Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The underrated list

The regular season is winding down. As the year comes to a close, there are some notable prospects that have either put together a nice senior season or placing the finishing touches on a storied career. Yet, these guys are still flying under the radar.

Maybe late interest or a late offer comes to this group. These young men highlighted by Cali Gold Mine are still searching for scholarship offer No. 1. One recently shattered a section touchdown record. Another is a touchdown threat whenever he touches the football while another is a hard-nosed run blocker wreaking havoc for both lines.

Here's an underrated group of prospects worth mentioning by CGM:

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Segura will go down in Central Section football history with one of the most storied careers ever. He's won two Central Section titles and, on Nov. 1, shattered a section record by getting career touchdown No. 119. That's right, Segura has scored 119 touchdowns in a span of just three years.

While Segura isn't your ideal-looking back at 5-foot-9 and nearly 165-pounds and doesn't appear to have breakaway speed, he's an elusive ankle-breaking machine and a productive workhorse. Segura is an overachiever who makes up for his lack of size with a desire to score every play. Get a team with 50 Edgar Segura's and you can win any game.

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When Beachum touches the ball, he's a threat to either break a 40-yard gain or get six points on the board. One of the most versatile athletes in the Bay Area and teammate to Colorado commit Jomon Dotson.

Beachum doubles as a wide receiver and cornerback. He's also got a running back-like juke to his game and can fake defenders with the ball. The fact that he can stretch the field through both receiving and returning interceptions should indicate that he's got plenty of speed.

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Undersized 5-foot-8 cornerback who's a feisty one down in Southern California. Raye plays with an edge and shows solid closing speed on the football. Will need to improve his tackling ability since he's been caught trying to muscle players to the ground, but his aggression and cover skills could make him an intriguing late bloomer prospect.

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Espiritu has battled a bad back and still shoves defensive linemen 5-10 yards to the turf. On offense, he's got a defensive lineman motor on him and doesn't stop until the game ends. On defense, his 6-foot-3, 270-pound frame allows him to be impossible to block one-on-one and he's also developed into a fine pass rusher. Pass blocking still needs some refining, but he's been one of the best and most versatile linemen in the Central Section.

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Haven't really heard the interest pile up for Haynes, but he's had a dominant 2013 season and could land on numerous all-star teams when it's over. Haynes is a 6-foot-1, 280-pound weapon of mass obstruction who beats one-on-one blocks with power and quickness. Haynes has made it tough for opponents to run the football against the 9-0 Tigers and has been a key figure in Edison's unbeaten run.

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A dual-threat type who shows off some Russell Wilson-like capabilities. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Justice is dangerous when he takes off and runs and shows a scary second gear that can leave a trail of dust. His arm strength has been up-and-down the last couple of years, but can be an effective play action passer. He's got a huge game this Friday against Bullard's top rival Edison.

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Lancaster shattered an Orange County rushing record this season and is currently the state's fifth leading rusher according to Max Preps with 2,089 yards and 28 touchdowns. After breaking him down in my film room, Lancaster has good vision, a solid burst through the hole and he's powerful.

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He may not be the fastest guy on the field (runs a 4.6 40-yard dash), but Palmer's size at 6-foot-3, 197-pounds makes him a problem to cover in the red zone if you're a defensive back, plus also becomes hard to get a catch against if he's lining up at cornerback. On defense, Palmer has only allowed one catch of 20 yards and zero touchdowns.

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