QB Mallett, DE Griffen jump in ESPN 150
The ESPN 150 has gotten a facelift with some dramatic changes following more in-person evaluation at last week's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
As we have said all year long, we are not enamored with any of the quarterbacks in the 2007 class. They all still need to be developed, and there is not that big a difference between any of the top quarterbacks. However, Jimmy Clausen (Westlake Village, Claif./Oaks Christian) remains our No. 1 quarterback despite slightly dropping from No. 4 to No. 8 in the overall rankings, and some other quarterbacks experienced a drop as well.
However, one quarterback who greatly improved his stock this week is Ryan Mallett (Texarkana, Texas/Texas) who jumped from No. 54 to No. 12 with an impressive showing in both practice and in the game for the West squad. Mobility is still a concern, but his accuracy, arm strength and command under center really stood out when facing top competition. It will be interesting to see how his laid-back, comical personality jives with Lloyd Carr in Ann Arbor.
WR Terrance Toliver (Hempstead, Texas) is going to be special, his athleticism for his height (6-foot-4) in everything he does, including playing safety, is impressive. As a result, he moved into the top 10 at No. 7 from his previous spot of No. 13.
While many players have shifted around, the only new entry into the ESPN 150 is CB Marcus Gilchrist (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews). He is clearly capable of holding his own versus the best wide receivers in the country, and we were also very impressed with him in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Tom Luginbill is the national director of recruiting for Scouts Inc. and a college football and recruiting studio analyst for ESPNU.