Top Five Sleepers
Brandon Clear
Brandon Clear
Posted Mar 31, 2006
Miller Safrit, ACC Recruiting Analyst

DURHAM, N.C. -- One thing that always interests people were players who raised their stock or who the top sleepers were. There were a number of prospects who raised their stock like Jay Smith, Tyrell Worthington, John Stamper, and Daryl Vereen, but they do not qualify as sleepers as they already hold scholarship offers. These guys, however, in most cases were guys that had been barely mentioned anywhere or at least have no offers yet much like Dekoda Watson last year.

1. Brandon Clear WR, Williamsburg (Va.) Jamestown HS, 6-4/206/4.56 -- Brandon impressed at the All-American Combine in Texas, and he continues to impress with great size and speed against the smaller defensive backs. He could project easily as a solid possesssion receiver making the third down catches and even a few long balls in one-on-one coverage. He made tough catches, tested well and has a lean, long body that can add weight.

2. Byron Clear DE, Williamsburg (Va.) Jamestown HS, 6-5/204/4.57 -- It was apparent that the Clear twins wanted to impress, and they certainly did. Byron was one of the fastest players off the line each and every time he came up in the line drills, and he used that speed to bypass much larger offensive linemen. He still has to add weight as any time he was caught he had trouble moving around the big nasties.

3. Josh Oglesby RB, Garner (N.C.), 5-11/207/4.53 -- While it is tough to get a good feel for running backs coming out of a combine, you can certainly get a feel for their athleticism they bring to the field. Oglesby not only showed his athletic ability to catch the ball in the open field, but also his willingness to get better at the game. Oglesby, who attended the same combine last April, improved dramatically in each event except the vertical jump.

4. Damian Thornton LB, Lenoir (N.C.) Hibriten, 6-2/221/4.97 -- Nobody at the Durham combine had the Division 1A body quite like Damian Thornton, and he backed that up with his respectable testing numbers. If he can harness that effort on the football field, he could be a major prospect by the end of the recruiting year. For right now, he will just open a couple of eyes during the evaluation period when coaches can see him in person.

5. Matt Thompson S, Mebane (N.C.) Eastern Alamance, 6-1/193/4.65 -- Thompson is somewhat of a known commodity, but he needs to continue to work elsewhere before he receives his first, but that is not keeping him from becoming one of the top prospects in North Carolina. On film he is a huge hitter, so a combine setting may not be the best place to show of his skills but he easily has the natural movement and unbelievable shuttle times to play safety while his body and hands scream weakside linebacker.

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