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February 5, 2007Led by Rivals.com Junior of the Year Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette (Pa.), the Rivals.com Junior All-America Team features some of the nation's top prospects for the Class of 2008.
Some have compared Pryor to former University of Texas quarterback Vince Young. In Western Pennsylvania, where Pryor plays high school football, he reminds folks of another outstanding quarterback who was a local product.
It has been said that the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Pryor is a taller version of former West Virginia University QB Major Harris. During his junior season, Harris led the Mountaineers to an undefeated 1988 regular season and the Fiesta Bowl - where they lost to national champion Notre Dame.
Southeastern wide receivers Julio Jones of Foley (Ala.) and A.J. Green of Summerville (S.C.) highlight the first team offense. Both are big targets, standing 6-3 and 6-4, respectively. They have an excellent blend of speed, power, hands and leaping ability (Jones has a confirmed 38-inch vertical).
Green is an early commitment to the University of Georgia and joins Cartersville (Ga.) Cass running back Richard Samuel as the two future Bulldogs on the list. California standout Darrell Scott is the other running back.
There are some serious football bloodlines on the first team offensive line. Charlottesville (Va.) St. Anne's Belfield tackle Kyle Long is the son of former Oakland Raiders great Howie Long.
Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast lineman Baker Steinkuhler is the son of former Nebraska great Dean Steinkuhler, who won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1983.
On defense, the linebackers feature three potential five-stars in Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla standout Nigel Bradham and Wichita (Kan.) East linebacker Arthur Brown. Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney standout Brandon Beachum rounds out that unit.
A pair of Floridians, Tallahassee Lincoln's T.J. Bryant and Pompano Beach Ely's Patrick Johnson highlight the defensive backfield. Both were among the state's best as juniors. Detroit (Mich.) Cass standout Boubacar Cissoko and Los Angeles Dorsey safety Rahim Moore round out the defensive backfield.
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