Emmet Perry (© Greg Powers)

Scout Staff Looks At What Players Have Emerged Out Of Nowhere This Season

Some players develop later than others, some have to wait their turn behind a star player in front of them and others burst on to the scene as young underclassmen. Here is a regional look at a handful of players who emerged this past season as high major prospects who weren't really on anyone's radar before the season.



DE Charles Snowden, Washington (D.C.) St. Albans, '17

Charles Snowden is a former basketball prospect who moved to the gridiron and immediately impressed coaches because of his burst, change of direction and length. Virginia Cavaliers noticed quickly and offered, and shortly thereafter he committed to the Cavaliers but look for other schools to continue to recruit him. He needs to add strength and technique, but he is a big talent with a huge upside.


DE Tyler Baylor, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel, '18

Tyler Baylor is another basketball name now making his mark in football, and he has an interesting backstory. He is the grandson of former NBA great Elgin Baylor, so basketball made the most sense early on. However, Baylor is showing great speed and athleticism coming off the edge for Good Counsel, and schools are taking notice. He already holds offers from the Louisville CardinalsKentucky Wildcats and Pittsburgh Panthers and Maryland, Virginia, Ohio State and UCLA are showing interest as well.

National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn



OT, K'Rojhn Calbert, McMinnville (Tenn.) Warren County, '17

It is all coming together for Calbert in 2016. After only playing a handful of games his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injury, he just played basketball in 2015, and now he is back on the football field -- healthy.  The Tennessee Volunteers, an in-state school offered him this week, he is set to visit South Carolina officially this weekend, and he is hearing from plenty more top programs.  He is an athletic lineman with a lot of tools to like now that he is back healthy. 


ATH, Matthew Hill, Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood, '18

Hill had some nice kick returns as a sophomore in 2015, but this season, he has stepped it up and become one of the most dominant offensive skill prospects in the state of Georgia. He is lining up at wide receiver, running back and he is shining in the defensive secondary too.  Hill has picked up offers from the Alabama Crimson TideAuburn TigersFlorida Gators  and  Kentucky Wildcats and many others.  He is a smooth athlete with versatility with great ball skills. 

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons



WR, Emmet Perry, Desoto (Texas) High, ‘17

Perry was not credited with any stats in 2015 at DeSoto (Texas) High, but has really emerged as one of the top vertical threats in 6A this year, giving the Eagles a down the field option to work in tandem with KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault Jr., who are both rated as four-star receiver prospects. Perry is a tough competitor and will sacrifice his body or do whatever it takes to try and make a catch. He runs well for a long and lean receiver and he gets off the line quickly, making defensive backs respect his ability to get open anywhere on the field. He has offers from Bowling Green, North Texas and Utah State but he is on P5 watch and is about to catch fire.


WR, Erik Ezukanma, Keller (Texas) Timber Creek

Back in mid-September Scout Regional Analyst Gabe Brooks was attending Ezukanma’s game on a Thursday night and he wasted little time in identifying him as top prospect, texting “this kid is legit”.  Ezukanma caught 14 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, which covered 48, 77, and 52 yards. All three were impressive, highlight-reel plays that can be seen in the above video. He added a 12-yard sweep to push him within six yards of 300 from scrimmage, averaging 19.6 yards per touch. Ezukanma is now on the fast-track and colleges are taking note. He added his first offer from Kansas and now he has just picked up his second offer from Texas A&M.

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers


DT, Aeneas Hawkins, Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller, '18

Hawkins received a good handful of offers (Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Notre Dame) in the summer from some major programs, but at that point, had not lined up on the varsity yet. He has now, and has had a good season for Moeller. His mid-season film shows the athleticism he demonstrated at camps to get those offers, but also physicality and discipline. He is one that is due for a rankings bump.


RB, Morgan Ellison, Pickerington (Ohio) Central, '17

Ellison is the ultimate story of perseverance. After injuries kept him out as a sophomore andjunior, he finally saw the field this year. Prior to that, his size, speed and pass-catching abilities had earned him scholarship offers (Ball State, Toledo, Miami-Ohio and Ohio among them) at camps despite the lack of game tape. Now he has it, and it shows a player with those physical tools but also a tough running style and no hesitation despite the past injuries. As the film makes its rounds, more offers should come in, but patience is something Ellison has no doubt developed as he bided his time and is now making the most of his opportunities.



WR, Isaia Mullen, Portland (Ore.) Madison, ‘17

Until last year, Mullen was a basketball player in Portland but then new-coach Don Johnson convinced Mullen to come out for football. And the move has paid off handsomely for Mullen. On the season, Mullen has 30 catches for 640 yards and six touchdowns. He committed to Hawaii in late September but he’s still on the radar for a number of Pac-12 schools, namely Oregon State, which is recruiting Mullen and two of his Madison teammates.


RB, Miles Reed, Corona (Calif.) Centennial, '17

Reed played behind the great J.J. Taylor (Arizona signee) a year ago but has quickly emerged as a big time player in his own right. In eight games, Reed is averaging almost 180 yards a game, despite barely playing in the second half due to blowouts. He has 23 touchdowns on the season and has a slashing running style that reminds of current Washington State back Gerard Wicks. The Cougs have offered Reed along with Hawaii and Montana. 

National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman

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