EAST: Kenny Robinson, LB, Pittsburgh Imani Christian
One of the under-the-radar players is Robinson, a receiver and linebacker out of Pittsburgh Imani Christian who has West Virginia and Iowa State atop his list. Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Toledo are also involved, but he could be poised for a big season and a lot more interest. Robinson missed six games as a junior because of a leg injury. He transferred from Pittsburgh University Prep and is now set for a breakout season. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds Robinson can play receiver, safety and linebacker, and he makes big plays.
MIDLANDS: Tracin Wallace, ATH, Fort Worth (Texas) South Hill
Wallace, who plays quarterback for his Fort Worth (Texas) South Hills team, went down with an ACL injury in the scrimmage last season and was forced to miss the entire year. Still his sophomore highlight tape combined with his in-camp performances was still good enough to warrant offers from some impressive programs and he has made a commitment to play in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State. Now that he’s 100 percent, Wallace will once again joining forces with his twin brother and No. 1 weapon on offense in WR Tylan Wallace, who is also committed to OSU. The team had a winning season and advanced to the playoffs last year and looks to be even better in 2016 with the return of Tracin Wallace, who at 5-11, 170 pounds checks in as the No. 10 rated ‘athlete’ in the talent-rich state of Texas.
MIDWEST: Devon Moore, QB, Waterloo (Iowa) West
Running back Morgan Ellison is another obvious choice, but I’ve used him for a couple of these before. With Devon, an Iowa State commit, he missed a lot of last season, but rebounded in the spring to really impress at the NIKE Opening Regional in Chicago. He looks primed to have a huge senior season. With his arm strength and ability to throw the ball downfield, we are eager to see what kind of numbers he puts up this year as there should be some big plays.
SOUTH: K’Rojhn Calbert, OT, McMinnville (Tenn.) Warren County
Calbert has not been injured once to miss a season, but twice, and he is now coming back for his senior season after only playing basketball as a junior. Calbert tore his ACL early in the season as a freshman and as a sophomore, but he is 100-percent healthy, and he has a chance to be a steal for someone in recruiting. After only playing basketball his junior year, the 6-5, 285 pound senior impressed college coaches during the evaluation period and early in the summer at camps. He has offers from Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee. If he shows he is healthy the first half of this season, Calbert could become one of the top OLs in the South. He has that type of ability.
WEST: Jalen McKenzie, OT, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley
We saw a lot of McKenzie at various events as a sophomore — either working out or flanking his brother, former No. 1 player Kahlil McKenzie. The four-star tackle looked like he would be one of the elite tackle prospects in the 2017 class after a very good performance at The Opening Oakland, earning all-underclass honors. But the opening drive of the season opener, McKenzie tore his knee and missed the rest of his junior season. He recovered and rehabilitated and had another good day at The Opening Oakland this past May and showed the strength and athleticism he had previously, but more importantly, confidence in his knee. He still has a handful of schools who covet him, like UCLA and Arizona State, and a few more schools like USC, Michigan, LSU and Tennessee, where his brother plays and his father and uncle played, all telling him they just want to see him in pads this fall and if he continues to look healthy and performs well, they would offer.
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