High School Football Players With the Craziest Highlight Reels

  • Josh Sweat

    ESPN’s No. 1 high school recruit this year is a 6-4 stud defensive end from Virginia, and all he does is toss offensive linemen aside like rag dolls and drive running backs into the ground. Watch this tape and give thanks that you don’t have to go up against this cat.

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  • Byron Cowart

    This cat — another defensive lineman and the No. 2 recruit on the ESPN 300 — is like something they built in a lab. He’s 6-4 and weighs 260 pounds, and yet still looks like he could run a 4.5 40-yard dash in the video, motoring all over the place to come from behind for tackles and take fumbles to the house. (His official 40 time is 4.97, which seems weird. Either he had too much to eat that day or everyone else in these videos is really, really slow.)

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  • George Campbell

    Freak. Straight-up freak. Campbell is a 6-4 athlete who was recruited as both a wide receiver and safety because he runs a 4.36 40. That’s basically exactly the same time Calvin Johnson ran at his Combine, and Campbell is basically just as big. Of course he had to end up at Florida State, where the Seminoles seem to consistently line up trees at wideout. The only problem with this tree is that he’ll also run right by you.

    Making quarterbacks look good on the regular.

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  • Kyler Murray

    The next Johnny Manziel? Certainly looks like it. At that size (5-11), playing that position (QB), improvising (all day long), with a cannon for an arm and a commitment to Texas A&M, Murray is going to have as much hype as anyone coming into college next year.

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  • Calvin Ridley

    After years of stunting all over the field in high school in Florida, the top receiver in the country is heading to Alabama, where he figures to make a play or two before it’s all said and done. The 6-1 wideout isn’t necessarily a burner in the traditional sense, but he is sneaky fast, super smooth, and has the moves to drop more than a few ankles. He can also shut it down with ridiculous one-handed catches. Just watch this.

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  • Kareem Walker

    This cat is only a junior, but he’s already top five in his class and has to be one of the best running back prospects in all of high school. Walker is a 6-1 stud of a running back that has a unique style of play. Whereas a lot of cats have to slow down to juke, this dude can stay at full speed. Combine that with his power and no wonder his mixtapes are just littered with defenders doing face plants.

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  • Nate Craig

    One of the top junior recruits in the country, this 6-2 receiver from Florida catches everything. Literally. Velcro on the hands. Look him up on YouTube and you’ll see a dude who comes down with everything no matter how many DBs are draped all over him. Auburn got themselves a good one.

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  • Dredrick Snelson

    A 6-0 receiver committed to Miami, Snelson is one of the top junior recruits in the country. Catch Snelson in the wrong spot at the wrong time and he’s going to make you look dumb. He’s way too shifty to bring down in the open field, and then once he gets a little daylight it’s all over. Florida knows how to bring along talented receivers, don’t they?

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  • Preston Williams

    Out here like the Randy Moss of high school football. Williams is on his way to Tennessee where I’m sure fans are going to love his 6-4 frame, Transformer hands, and big-play ability. He’s one of the top receiver prospects in this year’s class.

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  • Terry Godwin

    One of the best returners in high school football, Godwin is a 6-0 jack-of-all-trades prospect committed to Georgia. Check out what ESPN writes about him: “On offense, he is a significant vertical threat. Shows some precision as a route runner, will attack alignment, eat up cushion, and next thing you know he’s running right by you. He can shift gears, but on double moves, and knows how to lean and use leverage to his advantage. He’s just as much a threat to go the distance vertically as he is on underneath routes. He is one of the better space players you will find in this class. He can put together multiple moves in confined spaces and if he gets a crease he can take it to the house.”

    Well, dang.

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  • Josh Sweat
  • Byron Cowart
  • George Campbell
  • Kyler Murray
  • Calvin Ridley
  • Kareem Walker
  • Nate Craig
  • Preston Williams
  • Terry Godwin

At The Drop, we’ve always been about how it’s done rather than what’s done. You have to be smooth with it, stylish. In football recruiting circles, many of the biggest, most important names will be offensive linemen or drop-back quarterbacks who can really sling it. But, honestly, how many of those videos are you watching on YouTube?

The most exciting players to watch in high school football — actually at any level — are the speedy guys who make people miss. Jukes moves. Spins. Taking screen passes to the house. That’s what gets the blood flowing. Think LeSean McCoy or Andre Ellington or Reggie Bush. It’s a special gene that only a few players have, and it’s helped turn people like Barry Sanders into legends. Sanders wasn’t just great and memorable because he rushed for a lot of yards and then called it quits too early. Fans of the game still love him because he was a highlight reel waiting to happen and could spring any play into a long touchdown run.

With college football in full swing, and with many of high school’s best prospects committing to play somewhere at the next level, we went diggin’ in the YouTube crates to find the craziest, most mind-blowing highlight reels for many of the best players. Remember — this doesn’t necessarily mean these are the best high school prospects in America. Nope, only some of the most exciting. Make sure you remember names like Josh Sweat, Kyler Murray, and Nate Craig. They are the next generation of playmakers.

Here are 10 High School Football Players With the Craziest Highlight Reels.

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