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Recruiting notes from Mobile combine

Kelton Brackett claims three offers; Kyron Samuels has Alabama at the top of his list

Originally Published: March 8, 2011
By Greg Biggins | ESPN RISE

MOBILE, Ala. -- Almost 900 athletes turned out, including some of the top players in the area, in what might have been the most talent-laden scouting combine of the young season.

Kelton Brackett, DB (Prichard, Ala./Blount)
The talented cornerback clocked a 4.59 40-yard dash and showed why he's one of the most heavily recruited defensive backs in the area. Brackett claimed offers from LSU, Clemson and Southern Miss and is also hearing from Oregon, Florida, Florida State and Auburn. The Tigers are his early favorite and childhood dream school followed by Auburn, Clemson, Alabama and FSU.

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Scott E. FinkKyron Samuels has Alabama at the top of his list.

Kyron Samuels, OL (Fairhope, Ala./Fairhope)
The big lineman claims offers from East Carolina, Southern Miss and UAB and is also hearing from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State and Oregon. The Tide top his list followed by the Gators, Bulldogs and Ducks. Samuels will unofficially visit Florida later this month and also plans to experience camp with the Gators and the Tide.

Nick James, DL (Long Beach, Miss./Long Beach)
James ran the 40 but wasn't able to finish testing. The big tackle has offers from the entire SEC except Georgia. He has a top three of Alabama, Florida and LSU, and said Auburn is also high on his list. James said he'll be at the Nike camp at Florida State in April.

Tre' Banks, LB (Mobile, Ala./Williamson)
Banks showed excellent athleticism for a 225-pound linebacker, running a 4.61 40 and jumping 32 inches in the vertical. Kentucky has offered and Alabama, Auburn and LSU are showing heavy interest as well. He said he would like to play in the SEC, if possible.

Justin Horton, LB (Clermont, Fla./East Ridge)
Horton had the top rating at the combine at 122.73, good enough for best in the nation so far this year. He is still waiting for interest to pick up, but Duke and Tennessee are sending letters. Horton calls Miami his dream school and also likes Florida, Alabama, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Tylor Harris, DL (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal)
Harris has been offered by Louisiana Tech and is also hearing from Texas A&M, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Minnesota and LSU. He attended the Tigers' junior day and will attend their spring game. The lineman said he would like to hear more from Alabama and Florida and would prefer to play in the SEC. The Tide lead LSU and Texas A&M.

Raymond Gee Jr., WR (Cleveland, Miss./Cleveland)
Southern Miss has offered, and Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee and Mississippi State are showing interest as well. Gee's father, Raymond Sr., played at Mississippi State, and the receiver attended the Bulldogs' junior day.

JaMichael Winston, DL (Prichard, Ala./Vigor)
Winston had shoulder surgery and missed his entire junior season. He still has offers from Louisville and Southern Miss and will attend junior days at both Alabama and Auburn. He called Ohio State his dream school followed by Texas. The lineman will also visit Florida State and LSU in the summer.

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Scott E. FinkHerbert Harris had 105 tackles, 17 for loss and five sacks last year.

Herbert Harris, LB (Clinton, Miss./Clinton)
Harris put up a 102.72 SPARQ rating headlined by a very impressive 43-foot toss in the power ball and a 31-inch vertical leap. The athlete is still waiting for his first scholarship offer but is hearing from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, UCLA and Alabama. He attended junior day events at Mississippi State and Southern Miss and may check out Louisiana-Lafayette later this month.

O'Terrius Howard, TE (Prattville, Ala./Autauga Academy)
Howard is an intriguing sophomore tight end prospect who just missed going over the 100 SPARQ rating mark. He's hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He has already visited Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Alabama and will camp with the Tide and the Tigers. Alabama tops his list followed by Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida and Tennessee, and Howard said he would have no problem leaving his home state to play his college ball. The athlete had 29 touchdowns last season and also saw time at linebacker.

Jeff Hall, DB (Reserve, La./Saint Charles)
Hall topped the 100 SPARQ rating barrier highlighted by a 4.60 40 and a 4.12 shuttle time. As a junior, Hall returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and also had two interceptions that he took back to the house. He added 26 catches for 453 yards and six touchdowns at receiver and is getting looks on both sides of the ball. Penn State, UCLA, LSU and Miami are all showing interest ,and Hall attended the Tigers' junior day. Miami, Penn State and TCU top his list.

Gus Walley, WR (Richton, Miss./Greene County)
Walley is a big receiver and surprised onlookers running a 4.65 40 and a 4.16 shuttle at 6-5, 206 pounds. As a junior, Walley caught 48 balls for 674 yards and 12 touchdowns. The entire SEC plus Nebraska is showing interest, and Walley said Mississippi State is his dream school. The receiver has visited Mississippi State and Southern Miss, and he'll attend Ole Miss' junior day in early April. After MSU, Walley likes Ole Miss, Nebraska and Southern Miss.

Keyante Green, RB (Jonesboro, Ga./Eagles Landing)
Just a sophomore, Green already holds an offer from Georgia and is hearing from Clemson, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Green made an immediate impact his freshman season, rushing for 1,433 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,292 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging more than 10 yards a carry and added 112 tackles playing linebacker.

Greg Biggins is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's West recruiting blog and handles player personnel for the Nike Football Training Camps for ESPNRISE.com.