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Looking ahead to the 100 players to watch in 2008

Posted: Tuesday February 6, 2007 8:32PM; Updated: Friday February 9, 2007 4:48PM
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By JC Shurburtt, Special to SI.com, From Rivals.com

With the big three states of California, Texas and Florida again leading the way, the Rivals.com Pre-Evaluation Rivals100 features many of the top prospects for the Class of 2008.

The list is a "watch list" which outlines many of the country's top prospects. It is not ranked numerically -- prospects are sorted according to their last names.

A dozen California and Texas prospects, along with 11 from Florida, are on the list.

The states of Louisiana, Ohio and Georgia are well-represented. Each state features five prospects in the top 100. North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Virginia each have four representatives.

The University of Georgia, which is off to a tremendous start on recruiting efforts for the Class of 2008, has three commitments on the list: Summerville (S.C.) wide receiver A.J. Green, Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County defensive end Cornelius Washington and Cartersville (Ga.) Cass running back Richard Samuel.

Green and Samuel were named Rivals.com Junior All-Americans.

Southern California is one of three teams with two commitments on the list. Anaheim (Calif.) Servite wide receiver prospect D.J. Shoemate and his high school teammate, offensive lineman Matt Kalil, have indicated they'll play college football for the Trojans.

Nebraska commits are Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest offensive lineman Baker Steinkuhler and Harlan (Iowa) offensive lineman Dan Hoch.

Oklahoma has dipped into the state of Texas to get Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge defensive end R.J. Washington and Gilmer (Texas) running back Justin Johnson.

Clemson, Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas and Arizona each have a commitment on the list.

Rivals.com Junior of the Year Terrelle Pryor of Jeanette (Pa.) High headlines the quarterbacks on the list. He is joined by Houston gunslinger Andrew Luck, Culver City (Calif.) passer Darius Banks, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin QB Braden Hanson, Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Artesia (N.M.) signal caller Landry Jones.



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