Ranking 2011's Top 100 College Football Recruits

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Ranking 2011's Top 100 College Football Recruits

Below is an abbreviated list of the B/R Top 100, which you can read in full here and here .

100. Darian Cooper, DT: 6'3", 245-lb defensive tackle from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md.,  holds offers from Penn State, Michigan, UCLA and Clemson, among others.

99. Reese Dismukes, C (Auburn): a 6'3", 275-pound prospect who was Class-5A All-State as a junior and is Scout's third-best center.

98. Jameel Poteat, RB: Harrisburg, PA running back holds offers from Florida, Pitt, USC, West Virginia, Iowa and Notre Dame. Will remind fans of a fatter version of Michigan State's Javon Ringer.

97. Albert Louis-Jean, CB/S (Miami): The 6'1", 175-lb CB was mentioned  in an article on a Nike Camp at Virginia Tech as having the playmaking ability to succeed at the next level.   A move to safety might be in order.

96. Damiere Byrd, ATH: Sicklerville, N.J., wide receiver/athlete  clocked in as 2011's fastest prospect   after a 4.2 40 at a Nike combine in Philadelphia.

95. Travis Hughes, LB: compiled 79 tackles and rushed for 1,500 yards as a junior. An Army All-American Bowl invite.

94. Ron Tanner, S: a 6'0", 190-lb athlete out of Columbus, Ohio, who recorded 81 tackles and seven interceptions on defense, and posted 1,305 passing yards, 600 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns on offense.

93: CJ Uzomah, QB/ATH: a 6'5", 230-lb athlete/quarterback out of Suwannee, Georgia, he' s played wide receiver for most of high school, but switched to quarterback as a junior and led his team deep into the state playoffs .

92: Terrell Chestnut, CB/ATH: shifty, quick, strong and capable of beating anyone to the outside on offense, he r eminds me of South Carolina's athletic cornerback, Stephon Gilmore.

91: Darion Arrington, S: the 6'1", 215-lb prospect out of Wiggins, Miss., posted 79 tackles, four interceptions and one fumble recovery as a junior.

90: Marquise Anderson, QB: a 6'3", 218-lb shotgun QB out of Charlotte, N.C., with size, a big arm and high upside.  LSU, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Michigan are the finalists for his verbal.

89: Jaxon Shipley, WR (Texas): 6'0", 170-lb receiver who will show off both in the slot and as a kick-return specialist for Texas. Like his brother, he can take kickoffs the distance with speed and an uncanny eye for blocks downfield.

88: Pat Martin, S: 6'0", 196-lb strong safety impressed at a Nike camp in Alabama  and holds upwards of 15 offers, including from LSU, Arkansas and Tennessee.

87: Ishaq Williams, DE: top weakside end who exploded onto the recruiting scene  after a JC Shurburtt article in ESPN, landing offers from Florida, Alabama, and Notre Dame, among others.

86: Brett Hundley, QB: the top prospect on a loaded roster at Chandler High School in Arizona.  Along with Texas A&M, UCLA and Nebraska, Michigan recently offered, and now Oregon is giving chase .

85: Michael Bennett, DT (Ohio State): a 6'3", 275-lb junior who was also a beastly offensive guard for Centerville. Offered by several BCS schools and most of the Big Ten, he chose the Buckeyes over Michigan and Northwestern.

84: Anthony Zettel, G: Scout's No. 6 guard out of West Branch, Mich. Has been favoring the in-state Wolverines for some time, but holding off on making his commitment official.

83: Erique Florence, S: a 6'2", 181-lb safety who runs a sub-4.5 40. O ne of the most sought-after in-state prospects in the annual Alabama-Auburn recruit skirmish.

82: Damian Swann, CB/S: 6'0", 175-lb athlete who split duties as a quarterback and wide receiver, and is contending for the top prospect  in Atlanta in a loaded year.

81: Cody Kessler, QB: lacks in height (he's only 6'1") what he makes up for it with great athleticism and a passion for the game that he's manifesting in a wealth of camp appearances Rivals posts a 4.9 40 and a load of offers  from every Pac-10 school, plus Boise State, Alabama and Nebraska.  Cal, USC and UCLA lead for his services,

80: Kris Harley, DT (Virginia Tech): a 6'2", 256 lb defensive tackle who posted 91 tackles and five sacks as a junior for Warren Central.

79: Davaris Daniels, WR: Scout's No. 8 receiver, the 6'3", 190-lb Daniels pulls quintuple duty for his high school team, playing receiver, punt returner, kick returner, quarterback, and free safety.

78: Brey Cook, OT: a 6'6", 295-lb offensive tackle out of Springdale, Ark., holding offers from a wide smattering of schools , including Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida State, and North Carolina, among many others. OU fans think he's a lock to come to Norman.

77: Brandon Fulse, TE: From a stacked offer sheet , Fulse likes the Florida heavies (the Gators, Seminoles, South Florida Bulls, and Canes ). Will be a productive pass-catching tight end for whomever he chooses.

76: Evan Crower, QB (Stanford): In terms of size, pocket presence, and arm strength, Crower reminded me of Sam Bradford. A San Diego native.

75: Stephon Tuitt, DE: 6'5", 260 lbs with offers from Georgia, Auburn and Notre Dame, he could play DE or OL in college.

74: Tobias Singleton, WR/ATH: MaxPreps' Tom Lemming and ThaRinger's top 250 include him as a top-70 prospect. UCLA leads.

73: Brandon Williams, RB (Oklahoma): With a 6'1" frame and at full weight (probably another 20 pounds), he'll remind you of Georgia Tech's Anthony Allen—speedy, bruising, lethal in the open field.

72: Watts Dantzler, OT: The 6'7", 315-pounder narrowed down his finalists to Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia from an initial list of over 20 BCS offers.

71: Wayne Lyons, S: The 6'0, 185-lb safety is looking for a school that can help him become a Rhodes Scholar. Word.

70: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE (Florida): runs a 4.63 40, stands 6'4" and weighs 250 lbs. H eld offers from every major school in the BCS conferences—Ohio State, USC, Florida State and Virginia Tech, as well as LSU, Alabama and Georgia—before committing to Florida shortly after visiting their spring game.

69: Cardale Jones, QB: shows flashes of a raw Vince Young in his cannon arm, pocket presence and scrambling ability.  The 6'5", 217-lb QB out of Ohio's old reliable Glenville Academy has what it takes to become the most decorated and successful QB in the class if he can find the right system.

68: Ryne Reeves, C (Nebraska): Scout's No. 2 center and part of an outstanding offensive line haul for the Cornhuskers,  Reeves is widely considered the best recruit in the state for 2011. At 6'3", 290-lbs, he's the ideal size for a center.  A Junior All-American  at the Nike Combine.

67: Antwaun Woods, DE/DT/OL (USC): Scout's No. 6 DT. Was invited to the Under Armour All-American game and has the potential to contend for a fifth star, even in a loaded year for defensive line recruits.  At 6'1" and 322-lbs, will occupy a one- or three-tech role for USC. Can also play interior line after starting for Taft High School on the OL as a freshman.

66: Charone Peake, WR: 6'3", 185-lb receiver out of Dorman High School who resembles Georgia's AJ Green and Clemson's Jacoby Ford, with speed, size and the talent to be prolific.

65: Rodney Coe, ILB/RB:  At 6'3" and 230-lbs, he's an ideal candidate at an inside LB spot, but his highlight film on offense shows one helluva running back, too .

64 & 63: Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell, QB & WR (USC): Both students of USC pipeline-in-the-making Mater Dei, Blackwell brings elite speed and vision, while Wittek is one of the best true pro-style prospects in the class.

62: Greg Townsend Jr., DE: Holds USC, TCU, Oregon, Washington and Miami among his favorites but maintains he will remain open as he travels throughout the summer. Son of Hall of Fame DE Greg Townsend Sr.

61: Trey Metoyer, WR (Oklahoma): hauled in 74 passes for 1,260 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.  Speedy, shifty receiver who has one of the best all-around games in the class. Stands 6'2", weighs just shy of 200 pounds and runs a 4.42 40.

60: Trey Depriest, OLB:6'2", 231-lb linebacker who compiled 101 tackles, 10 TFLs, seven sacks and three forced fumbles for Springfield HS as a junior.

59: Jordan Walsh, OG: Scout's No. 2 guard, the 6'3", 275-lb recruit has been getting interest from most of the Big Ten, UCLA, and USC, and just added Tennessee to the list.

58: Matt Hegarty, OT (Notre Dame): Scout's 9th-best offensive tackle, he'll need time to fill out his 6'5", 265-lb frame into a more prototypical build, but recruitniks are confident that the raw tools are there for him to become a BCS-caliber player.

57: Kelvin Benjamin, WR: 6'6" receiver out of Belle Glade, Fla., who will tower over just about any defensive back out there.

56: Ray Drew, DE: Scout's No. 6 defensive end. Drawing rave reviews for everything from his pass-rush technique to his uninhibited play on special teams His production —72 tackles, 16 TFLs, seven sacks and three forced fumbles—earned him an invite to both the Under-Armour and Army All-American games.

55: Kiaro Holts, OT: 6'5", 270-lb tackle is Scout's fifth-best tackle, has an impressive offer sheet  and landed an invite to the Army All-American Bowl.

54: Tyler Moore, OT (Nebraska): Has filled out into a 6'6", 305-lb frame and sounds like one of the best drive-blocking tackles in the class per Scout.

53: Ben Koyack, TE (Notre Dame): 6'5", 230-lb player who's more like a wide receiver in disguise.  Posted 743 yards and five touchdowns in abbreviated action for his high school team.

52: Kevin McReynolds, DT: 6'3", 277-lb defensive tackle has posted a 4.77 40 on his Rivals page. Open recruitment for now, was leaning towards Ohio State.

51: Savon Huggins, RB: 6'0", 190-lb running back who has dominated at every level of competition . R eminds me of Ohio State's Beanie Wells, with a running style less composed but no less versatile or effective. H as landed upwards of 50 offers. 

50. Jabriel Washington, DB (Alabama): Scout's ninth-best corner. Headed to the top defensive back school in the nation. Looked like a young Javier Arenas on film.

49: Angelo Mangiro, OG: 6'4", 290-lb guard holds offers from the big three of recruiting: Florida, USC and Ohio State, along with Penn State, Pitt, North Carolina and Virginia. The top recruit in New Jersey in another great year.

48: James Vaughters, OLB: Tucker, Ga., native who stands 6'2" and weighs 233-lbs.  Stanford, Ohio State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Alabama are the remaining destinations for the top prospect in Atlanta .

47: Quandre Diggs, CB (Texas): Junior year statline is incredible: threw for 399 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions; rushed for 1,257 yards and 13 touchdowns; caught one touchdown pass; posted two return touchdowns; intercepted three passes.

46: Brendan Bigelow, RB (Washington): An ACL injury kept the Fresno, Calif., native off the recruiting radar for a long time (he only recently finished his rehab). Should recapture the speed and swagger of his junior season, when he ran for 1000 yards and caught 300 more in a shortened season.

45: Conor Hanratty, OG (Notre Dame): Scout's No. 2 guard and one of the fruits of Notre Dame's outrageously successful spring game . Great run-blocking ability. He's a tackle that will move to the interior, so size (6'4", 290) shouldn't be an issue.

44: Nick Waisome, CB: In a CB class strong on heavy hitters with poor jamming technique, Waisome flashes true cover corner ability. He can play bump-and-run, keep up with the fastest receivers, and has a 35-inch vertical that will be tough to throw over.

43: Mike Bellamy, RB: A 4.4 talent. Had over 3,000 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns  as a junior for Charlotte High School last season.  Clemson has gotten its foot in the door...Bellamy and former Clemson all-purpose back CJ Spiller have struck up a friendship .

42: Brian Bobek, C (Ohio State): 6'2.5", 278-lb recruit continues the tradition of great Ohio State center commits under Jim Tressel.

41: Jon Davis, TE (Kentucky): Tight end in-name-only; Davis can rush, receive, return, play free safety or take snaps at quarterback.  There's no way of explaining the effect the 6'3", 233-lb Louisville native will have on the Wildcats except to say, watch his highlight film.

40: Sheroid Evans, S (Texas): 6'1", 185-lb safety with sub-4.4 speed. Posted the best national 400 meter hurdle time as a junior. Held offers from Michigan, LSU, Texas Tech and USC before he pulled the trigger at a Texas Junior day.

39: Herschel Sims, RB (Oklahoma State): A bruising 5'10", 190-lb back who at full strength will remind some of former Iowa RB and current New York Jet Shonn Greene. Can bowl defenders over on a run out of the I-formation or break containment and do damage on the outside. Perfect fit for Okie State.

38: Nick O'Leary, TE: 6'4", 215 lbs. Primarily a receiving threat, but has the frame and strength to develop as a great blocker at the college level. 

37: Josh Turner, CB: 6'0", 175-lb cover corner who impressed scouts at a Nike Combine on TCU's campus. He had 83 tackles and six interceptions  as a junior, very good numbers for a defensive back.

36: Steve Miller, DE (Ohio State): 6'4", 230-lb recruit is Scout's fourth-best defensive end and a five-star player. He's quick, incredibly reactive and spectacular in run defense while flashing the speed to put pressure on the quarterback.

35: DeAnthony Arnett, WR: Has great hands and an arsenal of double moves to get open. A prototype of an NFL wide receiver, though he could play in any system in college.

34: Stephone Anthony, OLB:  6'3", 220-lb outside linebacker whom Florida has made a top priority for their 2011 class.

33: Teddy Bridgewater, QB: 6'3", 185-lb QB with 4.6 speed is among the top five dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. Called Heisman in his highlight film, and I believe it.

32: Sammy Watkins, WR:  Can go deep or do damage on short routes. Had 46 receptions for a solid 1192 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.

31: Viliami Moala, DT: 6'2", 326-lb gentle giant who registered 104 tackles and 15 sacks as the anchor of Grant High School's defense. Also played offensive lineman.

30: Christian Lemay, QB (Georgia): The most technically sound QB in the class. Tore up the camp circuit early and chose Georgia over Clemson and Texas A&M, among many others.

29: Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Gig Harbor, Wash., native stands 6'7" and weighs 250 pounds. Blew up at a Nike Combine in Oregon , earning MVP honors. Waiting on an offer from Texas, which he should receive.

28: Leroy Scott, CB (Texas): Looks like one of the best run-support corners in the 2011 class. Very quick and reactive and can close well while running sideline to sideline.

27: Colt Lyerla, DE/TE/LB: Scout's No. 3 defensive end was also an all-state linebacker as a junior. Posted 1,800 rushing yards and 900 receiving yards for a total of 39 touchdowns. 

26: Jarvis Landry, WR (LSU): Smooth cutter who cuts through overpursuing defenders with ease. A far cry from the huge, hulking but questionably fast receivers LSU's offense has been leaning on recently.

25: George Farmer, WR: The total package at receiver. Heavier than teammate Robert Woods (2010), just as fast when he hits all of his gears and has outstanding body control through the air.

24 & 23: Christian Westerman and Garrett Greenlea, OTs (Texas): Between the two of them, the Longhorns have anchors for both the left and right side as soon as they hit campus. I could see Westerman being a beastly run-blocking right tackle, while Greenlea, taller by two inches, is suited for the blind side.

22: Aaron Green, RB: Lacks only elite size to compliment speed, durability, fluidity and explosiveness. In any other year, he would coast to the No. 1 ranking as an all-purpose back.

21: Desmond Jackson, DT (Texas): His technique and use of hands are already elite.  6'1", 275-pounder is missing an inch or two and at least twenty more pounds, but his preparedness will overshadow those shortcomings.

20: Hasean Clinton-Dix, S (Alabama): 6'2", 190 lb safety who packs a punch and has terrific closing speed, though he's a better strong than free safety. Takes good angles in run support and is a punishing tackler.

19: Isaiah Crowell, RB: Never had to carry the load  as an every-down back because he's been part of a talented backfield.  That's the only knock on the 6'0", 210-lb running back.

18: Steve Edmonds, OLB (Texas): Scout's No. 3 inside linebacker, Edmond is a "man amongst boys" at the high school level. He could use a redshirt year to bulk up, especially at 6'3", 225-lbs. Posted 189 tackles his junior year (!).

17: Kiehl Frazier, QB (Auburn): 6'3", 215-lb QB has been carving up defenses with his arm and his legs, passing for 3800 yards and 48 touchdowns and running for 764 yards and 14 more scores as a junior. Committed to Auburn this past weekend.

16: La'El Collins, OT (LSU): All-state tackle has size (6'5", 285 lbs) and raw athleticism. One of the most promising players in the class.

15: Jay Rome, TE: Considered one of the purest NFL-caliber talents in the class. Has speed and size (6'6", 240 lbs), and can split out wide or push the pile as an extra blocker.

14: Doran Grant, CB: Set the SPARQ rating (a measure of raw talent that combines 40 time, shuttle time, power-ball throw and vertical leap) record at a Nike Camp in Massillon, Ohio. S hot up to Scout's No. 2 CB ranking and is holding offers from a host of elite schools, including Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and USC.

13: Anthony Johnson, DT (LSU): Scout's No. 2 defensive tackle, second-best overall player to ESPN. Is nicknamed "Freak" for his size and strength —he's 6'3" and just shy of 300 lbs. J ust missed taking home Combine MVP honors as a junior.

12: Jermauria Rasco, DE: 6'4", 251 lb defensive end is now deciding between Alabama and LSU. A  poor first step and some questionable technique are made up for with power and strength.

11: Brandon Shell, OT: The 6'7", 310-pounder i s Tom Lemming's No. 6 player overall and Scout's No. 6 tackle. Is the nephew of former Oakland Raider Art Shell.

10: Lawrence Thomas, LB (Michigan State): A monstrous 6'4", 232 lbs as a junior, he could add another 10 or 15 pounds to reach his peak weight. Hits like a brick wall and has unreal speed off the edge.

9: Malcolm Brown, RB: Marries unreal physical talent with maturity and a complete game as a running back. Adrian Peterson for the Texas crowd.

8: Braxton Miller, QB (Ohio State): Has a wicked arm to go with his 4.47 speed. Takes clean drops and is fast with his release. A better passer (and in my mind a more dynamic runner) than Pryor was in high school.

7: James Wilder, OLB/RB: Was Scout's No. 1 outside linebacker after notching 136 tackles as a junior, but he's since declared he will play offense in college Tabbed by MaxPreps as 2011's top recruit . An absurdly talented running back with blue-chip balance, speed and durability.

6: DeAnthony Thomas, RB/CB (USC): Began the season as Scout's No. 1 running back, but was also considered 2011's top cornerback after a series of combine performances where he won defensive back MVP.

5: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT: A 6'7", 322-lb man-mountain with offers from every school with a working printer. Has the technique to go with NFL-caliber size.

4: Jadeveon Clowney, DE: 2011's best defensive end plays the weakside position but is as good at rushing the passer as he is at stringing the play out and getting running backs to make unwise cutbacks.

3: Trevon Randle, LB (LSU): 176 tackles, five sacks, three picks, four forced fumbles, 14 touchdowns, countless plays on special teams as a junior.  On film, Randle is all over the field, breaking up passes, tracking QBs' eyes and running down RBs behind the line of scrimmage.

2: Tim Jernigan, DT: 6'2", 275 lb tackle with a quick first step that splits double teams with ease. His speed enables him to track down running backs from behind. R egistered a jaw-dropping 136 tackles as a junior.

1: Kasen Williams, WR: I've never seen a more complete wide receiver at the high school level. Has size, speed, hands, lateral quicks and acceleration.  Caught 74 passes for 1209 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. Was an all-state selection for his Sammamish, Wash., team.

 

 

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