DE Greg Allen, 6-5, 240; Carver (Birmingham, Ala.) High: Member of The Birmingham Athletic Partnership’s 2009 All-City Football Team; named Honorable mention All-North/East Team by The Birmingham (Ala.) News. Runs 4.73 in the 40. Also played basketball.
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WR Thomas Bridgewater, 6-0, 200; Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) Academy: Made 56 receptions for 1,126 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 20.1 yds per catch. Named All-District, All-City. Runs a 4.55 in the 40; two-star recruit. Ranked No. 164 in the nation by Scout, Bridgewater helped Evangel to consecutive state championship game appearances, and the 2009 Class 2A title. Visited Arkansas on Jan. 22, and was also reportedly offered by two other universities.
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OL Devon Carter, 6-3, 260; North Clayton (College Park, Ga.) High: Named second-team 4-4A All-Region last year.
QB Anthony Carrothers, 5-8, 175; Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) High: Second in state, fifth in nation’s history with more than 13,000 yards total offense. Finished prep career with 100 passing TDs, and 56 rushing TDs.
LB Quinton Crowe, 6-2; 225, Ruston, (La.) High: Devastating tackler; “might be Ruston’s best overall prospect,” Scout.com’s Jason Jones said after the Bearcats’ season-opening jamboree in 2009. Honorable-mention 2009 Class 4A All-State Football Team; first-team All-District 3-4A.
LB Lucktes Estiverne, 5-11, 215; Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) High: A four-year starter who made 140 tackles as a junior and 162 tackles — including 35 for a loss — as a senior, breaking his school’s single-season record for tackles in a year. All-Orange County first-team, honorable mention All-State. Sometimes projected as a safety because of his size: “By them telling me I’m too small to be a linebacker, it motivates me,” Estiverne says. “It’s not your size but it’s how much heart you play with and I have the heart to be more successful.”
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ATH Anthony Garrison, 5-11, 185; John Ehret (New Orleans, La.) High: Slashing, standout prep running back who was often used as a passing target, and as kick returner. “This is a truly amazing story of a kid that only started one year at running back as a senior, and looked like a big-time Division I football player,” said Lee Brecheen of Louisiana Football Magazine. “What I really liked was his ability to break away from cornerbacks in open field, with just really natural speed. He can run over, and around anyone. His effort was always there too. … This is the type of kid that makes a recruiter from a college into a genius for signing him.” Also ran as a sprint relayer for Ehret.
LB Barry James, 6-2, 245; Williamson (Mobile, Ala.) High: Had 95 tackles as a senior. Named one of the Top 50 prospects in Alabama by The Tuscaloosa News. “A true middle linebacker who is great at coming up to stop the run. He is a smart player who plays very aggressively,” according to Scout.com’s Andrew Bone. A one-star recruit, the middle linebacker said he was recruited by South Carolina, and said at one time he was interested in LSU. James plans to major in criminal justice and reports a 2.7 core GPA and 18 ACT, which he’ll retake in December. “I’m a good downhill runner. I can stop the run. I can plug the holes and I’m a big linebacker,” he says. “I want to get my 40 speed down. And improve my change of direction and mobility.”
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OL Hakeem Lassiter, 6-3, 300; Lakawanna Community College, Scranton, Pa.: Lassiter Passaic County Tech High product helped the Falcons average 126.3 yards per game rushing last year. Named second-team All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
DB Gaither Madison, 6-0, 190; Williamson (Mobile, Ala.) High: A one-star Scout.com playmaking defender, he originally committed to Memphis. “Madison is an extremely tall and rangy free safety that makes big time plays on the football especially as a deep centerfielder,” according to the ESPN Insiders. “Physically impressive and looks like a basketball player in cleats in terms of his frame, long arms and fluidity. Very good at playing the deep middle in cover.” Said he considered Alabama-Birmingham, Louisiana Tech, and Southern Miss, among others.
QB Frank Rivers, 6-5, 205; Fairfield Central (Ala.) High: Threw for 2,411 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. Also was a baseball player at Central. Honorable mention Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State. Was also recruited by Alabama A&M.
DB Malcolm Robinson, 5-10; 185 Garland (Texas) High: Named first-team 2009 District 10-5A All-District. Season highlight came in Week 3 of 2009 when Robinson, at running back, gained 121 yards on 13 carries and scored twice as Garland erased a 30-13 deficit to beat Cooper 34-30.
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ATH Jeremy Runner, 5-11, 195; Neville (Monroe) High: Lee Brecheen of Louisiana Football Magazine described Runner as “part wide receiver, part running back.” The All-State honoree was named All-Northeast, and earned KNOE-TV’s offensive player of the year honors. “If you saw him play last three years, he runs like a running back in open field,” Brecheen said, “and catches the ball with great hands, and runs great routes like a wideout. He always finds a way to get open.”
WR/TE Kameron Thurmond, 6-4, 187; Saddleback (Mission Vallejo, Calif) Community College: Washington State signee out of Tesoro High, where he earned two letters in football and served as team captain as a senior for coach Jim O’Connell. Big wide receiver with 4.5 speed; earned honorable mention nod on Jim Stefani’s Underclassmen Football Recruiting Blog.
LB D’Mario Turner, 6-0, 225; Mays (Atlanta, Ga.) High: Named second-team Atlanta Public Schools’ All-City last season; and was a two-time second-team 5-4A All Region football team honoree in 2008-09. Runs a 4.8 in the 40. Also said he had interest in Auburn, Georgia Tech, Oregon and others. Was also being recruited by David Kelly of UCF.