Breakout Stars of Spring

The Scout national recruiting analysts highlight the breakout stars of the spring so far, prospects who've added offers after being lightly recruited before the spring began.

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 player has emerged from offerless to where they are now as a result of a good spring?
Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting): Madison County (Fla.) offensive guard Ira Denson has to be a guy in this conversation. While he had offers from Florida International and Western Kentucky, I'm not sure exactly when those teams offered. What I am sure of, is after a spectacular 1v1 performance at the Nike Camp in Orlando, Denson has received several offers, including powerhouse Florida State.

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Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter wide receiver Ryan Jenkins was not quite offerless entering 2012, but he only had one (Clemson). He has picked up half a dozen in recent weeks and he will double that in May. He is a speedy wide receiver with great ball skills and play-making ability. He has won numerous awards, shined in front of many analysts, and look for him to make a strong push for the Scout300 by the summer.

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Bob Lichtenfels
Bob Lichtenfels (East): Reading (Pa.) Exeter Township quarterback Kyle Yocum recently picked up his first offer from Buffalo. He may be the best available quarterback in the East Region without a BCS offer. He has a big, powerful arm and the more you see, the more impressed you are with it. If he gets out to college one-day camps, he will impress coaches.

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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): No player may have benefited from a great spring more than Mesquite (Texas) corner Anthony Canady. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder won defensive back MVP awards at the DFW Nike Football Training Camp, The Next Level Athlete Showcase and the National Underclassman Combine. Those performances put him on the map, and on Tuesday he landed his first official offer from Rice. More should follow shortly. Canady may not be the biggest prospect on the field, but he plays fiercely and has the swagger to lock down top receivers.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): Most of the guys in my region who have emerged from zero offers to several are in the 2014 class. However, one in Indiana has gone from none to three of the BCS variety, Center Grove (Ind.) tight end Nate Wozniak. He has unusual size at 6-9 and 245 pounds and is a solid athlete in that frame. I think now that schools have seen him in person and have seen him move around a little, he has shown them that he can be a big tight end or grow into an offensive tackle. That potential and the room to add more weight has helped him add three offers, Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue, since the beginning of the evaluation period.

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Greg Biggins
Greg Biggins (West): Los Alamitos (Calif.) offensive lineman Alex Redmond went from a player few colleges had even heard of to a player on everyone's radar. He had a dominant showing at the SoCal NIKE Camp and once schools watched his junior film, Redmond landed four offers in rapid succession. As more schools visit the Griffins campus during the evaluation period, don't be surprised to see the lineman's offer list hit double digits.

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): Tulare (Calif.) Mission Oak linebacker Kevin Palma had gotten one offer before the SoCal NIKE Camp, and got it the week of, from Nevada. He had a good showing at the Semper Fi Proving Ground Combine, but was still a relative unknown. After a stellar showing in SoCal that weekend, at both the SPARQ Combine and the NIKE Camp, word started getting out on Palma, with Oregon State and San Diego State both offering and more colleges were making their way to the relatively new school, where Palma is the first BCS-level recruit the school has had. As more coaches stop by and get a chance to see Palma, who can play outside linebacker or tight end, expect his offer list to grow even more.

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