The Scout Team: Offensive Emergers

The Scout national recruiting analysts make their picks for which offensive prospect will get his first FBS offer this spring...

The national recruiting analysts will answer questions about the 2013 recruiting class 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), Greg Biggins (West) and Brandon Huffman (West).

  1. Which offensive player from your region, without an FBS offer, are you anticipating will receive one during the evaluation period?
Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): Wide receiver Bryce Bobo (6'3/195) of Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak is a productive player with good size and natural ability. He's at a school that doesn't get a ton of exposure, but we saw him on Prepzone last year against Upland, and he had a very good game and should garner more attention this spring.

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Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): Running back Jordan Huff is a top 20 prospect in Alabama if he returns from his knee injury the way he is expected to return this spring. The star back out of Mobile (Ala.) St. Pauls went down with a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus last season. If he returns as expected, look for big offers to come in. He is a very strong back with good balance and vision.

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Bob Lichtenfels
Bob Lichtenfels (East): Pittsburgh (Pa.) Perry Traditional Academy wide receiver DaRon Clark was so unknown that he never even got a letter from a school prior to the evaluation period. In today's day and age that is almost impossible. Over the past few weeks, we have seen Clark take over two major 7on7 events. He has freakish ability, but he is very raw. He only played linebacker last season, so it is critical for him to get out and be seen.

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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): Certainly there is a quarterback out there who's recruitment will take off in a major way, but right now I have my eye on a couple of Lone Star State offensive linemen. Both prospects should start to pile up offers as they develop and coaches come through to see them practice in the spring. Sergio Phillips, a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder from DeSoto (Texas) High has competed and succeeded against some of the top competition in the country and has drawn rave reviews from DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis, who has coached a plethora of top D1 recruits. Also keep a close eye on the recruitment of San Antonio (Texas) High's George Roberts. This 6-foot-6, 305-pounder was one of the top performers at the DFW Nike Football Training Camp, earning All-NFTC honors. With his mean streak and size he could start to pick up offers in a hurry.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): I think quarterbacks tend to get offered a lot during this time and a few guys in Ohio have picked up new offers, including a couple quarterbacks. I would look at Austin Bruns of Coldwater as one without an offer who may pick one up. He's a 6-foot-4 kid who can throw on the move, and if he throws well for coaches when they come through, he's a good candidate to potentially add his first scholarship.

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Greg Biggins
Greg Biggins (West): On film, Villa Park (Calif.) offensive lineman Nick Whitton is as impressive as just about any lineman in the region. He's tough, physical and very technically sound. The one question we keep hearing about Whitton is, "How tall is he?" While HT/WT numbers are always important, there is no doubt he can play and play at a high level. He's definitely talented enough to play for a lot of schools in the region and beyond.  

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): There are a handful of quarterbacks out West that I think will end up with FBS offers after coaches get a chance to see them throw and size them up. But my money is on Jihad Vercher from Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian, who may not have optimal size but arguably has the strongest arm of any quarterback in the West in this class. And outside of Troy Williams, there hasn't been a more consistent performer this spring in the region than Vercher. When coaches see him throw, and see his ability to make every throw, and if they can look past his height and look at the arm and ability, I think those offers will come in for Vercher.

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