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June 4, 2003

Five more earn five-star status

Rivals.com Top 10 for 2004

No. 1 - Adrian Peterson
No. 2 - Randy Estes
No. 3 - Keith Rivers
No. 4 - Theodore Ginn Jr.
No. 5 - Early Doucet
No. 6 - Rhett Bomar
No. 7 - DeMarrio Pressley
No. 8 - Brandon Miller
No. 9 - Willie Williams
No. 10 Anthony Morelli

After months and months of personal observations by the Rivals100.com recruiting analysts, hours of film review, interviews with countless college and high school coaches, Rivals.com is proud to release its second ranking for the Class of 2004.

Sure it would have been easy to throw out a bunch of names early on, but the painstaking evaluation process has allowed us to feel especially confident about the rankings that will be released over the next several weeks.

Without further adieu, Rivals.com is excited to announce players that are ranked No. 6 through No. 10 in the nation for the Class of 2004 and their five-star rankings.

At the No. 6 spot is the nation's top quarterback Rhett Bomar of Grand Prairie, Texas. Bomar is the center of a major recruiting battle between several teams, including bitter rivals Oklahoma and Texas.

So why are the teams after Bomar? Just ask any college coach that's recruiting him.

"He reminds me so much of John Elway with his size, frame and his right arm," said a Big 12 assistant coach. "What's impressive about Rhett is that he's not one-dimensional at all. He's a guy that can kill you with his arm and with his legs. He's just one of those special quarterbacks that come along every once in a while."

With defensive linemen in vogue in the NFL, it's no surprise that one of the nation's best players is also a defensive tackle. College coaches from all over the map are after Demarrio Pressley out of Greensboro, N.C., and he's one of the best players to come out of North Carolina in years.

Following Pressley at the defensive line spot is the nation's top defensive end prospect, Brandon Miller of Colquitt (Ga.) Miller County. Miller, who is likely Georgia bound, has one of the best first steps that you'll see in a defensive end prospect and that's why he's ranked as the nation's No. 8 player overall.

The nation's No. 2 linebacker, Willie Williams out of Miami, Fla., is No. 9 in the top 10. As a junior, Williams was named first team all-Dade as well as first team all-state. As a sophomore he earned second team all-Dade honors.

At a combine on Tuesday, Williams ran an electronic 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash, had a 35-inch vertical leap and also put up 225 pounds more than 20 times. All of which are amazing and show what type of athlete Williams is.

"He's one of the best linebackers to come out of South Florida in quite some time," said a Big East recruiting coordinator. "And you know what type of players and linebackers come out of South Florida."

The No. 10 spot is home for the nation's No. 2 quarterback Anthony Morelli of Pittsburgh, Pa. Morelli is a rifle armed passer that can throw deep. Morelli averaged a whopping 24.7 yards per completion as a junior. He was an all-conference performer that was also selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Terrific 25. He attended the Elite 11 quarterback camp in California as a ballboy as a junior.

"I know that some people are really high on Chad Henne, but Morelli is the more complete quarterback at this point," said an SEC recruiting coordinator. "Henne is right up there, too, but Morelli is just one of those heady kids that has a strong arm and is just a little bit more athletic. That makes him the perfect big-time quarterback."


 Rhett Bomar

Grand Prairie (TX)
Pro-style quarterback

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds
 

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"He has it all – arm strength, accuracy, great feet – but he can do the little things. He checks off at the line of scrimmage or whatever he gets us doing the right things. I think he’s a coach’s son, so he’s been around it, been in the locker room and on the sidelines from a very young age."
-Jerry Bomar, Rhett Bomar's father and coach
Bomar, Rhett
 
 

 DeMario Pressley

Greensboro (NC)
Dudley
Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 285 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds
Bench max: 350 pounds
 

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"He has extraordinary quickness and flexibility. He could walk in here right now with jeans on and do a split. That set him apart right away."
-Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley coach Victor Floyd
Pressley, DeMario
 
 

 Brandon Miller

Colquitt (GA)
Miller County
Weakside defensive end

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
 

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"He's just as good as Keith Rivers, if not better. He could be a great at a number of different positions. He plays linebacker, running back, defensive line and about any position you need. He can play about a 100 different spots in college - he's that good.
-SEC recruiting coordinator
 

 Willie Williams

Miami (FL)
Carol City
Outside linebacker

Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.42 seconds
 

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"He's one of those kids that you see walking out of the tunnel before a game and you just know that he's going to rip somebody's head off. And you know what, that's exactly what he does. He kills people out on the field. He's a head-hunter."
-Big East assistant coach
Williams, Willie
 
 

 Anthony Morelli

Pittsburgh (PA)
Penn Hills
Pro-style quarterback

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 208 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Bench max: 285 pounds
Bench reps: 18
Vertical leap: 30 inches
Shuttle time: 425 seconds
 

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"There are only two quarterbacks in the nation that I've seen on film that could be ready to start from day one. Rhett Bomar is one of them and Anthony Morelli is the other one. He is the complete package and has been blessed with an amazing arm."
-Big 12 quarterback coach
Morelli, Anthony
 
 


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