February 3, 2005

Rivals.com 2005 Junior All-American Team


While the ink is barely dry on the national letters of intent for the class of 2005, Rivals.com is proud to unveil the Rivals.com 2005 Junior All-America Team. The team features 22 of the nation's top junior prospects and is headlined by a gunslinger from Texas, the next sure thing from the state of Virginia and the best player to come out of New Jersey in five years.

If last year's Rivals.com Junior All-America Team is any indication, the players listed below are about to become household names to recruiting fans all over the nation.

While this year's list is comprised of the top players from all over the country, the team does have a Southern feel to it. Ten of the players on the list are from states that are considered part of the Southeast, with Florida leading the way with three players.


O F F E N S E P O S I T I O N H O M E T O W N / H I G H S C H O O L / A B O U T
Matthew Stafford Quarterback Dallas Highland Park
All-state selection the past two seasons. Threw for more than 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. "He's a student of the game that has a great understanding of principles and concepts," his coach said.
LeSean McCoy Running back Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt
Named the Class 4A State Player of the Year in 2004, rushing for 2,828 yards and scoring 33 times. Miami, Virginia, Penn State and others have already offered.
Chris Wells Running back Akron (Ohio) Garfield
Might be the top prospect in Ohio with size and speed combo. Rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 23 TDs as a junior. Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa and others have already offered.
Percy Harvin Wide receiver Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown
Named the Rivals.com Junior of the Year. Harvin rolled up 475 total yards in Landstown's 47-20 victory over Robinson in the Class AAA, Division 6 title game.
Justin Williams Wide receiver Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County
Caught 45 passes for 909 yards and 13 TDs as a junior, earning 2A all-state honors. FSU, Florida and LSU have already offered.
Konrad Reuland Tight end Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Big, athletic and strong kid who plays for one of the top programs in California. Ran a 4.75 at the NIKE Camp last year. Nebraska and Duke have already offered.
Carl Johnson Offensive line Durham (N.C.) Southern
Mammoth lineman who was a first-team all-state pick as a junior. Already lists offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Auburn and many more.
Jacques McClendon Offensive line Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor
Athletic big-man who was a second-team all-state pick as a junior and has already chosen Tennessee over offers from Alabama and Auburn.
Andre Smith Offensive line Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman
The top junior in a very good year in the state of Alabama. Already has racked up numerous scholarship offers, and some think he might have been the top player in the state this year.
J.B. Walton Offensive line White Plains (Md.) Lackey
A first-team all-state pick who already has scholarship offers from Penn State, Virginia, Maryland, N.C. State and many other national programs.
Sam Young Offensive line Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Will be a four-year starter for one of the top programs in the entire country. An all-state pick as a junior with great agility and an imposing frame.

D E F E N S E P O S I T I O N H O M E T O W N / H I G H S C H O O L / A B O U T
Clifton Geathers Defensive end Carvers Bay (S.C.)
Many are comparing this kid to Julius Peppers already. They have similar size and absolutely freakish speed. Geathers already has plenty of offers, but one interesting note is that his brother Robert Geathers played at Georgia from 2001-03.
Micah Johnson Defensive end Ft. Campbell (Ky.)
Played in Virginia until his junior season when he moved to Kentucky to play for one of the state's better programs. His size, mass and frame make him a physical specimen that will attract national recruiters.
Corey Hobbs Defensive tackle Oviedo (Fla.)
A monster who comes off the ball hard. Usually it's the offensive lineman who do the pancaking, but not when Hobbs is involved; he is the one putting the offensive guys on their backs.
Chaz Washington Defensive tackle Destrehan (La.)
An all-district and all-area pick as a junior who plays in the same highly competitive district that handed Ryan Perrilloux's team three regular season losses. LSU has offered.
Marcus Ball

Linebacker Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
A first-team all-state pick as a junior after totaling 120 tackles and seven sacks. Lit up the NIKE Camp in Atlanta a year ago, called by one coach the top LB he saw all year at the camps, after clocking a 4.49 40 and an 83.70 overall SPARQ Rating.
Brandon Graham Linebacker Detroit Crockett
The top junior in the state of Michigan. Clocked a 4.45-second time in the 40-yard dash at the Michigan State summer camp. He had 20 sacks as a junior and has a 385-pound bench-press. One of the Midwest's truly elite national prospects.
Sergio Kindle Linebacker Dallas Woodrow Wilson
Do-it-all performer on the high school level, rushing for over 1,800 yards and 25 scores while registering 100+ tackles last fall. Could play a number of positions in college and might be the top prospect in Texas next year.
Taylor Mays

Defensive back Seattle O'Dea
Similar skills to Myron Rolle, just a lot lower profile coming out of the Pacific Northwest. All-State as a junior, totaling five picks and returning three punts for touchdowns. Won the state 100 meter dash as a sophomore and should be the top recruit in the region next year.
John Maddux Defensive back Philadelphia West Catholic
Had 10 picks and 61 tackles to go along with 605 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving as a junior. Miami, Penn State, Wisconsin and others have supposedly already offered.
D'Andre McDaniel Defensive back Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
People call McDaniel a Kenneth Phillips clone, and if those comparisons are true look out for him. McDaniel is a prototypical big hitting safety whole lets no one get behind him.
Myron Rolle Defensive back Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School
A tremendous defensive back prospect with safety size and cornerback skills. Rushed for 1,503 yards and 22 scores as a junior to go along with 85 tackles and five interceptions on defense. Boasts more than 25 offers.

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