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October 28, 2010

Look ahead: Big game in Arkansas

FROM THE ROAD: 2011 Offense | 2011 Defense | Underclassmen

Rivals.com analysts are canvassing the country again this week to check out the top talent in person. Here's where they'll be and where their attention - prospects listed alphabetically - will be focused.

Analyst: Chris Nee

Game: Orlando (Fla.) Olympia at Apopka (Fla.), Thursday

Top prospects:

Qua Barnes Apopka, 5-8/179, ATH, 2012 recruit
Barnes is a 2012 athlete used in the offensive backfield by Apopka. He splits carries, but when given the opportunity has proven himself as a solid back who can break big plays.
Ty Darlington Apopka, 6-3/265, OL, 2012 recruit
Darlington highlights
Darlington is already a major 2012 offensive line target who has racked up more than a dozen offers. Does he have the size to play offensive tackle or will he be an interior lineman at the next level?
Henry Eaddy Olympia, 5-8/170, WR
Eaddy highlights
Eaddy is an undersized wide receiver who has already pledged to Washington State. Does he possess the necessary skills to be a slot receiver at the next level?
Deon Green Olympia, 6-3/270, DT
Green highlights
Green has pledged his services to South Carolina. The biggest question surrounding Green is whether or not he possesses the size necessary to remain inside or the speed to stay on the edge.
Corian Hamilton Olympia, 6-2/210, DB
Hamilton is an athletic safety prospect who is willing to play physical. Is he a complete safety or can he be picked on in the passing game? He holds nearly two dozen offers at this time.
James Hamilton Olympia, 6-4/325, OL, 2012 recruit
Hamilton is a massive junior lineman already getting serious interest from a number of colleges. Is his future at offensive tackle or offensive guard?
Isiah Myers Olympia, 6-0/170, WR
Myers highlights
Myers is another wide receiver from Olympia that has committed to Washington State. Is it possible that he can use a strong senior season as a springboard to more offers.
Tom Smith Apopka, 5-10/205, RB
Smith highlights
Smith is a longtime commitment to Tennessee. He is a strong, compact runner with good speed who hits the hole with authority.
Spencer Waseem Apopka, 5-10/170, DB
Waseem highlights
Waseem is a defensive back that has pledged his services to Washington State. He is yet another Apopka defensive back moving onto Division I, following the path of Lo Wood from the 2010 class.

Quick Kicks:
Last season, Olympia delivered Apopka its first loss of the season. Last weekend, Smith rushed for 332 yards on 36 carries and racked up five touchdowns for the Blue Darters, who are 6-1 on the season. Olympia also enters the game sitting at 6-1.

Analyst: Barry Every

Game: Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest at Republic (Mo.), Thursday

Top Prospects:
Dorial Green-Beckham 6-6/220, WR, 2012 prospect
Green-Beckham highlights
Is Green one of those special athletes that will have college coaches stepping on top of one another to get his signature? Some say he could be the next Randy Moss.

Quick Kicks:
This is a rare late season non-region game. The Hornets are led by coach John Beckham who is in his third season at the helm., while Republic is coached by Kirk Thompson. His team has struggled to put up points this year but his defense has been very stingy.

Analyst: Adam Gorney

Game: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne vs. Carson, Calif., Friday

Top Prospects:
Thaxter Everton Narbonne, 6-2/212, WR, 2012 prospect
Everton was impressive on the camp circuit this summer. Does he have the ability to carry over those performances to his junior season? Can he consistently get open against athletic defensive backs?
Dontae Levingston Narbonne, 6-5/279, OG
Levingston highlights
Levingston has lots of big-time offers with SMU and Oregon leading in his recruitment. Does he have the power to dominate defensive tackles and create big holes for Narbonne's running attack?
Darreus Rogers Carson, 6-2/194, WR, 2012 prospect
Rogers has been one of the best receivers in the Los Angeles City section this season and is quickly emerging as one of the top junior prospects in the area. USC is already seriously involved with him.
Dion Willis Carson, 5-8/168, RB
Willis highlights
Willis averages more than 8 yards per carry and he scored three touchdowns in a 69-0 victory last weekend. Can Willis continue to put up those kinds of numbers to prove he's one of the sleeper running backs in Southern California?

Quick Kicks:
Levingston has serious interest in SMU and even took an official visit there last weekend. He said with quarterback Conner Preston and defensive end Davon Moreland from the Los Angeles area already committed, the Mustangs are putting together a great class he'd consider joining. Carson has also won three in a row and outscored its last two opponents, 120-22.

Analyst: Mike Farrell

Game: McKeesport, Pa. at Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, Friday

Top Prospects:
Hodari Christian McKeesport, 6-1/195, LB, 2013 prospect
Christian has D-I potential despite lacking great size as a sophomore. He is very active but will he be able to grow into his frame and gain the size needed?
Cody Conway Gateway, 6-4/200, DE, 2012 prospect
Conway has been so good this season he has supplanted older players to earn his starting role. He has the height, but is he strong enough and quick enough to be a high-level D-1 recruit?
Darin Franklin Gateway, 5-8/185, RB, 2013 prospect
Franklin is the leading rusher on his team as a sophomore and is very thick despite his lack of height. How will he fare against two D-I lineman?
Sam Gooden, McKeesport, 5-9/195, RB
Gooden isn't known in recruiting circles, but he is on the radar of many MAC teams and with a strong finish to his senior year, could earn some offers.
R.J. Hughes, Gateway, 6-4/275, OL, 2013 prospect
Hughes has great size for a sophomore and is starting on a team loaded with college potential. Is he a tackle or a guard at the next level?
Branden Jackson McKeesport, 6-4/220, DE
Jackson highlights
Jackson has numerous D-I offers and has already visited Texas Tech and Rutgers, and was at Iowa last weekend. How much weight can he pack on his frame?
Kevin Johnson McKeesport, 6-0/185, DB
A senior with no offers, Johnson has had a huge season. MAC and Big East schools are watching closely.
Brian Jones Gateway, 5-9/180, DB, 2012 prospect
Jones is a great athlete and the best prospect for Gateway in the 2012 class. He's a stat stuffer but can he make a push to be the next four-star at Gateway?
Brandon Madjerch Gateway, 6-2/295, OL, 2013 prospect
Another sophomore starter on a talented Gateway team, Madjerch has good size and power but how are his feet?
Tyrone Neal McKeesport, 6-1/215, LB, 2012 prospect
Neal has good size for a junior linebacker and is a good tackler, but does he have the lateral quickness to play multiple linebacker positions in college?
Jaymar Parrish Gateway, 6-2/205, TE, 2013 prospect
Gateway doesn't go to the tight end often, so Parrish is more of a blocker than a receiver at this stage.
Delvon Simmons McKeesport, 6-5/265, DT
Simmons highlights
Simmons is one of the best defensive tackles in the country if you ask many defensive line coaches in the Big Ten, ACC and Big East, especially with the huge senior year he's having.
Delray Singleton McKeesport, 6-0/185, DB, 2012 prospect
Singleton has great size for a cornerback, especially at a young age, but does he have the hips and athleticism to play the position at the next level, or is he a safety?
Ed Stockette McKeesport, 6-3/190, QB, 2013 prospect
Stockette is young but he has very good size for a sophomore quarterback and has shown leadership. How are his mechanics and arm strength?
Darryl Turner Gateway, 5-10/200, LB, 2012 prospect
Turner is a physical player who is a big-time tackler, but does he have the lateral ability needed and how does he compensate for his lack of height?
Armstead Williams Gateway, 6-3/210, LB
Williams highlights
Williams has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and others. As a three-star prospect in the state's top 20, should he be ranked higher?
Christian Wilson McKeesport, 6-6/305, OL, 2012 prospect
Wilson has great size for a junior offensive tackle and has good feet according to his coach. But is he more than just a big, athletic prospect?
Thomas Woodson, Gateway, 6-2/190, QB, 2013 prospect
Woodson is very young but has good size and plenty of upside. However, he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns this year.

Quick Kicks:
Gateway has produced seven prospects ranked four-stars or above since 2005 including five stars Justin King, Corey Brown and Dorian Bell. Top Gateway prospects either stay in state or head to the Big Ten as Pittsburgh has signed four players in recent years, Penn State has signed two and Ohio State landed two.

Analyst: Chris Nee

Game: Tampa (Fla.) Gaither at Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, Friday

Top prospects:
Joshua Grady Armwood, 6-1/192, ATH
Grady highlights
Grady is a talented athlete that plays quarterback for Armwood. He hurts opponents by using both his arm and legs. Among his top schools are Wake Forest, USF and Syracuse.
Chad Hannah Gaither, 6-5/215, DE
Hannah recently landed his first offer from Rutgers, and has other schools such as Clemson showing him a good amount of interest.
Matt Jones Armwood 6-2/200, RB, 2012 prospect
Jones highlights
Jones is a large running back who is putting up gaudy numbers. He is in the discussion for top backs in the nation for the 2011 class.
Cody Waldrop Armwood, 6-4/315, OL, 2012 recruit
Waldrop is a talented offensive lineman who already has early interest from Florida State, Auburn and Alabama. Waldrop moves well for being a 300-pound lineman.

Quick Kicks:
Armwood is averaging just shy of 40 points per game this season. The Hawks are currently undefeated. Gaither was defeated by Armwood 52-0 a season ago.

Analyst: Barry Every

Game: Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber at Fayetteville (Ark.), Friday

Top Prospects:
Brandon Allen Fayetteville, 6-2/214, PQB
Allen highlights
Many Razorback fans feel that this will be coach Bobby Petrino's next prolific signal-caller.
Brey Cook Har-Ber, 6-7/314, OT
Cook highlights
Top prospect in Arkansas. What are the odds that he is the top OT in the country?
Demetrius Dean Fayetteville, 6-3/245, TE
Dean highlights
Top tight end prospect in the state. Is he an every-down TE or a hybrid TE/WR?

Quick Kicks:
This game boasts the Nos. 1, 4, and 5 prospects in the state, all of whom are committed to Arkansas. Har-Ber coach Chris Wood brings the defending 7A state champions in with a two-game winning streak over the host Bulldogs.

Analyst: Brian Perroni

Game: Dallas (Texas) Skyline at Richardson (Texas) Lake Highlands, Friday

Top Prospects:
Marquel Bryant Skyline, 6-3/215, WDE
Bryant highlights
Is the Kansas State commitment a Big 12-caliber defender?
Peter Jinkens Skyline, 6-1/208, OLB, 2012 prospect
Jinkens highlights
Many think the junior is one of the top overall recruits in the state. Can he live up to that billing?
Thomas Johnson Skyline, 5-11/180, WR, 2012 prospect
Johnson highlights
After being out with an injury for the most of the season, Johnson is back in action. Can he show the skills that have earned him several early offers?
Mike Moore Skyline, 6-1/213, OLB
Moore highlights
The Minnesota commit is just another in a long line of top linebackers at Skyline.
Desmond Roland Lake Highlands, 6-2/200, ATH
Roland highlights
The big Oklahoma State commit wants to continue to play running back in college. Is he more suited to play wide receiver?
Franklin Shannon Skyline, 6-2/210, S
Shannon highlights
Can the Oklahoma commit play safety effectively or is he a linebacker at the next level?
Anthony Wallace Skyline, 6-2/220. ILB
Wallace highlights
The Rivals250 prospect struggled a bit on the camp circuit this spring and summer. Do his skills translate better in pads?

Quick Kicks:
Both teams come in with undefeated records in district and the title is on the line. Both teams are full of other young prospects such as Trey Raybon, Kent Perkins and several others.

Analyst: Brian Perroni

Game: Willis (Texas) at Humble (Texas), Saturday

Top Prospects:
Autrey Golden Willis, 6-0/190, RB, 2012 prospect
Golden highlights
The big junior back is averaging close to 10 yards per carry. Can he do it against a top defense?
Demarcus Kizzie Willis, 5-8/175, ATH, 2012 prospect
Kizzie highlights
Is he a running back, receiver or cornerback at the next level?
Fred Nixon Willis, 6-3/190, QB, 2012 prospect
Nixon highlights
One of the top junior quarterbacks in the state, he has thrown for 15 touchdowns with only one interception so far this year.
Quan West Willis, 6-5/200, WR, 2012 prospect
West highlights
Can the big receiver play as well as he did this summer on the 7-on-7 circuit?

Quick Kicks:
Both teams are 7-1 overall and 5-0 in district play. Willis has made a huge turnaround from a 3-7 record a year ago largely due to their stellar junior class. Humble has a solid defensive line with juniors Kyndahl Hill, Paul Boyette Jr. and Zorrell Ezell.

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