Scout.com's first full season was the Class of 2003 that included a three No. 1
overall draft picks in the NFL, 2006 Mario Williams, 2007 JaMarcus Russell, and
2008 Jake Long. The Class of 2006 produced two of the top offensive line
prospects we'd scouted in Andre Smith (Alabama) and Sam Young (Notre Dame).
But if we're picking our All-Scout.com team from the Class of 2003 all the way
to the current Class of 2010, it's Seantrel Henderson (6-8/305) of Cretin Durham
Hall in St. Paul, Minn. that would be the king of the mountain on the offensive
North Regional Manager and Scout.com National Analyst Bob Lichtenfels put it
simply when talking about Henderson. "He's Andre Smith, and he's four
inches taller," said Lichtenfels from the Scout.com Recruiting summit in
Pittsburgh last week. Lichtenfels provided a thorough scouting report on
Henderson earlier this month, and when the Scout managers came together last
week to pour through the National 100 and beyond, Henderson was a unanimous No.
"Unanimous" anything is hard to come by when it comes to a science as
imperfect as predicting the future performance of teenagers, and Henderson's
ranking at the top of the ladder was probably the only thing the Scouts of
Scout.com could conclusively agree on. But after eight hours of being
sequestered in a conference room at the Hampton Inn of downtown Pittsburgh, the
Regional Managers of Scout.com poured over video, shared the top players in
their region with the rest of the team, and came to a consensus Scout National
Following Henderson on the Scout 100 is running back Marcus Lattimore
(6-0/215/4.5) of Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C. Lattimore is the total
package at the running back position. He's already over 200 pounds, has
excellent vision and balance to break tackles, and has a top gear that allows
him to pull away from defenders in the open field. Lattimore
rushed for 300 yards in Byrnes' State Championship game last year.
Athlete Justin McCay (6-4/215/4.5) from Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee
Mission, Kan. checks in at the No. 3 spot. McCay is a multi-talented two way
threat on offense at wide receiver and defense at linebacker. Initially listed
as a wide receiver on Scout, the consensus among the recruiting team was that
his best position on the next level far and away was linebacker.
Good enough to play wide receiver at any level, McCay is a difference maker on
defense. Watching video of him reminded me of a tall thin wide receiver/safety
that suited up for the Cardinals in the Super Bowl this year at linebacker:
Defensive End prospect Chris Martin (6-4/235/4.7) is currently the No. 1
prospect in the West and No. 4 prospect on the Scout 100. Currently at Bishop O
Dowd in Oakland, Calif., Martin, a Notre Dame Commitment, could be heading east
early to play his senior season at the Hun School in New Jersey. His move East
is inevitable, his place on the football field is a little more in doubt.
The top big athlete in the country, Martin fits into the exception mold. The
rule is that players 6-4 and 240+ pounds as juniors in high school end up
putting their hand down and playing defensive line in college. Martin is
athletic enough to be the exception to the rule and stay at linebacker on the
college level. He excels at linebacker and tight end in high school, and is a
smart, disciplined defender. Martin, like McCay, is the type of player coaches
sign, and let the next level of recruiting go to the position coaches in the
meeting room once he's on campus.
Ohio State Commitment Andrew Norwell (6-6/265) is the No. 2 offensive line
prospect in the Nation, but we think enough of him as a prospect overall, that
he checks in at No. 5 on the Scout 100. Norwell's physical attributes match
those of most 1st round NFL prospects. He's a player with a great work ethic,
flexibility, natural strength and leverage, and a frame to keep growing.
Last Spring as the Scouts were on the road looking at the then crop of juniors
that would go on to make up the Class of 2009, a common theme kept appearing.
"Sure, he looks good, but did you see the sophomore?" The Class of
2010 is a deeper, more talented class than any we've seen in several years.
The depth at the top of the class is in the trenches. Henderson and Norwell lead
a terrific group of offensive tackles that total 15 of the Top 100. Colleges are
going to need every one of those tackles, because the defensive end class is
equally impressive. Martin leads a strong group that also included Jackson
Jeffcoat (6-4/233/4.6) of Plano, Texas. Jeffcoat got strong consideration for
the No. 1 defensive end spot for the first set of position rankings. The 15
offensive tackles are equally matched by 15 defensive ends in the Scout 100.
If there's a position where the Class of 2009 seems to have a clear advantage,
it's the quarterback position. Jake Heaps (6-2/205) of Skyline High School in
Issaquah, Wash. is at the top of the Heap for the Class of 2010. Only eight
quarterbacks are listed on the first ranked National 100, a conspicuously low
number considering that quarterbacks are typically the first players evaluated
and the first players offered scholarships by college coaches.
If quarterbacks are the first prospects evaluated, after all they have the ball
in their hands every play, one of the last positions to be evaluated is the
cornerback position. A top end corner might not see three balls thrown his
direction an entire season. Most top cornerbacks on the prep ranks make their
presence felt in other aspect of the game, and no one in the country personifies
that idea more than south Florida's LaMarcus Joyner (5-9/170/4.35).
Joyner will play at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. this year, and
he is arguably the most explosive player in the country. He has the instincts
and skill set to play corner to go along with blazing speed. Joyner may see time
in several places on the field on the college game. He certainly gives head
coaches something to think about before kicking the ball his way.
Scout is not finished awarding four and five stars for the Class of 2010, and
will continue to evaluate players throughout the country for inclusion on this
Rankings Week Schedule:
Wednesday: South and West regional rankings
Thursday: North and Midland regional rankings
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