Incoming Freshman: Top LBs/DBs
Covering college football as I do takes 52 weeks a year as it is and while I personally do not scout the high school games and rate each player I do compile my rankings based on the many different recruiting services across the country that follow and scout HS football year round. I not only like to use all of the biggest and best services, but I also use regional reports as well. The colleges themselves use many of these services to get the latest information on recruits.
When we receive a recruiting magazine, we translate each player’s ranking into a points system from 1-100 and then log each and every player into the computer and give them a point total from each source. Naturally, the more they are mentioned and the higher they are rated by each publication, the more total points they accrue. After months of entering all of this information, I sort the list by position and by total points and then rank the players from most points to least.
In today’s blog I have included the top incoming freshman LBs and DBs for 2010. Each one of these players is ranked in the Top 500 prospects regardless of position and will appear in my preseason magazine. I have also posted the top individual classes for each position. Since we want the college preview to continue to be the most in-depth and accurate magazine out there, if you find any information that is wrong or if you are questioning a player’s ranking please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be back on Wednesday with my top Kickers and my top 75 incoming Jucos. On Friday I will post the top 75 overall classes and give you my conference by conference recruiting ratings.
Top Incoming Freshman LBs
|2||Christian Jones||6-4||215||4.75||Florida St|
|3||William Gholston||6-7||250||4.65||Michigan St|
|4||Jeff Luc||6-1||240||4.65||Florida St|
|5||Khairi Fortt||6-3||221||4.6||Penn St|
|10||Mike Hull||6-1||220||4.5||Penn St|
|11||Dakota Royer||6-3||220||4.65||Penn St|
|14||Shaun Lewis||6-1||207||4.5||Oklahoma St|
|17||Max Bullough||6-3||210||4.65||Michigan St|
|23||CJ Mizell||6-3||210||Washington St|
|25||Kevin Pierre-Louis||6-1||205||4.6||Boston College|
|26||Travis Williams||6-2||195||4.6||Miami, Fl|
|27||Kendall Moore||6-3||232||4.75||Notre Dame|
|28||Shaydon Akuna||6-3||209||4.6||Oregon St|
|30||Scott McVey||5-11||215||4.5||Ohio St|
|32||Danny Spond||6-3||232||4.7||Notre Dame|
|34||Nick Dew||6-2||195||4.4||Virginia Tech|
|36||Prince Shembo||6-2||237||4.7||Notre Dame|
|45||Steele Divitto||6-3||215||4.6||Boston College|
|47||Caleb Lavey||6-4||210||4.6||Oklahoma St|
|50||Chase Williams||6-3||235||4.66||Virginia Tech|
|52||Justin Utupo||6-2||240||4.8||Notre Dame|
|54||Telvin Smith||6-3||196||4.85||Florida St|
|56||Nduka Onyeali||6-1||240||4.6||Arizona St|
|58||Ty Linton||6-3||200||North Carolina|
|60||Homes, Onwukaife||6-2||240||4.51||Florida St|
|61||Brian Laiti||6-3||220||4.7||Virginia Tech|
|62||Zachary Allen||6-2||210||4.67||Wake Forest|
|64||Nigel Terrekk||6-2||205||4.5||Florida St|
Top LB Classes
1. Florida St-The Seminoles signed 5 top LBs led by #2 Christian Jones who was an Under Armour All-American and had 126 tackles, 12 tfl, 4 sacks as a senior. #4 Jeff Luc was also an Under Armour All-American and is an explosive hitter and sure tackler. Florida St also signed the #54, #60 and #64 ranked prospects.
2. Texas-The Longhorns bring in three highly touted LBs led by #1 Jordan Hicks who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio and chose the Longhorns over Ohio St in a well-publicized recruiting battle. Texas also welcomes in #7 Tevin Jackson who was an Army All-American and had 12 sacks his senior season. #19 Aaron Benson was an Army All-American as well and is a cousin of former Texas RB Cedric Benson.
3. Penn St-Penn St has been known as Linebacker U and it looks like that tradition will continue after the Nittany Lions signed three of the top LBs in the country. #5 Khairi Fortt was an Army All-American and is currently enrolled and participating in spring practice. #10 Mike Hall was 1st-tm All-Pennsylvania and #11 Dakota Royer was a Under Armour All-American and is participating in spring practice.
4. Alabama- Rolando McClain left early for the NFL so the Crimson Tide needed to sign some replacements and Saban and Co did just that landing four top LBs. The group is led by #8 Alfy Hill who was 1st-tm all-North Carolina as a senior. #15 CJ Mosley was a Parade All-American while #29 Adrian Hubbard has the size and speed to be a dangerous pass rusher.
5. California-The Bears signed four LBs that rank in my top 40. Led by #9 Cecil Whiteside and #13 Nick Forbes, the Bears need plenty of LBs in their 3-4 defense and they continue to sign highly touted players. The Bears also bring in #35 Chris McCain and #39 David Wilkerson.
Top Incoming Freshman DBs
|2||Lamarcus Joyner||5-9||175||4.45||Florida St|
|12||Latwan Anderson||5-11||185||4.4||Miami, Fl|
|27||Christian Bryant||5-11||175||4.5||Ohio St|
|30||Victor Hampton||5-11||175||4.4||South Carolina|
|32||Louis Young||6-1||190||4.5||Georgia Tech|
|40||Ryan Ayers||5-10||178||4.45||Georgia Tech|
|44||Toney Hurd||5-9||185||4.5||Texas A&M|
|45||BJ Bostic||5-10||162||4.55||Georgia Tech|
|52||David Amerson||6-1||180||4.5||NC St|
|54||AJ Marshall||5-11||175||4.4||Wake Forest|
|55||Tre’vante Porter||6-0||176||4.5||Texas Tech|
|57||Isaiah Lewis||5-11||189||4.5||Michigan St|
|62||Chris Badger||6-0||180||4.55||Notre Dame|
|63||Kacy Rodgers||6-2||185||4.45||Miami, Fl|
|65||Lo Wood||5-10||170||4.6||Notre Dame|
|72||Keion Payne||5-11||175||4.55||Miami, Fl|
|74||Justin Gilbert||6-1||175||4.45||Oklahoma St|
|76||Theron Norman||6-2||200||Virginia Tech|
Top DB Classes
1. Florida-The Gators signed six DBs that rank in my top 30 led by #1 Matt Elam who is already enrolled and participating in spring practice. #7 Joshua Shaw is also currently enrolled and has a chance to be the starting corner opposite of Janoris Jenkins this year. #11 Jaylen Watkins played QB in high school but will start out at CB this year. The Gators also signed #20 Jordan Haden whose brother Joe had an outstanding career at Florida.
2. Alabama-The Crimson Tide lose Javier Arenas, Kareem Jackson and Justin Woodall to the NFL but welcome four highly touted DBs. #4 Demarcus Milliner was a Parade All-American and will get a chance to compete for a starting job this year. #10 John Fulton is enrolled for spring practice and #15 Jarrick Williams was an Army All-America.
3. Texas-The Longhorns return all four starters from last year and added four highly touted players that rank in my top 50. #23 AJ White was an Under Armur All-American and #29 Carrington Byndom was a 3-time 1st-tm All-District.
4. Baylor-Yes you are reading that ranking correctly, the Bears signed a great class of DBs in which three of them rank in my top 50. The group is led by #8 Ahmad Dixon who was an All-American as a senior and has a chance to come in start right away at FS. The Bears also signed #46 Prince Kent who is in for spring practice and #49 Tyler Stephenson who is known as a speedster.
5. Michigan-The Wolverines signed four top DBs led by #17 Cullen Christian. #24 Demar Dorsey will be tried 1st at CB and has a chance to compete for playing time right away. Michigan also brings in #38 Marvin Robinson and #53 Josh Furman.