Yesterday, Scout.com released our initial five star rankings for ten prospects in the Class of 2009. Today, we unveil the rest of our top 100 juniors, as players 11-100 will all be assigned four stars. All prospects are in alpha order. Once again, the South leads the way with over 30 prospects on our early National 100 list.
"The Southeast reverses a few trends from the class of 2008 with this early look at the class of 2009" said Scout.com Southeastern Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit. "Led by Julio Jones, wide receivers dominate the landscape this year, but there are just three making the list going into the next season. Louisiana is without a name on the recent version of the Scout 100, but two were already pegged as five-star prospects for 2009 and a third (Rueben Randle) came very close to making that list as well.
"Florida is, as always, very well represented with eleven members of the Class of 2009 Scout 100 and several more ready to make the jump with more film from the junior season and the upcoming Scout combines where more will be discovered."
As always the great state of Texas is well represented but they are not the only state in the Southwest with some elite players. "Two positions standout in the Southwest for the Class of 2009, quarterbacks and defensive linemen," said Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Alan Zepeda. "In Texas there are approximately 20 division one caliber quarterbacks heading into their junior season, some more have emerged and everyone is calling this junior class the deepest in Texas history. At defensive line two Arizona stars lead the way in Derek Kennard and Corey Adams, who is joined by two Texas juniors, Jamarcus McFarland and Mike Brockers, in the national Top 100."
Heading out west there is one high school that will be well represented in the recruiting world in this '09 group. "Fresno (Calif.) Edison High School has long been one of the most fertile schools in the West, sending numerous players on to college and the NFL, namely Tim McDonald, who was an all-American at USC and an NFL all-Pro with the Cardinals and 49ers," said Scout.com West Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman. "Now the head coach at Edison, McDonald may have the most loaded class Central California has seen, led by elite receiver Rolando Jefferson, the region's top cornerback in Cliff Harris and his son T.J. McDonald, one of the premier safeties in the West."
The Midwest and East always produce an abundance of talent and next season will be no different than any other. "Dual-threat quarterbacks are in style for 2009 as the East and Midwest Region's feature a handful of very good ones," said Scout.com Midwest/East Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels. "The state of Indiana will have two of the nation's most athletic signal callers in Morgan Newton (Carmel) and Jordan Luallen (Center Grove) and don't sleep on West Virginia's Craig Crawford (Huntington) who could play a number of positions at the next level.
"Pennsylvania's class of 2009 may not be as deep as this years class, but the top eight players in the state may be as good as anyone in the country. Michigan is on the rise with three prospects in the initial Top 100 and there are a few more who could eventually crack this list."