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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Arcadia, CA
Recruiting: A look back at the class of 2000's top 25 (3 current Broncos)
its always interesting to see who panned out and who didnt. What is interesting about this list in particular is that 3 of Super Prep's TOP 25 for 2000 (technically this is a 1999 article i.e. tracking the HS senior season's of the National top 25 prospects but they all committed to their respective schools in Feb. 2000) were taken by Denver during the 2004 Draft Weekend (Williams and Bell in Rounds 1 and 2 respectively and Johnson hours after the draft as an UDFA).
Here's the article. I was surprised B.J. Johnson was that high.
These 25 would make any coach's day
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Posted: Saturday September 04, 1999 02:53 PM
This week, SuperPrep unveils its Top 25 prospects in the Class of 2000, with short profiles for each.
Next week, we'll profile 26-50. For more detailed information on these and other players, visit www.superprep.com
Listed are the player's position, height, weight, 40 time, high school and a summary of our recent interviews.
1. DEE JAY WILLIAMS, LB, 6-1, 225, 4.5, CONCORD DE LASALLE, CALIF. As said by one recruiting coordinator, "Anybody who says this guy is overrated is an idiot. Every school in the country would keep a place for this guy, right up until the very end." He's the best overall prospect observed by SuperPrep since its inception in 1985. Last year he rushed for 1,107 yards and was also in on 111 stops. Dee Jay (his real name is Genos) says, "Speed is my major strength. Speed, speed, speed." Williams favors FLORIDA STATE, CAL, TEXAS, NOTRE DAME, PENN STATE, MICHIGAN and OHIO STATE. "I haven't been to any of my favorite programs except CAL, so I don't really know who I like the most," Williams said.
2. MARCUS HOUSTON, RB/DB, 6-2, 208, 4.4, DENVER JEFFERSON, COLO. Impressive both on and off the field, last summer he went to Amsterdam to speak on human rights. This speedster tore opponents up last year by rushing for over 1,700 yards (10.4 yards per carry) and scoring 25 TDs. He could also play defense but prefers offense. "There's a new wave of running backs coming on and I think I fit that style. I could carry the ball 30 times a game," says Houston. Older brother LaVelle (also a SuperPrep All-America in '98) is heading into his second year at UCLA, and the BRUINS lead slightly over COLORADO, FSU, TEXAS, USC, NOTRE DAME and NEBRASKA.
3. BROCK BERLIN, QB, 6-1, 190, 4.75, SHREVEPORT EVANGEL, LA. Berlin heads into his fourth year as a starter with a 45-0 record on the field. The favorites for the best QB to come out of Louisiana since Josh Booty (also Evangel) and Peyton Manning in 1994 are LSU (attended camp) and FLORIDA (attended camp). "LSU is my hometown school," said Berlin. "It wouldn't be a big step going there." Berlin was blown away by Steve Spurrier at his camp. College coaches love his understanding of the game, his smooth drop-back delivery, accuracy, intensity and arm. Brock will attempt to graduate in January so he will be available for spring ball.
4. ROY WILLIAMS, WR, 6-4, 200, 4.4, ODESSA PERMIAN, TEXAS. Roy is coming off a season with 49 catches for 1,528 yards and 17 TDs, but he also doubles at FS. He started on the Panthers' basketball team and finished fourth in the long jump (23-6) at the state track meet. His older brother is Lloyd Hill, who holds most of Permian's soon-to-be-broken receiving records and several career marks at TEXAS TECH. The RED RAIDERS would love for Roy to take a crack at Lloyd's college marks as well, but Roy solidly favors TEXAS over FSU, UCLA, TEXAS A&M and TENNESSEE (also recruiting for basketball).
5. B.J. JOHNSON, WR, 6-1, 185, 4.3, SOUTH GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS. Brandon had 43 catches for 948 yards and 16 scores last season, plus 200 rushing yards on 22 carries. In the playoffs, he had three TD grabs plus a 72-yard run for another score. "He can take a 5-yard hitch and turn it into a 70-yard gain," says coach David Thompson. B.J. attended the TEXAS camp this summer and favors the LONGHORNS strongly over FSU, UCLA, KENTUCKY, OHIO STATE and MIAMI.
6. ERIC KNOTT, TE, 6-4, 250, 4.55, DETROIT HENRY FORD, MICH. Last season he caught 30 passes for 500 yards and five scores. Favors MICHIGAN STATE ("They have a good coaching staff, especially RB coach Bobby Williams," says Knott.) slightly over TENNESSEE (attended camp, "They're champions and they work hard."), OHIO ST, FSU and UCLA ("Both FSU and UCLA have good, high-power offenses.") "I also still like NOTRE DAME, and MICHIGAN (childhood fave) is still in my top 10, but I haven't heard a lot from them lately," he said.
7. WILLIS McGAHEE, RB, 6-1, 215, 4.45, MIAMI CENTRAL, FLA. "He's an Edgerrin James-type back," said one recruiting coordinator. "We think he's going to choose MIAMI." This power back is not a real juker, but an impressive tackle-breaker who is tough to catch when he gets loose. Favors MIAMI (mom's preference, likes coach Pete Garcia, "I've already visited this program seven to eight times," he said) and FSU ("They are winners and they always have a solid offense.") over W. VIRGINIA, MICHIGAN ST. and AUBURN.
8. CHRIS HOWARD, RB, 5-11, 180, 4.5, WILMINGTON BANNING, CALIF. "I run hard, with my knees up like Eric Dickerson did. I have good instincts," said Howard, a.k.a. "Hollywood." He had an amazing junior year with 341 carries for 2,679 yards and 34 TDs. He's also excellent out of the backfield with the catch: 32 receptions for 467 yards and a couple more scores. Favors USC big over UCLA, TEXAS A&M, NEBRASKA, OKLAHOMA and ARIZONA STATE.
9. JEFF SMOKER, QB, 6-3, 195, 4.8, MANHEIM CENTRAL, PA. "He's not so much a pure passer as he is a big, tall, athletic thrower who can run. He's a no-brainer," said one recruiting coordinator. Last year, Smoker completed 110 of 173 passes for 1,731 yards and 17 TDs. On July 22, he orally committed to MICHIGAN ST over MICHIGAN, KENTUCKY, NORTH CAROLINA and OHIO ST.
10. DUSTIN PICCIOTTI, FB, 6-3, 245, 4.6, DOYLESTOWN CENTRAL BUCKS WEST, PA. Rushed for 1,969 yards on 277 carries last season including a memorable 238-yard, five-TD performance in the state championship game. "I'm looking for a school which doesn't want their fullbacks to just run for a yard. They will need to utilize the FB position," he said. Picciotti denies a leader but favors OHIO ST, PSU, SYRACUSE, WISCONSIN and MICHIGAN ST.
11. JOHNNIE MORANT, WR, 6-5, 220, 4.45, PARSIPPANY, N.J. "Morant is the best wide receiver I have ever seen," said one college coach. He's also a standout basketball player, which is evident when he's stopping short and leaping over overmatched corners on his fade patterns. SYRACUSE, SOUTH CAROLINA and FSU are in the lead.
12. CHARLES ROGERS, WR, 6-4, 190, 4.4, SAGINAW, MICH. Chuck caught 47 passes last season for 953 yards and 15 TDs. He also averages 14 points and 12 rebounds per game in basketball, but says he will concentrate on football in college. He may be running some track, however. Rogers favors FSU, UCLA and TENNESSEE slightly over MICHIGAN, MICH. ST. (camp), OHIO ST and PSU.
13. KWAME HARRIS, OL, 6-6, 315, 5.2, NEWARK, DEL. A superior student (3.6/1300), Harris has already agonized a lot over his college decision. He favors MICHIGAN ("This is not just a football school, which is what I thought before I saw it," he says), WIS, PSU, CAL ("Berkeley is just so alive, although I'm not sure it would be the place for me for four years.") and STANFORD. Also visited MICH. ST., MARYLAND and NORTHWESTERN and wants to see UCLA and MIAMI.
14. TRAVIS JOHNSON, DE, 6-4, 250, 4.7, SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME, CALIF. Said one recruiting coordinator, "He plays like he wants to put you in the hospital." Made the league finals in the 100-yard dash and bench presses 395 pounds. Favors UCLA slightly over USC (attended camp at UCLA, mom's preference, brother-in-law Brian Davis is a resident director there, "I like Bob Toledo; He is very approachable," said Johnson.), MICHIGAN, TENNESSEE and CAL.
15. STEVIE LEE, DL, 6-4, 308, 5.1, SHREVEPORT EVANGEL, LA. He bench presses 355. "A real athlete. As good as they come. He's thick, he moves well and he's strong," said one college coach. TEXAS leads just slightly over FSU (camp), FLORIDA, ARKANSAS and GEORGIA. Also camped at LSU -- "I'm probably not going to LSU but I know an awful lot of people there," he said. "I'll probably make my decision in December because I'll be graduating at mid term.
16. DARRELL LEE, DE, 6-5, 225, 4.5, KIRKWOOD, MO. "If you rate Marcus Houston the No. 1 prospect in the Midlands, you have to rate Darrell No. 1 1/2," said a Big 12 head coach. "This kid is going to be a great player. You're not going to block him." Lee says MISSOURI (12/4 official visit) and FLORIDA (possible 9/17 official visit) hold the slightest of leads over COLORADO, TENNESSEE, UCLA and MICHIGAN.
17. LAWRENCE RICHARDSON, DB, 5-10, 170, 4.5, GALVESTON BALL, TEXAS. This is a guy who can run down breakaway receivers. He won the 200m at the state track meet (beating out Earl Campbell's son, Christian) and ran a leg on the 400m relay team. He had six picks as a soph but none as a junior, when teams threw away from him. Favors TEXAS slightly over FSU (childhood fave), LSU, MICHIGAN and A&M.
18. MICHAEL MUNOZ, OL, 6-7, 310, 5.1, CINCINNATI MOELLER, OH. Pure left tackle -- per Michael: "I don't really like the TE to help me. I like the blindside. I like the challenge. ... A lot of it is from my dad and the little things he has taught me." That dad is former SO CAL and Cincinnati Bengals great Anthony. Said one recruiter, "We think he's better than Tony Boselli was at this stage because of his dad." Munoz favors OHIO ST, MICHIGAN, FSU, TENNESSEE and TEXAS.
19. JASON CAMPBELL, QB, 6-5, 185, 4.75, TAYLORSVILLE, MISS. Hit on 174 of 291 passes last year for 2,719 yards and 33 TDs against 11 picks. Said one coach, "Outside of Brock Berlin, he's the only other QB we really want." Some coaches think he has more upside than Berlin, who is more polished at this stage. LSU has a solid lead over GEORGIA, FLORIDA, AUBURN, TENNESSEE and MISS. ST. (brother played last season for the BULLDOGS).
20. TAB PERRY, WR/DB, 6-3, 215, 4.5, MILPITAS, CALIF. "Most schools are recruiting me for either side of the ball," said Perry. "I intimidate most corners, and they let me go. I always play like it was my last game." Caught 41 balls for 698 yards and 13 scores. Was also in on 96 stops and had two picks. Favors UCLA, NOTRE DAME and CAL (first to offer as a soph when at camp) over USC and OHIO ST.
21. SHYRONE CAREY, RB/QB/ATH 5-8, 170, 4.4, MARRERO SHAW, LA. Some coaches say he reminds them a little of Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton. Carey accounted for over 2,400 yards rushing and passing last year. "He's really quick. A great player. A jitterbug with a great change of direction," said one recruiter. Favors FSU solid over TENNESSEE, LSU, NOTRE DAME and MICHIGAN.
22. TATUM BELL, RB, 5-11, 190, 4.45, DeSOTO, TEXAS. Has fantastic speed. Won the regional track meet in the 100 and 200m. Last season he carried 92 times for 682 yards and nine TDs. He favors NEBRASKA (7/29 visit, dad's preference, likes winning tradition: "They send people to the NFL," he said.) slightly over OKLAHOMA STATE, COLORADO, MIAMI and KANSAS STATE.
23. TRE ORR, DB/WR, 6-2, 198, 4.4, LAKE CITY COLUMBIA, FLA. Orr is regarded as the best prospect in all of North Florida. A natural football player, he never lifted weights until this summer. Has a 39-inch vertical. Made 75 tackles and had three picks as a free safety. Also caught 17 balls for seven scores. Favors ALABAMA and FSU slightly over FLORIDA, TENNESSEE and GEORGIA.
24. SEAN TUFTS, LB, 6-5, 215, 4.65, ENGLEWOOD CHERRY CREEK, COLO. "A big hitter. Athletic and tough. Runs all over the damn field," said one Big 12 recruiter. Had 219 tackles (114 solos) and seven QB sacks. He makes it quite clear that CU is his No. 1 choice but denies he has orally committed to the BUFFS. MICHIGAN, NOTRE DAME, UCLA and USC are also in the running.
25. BRYANT MCFADDEN, CB, 6-0, 180, 4.5, HOLLYWOOD MCARTHUR, FLA. McFadden was in on 80 tackles last season and had three picks. Excellent in man-to-man, he's also aggressive and strong -- bench presses 315 and squats 405. College coaches compare him with Charles Woodson. Favors FSU slightly over MICHIGAN, MIAMI, NOTRE DAME, SYRACUSE and GEORGIA.