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Kyle Wright
Kyle Wright

Posted Dec 30, 2002


Kyle Wright overtook rabid competition to earn a berth on the inaugural TheInsiders.com / CNNSI.com All-America Team, as well as the top spot on the revised TheInsiders.com Hot 100 list of football recruits.

Kyle Wright and Ernie Sims, two prospects with which every rabid fan of college football recruiting is familiar, leads the parade of talent represented in the inaugural TheInsiders.com / CNNSI.com High School All-America Team, as well as the latest TheInsiders.com National Hot 100 recruits.

Click here to view TheInsiders.com / CNNSI.com All-America Team.

Click here to view TheInsiders.com Hot 100 List.

Both lists were compiled by TheInsiders.com's group of highly regarded national and regional scouts and experts, and appear in both this network and CNNSI.com, which is the online entity for Sports Illustrated.

Several extremely tough choices were made for TheInsiders.com / CNNSI.com All-America Team, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Two positions in particular were very difficult to determine, quarterback and wide receiver.

This season there are three elite quarterbacks - Wright, Chris Leak and JaMarcus Russell. Wright is the total package, blessed with everything a quarterback needs to be successful at any level - size, arm strength, knowledge of the game, mobility, leadership, confidence, and the ability to make the big play. Leak has those intangibles, plus he has the stats. He has thrown for a mind-boggling 15,593 yards and a national-record 185 touchdowns. Russell is the "rawest" of the bunch, but he has the best arm in the country. He has terrific size and mobility. In the end, with coaching and finding the right system, it wouldn't be a surprise if he became the best of this elite bunch. But Wright gets the nod, as he has all season, as TheInsiders.com's top-rated quarterback.

Wide receiver also was difficult, but Whitney Lewis and Andre Caldwell ended up as the picks. This duo is summed up in two words - play makers! They make big play after big play. Lewis is elusive and physical and Caldwell is so explosive.

Greg Olsen is an outstanding two-way standout (tight end and defensive end), but he is a gifted tight end that really reminds you of Jeremy Shockey. In the trenches, it is not a deep year for tackles but it certainly is for guards and centers. In fact, the No. 1 offensive lineman in the nation is center Jordy Lipsey. He is flanked by the overpowering Ofa Mohetau and the athletic Eric Young. Tackles Jorrie Adams and Mike Jones round out the offensive line.

Defensively, this team is led by the linebackers - Sims, Wesley Jefferson, and Earl Everett. Sims is the nation's top overall prospect and the other two are not too far behind. Jefferson is the biggest hitter of the bunch while Everett has unlimited potential.

The defensive front consists of Lamarr Woodley, Lawrence Jackson, Nate Robinson and Lawrence Dampeer. Woodley is a high school outside linebacker. But at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, he likely will put his hand down and be an end. Robinson and Dampeer are two 300-pounders that are athletic and move exceptionally well.

The secondary is a great group with safeties Brandon Owens and Tony Cade and cornerbacks Donte Whitner and Tarell Brown. All four players have blazing speed and athleticism.

Antonio Cromartie is TheInsiders.com's first team athlete. Cromartie has great size and runs like a gazelle. He is an outstanding wide receiver, cornerback, safety and kick returner. Last week, he was named the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year.

This is our third revision of TheInsiders.com National Hot 100. The final version will be released on National Signing Day.

Click here to view TheInsiders.com / CNNSI.com All-America Team.

Click here to view TheInsiders.com Hot 100 List.


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