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February 5, 2007

Rivals.com Junior All-America Team

Led by Rivals.com Junior of the Year Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette (Pa.), the Rivals.com Junior All-America Team features some of the nation's top prospects for the Class of 2008.

Some have compared Pryor to former University of Texas quarterback Vince Young. In Western Pennsylvania, where Pryor plays high school football, he reminds folks of another outstanding quarterback who was a local product.

It has been said that the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Pryor is a taller version of former West Virginia University QB Major Harris. During his junior season, Harris led the Mountaineers to an undefeated 1988 regular season and the Fiesta Bowl - where they lost to national champion Notre Dame.

Southeastern wide receivers Julio Jones of Foley (Ala.) and A.J. Green of Summerville (S.C.) highlight the first team offense. Both are big targets, standing 6-3 and 6-4, respectively. They have an excellent blend of speed, power, hands and leaping ability (Jones has a confirmed 38-inch vertical).

Green is an early commitment to the University of Georgia and joins Cartersville (Ga.) Cass running back Richard Samuel as the two future Bulldogs on the list. California standout Darrell Scott is the other running back.

There are some serious football bloodlines on the first team offensive line. Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne's Belfield tackle Kyle Long is the son of former Oakland Raiders great Howie Long.

Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast lineman Baker Steinkuhler is the son of former Nebraska great Dean Steinkuhler, who won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1983.

Former five-star linebacker and current Louisville commit Willie Williams is the cousin of Miami (Fla.) Pace offensive lineman Gregory Shaw.

On defense, the linebackers feature three potential five-stars in Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla standout Nigel Bradham and Wichita (Kan.) East linebacker Arthur Brown. Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney standout Brandon Beachum rounds out that unit.

A pair of Floridians, Tallahassee Lincoln's T.J. Bryant and Pompano Beach Ely's Patrick Johnson highlight the defensive backfield. Both were among the state's best as juniors. Detroit (Mich.) Cass standout Boubacar Cissoko and Los Angeles Dorsey safety Rahim Moore round out the defensive backfield.

Rivals.com Junior All-America Teams: First Team | Second Team

Rivals.com Junior All-America Team: First Team
Offense Defense
QB: Terrelle Pryor
6-6, 220, Jeannette (Pa.) Jeannette
Compared to Vince Young, Pryor completed 56.4% of his passes for 1,732 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,676 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground. He is also a five-star basketball recruit.
DL: DaQuan Bowers
6-4, 267, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Bowers has a 395-pound bench press max and a 595-pound squat. This season, he led his high school team in nearly every defensive category including tackles, tackles for loss and sacks. He was a consensus Class 2A All-State selection. Bowers has committed to Clemson.
RB: Darrell Scott
6-1, 190, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Rushed for 1,988 yards as a sophomore and an amazing 3,194 yards rushing and 49 touchdowns in 2006. A blend of power and speed, Scott has it all. He just transferred to national power Ventura (Cailf.) St. Bonaventure.
DL: Quinton Coples
6-6, 242, Kinston (N.C.) Kinston
Coples has exceptional quickness for a big defensive end, and excels against the run and the pass. In a game against Rocky Mount he had more than 20 tackles. Coples has emerged as a top prospect despite his team's 2-9 record.
RB: Richard Samuel
6-0, 197, Cartersville (Ga.) Cass
As a junior, Samuel was a consensus first-team All-State selection for Class 3A in Georgia. He averaged more than 8 yards per carry this year while totaling 1,342 yards and 19 touchdowns. Samuel is an early commit to the University of Georgia.
DL: R.J. Washington
6-4, 225, Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge
Though he's versatile, Washington is known as one of the nation's best pass-rushers. An honorable mention all-state member as a junior, Washington earned 5-5A sophomore of the year honors after a gaudy 10 sacks in 2005. Washington's father was an all-Southwest Conference defensive end at SMU from 1978-1982.
WR: Julio Jones
6-3, 202, Foley (Ala.) Foley
One of the most explosive prospects to come out of the state of Alabama in years. Jones finished his junior year with more than 1,200 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. He also was impressive at the Baton Rouge NIKE camp in May, running a 4.56 40-yard dash and posting an event-best 38.9-inch vertical leap.
DL: DeAngelo Tyson
6-2, 276, Statesboro (Ga.) Statesboro
One of the top interior defensive linemen in the Southeast, Tyson was impressive as a rising junior at the Athens NIKE Camp in May. He was part of a successful defensive line, which included current Georgia commit Justin Houston, this season. Georgia and others have already extended Tyson scholarship offers.
WR: A.J. Green
6-4, 184, Summerville (S.C.) Summerville
Green has been the best receiver in the state of South Carolina since his freshman year. Though just a junior, Green was the top overall player at the Athens NIKE Camp last April. This year, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound wide receiver caught 60 passes for 1,203 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is committed to Georgia.
LB: Brandon Beachum
6-1, 220, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney
Not only is he a tackle machine, he's clutch in big games. In the state championship game, Beachum ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Defensively, he had 11 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
TE: Blake Ayles
6-4, 235, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran
Ayles was the top pass-catcher on a state championship Orange Lutheran team. Any time his team needed a big play, Ayles was there. Already has numerous national scholarship offers.
LB: Arthur Brown
6-3, 225, Wichita (Kansas) East
Brown is the top player to come out of Wichita since Kamerion Wimbley bolted the Sunflower State for Florida State - and eventually the NFL. A headhunter at linebacker, Brown first jumped onto the national scene as a sophomore at Oklahoma's summer camp.
OL: Stephen Good
6-5, 290, Paris (Texas) Paris
Good has strength, a motor that never quits, and finishes every play. At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Good's footwork, long arms, and power make him one of the most heavily offered juniors in the country. As a sophomore starter for Paris, Good didn't give up a sack for a team that attempted 200 passes on the season.
LB: Nigel Bradham
6-2, 220, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla
Bradham is in the running to be the top prospect in the state of Florida for the Class of 2008. During his junior season, the speedy linebacker recorded 150 tackles, four interceptions (three for touchdowns) and recovered two fumbles. Bradham has early scholarship offers from a number of programs, including Florida State.
OL: Mike Adams
6-7, 305, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
Prototypical left tackle prospect showed off his skills at the recent Army All-American Combine. Also plays for one of the top high school programs not just in Ohio, but in the entire Midwest.
DB: T.J. Bryant
6-0, 175, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
One of the top cornerbacks in the country, Bryant had three interceptions and nine pass break-ups as a junior. He holds early scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and others. Bryant was a first-team All-State selection by the Florida Sportswriters Association as a junior.
OL: Kyle Long
6-7, 280, Charlottesville (Va.) Belfield
Long is the son of former NFL great Howie Long and the brother of current Virginia defensive end Chris Long. Kyle is also an outstanding baseball player and could be drafted as a pitcher.
DB: Rahim Moore
6-2, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
This talented product is only 15 and won't turn 16 until late February. He recorded more than 100 tackles and seven interceptions from his safety spot as a junior at Dorsey, one of the top talent producing programs in LA.
OL: Gregory Shaw
6-6, 270, Miami (Fla.) Pace
Shaw is a powerful blocker who was a first-team All-State selection by the Florida Sportswriters Association in Class 3A last season. The cousin of current Louisville linebacker commit Willie Williams, Shaw is one of the most coveted offensive line prospects in the Sunshine State.
DB: Boubacar Cissoko
5-9, 170, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
The top player in the state of Michigan committed to the Wolverines on Saturday. A lockdown cover corner, Cissoko had great performances at the NIKE Training Camp and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine. He made 52 tackles, intercepted a pass and forced three fumbles.
OL: Baker Steinkuhler
6-6, 290, Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest
Steinkuhler is a massive offensive tackle that moves extremely well for a 6-6, 290-pounder. Was offered early by Nebraska and soon committed shortly after that.
DB: Patrick Johnson
6-0, 180, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Johnson had seven interceptions during his junior season and was a first-team All-State selection by the Florida Sportswriters Association. Johnson also was a first-team All-Broward County selection and had 31 tackles.
ATH: Gerell Robinson
6-4, 210, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Robinson can play quarterback, defensive back or wide receiver, but he would like to play quarterback in college. In 2006, he recorded 50 tackles and grabbed eight interceptions on defense. He has already committed to Arizona.
UTL: Will Hill
6-3, 200, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Hill is arguably the best athlete in the Garden State in a decade. He accounted for 27 touchdowns as a junior: rushing for 13, passing for 11 and returning two kicks. He projects as a safety in college.

Rivals.com Junior All-America Team: Second Team
Offense Defense
QB: Andrew Luck
6-3, 195, Houston (Texas) Stratford
The son of former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, Andrew has the bloodline to be a great quarterback. Mechanically, Luck is already on another level. As a junior, Luck threw for 2,909 yards and 27 touchdowns while only throwing six interceptions.
DL: Wes Horton
6-6, 230, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Horton has been called by some the best prospect to come out of Notre Dame since Travis Johnson signed with Florida State seven years ago. Horton is a tremendous pass rusher, and totaled 13 sacks as a junior. He has a great frame and has the potential to be dominant when fills out in a few years.
RB: Josh Haden
5-7, 190, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly
Haden dominated the Penn State NIKE Camp last spring. At 5-foot-7 and 190 pounds, Haden ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash, did 45 bench reps and had a 36-inch vertical leap. He shared running back duties as a junior in a three-back system.
DL: Hafis Williams
6-3, 265, Elizabeth (N.J.) Elizabeth
Williams is a very active defensive tackle, making more than 100 tackles as a junior despite constant double teams. He has an excellent motor and was a leader on his state championship team.
RB: Jermie Calhoun
6-0, 195, Van (Texas) Van
A varsity starter in competitive East Texas, Calhoun rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. Calhoun has a rare combination of size and speed that makes him tough to bring down in the backfield - and even tougher to catch from behind.
DL: Chris Martin
6-5, 275, Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Choctawhatchee
Plays defensive end now, but likely will slide inside at the next level. One of the top players in Northwest Florida for next year's class.
WR: Michael Floyd
6-3, 195, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
The top overall prospect at Cretin-Derham Hall since the school produced quarterback Joe Mauer, who is now the starting catcher for the Minnesota Twins. Floyd had 1,240 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns as a junior and is also one of the better basketball players in the state.
DL: Marcus Forston
6-2, 286, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
First team All-State selection in Class 6A by the Florida Sportswriters Association. Showed off his tremendous strength at the Miami NIKE Camp last April by bench pressing 185 pounds 33 times. Also showed off his quickness with a 4.63-second shuttle.
WR: Kenny Tate
6-3, 190, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Tate is arguably the most gifted prospect to come out of DeMatha. As a junior he scored a touchdown on the ground, in the air and on kickoff and punt returns. He was also one of the top tacklers on defense.
LB: Steven Filer
6-3, 220, Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel
In the fall, Filer helped lead Mount Carmel to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the state title game. Filer recording almost 90 tackles and eight sacks as a junior. Filer carries on a great tradition at Mount Carmel, a school that has produced numerous NFL players over the years.
TE: Chase Clement
6-5, 240, Thibodaux (La.) E.D. White
Averaged 15.2 yards per reception with 12 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns his junior year. On defense, he had 79 tackles and three sacks. Early offers from LSU, Florida and Ole Miss.
LB: Terrell Manning
6-2, 205, Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County
Manning has great speed at linebacker and is a sure tackler. He registered more than 100 tackles as a junior with two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
OL: Tyler Love
6-7, 285, Mountain Brook (Ala.) Mountain
Big, athletic tackle has a great frame and excellent footwork. Has picked up early scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Louisville. Love also carries a 3.0 grade point average.
LB: Shayne Hale
6-3, 218, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
Hale had 105 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior. He also forced four fumbles and made four fumble recoveries. Hale was named as a first-team AAAA all-state performer.
OL: Michael Brewster
6-6, 280, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater
Showed off his quickness in Eugene with a 4.63-second pro shuttle, an outstaning time for a 6-6, 280-pound tackle. Holds early scholarship offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, South Carolina and others.
DB: Jarred Holley
5-11, 180, Easton (Pa.) Easton
Holley was named first team all-state as a junior and is also an exceptional wide receiver and running back. He rushed for 648 yards as a junior and caught passes for another 548 yards.
OL: Vinston Painter
6-4, 320, Norfolk (Va.) Maury
Painter is a massive two-way player who had 30 pancake blocks on offense and 25 tackles on defense during his junior season. At the NIKE Camp at Clemson last May, he checked in at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds with a 4.87-second shuttle.
DB: E.J. Woods
6-0, 185, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Woods took a little while to find his place after transferring into Crespi before the start of his junior season. He rushed for 438 yards on just 62 carries and had 31 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery in just seven games on defense.
OL: Art Forst
6-8, 288, Manasquan (N.J.) Manasquan
Forst helped lead his team to a 12-0 season and a state title as a junior. His run blocking paved the way for more than 2,000 rushing yards for his offense last season.
DB: Robert Golden
5-11, 170, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Arguably the top player in Northern California, Golden is a hard-hitting, but speedy, defensive back for an always talented Fresno Edison squad. Golden will be one of the more heavily recruited players in California.
OL: J.B. Shugarts
6-7, 296, Klein (Texas) Klein
A great combination of size, strength, and agility, Shugarts has been on many teams' recruiting radar since his sophomore season. Armed with the tools to be a prototypical college tackle, Shugarts has the nastiness college coaches desire.
DB: Darius Barksdale
6-0, 190, Batesville (Miss.) South Panola
Tremendous versatility allowed him to rush for more than 1,000 yards from the running back position while leading South Panola, the top high school program in the Magnolia State, to another state championship.
ATH: Ryan Williams
5-10, 192, Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson
Williams totaled 1,572 yards rushing on 167 carries and 20 rushing touchdowns. He ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the Penn State NIKE Camp last spring.
UTL: Chris Jordan
6-2, 201, Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
Transfer from Norcross High in Georgia made a huge impact on both sides of the ball for his high school team. At 6-foot-2, 201-pounds with a sub-4.5 40-yard dash could play a number of positions in college, including safety, running back or linebacker.


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