Instant Impact - Class of 2004

Oklahoma's stud running back recruit <b>Adrian Peterson</b> headlines SchoolSports.com's look at five players from the Class of 2004 that will have the biggest impact on their respective teams this fall.

Brian Brohm
Trinity High (Ky.), QB, 6-4, 202
Louisville

Brohm signed with Louisville after one of the most prolific careers in Kentucky high school history. Brohm, who's rated the nation's No. 1 recruit by SchoolSports.com, completed 698-of-1,071 passes (65.2 percent) for 10,579 yards and 119 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions in three years as the starter for Trinity, leading the Shamrocks to three straight Class 4-A state titles. While Louisville returns starter Stefan LeFors as well as super freshman Michael Bush, a former rival of Brohm's at Louisville Male High, Brohm has the talent to move past both signal callers. He should have no problem transitioning to the college game, especially with brother, Jeff, a former NFL quarterback, serving as the quarterbacks coach for the Cardinals.

Adrian Peterson
Palestine High (Texas), RB, 6-3, 207
Oklahoma

You could argue that a big reason why Oklahoma's offense was halted by Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship and by LSU in the BCS National Championship was the Sooners' lack of a running game to take the pressure off of Heisman Trophy quarterback Jason White. Peterson should be the answer to Oklahoma's problems. He's a big back in the mold of Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, but he also possesses sprinter's speed (10.33 in the 100 meters). Peterson, who's rated the No. 3 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com, rushed for 2,079 yards and 29 touchdowns on 222 carries during the regular season for Palestine this past fall while adding 241 yards and three scores in the Wildcats' only playoff game.

Theodore Ginn Jr.
Glenville High (Ohio), DB, 6-1, 174
Ohio State

Ohio State suffered a tough blow to its secondary when Chris Gamble declared for the 2004 NFL Draft. That means the future is now for Ginn Jr., who's rated the No. 4 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. Ginn certainly has the talent to fill the void. He was named the National Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today this past season after recording 54 tackles (14 solo) and eight interceptions, returning five for touchdowns. Ginn could also help the Buckeyes in the return game since as a senior, he returned four kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns.

Xavier Carter
Palm Bay High (Fla.), WR, 6-3, 190
LSU

Carter is a top notch receiver who's also arguably the best high school sprinter in the nation. With talent like that, it will be hard for LSU head coach Nick Saban to keep the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder on the sidelines. Carter finished his senior season with 33 catches for 618 yards and nine touchdowns. Also look out for fellow LSU recruit, St. Martinville High (La.) wideout Early Doucet. Both Carter and Doucet should give the co-national champion Tigers a pair of receivers that can stretch the field.

Brian Toal
Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), LB, 6-2, 225
Boston College

Toal signing with Boston College was one of the biggest coups on National Signing Day. The Eagles aren't accustomed to signing top 20 recruits like Toal, who's rated the No. 13 player in the country by SchoolSports.com. Toal led Don Bosco Prep to its second straight Parochial Group 4 title his senior season while shining on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 1,228 yards and 28 touchdowns on offense while racking up 103 tackles, 11 ½ sacks and 17 tackles for loss on defense. Toal's brother, Greg, is a senior at BC and was the starting fullback for the Eagles this past season. The younger Toal is so talented that he'll likely see extensive time at linebacker this fall.


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