Get to know the top 10
With national signing day approaching, here's a quick look at the top 10 prospects in the ESPNU 150.
1. Ronald Powell, ATH, Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde
Powell is a dynamic athlete who will bring versatility to the Gators' class. It's Powell's athleticism that makes him such an exciting player and could have him playing anywhere from outside linebacker to tight end. Powell's rise to the top began at Florida's Friday Night Lights camp last summer and even though he could have been enticed to stay close to home at USC, he stuck with his commitment to the Gators. Powell capped his season by being named the most outstanding player at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game.
2. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Plano, Texas/Plano West
There might be a little rivalry in the Jeffcoat house now that Jackson is set to become a Longhorn. Jacqueline, Jackson's twin sister, has committed to play basketball at Oklahoma. The 6-foot-5 Jackson notched 8.5 sacks as a senior and could be following in Sergio Kindle's footsteps. Not exactly good news for Big 12 quarterbacks. Jeffcoat took his time with his decision even though he entered his senior year with 30 scholarship offers. He chose Texas over Oklahoma, Florida, Arizona State, USC and Houston. Playing defensive line is in Jeffcoat's blood as his father, Jim, won two Super Bowls playing defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys.
3. Dominique Easley, DT, Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis
The nation's top defensive tackle joins a formidable Florida class that includes several other stud defenders. Easley had a busy beginning to 2010. After verbally committing to Penn State in September, he decommitted in December and while he was on his way to grabbing MVP honors at the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game, Easley pledged his services to the Gators. In the game, he recorded three tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble and had coach Sam Wyche calling him "a special player."
4. Jordan Hicks, OLB, West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West
Give credit to Mack Brown and Texas for snagging Hicks out of Ohio State's backyard. The explosive linebacker committed to the Longhorns on the same day as Jackson Jeffcoat and instantly added another dynamic playmaker to the Texas defense. Hicks' recruiting has seen many top suitors as he was considered a top priority for the Longhorns, Buckeyes and Florida Gators. Hicks started for Lakota West since his sophomore year and has garnered all-state honors while accounting for more than 150 tackles the past two seasons. Hicks' high school coach credits much of his skills to his love of basketball.
5. Michael Dyer, RB, Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Christian
Dyer is a wrecking ball of a running back who is powerfully built and low to the ground at 5-foot-9. Dyer is the top running back in the Class of 2010 and will bring quite a résumé with him to Auburn. Dyer, who committed in November, owns the state record for career rushing yards and has scored 74 touchdowns. He has twice rushed for more than 2,000 yards in his career. Dyer considered several other SEC powerhouses before choosing the Tigers. The decision to head to the Plains could be a good one, as Dyer could see immediate playing time with the graduation of Ben Tate.
6. Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
College: Florida State
Joyner might be small, but he makes up for it with his athleticism and his blazing speed. The nation's top cornerback will be a big addition to Jimbo Fisher's first recruiting class at Florida State and will try to bolster a defense that was awful against the pass in 2009. Joyner, whose friends call him "Frankenstein," was more than the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas. He also became a threat on offense and the kicking game, racking up more than 1,000 all-purpose yards.
7. Robert Woods, WR, Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra
Despite Pete Carroll's decision to leave USC, Woods is sticking by his commitment. Woods pledged his services to the Trojans in August and has stuck with it. Woods is sleek, fast and a big-time playmaker. He also comes through in big moments. Woods caught eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns to help Serra win the CIF Division III state championship. Woods played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and will join fellow ESPNU 150 receiver Kyle Prater as a weapon for USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
8. Seantrel Henderson, OT, St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall
To say that Henderson is massive would be an understatement. He checks in at 6-foot-7 and close to 300 pounds. Henderson should also be earning frequent flier miles for his recruiting trips. While he remains undecided, he has been on visits to USC and Miami with stops to Notre Dame and Ohio State in between. When he's not dominating opposing defensive linemen, Henderson might be found on the hardwood. Dunking comes easy to him, but it also goes to show how athletic he is even at his enormous size.
9. Matt Elam, ATH, Palm Beach Garden, Fla./Dwyer
Elam may have had a hard time staying committed -- he switched between Florida State and Florida four times between October and January -- but there's no doubt about his ability. The future could be big for the dynamic Elam. He has the power and hands to play running back, but also has a knack for making big hits on defense. With all his physical tools on the field, Elam is even stronger off it. He has endured the murders of three family members to persevere and make himself a better player and person.
10. Jonathan Dowling, S, Bradenton, Fla./Southeast
Dowling is the third prospect in the top 10 headed to Florida. If you need to find the football during a passing play, just look for Dowling. He's the prototypical ball-hawking safety with great skills and better instincts. He was an all-state selection as a junior and intercepted 15 passes that season. Dowling is not just a turnover machine, he's got what Florida coach Urban Meyer loves the most -- speed. Dowling has clocked a 10.9 in the 100 meters.
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