Emerging Players to Watch in Spring

Scout.com takes a look at the emerging players on offense and defense in the All-Unoffered Team from out West as the evaluation period starts this week...

OFFENSE

Jake Geringer
Quarterback, Newbury Park (Calif.)
Overshadowed by Nick Montana in east Ventura County a year ago, Geringer comes from a program that has a great history of quarterbacks. "He's got by far the best junior highlight film I have come across this year," said quarterback coach Tim Kaub.  "He's incredibly accurate, with great trajectory on the deep ball, everything the pro style coaches will want, and plenty of playmaking ability in his feet to make the spread option guys salivate as well.  The more people see him, the more offers will follow."

Kendall Brock
Running Back, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
Might not be the biggest player, but he's got plenty of speed and pound-for-pound, is one of the toughest backs in the West. 

Johnny Martin
Running Back, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic
Martin did an outstanding job taking over the running back duties for Tyler Gaffney, the 2008 State Player of the Year, and helped lead the Dons to another CIF-San Diego Section title.  He sees the holes well, has great vision and does a good job gaining yards after the initial contact, not unlike his predecessor. 

Chance Early
Receiver, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic
The son of former NFL receiver Quinn Early, Chance doesn't have great size, standing about 6-0, but runs crisp, precise routes, catches everything (he may have the best hands in the West) and has a knack for getting open consistently. 

Jemond Hazely
Receiver, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Is deceptively quick, decently physical but has great hands and isn't afraid to grab the ball in traffic. Has only played receiver for a year (was a quarterback before), but looks like a natural at receiver. 

Raymond Nelson
Tight End, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
The two-way end (Nelson also plays defensive end), he could play on either side of the ball in college, but with his natural pass-catching hands, tight end seems like the best fit for him.  Plays at a small school, but should really see a lot of attention this spring as coaches come by.  Older brother, Reeves, plays basketball at UCLA, but had the AAU circuit to impress coaches, despite being at a smaller school, so the spring will be crucial for Nelson.

Kalvin Cusick
Offensive Line, Provo (Utah) Timpview
A two-way lineman, Cusick has been strong on the defensive side of the ball for Timpview and has won a couple of state titles with them.  But he's probably best suited to play center in college. 

Marcus Martin
Offensive Line, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
At a school known for their skill position players, Martin was the anchor on the offensive line for the Cougars, and with college coaches figuring to make Crenshaw a frequent stop to visit DeAnthony Thomas, Martin should benefit from the attention.  Plays tackle in high school but projects to inside in college.

Patrick Carroll
Offensive Line, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis
His coach is a former Pac-10 quarterback and thinks that Carroll is the best offensive lineman he's had at St. Francis.  Carroll is an excellent pass-blocker, with nice, long arms, and good feet and is best suited to play tackle at the next level. 

Vi Teofilo
Offensive Line, Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley
He's a great looking prospect that is lean and long. Can run and gets after it. State champion wrestler that play with great leverage. 

Tyler Bode
Offensive Line, Fountain Hills (Ariz.)
A massive, small-high school prospect. Stands 6-7, 285 and has dominated 3A competition. Good showings at camp will earn him offers

 

DEFENSE

 

Anthony Popovich
Defensive Line, Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic
A big athlete, Popovich has the type of athleticism that lets him play from a standup position at times and cover backs out of the backfield or drop back in a zone blitz. He has the size to move inside and stick at defensive tackle on the next level. He has a good change of direction and a high football IQ.

Devaughn Hanley
Defensive Line, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr
At a school that's been known for their high-powered offense (12,000 yards through the air the last three years), Hanley is one of the defensive stalwarts and was one of the better underclassmen we saw at last year's USC Rising Stars Camp.  Can play defensive end or defensive tackle.

Julius Tevaga
Defensive Line, Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy
He and Tani Tupou form one of the better defensive line tandems in the West and while Tupou had offers (and is already committed to Washington), Tevaga figures to be the next Archbishop Murphy prospect to emerge this spring and turn into a D-I recruit.

J.R. Plote
Defensive Line, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
Long armed defensive end prospect. Plays with a good motor and is a near 4.0 student. 

Jake Bainton
Linebacker, Renton (Wash.) Liberty
One of the most physically gifted two-way players in the Northwest, Bainton could also play receiver in college but his size makes him an ideal outside linebacker. He's a gamer, with great football instincts and loves to play physically. Coaches will love his motor. 

Aaron Wallace
Linebacker, Poway (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo
The son of former NFL defensive end Aaron Wallace, the younger Wallace was one of the most physically impressive players we saw in Vegas at the 7on7. He's 6-4, 200 and can play outside linebacker or safety (he plays end for his high school team). He won the MVP of the TCU Nike Camp last weekend. With his size and skill set, he'll be a nice fit in a 3-4 defense. 

Woodson Greer
Linebacker, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Good size to play inside or outside linebacker, Greer has excellent acceleration that allows him to shoot the gap on a delayed blitz or beat a running back to the edge. Attacks the ball carrier on contact and finishes his tackles well. 

Thierry Nguema
Defensive Back, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
One of the best pure cover corners in the West, Nguema has quick, active hands, good backpedal quickness and excellent cover awareness. His ball skills are some of the best from a Western DB.

Desman Carter
Defensive Back, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser
Carter is a big and physical safety who has the flexibility to play cornerback in college.  Overshadowed by his Pac-10 bound teammates a year ago (Anthony Brown and Josh Shirley), but can thank those two for the college coaches who now have him on their radar.

Kendrick Van Ackeren
Defensive Back, Bellevue (Wash.)
One of the most gifted athletes in the Evergreen State, Van Ackeren was one of the defensive stalwarts for the state champion Wolverines, and can play corner or safety in college, but figures to play free at the next level.

Taj Teague
Defensive Back, Pomona (Calif.)
Another top two-way athlete, Teague has earned most of his publicity as a running back, but he projects better to safety in college. His older brother, Titus, also flew under the radar and is now a redshirt freshman at Louisville.  Taj figures to be on more people's radar once the spring is done. 


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