The Scout national recruiting analysts make their picks for which defensive prospect will get his first FBS offer this spring...
The Scout.com 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).
- Which defensive player from your region, without an FBS offer, are you anticipating will receive one during the evaluation period?
(Director of Scouting):
Culver City (Calif.) product Deon Young is a 6-1/260-pound defensive line prospect who
is extremely quick off the line and should get several looks from colleges this
spring. Qualified defensive tackles are the hardest position in the country to
field, and if Young has his grades in order, he should find several coaches
willing to give him a shot at a scholarship.
A cornerback by the name of Cinwon Whitehead is someone to really keep an eye on this spring. He is a fast corner with limited film available from his junior year, but in camp settings and 7v7s early in 2012, he has showed he can cover. He plays at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Ga. and offers should come in for him this spring.
Bob Lichtenfels (East):
Clairton (Pa.) cornerback/safety Titus Howard should pick up offers if he hits some college camps. He is six-foot-two and can cover, that is a rarity. His size says that he should be a safety, but when you watch him cover you have to be intrigued by the possibility of him playing cornerback. He plays at a very small school, so camps will be
imperative for him.
It is a deep year in the Midlands at defensive tackle. There are a number of guys
at the top of the heap who are still mulling over their scholarship options, but
as the dominoes start to fall, keep an eye on Duncanville (Texas) High's Cornelius Henderson. The 6-1, 285-pounder earned the nickname "Silverback" for his
powerful play up front and he has become a student of the game and now uses his
hands extremely well. It should only be matter of time before a school jumps in.
Allen Trieu (Midwest): Gary Jones from Allegan (Mich.) is a track standout
at 6-2, 190 pounds. He looks great on the hoof, has good athleticism and he played
all over the field last year. He can play running back and wide receiver too,
but I think his college position may be safety, where folks at the school say
he's a big hitter. Too much size and raw ability to pass up and I think someone
will offer him pretty soon here. I know several schools will be by to see him
run track and the way he runs at that size is impressive. What's taken so long
is that he's not from a big school and Allegan isn't a place a lot of coaches
cross through, but they're beginning to find out about Jones.
Upland (Calif.) cornerback Delvin Batiste has looked very good at multiple 7-on-7 passing tournaments, but his lack of game film after missing six games last season is holding him back. Word is out on the talented corner and when schools come by Upland to watch him work out, it will be surprising if an offer or two doesn't fly in. The athlete will also camp with several schools in the summer and that could be the key to him landing an offer as well.
Encino (Calif.) Crespi safety Brandon Arnold teams with Tyler Foreman for one of the top safety tandems in the Southland, and
Arnold has looked very good this spring at a number of events. He's gotten offers from
some FCS schools but those are likely just setting the table for some FBS offers
this spring. Arnold has good safety size, at 6-1, 195, great ball skills
(six interceptions last fall), good closing speed and is one of the bigger
hitting safeties in the region. With Crespi a frequent stop for college
coaches, those offers should come in for him this spring.