Headlining the second annual TheInsiders.com/Sports Illustrated.com All-America team, Ginn, Jr., is a five-star prospect from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School. This past season he accounted for 40 touchdowns in five different ways – throwing, receiving, rushing, kick returns and interception returns. He had eight interceptions, returning five for scores. Ginn scored five touchdowns five different ways during a single game this past season.
"Ted did some amazing things this season," said his father and Glenville Head Coach Ted Ginn, Sr. "We expect Ted to do those things on defense, but not what he did on offense. This season he was more of an offensive player and scorer. He returned a bunch of interceptions for touchdown including one for 102 yards and another for 96. He scored off kick and punt returns. Ted kicks field goals and extra points. It was amazing to watch him. Looking back, it was all business but I am really enjoying now what he did this past season. Now Ted is ready to go to the next level."
Ginn, Jr. leads a contingent of future college stars on TheInsiders.com All-America Team. Offensively, there is a Texas flavor at quarterback and running back with Lone Star State standouts Rhett Bomar (Grand Prairie) and Adrian Peterson (Palestine). The receiving corps is spectacular and very big with Calvin Johnson (Tyrone, Ga.) and Fred Davis (Toldeo, Ohio). The offensive line is led by Jeff Byers (Ft. Collins, Co), the No. 1 rated player in the country.
Defensively, this group of linebackers is as good as we have seen over the years with Willie Williams (Miami, Fla.), Keith Rivers (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Dan Connor (Wallingford, Pa.). The team is loaded with athletes, especially the prospects who were named first-team athlete offense and defense in Early Doucet (St. Martinville, La.) and Brandon Miller (Colquitt, Ga.) respectively.
"Ted Ginn Jr. is a difference maker on both sides of the football," said Chris Pool, Midwest Recruiting Analyst for TheInsiders.com. "He's the best athlete in the Midwest and a true All-American. I wouldn't be surprised if Ginn was a 'three and done' player for Ohio State because I think he can be good."
Ginn, Jr. committed to Ohio State earlier this month over Michigan, USC, Tennessee and others. Ginn, Jr. is the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country and the No. 4 rated player overall. He is considered by TheInsiders.com experts to be the top cover corner to come out over the past several years.
"Ted is elusive, fast, fluid, instinctive and tough," said Allen Wallace, a National Recruiting Analyst for TheInsiders.com. "He has great ball skills and is a pure gamebreaker with good size. This is a track star who's also a football player. He's got an uncatchable gear. He also shows very well developed cover skills and should also be a fearsome punt returner. As a wide receiver, he shows a knack for making plays and out-competes DBs for the ball. Ted's as good a pure athlete as we've seen come out of the secondary in the past several years and has fabulous potential."
Other nominees for the National Player of the Year were Byers, Peterson, and Lee (Daytona Beach, Fla). Byers had a terrific senior season leading his team to the state championship. Along the way, Byers recorded 203 tackles (97 solo, 106 assists), 56 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, 14 caused fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. Offensively, they didn't keep stats but in one game they did count him with 34 pancake blocks. They estimated he had pancake blocks on 25 percent of all the running plays during the season.
Despite being a marked man, Peterson rushed the ball 240 times for 2,315 yards and 32 touchdowns. Peterson is headed to Norman, Okla., to play for Bob Stoops and his Sooners. Lee is a record-setting quarterback from Florida who is headed to Florida State. He had a great senior year throwing for 3,133 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing for 567 yards and 10 scores as a senior. Brohm had a spectacular season and career for Louisville (Ky.) Trinity High School. He threw for over 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns and was named Kentucky's Mr. Football this past season. Andre Brown (Greenville, N.C.) rushed for an amazing 3,479 yards as a senior. Borhm is committed to Louisville and Brown is committed to N.C. State.
Ginn was a near unanimous vote getter amongst TheInsiders.com recruiting team.
Last season quarterback, Chris Leak (Charlotte, N.C.) was the network's National Player of the Year and Ernie Sims (Tallahassee, Fla.) was its top-rated prospect from start to finish. This season, Byers was rated TheInsiders.com's No. 1 prospect, from start to finish.
2004 All-Big Ten Team - 2004 All-South Team - 2004 All-Pac-10 Team
|TheInsiders.com All-America Team|
|QB||Rhett Bomar||Grand Prairie (Texas)||Oklahoma|
|Many worthy candidates here but Bomar has the most upside of any QB in the nation. He has all the physical and mental attributes you want in a QB and he's also a superior athlete.|
|RB||Adrian Peterson||Palestine (Texas)||Oklahoma|
|Our No. 1 RB from the pre-season on. Peterson rushed for 4,366 yards and 54 TDs over the past two seasons despite being a marked man. He has it all - size, power, elusiveness and blazing speed.|
|FB||Brian Toal||Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep|
|Is there a better fullback in the country? Toal could easily star on either side of the ball in college at FB or MLB. That may be the second toughest decision he has to make.|
|WR||Fred Davis||Toledo (Ohio) Rogers||USC|
|A freak talent with amazing size and speed. Very versatile as well as he also returned kicks, played SS and RB. Davis has already graduated high school.|
|WR||Calvin Johnson||Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek||Georgia Tech|
|The only thing Johnson lacks is blazing speed. He has everything else and than some. Johnson is deadly in the red-zone with an NFL body right now.|
|ATH||Early Doucet||St. Martinville (La.)||LSU|
|The most electrifying prospect from Louisiana since Kevin Faulk. Doucet will make the full-time switch to WR like Peter Warrick and Michael Clayton did. He has amazing natural instincts for the game.|
|TE||Zach Miller||Phoenix (Az.) Desert Vista||Arizona State|
|Easily the nation's finest tight end prospect. Super hands, speed and blocking ability. Miller is also a very good defensive end. He will join his brother at Arizona State.|
|OL||Jeff Byers||Ft. Collins (Co.) Loveland||USC|
|The nation's No. 1 prospect. Byers could play any position on the offensive line but will likely land at center or guard. He's very advanced for someone out of high school. Byers is best OL prospect in quite a few seasons.|
|OL||Alex Fletcher||Melville (N.Y.) St. Anthony's||Stanford|
|Like Byers, Fletcher can play guard or center at the next level. And like Byers he is smart, physical and has great feet. At this stage he's a dominating drive blocker.|
|OL||Leon Hart||Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley||Auburn|
|Hart is super quick, physical and athletic. He has great footwork and those long arms coaches covet in tackles.|
|OL||Greg Harrison||Shenandoah (Pa.) Valley||Penn State|
|Harrison is a fluid tackle that moves very well that can beat you physically or with finesse. He is quick off the ball, a dominating drive blocker, and very effective in space.|
|OL||Thomas Herring||Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont||USC|
|Herring is a tremendous athlete who plays tight end and defensive end but we feel will end up as an offensive tackle. He has great athleticism, size and strength.|
|DE||Charles Johnson||Hawkinsville (Ga.)||Georgia|
|Plain and simple Johnson is an incredible athlete with great speed and quickness off the edge. He can flat out do it all - stuff the run, rush the passer or chase people down.|
|DE||Jeff Schweiger||San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian||USC|
|The bottom line with Schweiger is that he just has an incredible motor. He's a high energy guy that gives you everything he has on every single play. Schweiger will surprise you with his speed and quickness.|
|DT||Demario Pressley||Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley|
|Pressley is a force in the middle, commanding double and even triple teams at the high school level. He plays the run very well and is also an excellent pass rusher.|
|DT||Glenn Dorsey||Gonzales (La.) East Ascension||LSU|
|Often overlooked because he committed so early to LSU. Another DL that plays his tail off on every down. Dorsey is extremely strong, especially his lower body (600+ pound squat).|
|LB||Willie Williams||Miami (Fla.) Carol City|
|Williams has more upside than any linebacker in this year's class. He has superior speed and quickness and great football instincts. Williams is an attacker, whether it be rushing the QB or chasing down a RB. He's also a fericous hitter.|
|LB||Keith Rivers||Lake Mary (Fla.)||USC|
|At this stage Rivers is a little more advanced than Williams because of his ability to cover. But like Williams, Rivers is a great playmaker on defense. He can run and hit as well as anyone in the country.|
|LB||Dan Connor||Wallingford (Pa.) Strath Haven||Penn State|
|Connor and Toal are football clones. Connor could star on either side of the ball at Penn State (FB or MLB). He's a throwback defensively that plays the run and pass equally well.|
|ATH||Brandon Miller||Colquitt (Ga.) Miller County|
|Miller is the best "big" athlete in the country. He played RB, FB, WR, TE, DE, LB and returned kicks this past season. Miller is good enough to play WR, LB or DE at the next level. He's just an amazing athlete that can really motor.|
|S||Andrew Kelson||Houston (Texas) Lamar||Texas|
|Kelson emerged as the No. 1 safety this season. He has the speed of a safety and the size of a linebacker. In fact, Kelson may grow into a linebacker at the next level.|
|S||Kyle Jackson||Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher||Florida|
|Jackson is a super free safety prospect. He is a playmaker defensively that is always around the ball making things happen.|
|CB||Ted Ginn, Jr.||Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville||Ohio State|
|Ginn is our National Player of the Year. He scored 40 touchdowns and scored five different ways this past season. Ginn has incredible cover skills and speed and could play on both sides (CB/WR) at Ohio State. He's also a potential future Olympian (200 meters).|
|CB||Marcus Walker||Waco (Texas)||Oklahoma|
|Walker is your prototype cover corner with great speed and he can support the run. Untested at the high school level over the past two seasons because teams simply didn't throw his way. That's called respect.|