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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 brandon@philsteele.com. 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

 

Rank Name Ht Wt Speed School
1 Jordan Hicks 6-2 200 4.5 Texas
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
6 Corey Nelson 6-1 200 4.6 Oklahoma
7 Tevin Jackson 6-2 215 4.6 Texas
8 Alfy Hill 6-4 245 4.6 Alabama
9 Cecil Whiteside 6-3 205 4.7 California
10 Mike Hull 6-1 220 4.5 Penn St
11 Dakota Royer 6-3 220 4.65 Penn St
12 Justin Maclin 6-4 215 4.5 LSU
13 Nick Forbes 6-1 220 4.6 California
14 Shaun Lewis 6-1 207 4.5 Oklahoma St
15 CJ Mosley 6-2 220 4.6 Alabama
16 Josh Shirley 6-2 225 4.55 UCLA
17 Max Bullough 6-3 210 4.65 Michigan St
18 Hayes Pullard 6-2 220 4.6 USC
19 Aaron Benson 6-2 205 4.6 Texas
20 Blake Lueders 6-5 250 4.75 Stanford
21 Ladarius Owens 6-2 230 4.45 Auburn
22 Javarie Johnson 6-4 210 4.5 Maryland
23 CJ Mizell 6-3 210   Washington St
24 VJ Fehoko 6-0 225 4.6 Utah
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
29 Adrian Hubbard 6-7 227   Alabama
30 Scott McVey 5-11 215 4.5 Ohio St
31 Michael Taylor 6-0 205 4.55 Florida
32 Danny Spond 6-3 232 4.7 Notre Dame
33 Aramide Olaniyan 6-2 200 4.55 UCLA
34 Nick Dew 6-2 195 4.4 Virginia Tech
35 Chris McCain 6-6 203 4.7 California
36 Prince Shembo 6-2 237 4.7 Notre Dame
37 Jake Holland 6-1 225 4.6 Auburn
38 Jordan Zumwalt 6-4 225 4.7 UCLA
39 David Wilkerson 6-3 235 4.75 California
40 Konrad Zagzebski 6-3 225 4.7 Wisconsin
41 Petey Smith 6-1 245   Alabama
42 James Morris 6-2 205 4.65 Iowa
43 Victor Burnett 6-0 225 4.6 Washington
44 Gideon Ajagbe 6-2 200 4.6 Florida
45 Steele Divitto 6-3 215 4.6 Boston College
46 Zac Stout 6-2 220 4.6 BYU
47 Caleb Lavey 6-4 210 4.6 Oklahoma St
48 Justin Parker 6-2 215 4.7 Clemson
49 BJ Butler 6-3 210 4.75 Louisville
50 Chase Williams 6-3 235 4.66 Virginia Tech
51 Rashod Favors 6-1 225 4.5 Oklahoma
52 Justin Utupo 6-2 240 4.8 Notre Dame
53 Demetre Baker 6-0 210 4.5 Georgia
54 Telvin Smith 6-3 196 4.85 Florida St
55 Timonthy Patterson 6-4 220 4.7 Kentucky
56 Nduka Onyeali 6-1 240 4.6 Arizona St
57 Chris Young 6-1 220 4.6 Washington
58 Ty Linton 6-3 200   North Carolina
59 Austin Gray 6-2 212 4.6 Iowa
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
63 Aaron Frankin 6-1 205 4.6 Oklahoma
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

Rank Name Ht Wt Speed School
1 Matt Elam 6-1 205 4.55 Florida
2 Lamarcus Joyner 5-9 175 4.45 Florida St
3 Keenan Allen 6-3 195 4.5 California
4 Demarcus Milliner 6-1 180 4.35 Alabama
5 Alec Ogletree 6-3 215 4.55 Georgia
6 Tony Jefferson 6-0 197 4.65 Oklahoma
7 Joshua Shaw 6-2 187 4.4 Florida
8 Ahmad Dixon 6-1 194 4.5 Baylor
9 Eric Reid 6-2 210 4.6 LSU
10 John Fulton 6-0 180 4.5 Alabama
11 Jaylen Watkins 6-1 170 4.45 Florida
12 Latwan Anderson 5-11 185 4.4 Miami, Fl
13 Dietrich Riley 6-0 181 4.5 UCLA
14 Sean Parker 5-10 175 4.5 Washington
15 Jarrick Williams 6-2 205 4.6 Alabama
16 Marquis Flowers 6-2 195 4.5 Arizona
17 Cullen Christian 6-1 180 4.55 Michigan
18 Jonathan Dowling 6-3 180 4.55 Florida
19 Dior Mathis 5-9 170 4.4 Oregon
20 Jordan Haden 6-0 200 4.4 Florida
21 Corey Cooper 6-2 200 4.5 Nebraska
22 Todd Thomas 6-3 216   Pittsburgh
23 Adrian White 5-11 175 4.5 Texas
24 Demar Dorsey 6-1 175 4.3 Michigan
25 Demetrius Wright 6-1 195 4.5 USC
26 Dion Bailey 6-1 190 4.5 USC
27 Christian Bryant 5-11 175 4.5 Ohio St
28 Cody Riggs 5-9 165 4.5 Florida
29 Carrington Byndom 6-0 165 4.45 Texas
30 Victor Hampton 5-11 175 4.4 South Carolina
31 Tharold Simon 6-4 180 4.5 LSU
32 Louis Young 6-1 190 4.5 Georgia Tech
33 Ronnie Vinson 5-11 190 4.55 LSU
34 Garry Peters 6-1 180 4.5 Clemson
35 Eddrick Loften 6-0 205 4.55 Tennessee
36 Terrence Mitchell 5-10 165 4.4 USF
37 Devon Carrington 6-1 180 4.5 Stanford
38 Marvin Robinson 6-1 190 4.75 Michigan
39 Nick Perry 6-2 195 4.5 Alabama
40 Ryan Ayers 5-10 178 4.45 Georgia Tech
41 Bryant Jackson 6-3 175 4.6 Texas
42 Anthony Jefferson 6-2 180 4.5 UCLA
43 Adrian Phillips 5-11 190 4.55 Texas
44 Toney Hurd 5-9 185 4.5 Texas A&M
45 BJ Bostic 5-10 162 4.55 Georgia Tech
46 Prince Kent 6-3 200   Baylor
47 Nickell Robey 5-8 162 4.4 USC
48 Mylan Hicks 5-11 179 4.49 Michigan
49 Tyler Stephenson 6-0 165 4.5 Baylor
50 Titus Till 6-3 190 4.6 Maryland
51 James Haynes 6-1 175 4.36 Oklahoma
52 David Amerson 6-1 180 4.5 NC St
53 Josh Furman 6-2 194 4.4 Michigan
54 AJ Marshall 5-11 175 4.4 Wake Forest
55 Tre’vante Porter 6-0 176 4.5 Texas Tech
56 Darius Robinson 5-11 171 4.45 Clemson
57 Isaiah Lewis 5-11 189 4.5 Michigan St
58 Chris Payne 5-10 190   Unsigned
59 Bashaud Breeland 6-2 200 4.5 Clemson
60 Anterio Sloan 5-10 165 4.5 Unsigned
61 Jamaal Kearse 6-2 205 4.6 Washington
62 Chris Badger 6-0 180 4.55 Notre Dame
63 Kacy Rodgers 6-2 185 4.45 Miami, Fl
64 Tevin McDonald 5-11 182 4.5 UCLA
65 Lo Wood 5-10 170 4.6 Notre Dame
66 Quentin Hayes 6-1 175 4.45 Oklahoma
67 Tejay Johnson 6-1 175 4.4 Rutgers
68 Derrick Malone 6-2 205 4.6 Oregon
69 Earnest Thomas 6-2 195 4.5 Illinois
70 Anthony Brown 5-11 180 4.5 USC
71 Derek Owens 5-11 160   Georgia
72 Keion Payne 5-11 175 4.55 Miami, Fl
73 Daniel Easterly 6-4 182 4.6 Missouri
74 Justin Gilbert 6-1 175 4.45 Oklahoma St
75 Tony Grimes 6-0 175 4.6 Mississippi
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.

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  • BOZOBUS

    How does Baylor rank ahead of LSU?

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Bozobus,
    That is a good catch. LSU has three top 35 DBs and probably should have gotten the nod over Baylor. I will get it corrected with a new write-up on the blog today. Thanks again for noticing, Phil

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Bozobus,
    That is a good catch. LSU has three top 35 DBs and probably should have gotten the nod over Baylor. I will get it corrected with a new write-up on the blog today. Thanks again for noticing, Phil