Lemming's Class of 2007: Final Rankings

Nearly all Top 100 have made decision on school

Jan. 29, 2007

By Tom Lemming

Special to CSTV.com


Just recently, I updated the Top 30 players in the 2007 class, having seen them the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. 


Ryan Mallett made the move to No. 2, then Chris Gallipo entered the Top 10 after his MVP Performance in the Bowl, and Eric Berry and Brandon Saine made significant leaps from their previous spots.


As the rest of the Top 100 is updated for the final time, you'll see several new players have entered this select group and there have also been more adjustments in the Top 30 since that last update.


Players like Tydreke Powell, Carlos Dunlap, Enrique Davis, Jahvid Best, Cameron Newton shake-up this final ranking of the Class of 2007.


Lemming's All-American Team


1. Jimmy Clausen:  One of the most ballyhooed prep football players ever, Jimmy more than lived up to his billing this season. Playing on a dominating team with a great tailback, he took charge early and was the undisputed team leader. This season he was exceptionally efficient at passing the ball, showed a quick set-up, smooth over the top delivery, no hesitation, and he could get rid of the ball in a hurry and threw the deep-out with authority. He did a great job of reading defenses and showed that rare combination of touch and accuracy rarely seen in prep quarterbacks. I was also impressed with the steam he put on his passes, and always seemed to throw a catchable ball. It will be interesting to watch Jimmy (a mid-term grad) this spring at Notre Dame. He should be an instant hit. This season he completed 194 of 281 passes. He threw for 3,428 yards and 49 TDs, and was picked off six times, averaging 228 passing yards per game. He also showed his mobility by rushing for 112 yards on 36 attempts. As a sophomore he threw for over 4,000 yards and as a junior 3,665 yards. (Committed to Notre Dame)


2. Ryan Mallett: This guy sure does fit perfectly into Michigan's long line of great QB prospects like Brian Griese, Drew Henson, Tom Brady and John Navarre. I was impressed with his arm strength, knowledge, awareness and ability to find secondary receivers. He reads well, makes very quick decisions and was extremely accurate in his short passing game. As I thought, he was not much of a runner but did a good job of avoiding the first defender. He proved to be a load to bring down and shows courage in the pocket.

This season, Ryan earned 1st Team All-State honors after completing 153 of 246 passes for 2,592 yards and 27 TDs, and was picked off just four times. Also earned 2nd Team All-USA Today honors at QB. (Committed to Michigan)


3. Marvin Austin: The nation's No. 1 defensive tackle prospect is now also the nation's No. 1 overall defensive player. After watching Marvin on senior film he really reminds me of Corey Simon, a relentless pursuer with enormous strength, a great motor and superior quickness and speed. His mobility is second to none and despite the fact that he had to fight off constant double- and triple-teams, he still exceeded his junior year in stats. This season, he totaled 83 tackles, 17 QB sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He dominated at the line of scrimmage, so much so that the opposition sometimes put three blockers on him. He plays the game fast and mean, showed a nose for the ball and proved to be a great leader despite the fact that he transferred from Coolidge this past June. Austin benches 405, and is a two-time All-City honoree. Considered USC, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and Florida State.  (Committed to North Carolina)


4. Joe McKnight: The most celebrated player to come out of New Orleans in the past 10 years, this year Joe proved to be a high school version of Reggie Bush. In a mid-season game against the nation's No. 1 team, Hoover High from Alabama, Joe showed why he is considered to be the nation's most electric player. He shows a rare combination of size, balance, quickness and vision. His ability to make cuts at a high speed is what makes him different from the other top offensive stars. He proved to be a naturally instinctive ballplayer who scared the 2006 defenses to death once he hit the open field. A premier athlete who could play RB, WR, DB and kick returner, he's a game-breaker with super vision. For the year, he carried the ball 45 times for 709 yards and 14 TDs, and he caught 24 passes for 735 yards, accumulating 1,928 yards, averaging 22.2 yards every time he touched the ball. He also returned an interception back for 46 yards and a score and was considered the area's most effective punt and kickoff returner. As a junior, he carried the ball 36 times for 500 yards and nine TDs, averaging 13.9 yards per carry. He also caught 20 passes for 497 yards and five TDs. He returned 11 punts and kickoffs back for scores. In track, he's been timed in a 10.4 100 meters and long jumped 23' 11". Looked hard at LSU, USC, Ole Miss and Alabama. (Committed to USC)


5. Marc Tyler: The No. 1 tailback prospect in the West has also proven to be one of the nation's finest all-around ball players. After watching senior film on Marc, I believe he has All-American ability at TB and LB. Tyler is an explosive back with terrific hands and he's also an accomplished blocker, a powerfully built back who can bounce outside in a hurry and excels in the open field. Tyler shows very good instincts: he sees blocks developing and he can cut on a dime, breaks arm tackles and gains a lot of yards after initial contact. He put together an exceptional senior campaign and forms a devastating duo with the nation's No. 1 player Jimmy Clausen. This season, he carried the ball 131 times for 1,700 yards and averaged 12.9 yards per carry. He also caught 12 passes for 265 yards and scored 31 TDs before a broken leg ended his season. On defense, he totaled 45 tackles with 26 solo. As a junior, he carried the ball 185 times for 2,296 yards and 45 TDs averaging over 12 yards per carry. His father, Wendell Tyler, was an All-American at UCLA. (Committed to USC)


6. Chris Galippo: If you are looking for production, Mr. Galippo is your man. He plays the game on his feet and is very strong at the point of attack. He knocks ball carriers backwards on contact and shows quick and strong hands, which allows him to play off blocks and he is a sure tackler. On film he takes excellent pursuit angles and redirects quickly. He always seems to be around the ball and is a playmaker from the word `go.' In 2006, he totaled 98 tackles, five sacks, 20 tackles for losses and a pick in 11 games, earning First Team All-State honors. He recorded 161 stops as a junior. (Committed to USC)


7. Noel Devine: Like McKnight, Noel is one of the nation's most exciting ball players. His junior highlight film was in one word, 'unbelievable'. He reminds me of Tony Dorsett in that he can make a cut at full speed and shows strength up the middle despite his lack of bulk. An amazing talent whose vision and balance is second to none. It appears to me that he is always running downhill. If Noel keeps his focus, he should be a freshman sensation in 2007. In 2006 he rushed for 2,140 yards and 30 TDs. He totaled 6,846 yards and 88 TDs in his prep career. As a junior he rushed for over 2,000 yards and 24 TDs, averaging 10.5 yards per carry and proved to be the state's most elusive kickoff returner. In track he's been timed in a 10.4 100 and a 21.3 200 meters. (Committed to West Virginia)


8. John Clay: After putting up eye-popping numbers as a junior and single-handedly leading his team to a state title, everyone wondered what John would do for an encore. This season, after losing his entire offensive line, his numbers were not as unbelievable, but he still averaged well over eight yards per carry, showing all the tools - size, speed, balance, moves, quickness and instincts - needed to dominate at the college level. He once again proved that it takes half a team to bring him down. In just eight games he rushed for 1,488 yards and 13 TDs, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. He has a running style similar to Eric Dickerson. As a junior, despite the fact that he missed two early season games with a high ankle sprain, he still rushed for 2,032 yards and 30 TDs on 166 carries averaging 12.2 yards per carry. He was voted the state of Wisconsin's Player of the Year. (Committed to Wisconsin)


9. Arrelious Benn: The nation's No. 1 WR prospect can do it all. He's been blessed with great size, strong hands, leaping ability and explosive speed. This season he's been double-teamed most of the year and although his stats are down, he has still proven to be one of the country's most exciting ballplayers. This season, he caught 56 passes for 1,036 yards and 9 TDs, averaging 20.5 yards per catch. On defense, he totaled 17 tackles and 2 picks playing strong safety. Benn reminds me of Michael Irvin, because he can run through tackles and create in the open field. As a junior, he caught 50 passes for 1,149 yards and 17 TDs, averaging 23 yards per catch. He's been timed in a 10.6 100 meters. (Committed to Illinois)


10. Josh Oglesby: Oglesby is the nation's No. 1 OL prospect and with a tremendous start this year he dominated from the word go. I saw his first couple of games on film and I was impressed with his quick feet, agility, balance and aggressiveness. He was much more aggressive this year than last, proving to be a natural knee bender, and he can slide and mirror with the best of them. He has also been blessed with exceptionally long arms and a wide base. He looks thin at 320 pounds and has as much potential as Jon Ogden did as a high school senior. Unfortunately for Josh, however, in his seventh game this year he suffered an ACL tear and missed the rest of the year. I had him on my television show a week later and he looked none the worse for wear. He should be at 100 percent next fall. (Committed to Wisconsin)


11. Eric Berry (Tennessee)

12. Everson Griffen (USC)

13. Martez Wilson (Illinois)

14. Major Wright (Florida) 1/30

15. Caleb King (Georgia)

16. Terrance Toliver (LSU) 2/6

17. Torrey Davis (Florida)

18. Chris Donald (Tennessee)

19. Tray Allen (Texas)

20. John Chiles (Texas)

21. Aaron Hernandez (Florida)

22. Gerald Jones (Tennessee)

23. Jarrett Lee (LSU)

24. Allen Bailey (Miami) 2/5

25. Will Korn (Clemson)

26. Chris Strong (Ole Miss)

27. Tydreke Powell (North Carolina)

28. Carlos Dunlap (Florida)

29. Brandon Saine (Ohio State)

30. Niles Paul (Nebraska)

31. John Brantley (Florida)

32. Eugene Clifford (Ohio State)

33. Mike Ragone (Notre Dame)

34. Martell Webb (Michigan)

35. Lee Ziemba  (Auburn)

36. Ryan Miller (Colorado)

37. Enrique Davis (Auburn)

38. Armando Allen (Notre Dame)

39. Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)

40. Greg Little (North Carolina) 2/7

41. LaMark Brown (Kansas State)

42. Kris O'Dowd (USC)

43. Lennon Creer (Tennessee) 2/1

44. D'Angelo McCray (Illinois)

45. Ben Martin (Tennessee)

46. Stephen Garcia (South Carolina)

47.  Marcus Gilchrist (Clemson)

48. Ahmad Paige (Tennessee)

49. Chris Rainey (Florida)

50. Mike Paulus (North Carolina)

51. Chad Jones

52.  Lorenzo Edwards (Florida)

53. Anthony Davis (Rutgers)

54. Gary Gray (Notre Dame)

55. Duval Kamara (Notre Dame)

56. Andre Jones (Texas)

57. Bryan Bulaga (Iowa)

58. Malcolm Smith (USC)

59. Robert Hughes (Notre Dame)

60. Matt Simms (Louisville)

61. James Wilson (Florida)

62. Deonte Thompson

63. Jahvid Best (Cal)

64. Cameron Newton (Florida)

65. Sidell Corley (LSU) 2/4

66. Dionte Allen (Florida State)

67. Manny Abreu (Rutgers)

68. Aaron Corp (USC)

69. Brian Maddox (South Carolina)

70. Austin Box (Oklahoma)

71. AJ Greene (Auburn)

72. Joe Barksdale (LSU)

73. Donovan Warren (Michigan) 2/1

74. Ronald Johnson (USC) 2/4

75. Phelon Jones (LSU)

76. Richetti Jones (Oklahoma State)

77. Ray Carter (UCLA)

78. Kodi Burns (Auburn)

79. Golden Tate (Notre Dame)

80. Ryan Pugh (Auburn)

81. Keenan Robinson (Texas)

82. Stefoin Francois (LSU) 2/4

83. Chris Little (Georgia) 2/7

84. Bradley Stephens (Texas A&M)

85. Marshall Jones (USC)

86. Mark Barnes (South Carolina)

87. Drew Davis (Oregon)

88. Malcolm Williams (Texas)

89. Travian Robertson (South Carolina)

90. Chris Jacobson (Pittsburgh)

91. Ryan Houston (North Carolina)

92. Jon Dwyer (Georgia Tech)

93. Michael McNeil (Auburn)

94. CJ Peake (Louisville)

95.  Nick Sukay (Penn State)

96. Jerimy Finch (Florida)

97. Will Blackwell (LSU)

98. Nick Gentry (Alabama)

99.  Trinton Sturdivant (Georgia)

100. Logan Gray (Georgia)

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