Everyone knows who their team signed but it's time to introduce the rest of the Sun Belt's top prospects to the league. Warhawk Nation ranks the top 3 prospects from all of the 2008 Sun Belt Conference teams. This is just our opinion and is open for discussion. Don't agree with one of our picks, feel free to drop in and discuss who should be on the list HERE
Arkansas State Red Wolves
QB - Phillip Butterfield
Butterfield passed for 6,358 yards in his career for Lake Hamilton high school in Arkansas. As a Junior he passed for 2,795 yards, 30 touchdown, 5 interceptions and completed 60% of his passes. Phillip also rushed for 8 touchdowns.
Butterfield led the Lake Hamilton Wolves to a 42-28 victory over the Eldorado Wildcats in the Class 6A State Championship Game in 2008.
WLB - La'Angleo Albright
Albright had 153 tackles, 89 solo, three sacks for a loss of 25 yards and three quarterback hurries in his junior season. 1st team All Metro and 1st team All State.
As a Senior had 124 total tackles with 83 solos, five sacks, one fumble recovery. Named First Team ASWA 6A All-State LB and Birmingham News All-State (all classes) First Team LB.
First Team ASWA 6A All-State LB and Birmingham News All-State (all classes) First Team LB
RB - Nick Nelms
Rushed the ball 84 times for 623 yards and 10 touchdowns. Caught 3 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Projects as a LB at Arkansas State. I2 2007 named 1st team All-Region at linebacker.
Florida Atlantic Owls
DE - Toney Moore
As a junior had 80 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 15 quarterback sacks, and five blocked kicks. Followed that up with 50 tackles, 2 interceptions, interception and fumble returned for a touchdown. Six catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
CB - Keith Reiser
30 tackles and three interceptions, FSWA 6A Second Team All-State, All Dade County First Team DB.
CB - Treon Howard
In 2008 had 60 tackles, 10 interceptions,and 18 pass breakups.
Florida International Panthers
WLB - Pooh Bear Mars
As a Senior had 158 tackles, 15 for a loss, four forced fumbles, and an interception. 6A FSWA All-State First Team LB, All Central Florida First Team LB.
RB - Darian Mallary
As a Junior Mallary had 80 carries for 815 yards and 10 TDs as a RB. 10 receptions for 210 yards and 3 TDs as a WR. 2 punt returns for TD. 1 kickoff return for a TD.
As a Senior had 169 carries 1,796 yards, 15 touchdowns. All-Dade County First Team, 2A FSWA All-State.
OT - Rupert Bryan
FSWA 3A First Team All-State, All Palm Beach County (Large School) First Team OL. Team averaged 371.7 yards per game rushing. Rupert projects as a tackle at the college level.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
CB - Kenneth Gilstrap
5'9 170 pound Gilstrap turned heads in Atlanta when he ran a 4.31 forty time, 4.21 short shuttle and jumped 37.5 inches on his vertical. The versatile athlete tallied right at 1,000 yards and scored 8 touchdowns for Miller Grove but is expected to contribute as a corner back for the Blue Raiders.
WLB - Stephen Roberts
Roberts is a big 6'3 210 line backer that turned in a 4.60 forty time at the Atlanta Scout Combine. Roberts totaled 142 tackles, 11 for a loss, two sacks, one interception for a touchdown, five blocked punts, in 10 games in 2008. He registered 97 tackles and 5 sacks as a Junior.
WR - Arthur Williams
Williams had 40 receptions for 620 yards and 10 touchdowns; two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown. Picked up AISA First Team All-State in 2008.
North Texas Eagles
SLB - Daniel Prior
Tallied 206 tackles in 2 years at line backer for Henderson. 6'1 202 pounder ran a 4.66 forty time at the Dallas Scout.com Combine.
DE - Tyler Washington
In 2008 Tyler had 63 tackles and 18 quarterback sacks resulting in 127 yards loss for his opponents.
TE - Austin Fitzpatrick
All-District 23-4A 2008, All-County 2008, Honorable Mention 4A All-State. Austin hauled in 40 passes for 545 yards and 7 touchdowns from his TE position.
DT - Riley Flowers
Had 43 tackles and 7 sacks for Jones County CC in 2008. Flowers has a terrific motor and makes a lot of plays going away from him with his combination of skill and hustle - Scott Kennedy, Scout.com.
RB - Gregg Pratt
Led 2007 Naples team to 3A state championship rushing for over 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. Rushed for 1,035 yards on 125 carries and scored 12 touchdowns in 2008.News-Press First Team RB, 3A FSWA All-State Third Team Athlete.
WR - Anthony Williams
Williams averaged over 20 yards per catch (39 for 843 yards) and scored 13 touchdowns during his senior season. He was named to the First Team All-Suncoast Team. 38 catches for 480 yards and 4 TD's as a Junior.
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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
DE - Justin Anderson
All-County, All Region, selected for the Mississippi Alabama all-star game, 80 tackles and 16 sacks as a junior.
DT - Brandon McCray
McCray tallied 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks and earned second team All-Space Coast honors by Florida Today. He also participated in the Central Florida all-star game.
RB - Robert Walker
As a Junior Robert ran for 1,963 yards and 24 TDs on 216 carries. Named to the LSWA Class 2A All-State team. Standing 5'6 Walker is hard to spot behind the line of scrimmage and by that time it's to late.
QB - Kolton Browning
Named Henderson County player of the year and Offensive MVP of District 15-4A, and 3rd team All State. In 2 years as the starting quarterback, Kolton put up over 8,000 yards of total offense and was responsible for 76 touchdowns passing and rushing. Threw for 3,000+ yards in back to back seasons.
Kolton will join the ULM baseball team as a sophomore. As a junior, Kolton was 6-1 with a 0.89 ERA and 101 strikeouts.
MLB - Antonio Hoskins
A 2008 Mississippi State signee, Hoskins resigned with the Warhawks in 2009. Had 191 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks as a Junior and was named to the Clarion All State football team as a Senior. Selected to participate in the Miss/Alabama All Star Game. Hoskins is 6'2 220 pounds and runs a 4.5 forty, and was the #28 ranked SAM linebacker in the nation in 2008.
S - Cameron Blakes
One of the top prospects in the state of Louisiana Blakes was selected to participate in the Inaugural Sportsman Paradise Bowl and took home Defensive MVP honors. Cameron recorded 8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, forced 2 fumbles, and ran one of the fumbles back 26 yards for a touchdown.
In his three year career as a starter for Ouachita, Blakes recorded 256 tackles, 23 sacks, and picked off 6 passes. Cameron is expected to play safety and rover for the Warhawks.(Soph)
The Sun Belt Conference as a whole signed 23 players ranked in the Top 100 in their respective positions and 54 players ranked nationally at all positions. The Sun Belt Conference topped the MAC conference in overall rank for the 3rd consecutive season and were close to knocking off the WAC for the second consecutive season.
Don't agree with one of our picks, did we leave someone off, feel free to drop in and discuss who should be on the list HERE