High-SchoolFootball: Auburn football recruiting

Get Familiar: Elite D-lineman Dee Liner

December, 19, 2011
Dee LinerTom Hauck/ESPNHSMuscle Shoals (Ala.) junior defensive tackle and Auburn commit Dee Liner (left) had 90 tackles and 11 sacks this season.
Dee Liner was only a freshman in high school when he received his first scholarship offer. The funny thing is, the Kentucky coaches who extended the offer to him during their football camp thought he was going into his senior year.

Of course, it’s easy to be mistaken when you’re talking to a freshman who was 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds.

Liner has grown an inch and gained 18 pounds since then. And the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Muscle Shoals (Ala.) junior has a lot more than just one scholarship offer. Considered one of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2013, the ESPNU Watch List member has committed to Auburn, last season’s BCS National Champion.

Liner is still confusing coaches, only this time with his name since it sounds like the spot on the field he plays on. But when he gets between the lines, there’s no confusing how talented he is.

This season, Liner was an unstoppable force, racking up 90 tackles, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles while leading the Trojans to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. Liner uses a combination of power (he can bench press 300 pounds, power clean 305 and squat 475) and quick feet to dominate offensive linemen.

Get Familiar with this stud defensive tackle with a unique name and a talented game.

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Mr. Football USA Week 7 Tracker

October, 11, 2011
Dorial Green-BeckhamJohn Fedele/ESPNHSDorial Green-Beckham reeled in 13 passes for a season-high 354 yards and three touchdowns Friday night.
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Gray tallied five more touchdowns Friday night, rushing 21 times for 197 yards and three scores while also catching three passes for 67 yards and two TDs in Aledo's 50-7 victory over Byron Nelson (Fort Worth, Texas).
Season totals: 114 carries for 1,561 yards and 27 touchdowns rushing, 13 catches for 218 yards and three scores receiving; Aledo is 4-2
Stock – Slightly Up: Gray’s continues to accumulate single-season and career stats that jump off the page. He now has 8,567 yards and 165 career touchdowns.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU shredded the Rolla (Rolla, Mo.) secondary Friday night to the tune of 13 receptions for a season-high 354 yards and three touchdowns as Hillcrest improved to 6-1 with a 40-19 victory.
Season Totals: 73 catches for 1,377 yards and 13 touchdowns; team is 6-1
Stock – Up: Green-Beckham is now up to 5,501 career receiving yards and is just 307 yards away from breaking the national career receiving yardage record held by former Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) WR Abram Booty.

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