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August 9, 2012
Summer Standouts: Athletes fit in just fine
Note: This does not reflect a guaranteed move up in our next set of rankings. Many players listed had excellent summers but also proved we had them ranked in the correct range in our previous rankings. These are in alphabetical order.
Kendell Beckwith, Jackson (La.) East Feliciana: Ranked as the No. 81 player in the Rivals100, Beckwith is one of the top uncommitted athletes in the country. At 6-foot-3, 228 pounds, Beckwith wants to play linebacker at the next level. However, because of his size and frame, some schools would like him at defensive end. Either way, he turned heads at both of LSU's camps over the summer, flashing nice speed and good coverage skills for a player of his size.
Jeryl Brazil Loranger (La.): While most people view the four-star LSU commit as a cornerback, he wasn't shy about playing receiver as well over the summer. At LSU's camp, he flashed the speed that has some experts calling him the fastest player in the country. His ability to get open deep against some impressive opponents at the Tigers camp could open the door for him to play offense at the next level. Either way, his ball skills will translate well to offense or defense.
Milan Collins, Forestville (Md.) BishopMcNamara: A 3-star Maryland commit, Collins raised his profile with a solid performance at the Mid-Atlantic Showcase back in May. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Collins worked primarily at safety during the camp, showing off excellent leaping ability. He also has good anticipation for the ball and is able to make the proper reads in passing situations. If he continues his improvement, he will be an excellent find for the Terps.
Donald Gray Jr., Memphis (Tenn.) White Station: At just 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, some came into the summer questioning Gray's size. But he put the fears to rest with an impressive performance at the Nike Memphis camp. He can play corner and safety, and is not one to shy away from contact. He also has great speed, allowing him to close fast and make easy plays on the ball. His offer list is impressive and he figures to wide up with an SEC team at the next level.
Daesean Hamilton, Stafford (Va.) Mountain View: A three-star who will most likely be a receiver in college, Hamilton is on the rise after a solid performance at the Mid-Atlantic Showcase back in May. He's a terrific route-runner and has good strength at the line of scrimmage, enabling him to shed jamming cornerbacks. He also has nice speed, making him ideal to play out of the slot. Because of his size (6-0, 182) he could also be used at defensive back, where he also has experience.
Kiy Hester Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic:Likely to be one of the top prospects in the state next year, the class of 2014 WR/DB turned heads at the Rutgers camp back in June. He has good size (6-2,200) and the hands to play at either position. What stands out the most is his ability to stride seemingly effortlessly, a rare attribute for a player his size. He also has very long arms, allowing him to beat his opponents to the ball, whether it be as a receiver or as a defender.
Tommy Mister, Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards: A member of the class of 2014, he turned in an excellent showing at the Illinois Nike Camp in June. Mister is currently a quarterback but figures to play a different position in college. He has a nice build, which means he could play as a defensive back or wide receiver and with a little bit of weight gain, perhaps even running back. He already has offers from teams like Notre Dame and Illinois and if he's willing to change positions more interest will follow.
Damon Mitchell, Egg Harbor City (N.J.) Cedar Creek: A three-star Georgia Tech commit, Mitchell can play quarterback or defensive back. His versatility makes him a good fit for the Yellow Jackets on either side of the ball. While he's speed makes him an obvious dual-threat, he's not just a runner. He has good arm strength, and with some slight mechanical adjustments, he could make a very nice college quarterback.
Montae Nicholson, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway: A class of 2014 prospect, Nicholson still has time to decide between offense and defense. At the Rutgers camp, he stood out while taking reps as a receiver, showing nice route-running skills and above-average hands. Despite being tall and thin (6-1, 189), Nicholson has deceptive strength, allowing him to handle physical defensive backs at the line of scrimmage.
Mike Parker, Nokesville (Va.) Kettle Run: The four-star rising senior is listed as a safety, but he showed over the summer that he can also play linebacker as well as wide receiver. He has good size at 6-foot-3, 196 pounds and should be able to play at any of the positions at the next level. He's athletic and very long, allowing him to go up and catch balls in traffic, as well as defend passes when he's on the other side of the ball.
Elijah Qualls, Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande: The Washington commit doesn't have the prototypical game to truly thrive in a camp atmosphere, but he did turn in a solid performance at the Oakland Nike Camp back in May. He's set to join the Huskies as a defensive lineman, but he's said that coaches have told him they might also use him as a fullback. If he can continue to round into shape, his stock should continue to rise.
Kyle Queiro, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic: He's listed as an athlete, but the three-star Northwestern commit is more than likely a receiver at the next level. His good size (6-3, 185) makes him a nice target, and with nice quickness and solid route-running ability, he's able to get open on a consistent basis. At the Rutgers camp dominated by wide receivers, he was near the head of the pack.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast: Reeves-Maybin stood out at multiple events this summer, including the Nike Memphis camp and the Music City Classic. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, he's somewhere between a safety and linebacker. While playing safety, he's more than comfortable in coverage. He already has a solid body, so bulking up to play linebacker at the next level isn't out of the question. He's set to decide this Friday, and the school that gets him will have a talented defender, regardless of the position he ultimately plays.
Ashton White, Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara: As the high school teammate of Collins, the 2015 athlete has a great mentor. At the Mid-Atlantic Showcase, the 6-foot White worked primarily at cornerback and looked like a player beyond his years physically. With good closing speed, he has the ability to keep up with most receivers, and get his hands on balls that hang in the air for even the slightest moment. He figures to be a high-profile player in the years to come.
Tre'Davious White Shreveport (La.) Green Oaks: White's stock was boosted by strong performances at the IMG 7-on-7, as well as LSU's mid-July camp. The LSU commit is a high school quarterback, but almost a lock to play at a cornerback for the Tigers. Despite his slight built (5-11, 160), White is a very physical defender. With his ball skills and instincts, he showed he can handle one-on-one situations, a must for a defensive back in the SEC.
Charles Williams, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic: The three-star Ole Miss commit is open when talking about his ability to play on both sides of the football. While at Les Miles camp he showed that he's more than just talk. Williams has great speed, allowing him to get open down the field while playing receiver. His ball skills also allow him to excel while playing in the defensive backfield. He could play safety in college, but his speed and playmaking ability will likely be better served on the offensive side of the ball.