Diamonds in the Rough

While New York State doesn't have a reputation of producing top level division one college football talent, there are talented prospects to be found. breaks down some potential diamonds in the rough in the Empire State.

New York State is often overlooked for high school football talent outside of a few select prospects. But there is talent to be found all over the Empire State.

Matthew Perry
School: Attica High School (Attica, N.Y.)
Position: Athlete
Notes: Perry is an under recruited, largely unknown prospect with upside. He has elite speed and is elusive in the open field. In his most recent game, Perry ran for 288-yards on 17 carries while scoring six touchdowns. He projects as a running back or slot receiver at the next level, with the ability to contribute as a returner.

Kyle Buss
School: Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Position: Wide Receiver
Notes: Another prospect with elite speed, Buss runs a 4.34-40. He was visited by Syracuse last week and impressed by catching everything during practice. The Orange took a copy of his highlight tape with them as well as his transcripts. Through the first four games of the season, Buss had 17 catches for 337-yards and four touchdowns. He has a little wiggle to him and could make a nice slot receiver at the next level.

Godspower Ogide
School: Bishop Kearney High School (Rochester, N.Y.)
Position: Defensive End
Notes: Ogide is a freak athlete at 6-foot-9, 265-pounds. He plays both basketball and football, but is new to the gridiron playing in only his second year in the sport. Despite holding no offers, he has received interest from Buffalo and Old Dominion for football. As a basketball prospect, he has received interest from Clemson and Ohio State. He has a lot of upside but is a project. If someone takes a chance on Ogide, they could reap big dividends down the road.

Joseph Gause
School: Bishop Kearney High School (Rochester, N.Y.)
Position: Wide Receiver
Notes: Rare is it that a legit three star receiver with size and speed is under recruited, but that is the cause with Gause. He comes from good bloodlines as his brother plays for Rutgers as a linebacker. Still, there is a lot of potential with Gause who could be a late steal for a division one program.

Myles Nicholas
School: Irondequoit High School (Rochester, N.Y.)
Position: Linebacker
Notes: Nicholas has gone from relative unknown to the 154th rated outside linebacker in the 2014 class. On film, he frequently plays on the opponents side of the line of scrimmage. He has good lateral quickness, but can be stiff in the hips at times. Currently and Old Dominion commit, Buffalo has continued to recruit Nicholas hard in the hopes of a flip. Nicholas has a lot of potential and would be a nice get for either school.

Kemani Howard
School: Wilson Magnet High School (Rochester, N.Y.)
Position: Cornerback
Notes: Howard has been compared by some to current Syracuse defensive back Chauncey Scissum. While he's not quote on that level athletically, he is solid in coverage and has decent size. He may project as an undersized safety more than a corner due to his lack of elite speed. Syracuse has shown some interest, but more likely landing spots could be Buffalo or Old Dominion. Currently, his only offer is from Wagner.

Poncho Barnwell
School: Nassau Community College (Garden City, N.Y.) Position: Defensive End
Notes: Barnwell originally committed to Syracuse as part of the 2012 class as a speedy, pass rushing defensive end. After failing to qualify, Barnwell went the JUCO route to Nassau in order to bump up his grades while developing as a football player. Now integrated into a strength and conditioning program, Barnwell has put on muscle without losing his speed. He has 3.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss on the season so far. He is a legitimate division one prospect who could contribute right away.

B.J. White
School: Eastridge High School (Rochester, N.Y.)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Notes: White appeared to be on the verge of an offer from Syracuse when he camped with the Orange over the summer. However, that has not materialized. Still, White has size, strength and quickness. He could develop into a solid tackle at the next level.

Earl Kelly
School: East High (Rochester, N.Y.)
Position: Defensive Tackle/Offensive Guard
Notes: Kelly flashed potential in his team's 38-20 win on Saturday. When he keeps his pad level low, he is able to get penetration to disrupt opposing rushing attacks. He's a little undersized and lacks explosion out of his stance, but could be a solid contributor for a mid-major type program as he possesses a high motor.

Micah Wright
School: Newark Senior High School (Newark, N.Y.)
Position: Wide Receiver/Cornerback
Notes: Wright has a size and speed combination that can be hard to find. While major conference schools have not been consistently recruiting him, Wright could be a nice find for a mid-major program. He has the potential to develop into a playmaker on either side of the ball.

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