College Football Recruiting 2011: The Top 100 Commitments
As we wrap up this football season and move closer to a new year, the ever-changing landscape of the recruiting world has taken on a different look than it did just a few short months ago.
Since the last time we gave you our top 100 commitments list back in September, many of the top prospects from the 2011 recruiting class have gone off the market and provided major boosts for their respective programs.
Now as we make our way through December, it's time to release the top 100 commitments list yet again to keep all of our most avid recruiting fans up to date with all the action.
100. Kyle Boehm, QB, California
Boehm is still raw and could take some time to develop, but he's got prototypical size for the position.
While he doesn't have a lot of speed, he's a physical player who can make things happen with his legs when he needs to.
Boehm has incredible arm strength, but needs to work on his technique and pocket awareness.
99. Antwaun Woods, DT, USC
Woods is a big boy and has the makings of a future nose tackle at the NFL level if he's able to fine-tune his skills and build up some muscles in the gym.
Woods ranks as the No. 5 DT on Scout, but falls all the way to No. 23 on Rivals. He's got a ton of potential and might prove to be one of the best in the class if he can develop properly.
98. Kenny Williams, RB, Texas Tech
Commitment: Texas Tech
Williams is one of the better upside running backs of the 2011 class because every time he plays, he just looks bigger, faster and stronger. He's got a great natural build and could develop into an elite power back down the line.
He's at his best rushing between the tackles and really knows to keep pumping his legs all the way to the ground: elite motor. Give him time to get a little faster and more agile, and Williams has a very bright future.
97. Kellen Jones, MLB, Michigan
When you watch Kellen Jones play, one thing immediately stands out about the 6'1" and 210-pound prospect.
He's incredible on the blitz; maybe the best of any linebacker in the class. Not only does he have a great burst off the snap, but his timing is amazing and body control getting to the quarterback is unteachable.
Jones is a bit small for the next level, though, and will need to bulk up to continue his role as pass-rushing specialist.
96. Tacoi Sumler, WR, Oregon
Sumler is one of the most versatile players of the 2011 class. He's a dangerous return man, has great coverage skills as a cornerback, can do some damage as a scat back, and has an especially solid skill set at receiver.
He runs crisp routes, makes smooth cuts, gets off the line very fast, and moves with elite breakaway speed. He's undersized, though, which has somewhat lowered his value.
95. Jordan Prestwood, OT, Florida State
Commitment: Florida State
At 6'6" and 265 pounds, Jordon Prestwood has the building blocks of an elite prospect. He's got the size, the wingspan, the footwork and the intelligence to develop into a top-tier offensive tackle.
He's on the raw side and will be a bit of a project. But there's no denying that he's a top-10 talent at the offensive tackle position.
Prestwood was the first of a wave of Notre Dame decommitments, leaving the team in November for Florida State and seemingly opening the floodgates after his departure.
94. Anthony Sarao, MLB, Stanford
Sarao might only be 6'1" and 201 pounds, but he's really well-built and plays bigger than he's listed.
He can take on blocks from bigger offensive linemen without much struggles and has a really strong nose for the ball. Sarao does a solid job mapping the ball and staying with the play in traffic.
For a prospect on the smaller side, Sarao is very strong and is a sure-handed tackler. When he gets both hands on a ball carrier, it usually spells the end of the play.
93. Brendon Bigelow, RB, Washington
If not for a serious ACL injury last season, Brendon Bigelow would be right up there with the top five backs of the class, but questions about his durability, as well as his ability to get back to his old form, have raised doubts.
Bigelow is an elite athlete who really gets the highlight reel rolling every time he gets the ball. He's one of the best backs in space you'll find and hits the jet boosters when it's time to sprint for the end zone.
Besides concerns about his knee, Bigelow is the real deal.
92. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Commitment: Notre Dame
Tuitt is one of the newest commitments for the Fighting Irish and would have joined Aaron Lynch to form a solid duo at the position if not for Lynch's defection to Florida State. Still, Tuitt should do just fine.
He's on the raw side and needs to spend some time polishing his technique, but there's no denying his play-making ability and propensity for getting into the backfield.
91. Tre Madden, OLB, USC
Madden is a two-way player in high school, starting at middle linebacker, logging time at outside linebacker, and taking snaps as a Wildcat quarterback on offense.
That should give you an idea of his athleticism and versatility. Madden has really quick feet and vision, a skill-set that helps him tremendously on both sides of the ball.
A high energy guy, he can come up and stuff the run decently, but it's his pass coverage skills that are really impressive.
90. A.C. Leonard, TE, Florida
One of the top tight ends of the 2011 class, Leonard runs very polished routes and has a great set of hands for a big man.
He's got great athleticism and moves smoothly downfield. He also does a great job of extending his hands to catch the ball. His size makes him a constant mismatch for defenders.
89. Damiere Byrd, WR, South Carolina
Commitment: South Carolina
Byrd is one of the most athletic prospects of the 2011 class. He would be rated even higher if he was just a little bigger than 5'9" and 160 pounds. As it stands, he is a four-star wideout with about as much potential as any receiver in the class.
He has great straight-line speed and can put eye-popping moves on anyone; he changes direction seemingly at will.
Byrd is a touchdown waiting to happen as a halfback, receiver or return man. If he were just a little bit bigger he'd likely be a 5-star prospect.
88. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Florida
A defensive end and tight end in high school, Shazier will likely make the transition to outside linebacker at the next level.
He's a solid pass-rusher and has the instincts and athleticism to make the transition, though it could take some time for him to get a better grasp of things.
Shazier is fast and really excels when he's let loose on the quarterback, but he's pretty good against the run as well.
87. Jamal Turner, QB, Nebraska
Turner isn't the only star quarterback who's committed to Nebraska, but he might be the one starting down the line depending on Bubba Starling's future.
At 6'1" and 170 pounds, he's undersized, but that doesn't stop him from dominating his opposition.
He's got a lightning-fast release and throws a very tight spiral, but it's his ability to throw on the run and his mobility in the pocket that impresses most.
86. Amir Carlisle, RB, Stanford
The best of Stanford's three-headed haul at running back, Amir Carlisle has drawn comparisons to former Cal star Jahvid Best.
He's got a great pair of hands, is elusive, fast, cuts well, and changes direction on a dime.
He'll get the ball downfield in a number of different ways and just seems to make things happen regardless of the situation.
85. Tevin Mitchel, CB, Nebraska
Mitchel is ranked as the No. 6 cornerback on Rivals, but drops down to No. 20 on Scout. Usually when there's that kind of disparity, someone sees something that someone else doesn't.
In Mitchel's case, he got off to a slow start last season and didn't really pick up steam until over the summer and at the beginning of his senior season.
At the rate he's improving, Mitchel looks more and more like a top 10 cornerback every day.
84. Rob Hankins, MLB, Arizona
Hankins might be a little on the small side at 6'1" and a generous 218 pounds, but he's got middle linebacker written all over him.
He's aggressive, tough as nails, and has great instincts, flowing to the ball all over the field and making plays in the backfield regularly.
The Texas native has dominated his high school competition for the last couple of years and is one of the fastest prospects at the position in the country.
83. Bill Belton, WR, Pittsburgh
Both Scout and Rivals agree that Bill Belton is a four-star prospect, but they don't agree on where he should line up. Scout lists him as the No. 14 WR, while Rivals more conservatively pushes him back to No. 28 on their top ATH list.
One thing is very clear, Belton is exceptionally fast on the football field and needs the ball in his hands.
He's tough, plays with great control, and is a dangerous player in space. The major knock on his game is a near total lack of blocking ability that needs to be refined before he can make any effort.
82. Eric MacLain, TE, Clemson
McLain is a 4-star talent regardless of the label you put on him. He's Scout's No. 28 offensive tackle, but that's an outdated ranking as he's recently lost nearly 30 pounds to get himself into tight-end shape for his senior year, as well as get ready for what Clemson plans to do with him at the collegiate level.
Rivals ranks him as the No. 4 tight end in the country and that seems more like it. At 6'4" and 245 pounds, he's got a huge natural frame that is nearly ideal for the position.
He may be a little on the short side if you're talking elite tight ends, but he makes up for it with huge, tree-trunk arms, great body control and a solid set of hands.
81. Gerrod Holliman, Ole Miss
Commitment: Ole Miss
Gerrod Holliman is one of the top players from the state of Florida and arguably the best defensive player from Miami, a historic hotspot of defensive talent.
His natural ability and instincts could turn him into an NFL star one day. He's a competitor through and through, but his coverage skills are a bit raw.
80. Jordan Wade, DT, Oklahoma
Wade has great size for a defensive tackle at 6'4" 290 pounds, but what's really impressive about his game is his speed.
He's quick at the point of attack and has really incredible closing speed; there might not be a better defensive tackle in pursuit.
79. Nick Waisome, CB, Florida
Waisome is joined by Valdez Showers to form a solid duo of 4-star cornerbacks from whom the Gators have received commitments.
Waisome is ranked as the No. 8 cornerback on Scout and the No. 11 cornerback on Rivals. He and Showers have the potential to be a scary pair, but if you had to chose one to hitch your wagon to, it's Waisome.
78. C.J. Johnson, MLB, Mississippi State
Commitment: Mississippi State
C.J. Johnson is Scout's No. 10 middle linebacker and Rivals' No. 6 inside linebacker. With some prospects, the label of inside and outside doesn't quite fit but with him there's no question.
Johnson is a middle linebacker.
He plays so well between the tackles and can hunt down a ball-carrier along the sidelines about as well as anyone. He's incredibly instinctive and reads blocks so well that he rarely gets caught up behind the play.
77. Ryne Reeves, C, Nebraska
Ryne Reeves is at worst the No. 2 center in the country.
He's a very strong player who has incredible body control and hand movement, though he needs to work on his footwork and positioning to reach elite status.
He reads defenses very well and does a great job calling out adjustments for his teammates, serving as the anchor of the offensive line.
76. Mustafa Jalil, DT, California
Mustafa Jalil is a huge prospect at 6'4", 300 pounds and one of the few pure nose tackles in the 2011 class. He's an excellent piece in the middle for Cal, but could potentially play one of the end spots due to his athleticism and pursuit.
Scout ranks him as the No. 10 defensive tackle, but he could end up being better than that.
75. Conor Hanratty, OG, Notre Dame
Commitment: Notre Dame
There's some disparity when judging the quality of a prospect like Conor Hanratty.
Some scouts see him as one of the top-rated prospects at his position, while others have passed him over due to technique issues.
Based on his natural ability to stay low and deliver a punishing hit on first contact, there's a lot to like about his game, though. Even if his technique is still raw.
74. Marquis Anderson, DT, Oklahoma
Anderson is listed at 6'3" and 260 pounds, but he looks even smaller than that and some scouts point toward his size as a major issue.
He's an intense player who works hard and never quits on a play, but he doesn't have the athletic ability of the elite prospects.
There are concerns that the double teams he eats at the high school level won't come as easily in college.
73. Brendon Austin, OT, Stanford
At 6'6" and 265 pounds, Austin needs to add some bulk to his frame in order to hold up against defensive ends at the next level.
But the basics are there.
A redshirt year would probably be best for Austin so he can focus on the weight room and learning the ropes.
He's an intelligent kid who earns all Academic All-State honors, and it won't take him long to figure out the Cardinal's system.
72. Brian Bobek, C, Ohio State
Commitment: Ohio State
Bobek is the top-rated center of the 2011 class and one of the best overall recruits in the country.
He plays both offense and defense, but scouts agree his future is on the offensive side of the line.
He's got the ideal build of a center and has one of the quickest releases when snapping the ball that you will ever see. He's also very good at recognizing what the defense is doing and calling out adjustments to blocking schemes.
71. Nickolas Brassell, WR, Mississippi State
Commitment: Mississippi State
Brassell is a high-energy, competitive wideout who can get deep in a hurry every play of the game. He goes hard no matter what the situation and when he's hot, he's one of the best play-makers in the country.
The problem is he tends to play out of control and needs to refine his route-running skills to be more than just a deep-ball threat.
If he can figure that out and play with more consistency, Brassell has the chance to be potent force on the next level.
70. Marvin Shinn, WR, Alabama
If you're an Alabama fan, you've probably already heard quite a bit about "Marvelous" Marvin Shinn. He's one of the most electric wide receivers in the 2011 class and a playmaker who can score any time he gets into open space.
He's taken a huge jump this summer and is ranked as a top 10 WR by both Scout and Rivals.
Shinn is one of the best deep-threat receivers in the class and has such long strides that once he gets going in open space, more times than not he's behind the defense and gone. Add in a solid pair of hands and you have a dangerous receiving threat.
69. Bubba Starling, QB, Nebraska
Bubba Starling, a top 10 QB, is considering bypassing college football for major league baseball and might head to the pros if he's picked in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft.
Seems the baseball scouts are as excited about this kid's pitching arm as football scouts are; that's because it's one of the best in the country.
68. Bobby Hart, OT, Florida State
Bobby Hart is rated as a top 10 offensive tackle by both Scout and Rivals and is an intriguing player for a number of reasons.
He's got the size, arms, feet and athleticism every offensive line coach in the country is looking for in an elite prospect. Hart's wingspan is massive for his size and his upper-body strength is eye-popping.
As soon as he learns how to be a better pass blocker, FSU has something special here. There are very few big men with his level of flexibility and body control and even fewer who can manhandle defenders with such ease.
67. Victor Blackwell, WR, USC
Blackwell's greatest asset is without a doubt his hands. The ball just sticks to some guys when they go up for it, and he's one of them.
He's got great speed and can really adjust to the ball when it's in the air, but is undersized and needs to bulk up. Rivals ranks him No. 10 among WRs and Scout ranks him No. 12.
Blackwell has USC written all over him; it's a perfect fit. He's a four-star receiver with great change of direction ability, acceleration, and has perhaps the best body control of any receiver in the 2011 class.
66. J.W. Walsh, QB, Oklahoma State
Commitment: Oklahoma State
Walsh is about as close to a 5-star quarterback as you can get without actually getting that fifth star. He has one of the strongest arms in the country and the beauty is it's only getting stronger as he grows older.
By the time Walsh fills out his frame and gets into a college workout program, he could have a very rare arm attached to his shoulder.
He's got a great spiral on his ball and can lay it out softly or power it into his target depending on the situation.
Not many passers at the high school level have such a great touch on the ball and an understanding of how to throw it depending on positioning.
65. Sedrick Flowers, OG, Texas
One thing immediately stands out about Flowers the moment you see him in drills or on the field.
He is almost unnaturally strong and super athletic for his size.
He's so quick off the ball and has one of the best initial bursts in the country. He hits his man square in the chest on first impact and drives him into the ground.
64. Jaxon Shipley, WR, Texas
The younger brother of former Longhorn Jordan Shipley, Jaxton will be following in his brother's footsteps and might prove to be even better at Texas in a couple years' time. The steam has started to pick up for Shipley as he's now considered a top 10 receiver.
He's been getting a lot of praise based on his exceptional hands and body control. He runs polished, professional routes and is ready to play immediately.
All he really needs to do is bulk up and get stronger so college defenders won't out-muscle him.
63. Jon Davis, TE, Kentucky
Davis is one of the top tight ends in the country and is one of Kentucky's only 4-star recruits.
He's more of a large bodied, physical receiver than a tight end though. At 6'3" and 230 pounds, he's less than ideal size for the tight end position and isn't a very strong blocker, but his route running and catching abilities are superb.
Davis can take the ball out of the backfield from the wingback position, return punts, spread out wide at receiver, or line up at his most natural position next to the tackle.
62. Tyler Moore, OT, Nebraska
Moore has the natural frame of an elite talent and could turn out to be one of the best two or three offensive line prospects from the 2011 class.
He needs to perfect his technique and footwork. But the building blocks are there for a dominating tackle at any level.
Moore has great explosion at the point of attack and superb footwork. It's only a matter of time before he's blocking as well against the pass as he already does against the run.
61. Ken Hayes, DE, Ohio State
Commitment: Ohio State
Hayes has the size to play defensive end and tackle on the next level, depending on how Ohio State plans to use him.
He's got the power to take on the double team or can simply overpower blockers on the outside.
Hayes has a ton of potential, but he's not too shifty and doesn't have the athleticism and speed of the top-end prospects.
60. Matt Hegarty, OT, Notre Dame
Commitment: Notre Dame
Another of Notre Dame's solid haul of offensive lineman is offensive tackle Matt Hegarty, ranked as top 10 prospect at his position by both Scout and Rivals.
He's an ideal left tackle prospect with good size, long arms and a ton of athleticism. He moves about as well as any lineman in the country and can routinely use his superior athleticism to get to the second and third levels of defenders.
Hegarty is a very good pass rusher and has a solid initial burst at the line of scrimmage. There aren't many players faster off the ball than he is, and it helps him win a lot of battles in the trenches.
59. Justice Hayes, RB, Michigan
Hayes is a nifty running back who uses his vision, elusiveness, and deadly cut-back ability to mask his shortcomings in the speed and size department.
At 5'10" and 180 pounds, he's definitely on the small side. But he plays like a bigger player and really excels moving in space.
His best quality is probably the way he's able to avoid tacklers and juke opponents with subtle, slight shifts in movement without wasting time and energy the way other backs do.
58. Brennen Beyer, DE, Michigan
Beyer has a devastating initial burst off the line and hits his blockers with so much force that they're usually blown back immediately.
It's his hand movement and technique that are most impressive about his game, though. The combination of his skills make him a nightmare for offensive tackles on passing downs.
57. Charles Jackson, CB, Nebraksa
Jackson needs to bulk up a bit, but he's got the height and long arms that scouts drool over. Not to mention, his hip movement and quick feet are really impressive.
He's got a knack for big plays, and he plays with really strong instincts, but can also play overly aggressive sometimes and get himself into trouble.
56. Marquise Wright, DT, Pittsburgh
Marquise Wright fits into the debatable category as he's ranked as the No. 4 defensive tackle on Rivals and 62nd overall in the country, but drops all the way to No. 16 at his position on Scout, outside of the top 100 overall prospects.
Truth is, he's somewhere in between and at 6'3" and 265 pounds. He probably needs a year to bulk up.
55. James Vaughters, MLB, Stanford
Vaughters is the defensive headliner of Stanford's 2011 recruiting class, and after watching him perform in 2009 and in camps this summer, it's easy to see why.
At 6'2" and 233 pounds, he's got the size to play middle linebacker or even get down in the dirt and play end, but he's also athletic enough to play on the outside or even make a switch to safety.
He's played at outside linebacker and inside linebacker, but most scouts see him as an inside presence at the next level.
54. Cedric Reed, DE, Texas
Reed is one of many blue-chip recruits on the books for the Texas Longhorns mammoth 2011 recruiting class and could potentially be the best among them.
He's got incredible strength and power, with a knack for getting into the backfield with eye-popping quickness and disrupting the offense before a play can even develop.
53. Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas
Diggs is an exceptional athlete with lights-out speed. He runs like a track star, and has some of the best acceleration of any prospect of the 2011 class.
He plays quarterback, running back, receiver and cornerback, but based on his size and skill set, lining up as a scat back, wideout, or corner is the most likely scenario.
52. Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame
Commitment: Notre Dame
Koyack is one of the top tight ends from the 2011 recruiting class and the top player on Notre Dame's commitment list to this point. He's basically a wide receiver in a tight end's body.
He runs very smooth routes, has a great set of hands and presents a mismatch for practically any defender on the field. He can beat you in flats, down the middle, downfield, and on the sidelines.
51. Trevon Randle, OLB, LSU
Randle is a statistical monster who had 176 tackles, five sacks, three picks, four forced fumbles, and 14 touchdowns as a junior.
When you see numbers like that you have to pay attention. He takes over games with his playmaking ability and roams the field like a predator when he's chasing down ball carriers.
One of the best tacklers in the class and a player who has a great knack for turnovers, Randle will probably stand out as one of the best linebackers of the class when we look back on this in a few years.
50. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Seferian-Jenkins presents a near-ideal target to throw to at 6'7" and 245 pounds. Because of his size, strength, and athleticism, he is almost always open and rarely has to beat out his defender for the ball.
His route-running is polished and he does a great job of getting off the line of scrimmage fast, generally embarrassing anyone who tries to jam him.
49. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Hundley is a very physical quarterback with the best footwork of any elite QB prospect. He loves to run the bootleg, and at 6'4'' 220 lbs, when he gets going in space, he's difficult to bring down.
He's got a bad habit of winding up and there's a lot of work that needs to be done on his throwing motion, but that's about all there is to worry about.
48. Quincy Russell, DT, Texas
Quincy Russell is one of the top defensive tackles in the country and at 6'3" and 283 lbs, he's able to dominate the battle in the middle like very few can.
He's an elite run-stopper and a better-than-advertised pass rusher. Both Scout and Rivals list in the top 10 at his position.
47. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Miami
Teddy Bridgewater is the next great quarterback from Miami Northwestern High School, and if you had to compare him to anyone it would be UM quarterback Jacory Harris; who was the starter at Northwestern before Bridgewater.
They both throw an accurate ball, have great pocket presence, will stand in the face of pressure until the last second, are mobile, and can throw on the run when the pocket collapses.
46. Dee Hart, RB, Michigan
He's an electric playmaker who's faster on the field than his 4.5-second 40-time would suggest.
Hart has great balance, vision, change-of-direction ability, and at 5'9" and 190 pounds, a surprising ability to break tackles.
He may be undersized, but he's a compact and strong rusher who can really dish out punishment.
45. Jonathan Rose, CB, Auburn
Rose is a solid tackler with great ball skills. He's one of the best cover corners in the class and moves so fluidly on the field, he just makes it look easy.
He's also a dangerous return man with the potential to find playing time immediately on special teams. If he's not going to redshirt, he needs to bulk up a lot, though.
44. DeAnthony Arnett, WR, Tennessee
Arnett is one of the top receivers in the country, but doesn't receive the same attention as the likes of George Farmer or Kasen Williams. The reality is while they might have more upside, Arnett is ready now and could make a bigger instant impact.
He's great at creating separation from defenders and runs some of the smoothest and polished routes of any receiver from the 2011 recruiting class.
He's on the small side at 6' and 175 pounds, but he has great elevation and consistently gets up high to make the catch. His body control and catching ability are really impressive, especially when it comes to making plays in traffic.
43. Kiehl Frazier, QB, Auburn
Kiehl Frazier is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback who could run a spread, an option, a pro-style, or pretty much any offense you could dream up.
He throws the deep ball with excellent power and accuracy, and he can really do some damage when he gets loose in open space.
He's a pass-first guy that will beat you with his arm first and mostly takes off when the defense allows him to, much like a Braxton Miller.
He's not as big or as strong as Miller, though, and there are some technical issues with his throwing motion.
42. Garrett Greenlea, OT, Texas
The second of the Longhorns' 5-star haul along the offensive line, Greenlea has got a ton of upside and a great natural frame for the position.
There's little doubt he'll quickly excel at the next level.
He's a near-perfect fit for the mold of offensive tackle coaches are looking for. He's tall, lean, athletic, has a great frame and wingspan, moves his feet well, is quick off the ball and can block anyone from a defensive tackle to a blitzing defensive back.
41. Kiaro Holts, OT, North Carolina
Commitment: North Carolina
Holts is one of the top offensive linemen in the country and has prototypical NFL size.
He's the type of player that could develop into an elite talent on the college level and a coveted prospect when it comes time for the NFL draft.
At 6'5" and 270 pounds, he's one of the strongest and most athletic tackles in the nation and could develop into a force for years to come.
40. Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
Peake will join Mike Bellamy, Sammy Watkins and Marlin Lane at Clemson to form a scary foursome on the offensive side of the ball. The five star receiver is quick off the line and one of the best deep-ball threats in the country.
Peake will score on you at almost any time and has the speed and height to go over the top of defenders with elite ability. He's grown tremendously more consistent over the last year and will have the chance to be one of the top impact freshmen in the country.
39. Christian LeMay, QB, Georgia
LeMay is one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, rated top three at his position by both Rivals and Scout. It doesn't take long for you to realize this kid is the real deal.
He's a natural winner and leader, the type of quarterback who stays calm under pressure and makes plays when it really counts.
There aren't many quarterbacks with as much athleticism and throwing ability on the run.
38. Marlin Lane, RB, Clemson
Marlin Lane might be one of the best running backs in the country, but he has an uphill battle on his hands with fellow 2011 Clemson commitment Mike Bellamy joining him in the Tigers backfield.
Lane is a speedster with a great all-around skill set and an underrated set of hands that make him useful in the passing game.
He's not quite as fast as Bellamy (not many are) but he's still got some jets and can make a lot happen in space.
37. Aaron Lynch, DE, Florida State
Commitment: Florida State
Lynch has the talent to play on either side of the ball. He plays both tight end and defensive end at the high school level and could potentially succeed at either in college.
At 6'5" and 255 pounds, he's got ideal size for defensive end and has great burst off the line of scrimmage. With his level of athleticism and versatility, Lynch is a very intriguing prospect.
36. Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
Commitment: South Carolina
One of the top offensive tackles in the country, Brandon Shell is a five-star talent ranked as a borderline top-five prospect at his position.
With great size and athleticism, Shell's footwork and body control make him one of the best pass blockers in the entire country.
He's shown vast improvement in his technique in the last couple of years, so the signs point toward him continuing to improve.
35. Jalen Grimble, DE, USC
He's got the size, strength and athleticism to be a defensive tackle in a 4-3 or a defensive end in 3-4, but it remains to be seen how the coaches at USC plan to use him.
There aren't many big men better in pursuit, especially on the backside, and even fewer with the kind of motor he possesses.
34. Brey Cook, OT, Arkansas
Cook is one of the top-rated offensive tackles in the country. At 6'7" and 310 pounds, he has elite size and a frame to build off.
That just can't be taught.
He's an extremely strong run blocker and has a great push at the line of scrimmage.
As a pass-blocker, he struggles somewhat with faster and more athletic defenders. But it's more a matter of consistency than anything else.
33. Mike Blakely, RB, Florida
Blakely might be on the small side, but he makes up for it with an elusive style of rushing and great cutback ability.
He's a four-star running back, but he's also a serious receiving threat out of the backfield and has great hands that open up the passing game a lot, with constant dump-offs and fade routes that are difficult to contain.
32. Anthony Wallace, MLB, Oregon
Wallace is a perfect fit at middle linebacker. He's got prototypical size for the position and a great natural frame.
He's a very smart player who can cover both the run and the pass extremely well, but his coverage skills are really what stand out.
Right now his technique is raw, but when he drops back the instincts are incredible.
Watching him get free in pursuit is like watching a predator hunt. He zones in on the ball carrier and just attacks him.
31. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
Commitment: Ohio State
He's got a nasty side to him that you love to see in lineman and has an attacker's mentality that allows him to thrive in the trenches and push his body around with intensity.
Bennett is one of the strongest DTs in the class and does a great job of staying low and getting underneath his opponent. Scouts see him as a raw prospect who would need time to develop, though.
30. Jeff Driskel, QB, Florida
Driskel is Rivals' and ESPN's No. 1 quarterback in 2011, but neither lists him at five stars, and it's very difficult to believe that there's not a single quarterback in the class worthy of the rating.
He's described as a pure pocket passer, but has the athleticism and speed to make plays happen with his legs when he needs to.
He's got a very strong arm and is an accurate passer who can make all the throws a college quarterback needs to make.
29. Desmond Jackson, DT, Texas
He does a great job of penetrating the offensive line and consistently finds his way into the backfield to blow up run plays or force quarterbacks out of the pocket if he can't sack them himself.
A high effort, great motor player, Jackson is relentless in pursuit and never gives up on a play. At 6'1" and 280 pounds, he'll chase ball carriers 10 or 20 yards down the field without skipping a beat.
28. Sheroid Evans, S, Texas
Evans is one of the top track stars in the country and has incredible speed on the football field. He tackles well and has the length and speed to play either corner or safety.
Evans isn't afraid of contact, but his frame won't hold up to his playing style unless he gets bigger.
Still, there aren't many prospects out there with his level of natural ability when it comes to coverage skills and lateral movement.
27. Josh Turner, CB, Texas
Turner is another great addition to the Longhorns' secondary. He's a great all-around corner with a great pair of hands and solid football instinct.
He is the No. 2 CB on Rivals and the No. 4 CB on Scout. He and Leroy Scott should form a dominating tag team on the outside and really is hard to decide who's the better of the two.
26. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Sammy Watkins is one of the best prospects from the state of Florida and a game-breaker at the receiver position.
He's the complete package in terms of size and speed and a dangerous weapon in the return game as well; he's a threat to take it the distance on any play and has that sixth gear you look for in elite prospects.
The only knock on Watkins is that for someone with his size and catching ability he hasn't been much of a red-zone threat to this point in his career, and that's a bit troubling.
25. Steve Miller, DE, Ohio State
Commitment: Ohio State
Miller's best asset is his technique, which is arguably the best of any defensive end in the class. His positioning, hand movement and ability to shed blockers really stands out.
He's got the size to play strong side or weak side end and has a solid all-around skill-set for run support and pass rush.
24. Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU
Hilliard has a great power game and seemingly breaks tackles at will. If you're looking for a North-South runner, he's your guy.
Hilliard won't make a lot of fancy moves, but he's a smart player with great instincts who hits his holes hard and fast.
He doesn't have the breakaway speed you like to see from top running back prospects, but he's a decisive runner who gets the most out of each carry.
23. Trey DePriest, MLB, Alabama
DePriest has the natural build of a linebacker and a natural ability to read snap counts, get out of his stance quickly, and beat his man off the ball.
He's got a great motor and is excellent in pursuit; not many prospects can cover the field from sideline to sideline the way he can.
And look out for the big hit. DePriest can really put a licking on a ball carrier in the open field.
22. Kasen Williams, WR, Washington
Kasen Williams is ranked as the top receiver in the nation by Scout. He's a big, strong receiver who runs very good routes and creates great separation downfield by overpowering and out-maneuvering defenders.
He's also so strong at the line of scrimmage that its nearly impossible to jam him; when it's attempted he usually makes the defender pay big-time.
Because of his size and strength he is one of the hardest players to take down and when he gets loose in open space, he's a threat to take it to the house every time.
21. Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma
Trey Metoyer is one of the highest-rated receivers of the 2011 class. He's rated top-five at his position by both Scout and Rivals and presents a great combination of size and speed.
He doesn't have the breakaway speed of a George Farmer, but he still runs a 4.5-second 40 and has enough quickness to break loose for a big play if you let him get into space.
At 6'2" and 185 pounds, he needs to put some weight on his frame, but he's already a very strong athlete. He uses his strength to avoid getting jammed at the line and to ward off defenders downfield.
20. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Landry is one of those prospects that fits into the "needs to bulk up" category more than the "will always be undersized" category.
No matter how much weight he's able to put on, he'll always be a sub-six foot receiver though, and scouts tend to undervalue you immediately when you fit into that category.
He makes up for that with solid route-running and great movement in closed spaces, but that doesn't even begin to describe how much of a playmaker he is.
Landry is a sure-handed player who demands the ball on big plays and will quickly develop into a third-down conversion machine. Give him the ball.
19. Brandon Williams, RB, Oklahoma
Williams is a great all-around running back who contributes not only in the running game, but also as a legitimate weapon in the passing game. He doesn't have elite size or speed but makes up with it with a gamer's mentality and playing style.
The biggest question about his game is his ability to break tackles, as right now he often goes down on first contact.
18. Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Florida
Pagan didn't even start playing the position until this past season, and immediately he looked like a natural out there who'd been doing it his whole life.
He's strong and athletic and gets into the backfield in a hurry. He's still very raw and needs to be polished, which means a redshirt year might be in his best interest, but the potential is there.
17. Brent Calloway, OLB, Alabama
Calloway is a player that won't wow you in drills or in the weight room.
But the game film speaks for itself. Some guys are just gamers.He's one of those guys.
He plays defensive end in high school, but he's better suited as a linebacker in college.
Calloway is a versatile athlete, though, a high energy guy who led his team to a state championship last season by dominating quarterbacks and bulldozing defenses to the tune of over 1,400 yards rushing.
16. Herschel Sims, RB, Oklahoma State
Commitment: Oklahoma State
He's the definition of a home run hitter and is one of the most exciting players to watch in the country.
It seems like he only plays better the bigger the stage is and gains momentum throughout a game rather than wearing down like some backs.
Sims is on the small side at a generous listing of 5'9" and 190 lbs, but when you're drawing comparisons to LaDainian Tomlinson, that isn't something to be too worried about.
15. Karlos Williams, S, Florida State
Commitment: Florida State
Karlos Williams isn't your average safety. He's built like a linebacker and could easily end up there based on his tackling ability and size.
He's also got a great pair of hands and enough speed that it makes you wonder if this 6'2", 210-pound prospect could be a dominant receiver.
Williams plays the game with passion and when he's roaming in the secondary, he's looking to put a licking on the ball-carrier every single play.
14. Leroy Scott, CB, Texas
He's one of those rare players who's looked like a man among boys since he was freshman in high school. At 5'10" and 190 pounds, he's a very physical player who tackles well and is always on the lookout to land a big hit.
His coverage skills are probably the top in the country. He glues himself to his receiver and has great instincts when it comes to jumping in front of his man and making a play for the ball.
13. Steve Edmond, MLB, Texas
Edmond is a tackling machine who exploded for 184 tackles his junior year, with 34 of them coming for a loss.
He dominates all over the field and at his size, 6'3", 225 lbs, he can play inside or outside linebacker and potentially could bulk up a bit to play end.
There are very few prospects as physically ready as Edmond and probably no one in the nation who can tackle with as much consistency.
He reminds me a lot of Sergio Kindle when he rushes the passer, but he's a better tackler in open space and brings more to the table in run support.
12. Sheldon Richardson, DT, USC
The JUCO transfer was the top-rated defensive tackle of the 2009 class and after two years of junior college decommitted from Missouri and signed up with USC in late November.
He's got the size of a defensive tackle, at 6'4" and 270 pounds, but the speed and athleticism to be just as good at defensive end.
11. Christian Westerman, OT, Texas
At 6'5", 285 pounds, Westerman is projected to be a star at either a guard or right tackle at the next level.
He's a very strong blocker and moves his feet as well as anyone in the country.
But the fact that he never played left tackle in high school probably means it just doesn't suit his skill-set.
He overpowers defenders with quick hits and a very low stance. But the way he's able to move suggests he'd be very successful as a pulling guard.
10. Mike Bellamy, RB, Clemson
Bellamy is considered to be one of the top prospects of the 2011 class. He's a top-five running back on pretty much every list that matters and is one of the fastest prospects in the state of Florida, clocking in at 4.3 seconds on his 40-time.
He's a playmaker who will light up scoreboards and burns defenders regularly. Bellamy is incredibly elusive and has tremendous balance and body control.
9. Lawrence Thomas, OLB, Michigan State
Commitment: Michigan State
At 6'3" and 236 pounds, Thomas presents a unique prospect with the size and speed to play a variety of positions. He can play defensive end, linebacker, safety, and even receiver.
He's projected as a defender on the next level mostly because it would be a shame to let his ball hawking and punishing tacking go to waste.
Look for him to find a home as an outside linebacker who can drop into coverage or cause havoc in the backfield depending on the down.
8. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Commitment: Ohio State
Miller is an idea dual-threat quarterback who possesses great quickness, elusive ability, and a powerful arm that really puts a lot of pressure on defenses. He runs a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and can change direction on a dime.
There are very few prospects capable of dominating a defense the way he does. Miller doesn't force plays, but rather lets his opponent choose how they're going to play him and then take advantage of whatever they offer.
7. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Clinton-Dix is an elite prospect who really has an ideal skill set for a safety. There's almost nothing about his game not to like, except for some minor footwork issues.
He is the type of player that craves contact, and really could succeed as either a strong safety or free safety.
Based on his size, 6'2" and 190 pounds, if he can define his man-to-man coverage skills a bit, he could develop into a once in a lifetime-type cover corner.
6. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
Commitment: Louisiana State
Johnson is a big, physical, bull-rushing defensive tackle that prefers to plow straight through his opponent rather than try to get around them.
He's definitely on the raw side and doesn't have a wide array of moves; which is why he relies so much on his strength.
The tools are there for a devastating anchor for LSU's line in a couple years, but he needs to polish off his skills first.
5. La'El Collins, OT, LSU
At 6'5", 285 pounds, Collins is 15-20 pounds away from being an off-the-charts prospect at left tackle.
His strength, athleticism and blocking skill is about as good as anyone's in the class. From a physical standpoint, he's an imposing specimen who can knock back a defender a full yard with a single push.
If you're looking for a polished lineman that can not only start as a freshman, but get in there and perform at an All-American level, this is your man.
4. Aaron Green, RB, Nebraska
Aaron Green is the complete package when it comes to running backs. He runs with purpose, can make the first man miss, gets downfield in a hurry, and breaks tackles with surprising speed.
He's undersized at 5'11", 185 pounds, so he needs to bulk up or he just won't stay in one piece at the next level, but that's about all there is not to like about this kid.
3. De'Anthony Thomas, ATH, USC
Thomas' future is at cornerback first and running back second. At 5'9" and 170 pounds, he might not have the size to hold up as a running back on the college level, but he definitely has the skill-set to be a force.
He's a legitimate 5-star prospect on either side of the field. Thomas' vision, speed, elusiveness, balance, and surprising power make him one of the most dangerous rushers in the country.
It wouldn't be surprising at all to see him play both ways on the next level.
2. Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas
Brown is the premiere rusher of the class and a near-ideal prospect for the position. He's a powerful rusher that will put his shoulder down and punish defenders, wearing them down as the game goes on.
He won't wow you with his speed, but as a downhill rusher he's about as impressive as they come. Brown explodes into defenders, has great vision, subtle but quick movements, and breaks tackles at an eye-popping rate.
1. James Wilder, ATH, Florida State
Commitment: Florida State
James Wilder has off-the-charts strength and, pound for pound, is probably the strongest prospect in the country.
He's a two-way player who projects as a running back, linebacker or defensive end.
Wilder seems best suited to play defense. He's a ball hawk with great instincts, and could do a lot of damage as a pass rushing outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid—but he insists he wants to play running back.