Scout has named 12 prospects to five-star status and three of those come out of the South. Each talks about how it feels to be recognized this early as one of the top juniors in the country.
, Keith Marshall
, and John Theus
were named five-star prospects by Scout's Chad Simmons and they all were excited when they found out about the news.
They shared their thoughts with Scout about being a five-star right here:
2012 Five-Stars in the South
Kwon Alexander – 6-2.5/212 - LB – Oxford, Ala. – Oxford
"It feels good to be a five-star on Scout. It means that I have been getting the job done and that all of my hard work is paying off. I work hard and play hard and I now I am going to work and play even harder. I know people are going to come at me because of my ranking and offers (17 right now), so I will work hard to make sure I am ready. I have been keeping up with rankings since I was in ninth grade, so being a five-star is exciting."
Evaluation: Alexander is an outside linebacker who plays with a lot of speed, passion, and energy. Many teams run away from him, but he pursues the ball well with a lot of speed. He is very rangy, he contains his edge will, and he really strikes the opponent. He has a great frame to grow into while maintaining his speed and ability to play sideline to sideline. He has great instincts also.
Recruiting: Oregon is the most recent school to offer Alexander and that gives him 17 total. Alexander told Scout he was open at this time, but planned to create a list of favorites in the near future.
Keith Marshall – 5-11/185 – RB – Millbrook, N.C. - Millbrook
"I have been following rankings on Scout and Rivals for a couple of years now and I have always wanted to be a five-star, so it is exciting. I never knew if it was realistic or not, but now that it is, I will just keep doing what I have been doing. I will not get big headed, I will stay humble, keep working hard, and get better."
Evaluation: Marshall is the total package at running back. He is a back that could play in any offense and do well. He has a good initial burst when he touches the ball, he runs behind his pads, he has vision you can't coach, and he has the speed to take it the distance from anywhere on the field. Marshall still can add some good weight and strength to make him more effective running between the tackles, but he is a back that makes it look so easy on the football field.
Recruiting: Schools like Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech among others have offered Marshall. He is open at this stage.
"Being a five-star has always been a goal for me since I started thinking about playing football in college. Being recognized for this is a big honor for me and I am happy about it. I know I still have a long way to go and I am working hard to get better, but this is something I have been working for."
Evaluation: Theus has been one in the 2012 class that has stood out for a couple of years. Early on, it was because of his height, but he has really grown into that height over the past year. He has gained close to 50 pounds, added strength, and improved his technique. He has great feet, he has that nasty streak that you love in an offensive lineman, and he plays at Bolles, a school that has produced many top offensive linemen. He is an elite offensive linemen that has the body, ability, and mind to play on Sundays down the road.
Recruiting: The most recent schools to offer Theus are Miami and Rutgers and he also has offers from Auburn, Florida, FSU, Georgia, and others. He is open at this time.