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December 9, 2009

Nine new names in the Rivals250

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The latest version of the Rivals250 includes nine prospects that were previously unranked.

We take a closer look at the new faces in the updated 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
QB James Franklin, 6-2/218, Corinth (Texas) Lake Dallas
Franklin Highlights
RANK: No. 140
SCHOOLS: Committed to Missouri
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: He is actually a pro-style quarterback who happens to be able to make plays with his feet. He has put up staggering statistics the past two years, leading his team in passing and rushing. Franklin also has excellent overall size and is physically ready to compete as a freshman. - BARRY EVERY
TE Austin Haywood, 6-4/245, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore
Haywood Highlights
RANK: No. 124
SCHOOLS: Committed to Oklahoma
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: He burst onto the scene this season and has emerged as one of the nation's premier tight ends. He has legit size at 6 feet 4 and 245 pounds, and he displayed some very good hands. He has more big-play ability than most tight ends in the nation. - JEREMY CRABTREE
DT Eric Humphrey, 6-4/273, Dallas (Texas) Parish Episcopal School
Humphrey Highlights
RANK: No. 196
SCHOOLS: Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech are at the top of his list.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Humphrey (6-4/273) is a huge, athletic player who just came onto the scene. He projects as a strong side defensive end or a defensive tackle at the next level, which is the rarest kind of athlete to find. It is really hard to find guys this big who can run and make plays. - B.E.
LB Javarie Johnson, 6-4/208, Washington (D.C.) Dunbar
Johnson Highlights
RANK: No. 250
SCHOOLS: Committed to Miami
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Johnson is a massive linebacker who has the potential to become a pass-rushing terror coming off the edge. He is a very hard worker and will not take plays off at the next level. He could be a difference-maker for the Miami Hurricanes. - B.E.
RB Deantre Lewis, 5-10/189, Norco (Calif.)
Lewis Highlights
RANK: No. 248
SCHOOLS: Committed to Arizona State
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: It's easy to get overlooked this year at running back in the state of California because there are so many good ones. Without a doubt, Lewis put his name on the map with the best of them in 2009. You could make the argument that Lewis' numbers this year came against one of the toughest schedules. Arizona State is getting a heck of a steal. - J.C.
QB Sean Mannion, 6-5/205, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
RANK: No. 225
SCHOOLS: Committed to Oregon State
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Mannion was a relative unknown early in the recruiting process because he didn't go to any national camps and he committed early to Oregon State. But the Beavers once again proved they know what they're doing in their evaluations. On senior film, Mannion looks like not only one of the best quarterbacks in California but also in the entire country. He's got good size, great command in the pocket and, boy, does he have a strong arm. - J.C.
QB Mark Myers, 6-4/220, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
Myers Highlights
RANK: No. 223
SCHOOLS: Committed to Pitt
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Though Andrew Hendrix and Luke Massa are the household names of the Ohio quarterback class, Myers had the better year. The tall lefty has a big-time arm, and he is able to hit all points of the field from the pocket. Myers is accurate under pressure, and he can throw on the run. - GREG LADKY
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, 6-1/215, Stamford (Conn.) King & Low Heywood Thomas
Pierre-Louis Highlights
RANK: No. 141
SCHOOLS: Committed to Boston College
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Pierre-Louis has had a monster season from his linebacker position. He's all over the field as a blitzer, in coverage and in pursuit. He covers a ton of area on the field. He's simply a disruptive force in every aspect of the game on defense and is quickly approaching the level of Khairi Fortt and Silas Redd, fellow prospects from the state of Connecticut. - MIKE FARRELL
DE Anthony Williams, 6-4/235, McDonough (Ga.) Union Grove
Williams Highlights
RANK: No. 202
SCHOOLS: Committed to Georgia Tech
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: This kid simply does not take plays off, and he never loses his cool under pressure. Williams runs sideline to sideline and is an ideal pass rusher. He wreaked havoc on two of the most athletic teams in the state of Georgia - Lithonia Martin Luther King and Stone Mountain Stephenson - this year. - B.E.

* Players listed in alphabetical order.



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