College Football Recruiting: The Top 100 High School Football Prospects for 2012
A fresh 5Q 100 and 5Q 250 (for those who really get into it) are updated and available. There is a lot of movement in the rankings this time of year as we start to see some of the nation's top prospects compete at camps across the country.
In this article, I'll break down the Top 100 players and highlight those to watch for as we head into the summer-camp season.
One of the only players to remain in the same position as my previous rankings, is the top player in the nation: wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
At 6'6" and 215 pounds, Green-Beckham is another Calvin Johnson waiting to happen. Anyone ranking a player higher than him at this point should probably rethink their criteria.
The biggest mover in the Top 100 was Geismar, Louisiana, safety Landon Collins. It was clear from the first time I saw him that he was a blue-chip player, but I wasn't convinced he was a top-20 guy.
After his showing at the New Orleans Under Armour Combine, I was convinced and then some.
He measured in at a shade under 6'0" and 210 pounds, and ran a blazing fast 4.39 40-yard dash. He looks and hits like a linebacker; he made the jump 46 spots to No. 19 overall and the No. 1 safety in the country.
Hogansville, Georgia, TE Ricky Parks made a huge jump as well and now finds himself in the Top 100 at No. 97 overall. I still have some questions about his blocking ability, but his frame is starting to fill out more and his athleticism alone makes him a premier target for any QB.
Recent Oklahoma commitment Durron Neal (WR, No. 75 overall) jumped up 36 spots to join the ranks with the elite receivers in the nation.
There must be something in the water in Missouri this year, because Neal (St. Louis) and Green-Beckham (Springfield) are absolute studs at the receiver position and both will likely star at the next level.
What's even more scary is that they could both end up at Oklahoma with the nation's top signal caller, Gunner Kiel (QB, No. 23 overall), throwing them the ball for the next four years.
Other big movers include New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep stars Yuri Wright (S, No.78 overall) and Darius Hamilton (DE, No. 66 overall), along with North Carolina's Jonathan Bullard (DE, No. 89 overall). After his performance at the VTO Sports Elite 100 Combine over Memorial Day weekend, I wouldn't be surprised if I find myself moving Bullard up the list until National Signing Day.
Most Talented States
- Florida—15 Prospects
- California (tie)—12 Prospects
- Texas (tie)—12 Prospects
- Georgia—7 Prospects
- Ohio—6 Prospects
The usual suspects sit atop the "Most Talented States" list. This is one statistic that never seems to change.
Most Talented High Schools
- Good Counsel: Olney, MD—2 Prospects
- Chapparal: Scottsdalle, AZ—2 Prospects
- Cass Tech:Detroit, MI—2 Prospects
- Don Bosco Prep: Ramsey, NJ—2 Prospects
Technically, there is a four-way tie for most talented high school, but I ranked them based on the best combined ranking.
Good Counsel's Wes Brown and Stefon Diggs are a lethal offensive combination and the best two players on any single team in the nation.
Most Talented Position Group
- Offensive Tackle—16 Prospects
- Running Back—13 Prospects
- Defensive End—12 Prospects
- Wide Receiver—12 Prospects
- Defensive Tackle—11 Prospects
It's a pretty deep year for linemen on both sides of the ball depth wise, but the numbers can be a bit deceiving. A decent amount of those players listed at offensive tackle will end up playing on the interior of the line; the same types of position changes often occur on the defensive side as well.
I'm a big fan of the running back talent in this year's class—lots of depth and game breaking talent, headlined by Texas commitment Jonathan Gray and Millbrook High School's Keith Marshall.
Again, don't forget to take a look at the Top 100 Players list in its entirety: here.
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