After months and months of
personal observations by the
recruiting analysts, hours of film review, interviews with countless college
and high school coaches, Rivals.com is proud to release its second ranking for
the Class of 2004.
Sure it would have been easy
to throw out a bunch of names early on, but the painstaking evaluation process
has allowed us to feel especially confident about the rankings that will be
released over the next several weeks.
Without further adieu,
Rivals.com is excited to announce players that are ranked No. 6 through No. 10
in the nation for the Class of 2004 and their five-star rankings.
At the No. 6 spot is the
nation's top quarterback Rhett Bomar of Grand Prairie, Texas. Bomar is
the center of a major recruiting battle between several teams, including bitter
rivals Oklahoma and Texas.
So why are the teams after
Bomar? Just ask any college coach that's recruiting him.
"He reminds me so much of
John Elway with his size, frame and his right arm," said a Big 12 assistant
coach. "What's impressive about Rhett is that he's not one-dimensional at all.
He's a guy that can kill you with his arm and with his legs. He's just one of
those special quarterbacks that come along every once in a while."
With defensive linemen in
vogue in the NFL, it's no surprise that one of the nation's best players is also
a defensive tackle. College coaches from all over the map are after Demarrio
Pressley out of Greensboro, N.C., and he's one of the best players to come
out of North Carolina in years.
Following Pressley at the
defensive line spot is the nation's top defensive end prospect, Brandon
Miller of Colquitt (Ga.) Miller County. Miller, who is likely Georgia bound,
has one of the best first steps that you'll see in a defensive end prospect and
that's why he's ranked as the nation's No. 8 player overall.
The nation's No. 2
linebacker, Willie Williams out of Miami, Fla., is No. 9 in the
top 10. As a junior, Williams was named first team all-Dade as well as first team
all-state. As a sophomore he earned second team all-Dade honors.
At a combine on Tuesday,
Williams ran an electronic 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash, had a 35-inch
vertical leap and also put up 225 pounds more than 20 times. All of which are
amazing and show what type of athlete Williams is.
"He's one of the best
linebackers to come out of South Florida in quite some time," said a Big East
recruiting coordinator. "And you know what type of players and linebackers come
out of South Florida."
The No. 10 spot is home for
the nation's No. 2 quarterback Anthony Morelli of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Morelli is a rifle armed passer that can throw deep. Morelli averaged a
whopping 24.7 yards per completion as a junior. He was an all-conference
performer that was also selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Terrific 25.
He attended the Elite 11 quarterback camp in California as a ballboy as a
"I know that some people are
really high on Chad Henne, but Morelli is the more complete quarterback at this
point," said an SEC recruiting coordinator. "Henne is right up there, too, but
Morelli is just one of those heady kids that has a strong arm and is just a
little bit more athletic. That makes him the perfect big-time quarterback."
"He has it all – arm
strength, accuracy, great feet – but he can do the little things. He
checks off at the line of scrimmage or whatever he gets us doing the
right things. I think he’s a coach’s son, so he’s been around it, been
in the locker room and on the sidelines from a very young age." -Jerry Bomar, Rhett Bomar's father and coach
"He's just as good as Keith Rivers, if not better. He
could be a great at a number of different positions. He plays
linebacker, running back, defensive line and about any position you
need. He can play about a 100 different spots in college - he's that
good. -SEC recruiting coordinator
"He's one of those kids that you see walking out of the
tunnel before a game and you just know that he's going to rip somebody's
head off. And you know what, that's exactly what he does. He kills
people out on the field. He's a head-hunter." -Big East assistant coach
"There are only two quarterbacks in the nation that
I've seen on film that could be ready to start from day one. Rhett Bomar
is one of them and Anthony Morelli is the other one. He is the complete
package and has been blessed with an amazing arm." -Big 12 quarterback coach