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April 21, 2008

Stock up: Rivals100 risers

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Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every takes a closer look at some of the big movers in the updated Rivals100.

RB Jaamal Berry
HIGH SCHOOL: Miami (Fla.) Palmetto
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 37/UR
BUZZ: Has it all - great acceleration, soft hands, good change of direction, a willingness to pass protect and loves to compete.
CB Michael Carter
HIGH SCHOOL: Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 63/UR
BUZZ: He is 6 feet 1, 160 pounds and he can come in and out of breaks like a big cat chasing prey.
DE Melvin Fellows
HIGH SCHOOL: Garfield Heights, Ohio
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 29/63
BUZZ: He can come off the edge like a freight train, or slide down the line of scrimmage and destroy the run.
CB Justin Green
HIGH SCHOOL: Louisville (Ky.) Male
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 59/UR
BUZZ: Great ball skills. Sub 10.6 100-meter speed. And, always looks like he's weaving through an obstacle course on film.
RB Kendrick Hardy
HIGH SCHOOL: Monticello (Miss.) Lawrence Co.
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 50/UR
BUZZ: He's the type of back that wears defenses down in the 4th quarter. Can run a defender over yet also has the ability to break long runs.
LB Jelani Jenkins
HIGH SCHOOL: Wheaton (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 10/79
BUZZ: Fast-rising prospect is a lethal striker at linebacker.
RB Christine Michael
HIGH SCHOOL: Beaumont (Texas) West Brook
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 56/109
BUZZ: Combines great change of direction skills, home-run speed and good toughness.
OT Morgan Moses
HIGH SCHOOL: Richmond (Va.) Meadowbrook
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 21/217
BUZZ: His athleticism coupled with his massive size (6 feet 7, 347 pounds) makes him special. Also plays basketball and participates in track.
OT Xavier Nixon
HIGH SCHOOL: Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 28/76
BUZZ: It's rare to see offensive tackles pull, but Nixon does it often and with grace.
WR Patrick Patterson
HIGH SCHOOL: Macon (Miss.) Noxubee Co.
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 43/100
BUZZ: Very soft hands and great body control, he will come down with the ball in a crowd.
OT Garrett Porter
HIGH SCHOOL: Odessa (Texas) Permian
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 40/UR
BUZZ: Giant offensive tackle that excels at mauling opponents physically and looks very good in pass protection.
CB Branden Smith
HIGH SCHOOL: Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washington
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 66/UR
BUZZ: He is electric with the ball in his hands. You could throw sand at him while he was in a phone booth and only hit air.
ATH Logan Thomas
HIGH SCHOOL: Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville School
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 35/145
BUZZ: Phenomenal athlete on both sides of the ball. Plays quarterback now, but could be a special flex tight end.



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