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), Jamie Newberg (South), Allen Trieu (Midwest), Greg Powers (Midlands), Brian Dohn (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): Quarterback Nick Bawden (6'3/215) of Los Gatos High School in California is a player I can see teams liking enough to offer this spring. He's got a big arm and a good frame. Quarterbacks are a different animal when it comes to offers, and if he slips through the Eval period without and offer, he may end up being one of those players who everyone offers in the fall as they scramble to fill quarterback slots after the spring offer kids make their choice. He's as talented as a lot of quarterbacks I've seen with multiple D1 offers already.

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Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): Danarious Graham is a slick athlete out of Deefield Beach (Fla.) and he could end up a couple of different positions on the next level. Scout identified him when he was a freshman quarterback at Ely High School and he is exciting with the ball in his hands. He has missed some time due to off the field issues, but he looks to be settled in now, and when schools he his ability this spring, he could be offered as a quarterback, a wide receiver, or as a cornerback. He has true talent and he is a natural athlete.

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Jamie Newberg
Jamie Newberg (South): It's kind of surprising that Largo (Fla.) standout wide receiver Raheem Harvey has such little interest. He's one of the top recruits at his position. Harvey has looked good this spring in 7-ons and at the Orlando NFTC. He has good size and length, runs well and has good hands. Harvey just needs to continue to work on his academics. Schools like UCLA and Florida are active in recruiting him but they just haven't offered yet. He's a kid that will eventually stockpile a bunch of them quickly.

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Brian Dohn
Brian Dohn (East): David Carlisle of Oakdale High (Ijamsville, Md.) has size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) but needs to add strength. He runs good routes and has strong hands. He impressed at the Nike Camp in Washington, D.C.


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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): One offensive player to keep an eye on in Texas is big offensive lineman Anders Huizenga from Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson High. The 6-foot-6, 307 pounder was one of the standouts at the Next Level Athlete Showcase in January and has the size that colleges will find intriguing. Not a lot of major D1 prospects have come out of his school, but Anders will be playing on the D1 level.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): Fishers (Ind.) wide receiver J-Shun Harris had a great NIKE Football Training Camp and his performance matched his tape, where he is consistently making big plays, showing quickness, open field elusiveness and good hands. He has had quite a few schools stop in to see him and despite not having great size, I think someone will take a shot on him as a slot guy and return man.

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Greg Biggins
Greg Biggins (West): Los Alamitos (Calif.) receiver Dashawn Gordon has been electric this spring and looks a lot like Oregon State signee Victor Bolden. He's not real big but has incredible quickness, down field speed and is a polished route runner that can make plays down the field and runs very well after the catch.

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont receiver Justin Holmes is a big, physical receiver who runs decently well, but has tremendous hands.  Holmes has been active on the 7on7 circuit this year as well as a number of camps, and with his size and skill set, when college coaches sweep through Oakmont, they'll get a chance to eyeball him and that should be enough to get the first few offers in before the end of the eval period.

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