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August 6, 2007

Rivals100: The battle for No. 1

Picking the Rivals100 is never easy, especially near the top. This year, there are several elite prospects that could make a case for the No. 1 spot, and the debate was a lively one.

Rivals.com recruiting analysts Jeremy Crabtree and Mike Farrell break down the top five and give their takes on the argument each could make for the top spot, and what each needs to do to hang on to their current position or potentially move up.

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    The Battle for No.1
    1. Terrelle Pryor
    QB, Jeannette, Pa.

    Pryor in action

    Mike Farrell's take on Pryor: Pryor is No. 1 because he clearly has the highest ceiling, but he's not as much of a sure thing as some others on this list. He needs to show continued improvement in the pocket and improved mechanics while dominating games with his ability to create outside the package and dismantle teams with his feet. He simply needs to continue to show his freakish ability on the field this season.
    2. Julio Jones
    WR, Foley, Ala.

    Jones in action

    Farrell's take on Jones: Jones is a Calvin Johnson clone at the same stage and he just needs to work on making more plays after the catch. He's an amazing downfield receiver and a red zone nightmare, but if he becomes a potential home run hitter as a pitch-and-catch guy, he can push Pryor off the top off the heap.
    3. Patrick Johnson
    CB, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely

    Johnson in action

    Jeremy Crabtree's take on Johnson: I really fell in love with Johnson at the USC Rising Senior Camp. I loved how he took on all comers and made it a point to go up against the best of the best in the camp. He's so strong and physical, and that's something that he has the separates him from the other defensive backs in this year's class. Others have only the speed, but he's got the ball skills, the speed and toughness to make himself one amazing player on the next level. He would be a somewhat out there pick at No. 1. Could he make that climb this fall? It's possible, because after seeing him this summer there's an awful lot to like.
    4. Darrell Scott
    RB, Ventura (CA) St. Bonaventure

    Scott in action

    Crabtree's take on Scott: I have to admit, Scott is one I thought deserved to be higher on this list, probably more around the No. 2 spot where he was ranked initially. But then again, No. 4 isn't too shabby either. Just like the other guys, I think Scott is about as elite as it gets in this year's class. But I also wonder if I would rank him higher than Joe McKnight from last year's class? My answer would be no., and that's why I think it's tough to say that he would climb to No. 1.
    5. A.J. Green
    WR, Summerville, S.C.

    Green in action

    Farrell's take on Green: Green's love for the game of football has been questioned by some, but we haven't seen it yet. If Jones is Calvin Johnson then A.J. Green is Randy Moss. He needs to add some bulk and get stronger in traffic and show more willingness to go across the middle and make tough catches. He's the best receiver in the country with the ball in his hands and he needs to continue to dominate games in 2007.

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