Looking Ahead to 2007

Today is a continuation of the top skill position recruits for the class of 2007.

By now most Notre Dame fans probably know who Darren Evans, TB, 6-0, 208 pounds, Indianapolis, Ind., (Warren Central) is. Evans took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this past weekend to watch Notre Dame play Tennessee, and has another unofficial visit planned as well.

"I'm going back up to Notre Dame this weekend," Evans said. "I'm going with a few of my friends."

Evans is already receiving serious recruiting attention from several schools. Evans received mail from Louisiana State, Boston College, Iowa, South Carolina, Penn State, Auburn, Indiana, Wisconsin, Duke, Nebraska, Ohio State and Florida this past Monday alone. Several other schools are also involved including Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi State. But for now Evans says two schools stand out to him.

Ohio State and Michigan were the two (unofficial) visits I liked best," Evans admitted. "I like those two schools best out of the ones I've visited."

Evans has a self-reported 2.8 GPA and plans to take the SAT after the football season.

The state of Texas has always produced talented tailbacks. Sam Proctor, TB, 6-1, 190 pounds, Pasadena, Texas, (Dobie) will be one of, if not the top, tailback Texas has to offer next season. The only question with Proctor is which position will he play once he reaches college? He could end up at wide receiver or possibly in the secondary.

Another Texas product that is receiving major attention is Joseph Reese, TB, 6-2, 190- ounds, Pflugerville, Texas, (Hendrickson). Reese is a true home run hitter and is yet another player that could end up at several different positions once he reaches college. Tailback, wide receiver, kick returner, you name it, Reese has the talent to play any of those positions. Reese will likely be a national recruit, but the Texas Longhorns are reportedly the team to beat.

Just from watching film alone it did not take long to realize that Raymond Carter, TB, 6-0, 190 pounds, Los Angeles, Calif., (Crenshaw) would be highly recruited. Carter is a slasher and has the ability to break tackles. Southern California generally lands most of the top Los Angeles public school recruits, but at this early stage of the recruiting game it is hard to say which schools Carter will take a hard look at.

Jimmy Clausen is not the only talented recruit Oaks Christian has to offer for the class of 2007. Marc Tyler, son of former Rams and 49'ers running back Wendell Tyler, is another national recruit for the Los Angeles area school. Tyler is a big back already at roughly 6-0, 210 pounds, but also has a good burst through the hole much like his father. Many schools will be recruiting Tyler across the nation with Notre Dame being one of them. Tyler took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame for the Southern California weekend this past Oct. 15 along with Clausen.

Moving to wide receiver recruits, one Floridian that everyone will be reading about is Deonte Thompson, 6-0, 185 pounds, Belle Glade, Fla., (Glades Central). Thompson reportedly ran a 4.29 at a combine in Jacksonville this past spring. That's smokin'. Glades Central is one of the top NFL-producing schools in the country with Reidel Anthony, Fred Taylor and James Jackson as some of its alumni to just name a few. Look for Thompson to be one of the most heavily recruited players regardless of position for the class of 2007.

Washington, D.C. is traditionally known more for its hoops prowess, but Arrelious Benn, WR, 6-1, 210 pounds, Dunbar High School is already a household name for college coaches. Dunbar utilizes Benn's talents in several different ways. Dunbar utilizes Benn several different ways including reverses. Benn's size is certainly attractive by itself, and Tennessee, Florida State and Miami are just a few of the schools taking notice of Benn's talents.

Western Pennsylvania will have one of its most talented groups of recruits in recent memory next year, and Toney Clemons, WR, 6-3, 185 pounds, New Kensington, Pa., (Valley) is at or near the top of the entire list. Clemons is a deep threat with excellent leaping ability. Clemons is also a sprinter once track season rolls around, which is usually a good sign for a wide receiver. Pittsburgh is said to be his favorite school at this time.

It will not be easy for any school to lure away recruits from South Carolina now that Steve Spurrier is leading the Gamecocks, but that will not stop several schools from attempting to go right into Columbia to recruit Mark Barnes, WR, 6-3, 190 pounds, Richland Northeast High School. Barnes already has the attention of several prominent programs including Notre Dame, Louisiana State and South Carolina among others. Barnes wanted to attend the Notre Dame vs. Southern California game but was unable to make it. Like many other skill position recruits, Barnes could play several positions once he reaches college. Safety is the most likely destination if wide receiver does not work out.

And if you really like size at the wide receiver position then John Keye, WR, 6-6, 215 pounds, Jackson, Ga. is your man. Jackson is also an accomplished basketball player and will receive looks from college basketball coaches as well. Jackson has received recruiting interest from schools such as Stanford out West and many of Dixie's top football programs such as Florida State and Georgia.

Although Tony Logan has played quarterback for Piscataway High School in New Jersey, his athleticism and 5-10, 175 pound frame will likely dictate a position switch once he reaches college. Logan could end up tailback or in the defensive secondary, but with so many college programs throwing the football more and more each year wide receiver would appear to be a good bet. Logan will receives looks from several prominent college programs.

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