Launching Pad: Top Juniors Emerging

Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) QB/Ath Milan Collins already has one offer from Syracuse Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

Each week ESPNHS will shine the light on a few non-seniors who are emerging as prospects to watch on the recruiting radar. Here is this week's Launching Pad.

OL Kyle Bosch, St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.)

St. Francis has been enjoying the luxury of utilizing Kyle Bosch on both sides of the ball in 2011. The Spartans are 4-2 on the season and have a big game this weekend against Marmion Academy (Aurora, Ill.).

Bosch spoke to ESPNHS a little more about his junior season.

“This season is going real well. We are 4-2, and are looking to get our fifth win this week. Offensively we have been blowing up. I have been tallying at least 10 pancakes a game, and even though our defense is more linebacker orientated, I have been making a good amount of plays at DE as well.”

The talented underclassman boasts eight scholarship offers, including one from the Stanford Cardinal, who are undefeated and currently ranked No. 7 in the country.

“Recruiting is amazing. I am very excited about the offers that I have this early in my junior season, and I definitely plan on seeing what each school has to offer. I will be attending the Stanford-Notre Dame game as well as the Alabama-LSU game here in the next few weeks.” - Nick Ekbatani

QB Milan Collins, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)

The smooth athlete made the most of his opportunities last spring, attending the State College and Durham Nike Camps as well as the Elite 11 in Happy Valley. He was able to stand out at both events consistently delivering the ball with accuracy and nice zip. At 6-1, 185-pounds he has some athletic tools that help him extend plays and make throws on the run.

In June, he received his first offer from Syracuse. It was a big time pick up for the talented signal caller. His dad told ESPNHS, “The Nike Camps helped elevate his game. The competition was great and he learned from the instructors. It’s a big reason he was offered.” Maryland, Michigan State, Oregon, Penn State, and Wisconsin have sent mail and are keeping tabs on him.

Last fall, Collins passed for 1,276 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 493 yards and scoring twice. Local media outlets listed him as a pre-season player to watch and honorable mention all-state team selection.

This season, he has accounted for over 1,000 yards of total offense and nine scores through four games and has lined up at safety. Syracuse offered at QB, but some programs want him at DB.

He has been invited to a few college games, but could not make it due to scheduling conflicts. At the moment he doesn’t claim a favorite school. Whether he ends up playing QB or DB Collins has the tools to be a contributor at the next level. – Kynon Codrington

QB Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta (Alpharetta, Ga.)

Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference. It certainly has this fall for junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who after coming over to Alpharetta from Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.), where he backed up senior Andrew Frerking (now at Baylor), has lit the Georgia high school football landscape on fire in 2011.

Dobbs, a 6-3, 190 pounder, passed for 376 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-14 win over West Forsyth last week and currently leads all Georgia quarterbacks in passing yardage so far this fall with 1,768 yards. He's completed 139 of his 220 passes for 14 touchdowns with six interceptions, helping Alpharetta to a 5-1 start. And the colleges are taking notice.

"So far Joshua is getting regular emails and mail from Stanford, Auburn, Duke, Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Princeton and others," Dobbs' mother Stephanie told ESPNHS.

"We've already been to Florida twice for games on unofficial visits, plus Duke and Clemson as well. We'll be visiting Stanford, Princeton, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and also Ole Miss as well later this fall."

Dobbs camped with both Stanford and Princeton over the summer and currently lists those two institutions as his early leaders. - Brian Stumpf

DT Jay Ellison, Harris County (Hamilton, Ga.)

Ellison, an athletic 6-2, 280 pounder, is an absolute load up front on both sides of the ball for Harris County. Opposing teams have had to double-team him on virtually every down just to keep him covered up! While on offense, Ellison has been blowing holes open from his tight end spot, contributing heavily to Harris County’s (4-2) offensive production.

ESPN HS caught up with the Class of 2013 up-and-comer on Tuesday.

“I am playing pretty good at this point in the season, but I still have room for improvement. I feel I am a more efficient pass rusher, thanks to improving my leverage and ability to shed blocks.”

Ellison has been extended scholarship offers by the likes of South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and Tennessee.

“Recruiting has been going great. I wouldn’t say I have any favorites this early, but I am going to go check out some schools pretty soon. I am actually going to watch the Tennessee-Georgia game this weekend. I’m very excited to see both schools play.” - Nick Ekbatani

Know of an underclassman prospect who should be featured in the Launching Pad? E-mail Kynon Codrington (Southeast),Nick Ekbatani (Linemen), Brian Stumpf (national) or Michael White (Midwest/Northeast) with your nominee.