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Spring evals bring changes to Rivals100

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Thespringevaluationperiodisaprimetimeforcollegecoachestofindoutmoreaboutthenation'stopprospects.However,thecoachesaren'ttheonlyonesspendingcountlesshoursontheroadatcamps,combinesandpractices.
Rivals.com'srecruitinganalystshavespentthepastmonthandahalfscouringthenation.TheRivals100updateforJunefeaturessomebigmovers,includingsignificantchangesinthetop40.
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ShayneSkovinactionClickShayneSkovmovedfromNo.242toNo.34overallinthelatestupdatetotheRivals100.HeretoviewthisLink.
Themostnotablemovementcomesinthelower30s.That'swherethreenewplayersmadetheirfirstappearancesintheRivals100.
ThebiggestdebutcomesfromPawling(N.Y.)TrinityPawlingoutsidelinebackerShayneSkov.The6-foot-2,226-poundStanfordcommitmentmovesallthewaytoNo.34afterstrongshowingsatthePremierShowcaseandtheStateCollegeNIKETrainingCamp.
"ShayneSkovgetsbiggerandstrongerandfastereachtimeweseehim,"Rivals.comrecruitinganalystMikeFarrellsaid."HeimprovedsomuchfromtheFeb.17eventatRutgerstothePennStateNIKECampinMayinregardstoquickness,burstandsizethatahugejumpiswarranted.He'sgoingtobeajumbo-sizedlinebackerthatcanrunwithwideouts."
ImmediatelybehindSkovatNo.35wasanothernewcomer.
Florence(S.C.)WestFlorencestrongsidedefensiveendMalliciahGoodmanmovesintotheRivals100afteranimpressiveshowingattheChapelHillNIKETrainingCamp.HemadeasignificantjumpfromNo.153to35afterhedominatedinone-on-onesanddrillwork.
The6-foot-4,258-pounderhasalreadycommittedtoClemson.HepickedtheTigersbackinearlyFebruary,turningdownscholarshipoffersfromMaryland,SouthCarolina,TennesseeandVirginia.
"Physically,hewasthemostimpressiveprospectIhaveseenonthecampcircuitthisyear,"Rivals.comrecruitinganalystBarryEverysaid."Heishumble,agoodstudentandthetypeofathleteandpersoncollegecoachesdesiretohaveontheirteams.HealsohadthebiggesthandsIhaveeverseen.Defensiveendshavetousetheirhandsineveryplay,especiallystrongsideendsthatarelinedupoveratightendandoffensivetackle."
Pflugerville,Texas,weaksidedefensiveendAlexOkaforwasanothermajoradditiontotheRivals100.The6-foot-5,232-poundprospectmovesupfromtheNo.203spottotheNo.36spotafterdestroyingcompetitionattheFortWorthNIKECamp.EverysaidOkafor,whoiscommittedtoTexas,wasdominatingatthecampandisdeservingofabigjump.
"Hehasgrownsincethelasttimehewasevaluated,"Everysaid."Hewasveryquickofftheballandwasunstoppable.Heisanotherhighcharacterkidthatisagoodstudent.Ican'treiteratehowimportantthisistocollegecoaches."
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Therewerealsotwoplayersthatwerepreviouslyunrankedthatmadenoteworthymovesintothetop100.AtlantaCarversafetyDarrenMylesandWellington(Fla.)PalmBeachCentrallinebackerJonBosticwereelevatedtothefour-starlevelandlandedspotsintheRivals100atNos.74and52,respectively.
Bothwereno-brainers,accordingtonewRivals.comrecruitinganalystJamieNewberg.
"BosticbecameoneofthehottestlinebackerprospectsduringtheMayEvaluationperiod,"Newbergsaid."Hehasanicecombinationofsizeandspeed.Heisanaggressiveandphysicalpresence.Hefliesalloverthefield,playssideline-to-sidelineandcanbeapunishingfinisherwhenitcomestotackling.Bosticisalsoadeptatsiftingthroughtraffictolocatetheball."
"Mylesisakidwithverygoodsize,speedandhehasgreatrangetocomeupandsupporttherunordefendthepass.Heistoughtothrowoverthetopof,andhecanbeaphysicalpresenceinthemiddle.He'salsoversatile,andcouldplayeithersafetypositionincollege."
ThreeotherplayersmadedebutsintheRivals100–Danville(Va.)GeorgeWashingtonrunningbackDavidWilsonatNo.63,Chesapeake(Va.)OscarSmithlinebackerJerodAskewatNo.71andMonroeville(Pa.)GatewayathleteCoreyBrownatNo.73.
Tomakeroomforthenewcomers,eightplayersarenolongerrankedintheRivals100.Theyare:defensiveendFletcherCox,runningbackJarvisGiles,athleteJeremyGallon,defensivetackleJohnSimon,quarterbackKevinNewsome,receiverLoganHeastie,cornerbackMarlonPollardandquarterbackTyrikRollison.
Therewerenomovesinthetop10.ButatNo.11nowisCorona(Calif.)CentenniallinebackerVontazeBurfict.AtNo.16isDetroitCassTechdefensivetackleWilliamCampbell.BurfictwaspreviouslyatNo.12,andCampbellwasatNo.23.
"SeeingVontazeattheNIKECampconvincedmehe'sforreal,"Everysaid."AndCampbellnotonlyisoneofthestrongestplayersinthenation,he'sdefinitelyoneofthebestrunstuffersinthisyear'sclass."
Rivals.comwillreleasetheupdatedRivals250onTuesday,alongwiththefirstofficialpositionrankingsfortheclassof2009onWednesday.
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