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January 4, 2006

Junior to Watch Blog: 1/4

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*The Class of 2007 might go down as the year of the defensive back in Michigan, as Muskegon's Ronald Johnson and St. Mary's Prep's Dionte Allen are already regarded as elite prospects and now Detroit Mumford's Cedric Everson is ready to join them.

Everson, a 6-0, 170 pounder, had a banner junior season at Mumford, earning all-state and all-area honors after recording 55 tackles, four sacks and seven interceptions, two of which he returned for scores. The 4.4 speedster also returned two punts and a kickoff for scores. Offensively he racked up 1,610 all-purpose yards and scored 12 total touchdowns.

Everson's standout junior campaign has already led to seven early offers, the most recent coming from Notre Dame. Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State and Indiana are some of the others who have already sent offers.

"There are a lot of teams I am really interested in and have been following like Notre Dame, LSU, USC, Ohio State and the University of Michigan," Everson told MichiganPreps.com earlier this month.

Also a standout on the Mumford track team, Everson has run a 21.2-second time in the 200-meter dash and a 47.9 in the 400 meters.

Another player to watch for at Mumford this year will be 6-3, 320 pound offensive lineman Daniel Tate, who earned 1st team all-metro honors as a junior.

*Lake Worth (Fla.) John I. Leonard High is always good for a Division I recruit or two every year, and next year coach Brian Coe has a couple good ones returning for the Lancers, who went 5-3 this fall.

Headlining the returnees is 6-3, 225 pound TE/DE Nick Provo. As a junior this fall, Provo hauled in 15 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown while also totaling 40 tackles and seven sacks in just eight games of action.

"Nick is a Jeremy Shockey-type of player for us at tight end," says Coe. "He's a great blocker with soft hands and 4.6 speed in the 40."

Although he didn't see much time on the field last fall due to various reasons, Coe feels that 5-10, 170 pound athlete Lorenzo Greenwich is due for a breakout campaign in '06. "Lorenzo can be a legitimate gamebreaker for us with his 4.4 speed," says Coe.

Also watch for 6-4, 205 pound WR/SS Alicks Santil and 6-0, 200 pound LB Brian Saunders as a possible D-I recruits out of Leonard this year. Santil missed '05 with grade problems but is a standout athlete, while Saunders totaled 95 tackles as a junior and has good speed.

*One of Georgia's top running back recruits in the Class of 2007 will be Jonathan Dwyer out of Marietta Kell. In 2005 as a junior, the 6-0, 200 pound Dwyer ran for 1,863 yards and 24 touchdowns, helping Kell to an 8-4 mark. Dwyer, who has bests of 10.7 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 4.4 in the 40, was named Class 5A all-state honorable mention recently.

Also back for head coach Irvin Sigler in 2005 will be a player who could be just as highly-recruited in 6-5, 230 pound athlete David Duran. "David is a great athlete with his size and speed (4.7 in the 40)," comments Sigler. "He has the potential to play several different positions at the next level - defensive end, tight end, wide receiver and maybe more depending on how big he gets."

*Slate Hill (N.Y.) Minisink Valley High isn't exactly a popular destination on the recruiting trails of Division I coaches, but it could be in 2006 with the emergence of 6-0, 200 pound LB Nick Scarpulla. An avid worker in the weightroom, Scarpulla was the 15-year old national high school powerlifting champion and has a best of 4.75 in the 40.

Not only is he a hard worker in the weightroom, but Scarpulla gets it done on the field, where it matters most. He led the state in tackles in 2005 with 155, to go along with six sacks, 26 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. Scarpulla should be a strong candidate for all-state honors when they are announced later in January.

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