THEINSIDERS' TOP-101 FOOTBALL PLAYERS

SEATTLE - Defenses may have had a hard time keeping a grip on him, but fans at TheInsiders.com have known all year where to find Lorenzo Booker - at the top of the network's top 101 list of college-football prospects. The running back out of St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., completed a beginning-to-end run at the No. 1 position.

With the Feb. 6 National Signing Day looming, Booker still looms as the top uncommitted prize among high school seniors. It looks like a race between Washington, USC, Notre Dame and Florida State that will go right down to the wire.

While Booker was a fixture at the top, the rest of TheInsiders.com Top 101 list saw plenty of movement. Among those on the move was Vincent Young, the StudentSports.com Player of the Year, who catapulted Ben Olson and Trent Edwards to become the network's No. 1 rated quarterback. He carried Madison (Houston) High School to a 14-1 record via some astonishing numbers: 2,432 yards and 31 touchdowns through the air and 1,735 yards and 22 more scores on the ground.

"No player's stock skyrocketed more during the regular season and playoffs," said Brentt Eads, TheInsiders.com's national recruiting editor.

The Top 101 football list was compiled by Eads and Greg Biggins and Brian Stumpf, his colleagues at StudentSports.com and PacWestFootball.com; Jamie Newberg of NewbergRecruiting.com; Max Emfinger of MaxEmfingerRecruiting.com; David Garvin of HeartlandRecruiting.com; Chris Pool of PoolRecruiting.com; Tom Perrone of PrepAtlantic.com, and Chris Fetters of Dawgman.com.

The list also appears at CNNSI.com, for whom TheInsiders.com is the official recruiting content provider.

Young wasn't alone among the high risers. Aaron Harris of North Mesquite (Tex.) High School leaped from No. 91 all the way to No. 14 in the Top 101 list. Nicknamed the "Human Tackling Machine," Harris logged 132 tackles in spite of playing just nine games because of an ankle injury. He spurned offers from Florida State, Florida, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Colorado, LSU and UCLA, and, according to Eads, is "a major reason why the University of Texas recruiting class will undoubtedly finish No. 1 this year."

Right behind Young at No. 15 is defensive back Darnell Bing, who was ranked No. 55 in the previous Top 101 list. Hailing from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Bing "hits like a truck" and "is the most physically gifted player on the West Coast," according to Greg Biggins of PacWestFootball.com.

Though he may not have come from as far down the list, Derrick Landri of top-rated De LaSalle (Concord, Calif.) made an impressive move to No. 5. Biggins calls the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Landri "probably the best lineman to come out of California since Don Mosebar player over 20 years ago. Landri was the top defensive tackle as well as the top offensive lineman on the entire West Coast and could play on either side of the ball in college."

Rounding out TheInsiders.com's top five were No. 2 Haloti Ngata, a defensive lineman out of Highland (Salt Lake City), and No. 3 Devin Hester, an athlete out of Suncoast (Riviera Beach, Fla.).

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The nation's top high school football prospects, as ranked by TheInsiders.com:
No. Name School City State Ht Wt Pos Commit
1 Lorenzo Booker St. Bonaventure Ventura CA 5-11 175 RB
2 Haloti Ngata Highland Salt Lake City UT 6-4 310 DL BYU
3 Devin Hester Suncoast Riviera Beach FL 5-11 170 ATH
4 Vincent Young Madison Houston TX 6-5 195 QB TEXAS
5 Derek Landri De La Salle Concord CA 6-3 290 DL N. DAME
6 Chris Davis St Petersburg Catholic Saint Petersburg FL 5-11 175 QB/WR
7 Trent Edwards Los Gatos Los Gatos CA 6-4 185 QB STAN
8 Ben Olson Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks CA 6-5 205 QB BYU
9 Dishon Platt Charlotte Co. Punta Gorda FL 6-0 170 WR FSU
10 Kai Parham Princess Anne Virginia Beach VA 6-3 230 LB
11 Ryan Moore Dr. Phillips Orlando FL 6-3 188 WR MIAMI
12 Mike D'Andrea Avon Lake Avon Lake OH 6-3 235 LB OHIO ST
13 Ciatrick Fason Fletcher Neptune Beach FL 6-0 210 RB FLORIDA
14 Aaron Harris North Mesquite Mesquite TX 6-0 230 LB TEXAS
15 Darnell Bing Long Beach Poly Long Beach CA 6-2 210 DB
16 Ahmad Brooks Hylton Woodbridge VA 6-4 230 LB
17 Justin Blalock Plano East Plano TX 6-4 335 OL TEXAS
17 Pat Watkins Lincoln Tallahassee FL 6-3 195 DB
19 A.J. Nicholson Mt Tabor Winston Salem NC 6-2 232 LB
20 Brandon Jeffries Shelby Crest NC 6-5 255 OL
21 Michael Johnson Heritage Lynchburg VA 5-10 185 RB
22 Marcedes Lewis Long Beach Poly Long Beach CA 6-7 225 TE UCLA
23 Ricardo Hurley Greenwood Greenwood SC 6-3 235 LB
24 A.J. Davis Northern Durham NC 6-0 180 DB
25 Gerald Riggs Jr. Red Bank Chattanooga TN 6-0 220 RB TENN
26 Maurice Clarett Harding Warren OH 6-1 230 RB OHIO ST
27 Chris Anderson Mandarin Jacksonville FL 6-3 275 DT
28 Rhema McKnight Kennedy La Palma CA 6-3 180 WR
29 Winston Justice Long Beach Poly Long Beach CA 6-7 280 OL USC
30 Zachary Latimer Gateway Aurora CO 6-2 220 DL OKLA
31 Kedrick Golston Sandy Creek Tyrone GA 6-4 280 DL
32 Derek Morris North Mecklenburg Huntersville NC 6-5 335 OL
33 Kamerion Wimbley Northwest Wichita KS 6-4 225 LB/QB FSU
34 Julian Jenkins Woodward Academy College Park GA 6-5 225 DE/TE STAN
35 Reggie McNeal Lufkin Lufkin TX 6-3 190 QB TEXAS A&M
36 Larry Dibbles Lancaster Lancaster TX 6-2 280 DL TEXAS
37 Aaron Miller Edison Fresno CA 6-0 170 DB
38 Manuel Wright Long Beach Poly Long Beach CA 6-7 305 DL USC
39 DeShaun Wynn Reading Cincinnati OH 6-0 210 RB FLORIDA
40 Gavin Dickey Lincoln Tallahassee FL 6-0 188 QB FLORIDA
41 Darren Williams Clarksdale Clarksdale MS 6-3 200 ATH MISS ST
42 Berkeley Hutchinson Long Branch Long Branch NJ 6-3 230 LB RUTGERS
43 Jabari Levey Berkeley Moncks Corner SC 6-8 300 OL
44 Gabriel Watson Southfield Southfield MI 6-4 335 OL MICH
45 Marcus Vick Warwick Newport News VA 6-1 180 QB
46 Justin Miller Owensboro Owensboro KY 5-11 180 DB
47 Deljuan Robinson Hernando Hernando MS 6-4 270 DE MISS ST
48 David Richard Hazelwood East St. Louis MO 6-1 235 LB MICH ST
49 Edorian McCullough North Garland Garland TX 5-9 180 DB
50 Jerious Norwood Brandon Brandon MS 6-1 200 RB MISS ST
51 Rodrique Wright Hastings Alief TX 6-5 325 DT TEXAS
52 Mark Farris North Hills Pittsburgh PA 6-6 285 OL PENN ST
53 Donnie Mateaki Iolani Honolulu HI 6-5 265 DE WASH
54 Kwa Kou Robinson Poly Prep Brooklyn NY 6-4 310 DT VIRGINIA
55 Marvin Byrdsong Longview Longview TX 6-3 228 LB
56 Quinn Pitcock Piqua Piqua OH 6-4 285 DL
57 Eric McNeal Serra Gardena CA 6-2 190 DB UCLA
58 James Banks Ben Davis Indianapolis IN 6-2 195 QB
59 Mike Kudla Highland Medina OH 6-4 235 DE OHIO ST
60 Jason Allen Muscle Shoals Muscle Shoals AL 6-1 200 RB TENN
61 Tyler Palko West Allegheny Imperial PA 6-2 210 QB PITT
62 Fred Matua Banning Wilmington CA 6-2 280 DL
63 Michael Cooper Screven County Sylvania GA 6-1 210 RB GEORGIA
64 Marquis Johnson Centennial Champaign IL 6-2 190 WR TEXAS
65 Buster Davis Mainland Daytona Beach FL 5-10 230 LB
66 Nathan Rhodes East Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 6-7 305 OL WASH
67 Richard Washington Fort Myers Fort Myers FL 6-0 165 ATH
68 Jeff Lebby Andrews Andrews TX 6-5 275 OL OKLAHOMA
69 Terrell Walden Edison Miami FL 5-11 160 DB MIAMI
70 Robert Merrill Taft San Antonio TX 5-10 180 RB TCU
71 Akieem Jolla St. Augustine New Orleans LA 6-2 170 WR MIAMI
72 Hershell Dennis Long Beach Poly Long Beach CA 5-11 190 RB
73 Brian Pickryl Jenks Jenks OK 6-5 225 DL TEXAS
74 Nate Harris Edison Miami FLA 6-2 205 LB
75 Max Jean-Giles North Miami FLA 6-4 335 OL
76 Marco Martin Mesquite Mesquite TX 6-3 312 DL TEXAS
77 Jonathon Mapu Kahuku Kahuku HI 6-3 275 DL
78 Reshard Dudley Marianna Marianna FL 5-11 205 RB GEORGIA
79 Chris Baker Osceola Osceola AR 6-1 175 WR
80 Benjamin Obomanu Selma Selma AL 6-2 182 WR
81 Aaron Kirkland Britt Fayetteville NC 6-5 255 TE
82 Albert Toeaina Pittsburgh Pittsburgh CA 6-5 325 OL OREGON ST
83 Tony Ugoh Westfield Spring TX 6-6 285 OL
84 L' Tydrick Riley Crockett Crockett TX 6-2 205 WR TEXAS A&M
85 Jason Carter Jenks Jenks OK 5-11 175 DB OKLAHOMA
86 Jason Avant Carver Chicago IL 6-2 205 WR/DB MICHIGAN
87 Jake Kuresa Mountain Crest Hyrum UT 6-4 315 DL BYU
88 Quinton McCoy Valley Christian Christian AZ 5-10 175 ATH MICHIGAN
89 William Cooper Northern Flint MI 6-1 180 DB MICHIGAN
90 Motavis Pitts Loachapoka Loachapoka AL 6-1 180 WR AUBURN
91 Chris Herring South Panola Batesville MS 6-2 240 LB/DE
92 Brian Borgoyn Woodland Hills Woodland Hills PA 6-5 275 OL PENN ST
93 Mike Nixon Sunnyslope Phoenix AZ 6-3 195 DB UCLA
94 William Blackmon Bishop Hendrickson Warwick RI 6-0 185 DB BC
95 Roy Hall Brush Lyndhurst OH 6-3 205 WR OHIO ST
96 Kyle Brown West Bloomfield West Bloomfield MI 6-1 195 ATH MICH ST
97 Curtis Justus Perry Perry OK 6-7 220 TE MIAMI
98 Glenn Ohaeri Aquinas San Bernardino CA 5-9 190 RB UCLA
99 Isaiah Stanback Garfield Seattle WA 6-3 190 QB/ATH WASH
100 Nicholas Turner Washington Atlanta GA 5-10 185 RB/DB
101 E.J. Underwood Hamilton Hamilton OH 6-1 175 DB OHIO ST


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