The Class of 2015 - Midlands Top 12
This story originally published on FOXSportsRecruiting.com
Malik Jefferson
Malik Jefferson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 26, 2013


FRISCO, Texas -- With the jury still out who will end up as No. 1 Midlands recruit when 2015 rankings are officially released in August, we take A look at the early picks as the top twelve players in the region. Already one-fourth have made and early college commitment, but that still leaves nine on the market as elite level possible adds for colleges across the country...



1a. OLB Malik Jefferson | 6'3, 220 | Mesquite (Texas) Poteet
Offers: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU

Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Aggressiveness/Blitzing
Hitting Ability
Speed
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Control
Makes a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He has a long, athletic frame, but is ripped. Still has room to add some more size, which makes his physique potential even more impressive. He uses his hands well when needed to get off his blocks and has tremendous closing speed in the open field. He gets off the ball quickly and a fast first step gives him and advantage. Finishes well and rarely does a back get away after he makes contact.

1b. DT Daylon Mack | 6'1, 306 | Gladewater (Texas)
Offers: Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Snap Explosion
Open Field Mobility
Size/Speed Combo
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Plays High/Technique
Big and strong. He moves extremely well on his first step and can penetrate in to the backfield at times with cat-like quickness, which is quite an attribute for a player easily over 300 pounds. He runs well and is good in pursuit. He plays high at times, but is a difference maker. Makes the 'wow' play at intervals throughout the course of three different game films we evaluated. He is strong and can obliterate ball carriers and grab them and pull them down with ease. He can get in the gap and blow plays. Still extremely raw with a ton of upside for development.


3. RB Sotonye Jamabo | 6'2.5, 220 | Plano (Texas) West
Offers: Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU

Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Vision/Instincts
Tackle-Breaking Ability
Playmaking Factor
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Top End Speed
Playing against top Class 5A competition Jamabo has helped to lead his Wolves squad to the State Quarterfinals with tough wins over Lufkin (Texas), South Garland (Texas) and Lake Highlands (Texas). He has that special ability with the ball in his hands to be able to make the spectacular play, either by running around or through tackles and then showing the speed and open field vision to take it to the house. He is a big back, who will certainly draw comparisons Eddie George because of his 6'3 size and style of play.


4. OG Maea Teuhema | 6'5, 345 | Keller (Texas)
Committed to Texas


Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Size/Power
Nasty Streak
Drive Blocking Ability
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Pass Protection Tech
A massive offensive line prospect who just completely eats his opponents up. He is so much bigger and stronger and has a real nasty streak about him. He takes pride in finishing blocks with a pancake. He can push the man in front of him around to open up running lanes and also has a surprising nimbleness that allows him to be adequate in pass protection. Once he latches on you can forget about it, he will finish the block. Will likely move to OG.


5. CB Kendall Sheffield | 6'0, 165 | Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall
Offers: Baylor, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M
Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Speed
Burst and Closing Speed
Agility
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Physicality
Sheffield is a blistering fast prospect, posting an elite laser-time of 4.36 in the 40-yard dash. He is the type of corner who has the size and the skill set to develop in to a guy you can put out on the island and play one-on-one against the other team's most dangerous weapon at receiver. He is not the most physical player on the defense, but has quickness in and out of his breaks and can quickly get in position to stop plays in the flats.


6. OG Jalin Barnett | 6'4, 290 | Lawton (Okla.)
Offers: Auburn, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Texas Tech

Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Aggressiveness
Finishing Blocks
Power
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Edge Protection
Plays tackle in high school, but looks like the protoypical guard prospect for college. He is strong at the point of attack and once he locks on to a defender he does a good job of keeping his feet moving and finishing the play with aggression. He can struggle sometimes on the island with quick DE in pass pro, but moving inside he will have protection on both sides and his quick feet and long arms should make that one of his big strengths.


7. S Justin Dunning | 6'3, 200 | Whitehouse (Texas)
Offers: Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Tackling Ability/Aggression
Ball Skills
Instincts
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Hip Flexibility
A ball-hawking style safety, who has elite size at the position. He has a real knack for being around the football and sticking a hand in to break up the play or make an interception. He is a long strider, who has elite speed once he hit his top gear. He closes on the football quickly and is a capable tackler, using his size and strength to his advantage. He will attack the ball and not sit back and wait. Can cover and play close to the LOS.


8. RB Chris Warren | 6'2, 220 | Rockwall (Texas)

Offers: Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Vision
Size
Foot Quickness
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Finishing Speed
Has an NFL pedigree as his father was a three time pro bowl back. Downhill runner who has exceptional feet for a player with his size. He makes nifty moves and has a nice burst which allows him to get in to the hole and advance the ball up the field quickly. Nice lateral movement to go along with a 40-yard time of 4.5. His speed could be categorized as smooth. Strong enough and big enough to run through arm tackles. LB should not be ruled out.


9. CB Kris Boyd | 6'1, 185 | Gilmer (Texas)
Offers: Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech


Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Burst Out of Breaks
Agility/Flexibility
Explosiveness
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Experience/Inconsistency
An elite level athlete with tremendous burst and top-end speed. He plays both ways in high school at RB/WR and CB, but figures to be a defensive player by most once he gets to college and has a desire to play defense in college. He has turn and run ability and his size at the position gives him an advantage in one-on-one coverage against big, elite level wide receivers. All of those skills will make him a very high level rated prospect.


10. S Larry Pryor | 6'1, 190 | Sulphur Springs (Texas)
Offers: Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech
Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Tackling/Big Hit Ability
Closing Speed
Body Control
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Coverage/Hands
Locks on his radar and flows straight to the ball with little to no wasted efforts. He is involved in a lot of plays and often snakes through the line and to make the play for little or no gain. He plays effortless, because he is always in control of his body. He is a very physical player who thrives on making the big hit. He will need to learn to wrap up better and has time to sure up his technique. Looks like a college player already.


11
. S Deionte Thompson | 6'2, 175 | W. Orange-Stark (Texas)
Committed to Alabama

Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Body Control
Hand-Eye Coordination
Coverage Skills
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Strength/Bulk
A long and rangy defensive back prospect, who is good in coverage and is not afraid to come up and make a hit. He is tall, long, and has pretty good speed for his size. Covers ground quickly and plays the ball very well in the air. Like Dunning, he has knack for making plays on the ball and knocking it away or getting the interception. Will add bulk to his frame and should grow in to the perfect safety candidate, framewise, by the time he gets to college.


12
. TE Jordan Davis | 6'4, 250 | Clear Lake (Texas)
Committed to Texas A&M

Scout.com Player Projection:
STRENGTHS
Blocking Ability
Size/Strength
Soft Hands/Strong Hands
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Downfield Threat/Speed
Davis is a jumbo framed tight end prospect who is very light on his feet. He already has adequate size for blocking, but will really surprise you with his route running ability and hands. Looks like he could grow more and some may think OL when they see him, but he has shown on film and in person that he can run, catch, and block. He already factored in to his team's offense, but look for his productivity to pick up even more.


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RB Sotonye Jamabo (profile)
LB Malik Jefferson (profile)
DT Daylon Mack (profile)
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