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Five Notre Dame Players in ESPN's top 150. Here they are:

#1 JC

#22 Kerry Neal

#34 Mike Ragone

#52 Duval Kamara

#116 Justin Trattou

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Anyone else notice that the top 8 from 06 all rate higher than JC...including QB Mitch Mustain, and QBs Jevan Snead and Matthew Stafford both had the same score as JC (91).

yeah, if this was last year JC would be ranked #9 right now.

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mayb its their current rating and after the senior season they will all be slightly higher. Many thoguht if Clausen was a senior last year he would have still been number 1.

 

Tate,Neal, and Hemmingway are shocking...Whats Benn's rating?

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Prospect grades reflect realistic view of potential impactBy Tom Luginbill

Scouts Inc.

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Since leaving the set of our Class of '06 national signing day show on Feb. 1, we have been diligently researching and studying thousands of Class of '07 prospects, focusing on the most talked about and sought after players in the nation.

 

The result is the 2007 edition of the ESPN 150, which recognizes the top high school players in the country that we have evaluated heading into their senior years.

 

As all football staffs do during the year, we did some self-scouting before heading into our second season of evaluating high school talent. As a result, we graded a little tougher this year. But hopefully we provided a more accurate depiction of how these players will transition into the college game. As our grading scale notes, our grades are designed to reflect how quickly we feel a player can impact the game.

 

In reality, though, as talented as these players are, few actually will see the field as true freshmen.

 

In the six BCS conferences in the 2005 season, just 26 freshmen actually made a significant impact or even got on the field at all. This is a staggering statistic. Despite all the talk about freshmen making an impact early on, the truth is that it is extremely difficult to make the jump from high school to college, and not as many kids are doing it as fast as many think.

 

Because we do put emphasis on a player's ability to contribute early, the grades for all players naturally become lower -- and therefore more realistic -- when the odds against a player contributing as a true freshman is factored in.

 

As we go through this the second time and hopefully grow in our ability to evaluate and project the abilities of these 17-year-old kids, we're trying to take a more realistic view. A case in point would be this year's top-rated prospect, quarterback Jimmy Clausen (Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian). We currently have him graded at 91. Last year, we had eight prospects with grades of 92 or above. Does that mean those eight are better prospects than Clausen? Absolutely not. It just means that when we assigned grades last year, our scale trended higher. This year, we've tried to toughen that scale in order to be more realistic about their ability to contribute early in their college careers.

 

There's also a second reason the grades for the Class of '07 are somewhat lower than those for the Class of '06: In our opinion, this year's class simply does not boast the same number of possible impact players at each position as last year's class.

 

This year's quarterback group is a good example. While Clausen is our top-rated prospect overall, the 2007 quarterback class simply doesn't have three other players who are in the same class as last year's group of Mitch Mustain, Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford and Jevan Snead. Last year, a number of positions were top-heavy with potential impact players. This year, more positions show a drop-off between players at the top and those lower down the rankings.

 

Nevertheless, each position in the 2007 class is strong, with many players possessing the ability to impact the game of college football down the road. However, in comparison, the 2006 class consisted of more players across the board who we felt were likely to play right away.

 

When assembling this ESPN 150 list after more than four months of watching tape and writing evaluations, we felt it was necessary to go back and review each and every prospect whose grade put him on the verge of cracking this list. As a result, many players' reports were adjusted and many grades were either raised or lowered. For example, a second viewing improved grades for safety Michael McNeil (Mobile, Ala., Davidson) and quarterback Logan Gray (Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge) and lowered grades for running back Ryan Houston (Matthews, N.C., Butler) and wide receiver Greg Little (Durham, N.C., Hillside).

 

Of course, this is only the initial ESPN 150 list. Our overall and position rankings will continue to evolve over the coming months leading up to national signing day 2007. As we evaluate more players and others develop and mature during their senior seasons, the rankings will fluctuate accordingly.

 

Please keep in mind, too, that the ESPN 150 is a comprehensive list of players at all positions worthy of being ranked. It is the player's ability, not individual position, that determines his ranking. A player may be ranked lower on the ESPN 150 list but still be relatively high within his position.

 

We feel it is important to address once again that our method for determining these rankings is based on football merit and ability level above all else. It is our goal to provide insightful viewpoints from a coaching perspective of what coaches and recruiters are looking for in a player.

 

We recognize that combine results such as 40-yard dash times, vertical jumps and shuttle runs are a valid measure of a player's athletic ability and are a part of the evaluation process. However, the most accurate and comprehensive determination of an athlete's football ability is to study him throughout the course of a game.

 

Every player who appears in the ESPN 150 has been thoroughly evaluated by our team of scouts, all of whom possess an extensive football background as either a scout or coach on the collegiate or professional level. It is also important to note that there are no regional scouts; one scout evaluates everyone at a given position across the country, providing a true national perspective.

 

Criteria for being ranked or considered for the ESPN 150 is solely based on the player's ability to play the game at the Division I-A level. When or where a player commits to play college football has no bearing on his grade or ranking.

 

As always, we have worked to give you a unique perspective and bring you into the world of recruiting and coaching that you can only get right here at ESPN.

 

We hope you enjoy the first installment of the 2007 ESPN 150. Rankings are great starting points for debates and discussions, and we certainly feel we have achieved that here. If we've caused you to raise your eyebrows, or even surprised you with any of our grades or evaluations, we hope you'll take the time to ask us about it in chat or elsewhere this season.

 

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QB Clausen tops initial 2007 ESPN 150

 

Jimmy Clausen, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback out of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif., tops the ESPN 150 as the No. 1 high school prospect in the Class of 2007.

 

"Jimmy Clausen's tools are rare at this stage," says Tom Luginbill, Scouts Inc. national recruiting director . "His performance as a passer is exceptional, and he can put the ball anywhere he needs to on the field, which gives him a leg up in terms of playing right away."

 

Clausen, who in April announced a verbal commitment to Notre Dame, joins three other Oaks Christian teammates in the ESPN 150 -- No. 3 overall prospect Marc Tyler (running back, verbally committed to USC), No. 9 overall prospect Marshall Jones (safety, verbally committed to USC) and defensive end Michael Ebbitt.

 

Rounding out the top five 2007 prospects are linebacker Christopher Galippo (Servite High School, Anaheim, Calif., verbally committed to USC), quarterback Will Korn (Byrnes High School, Duncan, S.C., verbally committed to Clemson) and running back Noel Devine (North Fort Myers, Fla.).

 

USC boasts five early verbal commitments among the ESPN 150, second only to Texas, which leads the way with 11 ESPN 150 verbal commitments. Florida also has five ESPN 150 verbals.

 

The states of Florida and Texas are tied for the most prospects in the ESPN 150 with 22 each. California (14), Georgia (11) and North Carolina (9) are next in line.

 

After Oaks Christian with four, seven schools have two players each among the ESPN 150:

 

• Richland Northeast, Columbia, S.C.: WR Mark Barnes and CB Gary Gray

• McGill Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala.: DE Sidell Corley Jr. and CB Phelon Jones

• Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, Fla.: DT Tim Lamb and WR Brandon Paul

• Long Beach (Calif.) Poly: CB Donovan Warren and DE Kenny Rowe

• Junipero Serra High, Gardena, Calif.: DE Apiata Tuihlamaka and DT DaJohn Harris

• Hoover High School, Birmingham, Ala.: DT Kerry Murphy and OC Ryan Pugh

• Brenham (Texas) High School: TE Ahmard Howard and QB Jarett Lee

 

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USC boasts five early verbal commitments among the ESPN 150, second only to Texas, which leads the way with 11 ESPN 150 verbal commitments. Florida also has five ESPN 150 verbals.

Hello ESPN morons, Notre Dame has five in the Top 150 also.

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You will note they do explain that there rankings have come down this year because they thought they over inflated them last year. JC is still the best QB to come out in years.

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If JCs rating does not ride, ESPN is freaking stupid...I remember seeing a special on him on ESPN and they were saying he's being called the Lebron James of football, now he's not better than Percy Harvin, Vidal Hazelton, etc. YEA RIGHT :!:

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Here are the rankings of some of the guys that we talk about on the DD and think we have a shot at....

#7 Martez Wilson 86

#11 Marvin Austin 85

#15 Arrelious Benn 84

#16 Golden Tate 84

#17 Junior Hemingway 84

#21 Joe McKnight 84

#25 Greg Little 83

#28 Deonte Thompson 82

#38 Major Wright 82

#42 James Wilson 82

#53 Mark Barnes 81

#56 Ryan Miller 81

#58 D'Angelo McCray 81

#61 Ben Martin 81

#65 Lee Ziemba 81

#67 Dionte Allen 81

#72 Ronald Johnson 81

#81 Matt Romine 80

#82 Donovan Warren 80

#84 Gerald Jones 80

#90 Mike Williams 80

#93 Armando Allen 80

#96 Chris Donald 80

#104 Everson Griffen 79

#112 Ian Williams 79

#131 Robert Hughes 79

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I think I found the answer to our questions...

(from ESPN.com)

As we go through this the second time and hopefully grow in our ability to evaluate and project the abilities of these 17-year-old kids, we're trying to take a more realistic view. A case in point would be this year's top-rated prospect, quarterback Jimmy Clausen (Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian). We currently have him graded at 91. Last year, we had eight prospects with grades of 92 or above. Does that mean those eight are better prospects than Clausen? Absolutely not. It just means that when we assigned grades last year, our scale trended higher. This year, we've tried to toughen that scale in order to be more realistic about their ability to contribute early in their college careers.

 

There's also a second reason the grades for the Class of '07 are somewhat lower than those for the Class of '06: In our opinion, this year's class simply does not boast the same number of possible impact players at each position as last year's class.

 

This year's quarterback group is a good example. While Clausen is our top-rated prospect overall, the 2007 quarterback class simply doesn't have three other players who are in the same class as last year's group of Mitch Mustain, Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford and Jevan Snead. Last year, a number of positions were top-heavy with potential impact players. This year, more positions show a drop-off between players at the top and those lower down the rankings.

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Guest shark83

Doesn't Tom Lemming work for espn.com? Might have something to do w/ Kerry Neal being ranked so high :lol: . J/W, considering even our fans now that he's a huge ND homer.

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No they got rid of Lemming a couple years ago... The new group is Scouts Inc. In the chat they were saying that at this time JC would rate among the top three recruits last year. That gives him a year grow well beyond the other two.

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