Centex Top 25 Prospects Countdown (21-25)

TexasPrepInsider.com's Central Texas expert, Jeff Howe, takes a look at the top 25 players in the area and begins with a look at number 21 through number 25 on the way to the number one player in the Centex Region.

The Central Texas Class of 2007 boasted several of the nation's elite prospects, including LSU signee Terrance Toliver (Hempstead) who was one of only six players in the state to earn a Scout.com five-star rating. The Class of 2008 has several players that are already being talked about as being among the state's elite, but this group of Central Texas studs is once again very deep with talent.

TexasPrepInsider.com 2008 Central Texas Pre-Summer Top 25 ( No. 25-No. 21 )

25. Kortlin White (5-10, 201, RB, Rockdale)

After rushing for nearly 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns during his junior campaign, the is no doubt why White is one of the top Class 3A backs in the state and is primed for a monster senior season. A second team all-District selection in District 18-3A last season, White is big enough to be able to pound the ball between the tackles on a consistent basis but his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash also allows him to pull away in the open field. As strong candidate to move to fullback at the next level, White has been receiving heavy interest thus far from Baylor , Iowa , Louisville , TCU, and Vanderbilt among others.

24. Steven Welch (6-2, 270, DT, Copperas Cove )

The son of Bulldawgs head coach Jack Welch, Steven Welch has been a starter since his sophomore season and was a key cog in Cove's 2006 season that saw the Dawgs advance to the Class 4A, Division II state championship game, the school's first ever state title game appearance. A first team all-District selection in his junior season, Welch has a non-stop motor and has a very his football IQ as he seems to have a great understanding about using leverage at the point of attack. The run-stuffing tackle has been receiving attention from the likes of Baylor , Kansas , and Oklahoma State .

23. Alonzo Whaley (6-1, 210, LB, Madisonville )

For the past two seasons Whaley has been the ringleader on the Mustangs defense and had a breakthrough season in 2006. During his junior campaign, Whaley recorded 152 tackles, including 21 behind the line of scrimmage, to go along with four sacks, nine fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles. An all-State and two-way all-District selection last season, Whaley enters his senior season with Missouri, Oklahoma State, SMU, and Texas A&M all showing interest.

22. Jarred Salubi (5-10, 195, RB, Waco High)

In any other recruiting cycle, Salubi would be a lock as a top 15 prospect in the region. But with Central Texas being very deep again in 2008, Salubi finds himself at No. 23 in our pre-summer rankings but is sure to shoot up the list. Selected as the co-Offensive MVP of District 16-4A, Salubi rushed for over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior in helping lead the Lions to the Class 4A, Division I state championship game. Several schools across the nation have show interest in the workhorse back with the elusive ball carrier reporting an offer from Texas Tech.

21. Ivan Delgado (6-2, 185, QB, Killeen Ellison)

There are very few prospects in the Class of 2008 that have been talked about for as long as folks in the Centroplex have been talking about Delgado. Blessed with great quickness and a cannon arm, Delgado has led Ellison to back-to-back playoff appearances, including last season when he earned first team 13-5A all-District honors after totaling over 2,400 yards worth of total offense in his 5A debut season. Delgado has already picked up interest from Oklahoma , Oklahoma State, Texas , and Texas A&M.

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