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Top 10: Rivals100 suspense

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WithSigningDayquicklyapproaching,therearesomeprospectsthathavebeendead-solidlockstocertainschoolsformonthsandthenthereareotherswhereyoumightaswellthrowadartatadartboardandhopeyouhittherightprogram.
InthelastRivals100,manyprospectsfallintothelattercategorysoinourfinalTop10listfortheclassof2011,wetakealookattheprospectsinthetop100thatarethetoughesttopredictasweheaddownthestretch.TheenigmaticRayDrew,the"PastorofPassRush",topsthelist.
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10)DEJadeveonClowney
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School:RockHill(S.C.)SouthPointe
Buzz:Okay,somaybethisisn'tverysuspensefultomanypeoplewhothinkthenation'sNo.1playerisalockforSouthCarolina,butClowneyisthebestprospecttocomealonginadecadeaccordingtomostandhedoeshavesomeattractiveout-of-stateoptionslikeAlabama,FloridaState,LSU,NorthCarolinaandothers.Isitthatfar-fetchedtothinktheCrimsonTidecouldstealhimawayfromtheGamecocks?Notreallywhichiswhyhemakesthislist,buthe'sonlyatNo.10becausethislookstobesimilartotheMarcusLattimoresituationlastyearwhereotherswillgetalonglookbutthecomfortofhomeislikelytowinout.Clowneywon'tdecideuntilFeb.14sothataddstothemysteryabit.
9)DTChristianHeyward
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School:SanDiego(Calif.)PointLoma
Buzz:Heywardisaquietguywhodoesn'tliketotalkabouttherecruitingprocessthatmuchsohe'sahardonetoread.AlotofpeoplethinkArizonacouldbethechoicewhileothersthinkSanDiegoStatecouldpullahugeupset.ButdoesUSChaveroomintheclassforthetalenteddefensivetackleorcanUCLAorOregonpullreelhimin.Thelesshetalks,themorepeoplewillguess.
8)DTDelvonSimmons
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School:McKeesport(Pa.)High
Buzz:SimmonswasallsettoannouncehischoiceattheU.S.ArmyAll-AmericanBowlacoupleofweeksagoandmanythoughtitwouldbeOregonatthetime.However,hehadachangeofhearanddecidedtodelayhisdecision.Nowit'sanyone'sguesswherehe'sheaded.HestillhasoneofficialvisitlefttotakeanditcouldbetoeitherFloridaorUSCandPitthasnowre-enteredthepicture.TexasTechisalsoaveryviableoptionsoalotwilldependonwhathappensinthenextweekorsowithSimmons.Willhetakethatlastvisitandifhedoes,wherewillhego?CanOregonholdontotheleadithadacoupleofweeksagoorwillTexasTechorPittemergeasthewinner?
7)RBIsaiahCrowell
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School:Columbus(Ga.)Carver
Buzz:CrowellhasbeenbackandforthbetweenGeorgiaandAlabamaformonthsandnowAuburnhasmovedintothepicture.WhilemostconsidertheTigerstobealongshotinthisbattledespitethefactthattheyareastrongfavoriteforhisteammateandfriendGabeWright,Auburndoesgetthelastofficialvisit.ButifitdoescomedowntotheDawgsandtheTide,rightnowmostfeelGeorgiahastheedgeoverAlabamaasMarkRichtisclosingstronglyinstate.ButwithathirdteaminthemixandthewayCrowellhasflippedleadersafewtimes,thisonewillbeinterestingdownthestretch.
6)LBCurtisGrant
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School:Richmond(Va.)Hermitage
Buzz:Grantwouldbehigheronthislistifhedidn'tnarrowdownhisfavoritestojustafewschoolsanddecidedtotakemorevisits.HeistakingonlyfourofhisfiveofficialvisitsandhaspublicallyadmittedthatVirginia,whereheisthisweekend,isalongshotforhisservices.ThatleavesOhioState,FloridaandNorthCarolina(officialnextweekend)asthethreemainchoices.It'sstillunclearwhethertheBuckeyesortheGatorshavetheedgefollowingthosevisitsandNorthCarolinacouldpullaheadofeitherafternextweekend.Andthere'salwaysthechancethatGrantgetsthatfeelingthathehastostayhomefollowingthisweekendandpullsastunnerandchoosestheCavs.He'satoughonetopredict.
5)LBLamarDawson
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School:Danville(Ky.)BoyleCounty
Buzz:Dawsonisalloverthemap,literally.Hislistoffinalistsareinthefollowingstates-Kentucky,Oregon,Tennessee,FloridaandCalifornia.TennesseegetsthelastshotathimandismovingupfastaccordingtomanywhilemostfeelthesafepickisKentucky.ButhowcanyoucountoutUSCwithitsstaffandthewaytheyareclosingandOregonfreshoffaPac-10titleandanappearanceinthenationaltitlegame?UCFappearstobetheonlyteamwithoutachancehere,butrightnowitseemstobeatossupbetweentherest.
4)LBStephoneAnthony
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School:Wadesboro(N.C.)Anson
Buzz:Thefive-starlinebackerfromNorthCarolinausedtonamehisfavoritesinorder.However,thatwasafewmonthsagoandnowhejusthasatopsixanddoesn'tgiveanyhintsastowholeadsandwhereheisleaning.However,wedoknowafewthings.Anthonylikelywon'tstrayfarfromhomewhichdoesn'tbodethatwellforFloridatheteamthatwasoncehisleader.MostpeoplefeelthatVirginiaTechandClemsonhavetheedgeoverNCStatewithNorthCarolinaaverylongshotalongwiththeGators,buttimewilltell.TheWolfpackandTarHeelsstillhaveofficialvisitsleftwithAnthonysoanythingcouldhappen.
3)DTTimmyJernigan
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School:LakeCity(Fla.)Columbia
Buzz:JerniganhasalreadytakenanofficialvisittoLSUandisatFloridaStatethisweekendandthosetwoschoolsappeartobethefavoritesforthenation'sNo.2defensivetackle,buteveryoneseemstobewaryofFloridabecausehegrewupahugeGatorsfanandhasalwaysbeenlinkedtotheprograminonewayoranother.AlabamaisalsointhemixandTennesseegetsthelastofficialvisitnextweekend,butrightnowit'sanyone'sguesswhereJerniganwillendup.
2)OTAntonioRichardson
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School:Nashville(Tenn.)Pearl-Cohn
Buzz:Richardsonhassixschoolsonhismind,doesn'tliketopickupthephoneveryoftentotalkaboutrecruitingandreallyhasn'tbeenlinkedtoaleadersomanyareguessinghestayshomeandplaysatTennessee.However,LSU,Auburn,Georgia,Miamiandothershavealsobeenmentionedsonoonereallyknowswherehe'llenduporwhohe'llvisitbeforehemakeshisfinaldecision.
1)DERayDrew
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School: Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central
Buzz: Drew once had a list of schools well into double digits but that has thankfully been narrowed down to a small handful of programs. However, it's still anyone's guess as to where the nation's No. 9 player will end up. That's mainly because Drew speaks so highly of every school and has never wanted to name a leader but also because there just isn't a lot of good information to be had behind the scenes. Georgia is the default choice of many but some feel LSU and Auburn can steal him away. Miami and Clemson continue to get mentioned and he spoke of Alabama as well recently but no one will really know until he makes his decision a few days before Signing Day.
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