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June 6, 2003
More five-star stars revealed
Every year the debate rages over which prospect should be ranked over that prospect and it’s even more difficult to judge when you’re dealing with five-star players. Rivals.com is proud to release the next set of five-star players and this group of prospects is just as strong as any other group that has already received a ranking.
Leading off the next group of five-star players at No. 11 in the nation is West Lawn (Pa.) Wilson quarterback Chad Henne. While Henne is at No. 11 and the No. 3 quarterback in the nation, there is no question that he could be at the top in many respects.
Blessed with a 6-foot-3,
210-pound frame and an amazing arm, Henne in many seasons would be the nation’s
At No. 12 and earning five-star status is the top player in Illinois, linebacker Kyle Williams of Boling Brook, Ill. Williams, who is 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, is already up to 20 scholarship offers and it’s easy to see why the explosive outside linebacker earns more every time he talks to a coach.
He’s just special. Ask Rivals100.com recruiting analyst Tim O'Halloran.
“When I saw Kyle Williams play after a game in his sophomore season, I stopped Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow and told him ‘coach, this kid will be big time,’ " O'Halloran said. “He asked me how big? I said he could easily be one of the top recruits I've ever seen. And that was as a sophomore.
“His best football is still way ahead of him and mentally and physically he's more than ready for the next level.”
Right behind Williams at No. 13 is Florida receiver Xavier Carter and it’s scary to think that Carter takes a backseat to anybody. That’s because Carter is likely the fastest recruit in the entire nation this season.
“We’re talking about a kid who’ll probably be in the Olympics next
year or four years down the road,”
Palm Bay coach
Dan Burke said. “A lot of guys can run, but not like Xavier. He’s on a whole
different level of speed.”
At No. 14 on the list is and another five-star selection is a name that not a whole lot of people have talked about – Derrick Harvey out of Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Harvey is one of those rare players that have amazing untapped potential.
Harvey just played football for the first time last season after focusing on basketball for most of his life. But in one short season he’s turned his amazing frame and amazing first step into a number of national elite scholarship offers. By the time he’s done, Harvey has the potential to be a high first-round draft pick in the NFL if he continues to develop and work hard.
“It’s kind of a Cinderella story – now he’s the No. 1 recruit in Maryland,” his coach, Rick Houchens, said. “This kid is just a virtually unknown kid and now he’s going to be one of the top recruits in the nation.”
He sure is.
The No. 15 slot belongs to the nation’s top offensive line prospect Jeff Byers of Loveland, Colo. Byers, who has offers from a who’s who of college football, is so quick of the ball that he runs like he’s a fullback instead of an offensive lineman.
He also has a good mean
streak in him and that’s what you want in your big uglies up front. Simply put,
he’s about as complete of a package as you’re going to get on the offensive
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