Central Texas Pre-Spring 2009 Top 25: 25-21

There is some big time talent in Central Texas for college coaches to cherry pick from in the Class of 2009, as is evident by a very talented bottom fifth of the Pre-Spring countdown.

The first installment of the pre-Spring top 25 countdown of the top 2009 prospects in Central Texas hits the small school ranks very hard as three of the five prospects play in Class 3A or below.

The Super Centex area of the state is also well represented with prospects 25 through 21 as three of the five players hail from the greater Waco area.

25. Cody Lattimore, LB, Liberty Hill
One of the two linebackers in the bottom fifth of the rankings, Lattimore has been one of the most productive linebackers in Central Texas since his freshman season. Having helped lead the Panthers to back-to-back Class 3A state championships, Lattimore is very instinctive on the field, has a nose for the football, and is just as fundamentally sound as he is physical. One thing that will hurt his prospect status is that he does not have top end speed, but his natural ability alone is Division I caliber. He was selected as the District 18-3A MVP as a junior.

24. Trey Graham, TE, Waco Midway
A first team all-District 16-4A pick as a junior, Graham has tremendous upside with his size and speed combo. What will help him immensely is that he will not have to become acclimated to the tight end position at the next level, meaning college coaches will not be converting a big receiver that needs refinement on his blocking skills.

23. Kenneth Cluley, QB, Waco Reicher
There are several Division I quarterback prospects in Central Texas in the class of 2009, namely Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert and Brownwood's Casey Pachall, and Cluley will prove to be a nice option for some schools. His vitals do not jump off of the page but he is a very good run-pass singal caller. He displays good vision and quickness as a runner and while he is still raw as a passer, he has a strong arm and can fling it down the field.

22. Mike Hicks, WR/S, China Spring
Hicks had suffered a major knee injury that caused his sophomore season to derail before it ever got going, but as a junior he reminded all of Central Texas what made him such an impact player as a freshman. Hicks was a two-way first team all-District 17-3A performer as both a receiver and a safety and while he is really dynamic as a receiver, his best position at the next level might be as a safety due to his physical nature.

21. Chase Griesbach, LB, Round Rock Westwood
An all-State selection as a sophomore, Greisbach is much like Lattimore in that Central Texas football fans know of him because he has been so productive for such a long time. Griesbach also measures nearly identically to Lattimore in terms of vitals, but Greisbach at this point has better range sideline-to-sideline and better straight-line speed.

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