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July 31, 2007

Deep sleepers emerge in the Southeast

Like clockwork, prospects emerge during a recruiting cycle, particularly in the Southeast. There simply are too many outstanding football players around the region to identify them all in a 4-6 month period.

Rivals.com's JC Shurburtt takes a look at 10 prospects from the Southeast you likely have never heard of (or at least not heard much about) that have the chance to emerge as big-time prospects in the Class of 2008.

Out of nowhere: Ten emerging prospects in the Southeast
Lee Butler
CB, Anderson (S.C.) Westside

The Duke commit has been impressive at several summer camp stops and plays for a high school program known for producing great athletes (New York Jets' defensive end Shaun Ellis is a Westside graduate). Butler is excellent in coverage and has good speed and strength.
Victor Daniels
CB, Waycross (Ga.) Ware County

Daniels, who runs a confirmed 4.44 second 40-yard dash, was outstanding at Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp. He plays a physical brand of football and has good recovery speed and strength in addition to being fast in a straight line. Look for Daniels' stock to rise as more programs find out about him.
Kevin Green
CB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards

Green was another Friday Night Lights standout who is a very physical and fast cornerback. He breaks on the ball nicely and is a tremendous athlete. Some programs, such as Arkansas, already know about him and have jumped in with an offer, but expect more to begin to recruit him heavily as they find out about him.
Austin Eoff
OL, Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside

This 6-foot-5, 308-pounder has impressed at multiple summer camps and should see his ranking rise during the next update. He is already committed to Arkansas (which is no surprise considering that staff's ability to evaluate talent), so don't expect a ton of additional attention, but he's a great player and one to remember nonetheless.
Alex Hurst
OL, Arlington (Tenn.)

Multiple coaches who have seen and evaluated Hurst in person have loved him and he's run up a pretty impressive offer list. Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt all have jumped in the mix for the 6-foot-6, 312-pounder and a number of other schools are showing him serious attention.
Jordan Jefferson
QB, Destrehan (La.)
Jefferson in action

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Jefferson has great size and a strong arm. He's also got above average athleticism and will be a great fit in the offense of whatever school decides they want to sign him. Look for more programs to come calling for Jefferson if he has a big senior year.
Orhian Johnson
ATH, Boca Ciega (Fla.) Gulfport

Johnson did himself a world of good by working out at wide receiver instead of quarterback at Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp. He just looks more natural at receiver and his size, speed and hands are intriguing. Look for more college programs to step in with an offer at receiver in the near future.
Carlton Lewis
S, Saint Augustine (Fla.)

During a visit to Saint Augustine High in early May, Lewis had a very light offer list. Now, multiple programs have jumped in and after watching him at Florida's Friday Night Lights camp, it's easy to see why. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has excellent size, good ball skills and good speed.
Yourhighness Morgan
LB, Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter

Morgan is yet another prospect that emerged at Friday Night Lights. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is big, fast and athletic. Right now, UCF is the only program that has stepped forward with an offer and the Golden Knights will get a major steal if they end up signing him.
Marcus Rucker
WR, Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven

Rucker had an amazing showing at the National Select 7-on-7 this past weekend. He's got excellent size and speed and does a great job of getting separation from the defensive backs trying to guard him. There is little doubt that he is an SEC-level wide receiver recruit.



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