GenNexXt Class of 2021 Ranked Prospects with early College Offers

 

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June 8, 2017

What a difference a year makes last year was huge in terms of 8th graders receiving early College offers with 19 prospects receiving early offers. With the recruiting landscape changing right before our very eyes, can you blame recruiters for making an early impression on a talented young prospect? We aren’t in the old days anymore kids are more advanced and have far more resources like training, technology, workout equipment & gadgets to help them speed up the process physically for the next level. Sony Michel was one of the 1st 8th graders I saw and actually thought he was older simply because he was physically developed as well as performing as if he was already a junior in high school. Now in the year of 2017 you aren’t surprised seeing kids perform on a level far beyond their years, they’re even physically developed to the point their looking like High School players. All in all early offers benefits prospects & college recruiters, yeah, yeah they aren’t commit-table who cares the point is these kids names are on recruiting boards which gives them a greater chance of receiving a full athletic scholarship. We can argue all day about it being too early to offer a Middle school athlete but the fact remains we had two Class of 2021 prospects to make All State & All County in their respective states, so there not too young to contribute but too young to reap the benefits of their labor? With that being said let me introduce you to this year’s Class of 2021 prospects who has had the privilege of receiving an early College offer..

 

Nationally Ranked Prospect with College Offers


Name: Aaron McLaughlin

Position: QB

Height & Weight: 6’5”-200

Team: Buford High School ( GA )

Film:http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8041751/592225bf066be00b9ca23e84

College Offers:      

       

My Point of View:

Before this hot shot 8th grader ever graced the High School field in spring, McLaughlin had four college offers. How could you not miss this kid that stands 6’5” already as an 8th grader with a cannon of an arm that already looks the part with the talent to match. Mclaughlin has speed, it’s not the kind of speed where he might break a 60 yard run, but the kind of speed to extends plays, drives, and can gash an undisciplined defense. His feet and balance in the pocket really stand out. He is accurate because of his fundamentals. He can at times “wow” you with his arm strength, and certainly throws a nice ball. Things all came together for McLaughlin as he took the field for the 2A power Buford High School and this kid didn’t disappoint going 8-12 for 140 yards and threw two touchdown passes also adding another rushing touchdown, this kid looked like a natural expect a ton of other big-time colleges to start offering. Mclaughlin showed versus High School competition that the hype is justified and showed no signs of butterflies taking the field against high school competition putting on a show, McLaughlin is on his way to 5-star status if he continues his growth at the quarterback position.

 

 

Name: Damon Payne Jr.

Position: OL/DL

Height & Weight: 6”4-260

Team: Detroit Spartans ( MI )

Film:https://youtu.be/0GCwrWBXoss

College Offers:

My Point of View

Next fall Damon is going to be an offensive tackle or Defensive Lineman for just about any team he wants in High school. Payne is one of the most coveted offensive line prospects in the nation and is only scratching the surface as to how good he can be. Payne is a freak athlete for an offensive tackle. He has very good feet and runs like a fullback. Not built like a mauler, but plenty strong enough with lots of room on his frame to add weight to both his lower and upper body.  I love seeing a 6’4″ lineman fire off the ball low and do it consistently and that’s what you get out of Payne. He fires off low, positions himself well, and is always looking to finish. If I had to nitpick him, I would say that he can be over-aggressive and lean forward too much at times. That only occurs out of a desire to finish his man though, so it’s almost a good problem. He’s a nasty football player that could play under much more control, but can basically do whatever he pleases because of his athleticism. After seeing Payne in action I wouldn’t be being honest if I didn’t expect him to have multiply offers already, the scariest part is this kid is equally as dominate on the defensive side of the ball.

 

 

 

Name: Jacorey Brooks

Position: WR

Height & Weight: 6’2”-163

Team: Miami Booker T. Washington ( FL )

Film:https://youtu.be/4D923vM7LiM

College Offers:

My Point of View

Brooks is a vertical threat who can run by defenders with his long stride & deceptive speed and is especially effective in the red zone on fade routes, as his height, length, and solid leaping ability make him a mismatch for cornerbacks who give up a lot of size to the young receiver. Able to finish plays because he can extend outside of his frame to make catches, Brooks has good enough hands to make difficult catches while twisting or diving for the football. Brooks is going into his 3rd year playing the receiver position, he is making a huge splash on the 7v7 circuit this spring. Once Colleges got a glimpse of Brooks in person the offers begin to come in, in Brooks first taste of High School ball in Gainesville his play earned him an offer. Remember this kid name because he hasn’t begun to tap into his full potential but he is coming along at rapid rate look out DB’s because he will be your worst nightmare.

 

 

Name: Elijah Howard

Position: Athlete

Height & Weight : 6’0-165

Team: Webb School of Knoxville ( TN )

Film:http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8238184/57cbb934e97a845e9cf45be7

College Offers:

My Point of View

Elijah Howard is not a big back, but plays bigger than his size would indicate. He’ll likely get over 200 pounds by the time he gets to a college campus. He can be explosive out of his cuts and has the speed to run away from defenders. He has outstanding feet and balance as well. Howard is making sharp cuts after reading blocks and making himself get skinny to find creases. He runs hard and frequently breaks arm tackles to maximize yardage. He is consistently fighting for more yards and making people miss on the second level. It’s rare to see him knocked back. He always seems to be falling forward at the end of his runs. He has the feet and balance to run well inside and the speed to bounce it out for a big play. He’s a strong zone runner. I fully expect Howard to garner far more offers because his versatility, this kid can easily be a big-time receiver or Db where he sets his mind to play he will be a problem period….

 

 

Name: Hayden Connor

Position: OL

Height & Weight : 6’5- 250

Team: Memorial PW Middle ( TX )

Film:http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2496705/5721b96c90eead5d90b8aa92

College Offers:

My Point of View

Hayden Connor has good feet as well as a long wing span and moves well for his size. For an offensive tackle, you really couldn’t add anything to him that isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. He’s got the size and length that is ideal for the position at the High School level. I recently had the pleasure of watching Hayden compete in 1 on 1’s and he dominated the competition which is so impressive, for a kid that has been playing Tight End and defensive end for the most part in his youth career showed no sign of inexperience at the Offensive tackle position. With an impressive showing in front of University of Miami Head Coach Mark Richt Hayden earned his 1st college offer and gave Coach Richt a sneak peek at what’s to come from this talented kid in the near future.

 

 

Name: Raider Damuni

Position: Athlete

Height & Weight: 6’0”-166 lbs

Team: Orem Tigers ( UT )

Film:http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8559370/580148daf6170926bccac8b4

College Offers:

My Point of View

Raider Damuni is going to have to eventually choose between wide receiver or cornerback at the next level. Right now it has to be a toss up as to what he will choose because he is very good at both. All I know is that someone is going to get an very good football player to come to their school no matter what side of the ball he ends up on. Damuni has the size to fit at either position at the next level and should only add weight to his frame. While he would be slightly above average as a wide receiver in terms of size, he would be a huge corner that has great length. He also has the speed to play both positions and is a fluid athlete. Damuni as a receive really shines. He catches the ball naturally with his hands and does a great job of adjusting to the ball when it’s in the air. He’ll either go to it or go up and get it if he has to. His speed allows him to beat people deep and also helps him after the catch. As scary as it sounds, he may be just as good at cornerback. I like the way he looked playing both press and off-man. When he presses, he’s very strong and can jam a if they aren’t prepared. He has no issue flipping his hips and running with receivers. I also like the way he plants and breaks on the football. His quickness and ability to drop his hips and go really stands out, no matter what position he plays you can see why he is a early offer kid.

 

 

Name: Logan Fano

Position: LB/DE

Height & Weight : 6’1”-185

Team: Maple Mountains ( UT )

College Offers:

My Point of View

Logan Fano already has the size of a High school linebacker or defensive-end and has the frame to add even more weight. He’s not lacking in speed either for already being that big. Fano is a downhill thumper at linebacker. He’s a solid tackler that hits through his opponent. He’s also one of the few linebackers that I have watched that isn’t afraid to take on blocks. He is physical and will take on a guard or a fullback and jack them back to get to the ball. Blitzing is one of the things he excels at. His timing is excellent and when he gets picked up by a running back, he doesn’t stay picked up. He explodes through it and gets pressure on the quarterback like the defensive- end I feel he will grow into. Fano received a early offer from BYU great eye by that coach because this kid looks like he is going to grow into a beast of Defensive-end, and even if he doesn’t he is a stud linebacker.

 

 

Name: Ricky Wolfgramm

Position: DE

Height & Weight: 6’1”-200 LBS

Team: Kaysville Darts ( UT )

College Offers:

My Point of View

Ricky Wolfgramm is extremely quick and has speed for an edge rusher. He also has the height and length that is ideal for the position as well. Leaving him unblocked on the backside of running plays is a bad idea. He can run down plays and is quick enough to commit to the running back on the zone read, yet still come back out and make a play on the quarterback. He’s just a hustle player. As a pass rusher, he’s so quick off the edge and uses his hands fairly well. It’s scary to think how much better he will be once he develops counter moves to go along with his speed rush. He is tremendously quick at shooting gaps and plays lows. Wolfgramm has a high ceiling and scouting him you understand why BYU is jumping on him early this kid has all the tools to be a gamechanger for any program.

 

 

Name: Kahlil Brantley

Position: WR

Height & Weight : 6’1-168 lbs

Team: Doral Academy ( FL )

Film:http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8182265/5826a1183bd8144cfc169d6f

College Offers:

My Point of View

Kahlil Brantley has enough speed and is a smooth athlete. He accelerates effortlessly and has good change of direction skills. Brantley is so smooth out of his breaks and able to create separation because of it. He is that rare player that is asked to run multiple routes in his high school offense. He does a very good job of setting up defensive backs with how he runs his routes. His use of head fakes and subtle movements are advanced for his age. Besides his physical attributes in the red zone, he does a nice job of shaking defenders at the line of scrimmage by using the agility that tests well in the short shuttle. Brantley size also makes him effective on man-beater routes like slants. The same size makes him an effective blocker, as his combination of effort and physical dominance allow him to plant opposing players. Brantley has tremendous upside and it's no surprise FAU offered this kid after seeing this kid compete, let’s just say it’s the first of many offers.

 

 

Name: Preston Stone

Position: QB

Height & Weight: 6’1”-170

Team: Highland Park Middle ( TX )

Film:http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2700257/5721d1644df6124b701eb2a8

College Offers:

My Point of View

Preston Stone is a underrated athlete, his mobility within the pocket is good as well. Size is not an issue with him. He is already built like someone who can play quarterback in the High School tomorrow. Stone has bigtime arm strength. He’s not afraid to fit the ball in tight windows because of it and doing that also really showcases his accuracy. He delivers the ball in stride to receivers and also knows when to take a bit off of it. He shows really good feet in the pocket and slides well to avoid pressure. He is balanced and his feet are good most of the time, but at no time is he better mechanically than when he gets to roll out of the pocket and throw on the run. He is very accurate and throws the ball with great zip and it all has to do with his mechanics. Stone received his 1st offer just showing up with his older brother on a visit being mistaken for him, then showing off those attributes that make him one of the top QB’s in his class.

 

 

Name: Laurence “Big Baby” Seymour

Position: DL/OL

Height & Weight: 6’1”-260

Team: Miami Central Rockets ( FL )

Film:https://youtu.be/_YUBoA61348

College Offers:

My Point of View

“Where do these kids come from?” That’s what popped in to my head when watching Seymour play. He can really move for a big man. He’s quite explosive as I would like to see off the ball, but also has the ability to run down ball

carriers with his surprising speed. He has the power to fight off double teams based purely on his size and strength. His athletic potential for a young man this size at that age is off the charts. Seymour fundamentals & technique is sound he keeps his pad level low and is a menace to opposing teams running game or Quarterback.  What makes Seymour offers so impressive is he did it against High School competition attending camps with his Miami Central Sr. High team he picked up two offers over the weekend, don’t look for that to be it this kid has a bright future ahead just stay tuned.

 

 

Name: Torey “ Scooter” Morrison

Position: QB/Ath

Height & Weight: 5’9”-150 lbs

Team: Keys Gate Charter ( FL )

Film:https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7598631/581fee89688ec31d8c8bbdcf

College Offers:

My Point of View

Not the biggest QB in the world but this 8th grader put up some huge numbers against some big-time competition and never once blinked while lighting up High School defenses. Morrison a good athlete with great mobility. He doesn’t have the classic pocket passer height, but his size isn’t a issue for the moment at the position and he should be able to add good weight as he physically matures. I’m never surprised to see Morrison’s mobility based on his label as a dual-threat Qb, but one area where he really excels is escaping the rush. He does a great job of buying time and keeps his eyes down field. He will find the check down and can get the defense running out of position to find his best option. He isn’t going to be a major threat to break long runs at the next level, but he could be useful in the run game as someone who could move the chains on occasion. He has really good touch, especially when he throws the fade. He throws a catchable ball, he shows lots of velocity to make all of the throws effectively right now. I’d have to say I’m glad FAU looked at the player and not the size when they offered Morrison he has heart and is very talented and could easily be a problem as a DB or WR.

 

 

Name: Ketron Jackson

Position: WR

Height & Weight: 6’2”-155 lbs ( TX )

Team: Lancaster Middle

College Offers:

My Point of View

Ketron has blazing speed, and is a known burner. His lateral agility is very good and he’s very smooth with his footwork. Although he’s a great athlete, he wins by simply with being a dominant athlete. He’s a solid route runner at this point in his development who does a nice job of setting up defensive backs. He’s a natural hands catcher that does a great job of adjusting to the football and catches the ball well in traffic. He shows very good body control. A slippery player after the catch, Jackson makes defenders miss. Jackson has the right frame and isn’t done growing his 10.7 in the 100 meters caught Texas Tech eye which lead to his offer, but Jackson is one of those players who best football is in front of him.  

 

 

Name: Amari Daniels

Position: RB

Height & Weight: 5’9”-175 lbs

Team: Miami Central Sr. High ( FL )

Film: https://youtu.be/kxoA1h98m4o

College Offers:

My Point of View

Smooth. Fluid. Natural, explosive, powerful. I can keep going with this if needed. Amari Daniels has a Youth resume that others dream about, there isn’t a big game this kid didn’t dominate or came away not being the best player on the field. Daniels does a great job as a zone runner reading his blocks. Daniels isn’t always looking to bounce it outside. He’ll slash inside when he sees a crease and does a great job cutting to avoid unnecessary contact to maximize yards, but don’t be fooled Daniels loves to impose his will and punish defenders. The thing that was jaw dropping for me seeing this spring is Daniels running a 4.54 laser 40 time, that time alone for a 8th grader is amazing big reason the University of Miami extended this Youth Phenom his very 1st offer.

 

 

Name: Kendrick Blackshire

Position: DE/ATH

Height & Weight: 6’2”-210

Team: Terry Middle School ( TX )

Film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8360915/5871505c5b3cb02f4c270499

College Offers:

My Point of View

A lot of players his height that play the defensive end position aren’t as filled out as he is on the youth level, but Kendrick Blackshire has the size to play right away in High School. He gets off the ball quickly and with power. He even is strong enough to play inside if needed. His pursuit is excellent and his speed really stands out for a player his size. What I loved about watching Blackshire is that, even though his technique is nowhere close to refined, he gets after it every play. He is fighting to get to ball and make a play when he gets there. You can see that determination and it is awesome to watch.  I can easily go on all day about this kids talent, but the part that you should know about is this kid can play multiply position because he is that athletic but his frame suggest he is growing into a D-End.

 

 

 

Name: Dedrick “Dooney” Smith

Position: Athlete

Height & Weight : 6’2”-161

Team: Gilbert Middle ( FL )

Film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8360915/5871505c5b3cb02f4c270499

                                                                                                 College Offers:

My Point Of View

Dedrick "Dooney" Smith has good speed and lateral agility. He has a tall slender frame and will need to add weight over the next few years, but plays much bigger than his size would indicate. He has the length that will be very beneficial in coverage. Smith does an outstanding job of recognition on run plays. If he sees something from an offensive lineman that indicates the play, he immediately attacks and gets to ball carrier to make a play. He does a good job of stepping up to fill at plays run at him. A lot of players with his dimensions and athleticism are the type of players to run around blocks, but not Smith. He will be physical and take on blocks to get to a play. He is very advanced at using his hands to. With his older brother now at the University of Miami it was only fitting Smith received his first College offer from the Canes..

Name: Dematrius Davis Jr.

Position: Athlete

Height & Weight : 5’11”-175

Team: Houston Outlaws ( TX )

Film:https://youtu.be/ssHG6P6b_H4

College Offers:

My Point of View

Some players just have “it” when they get their hands on the football. They just know how to score Dematrius Davis is one of those types of players. The Houston Outlaw quarterback/safety looks like he was born running with a football in his hands. He’s a natural athlete that has a bright future on whatever side of the ball he ends up on. Davis has great speed and tremendous lateral agility. His feet are exceptional. Davis has rare instincts as a Dual-Threat Quarterback. He reads blocks well and knows when to accelerate through the proper h***. When he gets into the open field, he is extremely tough to tackle. His vision is outstanding and he is slippery when avoiding tacklers. He isn’t the most polished throwing the ball but he gets the job done and is hard to stop once he has it rolling in the air or on the ground. As a safety, Davis is a natural from instincts to the edge he plays the game with. His physical skills really shine at the position. He does a good job of planting and breaking on the football and has very good ball skills. It’s not a surprise that he is a threat to take it the house whenever he intercepts the ball too. He is aggressive in run support and can deliver a big hit. Davis is somewhat slept on outside the state of Texas, but ask anyone within the state he is arguably the number 1# prospect in the Class of 2021 in the state of Texas and is Top 10 Nationally period. 

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