Anyone new to the sport of recruiting must wonder what the term "ATH" means next to a player's name.
What is an "athlete"? Aren't all players athletes?
The answer is both simple and complex. Yes, all football players are athletes. But some are such good athletes that deciding where they should play—and what they could be best at—is difficult.
Dropping in on the 2011 recruiting class early, we've been able to see how talented some of these players are in different positions on offense and defense, and sometimes, in entirely different sports.
I've ranked the 10 kids (with video!) I consider to be the best pure athletes in the 2011 class. These kids have played and mastered a multitude of positions in high school.
Now that college is around the corner, they have not one but two important decisions to make: where to play their college ball, and what to play when they get there.