Commentary

Timber Creek has more than Byrd

Originally Published: April 15, 2010
By Jc Shurburtt | ESPN Recruiting

SICKLERVILLE, N.J. -- In addition to having one of the fastest prospects in the country, Timber Creek High School has a major sleeper linebacker for the Class of 2011 and a number of young prospects.

Everyone knows about wide receiver/athlete Damiere Byrd. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder ran a record-setting 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the Philadelphia Nike Combine on March 7 and has consistently run a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash and sub-10.5 second 100-meter dash every time he's been timed, but he isn't the only prospect from Timber Creek.

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JC Shurburtt Quinton Alston (second from the right) takes control of Timber Creek's defense, while Damiere Byrd (third from the left) highlights the offense.

Class of 2011 linebacker Quinton Alston has a dozen scholarship offers. Iowa, Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Temple, Villanova, East Carolina, Old Dominion and Indiana all have offered the 6-1, 223-pounder. He had 80 tackles, including 12 for loss, and four sacks this past season. He also saw some time at fullback and tight end.

"I take control of the defense," Alston said. "I make sure everybody is where they are supposed to be. I set up plays for the guys around me and overall try to be a leader on the field and act as a big brother during the game, so I can get these younger guys better."

There are three "younger guys" in particular that have a chance to be Division I prospects.

In the 2012 class, Alston's fellow linebacker, Quanzell Lambert could end up being one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the Garden State next year. Lambert is a 6-3, 230-pounder that started on the varsity squad as a sophomore and registered 64 tackles, four for loss, one forced fumble and a pass deflection last season.

"I show dedication on the field and keep my head up," Lambert said. "Whenever a teammate is down, I try to encourage them. They have to stay in the game. It's a competitive sport, but you can't always go out there cocky."

Timber Creek also has two promising prospects in the 2013 class. Defensive end/wide receiver Dajaun Drennon and quarterback Myles Nash both were praised by coach Robert Hinson.

However, Hinson is perhaps the most proud of the fact all five of his top prospects are taking care of business in the classroom.

"They are all 2.5 grade point average or higher," he said.

Four at Willingboro

Former North Carolina State player Reggie Lawrence is in his first year as head coach at Willingboro High School in New Jersey and has four prospects to keep an eye on for the Class of 2011.

Brandon Bennett, LB
The 6-3, 215-pounder averaged nearly 12 tackles per game last season and is getting attention from a number of programs, including Iowa, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

Matt Dash, S
The 5-11, 172-pounder had 12 interceptions last season and according to Lawrence is a hard worker and a leader. Syracuse and a number of other programs are looking into him.

Traven Mable, OL/DL
Navy is one of the programs that is in hot pursuit of the 6-3, 320-pounder, who is also an excellent student. Mable said Wednesday that he is eyeing a number of Ivy League programs, as well.

Rashoun Houston, WR
The 6-5, 190-pound sleeper can go up and get the ball. He had five touchdown receptions last season and has a big upside.

Prospects galore at Winslow Township

Coach Mike McBride introduced us to a group of Class of 2011 prospects on Wednesday at the New Jersey school. Here's a look at the two who have Division I offers at the moment.

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JC ShurburttBill Belton plans on visiting Cincinnati and Louisville sometime in the near future.

Bill Belton, ATH
The team's quarterback projects at a number of positions at the next level, including running back, cornerback, receiver or safety.

Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville, Purdue, South Carolina, Maryland, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Rutgers, South Florida, Middle Tennessee State and others have offered the 5-10, 191-pounder. The Boilermakers and Gamecocks are strong here, as well.

Devan'te Waugh, WR/CB/S
He is originally from Virginia Beach and holds an offer from Louisville. He says that Maryland is close to offering him, as well. The 6-0, 170-pounder also has been timed as fast as 10.9 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

Others from the Class of 2011 at Winslow Township include WR/OLB Stacey Upshaw-Gorea, S/LB Rob Mahan, FS/WR Melvin Davis, WR/CB Jaleel Dickerson, RB/DB Jya McBride and S Eric Marshall.

Winslow Township also has several talented underclassmen. Class of 2012 offensive lineman Victor Stubbs is a 6-6, 280-pounder that has a basketball background, but he looks the part. Also in the 2012 class, defensive tackle Razahn Howard has a chance at 6-3, 256 pounds. Plus, two-way lineman Brandon Smith is already 6-5, 290 pounds and should headline the Class of 2013, if he develops during the next couple of seasons.

ACC offer for Philly back

Running back Jamal Abdur-Rahman (Philadelphia/LaSalle) holds a scholarship offer from Maryland and is getting looks from Rutgers and other programs.

He plans to head to College Park for an unofficial visit again this weekend.

The 5-10, 185-pounder had more than 1,200 rushing yards last season, 450 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns on offense. He also had four interceptions on defense and earned all-state honors.

Look out for Peoples

Class of 2012 athlete Desmond Peoples (Philadelphia/St. Joseph's Prep) had 1,050 rushing yards, 298 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns as a sophomore. Several local coaches raved about his speed and playmaking ability at such a young age. The 5-8, 170-pounder is another talented underclassman to watch in the City of Brotherly Love.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.