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January 14, 2010

Final cut: Rivals250 has 15 new names

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The final version of the Rivals250 for the 2010 class includes 15 prospects that were previously unranked.

We take a closer look at the new faces in the final Rivals250 and Rivals.com recruiting analysts gives thoughts on why each of them deserves to be ranked among the top 250 prospects in the nation.

New to the Rivals250
S David Amerson, 6-3/180, Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley
Amerson Highlights
RANK: No. 206
SCHOOLS: Committed to N.C. State
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Amerson showed off excellent athletic ability all week at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and terrific ball skills. His closing speed and instincts are also impressive for someone that has only played a few years of football. - MIKE FARRELL
WR Ross Apo, 6-3/190, Arlington (Texas) Oakridge
Apo Highlights
RANK: No. 108
SCHOOLS: Committed to BYU
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Was the most consistent big receiver for the West squad all week at the Army Bowl. Apo runs sharp routes and has excellent body control. - BARRY EVERY
ATH Dominique Brown, 6-3/215, Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods
Brown Highlights
RANK: No. 193
SCHOOLS: Cincinnati and Georgia Tech lead.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: As a quarterback, Brown scored 11 touchdowns during the final two games of Winton Woods' championship run. Brown is big and fast, and athletically was far superior to everyone else on the field. He won't be a quarterback in college, but his size and speed will give him the opportunity to play at one of several positions at the next level. - GREG LADKY
ATH Michael Carr, 6-1/192, West Point (Miss.)
Carr Highlights
RANK: No. 225
SCHOOLS: Committed to Mississippi State
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: After leading his team to a state championship by making plays all over the field, Carr earned himself a bump because of his versatility and play-making ability with the ball in his hands. - BARTON SIMMONS
S Nick Dew, 6-2/183, Virginia Beach (Va.) First Colonial
Dew Highlights
RANK: No. 201
SCHOOLS: Committed to Virginia Tech
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Dew showed a lot of versatility at the Under Armour Game. He can line up at corner and cover receivers if he needs to but still has great size and a safety's hitter mentality. - B.S.
S Demar Dorsey, 6-1/175, Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson
Dorsey Highlights
RANK: No. 162
SCHOOLS: Committed to Florida
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: The bottom line with Dorsey is that he just has blazing speed, and he truly is one of the fastest recruits in the nation. At the Under Armour Game, he showed that he's more than just a speed guy. He made some plays in practice and showed some toughness against the run. Dorsey had one interception in the game. - JAMIE NEWBERG
ATH Jonathan Dowling, 6-3/178, Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast
Dowling Highlights
RANK: No. 176
SCHOOLS: Committed to Florida
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Dowling is terrific in coverage, whether he's playing man or roaming the secondary. He has tremendous range and instincts against the pass. Dowling had two interceptions in the UA game, including one returned for a touchdown. To be a complete safety he needs to really work on his run support skills. - J.N.
CB Victor Hampton, 5-11/170, Darlington (S.C.)
Hampton Highlights
RANK: No. 60
SCHOOLS: Committed to South Carolina
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Hampton was the best cover cornerback on either side all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He has great recovery speed and is physical in run support. - M.F.
DE Adrian Hubbard, 6-7/227, Norcross (Ga.)
Hubbard Highlights
RANK: No. 189
SCHOOLS: Committed to Alabama
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Already a highlight film sensation, Hubbard proved he can make plays on an every-down basis by putting together a strong week of practice and a great game in the Under Armour Game. - B.S.
RB Storm Johnson, 6-1/217, Loganville (Ga.)
Johnson Highlights
RANK: No. 106
SCHOOLS: Committed to Miami
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Johnson put together an incredibly productive season rushing for more than 1,900 yards in only 11 games and then followed that up with an Under Armour All-American week in which he was arguably the best pure back in Orlando. -B.S.
OG Christian Lombard, 6-5/290, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd
Lombard Highlights
RANK: No. 221
SCHOOLS: Committed to Notre Dame
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: He was one of the top one-on-one warriors for the East squad at the Army Bowl. He has the size to play either guard position or even right offensive tackle. - B.E.
WR Matt Milton, 6-6/192, Mascoutah (Ill.)
Milton Highlights
RANK: No. 135
SCHOOLS: Committed to Tennessee
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: A huge receiver prospect with size and sneaky speed. Milton adjusts well to the ball in the air, has the potential to be an unstoppable vertical threat and a dominant red-zone receiver at the next level. - G.L.
OT Skyler Schofner, 6-7/276, Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut
Schofner Highlights
RANK: No. 172
SCHOOLS: Committed to Michigan State
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Schofner was the top offensive lineman all week in Hawaii. He has very good size and strength, and is fairly athletic. He looks like a college lineman now and will not back down to anyone once he steps on campus. He is a fierce competitor that wants to be the best. - G.L.
LB Michael Taylor, 6-1/205, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake
Taylor Highlights
RANK: No. 190
SCHOOLS: Committed to Florida
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: During his All-American Game performance in both the week of practice and the game, Taylor showed he has enough size to be a force at linebacker. His play was good enough to earn him MVP award for his team in the game. - B.S.
LB Jordan Zumwalt, 6-4/220, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Zumwalt Highlights
RANK: No. 205
SCHOOLS: Committed to Stanford
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Zumwalkt was the defensive leader for one of the top high school teams in California, finishing with 164 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two caused fumbles and two forced fumbles as a senior. - JEREMY CRABTREE

* Players listed in alphabetical order.



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