Olympia RB among hottest of nation's top 100

THE INSIDERS.COM today unveiled its June <a href=http://content.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=137&p=3&blipid=11789>National Hot 100</a> team, complete with video highlights of all 100. The roll call is dominated by players from Florida and Texas. Add in California, Georgia and greater New York and you've got 60 percent of the total. Still, three gems from the Pacific Northwest managed to sneak onto the list -- one of them cracking the top 15.

Jonathan Stewart, the record-setting running back from Timberline High in Olympia, Wash., came in at No. 13. With incredible balance and agility, great power, 4.6 speed and 220 pounds of muscle, he's shaping up to be one of the most coveted prep prospects in the state of Washington since the days of Reggie Williams and Larry Stevens. Last season he rushed for 2,609 yards and 36 touchdowns en route to consensus All-State recognition. A week ago he wowed onlookers at Washington State's annual summer camp. WSU, Oregon, Cal and Tennessee are believed to be among his early favorites.

Two other Pacific Northwest athletes are in the Hot 100: Pasco, Wash., running back Leon Jackson (No. 85) and Portland (Grant High) defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (No. 98).

Jackson is a two-time state 100-meter sprint champion with a 37-inch vertical jump. He rushed for 1,814 yards and 32 touchdowns last season and has the versatility to play running back, receiver or defensive back in college. He currently has offers from WSU, Nebraska, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington.

Suh is 6-5, 275-pounds and can dunk a basketball from a flat-footed start. He was all-league on both sides of the ball as a junior, but projects as a college DT. He has offers from WSU and most of the rest of the Pac-10, as well as Miami, Nebraska and others.

Seven California prepsters made the list: linebacker Luther Brown, quarterback Mark Sanchez, defensive end Averell Spicer, running back Marion Lucky, linebacker Ray Mauluga, receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback Kevin Thomas. No players from Idaho, Montana, Alaska or Hawaii made the National Hot 100. There was one player each from Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

Florida, with 19 selections, and Texas with 12, collectively accounted for 30 percent of the entire Hot 100 list.

Click here for the complete list of 100: National Hot 100

HOW THE STARS ARE AWARED

TheInsiders.com announced that it has adjusted its individual player rankings for the 2005 class. The top 50 prospects in the country will receive five stars while Nos. 51 though 250 will receive four stars and Nos. 251 through 750 will receive three stars. Currently, all the five stars have been assigned and about half the four stars. Over the next week or so more stars will be assigned.

Another change to TheInsiders.com is player video and this season the network did what no one has ever done before - releasing highlights of every prospect on its inaugural National Hot 100.

"Having video on all Hot 100 prospects is unprecedented in this business at this juncture (June) of the recruiting season," said Jamie Newberg, national recruiting analyst for TheInsiders. "No one has ever accomplished this. No one. I think this truly shows that this recruiting team is extremely dedicated to the job. Our entire team contributed to this and this is obviously a big part of the evaluation process. The other part is scouting these players at camps, our MSL combines and games. We take great pride in scouting in every kind of capacity as many prospects as we can in any way we can. It's not blind analysis. I am proud on our team and we undoubtedly have the best recruiting team in the business."

TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 was compiled by Newberg and Allen Wallace. Newberg and Wallace evaluated film, consulted college coaches from coast to coast, as well as TheInsiders.com recruiting team.


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