By Jon Mahoney, Special to SI.com, Rise
Jimmy Clausen Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) QUARTERBACK, 6'3", 208, Sr. Hailed as California's best prep quarterback since John Elway in 1977, Clausen is rated the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2007 by Rise Magazine. The younger brother of two former Tennessee QBs, Casey and Rick, Jimmy has a strong arm and a quick release. After throwing for 7,306 yards and 97 touchdowns -- with only 14 interceptions -- in his first three seasons, he committed to Notre Dame in April.
Marvin Austin Ballou (Washington, D.C.) DEFENSIVE LINEMAN, 6'3", 300, Sr. Near impossible to stop one-on-one, he's the top defensive player in the class of '07. Playing for Coolidge last season -- he transferred to crosstown Ballou in June -- Austin had 80 tackles (12 for loss, eight sacks and five forced fumbles). Schools he's considering: Miami, USC, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, N.C. State and North Carolina.
Noel Devine North Fort Myers (Fla.) RUNNING BACK, 5'8", 180, Sr. He's a high school version of Barry Sanders: a compact, highlight-video talent with stop-on-a-dime cutback ability that makes would-be tacklers look foolish. The nation's top running back and No. 2 overall recruit, Devine rushed for 1,933 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. His short list: USC, Nebraska, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Miami.
Caleb King Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.) RUNNING BACK, 5'11", 200, Sr. With his blend of speed (4.32 seconds in the 40), power and versatility, he calls to mind LaDainian Tomlinson. Last year at Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga. (he transferred earlier this month), King rushed for 2,768 yards -- the sixth-best total in Georgia high school history -- and scored 19 touchdowns. Scholarship offers he's mulling: Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, USC, LSU, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
A.J. Green Summerville (S.C.) WIDE RECEIVER, 6'4", 180, Jr. He's the leading recruit in the class of 2008 and the nation's best wideout right now. His blend of size and speed has drawn comparisons to Randy Moss. Last year Green caught 75 passes for 1,422 yards and 16 touchdowns, after hauling in 57 for 1,217 yards and eight scores as a freshman.
Tray Allen South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas) OFFENSIVE LINEMAN, 6-4, 305, Sr. Allen, who has committed to Texas, is rated the nation's No. 1 offensive lineman by RISE Magazine. Not many players his size at his position have his blend of quickness and athleticism. He's also an excellent pass blocker.
Arrelious Benn Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) WIDE RECEIVER, 6-2, 205, Sr. Any defensive back will cringe when they have to go up against Benn, the nation's top-ranked receiver in the class of 2007. He has size, speed and sure hands. As a junior, Benn caught 50 passes for 1,147 yards and 17 touchdowns. USC, Notre Dame, Illinois, Maryland and Florida State are his top schools.
John Clay Park (Racine, Wis.) RUNNING BACK, 6-2, 220, Sr. Clay has drawn comparisons to Eddie George with his speed, power and vision. He rushed for 2,032 yards and 30 touchdowns on 166 carries as a junior to lead Park to the Division 1 state title. Clay has been offered scholarships by Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee.
Chris Galippo Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) LINEBACKER, 6-2, 235, Sr. Galippo is the nation's No. 1 linebacker and has been compared to NFL All-Pro Brian Urlacher and former Ohio State star and current Green Bay rookie A.J. Hawk. Galippo, who has committed to USC, had 161 tackles and blocked four punts as a junior.
Marc Tyler Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) RUNNING BACK, 6-0, 214, Sr. Teammate Jimmy Clausen gets most of the attention, but if you forget about Tyler, he'll run you over. Tyler, who has committed to USC, rushed for 2,193 yards and 39 touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 413 yards and six scores.
Issue date: August 28, 2006