It's no secret that linebacker and offensive line both appear to be positions of strength in the Class of 2008 recruiting cycle as multiple prospects at both positions have the chance to be special on the collegiate level.
Without a doubt, the size/speed ratio of many of the linebackers stands out. Players like Wichita (Kan.) East's Arthur Brown and Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla's Nigel Bradham and Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway's Shayne Hale all have good size and can run.
Behind those three there is good depth at the position. Massillon (Ohio) Washington's Devoe Torrence and Homestead (Fla.)'s Marcus Robinson, along with several others are high-quality linebacker prospects.
On the offensive line, what stands out is the abundance of elite tackle prospects. The Class of 2007 featured talented guards like James Wilson (Florida) and Tray Allen (Texas), but there are five tackle prospects at the top of the offensive line board in this year's class. Michael Brewster of Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater, Nebraska commit Baker Steinkuhler of Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest, Kyle Long of Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne's-Belfield (the son of former NFL great Howie Long), Oklahoma commit Stephen Good of Paris (Texas) and Mountain Brook (Ala.) standout Tyler Love all are tackle prospects.
There is even more depth at tackle behind those five with prospects like USC commit Matt Kalil of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, Klein (Texas) Collins' J.B. Shugarts, Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Jefferson's Lucas Nix and Seffner (Fla.) Armwood's Matt Patchan.
Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County standout A.J. Harmon is one of the top prospects at offensive guard.
Below is a look at five of the top prospects at each position for the Class of 2008 with the No. 1 prospect featured followed by the rest of top five in alphabetical order.
Terrelle Pryor High School: Jeannette (Pa.) Height: 6-6 Weight: 220 Pryor in action
Pryor is a great athlete who reminds many of Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young. He is cat-quick for a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder and frequently turns bad plays in the passing game into long runs. Pryor has good speed and while he's not as consistent with his throws as he will be, he certainly has moments of greatness in the passing game. He's also a winner, leading Jeanette to the state championship game as a junior.
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Jermie Calhoun High School: Van (Texas) Height: 6-0 Weight: 210 Calhoun in action
In the tradition of Earl Campbell, Adrian Peterson and Billy Sims, Calhoun is the next great East Texas running back. He has the size, speed, vision and enough wiggle to get out of a crowd when he needs to. The Oklahoma commit rushed for 1,726 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. That followed a sophomore campaign in which he totaled 1,653 yards and 23 touchdowns. Vote: Who is your pick for the nation's top RB?
Julio Jones High School: Foley (Ala.) Height: 6-4 Weight: 215 Jones in action
The best prospect to come out of Foley High since Kenny Stabler, this 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has been timed as fast as 4.48-seconds in the 40-yard dash and had an outstanding 41-inch vertical leap during testing at the Southeastern Select 7-on-7 tournament last summer in Hoover, Ala. Jones isn't just a great athlete, though. He's a game-changing presence on the football field. He had 75 receptions for 1,306 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior season.
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Michael Brewster High School: Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater Height: 6-6 Weight: 305 Brewster in action
Brewster first worked himself onto the recruiting radar in June of 2006, when he was one of the top overall prospects at the Eugene, Ore., NIKE Camp. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder moves well laterally and is athletic enough to handle most pass rushing defensive ends coming off the edge. The big Floridian also stands out in the classroom. He is planning to graduate from high school early and enroll at the school of his choice in January.
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DeAngelo Tyson High School: Statesboro (Ga.) Height: 6-2 Weight: 276 Tyson in action
Tyson, a Georgia commit, is a force in the middle of any defense. Here's a scary thought: He is young for his grade, so he has even more upside as he matures physically. The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder has elite quickness and had 12 tackles for loss as a junior. It won't be a shock to see him get plenty of early playing time at UGA, which has a major need at defensive tackle for the Class of 2008.
Vote: Who is your pick for the nation's top DL?
Arthur Brown High School: Wichita (Kan.) East Height: 6-1 Weight: 225 Brown in action
Brown could be the best prospect to come out of the state of Kansas since Mike Rozier. The violent tackler had 132 total tackles and 12 for loss during his junior season. In a great year for linebackers, to be mentioned as the potential top one certainly speaks volumes about his ability. Coaches agree, too. Brown has garnered a slew of scholarship offers early in the process, including ones from the current top programs in college football.
Vote: Who is your pick for the nation's top LB?
T.J. Bryant High School: Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln Height: 6-1 Weight: 175 Bryant in action
Some close to the program at Lincoln High say that Bryant could be better than former Trojans and Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was a first-round draft pick. He's fast and tough, but the two things that stand out most about Bryant are his confidence and his short memory, which is paramount for any player wishing to become an elite Division I-A cornerback. He also comes from a high school program that is no stranger to producing great talent.
Vote: Who is your pick for the nation's top DB?
Will Hill High School: Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 Hill in action
Nicknamed "The Thrill" by many who have watched him play, Hill is an electrifying player with the ball in his hands (more than 1,300 yards of total offense as a junior) and has great size, toughness and speed for playing defense. While his best position long-term could be safety, he's likely to be used in a variety of ways at the college level, including in the return game (he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last year) or even in certain situations on offense. Regardless of where you put him, it's clear that Hill is in an explosive player that multiple college programs would love to have. Vote: Who is your pick for the nation's top Athlete?