South loaded with versatile athletes

Many prospects play both sides of the ball in high school and we take a look at some of the most versatile prospects in the South right here.

Scout does not have an 'Athlete' category, but many of the prospects that come out of the South Region are athletes.

Many play multiple positions, many play a totally different position in high school than they will play on the next level, and many could play a couple of different position in college as well.

One of those in 2013 is John Diarse, one of the top prospects in the state of Louisiana. Diarse plays quarterback at Neville High School in Louisiana right now, but the 6-foot, 205 pound junior will not play that position on the next level.

Some feel he could be a wide receiver while others feel he may be best at safety. Schools like Alabama, Arkansas, and LSU among others have offered Diarse and some have talked to him about being an athlete.

Right now, Scout has him listed as a wide receiver, but do not be surprised if that changes to safety in the future.

There are plenty of other prospects like Diarse in 2013 and one of those is from the same state. LSU commitment Jeryl Brazil is a 5-foot-9, 176 pound athlete out of Loranger High School and he is listed by Scout as a cornerback prospect although he plays a lot of running back in high school.

He is very good out of the backfield with his quickness and elusiveness. His speed and wiggle could also land him in the slot receiver position, so Brazil is a versatile athlete that could play on either side of the ball in Baton Rouge.

Vonn Bell is a 6-foot-1, 190 pound athlete out of Rossville (GA) Ridgeland and his first offer came from the University of Georgia. According to Bell's head coach, Richt told him that he would let the coordinators fight over Bell if he chose UGA because he could see Bell playing wide receiver or defensive back on the next level.

Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee have offered Bell and Scout likes him as a safety.

One of the early commitments for Alabama is Ardarius Stewart who accounted for 50 touchdowns on offense and 10 intercepts on defense. If you want a prime example of athlete, Stewart is one.

He is a 6-foot-1, 170 pound athlete with 4.4 speed in the 40 yard dash and most feel he could be successful as a wide receiver or defensive back on the next level although he plays quarterback in high school.

One of the early five-star prospects for Scout is Antonio Conner out of Batesville (MS) South Panola and he lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety, and as a return man on special teams in 2011.

Scout really likes the the 6-foot-1, 205 pound athlete as a safety. He has excellent speed, he is a physical player, and he is one of the top juniors in the country.

Conner has a long list of offers from schools such as Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Tennessee.

Like Conner, Tramel Terry does a little bit of everything for Goose Creek High School in South Carolina. Schools like Clemson, Georgia, and South Carolina offered Terry after his freshman season when he starred at wide receiver.

Two years later, the 5-foot-11, 178 pound athlete worked mostly out of the backfield as a running back where he ran for 850 yards. He added a couple of interceptions on defense and over 800 yards receiving as well.

Terry could be one of those guys that actually gets to play both sides of the ball in college. He has that type of versatility. He has shown the potential to be a top end corner with his size, quickness, and ball skills, but with him being so dangerous with the ball in his hands, it may be hard for anyone to take him completely away from offense.

Clemson, Georgia, and South Carolina are the schools highest on Terry's list right now.

Cornelius Elder is an athlete that stars on the football field and basketball court in the state of Tennessee. He was named Player of the Year in each sport as a sophomore and the star out of Nashville (TN) Ensworth could play on either side of the field on the next level.

When Scout watched him live in 2011, the 5-foot-9, 160 pound athlete made impressive plays at running back and safety, but we know safety will not be his home in college. It will either be that change-of-pace back used on screens, in space, and a guy they try to get to the edge or at cornerback.

He has very quick feet, he can change direction well, and he is a very explosive player that will make plays on the next level somewhere.

Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt have offered.

One of the best athletes to come out of the South was Eric Berry. He played quarterback in high school like a lot of the prospects listed in this story, then started out at Tennessee as a cornerback before moving to safety where he became an All-American and All-Pro.

Like Berry, many of the top athletes in the South could be successful at numerous positions on the next level, but it is the job of Scout's analysts to figure out which one they project to be the best at.

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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