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.
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 -
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.
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: Lawrence Jackson Inglewood (Calif.) Committed to USC
DT: Nate Robinson Irvington (N.J.) Committed to Miami
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
S: Brandon Owens Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic Committed to Iowa State
S: Tony Cade Lewisville (Texas) Committed to Oklahoma
OL: Mike Jones Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards Mich., ND, Tenn., Miami, Iowa
CB: Tarell Brown Mesquite (Texas) N. Mesquite Committed to Texas