The Class of 2002: The Top 25 Senior Football Players At Each Position
1. Haloti Ngata Highlands, Salt Lake City UT 6-4 310-Oregon
Recruiters took notice of the talented Tongan after MVP effort at the Nike Camp in Texas.
2. Derek Landri De La Salle, Concord CA 6-3 290-Notre Dame
Star on both the defensive and offensive line even kicked an extra point as a senior.
3. Kedrick Golston Sandy Creek, Tyrone GA 6-3 270-Georgia
Golston's recovering from car accident injuries quicker than anyone anticipated.
4. Manuel Wright Poly, Long Beach CA 6-7 305-USC
Unlimited potential on field but grades may ground this star for a year.
5. Marco Martin Mesquite TX 6-3 310-Texas
Saw spot duty at RB for state champs to utilize his size and 4.8 speed.
6. Larry Dibbles Lancaster TX 6-2 285-Texas
Intense competitor who can play either inside or move out to end.
7. Rodrique Wright Hastings, Alief TX 6-5 325-Texas
Immovable object similar to Baltimore Ravens standout Sam Adams.
8. Kwa Kou Robinson Poly Prep, Brooklyn NY 6-4 310-Virginia
Exactly the player coach Al Groh needs for his 3-4 defense to succeed at UVA
9. Fred Matua Banning, Wilmington CA 6-2 280-USC
Charismatic Matua will provide much needed leadership at USC.
10. Jonathan Mapu Kahuku HI 6-3 275-Tennessee
Stunned everyone when he chose Tennessee over Washington and BYU.
11. Kyle Tatum Prattville AL 6-5 270-Alabama
Great lower body strength coupled with quick hands make him nearly unblockable.
12. Quinn Pitcock Piqua OH 6-4 285-Ohio State
Fluid big man can make plays all over the field from DT with his motor and 4.7 speed.
13. Jake Kuresa Mountain Crest, Hyrum UT 6-4 315-BYU
Great athlete who could grow into an offensive lineman in college.
14. Chris Anderson Mandarin, Jacksonville FL 6-3 285-Florida State
Had 27 sacks as a senior and 22 as a junior.
15. Jonathan Lewis Varina, Richmond VA 6-2 285-Virginia Tech
Might be the best defensive lineman to come out of Virginia since Bruce Smith.
16. Chase Pittman Evangel, Shreveport LA 6-5 260-Texas
Will follow in his late brother Cole's footsteps at Texas.
17. Jamie Ryan Marian Catholic, Tamaqua PA 6-5 285-Notre Dame
Reads plays quickly and uses his hands exceptionally well to get off blocks.
18. Chris Turner White, Jacksonville FL 6-3 265-Florida State
Versatile lineman was recruited to the Noles as a defensive tackle.
19. Willie Henderson Ridgeway, Memphis TN 6-7 270-Memphis
Star chose Memphis over Tennessee to stay close to his family.
20. Jason Alford Orange NJ 6-3 270-Penn State
Who says Paterno can't recruit anymore? Not Alford, who committed after a Jan. visit from Joe Pa.
21. C.J. Niusulu Barstow CA 6-2 285-UCLA
Strongman from the desert should be a big hit in Hollywood.
22. Larry Harrison King, Detroit MI 6-4 290-Michigan
Committed to UM nearly a year before the Feb. 6 Signing Day.
23. Doug Planchard Catholic, Baton Rouge LA 6-3 265-LSU
Two-way line standout has a strong lower body and good instincts.
24. David Ligon Christian Brothers, Memphis TN 6-5 270-Tennessee
Broken leg ended senior season, but Ligon still was heavily pursued.
25. Kyle Williams Ruston LA 6-3 285-LSU
Highly motivated player who graduated high school early to enroll at LSU.
1. Brian Pickryl Jenks OK 6-5 225-Texas
Speed rusher changes direction very well and pursues with 4.5 speed in the 40.
2. Julian Jenkins Woodward Academy, College Park GA 6-5 225-Stanford
Chose the Cardinal over Notre Dame, Miami and Michigan.
3. Deljuan Robinson Hernando MS 6-4 260-Mississippi State
Big-hitter who played LB in high school but should be an impact DE in college.
4. Donny Mateaki Iolani, Honolulu HI 6-5 265-Washington
Few, if any, have his combination of size and athleticism.
5. Bryan Andrews Lima OH 6-5 220-Wake Forest
Jevon Kearse-type player who may have trouble qualifying.
6. Marcus Jackson Norcross GA 6-2 230-Georgia
Won't stop playing until the QB is on the ground.
7. Tamba Hali Teaneck NJ 6-3 240-Penn State
Won over by Penn State after Joe Pa scrimmaged with Teaneck basketball team.
8. Parys Haralson Madison Central, Canton MS 6-3 230-Tennessee
Two-time All-State selection will wear Tennessee Orange.
9. Baraka Atkins Booker, Sarasota FL 6-5 245-Miami
The most impressive defensive lineman at CaliFlorida Bowl III.
10. Travis Leitko The Woodlands TX 6-5 270-Notre Dame
Solid run-stopper is an underrated pass-rusher.
11. Kareem Brown Norland, Miami FL 6-5 255-Miami
Missed senior year with eligibility issues, but that didn't stop recruiters from noticing him.
12. Jay Moore Elkhorn NE 6-4 235-Nebraska
Should be a monster in a couple of years after going through NU's strength and conditioning program.
13. John Wood American, Miami FL 6-4 240-Miami
Quiet guy whose actions speak volumes.
14. Kevin Harbour Loyola, Los Angeles CA 6-3 250-UCLA
Hard-worker who gets better every time he steps on the field.
15. Nick Johnson Chandler AZ 6-4 240-Arizona State
A sleeper with unlimited potential due to his athletic ability.
16. Brandon Ala Kamehameha, Honolulu HI 6-3 225-Washington
Will join fellow Aloha Stater Donny Mateaki at UW.
17. Tauren Charles Northwestern, Miami FL 6-2 225-Florida
Smallish rush end put up huge sack numbers (20+) as a senior and could slide to LB.
18. Jim Unis Gloucester MA 6-5 235-Boston College
Big-time player in Massachusetts? Yup. Unis had offers from Notre Dame, USC and Michigan.
19. Mike Kudla Highland, Medina OH 6-4 235-Ohio State
Incredible specimen with a near 500-pound bench press.
20. Markell McKinley Weir MS 6-3 260-Mississippi State
Committed early to MSU and should team with Deljuan Robinson to form a dynamic DE duo.
21. Tim Schafer Upper Arlington, Columbus OH 6-5 245-Ohio State
Will remind OSU fans of former Buckeye and current Patriot Mike Vrabel.
22. Ricky Parker Los Alamitos CA 6-4 245-Arizona State
Late bloomer who earned League MVP honors as a senior.
23. Ray McDonald Glades Central, Belle Glade FL 6-3 245-Florida
Had huge senior year with 24 sacks and was named Palm Beach Post Defensive POY.
24. Alonzo Manuel Jennings LA 6-3 240-LSU
Chose LSU over Texas A&M, Auburn and others.
25. Elvis Dummerville Jackson, Miami FL 6-1 240-Louisville
Had over 40 sacks last two years and chose Louisville over most of the Big East and ACC.
1. Ahmad Brooks Hylton, Woodbridge VA 6-4 230-Virginia
Had over 200 tackles as both a sophomore and a senior and has 4.6 speed in the 40.
2. Mike D'Andrea Avon Lake OH 6-3 235-Ohio State
Hero is Chris Spielman but skills are more similar to Andy Katzenmoyer.
3. Kai Parham Princess Anne, Virginia Beach VA 6-3 230-Virginia
Man-child who destroys opposition with 4.6 speed and tremendous strength.
4. Ricardo Hurley Greenwood SC 6-3 235-South Carolina
The top player in South Carolina was a two-time All-State selection.
5. A.J. Nicholson Mt. Tabor, Winston-Salem NC 6-2 230-Florida State
Great speed and production, totaling 168 and 171 tackles over past two seasons.
6. Kamerion Wimbley Northwest, Wichita KS 6-4 225-Florida State
Tremendous athlete will remind FSU fans of Tommy Polley with his playmaking ability.
7. Aaron Harris North Mesquite, Mesquite TX 6-0 230-Texas
Sure tackler will join Mesquite pal Marco Martin at Texas next year.
8. Berkeley Hutchinson Long Branch NJ 6-3 225-Rutgers
Greg Schiano's first headline recruit at Rutgers will be asked to contribute immediately.
9. Marvin Byrdsong Longview TX 6-3 228-Mississippi State
Speedy linebacker who's a sure tackler with a nose for the football.
10. Buster Davis Mainland, Daytona Beach FL 5-10 230-
A big hitter in a small package - no linebacker covers more ground.
11. Nate Harris Edison, Miami FL 6-2 210-Miami
Stays home to play for the Canes and be close to his recently born son, Nate Jr.
12. Tyrone Cox Banneker, College Park GA 6-2 200-
Twenty-plus sacks and 4.49 speed, but grades may lead to a JC before Cox becomes household name.
13. Zach Latimer Gateway, Aurora CO 6-2 215-Oklahoma
Son of former Denver Bronco NG Don Latimer must have inherited speed from his mother.
14. Michael Williams Lindale TX 6-4 225-Texas
Late bloomer whose speed and size fit at LB right now, but maybe at DE later.
15. Chris Herring South Panola, Batesville MS 6-2 250-Mississippi
A big physical inside 'backer with unexpected speed for a player of his size.
16. Justin London Northside, Roanoke VA 6-1 225-UCLA
Announced commitment by removing maroon Va. Tech shirt to reveal powder blue UCLA one.
17. Bobby Carpenter Lancaster OH 6-3 225-Ohio State
Smart player with nice physical tools who hopes to follow dad, Rob, into NFL.
18. Ryan Powdrell Mission Viejo CA 6-1 235-Fresno State
Built like a tank and is everything a coach wants from a middle linebacker.
19. William Beckford Glades Central, Belle Glade FL 6-0 210-Rutgers
Speed 'backer who excels on the blitz.
20. Garnet Smith Lamar, Arlington TX 6-3 210-Texas
Went back and forth between Texas and Oklahoma before signing with UT.
21. Oscar Lua Indio CA 6-2 240-USC
Should add some size and toughness to the Trojans' linebacking corps.
22. Dedrick Harrington Mexico MO 6-4 225-Missouri
Athlete who could also play safety, wide-out, or even defensive end.
23. Scott White Mission Bay, San Diego CA 6-1 225-Washington
The top senior in San Diego, an area that's produced Terrell Davis and Ricky Williams.
24. Jeremy Van Alstyne Center Grove, Greenwood IN 6-4 225-Michigan
Wolverines plucked him from Notre Dame while Irish were busy dealing with the O'Leary fiasco.
25. Will Gilkinson Red Bank Regional, Little Silver NJ 6-2 230-Rutgers
The MVP at the Nike Camp in New Jersey will stay home to help build Rutgers with buddy Berkeley Hutchinson.
1. Devin Hester Suncoast, Riviera Beach FL 5-11 175-Miami
With 4.33 speed and playmaking ability, Hester could also be a star at RB or WR.
2. A.J. Davis Northern, Durham NC 6-0 180-NC State
Lock down cover corner also holds a state record with a 24-10 long jump.
3. Aaron Miller Edison, Fresno CA 6-0 175-Oklahoma
Ball hawk took home Defensive Player of the Game honors at CaliFlorida Bowl III.
4. Edorian McCullough North Garland, Garland TX 5-10 180-Texas
A huge senior year at RB, but size and 10.32 100-meter dash speed make him a natural at corner.
5. Leon Washington Andrew Jackson, Jacksonville FL 5-8 175-Florida State
With 2,357 yards and 22 TDs rushing as a senior, Washington is another CB/RB standout.
6. Terrell Walden Edison, Miami FL 5-11 160-Miami
Led Miami-Dade County with eight picks as a senior.
7. E.J. Underwood Hamilton OH 6-0 175-Ohio State
Early commit often overlooked, but is the most underrated player in OSU's fine class.
8. Jason Carter Jenks OK 5-11 175-Oklahoma
Tremendous speed with a best of 10.35 in the 100 meters.
9. Michael Hawkins Turner, Carrollton TX 6-2 175-Oklahoma
Rare combination of size and speed at cornerback .
10. Quinton McCoy Valley Christian, Chandler AZ 5-10 175-Michigan
Minor knee injury aside, McCoy is one of the fastest corners in this year's class.
11. William Blackmon Bishop Hendricken, Warwick RI 6-0 185-Boston College
MVP of the Nike Camp in New York with a 4.53 in the 40 and a 37-inch vertical jump.
12. Jarrad Page San Leandro CA 6-0 185-UCLA
Might be a safety in college, but could excel at either position with technique and physicality.
13. Greg Threat Lincoln, Tallahassee FL 6-1 175-Miami
Pure cover corner often lost in the shadow of teammate Pat Watkins.
14. Justin Miller Owensboro KY 5-10 175-
Clocked fastest time at Nike Camp in Indiana (4.47) and might also see some action at WR in college.
15. Glenn Sharpe Carol City, Miami FL 5-11 175-Miami
Speedy corner who intercepted 10 passes in his final two high school seasons.
16. Jonathan Wade Evangel, Shreveport LA 5-10 170-Tennessee
Eye-opening speedster who will also run track for the Volunteers.
17. William Cooper Northern, Flint MI 6-1 180-Michigan
One of the Midwest's top cover men, Cooper will have a chance to play as a true frosh.
18. B.J. Fields Camden, Kingsland GA 5-11 180-Georgia
No one rose up the charts faster than Fields with his outstanding senior season.
19. Marques Binns Dorsey, Los Angeles CA 5-11 165-Oregon
L.A. City Section POY who helped Dorsey to a title with his play at both CB and WR.
20. Demario Minter Stephenson, Stone Mountain GA 6-0 175-Georgia
Great technique combined with 4.5 speed in the 40.
21. Ashton Watson Wayne, Huber Heights OH 6-0 165-Michigan State
Needs to add more muscle, but agility and instincts are outstanding.
22. Marcus Hamilton Centreville, Clifton VA 6-1 180-Virginia
Chose Virginia over SEC big dogs Tennessee and Georgia.
23. A.J. Martinez Edison, Huntington Beach CA 5-11 175-Hawaii
Hawaii is getting a playmaker in Martinez, who can also return kicks very well.
24. Sammy Joseph Shaw, Marrero LA 6-1 185-Colorado
Will join his brother, Vance, a former CU player and current coach, in Boulder.
25. Travarous Bain Northwestern, Miami FL 6-0 175-Miami
Speedster who showed well both during the regular season and in All-Star games.
1. Darnell Bing Poly, Long Beach CA 6-2 220-USC
Freakish athlete who could also make the RB rankings if he got more carries.
2. Pat Watkins Lincoln, Tallahassee FL 6-4 195-Florida State
Big-hitter who covers a lot of ground from his free safety spot.
3. Darren Williams Clarksdale MS 6-3 200-Mississippi State
Played mostly QB as a senior, but has limitless potential as a free safety.
4. Eric McNeal Serra, Gardena CA 6-2 195-UCLA
Also a QB as a prep, but he sure doesn't hit like one.
5. Vickiel Vaughn Plano West, Plano TX 6-1 180-Arkansas
Recovered from ACL tear as a junior to have outstanding senior year.
6. Mike Nixon Sunnyslope, Phoenix AZ 6-3 195-UCLA
QB was the West Region POY but his future is at safety, where he has John Lynch-type potential.
7. Nate Salley St. Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale FL 6-4 185-Ohio State
Lanky secondary standout also plans on playing some hoops at Ohio State.
8. Vincent Mays Johnson, Sacramento CA 5-11 185-Fresno State
Star RB in high school, Mays' hard-hitting style should fit in well at Fresno.
9. Brodney Pool Westbury, Houston TX 6-3 195-Oklahoma
Sooner fans hope he can be the next Roy Williams in the OU secondary.
10. Matthew Melton John Tyler, Tyler TX 5-11 190-Texas
Unsung cover abilities with good speed and strength.
11. Jeff Francoeur Parkview, Lilburn GA 6-4 195-Clemson
Could also play WR, but may never play football if drafted high enough in the June MLB Draft.
12. Abe Brown Booker, Sarasota FL 6-4 200-Louisville
Spurned offers from Ohio State, Florida and Virginia to sign with the Cardinals.
13. Jim Kanuch Westmont-Hilltop, Johnstown PA 6-2 185-Penn State
Looks like a choirboy but hits like a Mack truck.
14. Brian Crum Camden, Kingsland GA 6-2 215-Florida
Great combo of size and 4.5 speed at strong safety.
15. I'Lario Vital McClymonds, Oakland CA 5-11 205-San Jose State
Do-it-all performer who may end up at RB for the Spartans.
16. Titus Ryan Tuscaloosa County, Tuscaloosa AL 6-1 175-Alabama
Has the speed to play corner, with the mean streak of a safety.
17. Tyler Everett McKinley, Canton OH 6-0 190-Ohio State
Could've played RB for other Big Ten schools, but will play safety for OSU.
18. Jason Spadoni John Curtis, River Ridge LA 5-11 195-LSU
Chiseled athlete with 4.47 speed in the 40.
19. Steve Breaston Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh PA 6-2 170-Michigan
Could end up at WR or CB as well, but we like him at free safety.
20. Robert James Maryvale, Phoenix AZ 5-11 175-Arizona State
Will add weight in college, but already hits like he's 200 pounds.
21. Jimmy Williams Bethel, Hampton VA 6-3 195-Virginia Tech
Another rangy athlete whose talent will fit best at free safety in college.
22. Chris Reis Roswell GA 6-2 205-Georgia Tech
Physical player who craves contact on the field.
23. Brandon Leone Oakridge, Conroe TX 6-1 190-Texas A&M
Sculpted player who is a name to remember for the future.
24. Cardan Alexander New Smyrna Beach FL 6-2 185-
Not many DBs play the ball better in the air than "CD."
25. Jake Carney Lexington Catholic, Lexington KY 5-11 180-Notre Dame
Good athlete and all-around player who will fill many needs for the Irish.