination of size, athleticism and speed has been unmatched so far this year.
DB Cameron Burrows, Trotwood-Madison, 2013 - Legitimately 6-1 and 195 pounds, Burrows plays like a smaller cornerback. He has fluid hips and the speed to stay with even the fastest wide receivers.
Chris Nee, Florida
QB Nick Patti, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips - Talented signal-caller can hurt the opposition with a strong, accurate arm or by tucking it and running it. He lacks prototypical size at the position, but knows how to play the position and find the end zone.
RB Joseph Yearby, Miami (Fla.) Central, 2014 - Incredibly talented runner who has the ability to cut on a dime and quickly accelerate through holes. He can bang out tough yards or find a crease and exploit it for huge gains.
WR/TE Nelson Agholor, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep - Athlete who likely ends up at the wide receiver spot in college. Very elusive and shifty in space with great top-end speed and an extra gear.
OL Ty Darlington, Apopka (Fla.) - The Oklahoma commitment is an excellent interior offensive lineman. He has great feet, allowing him to pull and quickly get to a spot. He does an excellent job of fending off defensive linemen and using leverage to keep them at bay.
DL Dario Batiste, Panama City (Fla.) Arnold, 2014 - Batiste could end up a weakside defensive end or outside linebacker. Just a sophomore, he showed playmaking ability and the ability to be a great speed-rusher off of the edge. He has a nose for the football.
LB Errol Clarke, Miami (Fla.) Central - The Cincinnati commitment was an extremely disruptive player for the Central defense. He does a good job of attacking off the edge, filling the gap against the run, or dropping back and playing in space. Long, lean athlete who moves well.
DB Eddie Williams, Panama City (Fla.) Arnold - Williams is a big, intimidating athlete who can come down and be physical in run support or move effortlessly in space and make a play on the ball. He will be a terror in the Alabama secondary.
Keith Niebuhr, Southeast
QB Jameis Winston, Hueytown (Ala.) - Tremendous overall athlete who possesses a big, accurate arm and has a good head on his shoulders.
RB Mike Davis, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson - Not incredibly fast, but has good size, terrific vision and excellent cutting ability.
WR/TE JaQuay Williams, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek - Big-bodied receiver not only is blessed with size but great hands, speed and strength.
OL Austin Golson, Prattville (Ala.), 2013 - Has prototypical BCS-level offensive tackle size, and already is quite technically sound.
DL Robert Nkemdiche, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, 2013 - An unreal talent. Ideal tackle frame, with perfect combination of strength, quickness, technique and aggression.
LB Raphael Kirby, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson - Instinctive, big-hitting linebacker shoots gaps well and makes plays from sideline to sideline.
DB Josh Harvey-Clemons, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes - Although many project him at OLB, he is a fantastic safety for Lowndes -- a true enforcer/ball hawk in the secondary.
Brian Perroni, Southwest
QB Matt Davis, Klein (Texas) Forest - The Texas A&M commit showed he is fully healed from an ACL tear suffered as a junior. He has also improved as a passer and is now a very good all-around dual-threat quarterback.
RB Trey Williams, Spring (Texas) Dekaney - Williams has incredible vision and is able to make cuts without losing speed. He will certainly play very early at Texas A&M.
WR Derrick Griffin, Rosenberg (Texas) Terry, 2013 - The basketball standout has shown that he is an incredibly gifted football player as well. He can stretch the field but is also a threat in the red zone.
DE Gerald Willis, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr, 2014 - Though just a sophomore he is already built like a college defensive lineman.
LB Denzel Devall, Bastrop, La. - Though he played defensive end prior to this season Devall looks very comfortable at inside linebacker. He is making a case to be the No. 2 overall prospect in Louisiana.
CB Bryson Echols, DeSoto, Texas - The Texas commit is not thrown at very often but when he is, the receivers have a tough time getting open.