The evaluation period has brought a ton of college programs to Kansas to check out the top junior college prospects in the region. Here's a look into the stars from Highland and Hutchinson Community Colleges receiving interest from Division I programs.
One of the finer looking junior college prospects on the hoof is defensive end Evan Pearson. A Lawrenceville, Georgia native, Pearson stands at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds and has had interest roll in over the evaluation period. No offers yet but that will not be the case a few months from now.
Outside linebacker Byron Wilson from Memphis, Tennessee is another to keep an eye on. He's got great size at 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds. He will graduate from Highland and has received significant FBS interest.
The third top recruit on the Highland roster to know is defensive back Antonio Thomas. Like Wilson, he's also from Memphis. The 5-foot-11, 205 pounder has good quickness and is incredibly strong at the line of scrimmage in press coverage.
Linebacker Brandon Peters may be the star of the group. The 6-foot-2, 215 pounder will surely add more weight and may be the most gifted athletically of the bunch. FBS interest has come in waves for him.
Evan Pearson, Byron Wilson, Antonio Thomas, and Brandon Peters have all received heavy interest from Arizona, Minnesota, Kansas, Arkansas, UAB, Iowa State, Bowling Green, South Alabama, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Miami, Texas Tech, Texas State, and Maryland.
Other prospects of note on the Highland C.C. squad include wide receiver Austin Moses, offensive guard Brandon Glover, tight end Kyle McLellan, and outside linebacker Emmanuel Jones.
North Texas and Iowa State have been in contact with Moses, Ohio and Miami (OH) have reached out to Glover, Eastern Michigan and Miami (OH) and Missouri State have shown interest in McLellan, while Jones has heard from UAB, South Alabama, and Tennessee State.
Coach Rion Rhoades' program will be one of the favorites to compete for a championship this year and his roster is littered with FBS prospects all over the field.
6-foot-6, 230 pound quarterback Kylen Binn will be a weapon for them under center. He has the ability to make a ton of different throws and his size is unmatched. Florida Atlantic and North Texas have already been in contact.
The backfield is as good as it gets with Alvin Kamara and Bradan Smith. Kamara is well known and played last year for Nick Saban at Alabama. He should have his pick of schools once again. Smith is more of a hidden gem at this stage but he will gain notoriety once programs are able to see more of him. He possesses a terrific blend of size and speed for the position.
Offensive tackle Darius Peterson's stock has raised significantly throughout the evaluation period. He's very strong at the point of attack, and agile as well. Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Oklahoma State have shown the most interest thus far.
The front seven for Hutchinson is where the headliners call home. Defensive ends Marquavius Lewis and Jeremiah Ledbetter, and linebacker Claude George all have plenty of offers.
Lewis is a five-star prospect and one of the more physically imposing players you will see at the junior college level. Auburn and South Carolina are in the best spot to land him but the recent offer from USC has him intrigued.
Ledbetter has more strength to his game but isn't far behind the caliber of Lewis. It appears that Miami will be the school to beat for the four-star.
George has been picking up offer after offer recently and it's not surprise. The film shows that he is an excellent pass rusher off the edge but he can be a factor in pass defense as well after seeing him live. He's got the hips and athleticism for it. Iowa State and Washington top the schools that have offered but a scholarship from UCLA would be a game changer for him.
The standout in the secondary for Hutchinson is cornerback Riley Hunsicker. He may not be the most physically impressive prospect but it's easy to gain an appreciation for him after seeing him play. He's 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds but has the speed, acceleration, and closing speed to hang with top wideouts. Hunsicker continues to work on his technique and learning the position, but has been in contact with Arizona, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Minnesota, North Texas, and Troy.
Three other prospects to keep an eye out for will be outside linebacker Darius Wright, cornerback Jarrod Sanders, and wide receiver Jovante Siglar.
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