The Opening 2014 Watch List – Linebackers

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With the Journey to The Opening 2014 set to begin February 1st in New Jersey, it’s time to take a look at the 2015 prospects who’ve popped up on the radar of the Student Sports staff and college coaches around the country.  All week long we’ll be releasing position-by-position watch lists of the top 2015 prospects for The Opening 2014.  These players, plus many others, will continue to be evaluated at Nike Football SPARQ CombinesNike Football Training Camps, and most importantly, on tape, with selections beginning February 1st at the New Jersey NFSC. Next up, the linebackers:

DJ Beavers (Crespi, Encino, CA) 6-2.5, 200
Had 55 tackles and 3 sacks as a junior. On top of his big numbers, Beavers presence on the field allows others to get their numbers in the stat sheet. Posted a 4.85 40 and 35 ft. Powerball Toss at the Los Angeles NFTC.
Cecil Cherry (Frostproof, FL) 6-1, 223
The 2012 Florida Small School Defensive Player of the Year laid down another stellar season, earning 2013 AP Class 3A All-State honors. The Tennesse verbal displayed great feet to go along with his ability to thump at last year's Orlando NFTC.
Ricky DeBerry (St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA) 6-2, 235
Shows flashes of excellence on the edge and in space. Also is the star RB, which only enhances his football IQ. Has a lot of the same qualities as Chicago Bears perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs in that he can play in either a 40 or 30 front and will still find a way to be a ball magnet and focal point of the opposing offense.
Chris Green (Central Catholic, Toledo, OH) 6-0, 226
Carries a real physical presence with him once the pads are strapped on. Built on a 100 tackle sophomore season to earn 2nd Team All-State honors as a junior.
John Houston (Junipero Serra, Gardena, CA) 6-3, 211
Student Sports Junior All-American had 137 tackles and 9 PD's as a junior. Starred at the L.A. NFTC last spring.
Natrez Patrick (Mays, Atlanta, GA) 6-3 220
A physically put together prospect, Patrick’s burst, intelligence, and aggressiveness have just about everyone in SEC country drooling, including the likes of Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. Was a unanimous Class AAAAA All-States selection.
Jahvoni Simmons (Ocean Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA) 6-1, 215
Anticipation and football instincts are the skills that jump out at you when you watch this tackling machine operate in person and on film. Had 125 tackles and 4 INT's this season.
Emmitt Smith (Warren Central, Bowling Green, KY) 6-1, 230
Honorable mention All-State selection looked very good at the Columbus NFTC in early June with a host of top-tier 2014 linebackers in attendance. Stepped up and made plays all day during half skelly and one on ones.
Kyavha Tezino (Salesian, Los Angeles, CA) 6-0, 200
The speedy ball hawk projects as a Will LB on the next level. Shows soft hands and a natural feel for the game in space. After a monster sophomore season where he recorded 150 tackles and a staggering 7 Interceptions, Tezino was an All-CIF selection as a junior.
Anthony Wheeler (Skyline, Dallas, TX) 6-2, 215
A relentless ball tracker, Wheeler makes plays all over the football field. Really impressed the NFTC coaches at the Dallas NFTC with his ability to match up with quick backs in space and punish TE’s and bigger backs in the pass rush period.
First
Last
Ht.
Wt.
School
City
State
VictorAlexander5-10208Trinity ChristianJacksonvilleFL
BoAnderson6-1210CoppellCoppellTX
KeatonAnderson6-1215FlorenceFlorenceAL
RodrickArcher6-1205South PlantationPlantationFL
MontaviousAtkinson6-1200Langston HughesFairburnGA
JusticeAustin6-0225North Little RockNorth Little RockAR
MarkusBailey6-0190Hilliard DavidsonHilliardOH
HunterBaillie6-2210Long BranchLong BranchNJ
JeromeBaker Jr6-1202BenedictineClevelandOH
JoshBarajas6-3210AndreanMerrillvilleIN
D.J.Beavers6-1215CrespiEncinoCA
AvonteBell6-1215SextonLansingMI
BrianBell6-2200LowndesValdostaGA
AsmarBilal6-3196Ben DavisIndianapolisIN
MustafaBranch6-0210Bellevue (WA)BellevueWA
KennethBrinson6-2215Marist (GA)AtlantaGA
DareusBrown6-3230StephensonStone MountainGA
EliBrown6-2195Warren EastBowling GreenKY
LouisBrown6-6205ButronBurtonTX
MekhiBrown6-5220CarverColumbusGA
CecilCherry6-1225FrostproofFrostproofFL
NateChristmon III5-11200Carl AlbertMidwest CityOK
LondonCloud5-11210BedfordBedfordOH
JordanColbert6-3200GriffinGriffinGA
Te'VonConey6-2205Palm Beach GardensPalm Beach GardensFL
NickConner6-3215Dublin SciotoDublinOH
JakeCooper6-2230Archbishop WoodWarminsterPA
JoshCorcoran6-3225Lakeville SouthLakevilleMN
TavonCox6-3190Haines CityHaines CityFL
BruceDavis6-0180KillianMiamiFL
RickyDeBerry6-2220St. ChristopherÕsRichmondVA
TroyDipre6-0220St. EdwardLakewoodOH
JonathonDobie6-1205Grand LedgeGrand LedgeMI
BlakeDove5-10190Winston ChurchillPotomacMD
MatthewDraper6-0200BrushLyndhurstOH
AlecDunham6-0205Coldspring-OakhurstColdspringTX
LandisDurham6-2215Plano EastPlanoTX
BrandonDurman6-2215Robert E LeeTylerTX
TremaineEdmunds6-3200Dan RiverRinggoldVA
T.J.Fehoko6-0240CottonwoodSalt Lake CityUT
DanielFennell6-2200GraysonLoganvilleGA
JordanFisher6-1205TuscaroraFrederickMD
ChristianFolau6-1215EastSalt Lake CityUT
JordanFox6-3215St. PeterÕs PrepJersey CityNJ
NathanFox6-2225Clear LakeHoustonTX
EricGallon6-3210George JenkinsLakelandFL
JoeGiles-Harris6-2205St. Joseph RegMontvaleNJ
MilenGolden6-0185GlenvilleClevelandOH
JamieGordinier6-3230Red Bank CatholicRed BankNJ
ChrisGreen6-1225Central CatholicToledoOH
JordanGriffin6-0200ArmwoodSeffnerFL
ChrisHart6-3200St. Thomas AquinasFort LauderdaleFL
JusticeHart5-10200GlenvilleClevelandOH
TroyHenderson Jr.5-10194St. EdwardLakewoodOH
JustinHilliard6-2210St. XavierCincinnatiOH
JefferyHolland6-2215Trinity ChristianJacksonvilleFL
KeyonteHolley6-0240HardeeWauchulaFL
TylerHorstman6-3210Vero BeachVero BeachFL
JohnHouston Jr.6-3200SerraGardenaCA
BenHumphreys6-3195Mater DeiSanta AnaCA
DeÕAmontaeJackson5-11230North MarionCitraFL
MalikJefferson6-2210PoteetMesquiteTX
JordanJones6-2200Cardinal MooneyYoungstownOH
DevinKaufusi6-6200TimpviewProvoUT
Ty'QuinceyKilbourne6-0210East FelicianaJacksonLA
Sh'marKilby-Lane6-2220HallandaleHallandaleFL
JamesKing6-2215B.T. WashingtonMiamiFL
DarrinKirkland6-1215Lawrence CentralIndianapolisIN
MalikLawal6-1218ChaparralTemeculaCA
LeoLewis6-3225BrookhavenBrookhavenMS
GusLittle6-3226MassaponaxFredericksburgVA
MattLocher6-2245Los AlamitosLos AlamitosCA
DavidLong6-0207Winton WoodsCincinnatiOH
CarsonLydon6-2226East LakeTarpon SpringsFL
Tra'Malone6-0240Station CampGallatinTN
JimmyMartin5-11210Orangewood ChristianMaitlandFL
CarterMasek6-2220East Grand RapidsGrand RapidsMI
OsaMasina6-4205BrightonSalt Lake CityUT
RichardMcBryde6-2205Charles HendersonTroyAL
IrickMcDonald6-3210Champagnat CatholicHialeahFL
ArthurMcGinnis6-2225Warren EastonNew OrleansLA
AnthonyMcKee Jr.6-2195Walnut RidgeColumbusOH
JoshMcMillon6-3230WhitehavenMemphisTN
EdwaunMcNeil6-0215Sipsey ValleyBuhlAL
BrandtMitchell6-2235Webb School of KnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN
RichardMoore6-1205Cedar HillCedar HillTX
SethNerness6-4200MurrayMurrayIA
RileyNicholson6-0221Kissimmee-OsceolaKissimmeeFL
ColeNigro6-2226Sanderson SchoolRaleighNC
CassiusPeat6-3220Corona del SolTempeAZ
CharlesPerry6-1205Royal Palm BeachRoyal Palm BeachFL
JamalPeters6-3200BassfieldBassfieldMS
TylerPhillips6-1205North Little RockNorth Little RockAR
SherrodPittman6-1200First CoastJacksonvilleFL
GabeReid6-1225TimpviewProvoUT
QuarteSapp6-2200MiltonAlpharettaGA
WillSedgwick6-2210Laguna HillsLaguna HillsCA
DominicSheppard6-1210Gulliver PrepMiamiFL
SimbaShort6-2185De La SalleConcordCA
AlexSimmons6-1197South Oak CliffDallasTX
JahvoniSimmons6-1215Ocean LakesVirginia BeachVA
KeyShaunSimmons6-1215RidgelandRidgelandMS
JarMarkusSims6-1210DothanDothanAL
AndreSmith6-0220Trinity ChristianJacksonvilleFL
AustinSmith6-3215BufordBufordGA
CameronSmith6-2245Granite BayGranite BayCA
ChadSmith6-3200DominionSterlingVA
CoreySmith5-11210DuncanvilleDuncanvilleTX
EmmittSmith6-1230Warren CentralBowling GreenKY
JoshSmith6-3221OaklandMurfreesboroTN
RoquanSmith6-2190Macon CountyMontezumaGA
C.J.Stalker6-1205Lakota WestWest ChesterOH
JacqueseSteen6-0215SkylineOaklandCA
JohnathanSutton6-0215SwanseaSwanseaSC
KyahvaTezino6-1205SalesianLos AngelesCA
AdonisThomas6-4210Central GwinnettLawrencevilleGA
DannyThomas6-2220GodbyTallahasseeFL
JoshuaThomas6-0195BufordBufordGA
TyriqThompson6-0200Martin Luther KingDetroitMI
CameronTownsend6-1200Ridge PointMissouri CityTX
ColbyTurner5-11195HutchinsonHutchinsonKS
DerrickWalker6-3185FerrisFerrisTX
FredWalls6-0217Olive BranchOlive BranchMS
ShannonWalsh6-0215Vista MurrietaMurrietaCA
TimothyWashington6-3200Yazoo CityYazoo CityMS
JoshWeisberg6-3225ChattahoocheeAlpharettaGA
AnthonyWheeler6-2225SkylineDallasTX
DarrellWilliams6-3205HooverHooverAL
JusticeWilliams6-2180WakelandFriscoTX
ReaganWilliams6-3235JacksonJacksonOH

Other Watch Lists:
Offensive Line
Defensive Line
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defensive Backs

Note:  To be considered for an invite to the 2014 Nike Football Training Camps and The Opening, please send junior film and a coaches’ recommendation to:

– Michael Fletcher (Linebackers & Safeties) – fletcher@studentsports.com
– Brian Stumpf (Skill Positions – West, Southeast Regions) – brian@studentsports.com
– Michael White (Skill Positions- Midwest, Northeast Regions) – michael@studentsports.com
– Todd Huber (Linemen) – todd@studentsports.com
– Eugene Jackson (Cornerbacks) – eugene@studentsports.com

Updated: January 22, 2014

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