Juniors: GBW's BEST Initial GUESS – DEFENSE
1 Eddie Jones DL 6'3 235 4,70 Kilgore Texas Ranked by some as the top prospect in the state of Texas, Jones just has unbelievable athletic ability and quickness coming off the edge. He will run you down all game long. Equally dominant against the pass and the run. He had 131 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback pressures, and 12 sacks in helping Kilgore to a perfect season and the Division II Class 4A state title. Has numerous early offers, including schools such as Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Nebraska and LSU. Favors Texas and Oklahoma.
2 Micah Johnson DL/LB 6'2 277 4,70 Fort Campbell Kentucky Micah will be the top-rated prospect in the state of Kentucky. He was a consensus all-state selection as a junior after transferring in from Alexandria West Potomac. Johnson, who has 14 percent body fat and runs a 4.7 40-yard dash, posted 174 tackles as a junior. He played running back the last half of the season and gained 1,200 yards. He is projected by many to be among the top 15 prospects in the nation. He has early offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Louisville, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Michigan is among his favorites but keep an eye on USC.
4 Jamie Cumbie DL/TE 6'7 255 4,70 Morris Illinois Jamie is rated by Chris Pool as the top prospect in Illinois. Caught 7 passes for 176 yards, a 25.1 average, and 1 touchdown as a tight end and was a major cog in Morris' powerful defense from his tackle position. Coach Dan Darlington: "Next year, Jamie will be one of the top three recruits in the Midwest, not just at Morris or in Illinois. He can run, and he's good." Michigan is in his top five.
5 Jason Kates DL/OL 6'4 315 4,90 Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Pennsylvania Jason is one of a handful of talented juniors at Bishop McDevitt. He already has offers from such schools as Michigan State, Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Northwestern. Bob Lichtenfels is not a fan, and only rates him 18th in Pennsylvania. Others disagree, and compare him ot Marques Slocum. Has tremendous (400+ bench) strength but needs to learn to play every down and improve his lateral movement. Michigan is reportedly one of his favorites. best prospect in the nation. He has excellent athleticism and a frame that he can further grow into.
8 Robert Rose DL 6'4 238 4,70 Cleveland Glenville Ohio Robert is yet another fine talent from Ted Ginn Sr.'s Glenville program and he looked great at the U.S. Army combine in San Antonio, turning in a fine 4.7 forty on a slow track and dominating drills. A versatile lineman who also plays basketball, Rose projects at DE in college. He plans on playing in the Big Ten and Ohio State, which just offered on signing day, is the likely destination.
10 Tony Reed DL 6'3 275 4,80 Warren Harding Ohio Tony is the latest in a long line of talented prospects to emerge from Harding (Mo Clarett, Prescott Burgess, Mario Manningham). He was rated by SchoolSports.com as one of the nation's top 94 junior prospects. Is related to the late Korey Stringer. Started at both TE and DL as a junior. Word is that Michigan is his favorite, but Virginia is making a huge push to land him.
12 D.J. Jones DL 6'6 300 5,10 Omaha Central Nebraska D.J. was only an Honorable Mention All-Stat eselection as a junior, but don't let that fool you. State recognition usually goes to th seniors at talent-laden Central High, and Jones' turn will come soon. The fact that he was the first junior in the state to be offered by Nebraska speaks volumes. He has tremendous size, quickness and athleticism and looked exceptional at the Nebraska summer camp last year. Iowa, Notre Dame and Michigan are also close to offering and are on his long list of favorites. He's from the same school as former Michigan DB Brandon Williams.
14 Johnnie Troutman DL 6'5 268 4,70 Pemberton New Jersey Troutman could emerge as the premier line prospect in talent-laden New Jersey He was a Second Team All-State choice as a junior. He has real good speed and football skills for a lineman. Penn State is reportedly enamored with him and sees him as a slightly larger version of Tamba Hali. One to really watch!
18 Bernard Cooper DL 6'2 235 4,60 Chicago St. Rita Illinois Bernard was a preseaon SchoolSports.com national top 94 junior and finished the season as a Chicago Tribune Special Mention All-State selection. He has fine quickness off the edge, good strength and uses his hands well on defense. One to really keep an eye on as Michigan is involved!
22 Jason Pinkston DL/OL 6'5 260 4,90 Pittsburgh Baldwin Pennsylvania A Pittsburgh Tribune Terrific 25 selection as a junior, Pinkston is one of the elite prospects in western Pennsylvania and Bob Lichtenfel's number 6 ranked prospect in the state and he had the following to say about him: "Pinkston is being touted as the best defensive line prospect in Western Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. Pinkston is lightning quick off the ball, he is aggressive yet disciplined, he does not over-pursue or penetrate too deep into the backfield. He's fast enough to rush the QB, yet strong enough to be an outstanding run-stopper." He led the Highlanders in tackles (98) and sacks (six) this fall, and was the leading vote-getter among defensive linemen for the All-Quad East team. He has early offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
28 Corey Peters DL 6'2 275 4,90 Louisville Central Kentucky Corey is a teammate of Michigan signee James McKinney who reports a U-M offer. In my view not quite the athlete that James is, but still a talented prospect. He was an Honorable Mention All-Stater as a junior. He has early offers from Kentucky and Marshall with the Wildcats his leader followed by Ohio State and Michigan.
29 Jason Jankowski DL 6'3 238 Arrowhead Wisconsin Jason plays for one of the stronger programs in Wisconsin, has a good skill set and always has his motor running. He projects as a DE at the next level, sort of in the Chris Rogers mold. He is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's number 2 rated junior in the state.
32 McKenzie Matthews DL 6'3 236 Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy New York Upstate NY has been kind to Michigan in recent years and that trend should continue with Syracuse no longer in an elite conference. A Second Team Class AA All-Stater as a junior, McKenzie will be one of the state's elite prospects and word is that Michigan could be his leader.
39 Ryan Rothwell DL/OL 6'3 285 McFarland Wisconsin Ryan is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 4th ranked prospect in the state. He was also a Journal Sentinel Second Team All-State selection and they had the following to say about him: "He's one of those kids that just has a punch to him," said Mike Stassi, coach at Monona Grove. "You hit him, you go flying. He has phenomenal strength. He's a man. When he hits, you're taking the full brunt of the shock. He's just big, strong and tough."
40 John Graves DL 6'3 265 4,70 Richmond Meadowbrook Virginia John was a First Team All-Richmond Area selection as a junior and is ranked by Doug Doughty as the 7th best prospect in the state. Michigan is among his four favorites.
47 Chris Arthurs DL/RB 6'2 265 Warrenville Wheaton South Illinois From the same program as Dace Richardson and Tony Moeaki, Arthurs is the next big-timer from Wheaton South. This all-area performer has the athleticism to play some RB on offense. Solid student and his favorite is.....Michigan.
49 David Boyce DL 6'6 211 4,80 Covington St.Paul Louisiana. Lists Michigan as his favorite. Impressed at Mississippi summer camp last summer and was named to School Sports pre-season national top 94, although he's nowhere near the 240 pounds they listed him at. Has the frame and athleticism to really excel at the next level.
2 Marcus Ball LB 6'1 210 4,49 Stone Mountain Stephenson Georgia A consensus First Team All-State selection as a junior, Ball ranks right up there with Sergio Kindle as an elite national linebacker. Had 120 tackles, 14 tackles for losses and 7 sacks as a junior. Was tremendous at the Nike combine last year. Is the younger brother of Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball.
3 Jeremiha Hunter LB/RB 6'1 199 4,40 Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Pennsylvania Jeremiha ran for 1,022 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, but his future is as an Ian Gold-type of linebacker. He just has tremendous speed and versatility as a 'backer. A First Team AP Class 3A All-State selection and Bob Lichtenfel's number 4 rated prospect in the state, Jeremiha was so impressive at the Michigan camp last summer that he was offered a scholarship. He has numerous other offers, including Ohio State, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida, but Michigan is his clear number one.
4 Brandon Graham LB 6'1 235 4,40 Detroit Crockett Michigan Brandon was a consensus First Team Class B All-State selection and was the best defender on one of the state's best defenses. From the same program as Penn State's´ Edward Johnson and Michigan's John Thompson, Graham is at another level. Graham ahead 91 tackles, including 20 for losses. He rushed for a touchdown on a fake punt and can consistently make 32-yard field goals. Graham has a 3.8 grade-point average. "He's a man-child. He's very smart, tenacious and just loves to play football," Crockett associate coach Tim Hopkins told the Detroit News.
5 Jarrell Miller LB 6'3 237 4,75 Highland Springs Virginia Jarrell is from the same program as Victor Harris, and like Harris, he is a national caliber recruit. A Richmond Times-Dispatch First Team All-Metro selection, Miller is rated as the 5th best prospect in the state by Virginia recruiting guru Doug Doughty. He has nice size, god athleticism and is an excellent student. He lready sports offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech and is expecting to be offered soon by Michigan and many others. I would assume Tech leads, as they have a pipeline at the school.
9 Jarrell Herring LB 6'1 245 4,60 Detroit Martin Luther King Michigan Herring was compared by his coach early on in his career to Lawrence Taylor and his coach claimed he would be the school's top prospeczt since Earnrest Shazor. More recent comparisons run along the lines of LaMarr Woodley, still not to shabby. Herring may grow into a DE at the next level. He was a Second Team All-City choice as a junior and should be one of the two or three most heavily recruited prospects in the state.
10 Thaddeus Gibson LB/DL 6'3 207 4,40 Euclid Ohio Thaddeus has that rare combination of frame and speed that gets recruitniks excited. He claims he ran a 4.3 at the LSU camp last year. Once he fills out, watch out. A true sackmaster. Along with Chris Wells one of the top 2 juniors in the Cleveland area. Will need to watch it academically. Ohio State may be tough to beat.
14 Dorin Dickerson LB/RB/WR 6'1 195 4,60 Imperial West Allegheny Pennsylvania Dickerson is Bob Lichtenfel's 5th rated player in Pennsylvania. He is the consummate all-around player. He was the Indians' top rusher with 1,036 yards on 141 carries (7.3); No. 2 receiver with 25 catches for 517 yards (20.7); and leading scorer with 21 TDs. Dickerson also was a crackerjack LB and he played QB at times. Very similar skill set to Jeremiha Hunter and Michigan is among his favorites. Has early offers from Penn State, Pitt, North Carolina, Boston College and Michigan.
17 Ross Homan LB 6'2 225 4,60 Coldwater Ohio Homan was a First Team Division 4 All-State selection and was listed as a pre-season All-American by both SchoolSports.com and Street & Smith. Some are comparing him to A.J. Hawk and there's no questioning that he's a ball hawk. He visited Michigan for the San Diego State game but, as expected, became an EARLY OSU COMMITMENT.
18 Mike Gee LB 6'2 235 4,60 Bergenfield Queen of Peace New Jersey A Street & Smith preseason national top 50 juniors selection, Mike enjoyed a solid junior season after transferring from Don Bosco Prep to Queen of Peace. As a rare sophomore starter at Don Bosco he recorded 9 sacks. May transfer to the Hun School for hi senior year or for an additional year after high school before attending college. Reports offers from such schools as Nebraska, Iowa, Virginia, N.C. State, North Carolina and Purdue. Michigan has been to the school to get information on him.
19 A.J. Edds LB/TE 6'4 215 4,70 Greenwood Indiana A.J. was a preseason Street & Smith national top 50 juniors pick and a SchoolSportsFrom the Indianapolis Daily News: A.J. Edds, Greenwood • Position: Linebacker • Year: Junior • Stats: 4 interceptions, 3 sacks, 10 tackles for loss • Quote from head coach Rick Wimmer: "A.J. is already our career leading tackler. He's got great range on the field, a lot of explosiveness, and we're looking for one more year with him."" He was offered by Indiana and Illinois at summer camps last year and visited Michigan for the Minnesota game. One of the top three prospects in Indiana.
28 Mike Morrissey LB 6'3 205 Lincolnshire Stevenson Illinois. Mike is the son of former MSU star and Chicago Bear Jim Morrissey, and his bloodlines are reflected on the field. Named Special Mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune as a junior. Mike has a similar skill set as his father and has a chance to follow in his footsteps, he's that good. Still needs to fill out.
31 Nick Macaluso LB 6'3 225 4,50 Middletown South New Jersey Nick was a SchoolSports.com preseason national top 94 juniors prospect. As a junior he posted 80 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles and 4 blocked punts. Here are some quotes on Nick from the Newarlk Star Ledger: ""He's very instinctive with great acceleration," Middletown South coach Steve Antonucci said. "One of his greatest traits is his ability to run sideline to sideline." Macaluso's efforts haven't gone unnoticed by Middletown South's opponents. "He's physical, he's mature and he plays with a chip on his shoulder," Freehold Borough coach Mark Cicotelli said. "He's a student of the game. You can tell he studies tapes." "He's one of the more athletic, physical linebackers that I've seen in the Shore Conference for a long time," Wall coach Chris Barnes added. "He has great closing speed for someone his size."" Nick has already been offered by Rutgers and he lists Michigan in his top six.
33 Kevin Green LB 6'2 197 4,59 North Chicago Illinois Kevin is Chris Pool's 7th ranked prospect in Illinois. According to Chris: "He had 55 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 8 sacks as a junior. He also rushed the ball 1,060 yards and averaged 9.1 yards per carry". He has fine athleticism and is in the Ian Gold, Dhani Jones mold. He lists Michigan third after favorite Florida State and Texas.
36 Greg Webster LB 6'3 225 4,50 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills Pennsylvania. Greg is Bob Lichtenfel's 11th ranked player in Pennsylvania and is one of the top talents in the WPIAL. Lichtenfels calls him a "grown man playing among boys" and "possibly the most physically impressive prospect in the state." He comes from the same program as Ryan Mundy and Steve Breaston and is one of three highly recruited juniors at the school - along with Wesley Lyons and Darrin Walls. He was exceptional in 2004, a speedster who was the Wolverines' leading tackler and a first-team All-Quad East selection. He started at DE as a sophomore. His brother, Jamal, played at Maryland.
38 Tarik Perry LB 6'1 235 4,80 Camden New Jersey Tarik is one of the top linebacker prospects in the Northeast for next season. He is being heavily recruited by Penn State and many other Eastern schools. He is very strong against the run and is a tough, hard-nosed tackler. Tarik lists Michigan in his top 7.
40 Anthony Quinn LB/TE 6'4 215 East Kentwood Michigan Anthony is a versatile and athletic OLB/TE prospect who also excels in hoops. Flying a bit under the rader on the national scene, those covering western Michigan know all about him. He's physical, athletic, and determined. A two-way standout, the Falcons didn't throw much, but when they did, they looked for Quinn. Visited Michigan for the Northwestern game.
41 Trevor Marcum LB 6'3 240 Wayne West Virginia Travor was a First Team Class AA All-Stater as a junior and could be the top prospect in West Virginia. That followed a sophomore season where he garnered 100 tackles as a sophomore, 20 for loss. A beast of a 'backer.
45 Tripp Russell LB/TE 6'2 215 4,70 Mount Tabor North Carolina Tripp was overshadowed by teammate Derek Nicholson this past season but is a legitimate bluechipper as well. He was named First Team All-Northwest North Carolina by the Winston-Salem State Journal, which had the following to say about him: "Russell was Mount Tabor's No. 2 tackler behind Nicholson with 121 total hits. He also had seven sacks, 23 tackles for losses, six fumble recoveries and two blocked punts. A two-time All-Central Piedmont 4-A selection, Russell is being recruited by Division I programs, Coach Bob Sapp said. "Tripp has what I call a constant motor," Sapp said. "Whether it be on defense or blocking a punt, chasing people down from behind ... he will not quit on any play at any time, and that's what makes him special. "He is quick, he is tall, he is a tenacious football player. He is very coachable and would also make a great tight end."
52 Lance Kendricks LB/TE 6'4 205 4,60 Milwaukee King Wisconsin Milwaukee Sentinel Journal's fifth rated junior prospect in the state. They had the following to say about him: "Kendricks stands 6 feet 4 inches, weighs 205 pounds and ran a 4.6 40-yard dash last summer at the University of Wisconsin football camp, according to Scott Hawkins, his coach at King. Kendricks mainly played wide receiver and cornerback last fall, but has lined up just about everywhere other than quarterback and the offensive and defensive lines. He even punts and kicks off. He could be projected as an outside linebacker, safety, tight end, wide receiver or maybe even at some other position. "I try to tell him, ‘When they're looking at you, there's no telling where you're going to go. Get used to playing anywhere on the field,' " said Hawkins. "I had him play a little defensive end, outside backer, corner, safety, everywhere but the interior line. "He even throws the ball well. He runs reverses. I've had him lead block. I've had him throw some halfback passes." All-around athlete Last season, Kendricks caught 23 passes for 538 yards, a 23.4 average. He also rushed 12 times for 97 yards, an 8.1 average. On defense, he intercepted five passes and returned three for touchdowns, including one for 99 yards. He also placed third last spring in the triple jump in the state track meet and won his age group in the event last summer in the national Amateur Athletic Union meet. A year ago, he placed fourth in the national Punt, Pass & Kick competition."
1 Myron Rolle DB/LB 6'2 210 4,53 Princeton The Hun School New Jersey Had an early rep as the nation's top junior, and he may well be, but with Knowshon Moreno in the same state he will need to battle it out for best in Jersey first. Won't waste my time with all his honors, lets just say All-Everything. Projects more as a safety but has the speed and hips to also play CB. Quality student and individual. Has over 35 offers as of early January. Michigan heavily involved but Virginia, which also has great academics and has been doing very well in New Jersey recently, is my best guess to land him.
3 Darrin Walls DB 6'1 185 4,37 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills Pennsylvania From the same program as Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy, Walls has the skills to join them as a Wolverine. Bob Lichtenfel's number 2 rated prospect in the state, he has tremendous athleticism, hips, agility, and coverage ability. He's also a hitter and equally talented in pass coverage and run support. A major recruiting target for the Wolverines, he already has early offers from Pittsburgh and Louisville.
4 Leonard Hewitt DB 5'11 170 4,48 Lufkin Texas Hewitt will challenge Walls as perhaps the top CB prospect in the nation. A rare First Team Class 5A All-State selection as a junior, Hewitt has exceptional sub 4.5 forty speed, a great set of hips and is tough as nails. He could be the best overall prospect in the Houston area.
5 C.J. Spiller DB/RB 5'10 180 Lake Butler Union County Florida Spiller could star at either running back or in the secondary in college, he's that versatile. As a junior he was a First Team Class 2B all-state selection as a RB. Floridakids.com listed him as the number 4 prospect in the state heading into the season and he did not disappoint.
6 C.J. Gable DB/RB 6'1 190 4,50 Sylmar California Gable was a First Team Junior All-State selection in 2004 after rushing for 2,023 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 11.2 yards per carry. He is also a threat catching the ball as he had 14 receptions for 230 yards and two more touchdowns while averaging 16.4 yards per catch. On defense Gable is a very physical free safety who accounted for 81 tackles and four interceptions. C.J. has the complete package - speed, size, strength, agility and aggressiveness. He has an early offer from California and is being heavily recruited by the entire Pac-10.
8 Antwine Perez DB 6'2 195 4,53 Camden Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Antwine is one to really watch. As a junior Perez connected on 103 of 198 passes for 1,763 yds and 15 TD's, as well as 52 rushes for 373 yds and 11 td's. On defense, he racked up 56 tackles and 4 interceptions. He lists Tennessee as his favorite over Michigan (which is close to offering) and has early offers from such schools as Ohio State, Wisconsin, Virginia, N.C. State and Wisconsin.
9 Darian Hagan Jr. DB 6'1 175 4,50 Los Angeles Crenshaw California How time flies. Wasn't it just yesterday that pops was a Buffalo? Time doesn't only fly, so does Darian. He ran a 10.8 100 meters as a sophomore and speed is just one of his assets. A Third Team All-State selection and First Team Junior All-State choice, Darian recorded 13 interceptions (led the state), 40 tackles, five blocked punts (one he returned for a TD), and three fumble recoveries as a junior. He will have his choice of schools.
11 Taylor Mays DB 6'3 210 4,40 Seattle O'Dea Washington Mays is a consensus First Team All-Stater and could emerge as the best prospect in the state. Recruiters love his combination of size and speed. The speedy Mays was one of the Metro League's best receivers when he wasn't busy shutting them down. As a safety, he intercepted five passes and was named to the Mountain Division first team. On offense, the defending 100- and 200-meter state champion had 25 catches for 514 yards and seven touchdowns, earning league offensive co-MVP honors. Mays also returned three punts for touchdowns. Helped O'Dea reach the state playoffs for the 11th consecutive season. Michigan is in his top three.
12 Munir Prince DB 5'10 180 4,30 ST DeSmet Missouri Prince was a very early verbal to Iowa over offers from Kansas State and Missouri and he didn't disappoint as a junior. Despite struggling with injuries, the Metro Catholic co-player of the year still rushed for 986 yards, caught eight passes for 126 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He was credited with 21 tackles on defense, even though opponents went away from him most of the time. This burner was named First Team Class 6A All-State and First Team All-Metro by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Ran a 4.4 electronic time at the Michigan camp last summer and has run a 10.4 100 meters.
15 James Aldridge DB/RB 6'1 215 4,50 Merrillville Indiana Aldridge was a consensus First Team All-Stater as a junior after transferring in from Hazelwood Central in Missouri. Aldridge made an instant impact. In his first 12 games he carried 281 times for 2,067 yards (7.3) and 20 TDs and caught 11 passes for 197 yards (19.9) and two TDs. He also completed his only pass for a touchdown. At 6-1 and 215 pounds with 4.5 speed, many feel that his college future is as a safety. He was offered by Missouri at their summer camp last year.
16 Ray Small DB/WR 5'10 170 4,40 Cleveland Glenville Ohio It happens every year - a talented CB prospect from Glenville. First Donte Whitner & Dareus Hiley, then Ted Ginn and this past year Jamario O'Neal. This upcoming season it will be Ray Small, who probably projects more in the Donte Whitner mold. Actually 5-10, not his listed 6-0. Small has great hips and fine speed. He had November offers from Illinois, Indiana and several MAC schools and was just offered by Ohio State on signing day and he will most likely be a Buckeye. Aren't they all?
17 Jamar Hornsby DB/WR 6'4 185 Jacksonville Sandalwood Florida A big, talented and rangy safety/wide receiver prospect from the talent-rich Jacksonville area. Hornsby was listde as the number 3 pre-season prospect in the state by Floirdakids.com and was a member of the Street & Smith 50 juniors to keep an eye on.
19 Ricky Dixon DB/WR 6'3 197 Reserve East St. John Louisiana Reserve East St. John continues to be loaded with talent (Ryan Perriloux last season) and Ricky could be the best of the bunch. He is a tall, hard-hitting and athletic safety prospect who also enjoyed a tremendous year at WR, with over 1100 yards receiving, 500 yards rushing and 17 TDs in earning All-District honors. Out-of-state schools may have a shot as school relations with LSU have been tenuous at best over the years.
23 Vincent Joseph DB 5'11 180 Long Beach Poly California Poly just keeps on pumping out the skill kids. As a junior Joseph was a First Team Junior All-State selection and a Second Team selection in the tough CIF Southern Section. He's got terrific cover ability and speed. They don't get much better than Vincent.
24 A.J. Wallace DB/RB 6'1 195 4,37 Pomfret McDonough Maryland A Second Team All-Big School selection as a junior, A.J. is one of the top skill kids on the Atlantic Coast. His speed and hips make him a tremendous cover corner prospect. He was so impressive at Nebraska's summer camp last year that he was offered a scholarship. Also has been offered by Maryland. He's hearing from Michigan and numerous other schools nationally. Michigan is in his top five.
27 Lorenzo Edwards DB 6'0 213 Orlando Edgewater Florida Lorenzo is a compact, physcial safety who looked pretty good at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio. He entered his junior season ranked by Street & Smith as one of the top 50 junior sin the nation and by Floirdakids.com as the tenth best prospect in the state. Lists Michigan in his top five but only after Florida and Florida State.
30 Rodney Glass DB/RB 5'11 175 4,29 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame California Rodney was a Second Team Junior All-State selection this past year. Rodney is a real burner and had the top 40 time among all juniors at the USC Nike last spring. He's from the same program as former Michigan RB Justin Fargas, but USC is his big favorite. Very effective two-way back but with his speed he projects as a CB.
32 Kim Royston DB/WR 5'11 180 St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall Minnesota A First Team All-State selection, Royston is the top skill prospect in the state and according to Minnesota Preps the number 2 overall prospects. He already possesses at least two Big Ten offers, including one from Minnesota. He is being recruited as a cover CB and he plays for a program that has sent many prospects on to D1 schools over the years.
41 Derek Brighton DB 6'0 175 4,50 Allen Park Michigan Derek has received a lot of hype as a junior and was named First Team Division 3 All-State after help leading Allen Park to yet another fine season. He is the younger brother of MSU freshman Bryan Brighton and has similar skills as his older brother although he is a touch taller. He has fine speed and projects as a CB in college. He was named one of SchoolSports.com's preseason national top 94 juniors. He reportedly likes Notre Dame and Michigan State and has an early offer from Eastern Michigan.
44 Garrett Edwards DB/QB 6'2 190 Downers Grove North Illinois Garrett was a First Team All-Stater as a junior and is a talented QB and DB. He projects at safety in college. This past season he rushed for over 1,700 yards and scored 25 rushing touchdowns. He also passed for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tough, an athletic. Hearing from the entire Big Ten.
45 Elijah Fields DB/WR 6'2 200 4,50 Duquesne Pennsylvania Elijah is Bob Lichtenfel's number 9 ranked prospect in the state. As a junior he posted 26 receptions for 591 yards and 14 touchdowns. According to Lichtenfels: "Fields has been dubbed "The Greek God" by his Duquesne teammates. Fields is put together, 200 pounds of solid muscle. He is one of the best deep threats in Pennsylvania, yet defense could be where his future lies. Fields is a tenacious and feared hitter. When you watch him play, as soon as he delivers a blow, he is on the mind of that player the rest of the game. Fields is raw and unrefined, but his physical and athletic ability will make him a very highly touted prospect. The Skinny: Indiana, Penn State and Pittsburgh have all been by the school to get tape on Fields. He is hearing from several Big Ten and Big East schools."
47 Javon Stewart DB/QB 5'9 165 4,40 Bolingbrook Illinois Javon is an undersized star prep QB who will probably play WR or CB in college. He is Chris Pool's number 5 ranked prospect in Illinois. IAccording to Pool Andy Moeller has dropped by to pick up film on him but "Javon says that IOWA, PURDUE, WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS and NORTHWESTERN are his early favorites". Plays much bigger than his size and is fearless.
50 Jovani Chappel DB 5'8 170 4,53 Dayton Trotwood-Madison Ohio Jovani was named one of SchoolSports.com's preseason national top 94 juniors. He's another talented undersized CB prospect fro Dayton, like Bandon Harrison but a touch slower. He is one tough hitter and has exceptional hip movement and instincts. He has Michigan in his top three and lists them second after Tennessee. He has an early offer from Illinois.
55 Clem Johnson DB/QB 5'11 185 4,50 Carlisle Pennsylvania Clem is Bob Lichtenfels' number 25 ratd prospect in the state, but others feel that he's a top 10 prospect. He played QB in high school but is the sort of athlete who projects at CB in college. Lichtenfels had the following to say about him: "Threw for 1,318 yards last season. Johnson likely won't play QB in college full-time. He is a tremendous athlete who could develop into a fine DB or WR. May be able to play an Antwaan Randle-El type of athlete role. Scout.com Report: Could possibly be one of the top athletes in the state, possesses great field vision, shake-and-bake and cutback ability. Johnson makes enough plays as a QB in high school but his limited height will likely keep him from being a QB at a major D-IA school. The Skinny: Johnson will be under the radar until he hits the combine circuit in the spring".