Breaking Down the Top 10 Highest Rated Athletes in the Midlands Region

Who are the highest rated athletes in the Midlands region before the spring evaluation period hits? Scout takes a closer examination.

The Top Five

1. Cameron Jurgens, Beatrice (Neb.)

HT: 6'4 | WT: 245 

Rated as an athlete Jurgens plays all over the field for his high school team lining up at linebacker, wide receiver, tight end, fullback and running back and could project out at a number of positions on the next level. Although he runs well and really does make some great plays in the passing game and as a blocker and could project as a tight end it is also very possible he ends up on the defensive side of the football -- possibly even defensive end -- once he arrives in college. On defense, he shows good speed to the football and is a ferocious tackler. He is committed to Nebraska

2. Josh Fleeks, Cedar Hill (Texas)

HT: 6'0 | WT: 167 

Josh Fleeks is a highly athletic prospect who is a true offensive athlete. Fleeks can line up at running back and the slot, where he's dangerous in the vertical passing game and the screen game. Fleeks really broke out in 2016 in his full-time move to receiver. Fleeks owns a laser-timed 4.48 40 and a shuttle of 4.10, so he combines impressive straight-line acceleration and top-end speed with good closer-quarters agility to make defenders miss in space. He is committed to Baylor

Josh Fleeks (© Greg Powers)

3. Vernon Jackson, Boling (Texas)

HT: 6'3 | WT: 235 

Jackson is an interesting specimen. The jumbo-framed athlete plays quarterback and linebacker for his high school team and could do a number of different things on the next level. Most have him pegged for the defensive side of he football, where he can use his football instincts and surprising agility to secure tackles. He could also get some looks on offense as a running back as well, and of course as a QB he helped his team to the state championship game s a junior, so he has some definite skill with the football in his hands. Jackson has a Top 5 of Alabama, Baylor, OklahomaTCU, and Texas A&M.

4. Byron Hanspard II, DeSoto (Texas)

HT: 6'0 | WT: 170 

Coming up in the powerhouse program just south of Dallas we had initially pegged Hanspard II to most likely end up on the offensive side of the football, but after a switch to CB in 2016 he helped cement a defense that captured a state championship. He has the size and foot speed to be a lockdown style defender on the college level and the top-end speed and skills to also be a productive wide receiver prospect. College coordinators will likely be fighting to get him and keep him in their unit. He is committed to Baylor. 

Byron Hanspard (© Greg Powers)

5. Gerry Bohanon, Earle (Ark.)

HT: 6'3 | WT: 211 

Gerry Bohanon is a big-framed dual-threat quarterback who projects to the FBS and Power Five conference levels. He runs well for a quarterback of his size, and he's a high-production player at the high school level. Bohanon can improve his release point/consistency, but an encouraging aspect of his game is his touch when needing to lead receivers to certain spots. Bohanon is raw, but big and talented, so there's plenty of potential in his game. Bohanon is considering offers from schools like Alabama, ArkansasAuburnGeorgiaLouisvilleMississippiMississippi State, and Tennessee

Best of the Rest: 

6. Stanley Hackett, Pasadena (Texas) Rayburn

http://www.scout.com/player/210807-stanley-hackett

7. Julon Williams, Converse (Texas) Judson

http://www.scout.com/player/201960-julon-williams

8. Stanley Lambert, Marshall (Texas)

http://www.scout.com/player/210704-stanley-lambert

9. Troy Hurst, Greensburg (La.) St. Helena Central

http://www.scout.com/player/212444-troy-hurst

10. Slade Bolden, Monroe (La.) West Monroe

http://www.scout.com/player/180667-slade-bolden

Scout regional analyst Gabe Brooks contributed to this report. 


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