Matt Davis better than advertised

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Here are 10 players who stood out over the course of the ESPN RISE Champion Gridiron Kings event at ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Disney World.

The players are listed by position.


Matt Davis (Houston/Klein Forest)
6-foot-1, 200 pounds
College: Texas A&M
Davis is one of the most pleasant surprises here. He's healthy and much further along passing the ball than we thought he was. There's no questioning his athleticism and his ability to make plays with his legs. He has really emerged as a passer -- enough so that he could be an ESPNU 150 guy that we will talk about this week.

Running back

J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith)
5-6, 170
College: Virginia Tech
Coelman may be undersized, but he's very similar to Duke Johnson and Trey Williams. They are all jackrabbits in cleats, exceedingly dangerous in space. He can laterally move and make multiple defenders miss. There's no wasted motion. The downside is he's not very big, but you deal with it.

Wide receivers

Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline)
6-0, 180
College: Texas
Once he makes the transition to a full-time receiver he may end up being one of the premier playmakers in this class as a pass catcher. He has natural ball skills. Even though he was injured last year and played QB out of the Wildcat, his ceiling for development is off the charts because he hasn't been a receiver full time. We think he has an opportunity to be special. For a school like Texas that needs playmakers he will be a perfect fit.

Darius Powe (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood)
6-2, 190
College: Undeclared
This kid is big and rangy. Once he reaches top gear he is very fast for his size. Powe has strong hands and catches the ball in a crowd. While you know you have that red-zone threat and LaTroy Pittman qualities, you also have a guy that if he gets into a foot race he will surprise you with his top-end speed.

LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla./North Marion)
6-0, 195
College: Florida
Pittman may not ever stretch defenses vertically but that doesn't mean he won't be a vertical guy. With his size, wing span, strength and most importantly his tenacity to go attack the football, I kind of like him. He's like a bull in a china shop as a skill player on offense. While he may not run by you he will make plays in traffic, he's tough and he goes and gets the ball.

Tight end

Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis )
6-5, 210
College: TCU
Gilbert is a typical TCU commitment -- a guy that won't be the same three years from now. They can redshirt him, and when he gets into weight room he can emerge into a BCS guy. I was very impressed with his ball skills, body control and his ability to get the high ball.


Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst)
6-0, 225
College: Nebraska
Rose is shorter than you like, but he carries a lot of weight in his lower body. He can anchor better than you think he can. Rose has tremendous short-area explosiveness. He played in coverage with more range and sideline-to-sideline awareness than I thought he had. He showed me something in pass coverage with skills and was more at home and comfortable than I thought he would be.

Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Christian Academy)
6-1, 232
College: Virginia
He almost looks like a defensive lineman playing linebacker. In fact, I am not so sure that he may grow into one. His physical dimensions are super. He can gain ground on his drops. He created a lot of plays and turnovers with his ability to get down field quickly and deflect passes. His range and overall stature is better than you think. Moore surprised me as much as anyone at this event.


Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins)
6-1, 190
College: Texas A&M
Thompson on the hoof may be one of the better looking safety prospects in this class. He reminds me of Karlos Williams and Hasean Clinton-Dix from a year ago. He's big, thick and strong and has a thick upper body. He can play within the box and fill the alley. In pass coverage he shows deceptive range off the hash. He can move and motor and key quarterbacks. He can really move from Point A to Point B. It doesn't take him long to cover grass.

DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
5-10, 160
College: Oklahoma
He may not carry much in his back pocket but that's something Oklahoma can fix once they get him in weight room and on some meals. This corner has an opportunity to be really special. He's a playmaker when the ball is in the air, he has good hips, he's tall and lean and can really open up his gate in transition with vertical threats. Harris has a knack for making plays on the ball.