Mosley Rolls with Tide
School: Theodore (Ala.)
Ranking: #14 OLB
C.J. Mosley was the first player to make his selection during the live television broadcast and Alabama is getting a great player, who has excelled in practice all week long.
EVALUATION: Biggest thing we noticed about Mosley is that he covers like a defensive back. You see him drop back in to coverage and he will run stride for stride with receivers and tight ends. He moves sideline-to-sideline as good as any linebacker in the game. He could us a little time in the weight room and get bigger and stronger to add some overall muscle mass, but his upside is extremely high and he did nothing to discount his ranking in the week of practice.
Anderson Breaks the Mold
School: Glenville High (Ohio)
Ranking: #12 S
Latwan Anderson is from a school that traditionally is a pipeline to Ohio State, but he broke the mold when he selected the Mountaineers.
EVALUATION: Anderson is an outstanding athlete that plays with great aggression. He is outstanding in coverage and is very solid in run support. Anderson has very good ball skills and excellent closing speed. Sometimes Anderson's aggression gets the best of him and he will get overly aggressive at times.
Wright not Bothered by Seahawks Talk
School: Corona Senior (Cali.)
Ranking: #16 CB
Demetrius Wright had no worries about the coaching situation at USC as he went ahead an picked the home-state power, which could find itself in the middle of a coaching search in a very awkward time just a month from signing day.
EVALUATION: Wright has great size and is a versatile defensive back that could play either cornerback or safety on the next level, but will likely end up at safety eventually in most of the analysts opinions who watched him action throughout the week of practice. He has some coverage skills, but would be ideal to be able to use him in coverage and in the box in college.
Hampton Says Yes to the Gamecocks
School: Darlington (S.C.)
Ranking #43 CB
Some analysts here felt that Victor Hampton may select another route than his home state school, but in the end he felt the most comfortable with the home state power, who is coached buy one of the most successful coaches in CFB history.
EVALUATION: Hampton is an aggressive corner that likes to use his hands at the line of scrimmage. He is not that big in stature, but he plays bigger because of his arm length, physical strength, and the way he can go up and get the ball. He could work on his back peddle a little, but he really breaks on the ball well with good speed. Even though he liked to press, he seemed comfortable when playing off the receiver as well.
Mathis’ Duck Call
School: Cass Tech (Mich.)
Ranking #15 CB
EVALUATION: Mathis was the best true cover corner on the West squad throughout the week of practice and had the chance to really work on his skills by going up against a receiver like Robert Woods day in and day out. He will need to become more physical on the next level to be able to slow down the bigger and stronger receivers from getting off the line.
Floyd Kept them Guessing
School: George Washington High (Pa.)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Ranking #3 DT
Sharrif Floyd kept everyone guessing on which school he was going to select. At one point Ohio State seemed top be the lock and just a couple of day ago all of the recruits were buzzing he was going to pick Penn State. But in the end he would roll with the Gators.
EVALUATION: Floyd is one of the most athletic defensive tackles to come out of Pennsylvania since Callahan Bright. he is very explosive and has been timed at sub (4.8) in the forty-yard dash. He gets a great up-field push and is very good in pursuit. Tends to rely on a straight bull rush a lot. He will need to use more technique at the next level, but he has the potential to develop into a premier defensive tackle.
Flowers likes the Stoops Defensive Mindset
School: Millenium High (Ariz.)
Ranking #11 S
Marquis Flowers had some solid choices on the table, but in the end he decided to stay home and play for one of the best defensive coaches in college football and a program that is on the rise.
EVALUATION: Long and rangy prospect that has deceptive speed and can cover a lot of ground. Very physical and will make the sure tackle in the open field. Very good in the box and around the line of scrimmage. Could be a college safety or outside linebacker if he adds bulk to his frame.
Good ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee
School: Byrnes High (S.C.)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Ranking: #8 DT
Brandon Willis took visits to schools all over the country but in the end he decided to stay in SEC country.
EVALUATION: A bigger-bodied DE, Willis has a lower center of gravity and could grow into a DT. Displays excellent hand quickness, which allows him to gain inside position and establish leverage. Brings feet well and can re-establish the LOS. Is probably better against the run than he is the pass, but he certainly is serviceable in both areas.
Elam Does the Gator Chomp
School: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Ranking #1 S
Matt Elam has been one of the most talked about recruits in the country over the past week because of the Urban Meyer situation but after a heartfelt talk with the sidelined coach he decided to turn back to his first love.
EVALUATION: Already one of the top 2010 players in the state of Florida, Elam is fun to watch. He is extremely versatile and appears to relish taking on more and more responsibility. Very effective at RB, he has the patience to let the play develop and the extra gear necessary to exploit creases and cutback lanes. Defensively, Elam plays downhill and seeks contact.
Powell Makes it a Clean Sweep
School: Rancho Verde High (Cali.)
Position: Defensive End
Ronald Powell was down to two of the most prominent schools in the country but the recent news of Pete Carroll taking the job in Seattle made his decision to play for the Gators even easier.
EVALUATION: A long, lean athlete, Powell has college ready size for a weakside defensive end, and he has the frame to continue adding on good weight for several more years. He has an easy stride and a quick burst off the line. His speed rush is too fast for all but the best of offensive tackles, and no one is going to shut him down for an entire game. Powell spent much of his sr. year at middle linebacker, but he's a more natural edge player.