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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Top 50 High School Football Recruits

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1 QB Russell Shepard
Cypress Ridge
Houston, TX 6'1" 179 Video

Russell is a quick and explosive athlete that a team can build on immediately. He can make most throws and change field position with his arm or legs on every play. Shepard is our #1 because he is the most dynamic and versatile player in the country. Some will be concerned about his size, don't be!

Being recruited by: LSU

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2 QB Matt Barkley
Mater Dei
Santa Ana, CA 6'3" 226 Video

The top pocket passer in 2009 class. Matt has great poise and leadership. His arm strength and timing are good allowing him to make all the throws. Matt definitely looks like the poster boy for the prototype QB and has been a no brainer since the summer prior to his sophomore year. At most schools he'd compete for the starting job on the first day.

Being recruited by: USC

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3 RB Trent Richardson
Escambia
Pensacola, FL 5'11" 210 Video

Trent is a load! He has terrific balance and can stick his foot in the ground and get up field. He's a downhill runner with a solid body that should be able to handle the pounding. Richardson should be very capable of carrying the ball 20 to 30 times a game.

Being recruited by: Alabama

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4 QB Garrett Gilbert
Lake Travis
Austin, TX 6'4" 205 Video

Gilbert is a talented pocket passer but with escapability. Can make all the throws and shows good poise under pressure. He's the premier quarterback in this class when it comes to versatility because he can be effective dropping back or running a read option scheme.

Being recruited by: Texas

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5 LB Manti Te'o
Punahou
Honolulu, HI 6'2" 225 Video

Te'o is a terrific tackler that plays with his hair on fire. He's fun to watch! Manti drives through the ball carrier as well as anyone and is instinctive in his pursuit angles. He gets the highest compliment by being called "a football player."

Being recruited by: Tennessee, Auburn, West Virginia, Texas A&M, Colorado, Notre Dame, USC, Brigham Young, UCLA, Texas Tech, Oregon, California, Stanford, Baylor

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6 WR Marlon Brown
Harding Academy
Memphis, TN 6'5" 205 Video

Marlon has great wiggle for a taller receiver and makes plays after the catch. His God given size and speed go with his toughness and versatility to make him a very difficult match up for DBs and linebackers. If Brown gets to 225 watch out!

Being recruited by: Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, USC, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Notre Dame

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7 DB Dre Kirkpatrick
Gadsden City
Gadsden, AL 6'2" 180 Video

Dre has great size and speed to make him very valuable at corner! He's a smooth athlete that can play on the outside or cover the slot. He can handle any receiver regardless of size or speed.

Being recruited by: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee, Texas

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8 DB Darius Winston
Central
West Helena, AR 6'0" 180 Coming Soon

Darius is a long armed athlete with good feet and the ability to break on routes. His size and strength help in man coverage but may be best moving inside to safety where he can keep everything in front of him and possibly be special.

Being recruited by: Arkansas

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9 LB Jelani Jenkins
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Wheaton, MD 6'1" 212 Video

Jelani plays with very good instincts and uses tremendous angles of pursuit. He has very good recognition of the play and attacks the ball. Jenkins shows terrific effort and will play sideline to sideline. As he gets bigger, stronger and faster he'll be able to play any of the linebacker positions.

Being recruited by: Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Notre Dame, Miami, USC, Stanford, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

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10 DE Devon Kennard
Desert Vista
Phoenix, AZ 6/3" 257 Video

Devon is very explosive off the ball and accelerates to the football with a purpose. He has a great motor and uses his hands to shed blockers very well. Kennard will be very disruptive in the opponents backfield.

Being recruited by: Arizona State, California, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, Oregon, USC, Texas, UCLA

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11 LB Vontaze Burfict
Centennial
Corona, CA 6'2" 244 Video

Burfict has great size and uses it well in the middle, plays sideline to sideline and will finish. He fronts the ball carrier very well and explodes through the tackle not allowing many missed tackles.

Being recruited by: USC

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12 RB Cierre Wood
Santa Clara
Oxnard, CA 6'0" 192 Video

A tremendous athlete. Could play either side of the ball. As a running back he has great vision, is elusive and has terrific change of direction. He is a very good inside runner as well.

Being recruited by:

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13 DB Craig Loston
Eisenhower
Aldine, TX 6'2" 193 Video

Loston is impressive. He is aggressive and is like a heat seeking missle attacking the ball carrier. Some of the older readers may remember Jack Tatum. This guy plays with that passion.

Being recruited by: LSU, Oregon, Texas

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14 RB Bryce Brown
Wichita East
Witchita, KS 6'0" 215 Video

Bryce is a powerful runner and can slip tackles or run through them. He can change direction and use his burst to split defenders. Brown will get a ton of carries and should wear down tacklers.

Being recruited by: Miami

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15 DT Jacobbi McDaniel
Madsion
Greenville, FL 6'0" 267 Video

Plays with tremendous leverage and can get in the backfield. He sheds blockers very well and can redirect to chase the ball. Jacobbi should be a good interior pass rusher using his hands and quickness.

Being recruited by: Florida State

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16 OL Mason Walters
Frenship
Wolfforth, TX 6'6" 290 Video

Athletic for a big man and can finish. He uses his hands well and plays with good leverage. He's got all the attributes you want in an offensive lineman!

Being recruited by: Texas

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17 DT Tyler Stockton
Hun School
Princeton, NJ 6'1" 290 Video

Tyler gets great push and penetration. He is a disruptive force in the middle and will hold the point well. His explosiveness and effort will make him tough to handle and will require a double team which he'll be able to handle.

Being recruited by: Notre Dame

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18 ATH Ray Ray Armstrong
Seminole
Sanford, FL 6'4" 218 Video

Ray Ray needs two first names because he's so versatile. An instinctive athlete with good feet and hips for a big man. His upside is unlimited.

Being recruited by: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, Tennessee

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19 WR Rueben Randle
Bastrop
Bastrop, LA 6'3" 195 Video

Has the speed and size to play in the slot or on the outside. Randle makes the tough catch and will go over the middle without hesitation. His length and ability to catch the ball in traffic will make him a prime target for the quarterback.

Being recruited by: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, TCU, Louisiana Tech

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20 WR Shaquelle Evans
Inglewood
Inglewood, CA 6'0" 203 Video

Shaquelle has a great body and is explosive. Along with terrific ball skills and soft hands he should compete for playing time as a freshman.

Being recruited by: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Washington, UNLV

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21 OL Stavion Lowe
Brownwood
Brownwood, TX 6'5" 294 Video

Stavion is a stud. He has great feet and terrific athleticism. He comes off the ball with a flat back and can smother the defender. His ability to move so well makes him very versatile. He could play any of the line positions.

Being recruited by: LSU

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22 DT Chris Davenport
Mansfield
Mansfield, LA 6'4" 318 Video

Chris is pretty raw but has very good initial quickness off the ball and can run. Once he learns to use leverage he'll be dominant. Davenport's upside is unlimited and could get him a career on Sundays.

Being recruited by: LSU

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23 LB Eric Fields
Northside School
Warner Robbins, GA 6'1" 205 Video

Eric lines up in some hybrid positions that gives him the opportunity to attack the ball carriers down hill. He runs well and tackles well.

Being recruited by: Clemson

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24 QB Aaron Murray
Plant
Tampa, FL 6'0" 198 Video

Very good when outside of the pocket. He sees the field and throws well on the run. Aaron looks like he was made for the read option game.

Being recruited by: Georgia

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25 RB Jaamal Berry
Miami Palmetto
Miami, FL 5'10" 185 Video

Berry has outstanding speed and acceleration allowing him to get outside and put pressure on the back end in a hurry. He absorbs a hit well and gets extra yards with his good body lean and effort.

Being recruited by: Ohio State

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26 WR Andre Debose
Seminole
Sanford, FL 6'0" 170 Video

Andre is an exciting football player! He runs very well, has excellent vision, instincts, can shake and could score from anywhere on the field.

Being recruited by: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Mississippi, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee, Central Florida

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27 DE Sam Montgomery
Greenwood
Greenwood, SC 6'4" 230 Coming Soon

Makes a lot of plays in the backfield but hasn't mastered a consistent get off and correct some false steps. His long arms and athleticism will serve the bball player well.

Being recruited by: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina St., Oregon, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee

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28 LB Dorian Bell
Gateway
Monroeville, PA 6'0" 226 Video

Bell is an active and aggressive player. He has very good timing on blitzes and is a sure tackler.

Being recruited by: Ohio State

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29 ATH Patrick Hall
St. Bonaventure
Ventura, CA 6'1" 181 Coming Soon

Birdy as he's been called can excel on either side of the ball. Can man cover and attack the line of scrimmage. Plays tailback also.

Being recruited by: USC

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30 S-LB Damario Jeffery
Columbia
Columbia, SC 6'3" 215 Video

DJ has very good instincts when attacking the football. He's really effective around the line of scrimmage and may be an exceptional linebacker.

Being recruited by: South Carolina

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31 RB Christine Michael
West Brook
Beaumont, TX 5'11" 202 Coming Soon

Michael has a great burst and is a powerful kid that can jump-cut through the traffic. His vision is very good and can change direction to cutback at almost full speed. He seems to catch the ball well out of the backfield as well.

Being recruited by: LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas

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32 DB DeVonte Holloman
South Pointe
Rock Hill, SC 6'2" 214 Video

Plays inside out from the back end and supports the run very well. He's a raw athlete that will just keep getting better with more technique work.

Being recruited by: Clemson, UNC, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee

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33 OL Austin Long
Briarcrest Christian
Memphis, TN 6'5" 268 Video

By today's standards Austin is light. When he does reach 300 he'll be dominant. His athleticism, effort and leg drive are outstanding.

Being recruited by: Georgia

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34 OL Kevin Graf
Agoura
Agoura, CA 6'6" 301 Video

Graf's a big, tough, physical offensive tackle that is sound technically, not a bad start. He's athletic enough to play either tackle position and will be a fixture there for years.

Being recruited by: USC

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35 QB Richard Brehaut
Los Osos
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 6'2" 206 Video

This young man is very efficient and consistent. He has good arm strength and fairly good mobility. He'll play his position well and won't get you beat.

Being recruited by: UCLA

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36 ATH Prince Kent
Norcross
Norcross, GA 6'3" 195 Coming Soon

Prince has the size to play safety but lines up at corner. The great thing about this is that he has the feet and hips to do it pretty well. His length definitely helps too.

Being recruited by: Miami

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37 RB Jarvis Giles
Gaither
Tampa, FL 5'11" 175 Video

Jarvis has a nice burst and can stick his foot in the ground and get upfield. He is a downhill runner and hits the hole quickly.

Being recruited by: Tennessee

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38 LB Nico Johnson
Andalusia
Andalusia, AL 6'3" 226 Video

Attacks downhill and makes plays inside out. He will be best between the tackles.

Being recruited by: Alabama

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39 LB Frankie Telfort
Gulliver Prep
Miami, FL 5'11" 197 Coming Soon

Frankie plays fast and does a great job attacking the line of scrimmage. He has the ability to strike the ball carrier and give him a good jolt. He can play in space and is a very good teams guy.

Being recruited by: USC, Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida

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40 WR Kendall Kelly
Gadsden City
Gadsden, AL 6'4" 210 Video

Kelly adjusts to the ball in the air and can make the tough catch. He has good speed and athleticism too. He'll get better as he develops.

Being recruited by: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, USC, Texas

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41 WR Randall Carroll
Cathedral
Los Angeles, CA 5'10" 175 Coming Soon

Has terrific speed and acceleration. The track star has effective slashing moves and catches the ball well. Randall was California's 100 and 200 meter champ as a junior.

Being recruited by: USC

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42 QB AJ McCarron
St. Paul's
Mobile, AL 6'4" 189 Coming Soon

AJ is fun to watch. He has a confidence and poise to him when under center. He gets rid of the ball quickly and can make most throws with ease

Being recruited by: Alabama

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43 DB Darren Myles
Carver
Atlanta, MSGA 6'0" 175 Video

Myles is a good football player that can play a few positions. His future is in the defensive backfield however. He breaks on the ball well and will go get it at the high point.

Being recruited by: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina St., Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia

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44 DB Branden Smith
Washington
Atlanta, GA 5'11" 171 Coming Soon

He's got guick feet and and hits the hole extremely well. He is a jitterbug in the open field and tough to get a clean hit on.

Being recruited by: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina St., Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia

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45 OL John Martinez
Cottonwood Senior
Salt Lake city, UT 6'2" 264 Video

His size will dictate that he plays inside but he is a really good O-lineman. John pulls well and competes which are great attributes for a guard.

Being recruited by: LSU, Ohio State, USC, UCLA, Utah, Tennessee, Oregon State, Auburn, Brigham Young, Florida

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46 WR Jheranie Boyd
Ashbrook
Gastonia, NC 6'2" 184 Video

Boyd has a tremendous vertical and he uses it along with his ball skills to out duel DBs in tight coverage.

Being recruited by: Clemson, Florida

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47 RB Washaun Ealey
Emanuel County Institute
Twin City, GA 5'11" 205 Video

Ealey has terrific leg drive and is always moving his legs for extra yards. He is tough and bounces off piles, pulls through arm tackles and displays great balance.

Being recruited by: Georgia

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48 DB Darrell Givens
Lackey
Indian Head, MD 6'0" 170 Video

Givens has very good size and long arms. He plays with good leverage on the receiver and uses his hands well. He has a tremendous upside.

Being recruited by: Penn State

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49 TE Morrell Presley
Carson
Carson, CA 6'4" 215 Video

This kid is a smooth athletic tight end. He catches and runs like a receiver. He can block too.

Being recruited by: USC

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50 ATH Brandon McGee
Plantation
Lauderhill, FL 5'11" 186 Coming Soon

Brandon could play either side of the ball but looks like an exceptional prospect. With the ball in his hands he is lethal.

Being recruited by: Miami

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