Rivals.com Junior All-American Team
Led by Rivals.com Junior of the Year Matt Barkley of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, the Rivals.com Junior All-America Team features some of the nation's top prospects for the class of 2009.
Barkley's joined on the offensive side by two big-time playmakers at running back. Cierre Wood of Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara and Bryce Brown of Wichita (Kan.) East are
already well known prospects that have been on the national radar for more than two years. Wood is the best running back in the West and Brown has shredded defenses in the Heartland ever since he was a freshman.
The receiver group looks early on just as talented as this past season with stars like Rueben Randle of Bastrop, La., and Marlon Brown of Memphis Harding Academy leading the way.
Here's a look at the complete Rivals.com Junior All-America Team:
Rivals.com Junior All-American First Team Offense
QB Matt Barkley
HIGH SCHOOL: Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei
BUZZ: Future USC QB threw for 3,560 yards and 35 TDs in 2007. Was also named the Rivals.com Junior of the Year. Committed to USC before the recruiting process could even really heat up.
RB Cierre Wood
HIGH SCHOOL: Oxnard (CA) Santa Clara
BUZZ: Ran for more than 2,600 yards and scored 42 TDs in 2007. At 6-foot, 192-pounds, Wood has already attracted offers from some of the top teams in the nation, including Florida, Notre Dame, USC and numerous others.
RB Bryce Brown
HIGH SCHOOL: Wichita (KS) Wichita East
BUZZ: Was an all-state selection for the second consecutive year. Already a household name because both he and his brother are five-star recruits, Brown already has more than 50 scholarship offers. He recently reduced his list to Clemson,
Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, Texas and West Virginia.
HIGH SCHOOL: Bastrop (LA) Bastrop
BUZZ: Was a key offensive weapon on state championship team. When it comes to his summer schedule, Randle said that he still has to sit down with his family to figure out what junior days which he will choose to attend. "I really don't have any
favorites right now," Randle said. "I am very early in the recruiting process and am just starting to learn about the schools that are interested in me.
WR Marlon Brown
HIGH SCHOOL: Memphis (TN) Harding Academy
BUZZ: Had 41 catches for 861 yards and six TDs to go along with 629 yards rushing and 10 TDs. Also getting some major looks in basketball. His football ability and his love for basketball have Brown targeting both sports in college. Though it will
be a difficult balance, Brown said he is ready for the challenge.
HIGH SCHOOL: Carson (CA) Carson
BUZZ: As a sophomore caught 26 passes for 328 yards and two TDs. Was one of the top tight ends at the U.S. Army All-America Combine. Presley committed to USC after earning second-team all-city honors as a junior.
HIGH SCHOOL: Wolfforth (Texas) Frenship
BUZZ: Was first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state in 2007. Has early scholarship offers from Arizona, Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
OL Leon Hill
HIGH SCHOOL: Chicago (IL.) Leo
BUZZ: Impressive at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. Committed early to Illinois and projects as a great left tackle prospect. Moves really well for a 300-pound prospect.
OL Marcus Hall
HIGH SCHOOL: Cleveland (OH) Glenville
BUZZ: Stood out on offensive line at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. Rivals Mike Adams from the 2008 class as one of the best offensive line prospects to
come out of Ohio in the past five years
HIGH SCHOOL: Cedar Hill (TX) Cedar Hill
BUZZ: As a sophomore started all 16 games for 5A state champions. He was dominating again as a senior, and coach Joey McGuire thinks Ashcraft has the potential to be a future sure fire NFL prospect.
HIGH SCHOOL: Salt Lake City (UT) Cottonwood Senior
BUZZ: Performed well at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. His coach calls him "a complete package" and one of the "easiest to coach kids" he's ever worked with. "He has all the tools," Cottonwood coach Cecil Thomas said.
ATH Russell Shepard
HIGH SCHOOL: Houston (TX) Cypress Ridge
BUZZ: Ran for 1,525 yards and 18 TDs while passing for 794 yards and eight TDs in 2007. Many schools will recruit him to play quarterback in college, and he's got the tools to be special there, but there's no denying his freakish athletic ability in
the open field.
Rivals.com Junior All-American First Team Defense
HIGH SCHOOL: Lufkin (TX) Lufkin
BUZZ: DavisHad 67 solo tackles, 18 TFLs and six sacks as a junior. Most call him the most dominating defensive tackle in Texas since Tommie Harris went to Oklahoma and on to the NFL.
HIGH SCHOOL: Greenville (FL) Madison
BUZZ: Was the top defensive lineman at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. He dominated anybody that went up against him in the one-on-ones and has a slew of national offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee,
Auburn, Alabama, Clemson and others.
HIGH SCHOOL: Phoenix (AZ) Desert Vista
BUZZ: Had more than 100 tackles and two dozen sacks on the year. Opened the season with five sacks, a performance that high school coaches are still talking about in Phoenix. "For some reason nobody could block me that night," Kennard
said. "It's something I'll always remember."
HIGH SCHOOL: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
BUZZ: Stood out on the defense line at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. Comes from one of the best talent producing schools in the Midwest. Campbell ended the recruiting process early, committing to Michigan. It will be interesting to see if
other schools still pursue the five-star talent.
LB Manti Te'o
HIGH SCHOOL: Honolulu (HI) Punahou
BUZZ: Recorded 90 tackles, five sacks and rushed for 400 yards and 10 TDs as a junior. Te'o already has become a prime target for the top college football programs in the country. He's picked up 16 early offers including ones from Notre Dame,
Southern California and UCLA. Brigham Young was the first to offer.
LB Dorian Bell
HIGH SCHOOL: Monroeville (PA) Gateway
BUZZ: Recorded 131 tackles, 25 TFLs and had 11 sacks in 2007. Bell starred as a linebacker playing alongside 2008 star Shayne Hale. However that wasn't exactly what Bell always wanted to do. Before the season Bell saw himself as a wide
receiver. Now he knows that his future is on the defensive side of the ball, and Bell has embraced that.
LB Jarvis Jones
HIGH SCHOOL: Columbus (GA) Carver
BUZZ: Lead his team to the 2007 4A state championship and is already racking up some major offers. He does have an early leader – Clemson. But other schools are going to pursue him all the way until he makes a commitment or even longer.
HIGH SCHOOL: Gadsden (AL) Gadsden City
BUZZ: Had six interceptions as a junior and has more than 20 offers to date. "If there's one (cornerback) better than Dre, I want to see him," Gadsden City assistant coach Ali Smith said. "His hips, his speed, the way he changes direction are what
stand out. He has unbelievable feet and very quick hands. Dre works hard and he hates to lose."
HIGH SCHOOL: Massillon (OH) Washington
BUZZ: Recorded 40 tackles, three INTs, five TFLs and returned 11 kicks for 355 yards. Also plays basketball, but says football is definitely his first love. "I wish I didn't have to play basketball, but I play it to help me my hand eye coordination and
everything for football," Turner said.
DB Craig Loston
HIGH SCHOOL: Aldine (TX) Eisenhower High School
BUZZ: Was Region 19-5A defensive player of the year and is a cousin of Russell Shepard. Has an impressive list of early offers from Oklahoma, A&M, Colorado, Kansas State, Minnesota, Florida, Texas Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: Tallahassee (FL) Rickards
BUZZ: As sophomore recorded 92 tackles, three interceptions and returned two kickoffs for TDs. Already has impressive early scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina. Played injured throughout much of junior
Second team offense
Austin (TX) Lake Travis
RB David Oku
Midwest City (OK) Carl Albert
RB Lamar Miller
Miami (FL) Killian
Chesapeake (VA) Great Bridge
Fresno (CA) Edison
San Diego (CA) Helix
OL Brandon Webb
Owasso (OK) Owasso
OL Xavier Nixon
Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt
OL Eric Shrive
Scranton (PA) West Scranton
OL Kevin Graf
Agoura (CA) Agoura
Plantation (FL) American Heritage
ATH Patrick Hall
Ventura (CA) St. Bonaventure
Second team defense
Mansfield (LA) Mansfield
DL John Simon
Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney
Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman
DL D.J. Fluker
Foley (AL) Foley
Corona (CA) Centennial
LB Nico Johnson
Andalusia (AL) Andalusia
Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep
DB Kevin Brent
Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff
Charlotte (NC) Independence
Cajon (CA) San Bernardino
Fresno (CA) Edison