Look Back: 2010 Midlands Five-Stars
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OL Jake Matthews (Photo: USA Today Sports)
OL Jake Matthews (Photo: USA Today Sports)
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 10, 2013


FRISCO, Texas -- Taking a look at some of the five-star talents from the Midlands Region from the Class of 2010 and how they have fared heading in to the 2013 college football season…

2010 was the first season in which I had any say in ranking player’s for Scout.com. Coming on board as the Midlands Regional Analyst with time enough to just make adjustments in the final rankings updates prior to National Signing Day.

The Midlands boasted 10 five-star players in a class which featured 50 five-stars in total. The attention shifts to the Texas Longhorns as it signed 5-of-10 and the top three overall.

Have the five-star players been a hit or a miss?

You be the judge.

1. DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Sr.) – Texas

HT: 6’4 | WT: 250
Scout.com Ranking: No. 7 - No. 2 DE

College: Jeffcoat is entering his senior season off a junior year which was ended short due to a pectoral injury. He was quickly becoming one of the most feared defenders in the league pre-injury after a sophomore year that netted him Second Team All-Big 12 honors. With a healthy year he should net double digit sacks. He is on Walter Camp Award, Bednarik Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, and Lott Trophy watch lists.

NFL Projection: Most early NFL Mock Drafts project Jeffcoat as a potential 1st round selection. Jeffcoat is the No. 14 Rated Prospect in the 2014 Scout.com NFL Draft Rankings Top 100.

Note: His father, Jim Jeffcoat, racked up 102.5 sacks in the NFL.

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2. WR Mike Davis (Sr.) – Texas

HT: 6’1 | WT: 195
Scout.com Ranking: No. 11 overall - No. 3 WR

College: Davis came out of the gates swinging, possibly having a great season as a freshman in Mack Brown's offense, and he has led the team in receptions the past two seasons. He is seventh on the all-time receptions list for UT. Named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list.

NFL Projection: There was talk he may forego his senior season to enter the draft, so indications are strong he could end up as a first day pick.

Note: The first of two five-star prospects that Dallas Skyline High boasted in the Class of 2010.
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3. DE Reggie Wilson (Sr.) – Texas

HT: 6’3 | WT: 255
Scout.com Ranking: No. 14 - No. 3 DE

College: Has played in every game for the last three years for the Longhorns, but in a back-up role under stalwarts defensive ends like Alex Okafor and Jeffcoat and only has one career start. Is pushing for a starting role as a senior.

NFL Projection: Needs a strong senior year and NFL Combine performance to start to move up draft boards.

Note: Played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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4. RB Lache Seastrunk (RS Jr.) – Baylor

HT: 5'10 | WT: 210
Scout.com Ranking: No. 20 - No. 3 RB

College: Highly lauded player who burst on the national scene at the end of the 2012 season for Baylor and is now considered as a darkhorse candidate for the Heisman Trophy in 2013. Figures to be one of the most prolific offensive stars in the country. In his first college season he tallied 1,012 rushing yards. Originally signed with Oregon out of high school.

NFL Projection: Could be in the running to be a 1st round selection in the 2014 or the 2015 draft. Seastrunk is the No. 31 Rated Prospect in the 2014 Scout.com NFL Draft Rankings Top 100.

Note: Ran an official 4.41 40-yard dash coming out of high school.

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5. OT Jake Matthews (Sr.) – Texas A&M

HT: 6’5 | WT: 305
Scout.com Ranking: No. 27 - No. 1 OG

College: Widely considered to potentially be the top overall offensive lineman in college football. A three-year starter who will get a taste of left tackle in 2013, moving from right tackle and taking over for top selection Luke Joeckel. He was All-SEC in 2012 and is up for every major award in 2013.

NFL Projection: Most early NFL Mock Drafts project Matthews as a potential top five overall selection. Matthews is the No. 3 Rated Prospect in the 2014 Scout.com NFL Draft Rankings Top 100.

Note: The son of former NFL offensive line stalwart Bruce Matthews.

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6. OLB Demarco Cobbs (Sr.) – Texas

HT: 6’2 | WT: 223
Scout.com Ranking: No. 34 - No. 3 S

College: Has played all three years of his college career and has settled in at linebacker after starting off in the defensive backfield. Has been battling the injury bug the past two seasons, but could be a key component to the Texas defense in 2013.

NFL Projection: Needs a strong senior year and NFL Combine performance to start to move up draft boards.

Note: Played quarterback in high school, before moving to defense in college.

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7. WR Darius White (RS Jr.) – Missouri

HT: 6’3 | WT: 205
Scout.com Ranking: No. 35 - No. 6 WR

College: He will be playing in his first season of SEC ball after transferring from Texas, where he signed coming out of high school. Has much work to do to realize his rankings potential. Listed No. 3 on the MU depth chart at the Z-receiver position at the start of fall camp.

NFL Projection: Too early to tell.

Note: Played in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Bowl.

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8. QB Blake Bell (RS Jr.) – Oklahoma

HT: 6’6 | WT: 252
Scout.com Ranking: No. 41 - No. 4 QB

College: He has yet to make a start at OU, playing behind 2013 draftee Landry Jones thus far, but has already accounted for 24 career touchdowns. Has only completed 10-of-20 passes, but has shown that he can be a force on the ground as the 'Belldozer'. Despite limited reps and not even being named as the clear-cut starter he has earned his way on the Maxwell Award watch list.

NFL Projection: One service sees him already as the seventh best QB prospect available in the 2014 draft if he were to leave school early.

Note: Could become the third consecutive OU starter to be selected in the NFL Draft.

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9. OLB Corey Nelson (Sr.) – Oklahoma

HT: 6’1 | WT: 226
Scout.com Ranking: No. 44 - No. 4 OLB

College: One of the quickest linebackers in the Big 12. He has started 11-of-13 games in each of the past two seasons and has racked up career totals of 126 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Will still need more production going forward to become the player he was supposed to be coming out of high school.

NFL Projection: Could be the type of player who will shoot up draft boards with a strong senior showing.

Note: Played in the 2010 UnderArmour All-American Bowl.

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10. WR Justin McCay (RS Jr.) – Kansas

HT: 6’2 | WT: 213
Scout.com Ranking: No. 48 - No. 10 WR

College: Played three games at Oklahoma before transferring to Kansas, where he was forced to sit out the 2012 season due to transfer rules after being denied an NCAA Hardship waiver. Figures to be a key cog in KU's offense in 2013, but the talent is still unproven.

NFL Projection: Too early to tell.

Note: Made his debut in the Scout.com Top 100 as the No. 5 prospect overall as an outside linebacker.


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