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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.