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January 3, 2011

College Football Report - 2011 Under Armour All-American Game Player Preview:

The end of college football is upon us. The focus of coaches across the country is about to turn from the team, to the future team. With the end in sight, comes the annual Under Armour High School All-American game, Wednesday, January 5 on ESPN. Some of the nation’s best will take the field in St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s time to breakdown the best of the best and the players to keep an eye on while you watch the first of two High School All-American games this post-season.

The top 25 players to play in the 2011 High School All-American game:

No. 25 Brandon Fulse, TE

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Tight End - #5 Pos. Ranking: Tight End - #12

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 250

Hometown: Fort Meade, FL - Fort Meade Senior HS

Considering: FSU, Miami (FL) Auburn, Alabama, Texas Tech

Review: A tremendous athlete at tight end. He's college ready size wise and has the frame to get even bigger at the next level. Fulse is as good of a pass catcher as he is a blocker. Is basically down to FSU and Miami, but has a choice of many others.

No. 24 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Safety - #2 Pos. Ranking: Safety - #1

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 195

Hometown: Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips HS

Considering: Verbal to - Alabama

Review: Has the perfect combination of size and speed to excel at the next level. Steps into a good situation in Alabama, where he'll be able to learn from an All-American and play relatively early. Clinton-Dix is a hitter who's exceptional against the run. Follows a strong tradition of players from Orlando Dr. Phillips.

No. 23 Anthony Wallace, LB

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Inside Linebacker - #7 Pos. Ranking: Inside Linebacker - #5

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 220

Hometown: Dallas, TX - Skyline HS

Considering: Verbal to - Oregon

Review: Very quick linebacker with Texas mentality. A good first step with instincts to get to the ball carrier. One of the top prizes of Oregon's class thus far, a lot of experts thought the Skyline product was Oklahoma bound.

No. 22 Todd Barr, DT

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Defensive Tackle - #3 Pos. Ranking: Defensive Tackle - #8

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 265

Hometown: Lakewood, CA - Lakewood HS

Considering: Verbal to - California

Review: Will need to add a bit of size at the next level, but is a player with a motor that never gives up on a play. Shoots offensive line gaps well, excelling in pass rushing. Very good with his hands, batting blockers away. Decided to stay close to home, opting for the Bears over the Bruins and Ducks.

No. 21 Lawrence Thomas, LB

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Inside Linebacker - #5 Pos. Ranking: Outside Linebacker - #2

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 230

Hometown: Detroit, MI - Renaissance HS

Considering: Verbal to - Michigan State

Review: Has tremendous size and athleticism to play right away at outside linebacker. May even put his hand down at the next level, a lot like Brandon Graham did at Michigan. A good burst off the ball as a blitzer, he may be best suited to rush the passer in college, but his technique may need some work. The top recruit in a loaded Michigan State class.

No. 20 La'El Collins, OT

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Offensive Tackle - #3 Pos. Ranking: Offensive Tackle - #2

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 281

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA - Redemptorist HS

Considering: Verbal to - LSU

Review: A power offensive lineman who excels in the rushing game. A dominant blocker with athleticism to pull with ease. Has a great motor and never misses a play for Redemptorist. Blocks for one of the nation’s best running backs in Jeremy Hill who may also head to LSU.

No. 19 Cyrus Hobbi, OG

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Offensive Guard - #1 Pos. Ranking: Offensive Guard - #8

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 285

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ - Saguaro HS

Considering: Arizona State, Oregon State, Nebraska, USC, UCLA

Review: An underrated player on the national scene. Hobbi is equally great as a pass blocker and run blocker. Is more technically sound in the pass game, but his dominance in the rush game is never overlooked. Has played multiple positions along the line, but is best suited for guard at the next level. Leaning towards Arizona State right now.

No. 18 Savon Huggins, RB

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Running Back - #5 Pos. Ranking: Running Back - #5

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 195

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ - Saint Peter's HS

Considering: Auburn, Michigan State, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Rutgers,

Review: Good size and speed to excel at the college level. Doesn’t waste time dancing with the ball, instead makes a cut, hitting the hole hard. Breaks arm tackles and rarely goes down on the first hit. Would be best suited for the pro style systems of Notre Dame and North Carolina, but the hometown Scarlett Knights remain in the mix.

No.17 Ja'Jaun Story, WR

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Wide Receiver - #5 Pos. Ranking: Wide Receiver - #41

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 190

Hometown: Brooksville, FL

Considering: Verbal to - Florida

Review: Has the ideal size coaches are beginning to look for from high school wideouts. Is fluid in his cuts and run exceptionally well. Has great hands and makes adjustments to the ball with ease. Has hidden speed for a player of his height. Will head to home state Florida with a good chance to play early.

No. 16 Desmond Jackson, DT

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Defensive Tackle - #2 Pos. Ranking: Defensive Tackle - #3

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 275

Hometown: Houston, TX - Westfield HS

Considering: Verbal to - Texas

Review: Doesn’t have the ideal size, but makes up for it with tremendous quickness and explosiveness off the ball. Disrupts offensive backfields quite often, and is better suited to rush the passer at the next level. Has good body control and closes on opposing players with ease.

No. 15 Karlos Williams, S

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Safety - #1 Pos. Ranking: Safety - #3

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 210

Hometown: Davenport, FL - Ridge Community HS

Considering: Verbal to - Florida State

Review: Is one of the best athletes in the 2011 class. Williams plays quarterback and defensive back for his HS team. Is exceptionally fast for a player of his size and has the frame to add bulk when he gets to college. Can even be moved to outside linebacker at the next level, a lot like current FSU linebacker Nick Moody.

No.14 DeVaris Daniels, WR

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Wide Receiver - #15 Pos. Ranking: Wide Receiver #25

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 165

Hometown: Vernon Hills, IL - Vernon Hills - HS

Considering: Verbal to - Notre Dame

Review: Is a very underrated wideout and ready for the next level of completion. Has great body control when the ball is in the air and is a burner once the ball is in his hands. The son of past Washington Redskins defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, DaVaris chose Notre Dame over Miami (FL) after qualifying.

No. 13 Doran Grant, CB

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Cornerback - #3 Pos. Ranking: Cornerback - #2

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 175

Hometown: Akron, OH - Saints Vincent and Mary HS

Considering: Verbal to - Ohio State

Review: It's down to two for Grant who will choose between OSU and MSU. A quick and athletic corner, Grant has good height for the next level, but will need to add a bit of bulk. Grant has good ball skills, often disrupting the receiver from making a catch. Can also play receiver at the next level, and excels at returning kicks.

No. 12 Stephen Anthony, LB

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Outside Linebacker - #1 Pos. Ranking: Outside Linebacker - #4

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 220

Hometown: Wadesboro, NC - Anson Senior HS

Considering: Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, North Carolina

Review: A two position star for Anson Senior HS, Anthony excels most at outside linebacker, where he has superb quickness to chase down ball carries and athleticism to beat blocks. Excellent size for the next level and is capable of taking on a blocker head-on. Some feel Anthony will leave the Tar Heel state but don't be surprised if the Wolf Pack get the nod.

No. 11 Trey DePriest, LB

ESPN Pos. Ranking: Outside Linebacker - #2 Pos. Ranking: Inside Linebacker - #3

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 225

Hometown: Akron, OH - Springfield, OH

Considering: Verbal to - Alabama

Review: Another top Akron product, DePriest is one of the top linebackers in the 2011 and will spurn the instate Buckeyes to head to Alabama. Has the strength and size to play right away for the Tide, and head coach Nick Saban loves to play true freshman.

*Top 10 to be released Wednesday, Jan. 5

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