The Scout Team: Prospects out of Nowhere

The Scout national recruiting analysts highlight a player from each region who came from out of nowhere to become a major recruit...

The Scout.com national recruiting analysts answered questions about the 2011 season in a feature called "The Scout Team". Each day this week, we'll  look at the topics on hand. The national analysts include Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting), Chad Simmons (South), Allen Trieu (Midwest), Greg Powers (Midlands), Bob Lichtenfels (East) and Brandon Huffman (West).


  1. Which player has come from out of nowhere in terms of recruiting, had very few non-AQ offers, if any, before the season started, and now has BCS offers?
Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): I'm going to say Christian Powell of Scout Top 50 Upland in California. He's a fullback and a defensive end, but he's got fullback build for the next level at roughly 6'0/250 (listed 6'2). He puts linebackers on roller skates out there when he's blocking. Washington and Nebraska have become real players for him.

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Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): Kenny Orjioke is a very interesting story. He moved to Georgia from California in July when he was 15 years old expecting to start his junior year in August. He found out that he was a senior just a couple of weeks after turning 16 years old, and once the first game tape got out, he started picking up offers. He has around a dozen offers now and he has emerged as a top 100 prospect in Georgia at only 16 years of age. He spent a year in Australia due a family member's illness and that caused him to miss a year of school.

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Bob Lichtenfels
Bob Lichtenfels (East): Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute safety/cornerback Jahmahl Pardner had small school and MAC offers prior to his senior season, once his senior film started to circulate Pittsburgh offered and several other school such as Georgia Tech started showing more interest. Pardner committed to Pittsburgh.

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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): Mineral Wells safety Adrian Colbert (6'1, 180) burst on the scene when Baylor offered and he quickly accepted. TCU had been recruiting him vigorously and trying to keep him quiet, but when his film got out he exploded in a hurry. Shortly after making the decision to Baylor Texas and Texas A&M joined in with offers. He has been on a couple of visits to Texas already and it seems imminent that he will switch to the Longhorns by the time the dust settles. He is currently rated as the highest three-star prospect in the region and has a legitimate shot to slide in to the Scout 300.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): Ka'ra Stewart, a safety-running back from O'Fallon (Ill.) had moved around from Georgia to Fork Union Military to Illinois, so his recruitment was slow to pick up as a result. However, he had an excellent year at O'Fallon and has added seven offers in just the last month.

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): It's been a long time since Buena Park (Calif.) produced a D-I prospect. In fact, before this season, Buena Park hadn't had a player sign out of high school in the last decade. This year the Coyotes have three players with D-I offers and the best of that group is defensive tackle Josh Tupou, who didn't have a single offer before mid-October.  A two-way lineman, Tupou has offers from Nevada, UNLV, San Jose State and Colorado and Pac-12 schools like Washington and Utah are picking up their interest in the 6-4, 305-pounder.

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