It is mid-April and time for the first edition of the Scout.com National Top 100. Who is rated as the top prospect in the land? Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (Jeanette, Pa.), running back Darrell Scott (Ventura, Calif.), wide receivers Julio Jones (Foley, Ala.) and A.J. Green (Summerville, S.C.), offensive tackle Matt Kalil (Anaheim, Calif.), safety Will Hill (Jersey City, N.J.), and linebacker Jon Major (Parker, Co.) were all considered for top prospect honors. But that distinction goes to linebacker Arthur Brown from Wichita (Ks.) East High School.
Brown, 6-2 and 225 pounds, has great speed, quickness and aggressiveness. Brown is a sideline to sideline 'backer in every sense of that phrase. He flies around the field with very little regard to his body or the opposition. Brown is extremely physical. He supports the run exceptional well, fills the hole and fights off blocks to find the ball. Brown shows great instincts for the position as it seems like he is just turned loose on every play. Brown is the most explosive linebacker from the high school ranks since Ernie Sims.
Like Sims was in high school, Brown is also a very good running back. He is a north-south back that runs with tremendous power and surprisingly good speed with the ability to break the big run. Brown is also a standout blocker and has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Brown leads a very strong contingent of linebackers in the Class of 2008.
Another deep position is that of wide receiver. Checking in at No. 2 and No. 3 overall are Julio Jones and A.J. Green, both wideouts from the deep south.
Jones, 6-4 and 212 pounds, is an electrifying player that can do it all from the wideout position. He has a great combination of size, speed, quickness, and athleticism. Jones can beat you so many ways. He is tough over the middle and can get behind the secondary. Jones can take the short pass and make the first defender miss or run right through him. He is so dangerous with the ball in his hands because of his sheer size, power, speed and elusiveness. Jones has very good balance and super vision. He can also start and stop on a dime and change directions so effectively. Jones is also super in the air, showing body control, concentration and soft hands.
Green has great size (6-4, 190) and good speed and quickness. Green has soft hands and super body control. He is dominant in the air and shows excellent concentration. Green has natural instincts for the position. He can make the tough catch look so easy. Green has the ability to get behind the secondary and he will certainly go over the middle. He also has the ability to make people miss and is a red-zone threat. Green is just one of those prospects that makes everything he does look so effortless.
The top two sport star among the Class of 2008 is quarterback Terrelle Pryor, as he comes in at No. 4. Not only is he one of the top quarterback/athletes in the nation but he is also one of the top basketball recruits as well. Pryor has great size and good quickness and speed. He shows a good arm and great athletic ability in the pocket. He is a “Vince Young” type of signal caller in that is very dangerous in the open field because he has the ability to make a move or run right through would be tacklers. As a passer Pryor shows a good arm and can throw with accuracy and touch.
The top rated running back and the No. 5 overall prospect in the land is Darrell Scott from California. He has excellent size (6-1, 205) and good speed. He runs hard between the tackles and has the ability to make you miss or run right through you. Scott has good balance and vision. He also shows the speed to break out wide and get to the end zone. Scott also has nice leg drive and the ability to move a pile. He is also a patient runner who will wait and let his blockers set things up before he hits his “fast” gear. For a back his size he has surprising quickness. He has more wiggle and elusiveness than you would think with a back of his size.
Safety Will Hill, offensive tackle Matt Kalil, linebacker Jon Major, cornerback Patrick Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and offensive tackle Mike Adams (Dublin, Ohio) round out the Scout.com Top 10.
The top 50 prospects in the Scout.com National Top 100 all receive five stars. But with this edition we will only give five stars to the top 25 and will release the next set of five stars at a later date. Scout.com will make ranking and star revisions on the 15th of every month. For the rest of this week Scout.com will release all the regional 100s as well, The South (Monday), East (Tuesday), Midlands and Southwest (Wednesday), Midwest (Thursday) and the West (Friday) will all be released this week.