MOST WANTED!
Arrelious Benn
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 31, 2006
Jamie Newberg, TheInsiders.com National Recruiting Analyst


It's already been a crazy recruiting year and the football season has just started. Lets take a closer look at the top ten players who have NOT committed.

It's strange that this football season is upon us and the commitments have been flying everywhere this off-season. Already almost half of the Scout.com National Top 100 prospects in the nation have made their college decisions (46 to be exact). With that said, there is still some elite talent on the board. Let's take a look at the top 10 prospects in America that have not made their decisions yet.
Marvin Austin
1)Marvin Austin is the nation's top overall prospect. This defensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) Ballou High School likes Florida State, Miami, Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and Southern Cal. It appears that the Hurricanes and Seminoles may have the inside track but it's still early. Austin can play over the center or the 3-technique. He plays low and uses his hands well. He consistently beats the double team to disrupt plays or make the play. Austin shows good quickness off the ball, moves well laterally, and has very good speed for a player of his size. He can rush the passer or play the run. Can you imagine what he will be like once he gets to a college campus and really hits the weights and learns to play with better technique? Austin recorded over 80 tackles including 12 for loss, eight sacks, and five forced fumbles as a junior.
Noel Devine
2)The nation's top running back is Noel Devine from North Fort Myers (Fla.) High School. Devine, 5-8 and 180 pounds, is an absolutely sensational back. Devine has it all except for that great size you like to see in a running back. But Barry Sanders and Warrick Dunn were not the biggest backs and they faired pretty well after their high school careers were over. First and foremost Devine has unbelievable instincts and does things on the field you can’t coach. He has unreal vision and balance, two traits most of the great running backs all have in common. Devine has super speed and quickness and will blow you away with his surprising power. In space, he is absolutely deadly but he can shake and bake with the best of them or run right through you. Devine is a home run hitter that can be a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He is tough enough to run between the tackles and definitely fast enough to get around the edge. He hits the hole hard and once he’s downhill and in the second level, watch out. As a junior, Devine rushed for 1,933 yards and 24 touchdowns on 173 carries. In a tuneup before the season he rushed four times for 164 yards and scored four touchdowns against Ida Baker. In a Kickoff Classic a two weeks ago Devine rushed the ball four times for 164 yards and scored four touchdowns. In terms of recruiting, Devine isn't talking. FSU, Nebraska, Georgia, Miami, Texas, USC and Florida are on his short list but nobody knows where his destination will be on Signing Day.
Anthony Davis
3)Anthony Davis is the nation's top offensive line prospect. Davis, from Piscataway (N.J.) High School, currently favors Miami over FSU, Ohio State and Southern Cal. Davis, 6-5.5 and 330 pounds, is a massive lineman with a huge lower frame and very long arms. He is a punishing run blocker and good pass protector. Two things jump out at you when evaluating him - he has great footwork and once he gets his massive hands on you it's over. Davis is also an athletic specimen, especially for someone his size. For 320 pounds, he shows excellent quickness and by no means is he slow off the ball. He explodes through the hips and is absolutely dominating at the point of attack. Davis rarely takes a play off and once he manhandles his opponent he goes after another defender, always playing until the whistle blows. At this stage he looks like a complete OL that's ahead of the game. He just needs to continue to work on his strength and getting better technique, which will both come with time and hard work.
Arrelious Benn
4) Arrelious Benn is the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation. Benn, from Washington (D.C.) Dunbar High School is rumored to be leaning to Notre Dame. He is also considering FSU, Illinois, and Southern Cal. Benn will graduate early and make a decision sometime this season so don't expect him to make too many official visits. He dominates in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams. He most certainly is a very unique talent because he is good enough to play wide receiver, running back, safety, linebacker and return kicks at the next level. To be honest with you, he may even have the skills to play cornerback, even though he is 6-2 and 205 pounds. Overall he is just a great athlete. Last season hauled in 49 catches for over 1100 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Everson Griffen
5) Everson Griffen is the top defensive end prospect over the past few seasons. Griffen, 6-4 and 265 pounds, is a freak athlete with super speed and quickness off the edge. USC and UCLA lead for his services over Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon. Griffen, from Avondale (Az.) Agua Fria Union High School, has a great first step and he can flat out be a blur around the edge and make his way to the quarterback. He can also chase you down from the backside and fight through the line traffic at the line of scrimmage. Griffen uses his hands pretty well and shows some power too. In his opening game this season Griffen had nine tackles, two sacks and scored three rushing touchdowns.
Caleb King
6) Caleb King is the nation's No. 3 rated running back from Nocross (Ga.) GAC High School. He transferred from Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview High School in the off-season. King will likely decide between Georgia and Auburn although he says he is open and wants to go to a school that has a “featured” back. He also like Tennessee, Notre Dame, Florida, Virginia Tech and Southern Cal. You have to have great balance to be a great back for obvious reasons. When watching running back Caleb King you notice many super qualities like his power and speed. But King has uncanny balance, with the ability to run right through people, run through arm tacklers and more times than not, he always maintains his balance to finish off yet another big run.
John Clay
7) John Clay is yet another elite running back that has not made his decision. Clay, from Racine (Wi.) Park High School likes Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee. For a big back Clay certainly has deceptive speed and can run away from anyone. Clay is a patient runner with excellent balance and vision. He runs with power and is very fluid and looks effortless while working his way through the hole and into the secondary. Clay runs low enough to demonstrate very good power but also has the hips to be elusive and an extra gear to run right by you. Overall, as a running back, he has all the tools to excel at the next level. Clay rushed for 2,032 yards (12.5 ypc) and 31 touchdowns as a junior.
D'Angelo McCray
8) D'Angelo McCray is one of the top “big” athletes in the nation. McCray, 6-3 and 280 pounds, is from Jacksonville (Fla.) Jackson High School. He could play tight end, defensive end or tackle in college. He originally committed to the Gators but backed off that decision and he is now considering Florida, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, South Carolina and USC. McCray has official visits lined up to South Carolina (9-8), Illinois (10-6) and USC (10-13). He has strength and size to play as as a rush defensive tackle but the athleticism and speed off the edge to play as a strong side defensive end. The biggest way to pick between the two for McCray will be the defensive system in which he plays in college. Defensively McCray finished 2005 with 75 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He also caught 24 balls for 370 yards and a touchdown from his tight end spot.
Martez Wilson
9) Another super defensive lineman uncommitted is Martez Wilson from Chicago (Ill.) Simeon Vocational High School. Wilson, 6-4 and 230 pounds, is leaning to the Illinois and he is also considering Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, Michigan, and Wisconsin. He has lined up official visits to USC (11-25), Notre Dame (12-1) and Ohio State (12-8). Wilson is cat-quick off the line and has very good quickness of the edge. He can speed rush right by you or use his natural power. Wilson can get after the quarterback and stop the run. He's terrific in pursuit because he has a wealth of speed and he also moves well down the line of scrimmage. Wilson has the frame to add a lot of weight. He needs to use his hands more and learn technique but that should come in time at the next level. Right now he is a raw, athletic defensive end with as much upside as any end in the nation. During his junior season, Wilson recorded 99 tackles, 25 for loss, 18 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries.
Allen Bailey
10) Sticking with defense, this most wanted top 10 finishes with Allen Bailey from Darien (Ga.) McIntosh County Academy. Bailey, 6-3 and 245 pounds, is a super athlete that could play linebacker at the next level or grow into a defensive end. Bailey likes Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Miami. At that size Bailey is very quick, especially sideline to sideline. Coupled with that quickness is very good straight line speed. It would seem he could certainly bulk up and maintain his best weapon – his speed and quickness. Bailey reads and reacts very well and can deal a punishing tackle. He appears to fight off blocks and gets to the ball carrier. Last season he recorded 128 tackles.

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