The First 2012 Five Stars

Dorial Green-Beckham

Scout.com releases its first set of rankings for the class of 2012, and it is fitting that there are twelve players receiving five star status.

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Class of 2012 Five Stars
NameStarsSchoolVerbal 
Pos | Ht/Wt
Kwon AlexanderOxford (Ala.) 
OLB | 6-2/210
Scout's Take: Alexander is an outside linebacker who plays with a lot of speed, passion, and energy. Many teams run away from him, but he pursues the ball well with a lot of speed. He is very rangy, he contains his edge well, he can play in space, and he really strikes the opponent. He has a great frame to grow into while maintaining his speed and ability to play sideline to sideline. This Alabama junior will be one of the top linebackers in the country. - Chad Simmons
Arik ArmsteadPleasant Grove (Calif.)USC
OT | 7-8/275
Scout's Take: Armstead is a defensive end who fires off the ball, has great moves and technique and a real nose for the quarterback. He's a long athlete, and a top-notch basketball player (has some D-I offers to play hoops exclusively) so the athleticism is there. With his length and feet, he could even project to a left tackle in college, but his pass-rushing skills make him a desirable defensive end. He's already committed to USC, where his older brother, Armond, is starting at defensive end for the Trojans.
Mario EdwardsRyan HS (Tex.) 
DE | 6-4/291
Scout's Take: Edwards is extremely athletic for a defensive lineman. What you love about him on film is his progression. He seems to get better game by game. He is strong at the point of contact and blows offensive linemen up. He is a excellent run defender, because he is explosive and strong. He uses his hands well to get off blocks and pursue. He is becoming a better pass rusher and because of his quick first step and high motor he is tough to keep out of the backfield. He is already drawing comparisons to Jackson Jeffcoat. - Greg Powers
Eddie GoldmanFriendship Academy (D.C.) 
DT | 6-4/315
Scout's Take: He is a huge guy that can take on the double teams. He has a good first step. He was the focus of the offensive line on every play but did a good job of plugging up the inside. Looks solid and in very good shape. - John Wallpher
Johnathan GrayAledo HS (Tex.) 
RB | 6-11/195
Scout's Take: Gray is a quick back that can hit full speed on the first step. His explosiveness is his best attribute, but he also has elite level speed and runs extremely hard in between the tackle box. When he stretches the ball out wide he shows good patience and waits for his blocks to get set up before making his move. He is not a power back, but has the size and strength in his lower body to run through tackles. He is also able to catch the ball well coming out of the backfield. He is the total package. - Greg Powers
Dorial Green-BeckhamHillcrest HS (Mo.) 
WR | 7-6/220
Scout's Take: It does not take much of a trained eye to spot Green's talent. He stands nearly 6'6 and 210-lbs and has all of the athletic tools you look for in a wide receiver prospect. Most taller receivers are deep receivers, fade guys who can out body and out jump smaller defenders, etc, but what sets Green apart is that he can not only do those things, but he can do things smaller receivers do as well. He is a very good open field runner who can take short passes and turn them into big plays. His agility and speed wrapped into that frame make him one of the elite prospects in the Midwest for the 2012 class. - Allen Trieu
Keith MarshallMillbrook HS (N.C.) 
RB | 6-11/190
Scout's Take: Keith Marshall is the total package at running back. He is a back that could play in any offense and do well. He has a good initial burst when he touches the ball, he runs behind his pads, he has vision you can't coach, and he has the speed to take it the distance from anywhere on the field. Marshall still get add some good weight and strength to make him more effective running between the tackles, but he is a back that makes it look so easy on the football field. - Chad Simmons
Andrus PeatCorona Del Sol (Ariz.) 
OT | 7-7/305
Scout's Take: In what is shaping up to be the best offensive line haul from the West in several years, it's Peat who's standing out now as the best offensive lineman in the group. Peat's father played in the NFL and his older brother is a member of the 2011's Scout 300. Peat is 6-6, 265, and still has the frame to put on more weight while keeping his agility and quickness. He's got a nasty streak and is a tremendous drive-blocker. As his body continues to develop, you'll see an elite lineman who can play either tackle spot in college.
Rushel ShellHopewell SHS (Pa.) 
RB | 6-11/215
Scout's Take: Shell is the most hyped recruit in the state since Terrell Pryor, despite lofty expectations Shell has excelled under pressure entering his junior season. Shell ran for 171-yards in Hopewell's first game of the season giving him 4,427 yards already in his career. Shell always has to hear the comparisions to another former Hopewell running back named Tony Dorsett. Shell currently holds over 20 verbal offers, but he idolizes prior, so its of no surprise that the Buckeyes hold an early lead. - Bob Lichtenfels
Noah SpenceBishop McDevitt HS (Pa.) 
DE | 6-3/240
Scout's Take: Prior to his freshman season, Spence hit a few college camps and blew everyone away. From that point on you could tell Spence was destined to become a star. After averaging double-digit sacks the past two seasons, Spence has proven he is as dangerous in game situations as he is in a camp setting. The Bishop McDevitt star already has verbal offers from more than 20 schools. He has a chance to be the nation's premiere pass rusher. - Bob Lichtenfels
John TheusThe Bolles School (Fla.) 
OT | 7-6/292
Scout's Take: Theus has been one in the 2012 class that has stood out for a couple of years. Early on, it was because of his height, but he has really grown into that height over the past year. He has gained close to 50 pounds, added strength, and improved his technique. He has great feet, he has that nasty streak that you love in an offensive lineman, and he plays at Bolles, a school that has produced many top offensive linemen. He is an elite offensive linemen that has the body, ability, and mind to play on Sundays down the road. - Chad Simmons
Shaq ThompsonGrant Union HS (Calif.) 
S | 6-2/210
Scout's Take: The younger brother of longtime Cal cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson, Shaquille is an even better prospect than his brother was coming out of Grant, when he was a four-star. What separates Shaq from his brother, and the rest of the skill guys in this class, is that he could be an elite prospect at running back or safety. We think safety is where he'll end up in college. When we saw him in person last fall, as a sophomore, he sent a message loud and clear that he was going to be a punishing hitter, unleashing a bevy of big hits against Bellevue. This year, he's done much of his damage on offense, where he's gone for over 400 yards in the first two games. But seeing him at the Stanford NFTC work in the secondary, you see an elite, Eric Berry-type defensive back.

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