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May 31, 2012
Rivals100: Who is on the cusp of elite status?
Now that the Rivals100 and Rivals250 have been released and five stars have been added, the question that always follows is: who's next? While surprises are always possible, here are 10 guys on the cusp of reaching elite status.
WR Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy, Texas: When was the last time the nation's No. 1 wide receiver wasn't a five star? The answer is never. And with Seals-Jones and a few others all within range, someone will step up as a five star. Seals-Jones is the leading candidate right now, but he has some competition. But is he a wide receiver or will he end up as a tight end in college?
CB Eli Woodard, Vorhees (N.J.) Eastern: There are already three five-star cornerbacks on the board and Woodard is in range to be No. 4. A very impressive NIKE Camp performance -- he was only a shade behind Kendall Fuller -- helped, and now the question is, which Ohio State cornerback commitment is better, Woodard or Cameron Burrows?
DE Joey Bosa, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas: It might be tough for Bosa to move up before our next ranking in August if he doesn't camp much this summer, but we are constantly reviewing film on prospects and he is a high-ceiling guy.
LB E.J Levenberry Jr., Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton: Levenberry is having surgery to repair a knee injury, so it is unlikely he will be very active this summer. But we at Rivals love to watch him on film, and his ability to cover and his lateral ability separate him from others.
QB Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle: With two quarterbacks in the fold as five-stars, one pro-style and one dual-threat, can Morris become the third? At Rivals, we tend to be more careful about branding QBs as five-stars. In fact, 2009 was the last time we had three five-star quarterbacks and two of them, Matt Barkley and Blaine Gabbert, were home run evaluations.
DE Tim Williams, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab: Williams jumped 121 slots since our last ranking and is arguably the hottest prospect in the Rivals100 when it comes to evaluation momentum. His film is amazing and hopefully we will get to see him dominate at different camps.
RB Ty Isaac, Joliet (Ill.) Joliet Catholic: Isaac is a huge back and we just bumped up another big back, Derrick Green, to five stars, so Isaac has to be in the discussion as well. While there are some questions about level of competition and whether he has the same desire and work ethic of Green, he is constantly in the discussion.
WR Derrick Griffin, Rosenberg (Texas) Terry : Like Seals-Jones, Griffin is a huge receiver who many feel could end up as a tight end in college. This appears to be the year of the super athletic tight end and the huge wide receiver, so something has to give with players like Seals-Jones, Griffin and the two tight ends, right?
DE Eddie Vanderdoes, Placer (Calif.): Vanderdoes is a monster on film and is apparently close to 300 pounds, without any loss of athleticism and speed. If that's truly the case and we see it for ourselves at a few all-star camps this summer, then he will fall into that five-star freak category.
TE Adam Breneman, Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff: We haven't had a five-star tight end since Kyle Rudolph earned that status back in 2008, but this could be the year that drought ends. With Breneman and O.J. Howard both serious candidates, and two jumbo-sized wide receivers who could be re-evaluated as tight ends, there hasn't been a better year for big targets in recent memory.