With practice getting under way today around the country, the Scout.com recruiting team takes a look at some names who they are interested in seeing this fall to either answer some questions or may have a breakout season.
Flying completely under the rader. Last year he was at Houston Lamar, and this year he is transferring with Connor Wood and I think he could catch 70-80 balls being the go-to guy for Wood. With his transfer to a spread offense and a big-time quarterback he is definitely the guy to be on the lookout for since he already has the size and speed to be a D1 player. - Baron Flenory
Last season is on the minds of those around the OLSM program. The team went 4-5 and Bolden did not have the opportunity to throw a high number of passes. With this being his senior season, that should change. He showed this summer he has the arm and the accuracy to thrive in a passing offense and if the Eaglets are to make a deep playoff run, they will likely have to lean on their senior gunslinger. I see bigger numbers and more wins for this future Nittany Lion. - Allen Trieu
He is a true dual-threat guy at quarterback. He runs like a running back and throws like a quarterback in an option offense that can really be explosive. He is a guy who is getting looks from a lot of schools on defense and offers from several MAC schools right now. I think a Big East type of school could come in if he has a productive year and offer him towards the end and get a big-time steal. - Bob Lichtenfels
The big thing for him is showing that there is talent outside of the premiere league up there. He needs to show that you don't have to be at De La Salle to get attention outside of the Bay area. He is a safety who plays runningback and does it all. He just needs to show he is just as talented as his counterparts in Southern California. - Brandon Huffman
Ferguson has as much upside as anybody you will see in the country. All of our recruiting guys have seen his film and we all agree that he makes a lot of mistakes and is very raw, but he does make a lot of plays. The thing is that he didn't really play against stellar competition, but at Hargrave he will be facing a lot better competition than he would ever see in high school. So we want to see if he was really that good or just a product of the competition? The other thing is that he is so big and so athletic we need to see if he will be a defensive end or defensive tackle. So there are a lot of questions, and once we get to see Hargrave this year, some of those questions will be answered for us. - Bob Lichtenfels
He wsthe firt uy I wnt to go nd see lst year., He was highly sought-after and highly-praised going into the game and I was very impressed with him. Agility, pad level, and everything you wanted to see. I saw him in spring pratice to see him, and after going to that practice he had gained weight and his build just too big. His stock sort of dropped from that with us and with schools. He has worked hard to get his weight down and he is definitely one I want to see him after the weight fluctuation to see just where he is. - Baron Flenory, Jr.
Not being at Bishop Gorman probably hurts him, and they get all the attention, but as the number two player in Nevada he is overlooked a lot. He is a little undersized as a defensive end, but he is playing middle linebacker this year and has a Brian Urlacher type of frame so if he can do well at middle linebacker this season that could open a lot of doors for him. - Brandon Huffman
Reminds me of a kid named Andrew Johnson from a few years ago. Decent size and outstanding speed, but can he be a physical type of running back. I just don't see him as a Big 10 type of grind-it-out running back, so can he become a physical type of running back. His teammate Mike Hull had the bullseye on him last year, and their opponents may turn that bullseye on Hagan this fall so we need to see if he can be that physical player and then he can move really high up the rankings. - Bob Lichtenfels
He goes to another schoool and plays football for Northwestern, and I think he was being overshadowed by some elite wide receivers and I think he isn't too far behind Chrisitian Green and Ivan McCartney. Teamming up with Teddy Bridgewater, Harris really could end up with 20-30 offers and I think he really could make a name for himself this fall. - Chad Simmons
I saw them play last year, and he wasn't a kid that wowed me in person. But his highlight tape looks great and he picked up 20 offers before the spring combines started this spring and he committed to West Virginia so everybody wants to know why we have him there. It is not easy to judge based off of just that one game that I saw, so I want to see how he is in a game this year and to see just where he fits as a senior to see if he is going to be an offensive or defensive style player and see where he fits in the rankings at the end. - Bob Lichtenfels
You talk to any coach on our combine trail this year and Paul Jones was one of the top two or so quarterbacks in the country. He suffered a leg injury during a pickup basketball game, and he will miss some games this fall so we want to see if he can make the full recovery back to his five star potential this fall. - Bob Lichtenfels
California player of the year who took over for Dayne Crist. He is a little smaller, but I think he is a lot better than a lot of guys who are committed to schools even though he doesn't have an offer. If he can show more consistency that he showed last year, but he didn't have that this spring. We need to see that and just see how his arm strength has improved. - Brandon Huffman
Justin is the number three player in the country overall, but one thing about Justin with all the rave everybody is giving him, he is looking at places that are wide receiver heaven. We project him at a linebacker, but he wants to play wide receiver and is being recruited as a wide receiver. I really think that if he wants to go to wide receiver he will not fulfill his potential at that position if he went to a place where he could get lost in the shuffle. I want to see if he can become more refined in his wide receiver skills this year since that is where he wants to play. Physically he is better than everybody else in the country, but as a receiver he is nowhere near those other elite wide receivers. - Baron Flenory, Jr.
McClung only had 14 receptions last year, but that was without a true passing quarterback and sharing the ball with talented guys like Dyjuan Lewis and Troy Smith in the receiving corps. This year, while Lewis is back, he will draw quite a bit of attention and allow the speedy McClung to run wild over the middle. He has 4.4 speed, great hands and can make things happen after the catch. He already used those skills to earn a couple offers this summer, but a strong senior season and he should add to that list. - Allen Trieu
Ted Meline – WR – Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Transferred in from Westlake Prep last year after he got hurt and is at Booker T. Washington. He has some conditional offers from schools and if he can come out in the first two or three games and can stay healthy and show that track speed that has everybody interested, he could explode up the rankings. - Chad Simmons
Obviously committed to Florida as a defensive tackle and has never played there berfore. Supposed he will play in the trenches with some big bodies around him but I want to know if he can make that transition both mentially and physically. I saw him play in a passing tournament earlier this year and it seemed like once he got knocked once he didn't play as tough the rest of the tournament. - Chad Simmons
I think Reed is a guy who plays really up and down a lot. His film is great when you see him, but I saw him three times this summer at some camps and I think he only played in 25% oif those camp. I want to see if he play at that quality he has in the highlights all the time. - Chad Simmons
You have a number of guys who could be considered the top defensive backs in the best state for that position, and he is going to be playing on one of the best defensive backfield in the country. I think he is the best cover guy, and that is what could put him on top. Tony Grimes is a big physical guy, and James Louis, and Terrance Mitchell are all on his heels, and will he go into the season and come out of the season with the number one spot in the Southeast? - Chad Simmons
I need him to prove he can be a druable every down back in college. Ran fro 2900 yards and that was him running outside so can he get it done between the tackles. He is getting a lot of attention as a corner because of his size and durability so if he wants to play at running back we need to see that from him. - Brandon Huffman
More of a big receiver who will end up a tight end, but he is at a school that is not near seattle and it is not a school known for talent. He runs pretty well, catches everything, and killed it at our 7-on-7 in Las Vegas. If he stays at wide receiver and can show some legitimate speed or if he can show some physical nature at his game as a tight end, it should really help him. - Brandon Huffman
Going the recruiting evaluation period, I heard a lot of good things about him. Good running back, runs with good pad level, vision, but for some reason he is not recruited as highly as the other running backs in the state, and I thought he was a top three guy in the state. He has continously turned heads this summer, including the USC Rising Stars camp. He has really done the work in the classroom this summer, and I expect his stock to go way up throughout the season. - Baron Flenory, Jr.
I cannot believe that he has no offers right now. He was better than Quinton Dunbar, he was better than Ted Meline, and there is no reason that he shouldn't have a ton of offers. He caught about ten or fifteen balls while teammates caught about fifty, so if he can get some more looks he could be right up there with Quinton Dunbar and Meline. - Chad Simmons