A New No. 1
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 28, 2004
Jamie Newberg, TheInsiders.com National Recruiting Analyst

Scout.com proudly presents our new National Hot 100 and we now have a new No. 1 prospect in the country.

In today’s game the big receiver rules. Look at the NFL and in college football. The big wideouts are the dominant players at this position. This is the primary reason Fred Rouse, 6-foot-3, 187 pounds from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High, has catapulted to the top of Scout.com’s National Hot 100 .

Wide receiver Derrick Williams from Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt High School was the Scout.com pre-season No. 1 prospect in the country. He dropped two spots to No. 3 while Southern Cal bound signal caller Mark Sanchez, from Mission Viejo (Calif.), moved up to the No.1 quarterback in the nation and the No. 2 prospect overall. Rounding out the Scout.com top 10 are quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (Reserve, La.), offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (Plainfield, N.J.), linebacker Tray Blackmon (LaGrange, Ga.), safety Kenny Phillips (Miami, Fl.), cornerback Justin King (Monroeville, Pa.), running back Jonathan Stewart (Olympia, Wa.), and tight end DajLeon Farr (Galena Park, Texas).

Rouse, Williams, and defensive tackle Callahan Bright all were strongly considered for the pre-season No. 1 ranking. Williams edged both Rouse and Bright out for Scout.com’s top spot. But that has now changed.

Rouse runs like a gazelle and is much more advanced than Williams at the wide receiver position at this stage of their careers. Like Williams, Rouse is very dangerous with the ball in his hands and is absolutely deadly in the air, much like Calvin Johnson, the true-freshman sensation at Georgia Tech (and our No. 3 rated WR last season by Scout.com).

Williams has done nothing wrong. This super senior is a dazzling prospect with the ball in his hands. He’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball no matter where he is on the field. Williams, 5-11 and 193 pounds, has super speed, even better quickness, an unreal burst and extra gear. The bottom line is that Williams is a playmaker. He is Peter Warrick with more speed. And like Warrick he will have to learn the wide receiver position despite getting a little playing time at that position this season. At the next level Williams could have a Ted Ginn, Jr. type of impact wherever he decides to go to school. He will also excel returning kicks and some believe (including this analyst) that he may even have a brighter future playing cornerback.

So where is Bright ranked now by Scout.com? Well, in this analyst’s eyes he’s the best prospect in the country. You can find elite athletes at the wide receiver position just about every season but rarely do you find a defensive tackle with Bright’s ability, agility and superior athletic talent for a 300-pounder. But Bright has some off-the-field issues that concerns our recruiting team at Scout.com. There is no question he’s a five-star talent and he has slid to the No. 43 prospect overall.

The movers and shakers in the Scout.com National Top 100 include quarterbacks Jake Christensen (Lockport, Il.), Josh Portis (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and Greg Paulus (Syracuse, N.Y.), running back Terry Longbons (Peoria, Az.), wide receiver Rendrick Taylor (Bennettsville, S.C.), offensive lineman Rafael Eubanks (St. Paul, Mn.) and linebackers Elijah Hodge (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.), Nic Harris (Alexandria, La.) and Kaluka Maiava (Wailuku, Hi.). Dropping out of the Scout.com National Top 100 were wide receiver Lavar Lobdel (Syracuse, N.Y.), tight end Jonathan Hannah (Hope Mills, N.C.), offensive linemen Brandon Perry (Hawkinsville, Ga.), Charles Jackson (Buena Vista, Ga.), David Moosman (Libertyville, Il.), defensive tackle Todd Denlinger (Troy, Oh.), and safeties Clarence Ward (Pensacola, Fl.) and Adam Myers-White (Hamilton, Oh.). Paulus, also one of the top point guards in the nation, has committed to play basketball for Duke but didn’t sign with the Blue Devils during the first signing period for hoops. We decided to add him to our list in case there is a change in plans regarding his future because Paulus is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation.

Scout.com’s National Hot 100 will be updated in January. The list was complied by myself, Allen Wallace and the rest of the Scout.com recruiting team.

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