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Where Will They Be? (cont.)

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Compiled by Mark Beech and Ted Keith

A.J. GREEN
16 • WIDE RECEIVER, Summerville, S.C.

ACHIEVEMENTS EA Sports named him the nation's top sophomore player in 2005, when he caught 75 passes for 1,422 yards and 16 touchdowns at Summerville High. A two-time all-state selection, Green -- whose initials stand for Adriel Jasmaer -- was the first freshman ever to be interviewed by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming for his Prep Football Report.

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REMINISCENT OF? Randy Moss. The 6'4" 180-pounder has 4.5 speed in the 40. "He's my favorite player," Green says of Moss, the Oakland Raiders' wideout. "Everybody's always said I'm just like him."

COACH'S COMMENT "He's one of the best players I've ever seen," says John McKissick, who has more wins (519) than any other high school coach in history. "When we have to, we line him up at cornerback and put him on the other team's best receiver. He can do anything he wants to."

ETA In the NFL by 2011. Expect Green to spend three seasons in college; he's leaning toward attending Georgia.

EBONY COLLINS
16 • HURDLER, Long Beach, Calif.

ACHIEVEMENTS She was USA Track & Field's Youth Athlete of the Year in 2005, when she set meet records in the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Youth Outdoor Championships (57.87 seconds), the IAAF World Youth Championships (a personal-best 55.96), and the USATF's Junior Olympic Championships (58.26).

REMINISCENT OF? Gail Devers. Collins, who finished second in the 100 at the World Youth Championships (11.44), has been likened to the two-time Olympic 100-meter champion, who also won three world titles in the 100 hurdles.

COACH'S COMMENT "A few years ago she won the 800 meters at an invitational meet with a cast on her arm," says Shelton Hall of the Quiet Fire Track Club in Gardena, Calif. "It bothered her arm movement so much, she tore it off so she could compete in the 200. She won that, too."

ETA In the Olympics by 2012. The 5'5" Collins, who will be a senior next fall at Wilson High, is in the running for the 2007 world championship team, but her best time in the 400 hurdles is nearly two seconds off the top U.S. time this year (54.00).

JOHN TAVARES
15 • CENTER, Oakville, Ont.

ACHIEVEMENTS Despite being a year younger than the minimum age to play in Canadian juniors, he was granted "exceptional player" status as a 14-year-old and taken first in the 2005 Ontario Hockey League draft. In 65 games for the Oshawa Generals last season the 6-foot, 183-pound Tavares scored 45 goals and was named rookie of the year.

REMINISCENT OF? Gordie Howe. He has a confidence and command of the game similar to Mr. Hockey's.

COACH'S COMMENT "Anticipation is such an underrated skill, and his anticipation offensively and defensively is like nobody's I've ever seen," says Brad Selwood, who played with Howe in the late 1970s. "He does things I don't think have ever been done. Gordie was a wonderful man and an alltime great, but he could tell you why he did what he did. This kid just does it instinctually. It's scary."

ETA In the NHL by 2009. Already hailed as hockey's next big thing, Tavares is almost a lock to be the first choice in the draft that year.

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