As the 2021 football season approaches, SI All-American continues to evaluate the country’s best prospects at each position for the college football recruiting class in 2022. The first wave of evaluations is the ‘watch list’, also known as the SI All-American candidates, released during the race of the month of July.
It precedes the SI99 rankings, our preseason brand of America’s leading college football prospects regardless of position, released the first week of August.
Of course quarterback watch list was first, rolled out in several releases two weeks ago. Last week we moved on to skills, starting with a few cornerback releases in front of nickel-defensive back watch list. To cover the week, consider the reverse in a look at the nation’s most impressive large receiver protrusions. Top 10 wide receivers was released on Friday and slot receivers debuted Monday.
1. Nicholas Singleton
Vitaler: 6 ‘, 218 lbs
School: Reading (Pa.) Governor Mifflin
Recruitment: Committed to Penn State
Singleton costs £ 210, but you do not know when you track the tape. He screams downhill with a decisive style, lots of rudeness and the detached ability of a back that is much lighter than he is. Sure, the competition is not elite, but he projects dominance as an elite back regardless of hometown, which sometimes makes defenders look comical. The athletic profile and the filled frame, not to mention the really tough production, round out Singleton as perhaps the most exciting back of the bike. Do you want numbers? How about better than 50 touchdowns and 10 yards per. Carry over the last two football seasons and under 10.9 second marks in the 100-meter dash? Penn State fans should be excited about this one.
2. Emmanuel Henderson
Vitaler: 6’1 “, 185 pounds
School: Hartford (Ala.) Geneva County
Recruitment: Committed to Alabama
Henderson is among the most dynamic offensive weapons in the 2022 class, playing by running back, receiving and returning the game. There is a striking combination of size, speed and power in play from Alabama natives that averaged about 10 yards per game. Carries in 2020. 52 of his transports over the last two seasons have ended with an official hoisting of both arms after he broke the end zone plan. The output to the side is the turn signals, the junior delivered on the belt, reversing. Henderson is comfortable approaching the line with scrimmage from depth or lateral and emphasizes a well above average along the way. He is effective with his steps and covers considerable ground with a crucial consistency that easily projects between the tackles just the same. Also equipped with great strength in the lower body, he is not just a speed prospect. Where the game projects to the next level is best in the passing game. Henderson is already polished and productive by making play out of the backfield, where he caught 23 passes as a sophomore.
3. Big Stars
Vitaler: 6’1 “, 205 lbs
School: Jefferson (Ga.) High School
Recruitment: Committed to Georgia
Defensive projections and opportunities aside, Starks profiles himself as one of America’s best running backs and overall play-makers with the ball in his hands. Against strong competition in Peach State, there is an effortlessness with his ongoing production from backfield, even while playing quarterback in 2020, when the entire stadium knew he was clumsy rock. Starks just got a PR of the 100-meter dash with a mark of 10.55 seconds on May 8th. It happened about a week before it claimed the Georgia championship with a 24-9 long jump, a top-five mark in the country this year. To say that Starks is explosive is an understatement, evident last year when he ran for 1,537 yards and 24 scores as a junior. With power and elite speed, Starks is not just a speed prospect with his frame, making him one of the toughest to try to tackle in America.
4. Jaydon Blue
Vitaler: 6 ‘, 205 lbs
School: Houston (Texas) Cain
Recruitment: Committed to Texas
Blue runs with great visitation and lean and combines it with suddenness to change direction with good enough top speed. He shows plus contact balance on bands and transitions without losing much speed. The in-state get for Longhorns has strong enough hands as well as body control to recognize the passing game as a legitimate threat. Blue, who will sit out the 2021 season to prepare for his future in Texas, can telegraph cuts to a degree that can begin the transition to one-cut status in college. Expect him to arrive at Austin Sound and probably even more shaken.
5. Dallan Hayden
Vitaler: 5’11 “, 195 lbs
School: Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers
Recruitment: Committed to Ohio State
Hayden is a classic backer with elite mid-tackling skills. With an impressive, compact construction, he has a step forward vision and the ability to stop while working behind his electrodes in the middle of traffic. The contact balance is there, the lean one is there, and the production is definitely there. Tennessee’s Mr. Football in 2020, the Ohio State commitment was nearly impossible to slow down during his 2,000-yard campaign. Hayden has some ability to take into account the passing game in addition to blocking roles, an area we will follow more closely this fall in the Volunteer State.
6. Branson Robinson
Vitaler: 5’10 “, 220 lbs
School: Madison (Miss.) Germantown
Recruitment: Committed to Georgia
Muscle memes aside, Robinson is a running back that will remind Georgia fans of some of the best that go for the red and black. He pushes the line of scrimmage well with very lean and determination with the natural ability to get to top speed in just a few steps. Perhaps the most impressive sideline among the country’s best, jumping notch and deceleration ability create lanes in themselves. Robinson shows patience, good contact balance and lots of power through initial contact to the extra yard. Combine that with adequate breakaway speed and serviceable pass-catching capability, and the heaviest ridge on this list will still project for all three downs. If we knock on a big senior season that drives one of the best even higher, Robinson would be it.
7. Kaytron Allen
Vitaler: 5’11 “, 220 lbs
School: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Recruitment: Committed to Penn State
If there is a need for a gritty moment, a play-it-all pressure moment from one of America’s greatest running backs, do not count Kaytron Allen out for the role. After scouting him personally for years, he has classic moves to the position with power and leverage behind his pillows, elite vision and a faster than fast leg curve that makes him work into the secondary faster than one might expect. Allen has a broad frame, well-proportioned and built for contact, similar to former IMG teammate and colleague Penn Stater Noah Cain. Comfortable in the passing game as both receiver and blocker, Allen’s game and frame is college ready a year before he will attend a college football camp.
8. Joseph Himon
Vitaler: 5’9 “, 175 lbs
School: Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy
Recruitment: Committed to the Northwest
Northwest Lift Joseph Himon is the modern back, built to today’s all-purpose offensive style. Flimsy and fast in space, he has cut-back ability and a step ahead of vision with the ball in his hands. He pushes the line with scrimmage like a bigger back, but is then shot out by a cannon. What sets Himon apart from others on the list is his ability to work out of the backfield. He has castle experience and enough Polish work on the route tree to give the defense a complicated look without taking the ‘back’ off the field. Throw in a frame that can carry more weight and pound-for-pound toughness, and the big games come in clusters.
9. George Pettaway
Vitaler: 5’11 “, 190 lbs
Schools: Suffolk (Va.) Nansemond Suffolk Academy
Recruitment: Considering Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, others
How about four touchdowns a game? That’s what Pettaway put in the spring of Virginia’s condensed season as his recruitment reached the next level. Perhaps not as refined in relation to the relegation position as others on the list, the rising senior compensates with great instincts and general athletics. He wastes no skill in moving in making sharp cuts and can get at top speed at a pace as a specialist developer. Despite an upright style, he has the potential to cut defense with quick-wind speed and real juice between the tackles on the edge. Pettaway is a relatively experienced passer with strong hands, ball skills and of course big-time YAC abilities. When he fills his frame and plays with a lower center of gravity, his game can be rounded off in a hurry.
10. Damari Alston
Vitaler: 5’10 “, 205 lbs
School: Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy
Recruitment: Committed to Auburn
Several old school vibes on tape shine through in Auburn engagement Damari Alston. Compact, with a low center of gravity and the balance to be played in unclean or untouched – he has a complete game. While not an alpha-athletic profile compared to others, Peach Stater has excellent lean, can finish by contact and make the subtle shifts in body weight and trajectory to break tackles in the phone booth. The strength and sight outside the hand compliments a downhill style, and his skill as a passer has made him a three-step threat. Faster than fast, Alston has bell potential in almost any offensive style on the next level.
The best of the rest
*Omarion Hampton, a state pledge to North Carolina, put a whopping 15 yards per. bears in the spring. He is a thick, bruised man with better open field speed than his frame suggests.
*Gavin Sawchuck, The Oklahoma Promise, is an ultra-productive and agile talent out of Colorado. Prepared for the same program as Christian McCaffrey, he has dealt with unreasonable comparisons with the All-Pro, but stays in space and in one-on-one situations.
*Jovantae Barnes, still a draw, is a balanced talent with speed and power to its name. The native of Las Vegas is a vertical threat with some ability as an explosive passerby as well.
*Trevor Etienne, the younger brother of Clemson legend Travis Etienne, is already bigger than the NFL and plays that way. Prep defenders just look small near his filled frame and look worse when he fights his downhill style.
*Anthony Hankerson, draw out of national power St. Thomas Aquinas, South Florida, is another churner in the position. There’s still a place for backs that can fend off a good defense, and Hankerson did so in the late 1990s – behind his pads.
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