February 27, 2008

From the Film Room: Top performers

The rankings process for the 2009 class is well underway and Rivals.com recruiting analysts have logged countless hours in the film room evaluating prospects from all over the country.

Rivals.com's Barry Every breaks down some of the names to remember for next season from his countless hours of film evaluation and gives a preview to where they might be ranked.

Film Room Standouts

Josh Nunes, 6-4, 187, QB, Upland (Calif.) Highlights

What was impressive about him on video? He demonstrated a very strong arm and appeared to be able to look off defenders and read defenses.

Needs improvement: In person, he looks like he just needs to get stronger and add about 15 pounds.

Conclusion: This kid is special and should be a candidate for the Elite 11.

Ranking status: I see him starting as a four-star at 5.9, and possibly even 6.0.

Current offers: Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Stanford.

Chris Thompson, 5-8, 173, RB, Greenville (Fla.) Madison Highlights

What was impressive about him on video? He is a tremendous pass catcher out of the backfield, and showed great balance and speed.

Needs improvement: Continue to get stronger and add more muscle in order to take the pounding backs receive at the D-I level.

Conclusion: He is currently listed as a running back but serious consideration needs to be given to moving him to an all-purpose back. He can do everything including retuning kicks and punts.

Ranking status: This player is very good again I see him as a four-star in the 5.9 to 6.0 range to start.

Current offers: Clemson, Florida State, Memphis, Miami.

Eugene Smith, 6-3, 171, RB, Miramar, Fla. Highlights

What was impressive about him on video? He is very athletic and very smooth. He reminded me a lot of current Atlanta Falcon QB D.J. Shockley.

Needs improvement: He is very thin and will need to add about 20 pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame.

Conclusion: He has to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, and a serious candidate for the top quarterback in Florida.

Ranking status: I would like to start him as a four-star with around a 5.8 rating.

Current offers: Boston College, Florida, Miami, Oregon, South Florida, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Jeremy Gallon, 5-9, 160, ATH, Apopka, Fla.

What was impressive about him on video? This kid is as quick as they come and has very good speed. His change of direction is incredible.

Needs improvement: Like those mentioned earlier he needs to get stronger and add some needed muscle mass.

Conclusion: Gallon could play running back, wide receiver, corner back and return punts and kicks.

Ranking status: I would start him as a four-star no lower than 5.8, but am leaning towards a 5.9.

Current offers: Amazingly none at this time, which is really hard to believe.

Trent Richardson, 5-11, 200, RB, Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia Highlights

What was impressive about him on video? He keeps those feet moving after contact and he looks very painful to try to tackle.

Needs improvement: He could work a little on his speed, and I did not see him catch many passes out of the backfield.

Conclusion: To be honest he looked like a complete back and his running style is reminiscent of Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno.

Ranking status: I really liked this kid on film so four stars at 5.9.

Current offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Purdue, South Carolina.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at [email protected]

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