10 Stud High School Football Players You Better Be Watching This Year

  • Trevon Grimes

    WR, Class of 2017

    Put on the tape and it’s easy to see why this 6-4 wideout has offers on the table from programs like Alabama, Notre Dame, and Michigan. Grimes routinely finds the holes within zone coverage and has the size to make teams pay in the red zone. He’s a ferocious blocker to boot, matching his size with attitude.

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  • LeVonta Taylor

    CB, Class of 2016

    Included in the top 10 of his class by nearly every major recruiting service, the Virginia Beach native is expected to be the standout secondary player in his class. Playing both sides of the ball has sharpened his skills defensively, and with elite-level athleticism to match, Taylor is a shutdown corner in the making.

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  • Rashan Gary

    DT, Class of 2016

    Ever wonder what it’s like to watch the massive lineman you see suit up on Sundays go up against frail high school kids? That’s what it’s like to watch this defensive tackle from New Jersey. Gary is a straight-up load, measuring 6-4 and almost 300 pounds entering his senior year. There’s a reason the versatile lineman is highly coveted–he commands double teams wherever he lines up on the line of scrimmage.

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  • Dylan Moses

    RB/LB, Class of 2017

    Moses will eventually have to decide which position suits him better moving forward, but for now he’s a big, bruising presence at running back and linebacker. He powered his Louisiana high school to an undefeated regular season and district title in his sophomore year, and opposing coaches will be hoping he’ll choose one position and give them a break on one side of the ball.

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  • Isaac Nauta

    TE, Class of 2016

    The pass-catching tight end is more in style than ever, but Nauta has proven to be much more than just a receiver. Having lined up frequently at the defensive end spot in his early high school years, Nauta plays with willing tenacity when he’s not an active target. Now at the illustrious IMG Academy in Florida, he’ll be an even bigger treat to watch while supplemented by more talent.

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  • Jacob Eason

    QB, Class of 2016

    If you’re looking for the next prototypical pocket passer from the high school ranks, you’re not going to do much better than Eason. With great size (6-6), excellent arm strength, and poise beyond his years in the pocket, the Lake Stevens High School product will likely terrorize defenses again in his senior season.

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  • Lyndell Wilson

    OLB, Class of 2016

    Wilson is every superlative you’d want in an edge rusher; he has a devastating first step, thrives on contact, and possesses off the chart instincts at the position. The pride of Montgomery, Alabama, is a three-down linebacker who is a constant threat to force a turnover or loss of yards–keep your eye on this kid.

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  • Robert Burns

    RB, Class of 2017

    Burns is the best of both worlds at the running back position, possessing the quickness to burst through the hole and the strength to power through arm tacklers. He needs some polish as a receiving threat as of now, but he’s still just a junior, and the threat on the ground is already strong enough to carry an offense.

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  • Greg Little

    OT, Class of 2016

    Offensive tackle might not be the “sexiest” position to watch, but Little proved his worth protecting 2015 Texas A&M signee Kyler Murray. Having earned starting time as a sophomore at one of the country’s powerhouse high school programs, Little will give any backfield player behind him the time and space to reach their maximum potential.

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  • Hunter Johnson

    QB, Class of 2017

    Johnson may not be a true dual-threat quarterback, but he has more than enough mobility to extend plays and complement his excellent passing talent. You won’t find many (if any!) junior quarterbacks that look as smooth and natural in the pocket as Johnson does.

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  • Trevon Grimes
  • LeVonta Taylor
  • Dylan Moses
  • Isaac Nauta
  • Jacob Eason
  • Lyndell Wilson
  • Robert Burns
  • Greg Little
  • Hunter Johnson

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Many of those studs flashed their talent long before they became household names, and that’s where we step in today. High school football recruiting is a monstrous operation in 2015, and with the ability to get your highlight tape out there fairly easily, you can become a star whether you grew up in the big city or the middle of nowhere. Competition is fierce when everyone can compete for the spotlight, so only the best and brightest football stars can stand out.

Not every kid can be the next Adrian Peterson–that’s a massive understatement–but players like former Florida native Noel Devine leapt onto the scene thanks to an audacious video. These are the guys we think are worth keeping an eye on, the 10 Stud High School Football Players You Better Be Watching This Year.

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