Irvington, N.J. head coach Darnell Grant claims there are four junior prospects to watch this year. One is already known in safety Dawan Nolton. Who else is notable?
According to Grant, 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker Dwayne Beckford is just starting to receive interest.
"He's getting a few looks from Kansas State, Temple, Virginia and Rutgers," he said. "That's most of it right now, but I don't think he's favoring anyone. He's wide open and just taking it all in."
Last season Beckford earned all-conference, area and junior last season. What makes him stand out?
"He's got explosive talent and plays really well in space," he said. "His closing speed is some of the best I've ever coached. He's also a ferocious hitter that gets to the ball with bad intentions. As a person, he's a great character kid and a good student too."
Beckford isn't the only defensive player to watch though as 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback Bernard Antwi posted six interceptions last season.
"He's getting the same looks from Temple, Kansas State, Rutgers and others," he said. "I don't think he's got any favorites either.
"As a player, he runs track and is another explosive player. He's got a knack at making plays. I believe he's more of a defensive back in college because he's got good speed, loose hips and he knows how to squeeze wide receivers. He's just a very tough cornerback to beat. Off the field, he's a good character kid and a good student. He may be the best of the bunch this year."
Last is huge 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle Corbin Williamson.
"He's under the radar too and getting looks from Kansas State, Cincinnati, Temple and a few others," he said. "He didn't play too much as a junior since he had guys in front of him, but I'm hoping for a big senior year.
"On the field, he's got some of the longest arms I've seen. He also has good footwork and moves well for a big guy. He actually reminds me of Sean Berry a bit as a junior and I think he could still be growing."