Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Will today's recruits be award winners?
By ESPN.com staff
National letters of intent are being signed as we speak, and faxed to their respective schools, but what will the players signing today look like in four years?
ESPN the Magazine took a guess, and there's plenty of Big 12 flavor to the 2015 College Football Awards.
The Heisman winner?
RB Johnathan Gray, Texas Longhorns
2012's top back set the national record for career rushing touchdowns (205) at Aledo (Texas) High using a blend of speed (4.53 40), power (5'10", 205 pounds) and vision. "He'll remind UT fans of Ricky Williams," says RN recruiting coordinator Billy Tucker.
As such, the experts also picked Gray to win the Doak Walker Award, just ahead of Texas A&M's Trey Williams.
Runner up: RB Trey Williams, Texas A&M Aggies
Williams is ranked the No. 8 RB, and he should bypass his classmates in a hurry. "He's undersized at 5'8", 180," says RN recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert, "but he plays big and reaches 4.37 speed." That explosiveness led to 3,890 yards and 49 TDs as a senior at Houston's Andy Dekaney High.
And what about the Johnny Unitas Award as the best senior quarterback?
Runner up: QB Maty Mauk, Missouri Tigers
He set four national career records (1,353 of 2,110 for 18,932 yards and 219 TDs) at Kenton (Ohio) High. "A perfect fit for Missouri's spread offense," says recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill.