Recruiting Roundtable: Which prospect has impressed most?
Gunner Kiel might be the most polished high school QB since Matt Barkley
Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche will push for No. 1 overall status next year
Nelson Agholor can play multiple positions and is also a high-character guy
With the class of 2012 recruiting cycle at its halfway point, it's time to put some members of the 247Sports national recruiting team on the hot seat.
In the coming days, 247Sports recruiting analysts JC Shurburtt, Barton Simmons, Steve Wiltfong, Gerry Hamilton and Rusty Mansell will respond to questions about what they have seen so far this year on the recruiting trail and what might happen in the fall.
Today's question: Who is the best overall prospect you have seen this spring/summer of any class?
Shurburtt: The best overall prospect I've seen is Rueben Foster, the class of 2013 linebacker from Troup High in LaGrange, Ga. Foster is a dynamic athlete with good size and speed, and he loves to compete. Combine that with what you see on film, and to me he's a top five prospect contender for the next recruiting cycle. He would also be a top three prospect in the 2012 class.
Simmons: I would probably go with Nelson Agholor. Agholor was at one of the first events that I covered this spring, and I don't think I realized just how good he was. As the spring and summer have progressed and I've had a chance to add some relativity to his performance, I've really warmed up to him. Agholor has size, and he can play safety or wide receiver. In fact, he could probably even play corner. Most of where I watched him was at the wide receiver position. He has great speed, burst, body control and natural hands. He's also a high character kid. There's really nothing not to like about the guy.
Mansell: I would have to go with 2013 defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, Ga. He is big, fast, strong and explosive from his defensive tackle position. He was embarrassing high level prospects at the camp I observed. He will push for the top player in the country next season.
Wiltfong: The best prospect I've seen in person has been Gunner Kiel. He showed he was the total package at the Ohio State Elite 11. He showed us an arm that can make all the throws and great mechanics. He's as polished a high school quarterback I've seen since Matt Barkley.
Hamilton: Tough call, but I would have to go with Malcom Brown of Brenham. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle and Texas commit just has special quickness and lateral ability for his size. Simply put, Brown is a rare combination of size, natural strength and athleticism.
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