The final piece of the
five-star puzzle for the first set of rankings for the Class of 2004 is in
place. Rivals.com is proud to award five-star status to four more players,
including two Golden State nuggets, another star from the Land of Lincoln and
the top player in the state of New Jersey.
Earning five-star status and being named as the nation’s No. 21 player is the latest player in the Concord
(Calif.) De La Salle football pipeline. This time around it’s Cameron Colvin, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound
At his size, his speed is
amazing. He’s been clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash and can easily
bust off consistent 4.4-second times.
Rick Kimbrel first saw Colvin in
September, he made catches that were reminiscent of the great hall famer for the
Pittsburgh Steelers Lynn Swann. Colvin’s Godfather thought the same thing.
“I didn’t even know who Lynn Swann was,” Colvin said. “My Godfather went out and
found some tapes on Swann. Swann was great. I can see some comparisons now.”
State gem is ranked right behind Colvin at the No. 22 spot.
five-star status is
Calif., standout defensive end Phillip Mbakogu,
a 6-foot-3, 255-pound pass rushing machine.
Phillip all over the place,”
coach Casey Moreno said. “A lot of our opponents wait to see what side of
line Phillip lines up on and they run their plays accordingly.
“The biggest compliment that Phillip received and because he’s quiet humble kid
the only one he will ever talk about was when Concord (Calif.) De La Salle head
coach Bob Ladouceur said that their entire offensive scheme consisted of
running away from Phillip’s side.
quite a compliment coming from the coach from arguably the best high school team
is home to the nation’s No. 23 player and next five-star selection.
Chicago is home to Chris Patterson, a
strapping 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker that could project as either an inside
or outside linebacker because of his size, speed and nose for the football.
have been waiting for three years to recruit this kid,” Rivals100.com analyst
Tim O’Halloran said. “He’s been one of the best in the
the nation for quite some time now.”
No. 24 and
the final five-star selection in the first batch of rankings is the top player
New Jersey – Brian Toal of Ramsey (N.J.) Don
been outstanding for us on offense and defense since ninth grade,” said Greg
Toal, the coach at Don Bosco Prep, said. “But most of
the schools that have contacted us this spring have given us an indication they
believe his best position in college will be at either an inside or outside
linebacker position. All the schools that have contacted us this spring have
indicated to our coaching staff that they believe Brian is the best player on
the best team in the state of
for the 2003 season.”
And with the
loaded year in and year out, that’s enough said.