South: Top Five Outside Linebackers

A number of versatile athletes out of the South rank high at this position. Take a look at the top five right here.

South: Top Five Outside Linebackers
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Booker T. Washington
Size: 6-4/200
Recruiting: Miami is the school close to home and they are the one others are likely chasing. Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, and others have offered.
Scouting Report: Thomas has played linebacker and defensive end in high school, but he will likely settle in at outside linebacker in college. He is a long and rangy athlete with a lot of raw ability. He needs to add weight, get stronger, and then learn the position, but he has as much upside as just about anyone at outside linebacker. He can run, he moves well laterally, he has great range, and he closes on the ball well. As he matures, watch out.
Hometown: Clinton, La.
High School: East Feliciana Parish Enrichme
Size: 6-3/220
Recruiting: Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and others have offered. LSU may be the school to beat.
Scouting Report: Beckwith plays quarterback on offense and he made a lot of plays there as a junior, but his home on the next level will be on defense. He is has great size, long arms, and great agility on the football field. He has played defensive end most of the time, but could move back to linebacker on the next level. He could play outside or inside linebacker in college. He will have to get used to playing on the second level if he moves.
Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.
High School: South Fort Myers
Size: 6-4/210
Recruiting: Committed to Miami.
Scouting Report: Kearse does so many different things well on the football field. He is such a versatile athlete and some schools like him as a wide receiver, some call him an athlete, but Scout likes him as a linebacker. He is a very rangy linebacker that moves with ease. He is going to add a lot of good weight in the years to come and he will need to learn the position once he settles in, but he has a very high ceiling at this position.
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Vance
Size: 6-2/205
Recruiting: Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech are some of the schools that have offered. He is open right now.
Scouting Report: Bryant has played a lot of linebacker and running back on the high school level, but he is going to be playing defense in college. He has good speed sideline to sideline and he can make plays behind the line of scrimmage, in space one-on-one, and he is solid in coverage. He is still a lean 210 pounds, so he needs to add weight, get stronger, and tackle more through the opponent. He is a quick linebacker with good range
Hometown: Lake City, S.C.
High School: Lake City
Size: 6-1/210
Recruiting: A number of schools are showing interest in Brunson monitoring his academics, but none have pulled the trigger yet.
Scouting Report: Brunson has a nose for the football. He stays around the ball, he reacts quickly, and he can really close on the ball. When he tackles, he tackles with force, and he doesn't just stand up and stop the runner, but he forces him back. He is strong and he plays with a lot of pure strength. He can still work on his coverage skills, playing in traffic, and shedding would-be blockers. He has the tools to play inside or outside.

The Next Five: Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga. - Auburn Commitment), Rodderick Hoskins (Orlando, Fla. - Florida State Commitment), Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla. - Florida Commitment), Johnathan Alston (Bunn, N.C.), and Jermaine Grace (Miramar, Fla.).

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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