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April 20, 2006

Five on the rise

During the camp season and May evaluation period, there always are multiple prospects that go from unknown to wanted man in a short period of time.

In this week's edition of Five on the Rise, we take a look at several prospects who already are starting to emerge in the class of 2007. Included are prospects from four of the nation's top talent producing states that have seen their stock increase recently.

Josh Bynes, Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson
Position: Inside linebacker
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 225 pounds
At one point, speed was the major question about linebacker Josh Bynes. With his recent performance at the Miami NIKE Camp, those questions have been answered. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder not only posted solid times in the 40-yard dash and pro shuttle, he looked very agile and showed off his football instincts in the agility and one-on-one drills. Judging from his camp performance and his already impressive film, Bynes is a prospect that will certainly receive increased attention in the coming weeks from a number of schools. JC Shurburtt
Click here for video of Bynes in action
Billy Chavis, Beaumont (Texas) Westbrook
Position: Tight end
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 218 pounds
It's fair to call Billy Chavis an athlete, considering he's 6-foot-5, 218 pounds and has played running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back and tight end during his high school career. His best days probably are ahead of him in a pass-catching role. His height, solid hands, and good speed make him a dangerous receiving threat at the Division I level. Three offers have already come from Baylor, Kansas State, and Missouri. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are two other schools that could be close to pulling the trigger on an offer any day now. Chavis will probably end up being one of the most heavily recruited tight end prospects in the Big 12 region by Signing Day. John Talman
Click here for video of Chavis in action
Drew Davis, Denver Montbello
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 200 pounds
Sometimes it's too easy to put a lot of weight on a player's performance at a NIKE Training Camp, but when you dominate an event like Drew Davis of Denver Montbello did, then you can't help but go on and on about it. Davis measured in at a rock solid 6-foot 1/2, 195 pounds and was one of the top offensive players in the camp regardless of position. The receiver tested very well running a 4.54 in the 40, jumped 31 inches in the vertical and did 20 reps on the bench. He also dominated in the one-on-one portion of the camp. If you're looking for one receiver to explode onto the scene here in the next few weeks, watch out for Davis. Jeremy Crabtree
Blaine Irby, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Position: Athlete/Tight end
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 235 pounds
Blaine Irby took home the top SPARQ honors at the Los Angeles NIKE Training camp when he measured in at 6-2, 224-pounds, ran a 4.58-second time in the 40-yard dash, a 4.23 shuttle, put up 35 repetitions in the bench press and a 33.6-inch vertical leap. Oh yeah, on the field he was also great. He worked out with the receivers, even though he projects as an H-back on the next level and he was on the list of almost every coach that worked the position. It's easy to see why now teams like Arizona State, Cal, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss and Texas have recently offered. His stock is red hot. Jeremy Crabtree
Jay Smith, Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 195 pounds
Jay Smith is on the radar of many schools after being a bit overshadowed by teammate Kevin Simmons, one of the state's top running backs. The reasons for Smith's emergence is simple, he has good size, above average speed for a larger wide receiver and great body control. Smith adjusts to the football very well in the air and is very hard to bring down, often requiring more than one defender. Virginia and Virginia Tech have obviously offered, but the SEC and others are coming. Georgia, LSU and Kentucky have now sent written offers with Tennessee seemingly close as well. But it's N.C. State, where his father played, that seems to be the team to beat early for this fast-rising star. Mike Farrell
Click here for video of Smith in action

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