Derrick Williams, a lightning fast receiver, cornerback and kick returner from Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt High School, leads the way as the TheInsiders.com unveiled its first release of its National Hot 100 list for the Class of 2005.
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TheInsiders.com also announced that it has adjusted its individual player rankings. The top 50 prospects in the country will receive five stars while Nos. 51 though 250 will receive four stars and Nos. 251 through 750 will receive three stars. Currently, all the five stars have been assigned and about half the four stars. Over the next week or so more stars will be assigned.
Another change to TheInsiders.com is player video and this season the network did what no one has ever done before - releasing highlights of every prospect on its inaugural National Hot 100.
"Having video on all Hot 100 prospects is unprecedented in this business at this juncture (June) of the recruiting season," said Jamie Newberg, national recruiting analyst for TheInsiders. "No one has ever accomplished this. No one. I think this truly shows that this recruiting team is extremely dedicated to the job. Our entire team contributed to this and this is obviously a big part of the evaluation process. The other part is scouting these players at camps, our MSL combines and games. We take great pride in scouting in every kind of capacity as many prospects as we can in any way we can. It's not blind analysis. I am proud on our team and we undoubtedly have the best recruiting team in the business."
TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 was compiled by Newberg and Allen Wallace. Newberg and Wallace evaluated film, consulted college coaches from coast to coast, as well as TheInsiders.com recruiting team.
|WR Derrick Williams|
"More college coaches think Derrick Williams is the nation's No. 1 prospect than any other recruit," said Wallace, national recruiting analyst for TheInsiders. "He's a versatile playmaker, blessed with fantastic speed and elusiveness. He was described by some recruiters as ‘the real deal with unreal speed'… ‘absolutely fantastic'… ‘he has great moves and hips'… ‘more explosive than anyone else in the class'.
"Derrick also has excellent hands, is well put together physically and also has a good head on his shoulders. Not just a straight-line runner, Derrick is expected to perform as a wide receiver in college but could also help out at other skill positions and on special teams."
Williams narrowly edged out defensive tackle Callahan Bright from Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Harriton High School. Bright takes the No. 2 overall spot and currently is the nation's No. 1 rated defensive prospect. He's 6-2 and 315 pounds and he plays both on the defensive and offensive lines.
|DT Callahan Bright|
|QB Ryan Perrilloux|
"To me Perrilloux is Quincy Carter (QB Dallas Cowboys) at the same stage," Newberg said. "I loved Carter out of high school and I may have been the only analyst in the country to have him rated higher than Tim Couch that year. Perrilloux has the same athletic ability and a big-league arm. He has a great feel in pocket for pressure and is a tremendous leader. And without question he has more upside than any other QB in the nation from what we have seen so far."
Another signal caller enters the Hot 100 at No. 10 overall. That quarterback is Mark Sanchez from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School.
|WR Fred Rouse|
"Fred Rouse has superior leaping ability and terrific hands," Wallace said. "He's also got excellent size (6-3, 187). Patrick Turner is an awesome athlete who adjusts to the ball so well and is very competitive. Turner is also very elusive with the catch and has exceptional hands. He is also very polished at this stage."
For the third consecutive year, the top cornerback in the land is from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School. Two years ago, it was Donte Whitner (Ohio State) and last season it was Ted Ginn (Ohio State). This year it's Jamario O'Neal and he just may be the best of the bunch, according to Newberg.
|CB Jamario O'Neal|
Speaking of size and strength, TheInsiders.com's No. 1 rated offensive line prospect is Eugene Monroe from Plainsfield (N.J.). Monroe comes in at No.5 overall and this is a prospect that everyone in the country is sky-high on.
|OL Eugene Monroe|
|LB Luthur Brown|
"This was tight because there were several under consideration," Newberg said. "Brown is a true middle inside linebacker with great size and good speed. I love the fact that he's a sideline-to-sideline guy, can rush the passer and drop in coverage. Brown's an every down linebacker that plays with high intensity on every play."
|TE DajLeon Farr|
"They certainly could," said Newberg. "Blackmon is arguably the most explosive defensive player this season even though he's a tad undersized right now to play linebacker. Meanwhile I think Farr is one of the best overall athletes period. He doesn't get the opportunity to catch many passes so it's real hard to get a read on his hands. But what we have seen is simply outstanding. This kid has as much upside as anyone."
As far as the running back position is concerned four find themselves in the top 20 overall – Jonathan Stewart [Olympia (Wa.) Timberline – No. 13], Lamarcus Coker [Antioch (Tenn.) – No. 14], Antone Smith [Pahokee (Fla.) – No. 17], and Kevin Grady [East Grand Rapids (Mi.) – No. 19].
|DE Averell Spicer|
This is a deep year for linebackers, as 16 made TheInsiders.com Hot 100 while only five quarterbacks made the list. Of the five quarterbacks, Antonio Bass [Jackson (Mi.)] is more of an athlete and Greg Paulus [Syracuse (N.Y.)Christian Brothers Academy] will more than likely only play basketball at Duke.
TheInsiders.com will re-evaluate and adjust the National Hot 100 multiple times through the course of the year.