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College Dark Phoenix

Here we go with another edition of the College Dark Phoenix. This week we are going to look at a senior RB that can explode from time to time, a junior WR that is making headlines, and a freshmen RB that is on the rise. This is The College Dark Phoenix where the unknowns become known, and players rise from the ashes to possibly become stars in the NFL.


Jerome Harrison - RB - Washington State Cougars
5'10" 200 lbs. - Senior - 21st ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus UCLA
34
260
2
3
12
0

Jerome had a very productive career at Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan where his coach was Bob Kubiak. He served as a team captain his junior and senior seasons. In his senior year he rushed for over 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns. He committed to Eastern Michigan out of high school but ended up going to Pasadena City College. While in junior college he put up some solid numbers and was rated as the 2nd best prospect at RB coming from the JUCO level.

Harrison is a versatile runner that has returned kicks during his college career as well as carried the load at RB. He has decent vision and swivel hips that allow him to make cuts without losing much speed. He has good long speed and a quick initial burst. Harrison is limited by his size and is known to get dinged up. And for being a good athlete he has a limited array of moves in the open field. Jerome is a classic one cut runner that can be dangerous in the open field.

Jerome loves playing UCLA. Last year, in his first season with the Cougars he had 247 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns against the Bruins. Harrison is a tough kid that has a good work ethic. His versatility and dedication could lead to him being a role player on special teams in the NFL. And maybe, just maybe a shot at being a feature back.


Santonio Holmes - WR - Ohio State Buckeyes
5'10" 190 lbs. - Junior - 59th ranked high school WR when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Michigan State
-
-
-
5
150
2

Santonio Holmes is a kid that was a 3-sport star at Glades Central High School. In addition to playing football, Holmes also played basketball and ran track. He was a 3-year starter that helped his team win the state title in his sophomore and junior seasons. During his senior year his team went 12-1 and Holmes racked up 970 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. He was also named MVP of the Outback Steakhouse All-Star Game after he caught 5 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Holmes is a blossoming talent that is only getting better. He is very fast and deadly quick in and out of breaks. What really makes him stand out is his very polished route-running ability. He knows how to set up defenders with his shoulders and hips, and once they bite on a move he can immediately change direction and get separation.

Santonio is a big Steelers fan, which is a bonus. Unfortunately he's a fan of Stuart Scott, but we'll let him slide on that one. Getting back to brass tacks, Holmes is a dangerous playmaker that lists Marvin Harrison as his idle. If Holmes can have ½ the success of Marvelous Marvin, then he's going to be one helluva player.


Steve Slaton - RB - West Virginia Mountaineers
5'10" 195 lbs. - Freshman - 33rd ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Louisville
31
188
5
3
20
1

Slaton was the MVP of the Philadelphia Catholic League and a four year all-conference selection at Conwell Egan Catholic High School. His senior season he rushed for 1,836 yards and 26 touchdowns. He rushed for over 6,000 yards and 73 scores during his high school career. In addition to being a star on the football field he was also a standout with his high school track team.

Steve has excellent speed and can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He also has incredible leg drive and can easily run through arm tackles. Slaton has incredible vision and is often setting up the defenders on the 2nd level before he even breaks through. He is very elusive and has a spin move that is picture perfect. Slaton is a smaller back and is still growing. He wants to become more of a power runner and deliver the punishment to defenders.

Steve Slaton is a very productive RB, breaking his high school's 22-year old career rushing yards record by the end of his junior season. Last Saturday in a come from behind win versus Louisville Slaton set a school record and tied a Big East record with 6 touchdowns in a game. Steve has the speed to be a factor at the next level. He needs to continue to mature as a runner and improve his patience behind the line of scrimmage. Slaton has the work ethic to succeed and it looks as though he's well on his way to doing just that.


That'll do it for this week's edition of The College Dark Phoenix. Be sure to check out The Ones 2 Watch and get the lowdown on the top 15 draft eligible players in the country. Of course we give you nothing but the best at Footballguys.com!

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