Midlands Recruiting Roundtable (5/15/14)

Scout.com Midlands analysts discuss a weekly hot topic and this week we each pick our most impressive spring sighting...

Greg Powers
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands

Going against the typical Roundtable grain and across state borders to pick Class of 2017 phenom Dylan Moses, who may be the most physically impressive football player I have ever seen as a freshman in high school and he may have been the most physically impressive player regardless of class at a very stacked Nike event in Texas in early April. Moses looks like a college player right now and is currently walking the halls as a freshman in high school. His recruiting timeline is as sped up as his athletic one, as he earned an offer and committed to LSU last year, while he was still in middle school. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Moses could play as a running back or linebacker in college.

Ahmard Vital
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Houston

From the end of last season and through the combine season earlier this year, Spring defesnive back Willie Sykes has been one who has caught my attention and has continued to impress at every stop. But as far as the athlete who has caught my attention is North Shore offensive lineman Tyler Moore. Pulling in his second and third offers (North Texas, Minnesota) this week, Moore has what many coaches are looking for in a line prospect. What initially drew our eyes in the direction of Moore was his pop at the point of attack. Once he locks on to a defensive lineman, he drives through the players and does well at finishing blocks with a pancake. He's being recruited as a center prospect, but he could work well as a guard at the next level as well.

Gabe Brooks
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, ETx/DFW

I've used this space once or twice during the past couple of months to rave about Arlington Bowie 2015 offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu, who has gone from three offers entering March to almost 20 here in mid-May. So instead, this time around I'll rave about Sachse 2015 running back Devine Ozigbo, another prospect who has seen his recruitment really take over during the past several weeks. Eight weeks ago, Ozigbo picked up his fifth offer from UTSA. Earlier this week, he got offers from Iowa State and Army to give him a total of 15 and counting, including Boise State, Iowa, Miami, Mississippi State, Utah, and Wisconsin, among others. There is very good reason for his increased attention, none greater than his impressive size. Ozigbo measured 5-foot-11, 230 pounds at the April 5 Dallas Nike Football Training Camp at DeSoto High School, where he ran a laser-verified 4.73-second 40, a solid time considering just how big and burly Ozigbo is. Despite that size, he moved well in drills, which is no surprise if you've seen his film. He possesses good speed and short-area agility, making defenders miss in close quarters. Ozigbo has good stop-start ability, especially considering his size. His 947 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013 also accompanied 23 catches for 311 yards and two scores, showing that he is a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield.

Derek Young
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Upper Midlands

The most impressive prospects that I have seen this Spring include mostly junior college athletes. One that leaped off the page to me in a big way was Coffeyville's Wesley Bailey at my first stop of the year. He's a 6-foot-2, long cornerback with quick hips and feet, and the speed and physicality needed to excel in man coverage. He transferred to Coffeyville from Itawamba C.C. in Mississippi. Bailey is a freak show that locked down everyone that went up against him, which included two or three wide receiver prospects that should find FBS rosters as well. The only concern I have with Bailey are the instincts and discipline to play within a scheme. He sometimes improvises more than necessary and doesn't meet the responsibility he's given on a certain play. He has all the talent in the world, and is gifted athletically for the position, but it will come down to the mental aspect for him. He has a couple smaller FBS offers as of now, with heavy interest from California, Texas Tech, Missouri, Maryland, and Georgia.

Annabel Stephan
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Cen-Tex

This question is easy for me. Throughout my many stops this spring, Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker 2016 defensive lineman Kendell Jones was one who caught my notice immediately. Right off the bat, his size is attention grabbing: the athlete looks every bit of the 6-foot-4, 305-pounds at which he's listed. In fact, Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall told me that the last player to come out of the program with Jones' size was former Longhorn and current Jacksonville Jaguar Roy Williams. But what's even more impressive is that even at that weight, Jones is a lean player and is very comfortable in his body. He's already caught the eye of Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and more, earning offers from all of those programs, and a number of schools have been by Shoemaker to check out Jones in action this spring. 

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