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June 1, 2005The Rivals100 is a list of the nation's top 100 most talented, athletic and able prospects. Unfortunately, though, the line drawn after No. 100 often leaves promising players on the outside looking in.
Since the rankings are updated continuously until signing day, players have the opportunity to prove themselves and play their way onto the list. Here is a look at five guys that just missed the cut and will be closely considered whenever rankings are discussed again.
Daron Rose - OT, 6-5, 310 - Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson
Rose has offers from Miami (Fla.), Florida State and Florida, along with many other elite national programs. He was a force at the Gators' summer camp in 2004 and then dominated the Miami NIKE Training Camp in early April. His film shows that he's got great power complementing an extremely strong base. In a great year for offensive linemen, any conversation that doesn't mention Rose is lacking.
Raymond Small - ATH, 5-10, 173 - Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville
Small has the speed, playmaking ability and skill of a big-time prospect. In fact, several analysts actually ranked Small as one of the nation's top 60 players. The one knock on him is that he's only 5-foot-10. Players with Small's athletic prowess, however, tend to perform taller. Small will be continuously evaluated over the next few months. When more film becomes available on him don't be surprised if he makes the list.
Damon McDaniel - WR, 6-0, 192 - Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown
McDaniel has been overshadowed by his teammate Percy Harvin, the nation's top player. McDaniel, however, is an elite receiver in his own right. In what has shaped up to be a somewhat stronger receiver class than first anticipated, McDaniel was one of the final guys that just missed the cut on the first top 100 list. Look for him to be ranked right behind Alabama receiver Terrell Zachery in the position rankings. With a repeat performance as a senior, there's a chance that he creeps into the top 100.
DeAndre McDaniel - S, 6-0, 185 - Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
McDaniel is one that kept the experts up at night when it came time to make the final cut. His tape is one of the most impressive in the country, and he plays against very good competition. Heck, at 6-foot and 185 pounds, he's even got the great build that you want in a defensive back. But the one thing that concerned analysts was his slower than average time in the 40-yard dash at the NIKE Training Camp. However, he does have great testing results in everything else, so it's possible that McDaniel just had a slow day. If he continues to play hard as a senior and shows that extra burst of quickness, then there's nothing to keep him back from a Rivals100 spot.
Phillip Payne - WR, 6-2, 201 - Garland (Texas) South Garland
Payne, a Texas commitment, wasn't on many scouts' early state lists, but that's why it is sometimes best to wait until the spring evaluation process is completed before ranking players. Payne clearly is one of the top players in Texas, and rivals Adron Tennell as the top receiver. He went from a player that didn't have much attention to having offers from Oklahoma, Miami, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Texas in a matter of weeks. He impressed everyone at the NIKE Camp in Ft. Worth with solid testing results and impressive physical tools. If he racks up some good stats as a senior, he will be given serious consideration for the list.