Some prospects to know

Eric Nahlin

Humble Scribe
Staff member
Dec 19, 2011
Thoreau'd on Walden
The Prospect Board is always good for discussion of some unknowns. @Ktown777 mentioned Byron Hobbs from Fort Worth Eastern Hills who has been picking up some offers. He's a stud.

Justin mentioned another OLB in Pleasant Grove's Xavier Benson. He's pretty interesting too.

@John Coctostan asked about Johua Reed from Houston Heights. I'm going to do a full profile on Heights, as they have a number of under-the-radar guys. Reed's a classic ILB -- a between the tackles plugger who navigates traffic well and has good size and power. He reminds me of Sanogo from last cycle in that his range will be questioned, but keep him in the middle surrounded by athletes and he has a chance to make some noise.

Linebacker is down in this cycle, but at least some new names are emerging. Particularly Hobbs has a chance to get offered as the Rover linebacker depending on where his frame goes.

Here are some players who are going to be turning heads in short order.

OL Chris Elam, Kingwood, 6-foot-5, 315: The size is legit, and so is the film. His considerable ceiling may be at guard, but if he leans up a bit and gets quicker he may stick at tackle. He's not heavy footed now, and he does bend well, but he could end up being big-time at guard. Raw materials sort of remind me of Caleb Benenoch.

OL Kaitori Leveston, Waco Midway, 6-foot-5, 290: Midway is loaded with players currently under-the-radar, but that will change over the next few months. Leveston combines great size and projects all over the line. Thanks to intelligence he may end up playing center. Texas has taken notice and invited him to Junior Day.

QB Aaron Allen, Ridge Point, 6-foot, 175: Allen's the straw that stirs the RP drink. He had a sensational junior year passing for 26 td's to just 4 int's. His rushing numbers aren't indicative of his athleticism, as Allen prefers to operate from the pocket. He is a very good runner, however. He's from the Greg Ward/Bryson Smith family of quarterbacks and would be a great QB2 for big programs.

CB Jordan Oliver, Kempner, 5-foot-11, 165: Good cover corner with nose for the ball and hawking skills. Seems to be an instinctive player who also works hard to fight through blocks to make plays. Won his team's "garbage pail" award -- not the most common thing for a corner. Good special teams player. He'll end up with a good amount of P5 offers.

WR Genson Hooper-Miles, St. John's (Houston), 6-foot-4, 196 - 2019: His tape isn't there yet, but he's a 2019 with the "unteachables" of size and speed. He ran a 4.63 40 in the cold at Nike when most people were testing poorly. His shuttle of 4.16 is great for his size, and a 34" vertical paired with his length makes for a tough match-up. He needs to get to a lot of college camps in the early Summer. File the name away. Maybe this time next year he blows up like Tommy Bush.