Ginn, Jr.: Player of the Year

Ted Ginn, Jr., was named National High School Player of the Year by, whose team of scouts and recruiting analysts chose the Cleveland, Ohio, cornerback over several other elite prospects, including center Jeff Byers, quarterbacks Brian Brohm, Xavier Lee, running backs Adrian Peterson and Andre Brown and others.

Ted Ginn, Jr., was named National High School Player of the Year by TheInsiders. com, whose team of scouts and recruiting analysts chose the Cleveland, Ohio, cornerback over several other elite prospects, including center Jeff Byers, quarterbacks Brian Brohm, Xavier Lee, running backs Adrian Peterson and Andre Brown and others. Also announced today is the 2nd annual 24 man All-American Team.

Headlining the second annual All-America team, Ginn, Jr., is a five-star prospect from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School. This past season he accounted for 40 touchdowns in five different ways – throwing, receiving, rushing, kick returns and interception returns. He had eight interceptions, returning five for scores. Ginn scored five touchdowns five different ways during a single game this past season.

"Ted did some amazing things this season," said his father and Glenville Head Coach Ted Ginn, Sr. "We expect Ted to do those things on defense, but not what he did on offense. This season he was more of an offensive player and scorer. He returned a bunch of interceptions for touchdown including one for 102 yards and another for 96. He scored off kick and punt returns. Ted kicks field goals and extra points. It was amazing to watch him. Looking back, it was all business but I am really enjoying now what he did this past season. Now Ted is ready to go to the next level."

Ginn, Jr. leads a contingent of future college stars on All- America Team. Offensively, there is a Texas flavor at quarterback and running back with Lone Star State standouts Rhett Bomar (Grand Prairie) and Adrian Peterson (Palestine). The receiving corps is spectacular and very big with Calvin Johnson (Tyrone, Ga.) and Fred Davis (Toldeo, Ohio). The offensive line is led by Jeff Byers (Ft. Collins, Co), the No. 1 rated player in the country.

Defensively, this group of linebackers is as good as we have seen over the years with Willie Williams (Miami, Fla.), Keith Rivers (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Dan Connor (Wallingford, Pa.). The team is loaded with athletes, especially the prospects who were named first-team athlete offense and defense in Early Doucet (St. Martinville, La.) and Brandon Miller (Colquitt, Ga.) respectively.

"Ted Ginn Jr. is a difference maker on both sides of the football," said Chris Pool, Midwest Recruiting Analyst for "He's the best athlete in the Midwest and a true All-American. I wouldn't be surprised if Ginn was a 'three and done' player for Ohio State because I think he can be good."

Ginn, Jr. committed to Ohio State earlier this month over Michigan, USC, Tennessee and others. Ginn, Jr. is the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country and the No. 4 rated player overall. He is considered by experts to be the top cover corner to come out over the past several years.

"Ted is elusive, fast, fluid, instinctive and tough," said Allen Wallace, a National Recruiting Analyst for "He has great ball skills and is a pure gamebreaker with good size. This is a track star who's also a football player. He's got an uncatchable gear. He also shows very well developed cover skills and should also be a fearsome punt returner. As a wide receiver, he shows a knack for making plays and out-competes DBs for the ball. Ted's as good a pure athlete as we've seen come out of the secondary in the past several years and has fabulous potential."

Other nominees for the National Player of the Year were Byers, Peterson, and Lee (Daytona Beach, Fla). Byers had a terrific senior season leading his team to the state championship. Along the way, Byers recorded 203 tackles (97 solo, 106 assists), 56 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, 14 caused fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. Offensively, they didn't keep stats but in one game they did count him with 34 pancake blocks. They estimated he had pancake blocks on 25 percent of all the running plays during the season.

Despite being a marked man, Peterson rushed the ball 240 times for 2,315 yards and 32 touchdowns. Peterson is headed to Norman, Okla., to play for Bob Stoops and his Sooners. Lee is a record-setting quarterback from Florida who is headed to Florida State. He had a great senior year throwing for 3,133 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing for 567 yards and 10 scores as a senior. Brohm had a spectacular season and career for Louisville (Ky.) Trinity High School. He threw for over 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns and was named Kentucky's Mr. Football this past season. Andre Brown (Greenville, N.C.) rushed for an amazing 3,479 yards as a senior. Borhm is committed to Louisville and Brown is committed to N.C. State.

Ginn was a near unanimous vote getter amongst recruiting team.

Last season quarterback, Chris Leak (Charlotte, N.C.) was the network's National Player of the Year and Ernie Sims (Tallahassee, Fla.) was its top- rated prospect from start to finish. This season, Byers was rated TheInsiders. com's No. 1 prospect, from start to finish.

2004 All-Atlantic Team - 2004 All-Big 12 Team
2004 All-Big Ten Team - 2004 All-South Team - 2004 All-Pac-10 Team All-America Team
QBRhett BomarGrand Prairie (Texas)Oklahoma
Many worthy candidates here but Bomar has the most upside of any QB in the nation. He has all the physical and mental attributes you want in a QB and he's also a superior athlete.
RBAdrian PetersonPalestine (Texas)Oklahoma
Our No. 1 RB from the pre-season on. Peterson rushed for 4,366 yards and 54 TDs over the past two seasons despite being a marked man. He has it all - size, power, elusiveness and blazing speed.
FBBrian ToalRamsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Is there a better fullback in the country? Toal could easily star on either side of the ball in college at FB or MLB. That may be the second toughest decision he has to make.
WRFred DavisToledo (Ohio) RogersUSC
A freak talent with amazing size and speed. Very versatile as well as he also returned kicks, played SS and RB. Davis has already graduated high school.
WRCalvin JohnsonTyrone (Ga.) Sandy CreekGeorgia Tech
The only thing Johnson lacks is blazing speed. He has everything else and than some. Johnson is deadly in the red-zone with an NFL body right now.
ATHEarly DoucetSt. Martinville (La.)LSU
The most electrifying prospect from Louisiana since Kevin Faulk. Doucet will make the full-time switch to WR like Peter Warrick and Michael Clayton did. He has amazing natural instincts for the game.
TEZach MillerPhoenix (Az.) Desert VistaArizona State
Easily the nation's finest tight end prospect. Super hands, speed and blocking ability. Miller is also a very good defensive end. He will join his brother at Arizona State.
OLJeff ByersFt. Collins (Co.) LovelandUSC
The nation's No. 1 prospect. Byers could play any position on the offensive line but will likely land at center or guard. He's very advanced for someone out of high school. Byers is best OL prospect in quite a few seasons.
OLAlex FletcherMelville (N.Y.) St. Anthony'sStanford
Like Byers, Fletcher can play guard or center at the next level. And like Byers he is smart, physical and has great feet. At this stage he's a dominating drive blocker.
OLLeon HartColumbia (S.C.) Spring ValleyAuburn
Hart is super quick, physical and athletic. He has great footwork and those long arms coaches covet in tackles.
OLGreg HarrisonShenandoah (Pa.) ValleyPenn State
Harrison is a fluid tackle that moves very well that can beat you physically or with finesse. He is quick off the ball, a dominating drive blocker, and very effective in space.
OLThomas HerringLos Angeles (Calif.) FremontUSC
Herring is a tremendous athlete who plays tight end and defensive end but we feel will end up as an offensive tackle. He has great athleticism, size and strength.
DECharles JohnsonHawkinsville (Ga.)Georgia
Plain and simple Johnson is an incredible athlete with great speed and quickness off the edge. He can flat out do it all - stuff the run, rush the passer or chase people down.
DEJeff SchweigerSan Jose (Calif.) Valley ChristianUSC
The bottom line with Schweiger is that he just has an incredible motor. He's a high energy guy that gives you everything he has on every single play. Schweiger will surprise you with his speed and quickness.
DTDemario PressleyGreensboro (N. C.) Dudley
Pressley is a force in the middle, commanding double and even triple teams at the high school level. He plays the run very well and is also an excellent pass rusher.
DTGlenn DorseyGonzales (La.) East AscensionLSU
Often overlooked because he committed so early to LSU. Another DL that plays his tail off on every down. Dorsey is extremely strong, especially his lower body (600+ pound squat).
LBWillie WilliamsMiami (Fla.) Carol City
Williams has more upside than any linebacker in this year's class. He has superior speed and quickness and great football instincts. Williams is an attacker, whether it be rushing the QB or chasing down a RB. He's also a fericous hitter.
LBKeith RiversLake Mary (Fla.)USC
At this stage Rivers is a little more advanced than Williams because of his ability to cover. But like Williams, Rivers is a great playmaker on defense. He can run and hit as well as anyone in the country.
LBDan ConnorWallingford (Pa.) Strath HavenPenn State
Connor and Toal are football clones. Connor could star on either side of the ball at Penn State (FB or MLB). He's a throwback defensively that plays the run and pass equally well.
ATHBrandon MillerColquitt (Ga.) Miller County
Miller is the best "big" athlete in the country. He played RB, FB, WR, TE, DE, LB and returned kicks this past season. Miller is good enough to play WR, LB or DE at the next level. He's just an amazing athlete that can really motor.
SAndrew KelsonHouston (Texas) LamarTexas
Kelson emerged as the No. 1 safety this season. He has the speed of a safety and the size of a linebacker. In fact, Kelson may grow into a linebacker at the next level.
SKyle JacksonNeptune Beach (Fla.) FletcherFlorida
Jackson is a super free safety prospect. He is a playmaker defensively that is always around the ball making things happen.
CBTed Ginn, Jr.Cleveland (Ohio) GlenvilleOhio State
Ginn is our National Player of the Year. He scored 40 touchdowns and scored five different ways this past season. Ginn has incredible cover skills and speed and could play on both sides (CB/WR) at Ohio State. He's also a potential future Olympian (200 meters).
CBMarcus WalkerWaco (Texas)Oklahoma
Walker is your prototype cover corner with great speed and he can support the run. Untested at the high school level over the past two seasons because teams simply didn't throw his way. That's called respect.

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