We asked each member of the recruiting coverage staff who they think will be the No. 1 prospect in the 2010 class. Here are the responses.
Jeremy Crabtree's answer: I've been a huge fan of Robert Woods of Gardena (Calif.) Serra since seeing him in person in November. Woods is a jack of all trades. As a sophomore, he really made his mark at safety with 81 tackles and eight interceptions. As a junior, he added even more explosion to his game and now is a threat on both sides of the ball. Woods shows straight-ahead speed and also the ability to run after the catch. He is quick, has great body control and is a tremendous athlete.
Mike Farrell's answer: I'm going with McDonough (Ga.) Henry County wide receiver Markeith Ambles. He has the size, speed, ball skills and route-running to dominate at every level. He had 53 catches for 993 yards and 13 scores as a junior, and he's an acrobat when the ball is in the air. He was the most dominant player I saw at the U.S. Army Combine and recently pulled in offers from Florida and USC. He likely won't start off as No. 1, but I think he moves up the charts as the year goes along, and with a standout performance at the U.S. Army Game next January, he could push for No. 1.
Jamie Newberg's answer: There are a number of candidates, including running backs Marcus Lattimore, Lache Seastrunk and Michael Dyer, but I'm leaning toward offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall. He's a massive prospect who has it all – size, frame, and all the athletic ability in the world. He gets off the ball well and has great feet. Elite big guys at offensive tackle are so hard to find. If there's a can't-miss guy at the top of the 2010 class, it's him.
Barton Simmons' answer: Running backs can be easy to find. There always are numerous serviceable options nationwide. But when you find one who is truly special, he can put a team on his back. Lache Seastrunk of Temple (Texas) High is one of those special backs. His athleticism is other-worldly. He is legitimately knocking on the door of 4.3 in the 40, he can cut on a dime and everything about his running style is sudden and violent. He is passionate and competitive, and is the type of running back that only comes around once every few years. There may be safer picks out there, but I wouldn't want to be the guy that passed on Walter Payton and that's the kind of player Seastrunk could be.