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May 6, 2009

Rivals250 welcomes some new names

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The latest version of the Rivals250 includes 22 prospects that were previously unranked, three of them made the top 100.

We take a closer look at the new faces in the updated Rivals250 and Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every gives his thoughts on why each of them deserves to be ranked among the top 250 prospects in the nation.

New to the Rivals250
Particulars: 5-9/156
High School: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Rank: No. 43
Every's Take: Based on film evaluation he displayed tremendous change of direction, superior quickness and good ball skills. He is also a true cover corner that is not afraid of contact.
Riggs Highlights
Particulars: 6-3/220
High School: Fort Wayne (Ind.) Harding
Rank: No. 48
Every's Take: Based on film evaluation, he is a gargantuan running back with above-average speed and soft hands out of the backfield.
Smith Highlights
Particulars: 6-3/195
High School: Lakewood (Calif.) High
Rank: No. 100
Every's Take: Proved to be the most consistent and accurate passer at the Los Angeles Nike Camp.
Scroggins Highlights
Particulars: 6-1/185
High School: Corona (Calif.) High
Rank: No. 102
Every's Take: Had a tremendous performance at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, showing off safety size with cornerback skills.
Wright Highlights
Particulars: 6-5/250
High School: Dalton (Ga.) High
Rank: No. 111
Every's Take: Based on film he has excellent size for a strongside defensive end who is equally impressive against the run as he is a pass rusher.
Fields Highlights
Particulars: 6-5/270
High School: Allen (Texas) High
Rank: No. 118
Every's Take: Proved to be extremely light on his feet at the Ft. Worth NFTC, along with excellent lower body structure and power.
Ogbuehi Highlights
Particulars: 5-10/170
High School: Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Rank: No. 122
Every's Take: Based on film he showed the ability to be a serious threat on either side of the ball with his great speed and ball skills.
Lowe Highlights
Particulars: 6-7/265
High School: Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne
Rank: No. 127
Every's Take: Based on new film he proved to be light on his feet and displayed superior lateral movement, giving him the ability to play more than one offensive line position.
Donnal Highlights
Particulars: 6-5/290
High School: DeSoto (Texas) High
Rank: No. 129
Every's Take: In person at the Ft. Worth Nike Camp he proved to be very athletic and showed the willingness to get physical during one-on-ones.
Washington Highlights
Particulars: 6-4/185
High School: Eunice (La.) High
Rank: No. 150
Every's Take: This tall drink of water has excellent speed on film and could possibly play on either side of the ball as a receiver or a safety.
Simon Highlights
Particulars: 6-1/180
High School: Manning (S.C.) High
Rank: No. 183
Every's Take: Showed tremendous size and athleticism for a corner at the VTO Sports Elite100 Camp.
Particulars: 6-1/215
High School: Newbury Park (Calif.) High
Rank: No. 199
Every's Take: Based on new film he is a big back that can take it the distance and also become a threat in passing situations out of the backfield.
Roberson Highlights
Particulars: 6-3/220
High School: Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller
Rank: No. 200
Every's Take: Based on new film he proved to be a pro-style quarterback that has enough athletic ability to buy more time in the pocket, and make crisp, accurate throws.
Hendrix Highlights
Particulars: 5-11/178
High School: Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic
Rank: No. 203
Every's Take: New film showed he has Peter Warrick-type moves with the ball in his hands.
Louis Highlights
Particulars: 6-3/225
High School: Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser
Rank: No. 205
Every's Take: Really got after it during the lineman one-on-one drills at the Los Angeles NFTC using speed and power to dominate offensive linemen.
Shirley Highlights
Particulars: 5-10/173
High School: Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville
Rank: No. 206
Every's Take: In-person evaluation proved he may not possess elite track speed, but he had no problem staying with any receiver he faced.
Bryant Highlights
Particulars: 6-4/208
High School: Washington (D.C.) Dunbar
Rank: No. 208
Every's Take: Based on new film Johnson shows up as a huge linebacker that excels at putting pressure on the quarterback.
Johnson Highlights
Particulars: 6-4/280
High School: Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
Rank: No. 211
Every's Take: Huge defensive lineman proved to be light on his feet at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, and has the athleticism, size and girth to be a run-stopping machine with pass-rushing ability.
Particulars: 6-1/195
High School: Lakewood (Calif.) High
Rank: No. 214
Every's Take: New film showed that he not only has ball skills, but he will light up a receiver running a route over the middle. Also looked good in person at Los Angeles NFTC.
Bailey Highlights
Particulars: 6-0/210
High School: Tustin (Cailf.) High
Rank: No. 227
Every's Take: Based on new film proved to be a huge, power back that can get those extra yards after contact.
Wilkerson Highlights
Particulars: 6-7/225
High School: Manning (S.C.) High
Rank: No. 234
Every's Take: Based on film he looked to have tremendous body structure and was quick off the ball.
Particulars: 6-4/260
High School: Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Rank: No. 242
Every's Take: Proved to have superior athleticism on new film and demonstrated mobility by consistently making blocks downfield.
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