August 5, 2009

All-Time Rivals100: Nos. 21-30

VOTE: Who was the best player ever ranked 21-30 in the Rivals100?'s analysts recently got together and picked an all-time Rivals100 consisting of what we thought was the best player ever ranked at each spot in the ranking.

We took into consideration players that have at least one year out of high school, so each spot on the all-time list will be one of the seven players ever ranked at that position from 2002 to 2008. For example, the group in the running for No. 1 consists of Vince Young (No. 1 overall in 2002), Ernie Sims (2003), Adrian Peterson (2004), Derrick Williams (2005), Percy Harvin (2006), Jimmy Clausen (2007) and Terrelle Pryor (2008).

Today we take a look at the best from Nos. 21 to 30.

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All-Time Rivals100: Best by the numbers
30. WR Steve Smith
Year: 2003

College/NFL: USC/New York Giants

Career: Had 190 career catches for 3,019 yards and 22 touchdowns at USC. Selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Giants. Has 65 receptions for 637 yards and one touchdown in two NFL seasons.

The others: QB James Banks (2002, Tennessee); OT Herman Johnson (2004, LSU); LB Derek Nicholson (2005, Florida State); OT Daron Rose (2006, Florida State); RB Enrique Davis (2007, Auburn); OT Tyler Love (2008, Alabama)

Year: 2005

College/NFL: Georgia/Cleveland Browns

Career: Finished career at Georgia with 158 catches for 2,282 yards and 16 touchdowns. Second-round pick by the Browns in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The others: LB Mike D'Andrea (2002, Ohio State); DT Lawrence Dampeer (2003, Oklahoma); OT Roland Martin (2004, Michigan State); S Antwine Perez (2006, USC); OT Kristofer O'Dowd (2007, USC); OT Stephen Good (2008, Oklahoma)

Mohamed Massaquoi high school highlights
Year: 2004

College/NFL: Cal/Buffalo Bills

Career: 2006 All-American and Pac-10 offensive player of the year rushed for 3,230 yards and 29 career touchdowns in three seasons at Cal. Selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft (12th overall) and has 2,151 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns in two seasons with the Bills.

The others: DB Devin Hester (2002, Miami); ATH Michael Bush (2003, Louisville); ATH Victor Harris (2005, Virginia Tech); OT Carl Johnson (2006, Florida); QB Cameron Newton (2007, Florida); ATH Burton Scott (2008, Alabama)
27. CB Donte Whitner
Year: 2003

College/NFL: Ohio State/Buffalo Bills

Career: First-team All-Big Ten selection in 2005 was selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by Buffalo. Has 255 tackles and two interceptions in three seasons with the Bills.

The others: LB Ahmad Brooks (2002, Virginia); DT William Morrisey (2004, Texas A&M); OT Dan Doering (2005, Iowa); RB James Aldridge (2006, Notre Dame); QB Tyrod Taylor (2007, Virginia Tech); WR Michael Floyd (2008, Notre Dame)

Donte Whitner high school highlights
26. QB Chris Leak
Year: 2003

College: Florida

Career: Started 47 games for the Gators and holds school records for passing yardage (11,213), completions (895) and attempts (1,458). Was the offensive MVP of the 2007 BCS National Championship Game.

The others: S Pat Watkins (2002, Florida State); ATH Alonzo Bryant (2004, Georgia); LB Ryan Reynolds (2005, Oklahoma); OT Stephen Schilling (2006, Michigan); DE Martez Wilson (2007, Illinois); WR Jonathan Baldwin (2008, Pittsburgh)

Chris Leak high school highlights
25. DE Jarvis Moss
Year: 2003

College/NFL: Florida/Denver Broncos

Career: Totaled 15 sacks in final two seasons at Florida. First-round pick (17th overall) by the Broncos in the 2007 NFL Draft. Has 24 tackles and 3.5 sacks in two seasons with Denver.

The others: S Darren Williams (2002, Mississippi State); LB Brian Toal (2004, Boston College); RB Antone Smith (2005, Florida State); DE Eddie Jones (2006, Texas); CB Donovan Warren (2007, Michigan); QB Dayne Crist (2008, Notre Dame)

Year: 2007

College: Illinois

Career: Has 121 receptions for 1,731 yards in just two seasons at Illinois to rank eighth and seventh on the Illini career lists in those respective categories.

The others: OT Derek Morris (2002, NC State); S Quinton Culberson (2003, Mississippi State); LB Dan Connor (2004, Penn State); DT Jerrell Powe (2005, Ole Miss); DE Brandon Warren (2006, Florida State); ATH Richard Samuel (2008, Georgia)

Arrelious Benn high school highlights
Year: 2004

College/NFL: Arkansas/Oakland Raiders

Career: Rushed for 4,590 yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons at Arkansas. First-round pick (fourth overall) by the Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft. Rushed for 499 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.

The others: WR Marquis Johnson (2002, Texas); DE Victor Abiamiri (2003, Notre Dame); OT Thomas Herring (2004, USC); ATH C.J. Gable (2006, USC); OT Ryan Miller (2007, Colorado); LB Arthur Brown (2008, Miami)

Darren McFadden high school highlights
22. QB Tim Tebow
Year: 2006

College: Florida

Career: Was the only sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy, the Sullivan Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award (2007). Only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season

The others: RB Jerious Norwood (2002, Mississippi State); DE Justin Ostrowski (2003, Wisconsin); WR Xavier Carter (2004, LSU); RB Kevin Grady (2005, Michigan); WR Dwight Jones (2007, North Carolina); WR DeAndre Brown (2008, Southern Miss)

Tim Tebow high school highlights
Year: 2002

College/NFL: Mississippi State/Houston Texans

Career: Recorded 104 tackles, including 18 for loss and 2.5 sacks at Mississippi State. Has 28 tackles and one forced fumble in two seasons with Houston.

The others: RB Demetris Summers (2003, South Carolina); WR Lance Leggett (2004, Miami); S Demetrice Morley (2005, Tennessee); DE Ricky Sapp (2006, Clemson); CB Curtis Brown (2007, Texas); WR DeVier Posey (2008, Ohio State) is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
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