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November 1, 2005
Movers and shakers
There were some significant movements in the latest release of the Rivals100.
Sergio Kindle, the top player in the state of Texas, continues to put up gaudy numbers from the running back position and has impressed onlookers and scouts with his tenacious ability at linebacker. Because of his strong showing, he leapfrogs Princetion (N.J.) athlete Myron Rolle to the No. 3 spot.
In a battle that likely will continue until signing day, Louisiana's top player, defensive tackle Al Woods, edged Oklahoma City product Gerald McCoy for the nation's top defensive tackle spot. A recent in-person scouting trip reveals that Woods is in tremendous shape for a prospect his size. Combine that with his athleticism and the LSU commit gets the nod this go around.
McCoy, however, is having a tremendous season. The uncommitted prospect has dominated competition and remains a top 15 prospect nationally. More great play by both these talented tackles should make for a great battle for the No. 1 spot at that position.
Based on his spectacular play this year, Atlanta safety Reshad Jones has solidified his spot as Georgia's top prospect. He makes the jump to No. 16 this time.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Nease quarterback Tim Tebow made his most significant jump since debuting at five-star status during the first rankings release in June. Tebow is enjoying a solid high school season and has proven that he will be physically ready to contribute as a freshman at whichever college he chooses to attend next year. Tebow is rated No. 19 in this rankings release and is closing the gap on Springdale (Ark.) quarterback Mitch Mustain, who comes in at No. 17.
Lake Butler (Fla.) running back C.J. Spiller continues his charge toward five-star status, moving up to No. 31 in this release.
Another big mover from the Sunshine State was athlete Jarred Fayson from Tampa Hillsborough. The versatile speedster moved up 25 spots from No. 73 to No. 48.
Alabama defensive end Deantwan Whitehead made an even bigger jump than Fayson. The Birmingham product has dominated the competition as a senior, showing off his tremendous athleticism and tenacity, and vaulted up 26 spots to No. 56.
Offensive tackle Jake Bscherer moved up 21 spots to No. 59.
Five prospects made their Rivals100 debut.
Some say defensive back Chykie Brown is the top cornerback in Houston and could be tops in the state of Texas. The University of Texas commitment comes in at No. 73 this week.
After seeing New York City offensive lineman Eric Olsen dominate the competition, there is little doubt that he is one of the top 100 prospects in the country. Olsen checks in at No. 90.
Phenix City (Ala.) athlete Earl Alexander is back in the top 100 at No. 92. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder with 4.45-second speed in the 40-yard dash is projected at wide receiver or defensive back at the next level and has all of the physical tools to be a big-time player at whatever position he is used at.
Like Alexander, California cornerback Devin Ross returns to the top 100 after a hiatus.
Climbing all the way from outside of the Rivals250 to the No. 95 spot in the top 100 is Olive Branch, Miss., standout Anthony Summers. Summers has enjoyed a great year from the quarterback position at Olive Branch and has also shown that he can be valuable at a number of positions at the next level.
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