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Future Heisman Candidates from the Recruiting Class of 2012

National signing day and all it entails is under way across the country.

One thing we always like to do here at HP is list a few guys from each recruiting class who we foresee as future Heisman candidates.

It’s an inexact science, but in 2007, we had a guy named Cameron Newton on our list. Here are our picks from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Making this list is not as simple as checking off some 5-star players from the recruiting sites.

First off, I narrowed my list to quarterbacks, running backs and multi-purpose athletes. No matter what anyone says, you can forget about tight ends, linebackers or linemen winning the trophy.

Second, I looked at the abilities of the players in question. I asked: Do their skills translate to the next level? How quickly will they make an impact? Do they have the physical measurables and the intangibles needed to succeed?

Third, I ask how well do they fit into the system in which they will be playing?  Does their future system produce the numbers needed to win a Heisman?

Let’s see what’s in store for this year’s class, along with a few of their highlights.  I expect at least one of these players to make a strong run at the Heisman within the next two to three years. Here they are, after the jump:

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Quarterback Recruit Highlights

Follow this link to watch highlights of HP’s top 10 quarterbacks from the class of 2012.

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HP’s Top 33 High School Wide Receivers from the Class of 2012

Here is the last installment in HP’s 2012 Recruiting Rankings.

We are ranking the top skill position players from the high school class of 2012. So far, we’ve graded the top 33 quarterbacks and the top 33 running backs.

Now, it’s time for the top 33 wide receivers.

Tomorrow–one day ahead of national signing day–we will rank the top 99 skill players regardless of position.

On to the top 33 receivers after the jump…

Texas Tech is about to be very happy indeed.

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HP’s Top 33 High School Running Backs from the Class of 2012

Time for more recruiting.

Given that this is a site focused on the Heisman Trophy, we thought it appropriate that we focus on the positions that can actually win the award. And, so, we’ve endeavored to rank the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers from the 2012 class on a scale of 1 to 5. At the end, we’ll rank all 99 prospects regardless of position. Later, we’ll rank the top classes overall and list the fastest players in the country. I’m confident that these evaluations will be the best you’ll get anywhere on the internet.

Earlier this week, we published HP’s top 33 quarterbacks for 2012.  Now, it’s time to reveal the top 33 running backs for this year’s recruiting class. Full list after the jump…

Texas is getting the nation's No. 1 back

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HP’s Top 33 High School Quarterbacks from the Class of 2012

Cyler Miles is HP's No. 1 QB for '12

Recruiting is the mother’s milk of college football. Simply put, you need good players combined with good plays to make a good team.

There are a lot of recruiting services out there that do admirable jobs in keeping tabs on the top prospects. It’s probably physically impossible to keep track of all of them. Keep in mind that over 2,000 student-athletes will sign letters of intent on or around February 1 and most of the recruiting services have only bothered to rank, at most, the top 250 or so. That means that fully 80 percent of the players who sign are unknown to some extent.

The problem is when you get into misevaluations of the prospects that we do know about. Unfortunately, not everyone is good at evaluating talent, or ranking them accordingly and that’s why, outside of the obvious freaks who jump out at you, mistakes are made.

No one is perfect in evaluating players, but some are better than others and that’s why HP has brought aboard famed scout Lannie Julias to help with creating our first ever ranking of high school players. Lannie is one of the legendary names in scouting and recruiting circles. A native of Los Angeles (and a Dorsey High grad), Julias has had coaching stops at Utah State (under Bruce Snyder), Southern, New Mexico and Colorado (under Chuck Fairbanks) among others. It was at Colorado where he gained the reputation as being the ‘best recruiter in college football’ according to Blue Chip Magazine. Julias also is a long-time professional scout who has been very influential in how teams evaluate talent. We’ll hear more from him before and after signing day.

Given that this is a site focused on the Heisman Trophy, we thought it appropriate that we focus on the positions that can actually win the award. And, so, we’ll be ranking the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers from the 2012 class on a scale of 1 to 5. At the end, we’ll rank all 99 prospects regardless of position. Later, we’ll rank the top classes overall. I’m confident that these evaluations will be the best you’ll get anywhere on the internet.

Without further ado, HP’s top 33 high school quarterbacks from the class of 2012 are after the jump:

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