Midlands Recruiting Roundtable (4/24/14)

Scout.com Midlands analysts discuss a weekly hot topic. This week we go state-by-state to pick an unranked Class of 2016 prospect who could make it in to the Scout300 with a strong season. Who are the best prospects people aren't talking enough about? Find it here!

Josh Harvey Prospect Area - Nebraska, N. Dakota, S. Dakota
Washington high school (SD) offensive lineman Matt Farniok would be my pick. The sophomore might not play the best competition, but his size is hard to ignore - it's why schools like Nebraska, Iowa, Washington State, and Iowa State have already offered. At 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, the offensive tackle is known for putting people into the dirt. He finishes his block and is able to get to the second level pretty effectively. With brothers at Oklahoma and Iowa State, some say Matt could be the best prospect of the bunch.

Greg Powers
Prospect Area - DFW

South Oak Cliff is pumping out a high level of division one prospects right now and that looks to continue in to the Class of 2016 with edge rusher Marvin Terry, who is a bullet off of the edge and relentless in his pursuit of the football. He plays with a spirited style that football enthusiasts enjoy. He may be a bit undersized at 6'2, 210 to be a true put your hand on the ground defensive end, but he could also move back and play linebacker in college. He runs well. Offers are already starting to flow in. He has made appearances at top camps and stood out amongst upperclassmen.

Ahmard Vital
Prospect Area - Houston

Initially when this question was posed, the first reaction was the name Bellaire wide receiver Courtney Lark. In recent weeks he picked up Texas Tech and Maryland offers, and really showed his worth last season filling in as the go-to guy when two of his Division I teammates were out of the line up. But instead, it was decided that Second Baptist athlete Lynnard Rose would be the better sleeper pick. Just recently, Rose picked up an offer from Houston, but based on his tape, it is clear that word is starting to get out on what he brings. For Second Baptist he is the primary back, but his future on the college level will likely be in the secondary. Florida State, Oklahoma and a number of other programs have invited him to camp and let him know that they will be sending coaches down to check in on him. But keep a close eye on this one, as Rose is a possible top-level baseball player as well.

Gabe Brooks
Prospect Area - East Texas

A few East Texas candidates come to mind, including two from the same school: Carthage defensive end Jarrod McLin and tight end Marquise Guinn. McLin (6-3, 220) is long-armed, active, and plays with more physicality right now than Guinn (6-4, 220), who has been hand-timed in the 4.6's by the Carthage coaching staff. But Guinn, who visited Texas this past weekend, might have the higher ceiling thanks to his frame. McLin will be a prototype even-front edge rusher, while Guinn should become a matchup nightmare as a receiving tight end. Another potential four-star is Athens cornerback Travon Fuller, who already holds a Texas A&M offer.

Derek Young
Prospect Area - Missouri

The 2016 prospect in Missouri that I think has a chance to hit the recruiting scene in a significant way would be Independence (MO) Fort Osage quarterback Skylar Thompson. He runs a spread option attack but is more of a throw-first signal caller at the high school level. Thompson displays effortless arm strength on film and is very developed at this stage in regards to his accuracy and hitting his receivers in stride. It'll be intriguing how he matures in terms of his size but is already a solid 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds and hearing from a few BCS programs.

Derek Young
Prospect Area - Kansas

The sophomore standout in Kansas that I definitely have my eye on is Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley offensive lineman Ben Hecht. He's already 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds and is very quick off the ball, and agile as well. As he continues to fill out his frame, he could be a force. He shows that his punch and strength aren't issues by consistently overpowering larger defensive tackles. He projects as an offensive tackle but is an interior lineman for his school of now due to Evan Applegate (holds an offer from Kansas State) still holding down the outside.

Annabel Stephan
Prospect Area - Cen-Tex

I'm really looking forward to spring ball to get more familiar with the 2016 CenTex recruits, but from players I know, I have to go with Cibolo (Texas) Steele defensive lineman Mark Jackson. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect had 5.5 sacks for 39 yards yards lost. In thirteen games, he had 26 tackles (five solo) with nine tackles for loss. Jackson names his greatest strengths on the field as pass rushing and ability to get to the quarterback. Currently holding offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma, it's safe to say recruitment is on the rise for Jackson and a big season could mean a four-star ranking.

Bob Przybylo
Prospect Area - Oklahoma

It's going to be interesting to watch the development of Norman (Okla.) North running back Quan Hogan. Offered by Tulsa last summer, Hogan showed why during his junior season with his incredible versatility. He rushed for 1,003 yards on 137 attempts with 12 touchdowns, but he might be even more valuable as a receiver. He had 69 catches for 830 yards and five touchdowns. Norman North is a school that is starting to consistently produce to


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