Stock Watch: Risers

Which 2013 in-state recruits are seeing a rise in stock this spring? Come inside to find out.

1) OT Kent Perkins, 6-6 285, Lake Highlands (Texas)

Initial Texas Top 50 Rank: No. 8

I ranked Perkins lower than most because, while he's a heck of a player, I didn't necessarily see him as a left tackle, which lowered his value. And I still see him as a much more natural right, the more film I watch, the more I think he could play on the left if needed. Furthermore, he has the chance to be an elite right tackle, somebody capable of dominating in the running game. Just as Darius James received credit for being an elite prospect at a non-premium position (center), so Perkins should receive some due for the same thing at right tackle.

2) WR Robbie Rhodes, 6-0 185, Fort Worth Southwest

Rank: No. 24

I've always liked Rhodes, and it isn't exactly a diss to include somebody in the state's top-25. But here's the thing: the more I watch him, and the more I talk to people I trust who have seen him, the more I think Rhodes should be ranked even higher. Thomas Johnson was my No. 1 receiver in the state last year, as a difficult matchup because of his 6-foot size, speed and route running ability. Rhodes has all of that, except that his speed is more elite than Johnson's, running a 21.04 in the 100-meter dash. I do think that Johnson was a bit more polished, but Rhodes being at 24 is probably too low. He's more like a top-15 guy than a top-25 guy.

3) DT Kerrick Huggins, 6-4 280, Dallas Skyline (Texas A&M)

Rank: No. 32

No. 32 is too low for a defensive tackle as quick and active as Huggins is. Huggins has a great, long frame that is plenty capable of holding more weight, meaning that he could find the field as one of those 6-4 300 monstrously quick defensive tackles that the SEC is so used to deploying. Huggins is an outstanding one-gap penetrator who causes problems with his penetration. I still don't like him as much as the Aggies' top defensive tackle Isaiah Golden of Carthage, but I think that Huggins is probably a top-25ish type guy.

4) S Erik Huhn, 6-3 200, Cibolo Steele

Rank: No. 46

Call this one a crisis in familiarity. We were the first site to interview Huhn, back when he was coming off a major leg injury, and before any schools had contacted the safety. And while we were also ahead of the curve on ranking him as one of the state's best safeties, I probably didn't take it far enough. There are two kinds of familiarity. The first leads you to overrate someone, and the second is to underrate. This is a case of doing the latter. Huhn is likely the top safety in the state, and his post-spring ranking will reflect that.

5) WR Quincy Adeboyejo, 6-3 175, Cedar Hill (Texas A&M)

Rank: Not Ranked

For college coaches, the spring is about shuffling around to schools in their recruiting area to find players who have emerged since the end of the previous season. That describes Adeboyejo to a tee, who is getting rave reviews after catching just five passes a year ago. And it's that emergence — coupled with his skill set — that have drawn comparisons to former Cedar Hill and Kansas standout, and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Dezmon Briscoe. That's high praise, but Adeboyejo also has more pure speed than Briscoe had, and he'll actually be playing for the same wide receivers coach, David Beaty, that coached Briscoe at Kansas.

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