The top 10: 2011 teammates
Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips' loaded senior class includes five-star Hasean Clinton-Dix and four-star Demetrius Hart, but is it the best group of prospects in the 2011 class on one high school team in the country?
Rivals.com's recruiting analysts give their opinion on which schools have the best groups of prospects in the 2011 class.
Top 10 2011 Teammates
10) Arlington (Texas) Sam Houston
Buzz: The school is not usually a big stop for college recruiters but the class of 2011 is a big exception. The Texans have three four-star prospects in Jamal Turner, Tony Morales and Kameel Jackson. Turner is one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the country as the Nebraska commit is incredibly dangerous with both his arms and legs. He has a big target in Jackson, who is committed to Oklahoma. The Morales twins provide the beef up front. Both are committed to Texas Tech and Tony is the No. 1 overall center prospect in the country.
9) Valdosta (Ga.) High
Buzz: Valdosta can certainly make a case for having the best teammates in the state of Georgia with Jay Rome in the top 100 and Malcolm Mitchell in the Rivals250 and three stars Jarquez Samuel and Jermaine Holmes are nothing to sneeze at. They fall slightly behind Carver because both Crowell and Wright are in the Rivals100, but not by much. Rome is one of the nation's top tight ends, Mitchell can play corner or safety in college and Samuel and Holmes are defensive stalwarts.
8) West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer
Buzz: Dwyer is looking to repeat as state champions and is led by four major prospects. The best of the bunch is the nation's No. 1 tight end, four-star Nick O'Leary. O'Leary's quarterback, Jacoby Brissett is a Rivals250 prospect who is a dual-threat from under center. Complimenting the two offensive prospects for Dwyer is a pair of defensive prospects - defensive end Curt Maggitt and defensive tackle Keith Bowers - who are both three stars. A fearsome foursome for sure and just slightly behind Carver.
7) Columbus (Ga.) Carver
Buzz: Running back Isaiah Crowell and defensive tackle Gabriel Wright are a terrific 1-2 punch in the Rivals100 for Carver and Riyahd Jones and Quincy McKinney are both highly-valued three stars. It's a good balance with two offensive and two defensive players and gets the slight nod over the rest because of the star power at the top. If Crowell earns his fifth star as Georgia and Alabama fans are hoping, this group would jump ahead of Plant and make a run at Steele.
6) Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Buzz: Plant routinely fills the college ranks with standout prospects and 2011 will be no different. Coach Robert Weiner's program includes three offensive weapons that are already committed to major colleges. Leading the charge is five-star athlete James Wilder Jr., who is committed to Florida State. Wilder is capable of being a running back or linebacker at the collegiate level, but intends to line up on the offensive side of the ball for the Seminoles. Four-star quarterback Phillip Ely committed to the defending National Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, just prior to his senior season. Blocking up front for Wilder and Ely is three-star offensive lineman Tony Posada, who is bound for Michigan.
5) Cibolo (Texas) Steele
Buzz: The San Antonio area does not usually produce a plethora of talent, but Steele is the exception to that rule this year. A big, bruising runner, Malcolm Brown is the No. 1 running back in the country and a Texas commit. The Knight defense is led by Marquis Anderson, an athletic defensive tackle and a Rivals100 member. The Oklahoma commit has a very quick first step that makes him hard to block. Though Ryan Simmons is a three-star prospect, he is one of the top inside linebackers in the country. With a five-star, a four-star and a three-star as well as two Rivals100 members, this is a dominant triple-threat.
4) Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Buzz: Aquinas is once again a loaded program in the Sunshine State. The school has playmakers all over the field as reflected by placing two prospects in the Rivals100, defensive back Marcus Roberson and offensive lineman Bobby Hart, who is committed to Florida State. In addition to those two prospects, their offense also includes quarterback Jake Rudock, an Iowa commitment, and a duo of wide receivers - Rashad Greene and Phillip Dorsett, who are committed to Florida State and Miami respectively. With three four-stars and two three-stars, this is a solid group.
3) Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
The Prospects: Cyrus Kouandjio, Darian Cooper, Darien Harris, Jordan Lomax, Michael Williams, Kendall Patterson
Buzz: How can a school without any four-star prospects make the top five, much less finish ahead of a power programs like St. Thomas Aquinas? The answer is easy when you have a national top 10 prospect in Cyrus Kouandjio and five three-star prospects. It's all about depth with DeMatha with Kouandjio leading the offense and a defensive loaded and led by defensive tackles Darian Cooper and Kendall Patterson, linebacker Darien Harris, cornerback Michael Williams and athlete Jordan Lomax. They might only have one Rivals100 member and no one in the Rivals250, but they have so much depth it's ridiculous and get the nod over STA because they have a five-star leading the charge.
2) Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra
Buzz: George Farmer and Marqise Lee form one of the nation's deadliest duos at wide receiver - two guys who can take any reception to the end zone from anywhere on the field and both rank in the national top 40. They're both that electric and that good. Jason Gibson coming off the edge always has to be schemed for and Woodson Greer at linebacker provides a potent punch. Conner Preston at quarterback delivers the ball all over the field. Serra has a five star, two four stars and two three stars, a tough combination to beat putting them a close second to Dr. Phillips.
1) Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
The Prospects: Hasean Clinton-Dix, Demetrius Hart, Roderick Ryles, Darryl Monroe, Chris Gallon, LaQuentin Smith, Ryan Luckett
Buzz: Dr. Phillips is overflowing with talent in its senior class as it contains a five-star, a four-star and five three-star caliber players. The top prospect for the Panthers is Alabama defensive back commitment Hasean Clinton-Dix who is ranked No. 10 nationally and as Rivals.com's top safety in the 2011 class. Clinton-Dix is followed closely in the rankings by fellow Rivals100 prospect, running back Demetrius Hart. In addition to the two headliners, Dr. Phillips also has defensive back Roderick Ryles, an Arkansas commitment, linebacker Darryl Munroe, a Washington State commitment, and uncommitted prospects LaQuentin Smith, Chris Gallon and Ryan Luckett, who are all three-stars.