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June 2, 2006

Big talents in final five-star group

The final six five-stars for the initial release of the class of 2007 features two big-play wide receivers from Florida and Texas, two impressive jumbo athletes from the Midwest, a versatile running back from California and another quarterback prospect from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Wisconsin tackle Josh Oglesby, Texas wide receiver Terrance Toliver, Florida wide receiver Deonte Thompson, Virginia quarterback Tyrod Taylor, California running back Marc Tyler and Illinois defensive end Martez Wilson round out Rivals.com's 27 five-star selections.

At Noon EDT Monday, Rivals.com will release the first Rivals100 for the class of 2007. At Noon EDT June 12, the first Rivals250 will be released.

Class of 2007 Five-Star Prospects
Josh Oglesby Oglesby in Action
Position: Offensive tackle
High School: Milwaukee (Wisc.) St. Francis
Height: 6-7
Weight: 315
Why he's a five-star: One of the Midwest's top prospects at any position, Oglesby is one of the biggest and best players to come out of Wisconsin in the past five years. With an NFL body that should make him ready to go in college, Oglesby is a mauler on the offensive line and he's not afraid to get up in anybody's face and plant them to the ground. He's a special player that's already heading to Wisconsin. Oglesby committed to the Badgers on April 28, picking Wisconsin over offers from Florida State, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC.
Vote: Should Josh Oglesby be a five-star?
Tyrod Taylor Taylor in Action
Position: Dual-threat quarterback
High School: Hampton (Va.)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 193
Why he's a five-star: The next great quarterback from Hampton Roads? Taylor has been compared to former Virginia high school great Ronald Curry for his combination of passing skills and athleticism and comparison to the Vick brothers is also inevitable. As a junior he threw for 2,000 yards and 22 scores against only 6 interceptions. He also ran for 800 yards and six more scores. Taylor has a strong arm and makes good decisions when it comes to throwing or tucking and running the ball. A true dual-threat under center, Taylor is a passer first but is very dangerous outside the tackles and when he tucks and runs. He has terrific mechanics, a quick release and a strong arm. Taylor has quick feet and legitimate speed. His footwork is excellent and his drops are smooth. The level of competition in his area has helped his development and he's a strong leader.
Vote: Should Tyrod Taylor be a five-star?
Deonte Thompson Thompson in Action
Position: Wide receiver
High School: Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Why he's a five-star: One of the fastest wide receiver prospects in the country, Thompson is a threat to score a touchdown any time he touches the ball. Is he the most polished route runner? No. Does he catch every single thing that is thrown to him? No. But, he's the type of receiver that can catch a slant pattern or a wide receiver screen and literally outrun multiple defenders to the end zone and the type of guy that can develop the other parts of his game at the next level. Thompson also, as most Glades Central prospects do, loves to compete and to play the game of football so his desire to become a more complete receiver at the next level and beyond is in place. He caught 21 passes for 375 yards and six touchdowns in 2005. Every major program in the Southeast and most around the country have offered Thompson, though most believe that Miami (Fla.) and Florida are the two teams to beat.
Vote: Should Deonte Thompson be a five-star?
Terrance Toliver Toliver in Action
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Hempstead (Texas) Hempstead
Height: 6-4
Weight: 185
Why he's a five-star: A 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver with speed doesn't come along often and the state of Texas is home to that top prospect in Terrance Toliver. The Hempstead, Texas product is not just a big body that can catch the fade pass, but has great feet and very good speed. His national list of offers only adds to the hype surrounding Toliver and he can certainly back it up. The Lone Star prospect posted a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and dominated a strong defensive back group at the NIKE Training Camp in College Station this spring. Toliver's ability to make the tough catch and out leap smaller defensive backs makes him very dangerous and loaded with potential for college coaches to work with. His ability on the basketball court also shows off his athleticism and versatility that coaches love.
Vote: Should Terrance Toliver be a five-star?
Marc Tyler Tyler in Action
Position: Running back
High School: Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
Why he's a five-star: Marc Tyler has outstanding bloodlines. He is the son of former UCLA Bruin, Los Angeles Ram and San Francisco 49er great Wendell Tyler and many of his father's excellent traits can bee seen in him. Just like his dad, he's a great all-around player that can kill you in a number of different ways. He's easily the most complete running back in the nation. He can pound out the yards between the tackle. He can beat you to the outside on toss sweeps and he's also got some of the softest hands of anybody at his position. "I coached Russell White," Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said. "Russell was a first-team All-American at Cal and is still the all-time leading rusher in the school's history. Marc Tyler is in Russell White's category." USC and Notre Dame are considered the front runners, but Tyler has offers from almost everybody that recruits Southern California.
Vote: Should Marc Tyler be a five-star?
Martez Wilson Wilson in Action
Position: Weakside DE
High School: Chicago (Ill.) Simeon
Height: 6-4
Weight: 228
Why he's a five-star: It took us about three plays to see how good Martez Wilson is. In a big time battle against rival Morgan Park, Wilson lined up one play at receiver and he leaped over two defenders on a long bomb for a big gain. Then on another play he lined up at linebacker and tackled the running back for a 5-yard loss on a toss sweep. On the third play, he lined up at defensive end, blew by the offensive tackle and ran down star quarterback Demetrius Jones in the open field for a sack. As soon as that tape started to make rounds with college coaches, they started to see what everybody else knew in Chicago for 12 months now Wilson is a freak. Wilson has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and many more. He'll easily be one of the most heavily recruited players in Illinois in the past five years.
Vote: Should Martez Wilson be a five-star?

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