The NUC Five-Star Showcase Southeast featured many of the top recruits from Louisiana and Mississippi, including many who will end up with FBS offers. It also included a ton of fantastic underclassmen that have the potential to end up being top recruits in the Southeast. Here are the top five from the class of 2013.
1. Brian Walker, Jr. - Sulphur High, LA, 5'9.5, 170
Walker is one the best athletes I have ever seen on the combine/camp circuit. Last week at NUC Baton Rouge, he blasted a 4.4 40-yard dash and a 36 inch vertical jump, and he followed up that performance with an equally impressive outing at the showcase. Walker has amazing fluidity, athleticism and speed. In the individual period, he displayed great speed and change of direction skills. Walker, Jr. has the markings of Lamichael James type of back and has equal speed.
In one-on-ones he was not just uncoverable, but he made everything look easy. His route running was superior to that of even the wide receivers. He displayed a fantastic ability to get open immediately and made everything look natural. As one of a fantastic running back group that featured a minimum of five FBS level backs, he stood out among the pack.
Yet to be heavily recruited due to some injuries in his junior year, he has not received early offers yet, but after his last two weeks of performances, I expect him to have a bunch of offers and soon. If he can have a healthy senior season, he can be one of the most recruited backs in the southeast.
2. Deon Mix - South Panola High School, MS, 6'4, 318
One of the most recruited linemen in the Southeast and the No. 2 rated player in Mississippi, Mix solidified his outstanding ranking with a fantastic showing. Every bit as big as advertised, Mix displayed a fantastic ability to stay low in his stance, and his explosive initial punch stops defensive players in their tracks.
A lineman that will continue to mature, he has an extremely wide frame and gigantic physical mass that will continue to improve. I expect Mix to be a 30-plus offer athlete. He displays a desire to get coached and a willingness to continue to learn. Mix has already been invited to play in the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game and will continue to dominate for national power South Panola High School.
3. Kent Shelby - Archbishop Shaw, LA, 6'2, 176
Shelby was in a tight battle among several receivers, but his physical size and dominating play-making ability earned him the receiver MVP. He has a fantastic gift to be able to adjust to the ball no matter where it is placed. He made impossible long ball catches time and time again and made it look easy.
He displays fantastic leaping ability and the ability to close on the ball with his fantastic closing speed. A tall receiver with good physicality off the line, he is going to end up with a multitude of FBS offers. His unique last-second separation makes him a difference maker.
4. Donovan McCray - McKinley Senior High, LA, 6'1.5, 257
This physical defensive end has the ability to stop the run and also gets a fantastic pass rush. He has very good get off and a big frame, and displayed the ability in one-on-ones to win his share of battles with all-world offensive lineman Deon Mix. Very strong hands and a tremendous lower body frame allows him the power to have the motor to be a fantastic defensive lineman at the BCS level.
5. Kris Weatherspoon - Natchez High School, LA, 6'1.5, 186
A true safety with outstanding cover skills, Weatherspoon won the defensive back MVP over some very good players. He has great pop on his initial punch at the line against the receiver and displayed great closing skill on a very quick wide receiver group. He has very long arms and stays in the hip pocket of the wide receiver, using his strong hands to reach through the receiver to break up passes.