Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Most Wanted: Top 5 Uncommitted High School Football Stars in the USA

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The Most Wanted: Top 5 Uncommitted

Signing Day is less than two weeks away and this article looks at the top prospects that have yet to make their college commitments. All five of these players are the elite of the 2012 recruiting class and their recruitments have been ones to follow the recruiting season. These players all have major abilities and have the best of college football coming after them with major decisions looming.
1.WR-Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Missouri/Hillcrest HS)
Recruiting Update: WR Dorial Green-Beckham is the top prospect for the 2012 recruiting class and he has taken his recruitment all the way to the point where he has it planned to make his decision known on Signing Day and he has yet to tip his hand on where he may be leaning. A lot of people claim that Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas or Missouri lead for his services but no one but Green-Beckham knows where he stands at this moment. Dorial is currently on an official visit to the University of Arkansas this weekend and the Razorbacks could be a dark horse for his services. It is unsure at this time if he plans to take one more visit next weekend or not. Dorial has officially stated that he plans to make his college announcement on Signing Day and that all five schools listed will be there at the end. He has stated that no one currently leads in his recruitment and that he will know for sure which school he decides to attend within the next week and a half.
NFL Comparison: (Calvin Johnson/Detroit Lions) Dorial Green-Beckham possesses the same size (6'6 215 lbs) and out of this world athleticism that Johnson currently displays in the NFL. Green-Beckham has a large frame that is hard to bring down after the catch and the leaping ability to take the ball away from the defender. Dorial is a physical mismatch for just about anyone that plays opposite of him and he has the overall talents to dominate the playing field any time he is on it. Green-Beckham has the talents and the potential to become an All-American type wide out in the collegiate ranks but also possibly make to the NFL one day as well.
2.DT-Eddie Goldman (Washington DC/Friendship Collegiate Academy)
Recruiting Update: DT Eddie Goldman is a beast of a young man on the interior on the defensive line that has every big named college coach breathing down his neck and searching for a possible commitment. Eddie has kept his recruitment pretty close to the chest and not tipped his hand on which school might be leading for his signature. He has cut down his list to a final six of Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida State and Miami FL. Eddie has been able to take visits to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Miami FL and Florida State and he could be looking to take one more visit before Signing Day finally arrives. Eddie doesn't have a leader at this time but gut feeling says this could come down to an Alabama/Auburn battle. Goldman plans to take all the time he has left before he is ready to make his commitment and that decision looks to be made on Signing Day.
NFL Comparison: Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens) Eddie Goldman has the unique capabilities of rushing the passer or plugging the run from the interior of the defensive line just like Ngata does for the Baltimore Ravens. Goldman has the unmovable size at 6'4 305 lbs and the quick feet to move that large frame along the defensive line. Eddie is a load to handle and he should be even more of a disturbance to control on the collegiate football level.
3.WR-Stefon Diggs (Olney, Maryland/Our Lady of Good Counsel)
Recruiting Update: WR Stefon Diggs is an electrifying receiver who has the speed and game breaking abilities to change the outcome of a game in a split second and college football programs have been enamored with his talents for a long time now. Stefon has kept his recruitment wide open for the entire duration of his recruiting process and taken his time to sort through all the information he needed on each school recruiting him. Stefon has cut it down to a final grouping of Auburn, California, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He has kept his recruitment pretty quiet and not let anything out as to who he might be leaning towards. Stefon has said in the past that he wouldn't mind playing his college ball in the South but mainly he wants to be a part of a championship contending program. There is a chance that Diggs could an official visit next weekend and rumor says that school could be Southern Cal. Stefon has been all over the map when it comes to his recruitment, but come Signing Day he will be finally ready to a stop to the madness of his college recruitment.
NFL Comparison: (Santonio Holmes/NY York Jets) WR Stefon Diggs compares very well to Santonio Holmes of the NY York Jets because of his size (6'0 185 lbs) and ability to make plays when there is not a play to be made. Diggs plays with an added toughness on the field that allows him to use his body in a multitude of ways to gain an advantage on his opponent. He has outstanding body control and the hands to make the catch every time the ball is thrown his way. Stefon also has breakaway speed and the yards after catch ability to take it to the house anytime the ball is in his hands. Diggs has high level potential and the skill set to become an all-everything standout in college.
4.DE-Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, New Jersey/Don Bosco Prep)
Recruiting Update: DE Darius Hamilton is a highly thought prospect around the recruiting world because of his size (6'4 255 lbs) and versatility along the defensive line. He has been sought after by the best of the best of college football even before the start of his senior season. Darius has collected a long list of college offers but now is to the point where he needs to finally choose his college destination. He has cut his list down to California, Florida, Miami FL and Rutgers. Darius is currently in Piscataway, New Jersey this weekend for an official visit with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and next weekend he plans to be down in Miami for an official visit with the Hurricanes. He seems to be equal right with all four schools but the dark horse of the group could be the Cal Golden Bears. Darius seems intrigued by the fact of playing on the West Coast and playing with an outstanding coaching staff. He has a little time left to make the best decision for him and Hamilton looks to make his commitment publicly known on Signing Day.
NFL Comparison: (Shaun Ellis/NY York Jets) DE Darius Hamilton is an interesting prospect because he has the size and strength to play either end or tackle on the college defensive line. Hamilton reminds me of Ellis because both players have the unique size to either rush the passer or clog up the running game. Darius could easily grow into a dominating defensive tackle on the college level and beyond. He has the football bloodlines and the overall talent to become an outstanding defensive lineman for years to come.
5.CB-Tracy Howard (Miramar, Florida/Miramar HS)
Recruiting Update: CB Tracy Howard is considered one of the best defensive back prospects in the 2012 recruiting class because of his lock down cover skills and the physicality he plays with on a consistent basis. He has great instincts and the speed to recover when beaten. Tracy has elite level skills and coaches took notice of his talents very early on in the recruiting process and are still pursuing him today. Tracey has a long list of college offers but has narrowed down his choices to a certain four of Florida, LSU, Miami FL and USC. He is currently on an official visit this weekend to the University of Florida, and next weekend he plans to be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for an official visit with the LSU Tigers. The team to look out for up into Signing Day could be USC. Howard seems interested in the program out west and what Coach Lane Kiffin is offering. His recruitment remains open to all four schools at this time, but odds look like this could be an SEC battle between Florida and LSU. Tracey wants to finish his visits and talk with parents about his decision before he is ready to make it official. Look for Howard to make his decision on Signing Day.
NFL Comparison: (Leon Hall/Cincinnati Bengals) CB Tracey Howard is a smart, sound and physical cover corner that has the ability to lock down his side of field and make sure his receiver never sees daylight. Howard has the same type of skills that Leon Hall of the Cincinnati Bengals have. Tracey does not shy away from contact and he seems to always be in the right spot to make a play on the ball. He has all the abilities and skill set to turn into an All-American shutdown corner for the whole duration of his college life.
The Next Five: OT Zach Banner (Lakewood, WA/Lakes HS), WR Nelson Agholar (Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep), OT Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente HS), DE Aziz Shittu (Atwater, CA/Buhach Colony HS), OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, GA/Lowdnes HS)
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