Midlands Recruiting Roundtable (5/8/14)

Scout.com Midlands analysts discuss a weekly hot topic and this week we are taking a first look at some Class of 2017 standouts...

Greg Powers
National Recruiting Analyst, Midlands
I think my pick right now would be from the powerhouse that is DeSoto (Texas) High. It is not easy to get on the field there period, but running back KaDarrian Nixon had his chances to shine of the field as a freshman and took advantage of it. He is a true speed burner in the mold of a Dontre Wilson, a player who was able to put up monster numbers in the Eagles offense. Look for Nixon to be used in the same way. He already had some break out moments as a freshman. Returning a kick for a touchdown in the Coppell playoff match-up and making the local news when he took a screen pass to the house against Mansfield (Texas) Timberview after busting off a move on Stanford signee and Scout four-star Brandon Simmons. Big things are ahead for this kid and look for him to be featured even more this upcoming season.

Ahmard Vital
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Houston
Had to think long and hard on this one as many programs don't have freshman on the roster, and even more so on the field. But there is one who comes to mind and was mentioned to us by the Alief (Texas) Taylor coaching staff. And that is versatile lineman Kobie Whiteside. If you have not had the chance to check out the HUDL video on this kid, spot yourself about 45 seconds. He stands about 6-foot-1 and weighs 300 pounds, but he is quick and light on his feet. On offense, he has not problem getting to the second level when he pulls and he is a great finisher. The bold statement was made saying that this young man will be the most "highly regarded" recruit to come through Taylor. That statement came from an alumnus who racked up over 4o offers. Whiteside is for sure someone to keep an eye. We sure will.

Gabe Brooks
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, ETx/DFW
A few 2017 prospects have started to pop up in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex during the past couple of months. The most obvious pick is 20-offer linebacker and early Mississippi State commit Anthony Hines of Plano East, but another to keep an eye on is Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley, who already has a Clemson offer.. At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Shelley will obviously have to grow some more, but he already has a head start on proving himself as a producer on the field. As a freshman, Shelley threw for 1,346 yards, 12 touchdowns, and only four interceptions, while rushing for 821 yards and seven touchdowns as Lone Star went 8-5 and played three rounds deep into the postseason. Shelley competed at this past Sunday's Dallas Elite 11 regional competition and displayed very quick feet in his drops and a natural gait as a rollout passer. His athleticism and playmaking ability may lead some teams to recruit him as an athlete. Regardless, he should be a high-major prospect as his high school career continues. Denton Guyer 2017 quarterback Shawn Robinson and Keller defensive end Spencer Misko are a couple more 2017 DFW prospects to keep in mind.

Derek Young
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Upper Midlands
The 2017 prospect standing out in the Upper Midlands is Kansas City (Mo.) Winnetonka defensive back Djimon Colbert. He plays a lot of cornerback right now but could grow into a safety. He already stands at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds and is very strong in run support already at this early stage. Colbert is a physical player and is at his best in the open field making plays. His man coverage is more than adequate but he can make more of an impact on defense when in zone, reading and reacting. His physical maturity is well beyond his years, as you would expect he's a high school junior or senior from his film, and not a freshman. He's only going to get bigger and faster, and is definitely a prospect that could hit the national scene.

Annabel Stephan
Midlands Recruiting Analyst, Cen-Tex
There haven't been any breakout 2017 players in Central Texas quite yet, but one to watch who is close enough is Stephenville (Texas) High running back Kaegun Williams, who played on Varsity as a freshman. It wasn't minimal playing time, either; Williams racked up 1,561 yards and 17 touchdowns on 169 carries last fall. In addition, Williams had three receiving touchdowns with 24 receptions for 456 yards. Keep in mind that the Stephenville offense is commanded by Texas Tech quarterback commit Jarrett Stidham, which makes Williams' accolades that much more impressive. Williams picked up District 7-3A Newcomer of the Year awards and could be a very interesting prospect in seasons to come. He currently measures in at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds.

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