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TheInsiders.com's National Hot 100: Class of '05

Posted: Wednesday June 30, 2004 10:21AM; Updated: Wednesday June 30, 2004 10:21AM
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  Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams

TheInsiders.com is proud to unveil the first edition of its National Hot 100 for the Class of 2005. The list was compiled by national recruiting analysts Jamie Newberg and Allen Wallace, who evaluated film and consulted college coaches from coast to coast.

Derrick Williams, a lightning-fast receiver, cornerback and kick returner from Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt High School, leads the way as the No. 1-ranked player.

For Newberg's complete breakdown of the nation's top 10 prospects, click here.

As an added feature, TheInsiders.com now has video highlights available for each of the top 100 prospects. Click on the video icon to launch the clips.

TheInsiders.com 2005 National Hot 100
Rk.RatingNamePosCity (State) H.S.Ht/Wt/40VerbalVid.
1 Derrick WilliamsWR/CBGreenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt6-0/193/4.4 
 An incredible prospect blessed with outstanding speed and quickess. He could star on both sides of the ball in college.
2 Callahan BrightDTBryn Mawr (Pa.) Harriton6-2/315/4.9 
 The top DT in the past two seasons. Strong, physical, fast and plays with high energy on every down.
3 Ryan PerrillouxQBReserve (La.) East Saint John6-2/207/4.65 
 A carbon copy of Quincy Carter at the same age. Perrilloux can beat you in and out of the pocket.
4 Fred RouseWRTallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln6-3/187/4.4 
 The best prospect ever to come out of Lincoln High? Yes, or at least the best in the last decade -- and that says something!
5 Jamario O'NealCBCleveland (Ohio) Glenville6-1/205/4.45Ohio State
 The top CB in the country, for the third year in a row, is from Glenville High (following Whitner and Ginn) and O'Neal could be the best of the bunch.
6 Eugene MonroeOLPlainfield (N.J.)6-7/320/5.2Virginia
 "Mean Gene" is a superb run blocker with ideal size, feet and smarts.
7 Justin KingCBMonroeville (Pa.) Gateway5-11/180/4.4 
 He's good enough to play on either side of the ball, but projects better at CB.
8 Luthur BrownLBLakewood (Calif.)6-2/227/4.7 
 A dynamite mike LB who makes plays all over the field. He plays with great intensity and passion.
9 Patrick TurnerWRMadison (Tenn.) Goodpasture6-5/210/4.65 
 Tall WR prospect blessed with incredible skills. Should be the go-to guy in the red zone.
10 Mark SanchezQBMission Viejo (Calif.)6-2/215/4.85 
 The most polished QB in the nation right now. Good decision maker (29/4 TD to INT ratio as a Jr.)
11 Tray BlackmonLBLaGrange (Ga.)6-0/192/4.5 
 Blackmon is the most explosive defensive prospect in the country. Has incredible closing speed.
12 DajLeon FarrTEGalena Park (Texas) North Shore6-5/237/4.62 
 Farr is a freak athlete who could move into the top 10 as a senior. Will likely also play DE this upcoming season.
13 Jonathan StewartRBOlympia (Wash.) Timberline5-10/218/4.6 
 Incredible balance for a 220-pound RB. Runs with great power and has great agility.
14 Lamarcus CokerRBAntioch (Tenn.)5-11/185/4.4Tennessee
 This RB has it all, including that extra gear that makes him a scoring threat from anywhere on the field.
15 Kenny PhillipsSMiami (Fla.) Carol City6-2/195/4.45 
 Phillips has been compared to a young David Fulcher. Plays with a linebacker mentality.
16 Reggie YoungbloodOLHouston (Texas) B.T. Washington6-6/285/5.36 
 Youngblood hasn't begun to scratch the surface of his talent. Will be your prototype OT in college.
17 Antone SmithRBPahokee (Fla.)5-8/185/4.4 
 The fastest RB in the nation. Possesses superior vision and instincts, and can run with power and elusiveness
18 Averell SpicerDERancho Cucamonga (Calif.)6-2/265/4.65 
 Spicer is quick off the ball, athletic and very strong. Could possibly grow into a DT.
19 Kevin GradyRBEast Grand Rapids (Mich.)5-10/225/4.48Michigan
 In three seasons, Grady has scored an eye-popping 115 TDs. Should be a great back for the Wolverines.
20 Eugene HayesLBMadison (Fla.) Madison County6-1/218/4.62 
 Super pass rusher who can also cover and chase the ball. A big-time playmaker who racked up 18.5 sacks last season.
21 Reggie SmithSEdmond (Okla.) Santa Fe6-1/192/4.5 
 The top prospect in the Midlands region. A versatile athlete who will likely end up at FS.
22 C.J. ByrdSNorth Augusta (S.C.) 6-3/184/4.5 
 "Big Byrd" hits like a truck on defense and is also talented enough to be a big-time WR.
23 Ryan ReynoldsLBLas Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman6-2/220/4.65 
 An extremely hard worker off the field. Plays with a high motor. Absolutely relentless and he's built like a tank.
24 Dace RichardsonOLWheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South6-6/300/5.0 
 Dace has only played football for two years. Possesses a gigantic wingspan and great feet. Unbelievable upside.
25 Victor HarrisCB/RBHighland Springs (Va.)6-0/186/4.45 
 Talented enough to play RB, CB or S for any team in the country. 2,210 yards rushing and 27 TDs last year.
26 Michael OherOLMemphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest6-5/330/5.2 
 Some coaches feel Oher is the best OL prospect in the nation. Raw, but has great physical tools.
27 Dan DoeringOLBarrington (Ill.)6-6/290/5.0 
 Arguably the OL who's most ready to play big-time college football.
28 Justin MinceyDEFolkston (Ga.) Charlton County6-6/255/4.85 
 Exceptionally quick and a constant disruption for offenses. Another great athlete from Charlton County.
29 Alex BooneOLLakewood (Ohio) St. Edward6-8/280Ohio State
 Boone is your prototype OT. He's massive now, but wait until he gets to Columbus.
30 Martellus BennettTEHouston (Texas) Taylor6-6/242/4.85Miami
 Should be another great TE in the Hurricane football factory. A dominating blocker with soft hands.
31 Marlon LuckyRBNorth Hollywood (Calif.)5-11/200/4.5 
 Lucky is a complete back with speed, vision, power and elusiveness. Can catch and return kicks as well.
32 J.B. PaxsonDEGreenwood (Ind.)6-3/265/4.85 
 Paxson is a David Pollack clone. He's cat-quick and makes plays everywhere on the field.
33 Avery AtkinsCBDaytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland5-11/185/4.45 
 Atkins is a DB prospect who could play either CB or S in college. One of the best overall athletes from the Sunshine State.
34 Rey MaualugaLBEureka (Calif.)6-2/240/4.5 
 Maualuga is a physical, strong LB prospect. Had 146 tackles last season. Also stars at FB.
35 Demarcus GrangerDTDallas (Texas) Kimball6-2/320/5.25 
 Granger is a very strong DT who racked up 17 sacks as a junior.
36 Rashard MendenhallRBSkokie (Ill.)5-11/203/4.4Illinois
 Some say he's the best RB ever from Illinois. Averaged 11.6 yards per carry as a junior.
37 Ricky Jean-FrancoisDEMiami (Fla.) Carol City6-3/245/4.6 
 His stock has exploded over the past eight weeks. Athletic, quick and has a 38-inch vertical jump.
38 Jerrell PoweDTWaynesboro (Miss.) Wayne County6-3/322/5.2 
 Exceptional quickness and power. The top DT in the Southeast. 14 sacks last season.
39 Maurice WellsRBJacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood5-9/180/4.4 
 Led the state of Fla.rida in rushing with 3,076 yards and 31 TDs as a junior. Lightning quick. Could also play CB.
40 Adam Myers-WhiteSHamilton (Ohio)6-4/200/4.5 
 A exceptional talent who could grow into a LB. Has size, speed and range.
41 Vince OghobaaseDTAlief (Texas) Hastings6-5/300/5.2 
 Oghobaase has a bright future on either side of the ball as a DT or OT
42 Darren McFaddenRBNorth Little Rock (Ark.) Oak Grove6-1/205/4.45Arkansas
 McFadden is a big-time talent with lots of speed. Could star at RB or S at the next level. He's a four-sport star
43 Spencer AdkinsLBNaples (Fla.)6-0/229/4.59 
 A "tweener" who will likely end up at OLB in college. A great first step and an explosive hitter.
44 Charles JacksonOLBuena Vista (Ga.) Tri-County6-7/265/5.1 
 A high school TE who will move to OT. Big, athletic and agile.
45 Ekom UdofiaDTScottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral6-1/290/5.1 
 37 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks as a junior. Incredibly smart (4.1 GPA) and strong (370 bench, 605 squat).
46 Bryan EvansCBJacksonville (Fla.) Ed White5-11/177/4.45 
 Another elite CB from Ed White High School. Will be as highly recruited as Dee Webb (class of 2003).
47 Malcolm KellyWRLongview (Texas)6-3/190/4.5 
 Averaged 30.6 yards per catch last year. Has great size and a 38-inch vertical jump.
48 Demetrius MorleySMiami (Fla.) Killian6-0/180/4.55 
 Morley is a prospect who has skyrocketed up the recruiting charts in recent weeks. Has the ability to play CB or S.
49 Todd CoxLBMemphis (Tenn.) Harding6-1/195/4.6 
 Cox is a heat-seeking missle from his LB spot. A ferocious hitter who makes plays all over the field
50 Antonio BassQB/WRJackson (Mich.)6-2/195/4.4 
 Bass is a five-star athlete who can beat you with his arm or legs. Is at his best when the pocket breaks down.
51 Doug WorthingtonDEAthol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis6-7/257/4.7 
 A physical specimen from N.Y. Lean with long arms. DE with incredible upside.
52 Toney BakerRBJamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale5-10/218/4.45 
 5,418 rushing yards over the past two seasons. Strong (420 bench press) and powerful runner.
53 Matt ReynoldsOLProvo (Utah) Timpview6-5/270/4.9 
 Reynolds is an active DL who will play OL in college. Father (Lance) coaches at BYU.
54 Melvin AlaezeDTRandallstown (Md.)6-2/276/4.6 
 High-school DE who will likely move inside as a three-technique DT in college. Recorded 15 sacks last season.
55 Anthony MoeakiTEWheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South6-4/240/4.7 
 Plays TE, H-back and FB. A super blocker with good hands. Caught 23 passes as a junior.
56 Matt HardrickOLOrlando (Fla.) Edgewater6-5/337/5.5 
 Massive tackle prospect who is nasty on every down. Sustains his blocks and moves well.
57 Keenan ClaytonSSulphur Springs (Texas)6-1/198/4.5 
 Plays safety with a LB mentality. A hitter who will light you up. Also good in coverage.
58 DeSean JacksonWRLong Beach (Calif.) Poly5-11/170/4.4 
 Could be a WR or CB, but projects to play on offense. Caught 43 passes for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.
59 Kade WestonDTLittle Silver (N.J.) Red Bank6-5/300/5.0 
 A big man in the middle with good mobility. 114 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior.
60 Kevin ThomasCBOxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa6-0/172/4.5 
 The top DB on the West Coast. Very good cover skills. Supports the run well. Also a standout kick retuner.
61 O.J. MurdockWRTampa (Fla.) Middleton6-0/185/4.4 
 O.J. is a 10.3-second 100-meter guy. Look for his stock to explode this fall with a big season.
62 Raymond HendersonDEOak Creek (Wis.)6-5/255/4.65 
 Henderson may be more sought-after than former teammate Rhyan Anderson (Miami). 19 sacks as a junior.
63 Darius DewberryLBFort Valley (Ga.) Peach County6-4/218/4.55 
 Dewberry has the ability to rush off the edge, support the run and drop into pass coverage.
64 Curtis LoftonLBKingfisher (Okla.)6-2/225/4.65 
 Lofton has as much upside as any LB on this list. Raw but athletic. Had 180 tackles last season.
65 Chris ScottOLLovejoy (Ga.)6-4/315/5.3 
 Scott is a dominating OL who can mash DLs in the run game and protect his QB in the passing game.
66 Brian CushingLBOradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic6-3/227/4.45 
 Superior athlete with superior speed. Played rover last season and recorded 120 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 7 INTs.
67 Pat SheilOLClifton (Va.) Centreville6-6/275/5.0 
 Has played TE, OL and DT. Projects as an OT. Has long arms, quick feet and plays with a lot of intensity.
68 Jermichael FinleyTEDiboll (Texas)6-4/215/4.6 
 Finley has the best hands in this year's crop of pass catchers. Plays WR but will likely grow into a TE in college.
69 Travis BeckumDEOak Creek (Wis.)6-5/218/4.5 
 A LB in high school who will likely grow into a DE in college. 12 sacks and 8 INTs as a junior.
70 Marques SlocumOLPhiladelphia (Pa.) St. John Neumann6-6/335/5.0 
 One of the top OG prospects. Moves very well for a 330-plus pounder. He loves to pull and block on the move.
71 Derek NicholsonLBWinston Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor6-0/228/4.6 
 Derek registered 181 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks last year. Brother A.J. is a standout LB for FSU.
72 Eric HugginsWRConway (S.C.)6-3/190/4.5Oklahoma
 A big WR headed to Norman. Caught 51 passes for 932 yards and 14 TDs as a junior.
73 Jerome HayesLBBayonne (N.J.)6-2/225/4.6 
 Hayes had a very productive junior campaign with more than 100 tackles, 1,100 rushing yards and 18 TDs.
74 Alfred JonesDLNew Orleans (La.) St. Augustine6-3/240/4.8LSU
 Jones is a relentless DE who could grow into a tackle in college. Another great DL headed to LSU.
75 James McKinneyDTLouisville (Ky.) Central6-3/275/4.9 
 Versatile lineman who has played TE, FB and DE but projects as a DT. Also plays baseball, basketball and wrestles.
76 Rico McCoyLBWashington (D.C.) St. Johns6-2/212/4.55 
 McCoy is a physical LB who loves to hit. Plays with a ton of emotion. Recorded 120 tackles last season.
77 Jonathan CromptonQBWaynesville (N.C.) Tuscola6-4/216/4.9Tennessee
 Crompton is a very accurate passer who threw for 23 scores and only five INTs.
78 LaVar LobdellWRSyracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers6-3/194/4.55 
 A surprise name on this list. He'll be highly sought-after this fall. State champ in the 110-meter hurdles.
79 R.J. JacksonRBHouston (Texas) Westside5-11/197/4.52 
 Jackson is the top RB in Texas. Also projects as a CB. Averaged 10 yards per carry last season and had seven INTs.
80 Josh McNeilOLCollins (Miss.)6-4/275/5.2 
 McNeil is the nation's top center prospect. Had 116 pancake blocks last season. A starter since the ninth grade.
81 Henry MeltonDEGrapevine (Texas)6-3/250/4.65 
 Played RB in high school. Projects as a RB, TE, DE or LB in college. One of the best athletes in Texas.
82 Chris CollinsLBTexarkana (Texas) Texas6-1/230/4.7Texas
 Collins is a true MLB who made all-state as a sophomore and junior.
83 Antonio ClayOLJeffersonville (Ga.) Twiggs County6-1/207/4.6 
 Has one of the best first steps in the country. A DE in high school but likely an OLB in college.
84 Mario ManninghamWRWarren (Ohio) Harding6-0/180/4.4Michigan
 Headed north to play for Lloyd Carr. A smooth and quick game-breaking WR.
85 Leon JacksonRBPasco (Wash.) Senior6-3/200/4.4 
 Two-time 100-meter champ with a 37-inch vertical jump. Versatile athlete who could play RB, WR, CB or S.
86 Michael Ray GarvinCBRamsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep5-8/178/4.3 
 A difference-maker on both sides of the ball. Outstanding athlete with great speed.
87 Chris BrownDETexarkana (Texas) Texas6-2/210/4.6Texas
 A high-motor guy who could play DE or OLB. Good quickness and a very good pass rusher.
88 Todd DenlingerDTTroy (Ohio)6-3/275/4.8Ohio State
 Played mike LB at 265 pounds last season. Recorded 125 tackles. Very strong and smart.
89 Brandon PerryDTHawkinsville (Ga.)6-3/270/4.9 
 Played alongside Charles Johnson (Georgia) last season. Good penetrator with the ability to collaspe the pocket.
90 D.J. HordWRKansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst6-1/190/4.4 
 The top prospect in Missouri. Very good speed and has good size. A 10.4 100-meter guy with a 35-inch vertical jump.
91 Jonathan HannahTEHope Mills (N.C.) South View6-5/255/4.85 
 Has played OT but likely projects as a TE in college. A super blocker.
92 Tony WrightRBFort Valley (Ga.) Peach County5-11/187/4.4 
 Has good speed and power. Ran for 2,155 yards and 20 TDs as a junior.
93 Greg PaulusQBSyracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers6-2/185/4.6Duke
 All he does is win. A superior leader with all the tools, but this fall will likely be his last playing football, as he will play for Coach K at Duke, not coach Ted Roof.
94 Neefy MoffettLBMelbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay6-1/220/4.6 
 Has mainly played DE but projects as an OLB in college. Racked up 16 sacks last year.
95 Cory ZirbelOLMurray (Ky.)6-7/292/5.3 
 Zirbel was the OL MVP at Miami's football camp a few weeks ago. A prototype tackle with a great frame, long arms and good feet.
96 Jason GwaltneyRBNorth Babylon (N.Y.)5-11/235/4.5West Virginia
 Gwaltney is a power back who rushed for more than 2,600 yards and scored 45 times as a junior. A perfect fit for the Mountaineer offense.
97 Paul DuncanOLDallas (Ga.) East Paulding6-6/280/5.4 
 Duncan just turned 16 and wears a size 19 shoe. Has a great frame and a ton of offers.
98 Ndamukong SuhDTPortland (Ore.) Grant6-5/275/- 
 Damo' is a big, strong kid who has a I-A body right now. Can dunk a basketball Fla.t-footed at 270 pounds. Very explosive.
99 Talonnie RussellWRDetroit (Mich.) St. Martin De Porres5-11/175/4.4 
 Russell is a true yacker (racking up yards after the catch). A talent at CB and can return kicks as well.
100 Tommy TrottTEMontgomery (Ala.) Trinity6-4/240/4.8 
 Caught 57 passes for 1,163 yds and 17 TDs as a junior. Great hands. Also plays baseball and basketball.

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