Easily the hardest position so far to put in any kind of order has been the linebackers in the south. More than fifty prospects will sign division one scholarships at the linebacker position in the deep south this year, and while the depth is outstanding, there isn't a lot of separation between the players.
At the top of the heap is Marcus Ball of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga. Ball has been a starter on one of the best defenses in the south for three years. The talent at the linebacker position is so loaded at Stephenson, that the Jaguars could actually afford to move their fastest linebacker to safety this year.
Speaking of speed, A.J. Jones is the fastest of all of the linebackers on the board. He was a standout at the Scout.com Combine in Tampa, and has a load of offers to choose from.
Jacob Cutrera and Toryan Smith are two of the top middle linebackers on the board. Each has sideline to sideline lateral quickness, and both live for contact.
The player making the biggest move up the list is Douglass' Akeem Dent. At 6-3 and 210 pounds, Dent has had a huge senior season now that he is the leader on a team that lost eight D1 signees in the Class of 2005.
The linebacker board easily goes 35 deep with big time Division One players, and for just about every player from 11-35, one could make an argument for him being in the Top 10.
They can't all be in the top ten, and here is a look at the best linebacker prospects in the country.
Rather than list the players' height, weight, and speed, I have listed the school they are committed to if any. Click on their player page to see more information including scouting videos and schools of interest.
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|1||Marcus Ball||(Stephenson) Stone Mountain, GA|
|2||A.J. Jones||(Middleton) Tampa, FL|
|3||Jacob Cutrera||(Acadiana) Lafayette, LA||LSU|
|4||Marcus Sims||(NFC) Tallahassee, FL|
|5||Derrick Odom||(Callaway Sr) Jackson, MS|
|6||Colin McCarthy||(Central Catholic ) Clearwater, FL|
|7||Bo Harris||(Heritage) Conyers, GA|
|8||Darryl Gamble||(Bainbridge) Bainbridge, GA||Georgia|
|9||Akeem Dent||(Douglass) Atlanta, GA|
|10||Chasman Davis||(St. Lucie West) Fort Pierce, FL|
|11||Dustin Doe||(Hamilton County) Jasper, FL||Florida|
|12||Shomari Clemons||(West Monroe) West Monroe, LA||LSU|
|13||Toryan Smith||(Rome) Rome, GA|
|14||Perry Riley||(Stephenson) Stone Mountain, GA||LSU|
|15||Emanuel Cook||Palm Beach Gardens, FL|
|16||Kelvin Sheppard||(Stephenson) Stone Mountain, GA||LSU|
|17||Terrell Terry||(Upson-Lee) Thomaston, GA|
|18||Tim Rawlinson||(Prattville) Prattville, AL|
|19||LaBrandon Glover||(Pensacola) Pensacola, FL||Mississippi State|
|20||Craig Stevens||(Lincoln) Tallahassee, FL|
|21||Charlie Kirschman||(Nease) St Augustine, FL||Alabama|
|22||Roshaad Byrd||(Meridian) Meridian, MS|
|23||Antonio Lowery||(Christopher Columbus) Miami, FL|
|24||Hendrick Leverette||(Oak Grove) Hattiesburg, MS||Auburn|
|25||Winston Bowens||(North Clayton) College Park, GA||Mississippi State|
|26||James Poe||(Freedom) Orlando, FL|
|27||J.D. Douglas||(Prattville) Prattville, AL|
|28||Michael Johnson||(Cypress Bay ) Weston, FL|
|29||Charlie Higgenbotham||(Mt Brook) Mountain Brook, AL||Alabama|
|30||Sabbath Joseph||(Miami Central) Miami, FL|
|31||LaBronski Hutchins||(Benjamin Russell) Alexander City, AL||Alabama|
|32||Hunter Haynes||(Nease) St Augustine, FL||Wake Forest|
|33||Danny Carmichael||(Woodstock) Woodstock, GA|
|34||Vandaral Shackleford||(Riverdale) Riverdale, GA|
|35||Rudy Robinson||(Pahokee) Pahokee, FL|
|36||Andrew Trowbridge||(Warner Christian) South Daytona, FL|
|37||Vincent Cheves||(Pahokee) Pahokee, FL|
|38||Van Stumon||(Nlr - West Campus) North Little Rock, AR|
|39||Martez Smith||(Velma Jackson) Camden, MS|
|40||Sorie Bayoh||(Gulliver Prep) Miami, FL|
|41||Maurice Sapp||(Piper) Sunrise, FL|
|42||Melvin Armstrong||(Chester County) Henderson, TN|
|43||Recardo Wright||(Dr. Phillips) Orlando, FL|
|44||John Ware||(Cardinal Gibbons) Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|45||Jordan Dalrymple||(Oviedo) Oviedo, FL|
|46||Chris Mosby||(Christian Brothers) Memphis, TN|
|47||A.J. Morosco||(Seabreeze) Daytona Beach, FL|
|48||Brandon Jackson||(Briarcrest Christian Schools) Memphis, TN|
|49||Robert Moore||(Kendrick) Columbus, GA|
|50||Devon Stallworth||(Daphne) Daphne, AL|