Jamie Newburg's Insiders.com All-American Team

Want to know the top recruits in the country? The Insiders.com Jamie Newburg picks the top offensive and defensive players with the Insiders.com / CNNSI All-American team.

We had to make some tough, tough choices for TheInsiders.com/CNNSI.com All-America Team, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Two positions in particular were very difficult to determine, quarterback and wide receiver. This season there are three elite quarterbacks -- Kyle Wright, Chris Leak and JaMarcus Russell.

Wright is the total package, blessed with everything a quarterback needs to be successful at any level -- size, arm strength, knowledge of the game, mobility, leadership, confidence and the ability to make the big play. Leak also has those intangibles, plus the stats to back it up.

He has thrown for a mind-boggling 15,593 yards and a national record 185 touchdown passes in his high school career. Russell is the "rawest" of the bunch but he has the best arm in the country. He has terrific size and mobility. In the end, with coaching and the right system, it wouldn't surprise me to see Russell become the best of this elite bunch. But Wright gets the nod as he has all season as TheInsiders.com's No. 1-rated quarterback.

Wide receiver was also difficult but we ended up going with Whitney Lewis and Andre Caldwell. This duo is summed up in two words -- play makers! They both make big play after big play. Lewis is the most elusive and physical, while Caldwell is the most explosive. They edged out Chad Jackson for the two wide receiver spots.

Greg Olsen is an outstanding two-way standout -- at TE and DE -- but he's a gifted tight end who really reminds you of Jeremy Shockey.

In the trenches, it isn't a great year for tackles, but it certainly is for guards and centers. The No. 1 offensive lineman in the nation is center Jordy Lipsey. He is flanked by the overpowering Ofa Mohetau and the athletic Eric Young. Tackles Jorrie Adams and Mike Jones round out the offensive line.

Defensively, this team is led by the linebackers -

- Ernie Sims, Wesley Jefferson and Earl Everett.

Sims is the nation's top overall prospect and the other two are not too far behind. Jefferson is the biggest hitter of the bunch while Everett has the most unlimited potential. Prescott Burgess, a super recruit from the Buckeye state, was barely edged out of this group.

The defensive front consists of Lamarr Woodley, Lawrence Jackson, Nate Robinson and Lawrence Dampeer. Woodley is a high school outside linebacker, but at 6-2 and 250 pounds, I sincerely think he'll become an end. Robinson and Dampeer are two 300-pounders that are athletic and move exceptionally well.

The secondary is a great group with safeties Brandon Owens and Tony Cade and cornerbacks Donte Whitner and Tarell Brown.

Top 22 high school players in the nation, listed by position.

Offense And Defense

QB: Kyle Wright Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista Committed to Miami

DE: Lamarr Woodley Saginaw (Mich.) Michigan, Oklahoma, USC, Michigan St.

RB: Demetris Summers Lexington (S.C.) S.C. leads Florida, FSU, Miami, Okla.,Tenn.

DE: Lawrence Jackson Inglewood (Calif.) Committed to USC

RB: Kregg Lumpkin Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson Committed to Georgia

DT: Nate Robinson Irvington (N.J.) Committed to Miami

WR: Whitney Lewis Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure Florida State leads USC, Texas, Miami

DT: Lawrence Dampeer Decatur (Ill.) McArthur Illinois, Miami, Tenn., Okla., Purdue

WR: Andre Caldwell Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson Florida, Miami, FSU, USC and LSU

LB: Ernie Sims Tallahassee (Fla.) N. Fla. Christian Auburn, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Miami

TE: Greg Olsen Wayne (N.J.) Hills ND, Michigan, Tenn., and Miami

LB: Wesley Jefferson Brandywine (Md.) Gwynn Park MD, Miami, ND, Ohio St., Penn St., UVA

OL: Jordy Lipsey Altamonte Springs (Fla.) L. Brantley Committed to Virginia

LB: Earl Everett Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter Florida, Miami lead Nebr., FSU, LSU

OL: Ofa Mohetau Eluess (Texas) Trinity Arizona St., BYU, Miami, Texas

S: Brandon Owens Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic Committed to Iowa State

OL: Eric Young Union (S.C.) Clemson, UNC, S. Carolina, Tenn., UVA

S: Tony Cade Lewisville (Texas) Committed to Oklahoma

OL: Jorrie Adams Jasper (Texas) LSU, Okla., Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA

CB: Donte Whitner Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville Committed to Ohio State

OL: Mike Jones Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards Mich., ND, Tenn., Miami, Iowa

CB: Tarell Brown Mesquite (Texas) N. Mesquite Committed to Texas

BuffStampede Top Stories