Stepp Report: Underclassmen Making Waves

In this week's interview with Matt Stepp we take a look at a few players in the recruiting classes of 2010 and 2011 who have already caught his eye by showing that they have the skills to possibly develop in to top shelf prospects.

In this week's edition of the Stepp Report, Matt wanted to showcase a few recruits who may not even be on college radar screens at this point in the recruiting game, but they could be soon…

2010 ATH Sam Gagliano (5-10/165, Waxahachie High)

"He is a really versatile player. They use him at running back, they use him at quarterback, they use him at wide receiver, they use him at defensive back, and he returns kicks. He was a State track qualifier as a sophomore, so he has great speed. He is a great kick returner."

"I think he will fit in at a good division one school that will use him at defensive back and let him return kicks. He has got a chance to really blow up."

2010 WR Jordan Taylor (6-4/214, Denison High)

"Right now he is playing quarterback running the spread option, but he is a natural wide receiver. He has great hands, great size, and above average speed. I saw him play against Big Spring. They slit him out at wide receiver a couple of times and he is a great wide receiver. He made a great catch on the sidelines."

"He is just a really sound technical receiver and at 6-foot-4 I really think he has the chance to catch some recruiters eyes. He is a guy that is going to have a real good season, and he should be able to get a lot of attention."

2010 QB Randy Price (6-3/210, Waco University)

"He has got great leadership skills. He did not get the chance to make the camp circuit last summer due to an injury in basketball and he is just now getting back to 100 percent. Waco University is off to a great start behind his leadership."

"He is the prototypical dual-threat quarterback, but he has the size and the arm to grow in to a big-time passing quarterback. He is a little raw throwing the ball, but his running skills and leadership ability are really, really great intangibles. A lot of schools are already after him. He is going to be one of the top overall quarterback prospects in the class of 2010."

2011 RB Ben Armstrong (5-11/190, Jasper High)

"He has great size for a sophomore running back. Good vision, great power, but he lacks a little bit of speed right now, but I think that will come as he matures, but he has got all of the intangibles to be a great running back."

"Jasper has great athletes and he has the chance to be that next really special guy. He is definitely one to really keep your eye on for the class of 2011."

2011 LB Gus Osborne (6-1/195, Gilmer High)

"I know Oklahoma has a great pipeline in to Gilmer and another guy to keep a close eye on is Osborne. He starts at running back/linebacker. He starts at linebacker and I really think that is going to be his best position in college."

"He has tremendous instincts for a young player. He is always around the ball. Great speed also for a linebacker, and when he gets to the ball there is a big collision when he gets there. He is a player to really keep an eye on."

"He is in that Justin Johnson mold, except where Justin Johnson was a running back first and a linebacker second this kid is a linebacker first and a running back second."

2011 RB Tevin Williams (5-11/175, Euless-Trinity High)

"Trinity always produces great running backs and the next in line is Williams. I think he was kind of considered the number three running back, but he has already moved up to the number two back behind Dontrayevous Robinson. He ran for almost 100 yards against Cedar Hill last week."

"The main thing we noticed about Williams is how quickly he gets to the hole. He hits the hole hard and he has great speed. He is hard to bring down for a young kid. He puts up good numbers. He is going to get a lot of experience this year because Trinity is set up for a long run, and he should put up monster numbers as a junior and senior."


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