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HOUSTON -- Most of the nearly 200 athletes that attended the Next Level Athlete South Houston Video Showcase on Sunday at Houston Kinkaid came from all around the Houston area, and in some cases, from other parts of Texas.

But a handful of players didn't have to go farther than their current daily commute, as Kinkaid had its own set of hopefuls hitting their home turf at Barnhart Stadium to compete against other up-and-coming football prospects.

One Kinkaid Falcon whom colleges are already taking notice of is 2015 quarterback J.T. Granato.


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A week ago, DeShone Kizer sat down with his parents to discuss his future. The three of them were planning to end the Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic quarterback’s recruitment.


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2014 Florida ATH's stock rising fast 

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Two-way athlete Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the state of Florida in the last four weeks or so.

Offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Marshall, Massachusetts, Northwestern, Purdue, USF and West Virginia had all come in for the 2014 prospect. But two big ones on the same day were the highlight.

"It was exciting, especially when I got Tennessee and LSU in the same day," Powell said. "That was a big day for me. It is just that they are in the SEC. That is the big-time conference in college football. That's why it was so big for me."

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It's been quite a February for John Battle (Hallandale, Fla./Hallandale).

No less than five of his eight total offers have come in during the last 12 days -- from schools such as Florida State, West Virginia, South Florida, South Carolina and Rutgers.


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Houston Lamar safety John Bonney's trip to Texas for its first junior day of the year started out well.


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Tigers 13th in Way-Too-Early Top 25

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Alabama CheerleadersStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesAlabama, with three of the past four national titles, is No. 1 in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

There are still seven months before the start of the 2013 season, and the teams and their order figure to change frequently, but it's never too early to take a look at the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

And with three national championships in the past four years, there's no reason to change the team that's on top. With so many players leaving early for the NFL, LSU has some ground to make up at No. 13.

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If junior cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) went into last Friday's game looking to make a statement, he should feel pretty safe that he was heard loud and clear.

Jackson has made no secret in his desire to impress and eventually earn a scholarship offer from the LSU Tigers. Friday, he had a chance to play against LSU verbal commitment Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral), and Jackson figured the film would eventually find its way to Les Miles and staff.

Jackson made an impact in all three phases during the game. He set the tone with a tackle on the opening kickoff, intercepted a pass on defense, caught a handful of passes on offense and had two long returns on special teams. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior said that, despite his eight scholarship offers, he'd put recruiting in the background lately to focus on his team. After the game, he said he hoped his performance could reignite the spark, especially when it comes to some of his favorite schools, including LSU and USC.

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Ouachita Parish might have lost offensive tackle Cameron Robinson to district rival West Monroe, but there is still a talented Cam on the Lions' roster this year.

Junior wide receiver Cameron Sims figures to be quite a heralded prospect for 2014 in his own right, along with his former teammate. However, Robinson is still waiting to hear about his eligibility this season after a last-minute transfer to the Rebels' roster.

Sims has no such issues, focusing on Ouachita's season and beyond. He already holds scholarship offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern, Southern Miss and Washington. But he's on the radars of several bigger names who have yet to offer. He camped at LSU and Texas this summer, and he said those two and several other power programs are making sure they keep tabs on him.

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Gardena (Calif.) Serra High is well known for putting out wide receivers, but one of the top players in Southern California is on the other side of the field for the Cavaliers.

Junior Adoree' Jackson emerged this spring as he was among the top defensive backs at the Los Angeles NFTC that included elite defensive backs like Max Redfield, Chris Hawkins, Tahaan Goodman, Tyler Foreman and Priest Willis. Onlookers and coaches alike agreed that Jackson was as good as any of them.

"Adoree is ferocious. He is real athletic, has good hips and is more physical than you would think. He has a bright future ahead of him. He will be at the top of his class and can go anywhere he wants," said Michael Fletcher, head defensive backs coach for the NFTC.

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Arkansas, LSU junior days for Lagow 

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Quarterback Richard Lagow (Plano, Texas) has interest from several schools, but he is patiently awaiting his first offer. At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, Lagow believes that offer will come in due time.

Until then, Lagow will continue to work in the off-season and focus his attention on upcoming junior days and unofficial visits. He is planning on attending Arkansas’ junior day on March 3 and LSU’s junior day on March 31. Lagow also is looking to schedule visits to Oklahoma State, Colorado and Northwestern in the near future.

Lagow has yet to pull his first offer but said that he’s received the most interest from Oklahoma State, Colorado and Arkansas.

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