Recruiting 2011 - 5 SEC Recruits To Know
Florida QB Jeff Driskel
Florida QB Jeff Driskel
Posted Feb 4, 2011

Along with the league's ten most important new recruits (for now), here are every SEC team's five new recruits you should care about.

Recruiting 2011 

5 SEC Recruits To Care About

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200

The 10 SEC  Recruits You Should Care About

1. OT Cyrus Kouandjio , Auburn (verbal)

2. QB Jeff Driskel, Florida

3. RB Isaiah Crowell, Georgia

4. DT Anthony Johnson, LSU

5. LB Trey DePriest, Alabama

6. QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU

7. S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama

8. OT La'el Collins, LSU

9. QB Kiehl Frazier, Auburn

10. OG Christian Westerman, Auburn  

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Five Florida Recruits You Should Care About
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1. QB Jeff Driskel
6-4, 225,'s 1st ranked quarterback. The superlatives are numerous when discussing Driskel, he has excellent size, an NFL arm, and plus athleticism. He can throw the ball through a wall and run by most linemen and linebackers. He needs to work on protecting the ball by not forcing it into traffic when a play breaks down as well as tucking it away when he's scrambling. There isn't a lot he can't do on the field. He just needs to learn to play within himself.

2. RB Mike Blakely
5-9, 192,'s 10th ranked running back. Blakely has really developed over the years, he was a break your ankles type as a freshmen and now is all of 5'9, 185. He still has excellent quickness and acceleration, but has lost some of the deep speed. He was very durable as a junior carrying the load all the way to the state title game. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a smart, heady blocker, particularly against pass rushers.

3. TE A.C. Leonard
6-3, 220,'s 6th ranked tight end. Leonard is one of the best at tight end in the country. He can really stick his routes and he catches the ball very well with his hands away from his body. He is a fluid big man that can get down field. He is only 6-foot-2, so his height could hold him back after college, but he should be a star on the next level. He needs to work on his blocking, firing off the ball, and driving his man off the ball, but he is elite overall.

4. S Marcus Roberson
6-0, 180,'s 4th ranked safety. Roberson can be considered a big corner or a thin safety depending on where he ends up playing. He is outstanding in coverage, although he gets a little too close with his hands on jerseys at times. He is physical with the receivers and can turn and run with them well. Should become more of a factor against the run as he gains size and strength in the weight room, but with his height and frame, his size overall is a plus.

5. CB Valdez Showers
6-0, 185,'s 13th ranked cornerback. Good all around athlete who has shown he can play many positions. Excellent size/speed combination, as he has a nice frame, with even more room to grow. Is inexperienced at corner, and will have to keep improve on some of the finer points of the position like his footwork, reading routes, and press technique. He has good instincts, and has shown the ability to make quick reads and use his speed to get to the ball. May end up a free safety.

Five Georgia Recruits You Should Care About
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1. RB Isaiah Crowell
6-0, 210,'s No. 1 rated running back. Crowell has been part of a talented backfield throughout his high school career so he has never had to carry the load. That is one question about his game, but there are not many more. He has great balance, he can make quick cuts without losing speed, and he is a threat to take it the distance from anywhere on the field. Fast, he was a four year letterman in track posting personal-bests of 10.91 (100-meter dash), 22.38 (200), 52.53 (400) and 12:36.84 in the 3200 meter-run .

2. DE Ray Drew
6-5, 248,'s 6th ranked defensive end. Drew is an elite pass rusher who plays with a lot of energy. Not too often do you see guys of his size make plays on special teams, but he does not come off the field much when he can attack the football. He still needs to add weight and just play more aggressive. He likes to get up field, but he needs to hold his ground better against the run. He has the ideal frame to add weight and he has an elite package as a pass rusher.

3. QB Christian LeMay
6-2, 188,'s 8th ranked quarterback. LeMay is a quarterback with a lot of savvy in the pocket. He is a natural leader, he stays calm under pressure, and when given time he will pick defenses apart. He has great arm strength, he throws a beautiful deep ball, and he has the athleticism to escape pressure and get outside of the pocket. He needs to continue to improve his pocket awareness and to not let his hands drop when he has to read his progressions.

4. CB Malcolm Mitchell
6-1, 190,'s 7th ranked cornerback. Mitchell still has some things to work on at corner, but he is truly an elite athlete that should improve quickly as he gets more reps and instruction on the next level. He moves with such fluidity, he changes directions very well, he has length secondary coaches love, he has ball skills, and he explodes out of his breaks. Back pedal, press coverage, and understanding different coverages are areas of weakness, but he is elite.

5. S Corey Moore
6-1, 185,'s 6th ranked safety. Moore really just needs more experience. He has the size, speed, toughness, and skill set to be a big impact player at safety on the next level. He started as a junior and just needs more reps to help with coverage recognition and just overall experience. He still needs to add some weight and get a little stronger, but he a better than average coverage safety and he really plays physical.

Five Kentucky Recruits You Should Care About
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1. OT Darrian Miller
6-6, 265,'s 17th ranked offensive tackle. Miller has two coveted assets from his left tackle position, quick feet and long arms. He drops back into his sets quickly, and has the agility to be involved in pull blocking. Has good flexibility and comes out of his stance low. Pass Blocks well, stays low to absorb bull rushers, and has the reach to extend a speed rusher around the edge. Simply needs to grow into his frame and add muscle weight to keep getting stronger

2. RB Josh Clemons
5-10, 205,'s 31st ranked running back. Clemons says he can bench 325-pounds, squat 465 and claims a 36-inch vertical jump. His personal best 100m time is 10.89. Clemons will on play football in college.

3. S Glen Faulkner
6-2, 185,'s 24th ranked safety.

4. QB Theltus Cobbins
6-0, 175,'s 60th ranked quarterback. Collins is on the small side for a quarterback but he does a good job of getting outside the pocket where he can see the field better and throwing on the run. He can make plays with his feet and has good speed when he gets in the open field. If he plays behind center he will have to sharpen up on his technique and footwork but he is a good enough athlete where receiver is also an option.

5. RB Marcus Caffey
6-0, 188,'s 48th ranked running back. Runs with good power despite a lack of size for a traditional power back. Does a good job of keeping his balance and lowering his pads on contact. A good receiver out of the backfield, Caffey relies on his vision to hit the open spot as he doesn't possess great top end speed or change of direction

Five South Carolina Recruits You Should Care About
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1. OT Brandon Shell
6-7, 310,'s 5th ranked offensive tackle. Shell has the tools to be one of the top tackles in the country. He has the size that can't be taught, he has great knee-bend, his feet may his biggest strength, and he is solid pass protector already as well. He still needs to work on his hand placement and holding blocks longer, but he made a great improvement over the past year and will only get better in the years to come.

2. S Sheldon Royster
5-11, 190,'s 7th ranked safety. A running back for his St. Peters' team, Royster runs with more power than his frame might suggest. Should he move to the defensive side of the ball, he shows a willingness to be physical as he likes to run between the tackles and take on defenders. He has good balance and fights for extra yardage. A willingness to do the dirty work appears to be his best asset

3. DT Phillip Dukes
6-2, 275,'s 13th ranked defensive tackle. Dukes is a lineman with versatility. He could play defensive tackle or defensive end in different fronts. He plays with a high motor, a lot of intensity, nice leverage, and with good quickness. He can still improve his hand, his disengaging skills, and he can add more moves. He really knows how to get upfield to find the ball.

4. WR Damiere Byrd
5-10, 160,'s 18th ranked receiver. A rare combination of straightline track speed and the shake to juke several defenders, Byrd is the type of athlete that coaches scheme ways to get the ball in his hands. He's an excellent runner on inside handoffs, returns, and of course catching the ball. He doesn't adjust to the ball in the air like a natural receiver, but he does things once its in his hands that most can't. A home run threat in the open field.

5. RB Shon Carson
5-9, 195,'s 24th ranked running back. Carson is a strong back that gets a lot of yards after contact. He runs low to the ground, he can run inside or outside, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he is a threat to make a big play constantly. He is not a burner, but he is fast enough to get to edge and he has good balance and good lateral movement. His hands are a strength out of the backfield as well.

Five Tennessee Recruits You Should Care About
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1. OT Cameron Clear
6-6, 260,'s 9th ranked offensive tackle. Clear is a big athlete that has spent most of his time on the high school level playing tight end. His future is on the offensive line though at offensive tackle. He has great size, he has great leg drive, and he is very athletic. His move to OL will take some time because he will need to learn the position, but he has the tools to be a very good one there. His upside is very high because of his body, feet, and athleticism.

2. DT Maurice Couch
6-2, 295, four-star JUCO transfer. Couch plays end in Garden City's 3-4 and moves inside to defensive tackle when they go to a 4-3. His size is best suited to play for the interior line. He has a good first step and uses his hands well to beat an offensive lineman off the snap. He needs to do a better job of staying low and getting off of blocks once he's engaged, especially if he moves inside full time. Good natural strength and leverage.

3. WR DeAnthony Arnett
6-0, 170,'s 8th ranked receiver. Arnett does as good a job as any receiver in the country at getting separation through his route running. On the smallish side, Arnett can still present a big target because of his ability to elevate and contort his body in traffic to make the tough grabs. Can work on getting off of jams as he gets stronger and adds weight. Is extremely elusive after the catch and is quick in space.

4. RB Marlin Lane
6-0, 205,'s 23rd ranked running back. Battling back from a knee injury as a junior, Lane has yet to regain the trademark burst that made him so dynamic as a sophomore. He has split carries in the backfield as a senior and seen a lot of time at slot receiver. He has good size and has learned to run with more power as he's rehabbing not just physically but mentally from his injury. Not quite where he was earlier in his career, but room to grow.

5. LB A.J. Johnson
6-3, 227,'s 16th ranked middle linebacker. Johnson is a talented and versatile linebacker. He could play inside or outside LB on the next level or could develop into a rush end as well. He plays with a lot of energy, he is a very aggressive player, and he hits with power behind his pads. He does need to work on his drops, shedding blockers, and his flexibility. He is best when attacking north-south and combining his size with that strength, D-End is a possibility.

Five Vanderbilt Recruits You Should Care About
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1. WR Lafonte Thourogood
6-3, 225,'s 38th ranked receiver. Plays quarterback for his Ocean Lakes team, but is built like a linebacker. A good enough arm that some teams may tell him quarterback, but seems to be more valuable as a big, strong athlete. Is more likely to break the tackle of a smaller defensive back than make a man miss, and once he does, he shows good speed in the open field. Experience at QB give him good coverage awareness .

2. CB Derek King
5-11, 180,'s 32nd ranked cornerback. King started as a running back and cornerback for Brentwood Academy and returned kickoffs. He says he can bench 275-pounds, squat 350 and claims a 36-inch vertical jump. King runs the 100m (10.68) and 200m (21.9).

3. CB Jacquese Kirk
6-0, 160,'s 78th ranked cornerback. Kirk has good size and turns his hips well in coverage. He has good instincts, able to play straight up man coverage or use his vision to play zone and stick with crossing receivers. A capable tackler, Kirk doesn't initiate contact, but he makes the tackle when he's called upon. A "cover" corner who is better against the pass than against the run, Kirk should get more physical as he gets bigger and stronger in the weight room

3. RB Mitchell Hester
5-10, 180,'s 75th ranked running back.

4. QB Josh Grady
6-0, 185,'s 50th ranked quarterback. Dual threat QB that threw for 1,553 yards with 18 TDs and five interceptions while leading Armwood to the 4A state semi-finals as a junior.

5. TE Dillon van der Wal
6-7, 240,'s 12th ranked tight end. Has terrific size that immediately makes one think of a future offensive tackle, but van der Wal has a frame that looks better suited to stick at tight end. He has pillow soft hands and presents a huge target with his height. A growth spurt could see him put his hand down full time at tackle, where he'd be comfortable because he's a good blocker. A solid route runner who is a weapon in the middle of the field or in the corners .


Five Alabama Recruits You Should Care About
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1. LB Trey DePriest
6-2, 230,'s 1st ranked middle linebacker. Has the frame of a middle linebacker, but he shows the flexibility and change of direction to be able to play on the outside in space. Quicker than fast, ideal for a linebacker, DePriest at times plays too high, but he's strong enough that he's gotten away with it in high school. He's a tenacious pass rusher who has a knack for timing the snap and beating a blocker out of his stance. Shows good balance as a RB.

2. S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix
6-2, 190,'s 1st ranked safety. Clinton-Dix can do it all at safety and he could probably be a big cornerback on the next level as well. He really explodes out of his breaks and closes on the ball extremely well. He is physical, he has instincts, and he has great size as well. As good as he is in coverage, he is just as good in run support. He can still improve his drops and his overall footwork, but he is elite, and he should be very successful on the next level.

3. RB Dee Hart
5-9, 189,'s 8th ranked running back. An elusive running back with outstanding field vision, Hart is a make you miss type of back that isn't afraid to put his head into a pile. Not just a good receiver for a RB, Hart is a good receiver period. Despite his size, he is a tough, durable runner that could be a 25 carry a game running back, but is also a good enough receiver to play full time in the slot. He elevates extremely well, making himself a bigger target.

4. LB Shannon Brown
6-2, 237,'s 10th ranked running back. Brown is a hard hitting athlete that could end up at middle linebacker or on the defensive line in college. His position depends on his size because he has the feet and athelticism to play inside backer on the next level. If he body continues to grow, then he could end up putting his hand down. He is as athletic as they come at this size, but he needs to improve his raw strength and endurance more than anything.

5. LB Brent Calloway
6-3, 223,'s 7th ranked linebacker. Calloway is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the country. He has excellent size and speed. He can play on either side of the ball. As a running back Calloway runs with power and does a great job following his blocks. On defense Calloway has good instincts and flies to the football. He needs to improve his physical approach to the game.

Five Arkansas Recruits You Should Care About
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1. OT Brey Cook
6-7, 310,'s 6th ranked offensive tackle. Prototype offensive tackle size, Cook actually drive blocks like an interior lineman. He has good flexibility and can get his pads low quickly despite his height. Not content with merely occupying his defender, Cook likes to finish his blocks and take his man all the way to the ground. Chops his feet well while engaged to a defender giving him a good base to maintain his block, making him a good pass blocker as well.

2. S Kelvin Fisher
6-0, 180,'s 15th ranked safety. Fisher is a versatile athlete that has the ability to play multiple positions in college. Could play RB, S, CB or WR. Is being recruited as an ATH. Very shifty player on offense that has great balance and body control. On D, is a ball hawk at safety and roams the deep middle well. Has very good ball skills and instincts. Is not afraid to stick his nose in and make tackles. Does not have tha greatest size.

3. WR Quinta Funderburk
6-3, 200,'s 35th ranked receiver. A big, strong receiver who's an acrobat in the air adjusting to the ball. Has terrific body control and boxes out smaller defensive backs like he's going for a rebound. More than just a jump ball specialist though, Funderburk runs crisp routes and is capable of breaking a tackle and running over, around, and by potential tacklers. A tough receiver that will cut inside looking for extra yards instead of hunting for the sidelines

4. OT Andrew Peterson
6-5, 255,'s 26th ranked offensive tackle. Peterson became one of the top prospects in the state of Texas after coming in to his own on the field as a senior in 2010. He has great feet and is extremely athletic for a player with his size and frame. He is skilled enough that he could realistically play tight end on the next level, but has All-Conference and possibly NFL type of potential as an offensive tackle prospect.

5. WR Quinta Funderburk
6-3, 200,'s 35th ranked receiver. A big, strong receiver that's an acrobat in the air adjusting to the ball. Has terrific body control and boxes out smaller defensive backs like he's going for a rebound. More than just a jump ball specialist though, Funderburk runs crisp routes and is capable of breaking a tackle and running over, around, and by potential tacklers. A tough receiver that will cut inside looking for extra yards instead of hunting for the sidelines.

Five Auburn Recruits You Should Care About

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1. OT Cyrus Kouandijo
6-7, 295,'s 1st ranked offensive tackle. Kouandjio has an incredible wing-span and frame. Not many kids can walk around at 280-plus pounds and look skinny, once he fills out his frame the sky is the limit. Kouandjio plays the game with a mean streak and he finishes blocks. He is a dominant run blocker and is outstanding in pass protection. Shows outstanding feet while playing in space he can stop big run stuffers or speed.

2. QB Kiehl Frazier
6-3, 215,'s 4th ranked quarterback. A big, athletic quarterback that has a big arm and is a good runner. On the move, Frazier shows good elusiveness and change of direction. He has the power to pull away from an arm tackle and the shake to make a defender miss. He has very good natural arm strength and can get good velocity on the ball without having to overthrow. Shows good touch on swing passes. More consistency in his footwork will make him even more accurate.

3. OG Christian Westerman
6-5, 295,'s 1st ranked guard. One of the top OL prospects nationally and it is easy to see why. Westerman is a physical speciman that gets after defenders. Gets off the ball well and uses his tremendous strength to bury opponents. But he is not just a mauler, Westerman is a gifted athlete and technician. Very sound in pass protection and has great feet. Plays RT now and could stay there or move inside and play OG at the next level. Is a player that can contribute right away.

4. Gabe Wright
6-4, 300,'s 11th ranked defensive tackle. Wright needs to play with better pad level and work on the use of his hands. If his hands are more active and he shows better punch, then he will be able to disengage better. He has the physical tools and athleticism to be an elite 2011 defensive tackle. He is quick enough to be a big defensive end in high school, but he is an interior guy on the next level. He still has a lot of room to improve with a lot of potential.

5. Reese Dismukes
6-3, 285,'s 5th ranked center. Dismukes is one of the best center prospects in the country. He understands the position and does a great job reading the defense. He is explosive off the ball and continues to move his feet until the whistle is blown.

Five LSU Recruits You Should Care About
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1. DT Anthony Johnson
6-2, 296,'s 1st ranked defensive tackle. Johnson is a physical defensive lineman that loves to bull rush through his opponent. He is not one that uses a lot of moves, so he relies on his pure strength to overpower the man in front of him. He needs to work on using his hands more and moves coming off the ball. He's such a dominant force in the middle with so much room to improve. He has good feet, he gets off the ball well, and he will demand a double team on the next level.

2. QB Zach Mettenberger
6-5, 250, four-star JUCO transfer. An ideal pro-style quarterback, Mettenberger has the size and arm strength coveted by conventional offenses. Not a running threat, but he has decent mobility within the pocket, and he throws a good ball when rolling to his right. Extremely calm in the pocket, taking the time he needs to check all of his options. Size and awareness make him hard to sack. Has a quick, over the top release with good touch.

3. OT La'el Collins
6-4, 275,'s 2nd ranked offensive tackle. Collins is a versatle offensive lineman with very good feet, good length, and good power. He has the ability to play inside or outside on the next level, but his feet and arms make him a likely tackle. He gets down field and leads the way for his running backs and he also has a slide-kick in pass protection. He still needs to get better in overall technique and using his hands, but he is an elite tackle.

4. WR Jarvis Landry
5-11, 185,'s 4th ranked receiver. You won't find many 5-11 receivers that are as physical and that block as well as Landry does. He runs exceptional routes and has very good hands. Landry does not let passes get into his body and he is good at grabbing passes outside his frame. One thing that he can improve on is his speed and getting separation but that will be more of an issue at the next level than it is now.

5. LB Trevon Randle
6-2, 205,'s 8th ranked outside linebacker. A natural football player and athlete, he could play a number of positions on the field. His best position is possibly linebacker where his athleticism and speed makes a great combination. Has good size and will grow even more. Has a high upside because he is just learning how to use his body to his advantage on the field.

Five Ole Miss Recruits You Should Care About
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1. LB C.J. Johnson
6-2, 235,'s 4th ranked linebacker. Johnson is a true middle linebacker who has a nose for the ball and makes a lot of plays between the edge and the sidelines. His ability to read blocks is helpful as he is often able to uncover and stop the ball carrier for a minimal gain. He does have a little trouble from time to time getting interior lineman off of him and making plays in the box, but that will come in time. He shows a true joy in playing the game.

2. WR Nickolas Brassell
6-1, 176,'s 7th ranked receiver. Johnson is a true middle linebacker who has a nose for the ball and makes a lot of plays between the edge and the sidelines. His ability to read blocks is helpful as he is often able to uncover and stop the ball carrier for a minimal gain. He does have a little trouble from time to time getting interior lineman off of him and making plays in the box, but that will come in time. He shows a true joy in playing the game.

3. WR Tobias Singleton
6-0, 185,'s 22nd ranked receiver. Singleton is an elusive inside receiver who spent much of his high school career as the big play guy in his team's passing game. He is very difficult to corral in the open field and he has the speed to turn even the most basic catch into a highlight reel quality play. He will need to become a more physical player on the next level as he develops into more than just a pass catcher. Singleton has very good hands and the confidence needed to play.

4. CB Senquez Golson
5-10, 180,'s 25th ranked cornerback. 2010 Named All-South Mississippi by the Biloxi Sun Herald. Named 6A 2nd Team All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. Named 2nd Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger. Recorded three interceptions and five touchdowns as a senior. Golson finished his junior season with 35 tackles and three interceptions. He also played some wide receiver and running back and has 10 total tackles. He says he can bench 300-pounds and squat 430. Golson reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 17 ACT, which he plans on retaking in the fall.

5. DT Gibert Pena
6-4, 315, three-star JUCO transfer. A compact nose-guard type that anchors the middle of Asa's line, Pena gets an exceptional push with his quick first step, strength and leverage. He's a high motor player that will get a lot of pursuit tackles. Can hold his ground against a double team and will push a single blocker backwards. Needs to work on getting off blocks, as single move seems to be the bull rush. Well conditioned big man that still goes strong in the 4th.

Five Mississippi State Recruits You Should Care About
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1. S Darion Arrington
6-2, 200,'s 9th ranked safety. Arrington is a natural at the safety position. He is very physical and very athletic. Unlike a lot of players with his size, he is very fluid in his movements. He is a very humble player who does his talking on the field. He rarely sits out a snap and he has the respect of his teammates. Darion is a quiet leader who will play any position he is asked to play in order to help his team. He is a tremendous hitter and he makes the smart play.

2. WR Joe Morrow
6-4, 195,'s 30th ranked receiver. Morrow is a big receiver who can stretch the field. He has the right combination of size and speed to make the tough catch across the middle or outside the numbers. He needs to continue to get stronger and work on his initial burst, but there is an awful lot to like about Joe. Due to the offense he plays in on the high school level, he does not have the stats that match his ability. He is just scratching the surface of his potential.

3. DE Lloyd Allen
6-4, 240, three-star JUCO transfer. A high motor player with good size and strength, Allen's best attribute is his tenacity. An unrefined pass rusher, Allen typically tries to beat his man to the outside, but he makes a lot of plays circling back to the quarterback after he's stepped up in the pocket. Needs to do a better job of getting off of blocks to be more valuable in run support and developing his pass rush repertoire.

4. CB Darius Slay
6-0, 190, three-star JUCO transfer. Named Pre-Season All-American. Named 1st Team All MACJC Recorded 27 tackles on defense and returned 10 punts for an 11 yard average. 2009 Named to the First team All-State North team by the MACJC for his play as a corner at Itawamba Community College. Also named to the 2nd All-State North team as a kick returner. Slay totaled 41 tackles, five pass break-ups and three interceptions during his freshman year at ICC.

5. OT James Maiden
6-4, 286,'s 35th ranked offensive tackle. Maiden could end up on either side of the ball on the next level. He is a very passionate and heady player who looks to make those around him better. He is having success in high school by being the superior athlete rather than being the best football player he can be. As he learns more about his position and gets more specialized coaching in college he has the chance chance to be very special. He has a great feet and is very good with his hands.