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Five stars earn five-star status

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The
Rivals.com football recruiting rankings for the Class of 2004 continue to roll
out with the latest release of five more players to earn five-star status. This
edition marks players that are ranked from 16-20 in the nation and is
highlighted by two more studs from the Sunshine State, a hard-nosed linebacker
from Pennsylvania, a budding line prospect in California and one of the Lone
Star State’s best prospects.
Starting
off this edition of the rankings at No. 16 in the nation and earning five-star
status is
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Mandarin cornerback Tony Carter. Carter isn’t
the tallest corner in the nation and only stands 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, but
he sticks to his men like glue and has amazing speed at 4.35 seconds in the
40-yard dash.
color:black">“He's so quick and fast that he can recover if he gets beat on a
move,” said Mandarin coach Richard Brunoski. “If you throw the ball in the air
it's 50-50 whether he's going to catch it or the receiver.
color:black">“Tony Carter is the real deal. He’s going to be playing on Sundays
someday. We had Fred Weary and Kevin Booker, and he’s more skilled than those
guys were at this stage.”
color:black">That’s quite a mouth-full, but it’s easy to believe after you see
Carter on film.
There is
just something about players from Pennsylvania in the Class of 2004. With two
players – Anthony Morrelli and Chad Henne – already earning
five-star status, next in line is
font-family:Verdana">Wallingford
(Pa.) Strath Haven outside linebacker Dan Connor.
Connor
gets the nod as the nation’s No. 17 player and at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and a
4.55-second time in the 40-yard dash, he already looks ready for college
football Saturday’s. What makes Connor an amazing prospect is that he ran really
move and has no problems getting to the ball with his motor running. Heck, he’s
good enough that he could probably play some fullback or running back in
college.
“Dan
will play where ever you ask him to play, but he really sees himself as a
linebacker,” Strath Haven coach Kevin Clancey said.
color:black">“He just has explosive power and an awful lot of athletic ability.
On my desk I’ve got the copies of his offers from an unbelievable number of
schools. I’ve never seen a kid get so many. I’ve been here 12 years, and we have
guys playing a number of places. But he seems to be the most highly recruited
kid we’ve had.”
At No.
18 on the list and also earning a five-star ranking is Daytona Beach (Fla.)
Seabreeze dual-threat quarterback Xavier Lee.
Lee, who is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, is a highlight reel waiting to happen. Just
check out his
scouting video on Rivals100.com if you have any doubts.
Seeing
is believing with Lee.
And
after you see Lee’s ability to kill you with pin-point passing accuracy and the
ability to scramble and dodge defenders, it’s easy to see why he’s one of the
most sought-after players in the entire nation.
color:black">"Xavier is one of the finest all-around kids I've been associated
with,” Seabreeze coach Marc Beach. “He's probably a better kid than he is a
football player, and that's saying a lot because he's a great football player."
color:black">Lee was a first-team all-state selection as a junior and earned 3A
player of the year honors. He is the half-brother of 2003
Florida State
signee Anthony Kelly, so you know that playing big time football is in his
blood.
Every
once in a while there is a player that comes along with raw, untapped football
ability but has the desire and most importantly the body to turn himself into a
future NFL player one day. This year’s edition is
Thomas Herring of Los Angeles Freemont.
Herring
is a 6-foot-6, 292-pound beast that has been clocked at – yes this is correct –
4.8-seconds in the 40-yard dash and some teams are even recruiting him as a
tight end and defensive end. But it’s at offensive tackle that this five star
selection and No. 19 player in the nation should see his future at.
Herring
is also an outstanding basketball player, but he does realize that his future is
on the gridiron.
“Thomas
doesn’t know how good he is yet,” said Freemont coach Peter Duffy said. “He’s
just beginning to go full speed. When Thomas learns to play he’s going to be
unstoppable. When he turns it on and lets his physical ability take over, there
is no one better.”
The
Rivals100.com
recruiting analysts agree. Herring is one of those special players that
if he stays focused on the football field and continues to develop, the sky is
the limit.
When
Lake Highlands, Texas, defensive tackle Franklin
Okam was first evaluated on tape by Rivals100, it was met with mixed
emotions. Sure there was no doubting that he was an incredible physical specimen
at 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, but he didn’t seem to make a ton of plays.
Guess we
must have picked his worst game of the season. Because after further review of
game footage, Okam almost can’t be blocked and even if you put two or three men
on him, he seems to find a way to the quarterback. One district game last season
was the perfect example. Instead of running right at Okam, his opponent decided
to roll out or run away from his side the entire game.
It
didn’t matter.
Okam
used his 4.9-second speed to run down the quarterback or ball carrier on almost
every play, and even if he didn’t make the play he disrupted things so badly
that the damage was done and the game plan had to be thrown out the window.
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Wallingford(PA)
Strath Haven
Outside linebacker / Fullback
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 215 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds
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Daytona Beach(FL)
Seabreeze
Dual-threat quarterback
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 200 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
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Fremont
Offensive tackle / Tight end
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 292 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds
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Defensive tackle
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 295 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds
Bench max: 345 pounds
Squat max: 500 pounds
Vertical leap: 29 inches
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