Impact Players: Big 12

April 14, 2006

By Tom Lemming

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·          QB Jevan Snead, Texas


Vince Young left some giant shoes to fill at Texas, but if anybody's up to the challenge of succeeding the Heisman Trophy runner-up, it's the Stephenville product with the strongest arm in the Lone Star State. Snead was one of the more impressive prospects at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio and he's going to surprise a lot of people starting this season.


The 6-foot-4, 205-pound signal-caller shows great pocket presence, sees the whole field and can run himself out of trouble. He has a compact, short release, gets rid of the ball in a hurry, makes good decisions and can move around the pocket to buy time until the receivers get open. But he also displays the athletic ability and moves to gain big chunks of yardage with his feet. Snead should snag the starting role and run with it in Austin.


·          WR Deon Beasley, Texas


Beasley is Peter Warrick, Rocket Ismail and Desmond Howard all rolled into one. The Texas native is a five-star talent at wide receiver, but also excels as a cornerback and kick returner. There's no question that the 5-foot-11, 162-pound West Orange-Stark grad is one of the most explosive players in the country. Look for Beasley to make an immediate contribution for the Longhorns.


Given his slight frame, Beasley is very durable. He's not afraid to go over for the middle and has demonstrated an ability to take a hit. He's very fun to watch, and is great at creating after the catch. He shows excellent body control and balance, runs precise routes, adjusts to poorly thrown balls and always seems to catch in the ball in full stride. His elusiveness in the open field is second to none.


·          ILB Sergio Kindle, Texas


If Kindle gets his academics in order, he will be an instant impact player for the Longhorns. The Dallas Woodrow Wilson prospect -- the top-ranked recruit from the state of Texas -- is fast enough to run down the backs and strong enough to handle offensive linemen one on one. It's been more than two decades (since Tim Brown in 1983) since I've seen a high school ballplayer with this kind of athletic ability. In person, Kindle already looks like a college veteran and on film, he looks like he's just one step away from the NFL.


This is a truly dynamic two-way player with exceptional skills, a love for the game, terrific instincts and an aggressive style of play. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound `backer shows a nose for the ball and is a downhill player who dominates from start to finish whether it be at OLB, ILB, DE or SS. One of the most versatile ball players in the country, he has very few flaws and can take over a game with his unique blend of size, speed, strength and instincts.


·          DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma


McCoy ranks as the nation's premier defensive lineman. Tommie Harris started for the Sooners as a true freshman and a lot of people think McCoy has the same kind of ability and should start immediately at defensive tackle from Day One for coach Bob Stoops.


The Oklahoma City Southeast product is a mean, tough and nasty defensive tackle who can dominate a game from start to finish. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder can hold his ground with anyone and shows unusual quickness, balance and burst. He's quite impossible to stop in one-on-one matchups and plays the game with leverage and strength.


·          DE Kenny Wilson, Nebraska


Juco recruit Wilson should make a splash for the Huskers in 2006. This team already has a very talented backfield to start with, but Wilson -- a running back from Butler Community College -- could be an impact player.


The 6-0, 220-pound back runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 and has been deemed the eighth-best junior college prospect in the nation according to The Kansas native rushed for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns for Liberal High during his last year of high school. Keep an eye on Wilson, who should play right away for the Huskers.



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