2011 NFL Draft: A Look at How 50 Top Prospects Were Ranked as Recruits

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IApril 24, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: A Look at How 50 Top Prospects Were Ranked as Recruits

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    Before he was a star at Clemson, DE Da'Quan Bowers was the most coveted recruit of the 2008 class

    Oh, how time flies.

    It seems like just yesterday we were hyping up guys like Julio Jones and Da’Quan Bowers as elite high school football recruits and now here we are, three years later, ready to watch them have their names called on NFL Draft night.

    Jones and Bowers are just a few of this year’s top prospects who were at one time considered highly-coveted high school recruits.

    Now it’s true that being ranked as a 5-star prospect certainly doesn’t guarantee that a player will one day turn into a successful pro athlete.

    However, if you take the time to look at the history of many of this year’s potential first rounders, you’ll see that they showed early signs of greatness all the way back to their days of dominating the high-school gridiron.

    Here’s a look at how the top prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft class were ranked as recruits.

QB Cam Newton, Auburn

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    High School: Westlake (Georgia)

    Rivals Rank: No. 2 DT-QB, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 14 QB, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 9 QB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 21 QB

    As a junior, Newton threw for over 2,500 yards and 23 TDs and added over 600 yards and nine scores on the ground. His breakout campaign convinced Florida coach Urban Meyer that the young, athletic dual-threat QB had the potential to be a star in his spread offense.

    Soon enough, the match was made and Newton was officially a Gator.

    Newton only lasted two seasons in Gainesville before making the move to Blinn College in Texas, where he led the team to a JUCO national championship in his first year.

QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri

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    High School: Parkway West (Missouri)

    Rivals Rank: No. 1 PS-QB, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 7 QB, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 5 QB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 10 QB

    Gabbert was considered the top overall prospect in Missouri and one of most coveted QB recruits in the nation.

    He was limited to only four games as a senior, but he threw for over 1,500 yards and 20 TDs as a junior.

QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

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    High School: Texas (Texas)

    Rivals Rank: No. 2 PS-QB, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 2 QB, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 2 QB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 1 QB

    As a senior, Mallett completed 204 passes for over 3,300 yards and 33 TDs, earning Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state of Texas.

    By the time Mallett finished his high school career, he had accounted for more than 8,300 yards and 76 TDs through the air, earning him the distinction of the best QB prospect in the state.

QB Jake Locker, Washington

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    High School: Ferndale (Washington)

    Rivals Rank: No. 4 DT-QB, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 7 QB, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 5 QB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 8 QB

    As a senior, Locker led Ferndale to a perfect 14-0 season and the Washington 3A state championship, throwing for over 1,600 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushing for over 1,300 yards and 24 TDs.

    Locker, who was named Washington 3A state player of the year in both football and baseball, finished his career with a 37-4 record as a starter.

QB Andy Dalton, TCU

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    High School: Katy (Texas)

    Rivals Rank: No. 23 PS-QB, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 73 QB, 2 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 82 QB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 74 QB

    Dalton threw for over 2,800 yards and 42 TDs as a senior, carrying Katy to a 14-1 record and an appearance in the Texas 5A Finals.

    Dalton didn’t receive much love from BCS schools and he ultimately chose TCU over UTEP.

QB Christian Ponder, Florida State

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    High School: Colleyville Heritage (Texas)

    Rivals Rank: No. 14 PS-QB, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 20 QB, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 59 QB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 22 QB

    As a senior, Ponder threw for over 2,200 yards and 20 TDs and rushed for over 900 yards and 12 TDs.

    He eventually chose Florida State over offers from Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Arizona and North Carolina.

QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

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    High School: John H. Pittman (California)

    Rivals Rank: No. 34 PS-QB, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 67 QB, 2 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 50 QB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 153 QB

    Kaeprnick threw for over 1,900 yards and 25 TDs in his senior season at Pittman, earning MVP honors of the Central Cal Conference.

    At 6’4’’ 170 lbs, Kaepernick’s lack of bulk was a cause for concern for college evaluators, and the only major scholarship offer he received was from Nevada.

RB Mark Ingram, Alabama

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    High School: Southwestern (Michigan)

    Rivals Rank: No. 17 ATH, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 58 RB, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 12 RB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 66 RB

    Ingram, who was a standout in both football and track, rushed for over 1,700 yards and 24 TDs as a senior, earning Saginaw Valley MVP honors.

    Ingram chose to go to Alabama over offers from Arizona State, Tennessee, Michigan State and Iowa.

RB Mikel Leshoure, Illinois

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    High School: Centennial (Illinois)

    Rivals Rank: No. 28 RB, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 52 RB, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 63 RB

    Leshoure rushed for over 1,000 yards on just 169 carries as a senior and finished with over 4,600 yards and 57 total TDs for his career.

    He was named an All-American by both PrepStar and SuperPrep.

RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

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    High School: Stonewall Jackson (Virginia)

    Rivals Rank: No. 3 RB, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 8 RB, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 4 RB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 11 QB

    Williams was considered to be one of the top overall recruits in the country for the class of 2008.

    Williams rushed for over 1,500 yards and scored 22 TDs as a junior and followed it up with a solid-yet-injury-plagued senior campaign, rushing for 640 yards and seven TDs in seven games.

WR A.J. Green, Georgia

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    High School: Summerville (South Carolina)

    Rivals Rank: No. 2 WR, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 2 WR, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 2 WR

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 3

    Green was considered to be an elite WR recruit and one of the country’s top overall players in the 2008 class.

    Green finished his absolutely electric high school career with 72 receptions for over 1,400 yards and 15 TDs as a senior.

WR Julio Jones, Alabama

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    High School: Foley (Alabama)

    Rivals Rank: No. 1 WR, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 1 WR, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 1 WR

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 1

    Jones was ranked as one of the five best prospects in the country by nearly every major recruiting service.

    Jones finished his high school career with 194 catches for over 3,200 yards and 43 TDs, earning nearly every accolade and honor a high school football player could achieve, including being named a USA Today and Parade All-American.

WR Titus Young, Boise State

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    High School: University (California)

    Rivals Rank: No. 61 ATH, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 94 WR, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 152

    Young, who accounted for over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 20 TDs as a senior, was rated as one of the top overall prospects in the Los Angeles area.

    He chose Boise State over offers from Washington, Washington State and Nevada.

TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame

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    High School: Elder (Ohio)

    Rivals Rank: No. 1 TE, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 1 TE, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 4 TE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 2 TE

    Rudoph, considered by many to be most talented tight end in his class, finished his senior season with 37 catches for 673 yards and 11 TDs.

    For his efforts, Rudolph received All-American recognition from USA Today and was chosen to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

OT Tyron Smith, USC

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    High School: Rancho Verde (California)

    Rivals Rank: No. 6 OT, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 1 OT, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 14 OT

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 5 OL

    Smith was a standout two-way lineman, who dominated both sides of the ball at Rancho Verde.

    Ranked as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation, Smith earned All-American accolades from Parade, Super Prep and Prep Star.


OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

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    Prep School: Fork Union (Virginia)

    Rivals Rank: 2 stars

    Scout Rank: 2 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: n/a

    Castonzo, who is originally from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., opted to play the 2006 season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. It's where he really made a name for himself as a two-way lineman.

    Castonzo received offers from schools such as Vanderbilt, Stanford, Connecticut and Temple before he ultimately decided to attend Boston College.

OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin

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    High School: Monona Grove (Wisconsin)

    Rivals Rank: No. 30 OT, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 57 OL

    Carimi was one of Wisconsin’s top college football prospects and earned national honors as a Parade and Prep Star All-American.

OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

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    High School: Caledonia (Mississippi)

    Rivals Rank: No. 13 OT, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 11 OT, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 26 OT

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 11 OL

    Sherrod was considered to be one of the best players in Mississippi and one of the best offensive line prospects in America.

    As a senior, Sherrod allowed just one quarterback sack while tallying 32 knockdown blocks.

OT Marcus Cannon, TCU

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    High School: Odessa (Texas)

    Rivals Rank: No. 59 OG, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: 2 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank:  No. 274 OL

    Cannon earned All-District and 5A All-State honors as a senior.

    He chose to play for the in-state Horned Frogs over offers from Iowa State, Kansas and UTEP.

OG Danny Watkins, Baylor

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    Junior College: Butte (California)

    Rivals Rank: 4 stars

    Scout Rank: 2 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 24 JC

    Watkins actually didn’t play football at Mount Boucherie Secondary School in Canada. Instead he focused on hockey and rugby.

    He picked up the game at Butte where he became an instant All-American and of the most coveted JUCO recruits in the country.

OG Mike Pouncey, Florida

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    High School: Lakeland (Florida)

    Rivals Rank: No. 16 OF, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 7 OG, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 44 OL

    Pouncey, one of the top rated guards of the 2007 class, teamed with his brother Maurkice to help lead Lakeland to an undefeated season and a Class 5A state championship as a senior.

    Pouncey chose to go play with his brother at Florida, but he also received offers from schools such as Michigan, Miami, Florida State and Clemson.

DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama

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    High School: Huffman (Alabama)

    Rivals Rank: No. 28 DT, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 5 DT, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 39 DT

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 154 DL

    Dareus finished his senior season with 117 total tackles and 20 sacks.

    He chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arkansas.

DT Nick Fairley, Auburn

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    Junior College: Copiah-Lincoln (Mississippi)

    Rivals Rank: 3 stars

    Scout Rank: 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 22 JC

    After a dominating career at Williamson High School, Fairley was forced to enroll at Copiah-Lincoln Community College due to academic issues.

    It was at Copiah where he totaled 63 tackles and seven sacks, establishing himself as one of the top junior college prospects in America.

DT Corey Liuget, Illinois

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    High School: Hialeah (Florida)

    Rivals Rank: No. 7 DT, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 8 DE, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 17 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 16 TE

    Liuget was ranked as one of the top recruits in the state of Florida, one of the most talent-rich regions in the country.

    As a senior, Liuget recorded 59 tackles and 11 sacks.

    Liuget also held offers from schools such as Miami, Florida State, LSU and Georgia.

DT Phil Taylor, Baylor

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    High School: Gwynn Park (Maryland)

    Rivals Rank: No. 11 DT, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 29 DT, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 15 DL

    Taylor, a big, strong two-way lineman, recorded 77 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior at Gwynn Park, earning first team all-state honors.

    Taylor committed to Penn State out of high school and played there until 2007, when he was dismissed from the program.

DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple

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    Prep School: Hargrave Military (Virginia)

    Rivals Rank: 2 stars

    Scout Rank: 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 464 JC

    Wilkerson, who excelled in both football and basketball, played tight end and defensive end at New Jersey's Linden High School.

    He finished his senior season with 78 tackles and five sacks and then spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy before coming to Temple in 2008.

DT Christian Ballard, Iowa

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    High School: Free State (Kansas)

    Rivals Rank: No. 10 TE, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 9 DT, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 4 TE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 6 TE

    Ballard was initially perceived as top-flight tight end prospect. In fact, the athletic big man finished his high school career with 50 catches for 558 yards and six TDs.

    Ballard also had scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia and Kansas.

DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina

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    High School: Fort Dorchester (South Carolina)

    Rivals Rank: No. 18 DE, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 19 DE, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 11 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 18 DL

    Although his senior year was cut short because of a brain tumor, Quinn still gained a reputation as one of the best prospects in South Carolina. Before the surgery, Quinn notched 54 tackles and six sacks.

    He chose North Carolina over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Clemson.

DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin

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    High School: Pewaukee (Wisconsin)

    Rivals Rank: 2 stars

    Scout Rank: 2 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 172 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 118 TE

    Watt made his impact felt for Pewaukee as both a tight end and a defensive end.

    Watt finished his career with 38 catches for 11 TDs on offense and 18 sacks on defense.

    He played one season at Central Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin.

DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson

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    High School: Bamberg-Ehrhardt (South Carolina)

    Rivals Rank: No. 1 SDE, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 1 DE, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 1 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 1 DL

    Bowers was the true star of the 2008 class and was rated as the No. 1 recruit in the nation by numerous services.

    As a senior, Bowers constantly dominated the competition, finishing the season with 97 tackles and 14 sacks.

DE Cameron Jordan, Cal

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    High School: Chandler (Arizona)

    Rivals Rank: No. 37 DE, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 55 DE, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 91 DL

    Jordan was one of the most impressive-looking prospects to come out of Arizona back in 2007.

    Jordan finished his senior season with 85 tackles and 17 sacks and he helped lead Chandler to an impressive 11-2 record.

DE Aldon Smith, Missouri

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    High School: Raytown (Missouri)

    Rivals Rank: No. 27 SDE, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 54 DE, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 141 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 158 DL

    Smith was one of the top prospects in the state of Missouri from the 2008 class.

    Smith racked up 60 tackles, 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles as a senior, earning him a spot on Missouri's all-state team.

DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

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    High School: Central (Indiana)

    Rivals Rank: No. 46 SDE, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 88 DE, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 72 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 27 TE

    In his senior season, Kerrigan showed off the pass-rushing prowess he would later become famous for at Purdue, as he led the state of Indiana with 19 sacks.

    He also made his presence felt as a tight end, finishing his career with 40 catches and six TDs.

DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

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    High School: Webster Groves (Missouri)

    Rivals Rank: No. 8 SDE, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 18 DE, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 17 DL

    As a senior, Clayborn earned Missouri Player of the Year honors by registering 103 tackles and three sacks.

    For his career, Clayborn finished with a total of 240 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions.

DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State

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    High School: Peachtree Ridge (Georgia)

    Rivals Rank: No. 13 DT, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 20 DT, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 28 DL

    Heyward, the son of deceased NFL RB Ironhead Heyward, stepped out of his father’s shadow in high school and really made a name for himself around the country as a prospect to be reckoned with.

    Heyward won the Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior, finishing with 16 sacks on the season.

DE Allen Bailey, Miami

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    High School: McIntosh County (Georgia)

    Rivals Rank: No. 7 SDE, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 7 DE, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 10 DL

    Bailey was the first star recruit that former coach Randy Shannon brought down to Miami.

    Although Bailey was limited to only four games as a senior, he did more than enough as a junior to prove his worth, racking up 138 tackles and three sacks.

LB Von Miller, Texas A&M

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    High School: DeSoto (Texas)

    Rivals Rank: No. 15 WDE, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 6 MLB, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 37 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 27 DL

    As a senior, Miller racked up 76 tackles and six sacks, earning MVP honors of District 8-5A.

    Miller also had offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and Texas Tech.

LB Brooks Reed, Arizona

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    High School: Sabino (Arizona)

    Rivals Rank: No. 9 FB, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 81 RB, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 109 RB

    Reed was primarily seen as a running-back recruit, but he did finish his senior season with 38 tackles and three sacks on defense.

    Reed received interest from many different West Coast schools including Pac-12 schools such as Arizona State and Cal.

LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA

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    High School: Verbum Dei (California)

    Rivals Rank: No. 9 OLB, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No.12 DE, 4 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 25 DE 4 stars

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 20 LB

    Ayers was a versatile player at Verbum Dei, lining up at WR, DE and LB.

    As a senior, Ayers made 94 tackles and collected two quarterback sacks. He also added 21 catches for over 400 yards and nine TDs as a receiver.

LB Justin Houston, Georgia

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    High School: Statesboro (Georgia)

    Rivals Rank: No. 11 WDE, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 42 DE, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 28 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 103 DL

    Houston’s breakout season came as a junior, when he helped Statesboro get to the Georgia 4A state championship by racking up 73 tackles and eight sacks.

    Houston also had offers from Georgia Tech, Florida and Oklahoma State.

LB Bruce Carter, North Carolina

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    High School: Havelock (North Carolina)

    Rivals Rank: No. 33 S, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 64 LB, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 95 RB

    Carter played a variety of different positions at Havelock including quarterback, running back and safety.

    In his senior season, Carter threw for 585 yards and five TDs and ran for over 1,000 yards and 15 TDs.

LB Martez Wilson, Illinois

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    High School: Simeon (Illinois)

    Rivals Rank: No. 2 WDE, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 2 DE, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 1 DE

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 7 LB

    Wilson was one of Ron Zook’s first prized recruits at Illinois.

    Wilson, a USA Today and Parade All-American, made a whopping 240 tackles as a senior to go along with seven sacks. He also had 42 receptions for over 1,000 yards and nine TDs as a receiver.

CB Patrick Peterson, LSU

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    High School: Ely (Florida)

    Rivals Rank: No. 1 CB, 5 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 1 CB, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 1 CB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 1 DB

    Peterson was the cream of the DB crop in the 2008 class.

    Peterson was named the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year and ended up on countless All-American teams.

    Peterson was equally effective on the offensive side of the ball, rushing for over 700 yards and 11 TDs as a senior.

CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado

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    High School: Colton (California)

    Rivals Rank: No. 57 ATH, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 53 S, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 165 DB

    Smith was an impact WR and DB For Colton, finishing his senior season with 53 catches for over 1,100 yards and 14 TDs on offense and 47 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

    Smith’s size-speed combination intrigued schools such as Boise State, Nebraska and Washington State.

CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

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    High School: Apollo (Arizona)

    Rivals Rank: No. 57 ATH, 3 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 47 RB, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 31 RB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 73 RB

    As a senior, Amukamara was the most dynamic offensive weapon in the state of Arizona. He rushed for over 2,100 yards and 24 TDs and added six receiving TDs.

    He also added 95 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia

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    Prep School: Hargrave Military (Virginia)

    Rivals Rank: 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 85 S, 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 179 DB

    Before his season at Hargrave, Dowling was a star player at Deep Creek High School in Virginia.

    As a senior at Deep Creek, Dowling notched 60 tackles and picked off two passes and also added 14 catches and four TDs as a receiver.

CB Brandon Harris, Miami

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    High School: Booker T. Washington (Florida)

    Rivals Rank: No. 4 CB, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 5 CB, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 3 CB

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 8 DB

    Harris was a two-way star for Booker T. Washington and one of the most decorated defensive recruits in the country.

    As a senior, Harris caught 26 passes and scored eight TDs while racking up 49 tackles on defense to go along with four sacks and five interceptions.

CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville

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    High School: Deland (Florida)

    Rivals Rank: 3 stars

    Scout Rank: 3 stars

    ESPN Rank: n/a

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 134 DB

    As a senior, Patrick totaled over 1,100 yards of offense as both a running and receiving threat.

    Patrick was viewed as more of a wide receiver prospect coming out of high school, but he ultimately ended up making the switch over to corner at Louisville.

S Aaron Williams, Texas

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    High School: McNeil (Texas)

    Rivals Rank: No. 1 S, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 2 CB, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 9 S

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 3 DB

    Williams was considered to be one of the most athletic prospects in the 2008 class.

    Williams lined up at DB, WR and QB during his high school career and made an impact wherever he was on the field, earning All-State and All-American honors for his terrific play.

S Rahim Moore, UCLA

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    High School: Dorsey (California)

    Rivals Rank: No. 3 S, 4 stars

    Scout Rank: No. 2 S, 5 stars

    ESPN Rank: No. 10 S

    Phil Steele Rank: No. 4 DB

    Moore was truly one of California’s premier high school prospects.

    Moore, who played both DB and WR at Dorsey, accounted for 112 tackles and picked off eight passes as a senior. He also caught 16 passes and scored six TDs.