The Class Of 2011 and Preparing For The Recruiting Process
By Will Cummings
The 2010 recruiting class is in the books–except for the few stragglers that still haven’t decided where to go. So it’s time to look at some of the Class of 2011 prospects on the market for next season,
The MHN Nebraska HS Football Prospect Early Watch List: Class of 2011 is not a ranking and by no means is it a complete list of the top prospects in Nebraska. However, the players listed on the Watch List are some of the most likely Nebraska high school candidates to receive the greatest attention from D-1A and D-IAA colleges at this moment in time. A couple of prospects on the list like Crete OL Ryne Reeves and Millard North LB Cole Fisher already hold D-1A offers to Nebraska and Iowa respectively. And Derrius Vick from Lincoln Southeast holds a D-1A basketball offer from Colorado State.
Discovery, Performance and Compare
Starting the day after last week’s signing day and lasting until the end of this summer, the Class of 2011 prospects will be in a period where colleges DISCOVER more about the prospects they have already identified. They will accomplish this through: evaluating film, visiting schools and talking to coaches and by monitoring prospects during their visits to college campuses. A major piece in the discovery procces will be evaluating a prospect’s PERFORMANCE at summer camps. During this six to seven month period college coaches will also discover previously unidentified athletes.
College coaching staffs will COMPARE each prospect against other prospects from around the country that they are recruiting for a particular position and then rank them from highest to lowest. The higher an athlete’s name appears on college prospect boards the greater the chance that he will get an offer.
Note: Nebraska high school prospects should always remember that “you are not just competing against Nebraska prospects—you are competing against the nation’s best football players in your class for a very limited number of scholarships!”
During this disovery period, national recruting services like Rivals.com and Scouts and the media will also be probing around in order to finalize their ranking list of the top football prospects in each state. So be prepared!
Keep this in mind: Colleges began identifying high school football prospects in the class of 2011 a long time ago. Some D-1A schools–though it is rare–start identifying athletes as early as their freshman year. However, all D-1A programs have identified the top talent in the country before the start of their junior year in high school.
The NCAA allows colleges to offer student/athletic scholarships to football prospects beginning the first week in September of their junior year in high school. By the end of October ’09, most all of the nation’s top prospects in the class of 2011 received D-IA offers.
Now that the D-1A schools have signed their Class of 2010 prospects and have given out some early scholarships to the top prospects in the 2011 class, it is time for them to get down to business and select the prospects that will fill out the rest of their 2011 recruiting class. Recruiting is a never ending task for college coaches!
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Early Watch List: Class of 2011
|Ryne Reeves, OL, 6-3, 285, Crete–A very quick and explosive lineman who has quick feet and hands–committed to Nebraska but will definitely draw interest from other schools.Cole Fisher, LB, 6-3, 185, Millard North–Rangy and Athletic with a good nose for the ball holds an offer from Iowa. Reportedly underwent knee surgery last month.Ryan Randall, RB, 6-1, 190, Blair–All-state back with good size and speed was Nebraska’s leading rusher in ’09 running for 2,141 yards and 30 TDs at 9.56 yards per carry. He knows how to finish every run.Quentin Urban, ATH, 5-11, 185, Millard South–An athletic playmaker with a very high football IQ and nose for the ball. First team All-state LB who also scored a total of 22 TDs last season from every position he played. Good basketball and baseball player too. Receiving lots of looks from D-IAs.|
Derrius Vick, QB 6-2, 180, Lincoln Southeast–A very gifted athlete and dual threat QB who will have to decide between basketball or football at the next level. He holds a basketball offer from Colorado State but is getting lots of D-IA attention for his skills on the gridiron.
Nate Kroupa, 5-11, 215, Omaha Burke–A–very good LB–with good balance, nice pad-level and fluid lateral movement. Takes good angles to the ball and knows how to fill the gap and deliver! Second team All-Metro player. But don’t let that fool you. He is one to keep an eye on in 2010.
Jimmie Forsythe, QB, 5-11, 175, Omaha Burke–Will be a three year starter and was an all-state first team player in ’09. A dual threat QB with a nice arm and quick feet. Ran for nearly 900 yards last season and passed for over 1,500.
Cleo Miller, RB, 5-9, 160, Omaha Benson–A fast shifty back and one of the state’s leading rushers in ’09. He ran for 352 yards and 5 TDs in one game.
Ted Lampkin, ATH, 5-9, 165, Omaha Central–A very athletic playmaker with very good hands. He may be the fastest athlete in the class, burning the rug at 4.40. Had a single-game 8 reception 175 yard performance in ’09.
Zach Sterrup, OL, 6-7, 250, Hastings St.Cecilia–Second team Super-State lineman in ’09 with a huge frame with lots of room to fill. A very strong candidate for a D1-A offer.
Cole Spurgeon, DB, 6-2, 195, Gretna–Good size and made All-Area Metro as a DB but also was state’s fourth leading receiver catching the ball for nearly 600 yards and scoring 9 TDs.
Galen Gullie, WR, 5-9, 175, Omaha Bryan–a very athletic and speedy athlete who is also a very good basketball player and was a second team All-Metro selection at WR.
No film to review of the athletes listed below but they were first team all-Metro and All-City players as juniors
Zach Lienbaugh, DB, 5-8, 175, Millard West–First team All-Metro
Brandon Yost, DL, 6-1, 250, Millard West–First team All-Metro
Brodrick Boehm, LB, 5-11, 195, Lincoln Southeast–First team All-City.
Austin Tompkins, DB, 6-1, 175, Lincoln Southwest–First team All-City.
Bryce Bostwick, Ath, 5-11, 175, Lincoln East–First team All-City.
Aaron Frey, OL, 6-3, 215, Lincoln Pius X–First team All-City