Kansas and Iowa are home to some of the top junior college programs in all of the nation. They churn out FBS level prospects year after year, and this one will be no different.
Scout takes a look at the few elite level prospects in the region this year.
Wide Receiver Brandon Snell (Garden City CC) - His speed and hands have motivated other elite scholarship offers to come, causing him to give a bit of pause on his original commitment to Utah. Additional offers from Colorado, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech have come, with Arizona State and Washington being close on pulling the trigger.
Safety James Gray (Fort Scott CC) - As far as production is concerned, Gray was one of the better players in the secondary last year at the junior college level. He's recorded offers from Kansas and North Texas, while also hearing from Arkansas, Boise State, and Colorado quite often.
Cornerback Wesley Bailey (Coffeyville CC) - He was easily the best cornerback I saw on my trip to see several of the top junior college programs in the area. He's got quick hips, quick feet, top speed, and his recovery speed is phenomenal. At 6-foot-2, his size is elite, too. He's already racked up offers from Idaho and North Texas. That doesn't seem significant but he's in regular contact with California, Texas Tech, Auburn, Georgia, and Utah State as well.
Defensive end Timmy Hamilton (Coffeyville CC) - His offer sheet is an impressive one that has reached double digits, most notably from Arizona and Illinois. The size is there at 6-foot-4, and 250 pounds, giving him the ability to use his explosiveness, in addition to his strength.
Linebacker Davon Durant (Butler CC) - The former star out of Greenwood, South Carolina is a premiere prospect on the recruiting trail again. His athleticism was his calling card but he's now added bulk. South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, and Arizona State are the top suitors so far.
Safety Kameron Miles (Butler CC) - The jumbo safety is a former Texas A&M signee. He will have his pick from colleges once again and will have another opportunity to leave his mark.
Defensive tackle Ulric Jones (Butler CC) - At 6-foot-7, he is one of the more versatile defensive linemen at the junior college level. He continues to speak highly of Texas A&M and Maryland. Georgia and South Carolina have not offered but are other schools who could enter the mix.
Linebacker Claude George (Hutchinson CC) - He may be the most heavily recruited linebacker in the junior college ranks, along with Davon Durant. His calling card is a player that can come off the edge and get to the quarterback. Iowa State and Washington are the main threats right now, but an offer from UCLA could shake things up.
Defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter (Hutchinson CC) - He's a very productive player that has the burst and strength to be very disruptive. It should be a battle between Florida and Miami for his talents, with Arkansas and USC hanging around as well.
Defensive end Marquavius Lewis (Hutchinson CC) - He's elite in every way, and very deserving of his five-star ranking. Lewis is a natural pass rusher and has exceptional speed and skill to go along with his size. South Carolina may be the favorite at this time but I would not discount Auburn in this one.
Running back Alvin Kamara (Hutchinson CC) - He was a stud prospect out of high school before attending Alabama, and is once again a top recruit. Kamara will play his cards closer to the vest this time around, but the unbelievable talent is still in his possession. Georgia is a team to watch.
Defensive back Charlie Rogers (Iowa Western CC) - A transfer from Iowa State, Rogers has elite athleticism that many programs are again taking notice of. He will be back on an FBS roster this time next year, and possible landing spots are Illinois, Minnesota, and Utah State.
Tight End Andrew Davis (Iowa Western CC) - He may be the best junior college tight end for this class but has already chosen to end his recruitment with a commitment to Illinois a few days ago. He also had an offer from Texas and is surely to pick up more.
Wide receiver Paul Harris (Iowa Western CC) - Harris will be a wideout that receives heavy recruiting attention with the limited elite junior college receiver prospects in the area. He's a transfer from Tennessee and will see his recruitment take off in the fall.
Others To Watch: RB Keymonne Gabriel (Dodge City CC), QB Deondre Ford (Dodge City CC), LB Brandon Peters (Highland CC), CB Antonio Thomas (Highland CC), LB Byron Wilson (Highland CC), WR Dominique Reed (Coffeyville CC), CB Shedrick Williams (Butler CC), CB Riley Hunsicker (Hutchinson CC), RB Travis Custis (Hutchinson CC), OT Darius Peterson (Hutchinson CC), CB Marchez Coates (Iowa Western CC), QB Tay Bender (Iowa Western CC), DE Kelvin Rainey (Iowa Western CC), S Jayme Thompson (Iowa Western CC), and LB Paris Bostick (Iowa Western CC)
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