Offensive Top 25 Position Rankings

The following is a position-by-position breakdown of the nation's top football prospects and their college commitments. These lists are based on college potential and not solely on high school accomplishment. Players were ranked based on personal evaluations at the Nike camps, comprehensive film study and their play on the field this past season.

The Class of 2002: The Top 25 Senior Football Players At Each Position

 

Quarterbacks

1. Vincent Young Madison, Houston TX 6-5 200-Texas

Student Sports National POY has great athletic ability with a strong arm.

2. Trent Edwards Los Gatos CA 6-4 185-Stanford

Deadly accurate with quickest release around.

3. Ben Olson Thousand Oaks CA 6-5 205-BYU

Physically gifted QB was the star of the Elite 11 Camp.

4. Tyler Palko West Allegheny, Imperial PA 6-2 210-Pittsburgh

Could play as a true freshman because of work ethic and competitiveness.

5. Gavin Dickey Lincoln, Tallahassee FL 6-0 190-Florida

Boasts as strong an arm as anyone in the country.

6. Reggie McNeal Lufkin TX 6-3 190-Texas A&M

Tremendous athlete who led his team to a state title.

7. Marcus Vick Warwick, Newport News VA 6-0 185-Virginia Tech

Has the same explosive ability as brother Michael, the Falcons quarterback.

8. James Banks Ben Davis, Indianapolis IN 6-2 195-Tennessee

The dual-threat quarterback every college is looking for.

9. Matt Gutierrez De La Salle, Concord CA 6-4 210-Michigan

Played his best in the biggest games.

10. Isaiah Stanback Garfield, Seattle WA 6-3 195-Washington

Fits mold of modern day quarterback who can run and pass equally well.

11. Drew Olson Piedmont CA 6-2 190-UCLA

Has a chance to earn starting job at UCLA next year.

12. Matt Moore Hart, Newhall CA 6-4 195-UCLA

As physically talented as any quarterback in the country.

13. Troy Smith Glenville, Cleveland OH 6-0 195-Ohio State

Smart player who can make all the throws and has excellent mobility.

14. Anthony Martinez Patrick Henry, Ashland VA 6-3 225-Virginia

Big, physical kid with an NFL body and a great arm.

15. Drew Stanton Harrison, Farmington Hills MI 6-3 210-Michigan State

Winner who has all the tools to succeed in college.

16. Brandon Cox Hewitt-Trussville, Trussville AL 6-3 200-Auburn

Pro style quarterback with a nice release who can make all the throws.

17. Chris Olsen Wayne, Wayne Hills NJ 6-3 205-Notre Dame

Great pocket passer who should be a perfect fit in Ty Willingham's new balanced offense.

18. Marc Guillon Miramonte, Orinda CA 6-4 185-Miami

Played at same school as Miami's Ken Dorsey and looks very similar at the same stage.

19. Ryan O'Hara Muir, Pasadena CA 6-6 200-Arizona

Can make all the throws and has the ability to make plays outside of the pocket.

20. Justin Zwick Washington, Massillon OH 6-4 215-Ohio State

One of the most prolific passers in Ohio state history.

21. Lester Ricard Amite LA 6-5 200-LSU

Big and strong with a great arm.

22. Joe Tereshinski Athens Academy, Athens GA 6-3 200-Georgia

Father coaches at Georgia so it was no surprise Tereshinski announced for the Dogs.

23. Billy Don Malone North Lamar, Paris TX 6-2 185-Tulane

Should put up huge numbers in the Green Wave's high-octane offense.

24. Brandon Kirsch Cedar Crest, Lebanon PA 6-2 185-Purdue

Very good athlete who can run and throw.

25. Kellen Bradley Saguro, Scottsdale AZ 6-3 175-Arizona State

Does huge senior season foreshadow standout college career?

 

Running Backs

1. Lorenzo Booker St. Bonaventure, Ventura CA 5-11 185-Florida State

The top overall player in the nation and one of the best California backs ever.

2. Gerald Riggs Jr. Red Bank, Chattanooga TN 6-0 220-Tennessee

Great physical specimen who ran a 4.53 in the 40 in tennis shoes.

3. Michael Johnson Heritage, Newport News VA 5-10 185-Virginia

Electrifying athlete who's a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

4. Jason Allen Muscle Shoals AL 6-1 200-Tennessee

A burner with legit 4.4 speed who could play several positions in college.

5. Ciatrick Fason Fletcher, Neptune Beach FL 6-0 210-Florida

One of the top five players in Florida who committed to the Gators his junior season.

6. Maurice Clarett Harding, Warren OH 6-1 230-Ohio State

Punishing runner who earned Ohio's Mr. Football this past season.

7. David Richard Hazelwood East, St. Louis MO 6-1 235-Michigan State

The next T.J Duckett? Has the same size and power.

8. DeShawn Wynn Reading, Cincinnati OH 6-0 210-Florida

Big, strong and fast and has all the tools to make it big.

9. Justin Vincent Barbe, Lake Charles LA 5-10 200-LSU

Do-it-all back with deceptive speed and power.

10. Hershel Dennis Poly, Long Beach CA 5-11 185-USC

Arguably the most talented running back Poly has ever produced.

11. Nick Turner Washington, Atlanta GA 5-10 185-Mississippi State

Great quickness and change of direction ability; one of the country's shiftiest runners.

12. Robert Merrill Taft, San Antonio TX 5-10 180-TCU

Burst onto the scene this year to become the state's top running back prospect.

13. Glenn Ohaeri Aquinas, San Bernardino CA 5-9 195-UCLA

Strong and quick with a great burst who could also play corner in college.

14. Jerious Norwood Brandon MS 6-1 200-Mississippi State

Big back with speed and power and one of the top three players in the state.

15. Kenny James Dos Palos CA 5-10 200-Washington

Powerful runner who scored 99 touchdowns the past two years.

16. Selvin Young Jersey Village, Houston TX 6-0 195-Texas

Has size, speed and power and should excel behind the Horns huge offensive line.

17. Thomas Clayton Mt. Vernon, Alexandria VA 6-0 200-Florida State

Nickname is 'Hollywood' for a reason.

18. Michael Cooper Screven County, Sylvania GA 5-11 210-Georgia

Good size and ran a 4.53 in the 40 over the summer.

19. Muliva Pula Kahuku HI 6-0 210-BYU

Explosive runner with world-class speed when he turns the corner.

20. Reshard Dudley Marianna FL 5-11 210-Georgia

Was hurt most of the year but is as talented as any back in the South when healthy.

21. David Horne Omaha Central, Omaha NE 6-0 195-Nebraska

Was a "must have" recruit for the Huskers and arguably the state's top player.

22. Damien Rhodes Fayetteville-Manlius, Manlius NY 6-0 190-Syracuse

Lit it up at the Nike Camp in New York where he showed a great burst.

23. Ryan Cole South Kitsap, Port Orchard WA 6-0 215-Oregon State

Rushed for over 2,000 yards this past season to earn State Player of the Year honors.

24. Albert Hardy Galena Park TX 5-11 225-Texas

Will likely play fullback in college and could be the nation's best at the position.

25. Brian Calhoun Oak Creek WI 5-9 180-Colorado

Quick little scat back will be a great complement to the power backs the Buffs already have.

 

Wide Receivers

1. Dishon Platt Charlotte County, Punta Gorda FL 6-0 170-Florida State

Makes defenders look silly in the open field.

2. Chris Davis St. Petersburg Catholic, St. Petersburg FL 5-11 175-Florida State

Plays quarterback in high school but his upside as a receiver is off the charts.

3. Ryan Moore Dr. Phillips, Orlando FL 6-3 190-Miami

Big and fast with great hands and will definitely get a shot at playing next season.

4. Rhema McKnight Kennedy, La Palma CA 6-3 185-Notre Dame

Top wide-out in the West has size and speed and can jump close to 40 inches.

5. Richard Washington Ft. Myers FL 6-0 165-NC State

Ran a 4.43 in the 40 at the Nike Camp in Florida.

6. Akieem Jolla St. Augustine, New Orleans LA 6-2 170-Miami

Polished route runner and has the 4.4 speed to go with it.

7. Skyler Green Higgins, Marrero LA 5-9 185-LSU

Had a huge Nike Camp in Baton Rouge with a 4.40 in the 40 and a 39-inch vertical leap.

8. Ben Obomanu Selma AL 6-2 185-Auburn

Has electrifying speed and quickness and could be the state's top player.

9. Kyle Brown West Bloomfield MI 6-1 195-Michigan State

Was hurt as a senior but when healthy is the best athlete in Michigan.

10. DaBryan Blanton Forney TX 6-0 165-Oklahoma

Could be the fastest player in the nation and will run track in college as well as play football.

11. Maurice Stovall Archbishop Carroll, Radnor PA 6-5 200-Notre Dame

Some feel has Randy Moss type athleticism in terms of his size and 4.4 speed.

12. Jason Avant Carver, Chicago IL 6-2 205-Michigan

Had 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in just eight games this year.

13. Montavis Pitts Loachapoka AL 6-1 180-Auburn

Blew up at a summer combine where he ran a 4.29 in the 40.

14. Marquis Johnson Centennial, Champaign IL 6-2 190-Texas

Good size and has hands as good as any receiver we've seen.

15. Mario Raley Independence, Charlotte NC 6-0 175-Georgia

Had back-to-back seasons with over 100 catches and 20-plus touchdowns.

16. Jemalle Cornelius Ft. Meade FL 5-11 170-Florida

One of the nation's most versatile players could end up on either side of the ball.

17. James Finley Manual Arts, Los Angeles CA 6-2 195-Oregon State

Nice combination of size and speed and has no fear going across the middle.

18. Jejuan Rankins Bertie, Windsor NC 6-0 180-Oklahoma

A threat on both sides of the ball as well as a dangerous return man.

19. Roy Hall Brush, Lyndhurst OH 6-3 205-Ohio State

Great size and has excellent quickness off the ball.

20. Terry Richardson Centennial, Corona CA 6-1 180-Arizona State

Wants to play both ways in college but receiver is definitely his meal ticket.

21. Santonio Holmes Glades Central, Belle Glade FL 5-11 175-Ohio State

Refined wide-out with good hands and playmaking attitude.

22. John Harris Americus GA 6-0 185-Florida State

Lit up the receiver drills at the Nike Camp in Georgia making acrobatic catches all day long.

23. Franklin Payne University School, Jackson TN 6-0 180-Illinois

Tremendous athlete who jumps off the screen on film with his great all-around ability.

24. Troy Williamson Silver Bluff, Aiken SC 6-2 185-South Carolina

Great speed receiver who is a legit home run threat.

25. David Gray McClymonds, Oakland CA 6-3 210-California

Big, physical wide-out with tremendous leaping ability.

 

Tight Ends

1. Marcedes Lewis Poly, Long Beach CA 6-7 230-UCLA

Has all the tools to play on Sundays and is also a tremendous pass rusher.

2. Eric Winston Robert E. Lee, Midland TX 6-7 260-Miami

Mammoth blocker who could end up playing on the offensive line in college.

3. Leonard Pope Americus GA 6-7 240-Georgia

Can block and catch equally well and should see time as a true freshman.

4. Curtis Justus Perry OK 6-6 210-Miami

Great pass catcher with glue on his hands and advanced route-running ability.

5. Aaron Kirkland Britt, Fayetteville NC 6-5 250-Tennessee

Great pass catcher who's also a tremendous defensive end.

6. Jesse Taylor Chaminade, West Hills CA 6-4 240-Washington State

Has great hands and can run like a deer.

7. Dominique Byrd Breck, Minneapolis MN 6-3 230-USC

Great athlete who played wide receiver and had over 1,000 yards this past season.

8. R.J. Coleman Byrd, Clarksburg WV 6-6 265-Ohio State

Huge presence on the line and may turn into an offensive lineman in college.

9. Lanear Nixon Carol City, Miami FL 6-3 210-Oklahoma

Can run like a wide receiver and has the soft hands to go with it.

10. Joe Newton Roseburg OR 6-6 225-Oregon State

Talented athlete who is one of the state's best basketball players.

11. Matt Traverso Christian Brothers, Sacramento CA 6-6 230-Stanford

A star two-way player with over 30 quarterback sacks the past two seasons.

12. Anthony Fasano Verona NJ 6-3 235-Notre Dame

Heavily recruited athlete with over 30 scholarship offers before choosing the Irish.

13. David Thomas Frenship, Wolfforth TX 6-3 210-Texas

Has 4.6 speed in the 40 and played wide receiver in high school.

14. Brian Mattes Wyoming Valley West, Plymouth PA 6-6 240-Notre Dame

Yet another player who dominated on both sides of the ball.

15. Lonnie Davis White, Jacksonville FL 6-4 245-Florida State

Plays on the edge and has a serious mean streak on the football field.

16. George Cooper Westerville North, Westerville OH 6-5 245-Georgia Tech

Heavily recruited player who had every school in the Midwest on his trail.

17. John Doucette St. Augustine, New Orleans LA 6-2 250-Memphis

Was impressive at the Nike Camp in Baton Rouge and has good speed and quickness.

18. Brandon Cornell Kenton OH 6-4 225-Louisville

Had 96 catches for 1,578 yards and 17 touchdowns this past season.

19. Cody Boyd Ferndale WA 6-8 220-Washington State

Huge frame will need to add weight but has great hands.

20. Joseph Klopfenstein Grandview, Aurora CO 6-6 220-Colorado

Off the charts athleticism and ran a 4.48 in the 40 at the Nike Camp in Oregon.

21. Justin Bruce Pepperell, Lindale GA 6-7 240-Auburn

Has good size but his quickness is his strength and he gets off the ball like a receiver.

22. Clark Harris Southern, Manahawkin NJ 6-6 215-Rutgers

Was very impressive at the Nike Camp in New Jersey.

23. Gabriel Hall Coronado, Lubbock TX 6-4 245-Texas Tech

Has size, speed and can get down the field and make plays.

24. Melvin Bryant Central, Muncie IN 6-6 215-Illinois

Excellent pass rusher who many feel will be a defensive end in college.

25. Steve Buches Central Catholic, Pittsburgh PA 6-4 220-Pittsburgh

Great athlete who shined at the Nike Camp in Pennsylvania.

 

Offensive Linemen

1. Derek Morris North Mecklenburg, Huntersville NC 6-5 340-Ohio State

One of the nation's biggest and best; dominated drills at the Nike Camp in Georgia.

2. Justin Blalock Plano East, Plano TX 6-4 335-Texas

The nation's best run blocker just destroys opposing defensive linemen.

3. Gabe Watson Southfield MI 6-4 335-Michigan

Big and athletic and was the MVP of the Nike Camp in Michigan.

4. Winston Justice Poly, Long Beach CA 6-7 290-USC

Can bench 430 pounds and has the feet of a tight end.

5. Brandon Jefferies Crest, Shelby NC 6-5 265-Tennessee

Can run and pass block equally well and has a non-stop motor.

6. Kyle Williams Highland Park, Dallas TX 6-5 275-USC

Arguably the nation's best pass blocker with flawless technique.

7. Max Jean-Gilles North Miami Beach FL 6-4 335-Georgia

One of the top 10 players in Florida and has a serious mean streak on the field.

8. Nathan Rhodes East Bakersfield, Bakersfield CA 6-7 305-Washington

Tremendous pass blocker who just needs to add strength to be playing on Sundays.

9. Rob Smith Highlands, Fort Thomas KY 6-3 285-Tennessee

A high motor player who gets after it on every play.

10. Albert Toeaina Pittsburg CA 6-5 330-Oregon

Physically dominating player was top offensive linemen during CaliFlorida Bowl practice.

11. Mark Farris North Hills, Pittsburgh PA 6-6 285-Penn State

One of the top overall players on the East Coast could play early in college.

12. Chris Felder Oelwein IA 6-6 295-Iowa

Has a nice frame and looks like a college player already.

13. Tony Ugoh Westfield, Houston TX 6-6 295-Arkansas

Advanced pass blocker who has the strength to become a dominant run blocker as well.

14. Heath Benedict Peddie School, Highstown NJ 6-5 275-Tennessee

Very good athlete and will get looks from MLB scouts as a pitcher.

15. Doug Datish Howland, Warren OH 6-5 280-Ohio State

Has all the tools and will follow his father who also played at Ohio State.

16. Jabari Levey Berkeley, Moncks Corner SC 6-8 300-South Carolina

Blew up this past season to become one of the South's top prospects.

17. Randy Hand Estero FL 6-6 295-Florida

Combines excellent strength and quickness. Scouts love his feet.

18. Robert Chai Newport Harbor, Newport Beach CA 6-3 270-UCLA

Great technique and raw power who manhandles opposing linemen.

19. Neale Tweedie Allen TX 6-5 265-Texas

A little light but has a great combination of power, technique and quickness.

20. Clayton Walker Horizon, Scottsdale AZ 6-4 265-Washington

Two Pac 10 schools told us he was the West Coast's best offensive lineman.

21. Bob Morton McKinney TX 6-4 300-Notre Dame

Nation's best center prospect has great leadership skills on the line.

22. Davin Joseph Hallandale FL 6-3 270-Oklahoma

Two older brothers both play at Miami but decided he wanted to be a Sooner.

23. Scott Raridon Mason City IA 6-7 275-Notre Dame

Very athletic player with the frame to easily add another 30 pounds or so.

24. Alex Pou Coral Gables FL 6-4 275-Miami

Needs to get stronger but has the athleticism colleges love.

25. Marcus McNeil Cedar Grove, Ellenwood GA 6-8 315-Auburn

Great athlete who dominated on both sides of the ball this past year.



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