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Top 10: Smallest stars still bring it

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Rivals.com'srecruitinganalystsbreakdownthetop10small-but-mightystarsamongthetopprospects.
Top10shorteststars
10)ATHBillBelton
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School:Atko(N.J.)WinslowTownship
Buzz:Beltonisado-everythingguyinhighschoolthatcouldplayreceiver,cornerback,safetyorrunningbackincollegedependingonwhatPittsburghneedsatthetime.Althoughhis5-foot-9framequalifieshimforthislist,heisthickerandstrongerthanmosthissizeanditmakeshimlookbigger.
9)RBBishopSankey
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School:Spokane(Wash.)GonzagaPrep
Buzz:Sankeyhasbeenasuperproductivebackinhighschoolandthere'snoreasontoquestionhisdurabilitydespitehis5-foot-9frame.Itwon'tmakehimtheeasiestreceivertohitoutofthebackfield,butheisverywell-built,issurprisinglypowerfulandheisexcellentinspace.Unlikesomeothersonthislist,hecanbeanevery-downbackandwon'tsimplybeaspecialistorchange-of-paceguyatWashingtonState.
8)WRTacoiSumler
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School:Miami(Fla.)Columbus
Buzz:SumlerisjustaticktallerthanChevelleBuiedespitecheckinginacouplepoundslighter,buthe'soneofthetoptwoorthreefastestplayersinthecountryandaperfectfitfortheOregonoffense.LikeBuie,hewillbeaninstantimpactguyonreturnsandbeutilizedintheoffenseasaslotreceiver,andsomeonewhotakesinsidehandoffsandreverses.
7)WRDamiereByrd
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School:Sicklerville(N.J.)TimberCreek
Buzz:Byrdhasgrownabitsincehecheckedinat5-foot-9and156poundsattheU.S.ArmycombinelastJanuary,buthe'sstilloneofthesmallerplayersinthecountry.ButwithByrditdoesn'tmatterbecauseofhisspeed.Asub-10.5-second100-metertrackstar,Byrdcantakeawidereceiverscreenandturnitintoatouchdown.He'satoughkiddespitehislackofsize.
6)RBRemoundWright
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School:FortWayne(Ind.)BishopDwenger
Buzz:WhenyouseeWright,youdon'tthinkofhimasshort.He'scertainlynotsmallashelookstoweighmorethan200poundsandappearstobecloserto5-foot-10oreven5-foot-11thanhisactual5-foot-9.Apowerful,durablerunner,WrightisaworkhorsewhowillhavenoissuecarryingthemailatStanfordaslongashegetsachance.
5)APBChevelleBuie
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School:Cocoa(Fla.)
Buzz:Buieisthesmallestoftheplayersonthislist,whichisnosmallfeat(ok,badjoke).Withhisspeedandabilityinspace,hewillcertainlyimpactasareturnmanincollegebuthe'llalsobeadangerousthird-downbackandweapononinsidehandoffsandbubblescreensaswell.
4)RBAndrewBuie
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School:Jacksonville(Fla.)TrinityChristian
Buzz:Buie,norelationtoChevelle,hasaverygoodbuildandisverystrongdespitehis5-foot-9status.Eventhoughhe'snotthetallestplayeronthefield,hecouldstillendupasareceiverincollegebecausehehasgoodhandsandaknackforshakingdefenders.Cornerbackisalsoanoption,asisrunningback,andnomatterwhatpositionheendsupplaying,youcanbethisheightwon'tfactor.
3)RBMikeBlakely
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School:Bradenton(Fla.)Manatee
Buzz:BlakelyisoneofthethickestoftheshortpeopleonthislistandhasabuildreminiscentofMichaelDyer,thefive-starbackfrom2010whoisnowastaronanundefeatedAuburnteam.Blakelycanbounceofftackleslikeabiggerbackandhehasthicklegsandastrongupperbody.Withhisnaturalleverage,Blakelyuseshis5-foot-9frameaswellasanyone.
2)APBDemetriusHart
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School:Orlando(Fla.)Dr.Phillips
Buzz:Themostexplosiveplayerinthecountryinch-for-inch?ThatcouldbethecasewithHartwhoisaperfectfitforMichigan'soffenseanduseshislackofheighttohisadvantage.WhenHartisn'trunningawayfromdefendersasarunnerorevenasareceiver,he'sduckingbehindlinemenandstayingofftheradaruntilheseesthehole.
1)ATHDe'AnthonyThomas
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School: Los Angeles Crenshaw
Buzz: Thomas may be only 5-foot-9, but on this list that means he's shopping at big & tall stores. Despite his lack of height, Thomas plays much bigger than his size, especially at cornerback, where he has exceptional instincts and timing. He isn't afraid to take on bigger receivers or bigger runners when a tackle needs to be made.
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