May 7, 2009

Inititial position rankings for 2010 released

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The Class of 2010 is loaded with versatile prospects who could end up using their talents to star on either side of the ball in college.

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer's Matt Elam and Gardena (Calf.) Junipero Serra's Robert Woods are just a couple of prospects that have the potential to dominate at multiple positions at the next level.

Rivals.com goes deep at every position with the initial release of the position rankings and the athlete position ranking looks to be the deepest in the 2010 class at this stage.

Below is a closer look at the rankings at each position, listed in order by relative strength in the 2010 class, how this year's position group compares to the 2009 class and an overview by Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons.

Rivals.com 2010 Position Rankings
1. ATHLETES

Elam
Five-star Matt Elam leads the athlete position group, but this group is the deepest of any as far as elite talent. Delvin Jones has Rivals100 upside and he is the 16th rated player in the athlete category. Between Elam and Jones are versatile talents like Christian Green, Justin McCay and Ronnie Vinson.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: UPGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Athlete Rankings

2. DEFENSIVE ENDS

Jeffcoat
With four five-stars (Jackson Jeffcoat, Ronald Powell, Chris Martin and J.R. Ferguson), no other position had more. More five-stars could be added down the line as well. Players like Gabe King and Reggie Wilson have that kind of potential.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: UPGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Strongside Defensive End Rankings
Rivals.com 2010 Weakside Defensive End Rankings

3. WIDE RECEIVERS

White
At this point, Darius White is the only receiver that has separated himself as a five-star prospect. However, the athleticism of Da'Rick Rogers, the matchup problems Kyle Prater poses, the versatility of Trovon Reed and the incredible depth of Florida talent at the position makes this a terrific group.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: UPGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Wide Receiver Rankings

4. OFFENSIVE LINE

Henderson
This offensive line group continues to get better. Seantrel Henderson is the headliner, but players like Brent Benedict, Ian Silberman and Nick Demien are on the rise and have made this an even stronger group. Add upside players from Texas like Tyrus Thompson and Trey Hopkins and Cedric Ogbuehi and this group is only going to continue to improve.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: UPGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Offensive Tackle Rankings
Rivals.com 2010 Offensive Guard Rankings
Rivals.com 2010 Offensive Center Rankings

5. RUNNING BACKS

Seastrunk
With Lache Seastrunk, Marcus Lattimore, D.J. Morgan and Michael Dyer leading the way, this position can certainly state a case for best collection of highlight film. Players like Mack Brown, Dontae Williams, Roy Finch and Corey Grant add depth and versatility to a position that is loaded from top to bottom.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: DOWNGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Running Back Rankings
Rivals.com 2010 All-purpose Back Rankings
Rivals.com 2010 Fullback Rankings

6. SAFTIES

Ogletree
There's a number of big hitters in the 2010 safety group with Alec Ogletree, Sean Parker, Jarrick Williams and Ahmad Dixon all playing the enforcer role. However, players like Jonathan Dowling and Latwan Anderson give the group a dose of ball-hawk as well.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: DOWNGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Safety Rankings

7. LINEBACKERS

Luc
You aren't going to find a more physically imposing player in the nation than inside linebacker Jeff Luc, and there are several speedy and athletic linebackers on the outside like Jordan Hicks and Corey Nelson. However, the limited depth - particularly on the inside - makes this a slightly down year at linebacker.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: DOWNGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Inside Linebacker Rankings
Rivals.com 2010 Outside Linebacker Rankings

8. TIGHT ENDS

Grimble
Xavier Grimble alone makes this a strong group because of his unique athleticism and size. Christian Thomas, C.J. Fiedorowicz and Brian Vogler are all also physical players who can really run.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: UPGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Tight End Rankings

9. CORNERBACKS

Milliner
With two five-star prospects at the top in Demarcus Milliner and Lamarcus Joyner, it's hard to say it's a bad year at corner. However, beyond the top two, it is tough to find a lot of true cornerbacks with natural coverage ability. Victor Hampton and Cody Riggs are the next two in line.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: DOWNGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Cornerback Rankings

10. DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Quarles
After an unbelievable year for defensive tackles in 2009, the 2010 class is a little bit down. There is still a lot of talent at the top in Taylor Bible, Kelcy Quarles and Garrison Smith, but the five-star list isn't that long. The level of depth in this group is still a bit unclear.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: DOWNGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Defensive Tackle Rankings

11. QUARTERBACKS

Sims
There are still a number of good quarterback prospects, but when the top QB (Phillip Sims) is rated No. 58 in the country, it is a down year at the position. There is some promise at the dual-threat position with several athletic high-potential players in the Rivals250, but there has yet to be a quarterback emerge that looks ready to carry the banner for the 2010 class.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: DOWNGRADE

Rivals.com 2010 Pro-style Quarterback Rankings
Rivals.com 2010 Dual-threat Quarterback Rankings



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