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February 1, 2008

Category rankings: Best of the best

RIVALS.COM RANKINGS: Rivals100 | Rivals250 | Position | State | Prep School | JUCO | Team

The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete in games and at events across the country to come up with the most extensive and accurate prospect rankings and evaluations you will find. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

Here are our postseason rankings for each category.

POSITIONS: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DT | DE | LB | CB | S | ATH | K

CATEGORY RANKINGS: QUARTERBACKS
STRONGEST ARM
1. Blaine Gabbert, Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West
Proved he could make every throw at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice.
2. Mike Glennon, Centreville (Va.) Westfield
Doesn't look like he has a strong arm, but there's not a throw he can't make.
3. Dayne Crist, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Throws a very nice long ball and puts zip on intermediate passes.
4. Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa.
Sometimes has to take some zip off the ball on intermediate passes.
5. B.J. Daniels, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
Small frame belies very strong arm.
MOST ACCURATE
1. Andrew Luck, Houston (Texas) Stratford
Hit receivers in stride all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice.
2. Blaine Gabbert, Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West
Even with a cannon arm, he showed nice touch at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
3. Star Jackson, Lake Worth (Fla.) Lake Worth
Had the best touch of any of the East quarterbacks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
4. Kyle Parker, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail
Showed off his accurate arm at Under Armour All-America Game.
5. Mike Glennon, Centreville (Va.) Westfield
Consistently puts his receivers in good position to catch the ball.
BEST SCRAMBLER
1. Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, Pa.
Hit receivers in stride all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice.
2. MarQueis Gray, Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis
Great athletic ability can make defensive players look foolish.
3. Jordan Jefferson, Destrehan, La.
Speed allows him to escape and make plays on the run.
4. Randall Mackey, Bastrop, La.
Has great speed and makes good decisions on when to tuck and run.
5. Jaybo Shaw, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Lack of size helps him slip by pass rushers.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: RUNNING BACKS
HOME-RUN THREAT
1. Jeffrey Demps, Groveland (Fla.) South Lake
Fastest player in the state of Florida.
2. Cyrus Gray, DeSoto, Texas
Showed a great burst of speed at Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
3. DeSean Hales, Klein (Texas) Oak
His quick feet and open field moves make him dangerous.
4. Ryan Bass, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Reaches top speed so quickly he's gone if he gets free.
5. Sam McGuffie, Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair
Great speed and amazing athletic ability make him a threat from anywhere.
BEST INSIDE RUNNER
1. Aundre Dean, Katy, Texas
Big back grinds it out and must be gang tackled.
2. Darrell Scott, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Scott has outside speed but is strong enough to do damage inside, too.
3. Jonas Gray, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day
Size and low center of gravity make him a chain-mover.
4. Jamie Harper, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Big back with good speed who makes yardage after first contact.
5. Milton Knox, Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham
Wouldn't expect it, but he does most of his work inside.
BEST IN SPACE
1. Ryan Williams, Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson
His start-stop ability makes him fun to watch in one-on-one situations.
2. DeSean Hales, Klein (Texas) Oak
Could have quickest feet in the nation.
3. Andre Ellington, Moncks Corner (S.C.) Berkeley
Scat-back hard to get a clean hit on in open space.
4. Ryan Bass, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Can make linebackers or defensive backs miss.
5. Carlton Thomas, Frostproof, Fla.
Quick back could be a terror on returns.
BEST DOWNHILL RUNNER
1. Darrell Scott, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Once he gets up a head of steam, watch out.
2. Jermie Calhoun, Van, Texas
When his legs get churning, he's tough to bring down.
3. Jamie Harper, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Harper would just assume run over you as around you.
4. Dontavius Jackson, Franklin (Ga.) Heard County
Strong lower body allows him to churn out extra yards.
5. Jonas Gray, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day
Will lower his head and make you pay to tackle him.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: WIDE RECEIVERS
BEST DEEP THREAT
1. Michael Floyd, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
Showed his ability to separate and win jump balls at U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
2. DeVier Posey, Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle
Great route runner can sell intermediate pattern and go deep.
3. Tavarres King, Mt. Airy (Ga.) Habersham Central
Very smooth receiver with an extra gear you don't expect.
4. Joshua Jarboe, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Big body and excellent speed make him very tough downfield.
5. Julio Jones, Foley, Ala.
So strong he can win any jump ball.
BEST HANDS
1. Brice Butler, Norcross, Ga.
Long arms help him reach seemingly uncatchable balls.
2. A.J. Green, Summerville, S.C.
Strong hands and adjusts to the ball very well in the air.
3. Dan Buckner, Allen, Texas
Catches the ball the way you're taught, hands out in front.
4. Melvin Ray, Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian
Makes tough catches look easy.
5. T.J. Lawrence, Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen
Similar to Ray, he makes things look easy and effortless.
BEST AFTER CATCH
1. A.J. Green, Summerville, S.C.
Despite tall frame, he's slippery and has extra gear to gain yardage.
2. Darryl Stonum, Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles
Is shifty after the catch for a big wideout.
3. Julio Jones, Foley, Ala.
Just too big to handle if you don't have help.
4. DeAndre Brown, Ocean Springs, Miss.
Strength allows him to shrug off arm tackles and get yardage.
5. Michael Floyd, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
Has good size and can shed tackles and make people miss.
BEST ATHLETE
1. A.J. Green, Summerville, S.C.
Makes everything look effortless and smooth.
2. Julio Jones, Foley, Ala.
Huge receiver boasts freakish athleticism.
3. Michael Floyd, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
Extremely smooth for a receiver with pretty good size.
4. DeAndre Brown, Ocean Springs, Miss.
Another big receiver who showed his agility at U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
5. Joshua Jarboe, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Big guy also plays basketball and runs track.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: TIGHT ENDS
FASTEST
1. Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
Has wide receiver speed in a tight end's body.
2. Kyle Rudolph, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder
Long stride and frame allows him to stretch the field.
3. James Hanna, Flower Mound, Texas
Great quickness both forward and laterally.
4. Blake Ayles, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Old-school physical, but he can still move.
5. Jabaris Little, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
Great size and good straight-line speed.
BEST ATHLETE
1. Blake Ayles, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Most well-rounded tight end and makes people miss.
2. James Hanna, Flower Mound, Texas
His athletic numbers across the board are excellent.
3. Kyle Rudolph, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder
Also a terrific basketball player which helps footwork.
4. Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
His speed and route-running show off his athletic ability.
5. Brandon Moore, Trotwood (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison
Can do almost anything on the football field, just needs to be more involved.
BEST HANDS
1. Dwayne Allen, Fayetteville (N.C.) Terry Sanford
Won best hands during Under Armour week.
2. Kyle Rudolph, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder
Adept at catching balls at his feet or over his head.
3. Blake Ayles, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
A drop is a rarity for the California native.
4. Jake Stoneburner, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
Playing wide receiver has helped him develop great hands.
5. Ryan Deehan, Poway, Calif.
If it's near him, he'll catch it.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: OFFENSIVE LINE
BEST RUN BLOCKER
1. Baker Steinkuhler, Lincoln (Neb.) Lincoln Southwest
Simply a beast who wants to destroy the player in front of him.
2. Stephen Good, Paris, Texas
Good is a brawler who plays with good leverage and loves to run block.
3. Lucas Nix, Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson
Gets stronger run-blocking as the game progresses.
4. Trevor Robinson, Omaha (Neb.) Elkhorn
Stays low and has very strong leg drive.
5. Dann O'Neill, Grand Haven, Mich.
For a tall lineman, he plays low and dominates in the run game.
BEST PASS BLOCKER
1. Matt Kalil, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Obviously learned a lot from his older brother, especially footwork.
2. Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater
Physical lineman gets out of his stance well and has great feet.
3. Matt Patchan, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Nasty attitude and gets a nice punch off the line.
4. Khaled Holmes, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Showed off excellent footwork during Under Armour week.
5. Mike Adams, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
Showed his pass blocking skills at U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
STRONGEST
1. Baker Steinkuhler, Lincoln (Neb.) Lincoln Southwest
Once he locks you up, the battle is over.
2. Stephen Good, Paris, Texas
Lives for drive-blocking opponents out of the frame.
3. Trevor Robinson, Omaha (Neb.) Elkhorn
Showed his power all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
4. A.J. Harmon, Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County
Excellent run blocker anchors well and is hard to move.
5. Braxston Cave, Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn
Physical blocker has 405-pound bench press.
MOST AGILE
1. Mike Adams, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
Someone as big as Adams shouldn't move this well.
2. Tyron Smith, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Long, lean and has a 31-inch vertical jump.
3. Barrett Jones, Memphis (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian School
Agility will allow him to play center at the next level.
4. Antoine McClain, Anniston, Ala.
Huge tackle with very light feet.
5. Allen Carroll, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Has great potential as a pulling guard.
BEST ATHLETE
1. Mike Adams, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
You get the impression Adams could excel at any sport despite his size.
2. Matt Patchan, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Patchan is an excellent downfield blocker because of his athleticism.
3. Tyron Smith, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Moves like a tight end despite his size.
4. Barrett Jones, Memphis (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian School
You have to be athletic to play center and Jones fits the bill.
5. Michael Brewster, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater
Athletic ability allows him to get outside and block in space.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: DEFENSIVE TACKLES
QUICKEST
1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
Was in the opposing backfield all week at U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices.
2. DeAngelo Tyson, Statesboro, Ga.
Showed of his speed all week in practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
3. Corey Liuget, Hialeah, Fla.
Was the most athletic defensive lineman at Offense-Defense All-American Bowl practices.
4. Stacey McGee, Muskogee, Okla.
Gets off the ball fast and doesn't slow down when making moves.
5. Chancey Aghayere, Garland, Texas
Plays defensive end but his body structure will allow him to excel as a pass rusher on the inside.
STRONGEST
1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
Had no problem moving offensive lineman out of his way all season.
2. Mike Martin, Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central
Martin boasts a 420-pound bench press max.
3. Brandon Thompson, Thomasville, Ga.
He had a tremendous bull rush at the Under Armour practices.
4. Omar Hunter, Buford, Ga.
When technique didn't work, he flat out ran over offensive lineman all season.
5. Jarvis Humphrey, Cedar Hill, Texas
Humphrey is another bull rush expert at the Under Armour practices.
BEST ATHLETE
1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
He excelled as a pass rusher and a run stopper at U.S. Army All-American practices.
2. Corey Liuget, Hialeah, Fla.
He actually returned kicks for his high school team.
3. Chancey Aghayere, Garland, Texas
He displayed a quick first step and was great in pursuit at the U.S. Army All-American practices.
4. Garrett Goebel, Lombard (Ill.) Montini
Accomplished wrestler who uses agility well.
5. Lawrence Guy, Las Vegas (Nev.) Western
Has very light feet and showed them off at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
BEST RUN STUFFER
1. Stacey McGee, Muskogee, Okla.
He is very strong at the point of attack despite raw technique.
2. Omar Hunter, Buford, Ga.
At 6-feet, 320 pounds, he is impossible to move.
3. Jarvis Humphrey, Cedar Hill, Texas
It is almost impossible for offensive lineman to get under his pads.
4. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
He is very powerful and manhandles most offensive lineman.
5. Jurrell Casey, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
He helped Long Beach Poly only give up one rushing touchdown all season.
BEST PASS RUSHER
1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
Recorded 21 sacks in the highest classification in Florida.
2. Corey Liuget, Hialeah, Fla.
Has speed to burn as a defensive lineman.
3. Stacey McGee, Muskogee, Okla.
His highlights show off one of the best swim moves in the country.
4. Omar Hunter, Buford, Ga.
Has great technique and can be overpowering.
5. Lawrence Guy, Las Vegas (Nev.) Western
Has tremendous pursuit speed for a big man.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: DEFENSIVE ENDS
STRONGEST
1. DaQuan Bowers, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt
He was pushing around offensive tackles like paper dolls at Under Armour practice.
2. Ethan Johnson, Portland (Ore.) Lincoln
He was injured his senior year but showed great strength as a junior.
3. Nick Perry, Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King
Perry flashed power despite playing out of position at U.S. Army All American Bowl.
4. Chase Clement, Thibodaux (La.) E. D. White
He is very strong when he engages linemen.
5. Kavario Middleton, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
He uses his massive size to have his way with offensive lineman.
BEST AGAINST THE RUN
1. Tony Jerod, DeSoto, Texas
Very active with excellent instincts against the run.
2. DaQuan Bowers, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt
He is nearly impossible to move and has excellent pursuit speed.
3. Nathan Williams, Washington Court House (Ohio) Miami Trace
His linebacker skills coupled with his athleticism make him ideal for playing the run.
4. Michael Williams, Reform (Ala.) Pickens County
Sheds blocks well and keeps his feet.
5. Chase Clement, Thibodaux (La.) E. D. White
Keeps blockers off by using his hands well and gets good push upfield.
BEST PASS RUSHER
1. R.J. Washington, Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge
He was the quickest off the edge at the U.S. Army All-American practices.
2. DaQuan Bowers, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt
He can either run around the offensive lineman or push them out of his way.
3. Nick Perry, Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King
He uses his strength to get offensive linemen off balance.
4. Tyler Westphal, Menasha (Wisc.)
At Under Armour practices he used his long arms to get around the offensive lineman.
5. Toby Jackson, Griffin, Ga.
Many in Georgia thought he was the most dominant player in the state.
QUICKEST FIRST STEP
1. R.J. Washington, Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge
He comes off the edge like a track star.
2. Cornelius Washington, Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County
This regional 100-meter champ can fly coming from his defensive end position.
3. Chaz Sutton, Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins
Not only did this speed rusher have three sacks in the GACA North South All-Star Game, he was also a running back in high school.
4. Datone Jones, Compton, Calif.
He had 43 tackles for a loss as a senior because he gets into backfield so fast.
5. Quinton Coples, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy
Long and rangy he gets off the ball with a long first stride.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: LINEBACKERS
BEST INSTINCTS
1. Etienne Sabino, Miami (Fla.) Dr. Krop
This student of the game made more than 150 tackles this season.
2. Sean Spence, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
He proved all week at Under Armour that he could play the pass or run and was seldom, if ever, out of position.
3. Nigel Bradham, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla
His ability to read the run or pass led to 147 tackles and 12 sacks this season.
4. Michael Mauti, Mandeville, La.
Seems to always know where the ball is going.
5. Mike Zordich, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney
Heady player has natural instincts at linebacker.
BEST RUN STOPPER
1. Jerrell Harris, Gadsden (Ala.) Gadsden City
He punished his own running backs all week at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
2. Shayne Hale, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
Best moving forward and is strong at first contact. He could even play defensive end.
3. Darius Fleming, Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita
Good size and long frame allows him to make more plays.
4. Uona Kavienga, Los Angeles (Calif.) Leuzinger
At Under Armour he was smacking his own running backs around even when they were not in pads.
5. Brendan Beal, Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty
Loves contact and was a battering ram during U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.
BEST CLOSING SPEED
1. Arthur Brown, Wichita (Kan.) Wichita East
He showed off his speed chasing Sam McGuffie down from behind in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
2. William Green, Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park
He was catching plays from the backside all week at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
3. Ryan Baker, Blountstown, Fla.
He was one of the fastest linebackers I have seen live all season. He reminded me of Derrick Brooks.
4. Lerentee McCray, Dunnellon, Fla.
He was also very impressive live chasing the ball sideline to sideline.
5. Marcus Robinson, Homestead, Fla.
Took direct angles and closed well during U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.
BEST ATHLETE
1. Nigel Bradham, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla
He was the winner of the EAS Speed and Strength award over some of the other great players in the nation.
2. Marcus Dowtin, Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy
Didn't have an impressive week at the Offense-Defense bowl, but he was the leading tackler and rusher for his high school two years in a row.
3. Arthur Brown, Wichita (Kan.) Wichita East
Was a two-way standout on his high school team for four years.
4. Lerentee McCray, Dunnellon, Fla.
The leading tackler for his high school team also returned kicks and played tailback.
5. Brandon Beachum, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney
He was the leading rusher and one of the top tacklers on his state finalist team.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: CORNERBACKS
FASTEST
1. D.J. Monroe, Angleton, Texas
Won the Texas 4A 100-meters as a sophomore.
2. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Ran a sub-4.4 at USC Camp.
3. Boubacar Cissoko, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Has great backpedal and impressive closing speed.
4. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
He helped his team to a 4A state football title and was also part of the 2007 state track title.
5. T.J. Bryant, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
He has run 38.02 for 300 meters.
BEST BALL SKILLS
1. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
He had stellar showings against great competition at USC's camp and Florida's Friday Night Lights.
2. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
He not only had nine interceptions the last two seasons but made 57 catches at receiver.
3. Janoris Jenkins, Pahokee, Fla.
Showed off great hands at Under Armour All-American Bowl practices.
4. Brandon Taylor, Franklinton, La.
Was a threat on offensive and defensive in high school.
5. Brandon Boykin, Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County
Not only had five picks but also took every snap at quarterback and stars at point guard in basketball.
BEST COVERAGE SPEED
1. Alonzo Lawrence, Lucedale (Miss.) George County
Shut down DeAndre Brown in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star practices and Julio Jones in the game.
2. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Showed off his skills camp after camp.
3. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Did an excellent job covering A.J. Green, Aldarius Johnson and D.J. Grant during Under Armour practices.
4. Boubacar Cissoko, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Had a great week covering DeAndre Brown, Brice Butler and DeVier Posey at U.S. Army All-American practices.
5. Janoris Jenkins, Pahokee, Fla.
Did a great job all week at Under Armour covering Joshua Jarboe, Daryl Stonum, and Julio Jones.
MOST PHYSICAL
1. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
At 6-foot-1, 193 he makes it very hard for receivers to get off the line of scrimmage.
2. Janoris Jenkins, Pahokee, Fla.
I saw him up close knock Joshua Jarboe to the ground off at the line of scrimmage.
3. Alonzo Lawrence, Lucedale (Miss.) George County
Great size at 6-foot-1, 195 allows him to match up with large receivers.
4. Travis Howard, Miami (FL) Dr. Krop
Another tall corner at 6-feet, he made 72 tackles and was named all-state.
5. Aaron Hester, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Big corner had a whopping 89 tackles.
BEST ATHLETE
1. Alonzo Lawrence, Lucedale (Miss.) George County
He was one of the best corners I have seen all year and he caught 30 passes and returned five kickoffs for TD's.
2. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Starred on both sides of the ball for state champions and excels in track and field.
3. D.J. Monroe, Angleton, Texas
Running back was also a demon as a punt and kickoff returner. He showed great cover skills on special teams at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
4. Charles Whitlock, Chester, S.C.
He was the star quarterback on a state title team and excelled at defensive back at the Under Armour game.
5. Brandon Boykin, Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County
Led his school to its first undefeated season and can dunk a basketball with ease at 5-foot-9.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: SAFETY
FASTEST
1. Spencer Adams, Matthews (N.C.) Butler
He showed great speed at Under Armour, even working out at corner against the taller receivers. He is ranked second nationally in the 110 Hurdles.
2. Aaron Williams, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil
He displayed incredible speed and coverage skills at the U.S. Army All-American practice.
3. Joseph Ibiloye, Garland (Texas) South Garland
He is a speed demon on special teams and can make a big hit from out of nowhere.
4. C.J. Holton, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla
Has the size of a linebacker and really accelerates when making tackles at the line of scrimmage.
5. Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Had a great week of practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, especially making big hits on passes thrown over the middle.
BEST BALL SKILLS
1. Aaron Williams, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil
A safety with cornerback skills which were on displaye at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices.
2. Vaughn Telemaque, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
He made three amazing interceptions in the Pac 5 championship game victory.
3. Jamoris Slaughter, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Tucker
He had eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups in his junior and senior year combined.
4. Okechuckwu Okoroha, Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt
He had four picks in limited action as a senior.
5. Dee Finley, Auburn, Ala.
He had an incredible 14 interceptions in his junior and senior season combined.
BEST COVERAGE SKILLS
1. Aaron Williams, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil
It has been debated whether he is a tall corner or a free safety with incredible coverage skills.
2. Vaughn Telemaque, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
This safety is so athletic he may be used as a big corner at the next level.
3. Spencer Adams, Matthews (N.C.) Butler
At the Under Armour practices he was used as a corner against the taller receivers and looked very good.
4. Charles Mitchell, Clarksdale, Miss.
His performance at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic proved he could be a cover corner.
5. C.J. Holton, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla
He really excelled at picking up backs out of the backfield his senior season.
HARDEST HITTER
1. Ramon Buchanan, Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay
He displayed the ability to roam sideline to sideline and make the big hit at the Under Armour practices.
2. Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
He laid crushing blow after crushing blow on his teammates at the U.S. Army All-American practices and then did it in the game.
3. Joseph Ibiloye, Garland (Texas) South Garland
Game against Rockwell showed me he is a linebacker playing safety.
4. Dee Finley, Auburn, Ala.
This safety is the size of a linebacker and hits like one.
5. C.J. Holton, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla
He is another safety that could be a hard-hitting linebacker at the next level.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: ATHLETE
FASTEST
1. Lamaar Thomas, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly
He won the state 100-meter title.
2. Derrick Hall, Beaumont (Texas) Central
Ran the anchor leg for the 4x100 district champions.
3. Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
He displayed blazing speed as a punt returner at the Under Armour practices.
4. A.J. Alexander, Altoona, Pa.
Was fourth in the state 100-meters as a sophomore.
5. Davon Johnson, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
This state title track team member ran an electronic-timed 4.48 at the Miami Nike Combine.
MOST ATHLETIC
1. Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Looked very good playing safety, wide receiver, running back, punt returner and kick returner at Under Armour practices.
2. E.J. Abrams-Ward, Thomasville, N.C.
This great football player is a high-flying dunking machine on the basketball court.
3. Mark Barron, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's
He has the athleticism to play running back, linebacker or safety at Alabama.
4. Derrick Hall, Beaumont (Texas) Central
Hall can play running back, defensive back and return kicks. He is also one of the state's top track stars.
5. Dyrell Roberts, Smithfield, Va.
This three-sport star also excels at basketball and track and field.
BEST BALL SKILLS
1. Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
He looked natural catching passes and kicks at the Under Armour practices. Look for Florida to use him on offense.
2. Burton Scott, Prichard (Ala.) Vigor
Looked very natural with the ball in his hands while working at receiver and punt returner during Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and Under Armour practices .
3. Davon Johnson, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
This potential two-way star has incredible hands he showed off during a state title run.
4. D.J. Shoemate, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Played mostly running back his senior year and excelled at catching the ball out of the backfield.
5. Deangelo Peterson, Baton Rouge (La.) Desire Street Academy
This two-way star led his team to the state semifinals catching 39 passes for 675 yards and 10 TD's. He also recorded 104 tackles, four sacks and four picks.
BEST JUMBO ATHLETE
1. Richard Samuel, Cartersville (Ga.) Cass
This two-way standout rushed for 1,429 yards and 24 TD's while accumulating 82 tackles.
2. Jarmon Fortson, Columbus (Ga.) Carver
This giant receiver caught 55 passes for 991 yards and 13 TD's, yet many schools recruited him as a linebacker.
3. Mark Barron, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's
He excelled as a running back, wide receiver and linebacker.
4. E.J. Abrams-Ward, Thomasville, N.C.
This 6-foot-5 athlete is being recruited as a linebacker, wide receiver and quarterback at the next level.
5. Chris Harper, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest
This dual-threat quarterback ran for 600 yards and passed for 950 yards as a senior. Colleges were recruiting him as a running back, quarterback and linebacker.
CATEGORY RANKINGS: KICKER
STRONGEST LEG
1. Caleb Sturgis, Saint Augustine, Fla.
Hit a 51-yarder in the state championship game and hit booming kickoffs at the Under Armour practices.
2. Kevin Harper, Mentor, Ohio
Hit a state record 62-yarder and had 50 touchbacks.
3. Justin Sorensen, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
This state champion power lifter had 81 touchbacks as a junior and looked great at the U.S. Army All-American practices.
4. Randy Bullock, Klein, Texas
He hit the second-longest field goal in Houston Area history and made All-Area First Team as a junior.
5. Drew Alleman, Scott (La.) Acadiana
His kickoffs were eight yards deep in the state championship game and his booming punts had more than four-second hang times.
MOST ACCURATE
1. Quinn Sharp, Mansfield (Texas) Mansfield Summit
He displayed a very accurate leg during the Offense-Defense practices in Ft. Lauderdale.
2. Chris Philpott, Atlanta (Ga.) St Pius X School
He was 12-of-15 as a senior with longs of 49, 50 and 51.
3. Carson Wiggs, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie
He had a great week of practice at Under Armour and looked natural kicking the ball off the ground.
4. Blair Walsh, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons
He finished his senior season making 14-of-22, including two 59-yarders.
5. Jeff Locke, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
He was 100 percent on extra point attempts during his high school career.



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