But if we're picking our All-Scout.com team from the Class of 2003 all the way to the current Class of 2010, it's Seantrel Henderson (6-8/305) of Cretin Durham Hall in St. Paul, Minn. that would be the king of the mountain on the offensive line.
North Regional Manager and Scout.com National Analyst Bob Lichtenfels put it simply when talking about Henderson. "He's Andre Smith, and he's four inches taller," said Lichtenfels from the Scout.com Recruiting summit in Pittsburgh last week. Lichtenfels provided a thorough scouting report on Henderson earlier this month, and when the Scout managers came together last week to pour through the National 100 and beyond, Henderson was a unanimous No. 1 pick.
"Unanimous" anything is hard to come by when it comes to a science as imperfect as predicting the future performance of teenagers, and Henderson's ranking at the top of the ladder was probably the only thing the Scouts of Scout.com could conclusively agree on. But after eight hours of being sequestered in a conference room at the Hampton Inn of downtown Pittsburgh, the Regional Managers of Scout.com poured over video, shared the top players in their region with the rest of the team, and came to a consensus Scout National 100.
Athlete Justin McCay (6-4/215/4.5) from Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan. checks in at the No. 3 spot. McCay is a multi-talented two way threat on offense at wide receiver and defense at linebacker. Initially listed as a wide receiver on Scout, the consensus among the recruiting team was that his best position on the next level far and away was linebacker.
Good enough to play wide receiver at any level, McCay is a difference maker on defense. Watching video of him reminded me of a tall thin wide receiver/safety that suited up for the Cardinals in the Super Bowl this year at linebacker: Karlos Dansby.
Defensive End prospect Chris Martin (6-4/235/4.7) is currently the No. 1 prospect in the West and No. 4 prospect on the Scout 100. Currently at Bishop O Dowd in Oakland, Calif., Martin, a Notre Dame Commitment, could be heading east early to play his senior season at the Hun School in New Jersey. His move East is inevitable, his place on the football field is a little more in doubt.
The top big athlete in the country, Martin fits into the exception mold. The rule is that players 6-4 and 240+ pounds as juniors in high school end up putting their hand down and playing defensive line in college. Martin is athletic enough to be the exception to the rule and stay at linebacker on the college level. He excels at linebacker and tight end in high school, and is a smart, disciplined defender. Martin, like McCay, is the type of player coaches sign, and let the next level of recruiting go to the position coaches in the meeting room once he's on campus.
Ohio State Commitment Andrew Norwell (6-6/265) is the No. 2 offensive line prospect in the Nation, but we think enough of him as a prospect overall, that he checks in at No. 5 on the Scout 100. Norwell's physical attributes match those of most 1st round NFL prospects. He's a player with a great work ethic, flexibility, natural strength and leverage, and a frame to keep growing.
Last Spring as the Scouts were on the road looking at the then crop of juniors that would go on to make up the Class of 2009, a common theme kept appearing. "Sure, he looks good, but did you see the sophomore?" The Class of 2010 is a deeper, more talented class than any we've seen in several years.
If there's a position where the Class of 2009 seems to have a clear advantage, it's the quarterback position. Jake Heaps (6-2/205) of Skyline High School in Issaquah, Wash. is at the top of the Heap for the Class of 2010. Only eight quarterbacks are listed on the first ranked National 100, a conspicuously low number considering that quarterbacks are typically the first players evaluated and the first players offered scholarships by college coaches.
If quarterbacks are the first prospects evaluated, after all they have the ball in their hands every play, one of the last positions to be evaluated is the cornerback position. A top end corner might not see three balls thrown his direction an entire season. Most top cornerbacks on the prep ranks make their presence felt in other aspect of the game, and no one in the country personifies that idea more than south Florida's LaMarcus Joyner (5-9/170/4.35).
Joyner will play at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. this year, and he is arguably the most explosive player in the country. He has the instincts and skill set to play corner to go along with blazing speed. Joyner may see time in several places on the field on the college game. He certainly gives head coaches something to think about before kicking the ball his way.
Scout is not finished awarding four and five stars for the Class of 2010, and will continue to evaluate players throughout the country for inclusion on this prestigious list.
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