The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country to come up with the most extensive and accurate prospect rankings and evaluations you will find. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.
Today we break down the athlete category. Who is the fastest? The most athletic? Who has the best ball skills? Our experts have come up with the complete list.
Jeremy Crabtree's take: When it comes to speed, guys like Thomas, Barnes and Scott standout without question. When he's 100 percent, Shoemate might be at the top of this category. He's so explosive and quick.
Mike Farrell's take: Lamaar Thomas is a 10.3-second 100 meter guy who has on-field speed comparable to Ted Ginn, he has the potential to be great.
JC Shurburtt's take: There is no questioning Thomas' speed. His track accomplishments are well-documented, but what's impressive is how it translates to the field.
Crabtree's take: Good call with Shoemate as being the most athletic. He can sure scoot and make things happen. I also love having Torrence in here because he's explosive on both sides of the ball. Will Hill, Scott and Barnes are also great picks here.
Farrell's take: Will Hill is the most athletic player to come out of New Jersey in at least a decade. D.J. Shoemate can play numerous positions at the next level, same with Brandon Barnes.
Shurburtt's take: Shoemate can do so many different things on the football field and it's all a product of his superior athleticism.
Crabtree's take: I really thought Gerell Robinson belongs higher on this list because he's that special of a player. But you can't fault anybody at all on this list. The jumbo athlete is one of the most valued positions now in football and it's great to see these guys get their due.
Farrell's take: The big guys can get after it as well and each of these players has a great frame to build on.
Shurburtt's take: Brandon Smith is huge and can play outside linebacker or safety because of his superior athleticism.