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. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.
We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the linebackers.
5. TOM WORT, New Braunfels (Texas) High
Wort highlightsCOMMITMENT: Oklahoma PARTICULARS: 6-1/210 THE BUZZ: You can't rack up the number of tackles he has made in the past two seasons without knowing where the ball is at all times.
4. KEVIN MINTER, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge Minter highlightsCOMMITMENT: LSU PARTICULARS: 6-0/231 THE BUZZ: His personal trainers work with NFL players, and it shows in Minter's game.
3. NICO JOHNSON, Andalusia (Ala.) High Johnson highlightsPARTICULARS: 6-3/226 THE BUZZ: Has that knack for knowing which way the ball is going on all running plays.
2. VONTAZE BURFICT, Corona (Calif.) Centennial Burfict highlightsCOMMITMENT: USC PARTICULARS: 6-2/244 THE BUZZ: Looks good against the run and pass. He also pursues all over the field.
1. MANTI TE'O, Honolulu Punahou School Te'o highlightsPARTICULARS: 6-2/230 THE BUZZ: Has the ability to decipher "run or pass?" in an instant.
3. SHAYNE SKOV, Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity-Pawling School Skov highlightsCOMMITMENT: Stanford PARTICULARS: 6-3/225 THE BUZZ: This projected linebacker actually plays defensive back, and has the speed and skills to do so.
2. RONNELL LEWIS, Dewar (Okla.) High Lewis highlightsCOMMITMENT: Oklahoma PARTICULARS: 6-3/220 THE BUZZ: Uses his 100-meter track experience to help close the gap.
4. JELANI JENKINS, Wheaton (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel
Jenkins highlightsPARTICULARS: 6-1/212 THE BUZZ: This speed linebacker also gets to carry the ball on a regular basis.
3. RONNELL LEWIS, Dewar (Okla.) High
Lewis highlightsCOMMITMENT: Oklahoma PARTICULARS: 6-3/220 THE BUZZ: Plays a little of everything on the football field and excels in track.
2. Jarvis Jones, Columbus (Ga.) Carver Jones highlightsPARTICULARS: 6-3/205 THE BUZZ: He was a member of state championship football and basketball teams this past season.
1. SHAYNE SKOV, Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity-Pawling School
Skov highlightsCOMMITMENT: Stanford
PARTICULARS: 6-3/225 THE BUZZ: An all-around athlete who plays almost every position for his high school team and really excelled in coverage at State College Nike Camp.