Spring Prospect Rankings

Early look at the top prospects in New Mexico's 2012 class

1) Cole Gautsche 6'4, 220 4.5 ATH (Cleveland HS)- One of the state's fastest players and could be one the state's quickest. At 6'4, 220lbs that's obviously very very impressive. Gautsche has the arm strength, mechanics and footwork to play QB in any type of offensive system. His blazing speed and athleticism just add more value and more big play ability to the mix. The scary part about Cole is that he also possesses the strength, power and explosiveness to play LB and TE at the next level. This is a kid who could play 3 different positions at the BCS level and be very good at any of them.

2) John Garcia 5'10, 180, 4.5 ATH (St. Pius HS)- Struggled with a few different injuries last year and is just now finally starting to get healthy. He is fast, no question, but it's his quickness and sudden burst which make him a great prospect. Garcia could play WR or RB in a spread offense. However, he projects best as a CB or FS. He possesses amazing feet, elite quickness and smooth hips. His ball skills allow him to make lots of plays on the ball. He is scheme diverse at CB because he is incredibly physical and is great in press coverage. He could be ideal as a FS in a 4-2-5 type defense as well. Should wow everyone when he is healthy and has freakish strength for a skill guy.

3) Tim Hatfield 6'6, 240, 4.7 DE/DT (Volcano Vista HS)- This young man has every physical tool to play at any BCS conference school in the country. His film does not come close to matching his athletic ability and that will keep him from being as highly recruited as he could be. However, kids like this are rare and there are going to be a lot of college coaches that see tons of untapped potential. Hatfield is very tight in his hips and it limits his athletic ability. Once this kid improves his overall technique and gets looser in the hips, he is going to be a monster. He has the frame to be 6'6, 275 and could play DE/DT.

4) Jason Fitzpatrick 6'2, 190, 4.85 QB (Rio Rancho HS)- Fitzpatrick has a gun for an arm and also has very good fundamentals as a passer. I can't count how many times he has put the ball right on the money and a receiver drops his pass. I think now that he will be surrounded with more talent, he will shine in a big way. At 6'2, 190 he has very good size and is very athletic for a pro-style quarterback. Fitzpatrick can throw the rock around with nearly anyone and I expect him to wow some people this summer while camping. Jason fits in best as a pro-style QB or in a pass first spread offense. I expect many mid majors to court him.

5) Reggie Mackey 6'0, 240, 4.7 FB/LB (Hobbs HS)- This young man is built like a Mack Truck. He has college size already and has great vertical speed for a kid his size. He projects best at FB and at times put on a show being the primary ball carrier for Hobbs. Mackey fits in best in a pro-style offense. Seeing as how most teams don't use a FB anymore he may have to project as a LB and will need to show lateral movement. Overall Mackey brings all the physical tools a D-I player needs and he matches it with good film. He is a kid who will get looks at MLB and FB both.

6) David Brown 5'9, 165, 4.5 WR/CB (Highland HS)- Explosive player who has elite quickness and great ball skills. Can project as a slot receiver or a CB at the next level. Very physical for his size and does his best work while the ball is in the air or when he is in space. Has a great chance to earn D-I attention with his film and with a summer tour of camps.

7) Frankie Morlock 6'0, 175, 4.48 CB (Rio Rancho HS) – Ideal physical dimensions and speed for a CB or FS. He could shoot up this board if he can show it more on the field too. Has good hips, backpedal and great speed. Like Hatfield, he doesn't show his full potential on film just yet. If Morlock can tighten up a few things in his game and work on lateral movement he will see D-I teams very interested in him. There is no question he has D-I ability he just needs to make plays for the eye in the sky.

8) Samuel Lundvall 5'11, 165, 4.45 RB/CB (Rio Grande HS)- Might be the state's fastest player. He really hasn't had a great chance to show his ability but is a player who has the speed, quickness and natural ability to play at the next level. Could play RB, CB or WR at the next level.

9) David Anaya 5'11, 185, 4.65 RB (Goddard HS)- Is not going to be mistaken for Reggie Bush or Noel Devine, but the bottom line is that when you pop in the film, he shines and makes play after play against top competition. Anaya isn't going to be the type of RB who has a bunch of 7o yard touchdowns, but he is going to have a bunch of 20 yard gains and 100 yard games. He is the best RB prospect New Mexico has produced in 2-3 years.

10) Dustin Baker 6'2, 280 DT/C (Aztec HS) – Can project at DT or as an interior OL. He has great explosiveness and very good hands. Baker dominates the line of scrimmage on every play and is a standout on film. He has the frame to build on and plays like a D-I lineman. As long as dimensions check out pretty close to 6'2, 280, he should have a few mid major offers.

11) Jaylen Spraggins 6'1, 200, 4.7 LB (Rio Grande HS)
12) Ty Atencio 6'4, 210, 4.8 TE (Aztec HS)
13) Michael Cowden 6'2, 340 NG/DT (Aztec HS)
14) Justin Griego 6'7, 260 OT (La Cueva HS)
15) Quinten Rizek 6'2, 185, 4.6 OLB (St. Pius HS)
16) Noah Brown 6'1, 215, 4.8 OLB/DE (Valencia HS)
17) Steven Romero 6'2, 260, 5.4 OC/OG (La Cueva HS)
18) Daniel Lacey 6'1, 190, 4.65 SS (Farmington HS)
19) Tre Orozco 6'0, 175, 4.6 FS (Clovis HS)
20) Xavier Hall 5'8, 180, 4.7 RB (Las Cruces HS)

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