Rosen rises to No. 1 in Rivals100
It was a two-quarterback conversation in California at one point, but Barnett has pushed his way near the top.
From the start it seemed to be Rosen versus Ricky Town, but Barnett has surpassed Town and others in a very, very strong crop of quarterbacks in the state with relative ease. Barnett, the No. 10 player in the country, just has a great feel for when to scramble, tuck and run or throw on the run, he's just so dangerous to scheme against. You almost have to spy him, and even then it doesn't matter much because he's such an elusive runner. It's going to be fun to see what Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin do with him and how they change their offense for him.
And while the NFL has de-valued the running back position, Rivals.com and college football have not. Checking in at No. 17 and as a new five-star is running back SoSo Jamabo from Plano (Texas) West, while at No. 20 is new five-star running back Derrius Guice from Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic who is committed to LSU.
There is still a place in college football, and I think in the NFL, for a three-down back like Jamabo who could work out of the backfield or in the slot as well as be an effective runner in the traditional sense. And Guice is a power back who runs with such violence and determination that he's going to be a great fit at LSU and in the SEC. Leonard Fournette or not, this kid will get his carries.
Barnett moved up 27 spots to his current position at No. 10 while Jamabo jumped 30 spots and Guice moved up 20. Rosen and Barnett are currently the only two five-star quarterbacks in 2015, while Jamabo and Guice join Damien Harris from Berea (Ken.) Madison Southern and Jacques Patrick from Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek as five-stars. Harris and Patrick are ranked No. 11 and No. 12 respectively.
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