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August 18, 2010

Rivals250 has 15 new names

MORE: 2011 Rivals250 | Two new five-star prospects in Rivals100 | Rivals250 rankings chat

The post-summer Rivals250 for the 2011 class includes 15 prospects that were previously unranked.

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

New to the Rivals250
CB Louchiez Purifoy, 6-0/170, Pensacola (Fla.) Pine Forest
Purifoy Highlights
RANK: No. 116
SCHOOLS: Committed to Florida
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: It's hard to believe it took this guy so long to land major offers. Purifoy is a big corner with elite speed and good ball skills. He's physical at the line of scrimmage but his makeup speed is what really separates him. With his size and speed and his limited experience playing the cornerback position, Purifoy has a ton of upside. - BARTON SIMMONS
CB Floyd Raven, 6-2/180, Reserve (La.) East St. John
RANK: No. 122
SCHOOLS: Texas A&M and Ole Miss are high on his list. Is an offer from LSU on the way?
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: For a kid that only has one year of experience playing organized football, it's pretty unbelievable the kind of potential Floyd Raven has. He's a big kid with good speed and athleticism who is still learning the cornerback position. Every camp he attended in which he actually worked out, Raven earned an offer. As a pure athlete, Raven is one of the most intriguing players in this entire class. - B.S.
LB Kendall Thompson, 6-3/232, Carthage (Texas)
Thompson Highlights
RANK: No. 140
SCHOOLS: Committed to Texas
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Thompson has helped Carthage to back-to-back state titles. He is a guy that, although he plays linebacker in high school, there were originally questions about his athleticism and whether he might be moved to defensive end in college. Over the past year he has gotten leaner and improved his quickness. There is no doubt he is a college linebacker now. He showed his athleticism this summer at the Gridiron Kings tournament, doing a good job of covering receivers that were quite a bit smaller than him. Thompson plays both the run and pass well and should see the field pretty early at Texas. - BRIAN PERRONI
LB A.J. Johnson, 6-3/226, Gainesville (Ga.)
Johnson Highlights
RANK: No. 141
SCHOOLS: Florida leads a long list of schools in the hunt for Johnson.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Johnson was one of the top prospects at Florida's Friday Night Lights. He looks like a defensive end but moves like a linebacker. He has improved his speed and lateral quickness quite a bit since the last time he was evaluated and he was the best linebacker at the event when it came to covering backs one-on-one. - MIKE FARRELL
TE Richard Rodgers, 6-4/230, Shrewsbury (Mass.) St. John's
RANK: No. 182
SCHOOLS: Cal, Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame, Oregon, Minnesota, Virginia and West Virginia have offered.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Rodgers is a huge athlete who could play many positions in college. He dominated the Boston College summer camp and showed he has tight end size but wide receiver speed and skills. Notre Dame wants him as a linebacker, Cal and others as a tight end and BC and others as a wide receiver. He can do it all and his upside is impressive. - M.F.
WR Junior Pomee, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Pomee Highlights
RANK: No. 186
SCHOOLS: Once committed to UCLA, Pomee has a current top five of Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona and Florida.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Pomee came out of nowhere to dominate at Florida's Friday Night Lights, finishing right with A.C. Leonard as the top prospect. He's another jumbo sized receiver who everyone thinks is a tight end based on eyeballing him but he has wideout skills. He dominated inside and outside in one-on-ones not only with his size but good route-running and surprising speed. - M.F.
OT Chris Bryant, Chicago Simeon
Bryant Highlights
RANK: No. 193
SCHOOLS: Michigan and Stanford are among a long list of schools that have offered Bryant.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Bryant absolutely destroyed the competition at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp this summer, a very strong camp featuring top prospects from the Detroit area and beyond. He has a powerful punch and moves his feet very well. He is a natural athlete in a big body. - GREG LADKY
WR Jaylon Denson, 6-3/190, Hoover (Ala.)
Denson Highlights
RANK: No. 195
SCHOOLS: Committed to Auburn
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Denson didn't get a lot of attention heading into this season because of two FBS seniors in his receiving corps last year but with some outstanding performances in 7-on-7, he's no longer an unknown. Denson is a big, physical receiver with big strong hands who runs great routes and who should be very dangerous in the red zone. - B.S.
OT Josue Matias, Union City (N.J.)
Matias Highlights
RANK: No. 207
SCHOOLS: Holds more than 20 scholarship offers and hopes to have a decision by December.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Matias is a new film evaluation and is a dominant offensive tackle prospect despite still being a bit raw. He's aggressive, he can move well, he has good feet and he plays hard. His size and ability to not only dominate the player in front of him but also hit moving targets makes him the best offensive lineman in the state. - M.F.
CB David Jenkins, 6-1/185, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
Jenkins Highlights
RANK: No. 209
SCHOOLS: Committed to LSU
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Jenkins really saw his stock soar this offseason when more evaluators were able to see him in person. He's a cornerback with good size and great speed that can make plays on the football. In the Texas state 7-on-7 tournament, he also showed of a lot of versatility as his team's top big-play threat in spot duty on offense. - B.S.
S Sheldon Royster 6-0/185, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Royster Interview
RANK: No. 216
SCHOOLS: Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse and West Virginia have offered Royster.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Royster was excellent in leading his team to the title at the Rutgers 7-on-7 tournament this summer and showed much more range than expected. His strength on film is about being physical, hitting and supporting the run but in pass coverage in space he was very instinctual, closes very well and was much more athletic than expected. He could be a strong or free safety. - M.F.
LB Amarlo Herrera, 6-1/224, College Park (Ga.) North Clayton
Herrera Highlights
RANK: No. 223
SCHOOLS: Committed to Georgia
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Herrera is a big kid who is extremely physical as a downhill linebacker and he loves to compete. Despite being an early Georgia commitment, Herrera has been very active all spring and summer getting to camps and 7-on-7 events. His hard work is paying off as he has already made strides as a big kid in pass coverage. - B.S.
OG Brandon Clemons, 6-4/253, Milford (Pa.) Delaware Valley
RANK: No. 229
SCHOOLS: Still open with a double-digit offer list.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Clemons is a new film evaluation and he could be a defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive tackle or guard. He is very athletic and moves so well for a big man that it's easy to see why many schools are telling him he can play offense or defense. He has a long frame to fill out, is good at reaching the second level and is a big athlete with great potential. - M.F.
LB Jake Keefer, 6-4/215, Baldwin (Wis.) Woodville
Keefer Highlights
RANK: No. 230
SCHOOLS: Committed to Wisconsin
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Keefer really impressed at Wisconsin's prospect camp. He has a big frame to build on, but what is most impressive is his foot quickness and fluidness. He is able to move across the field and inside the box with speed and quickness. Keefer will grow into a monster linebacker at Wisconsin with the ability to chase the ball carrier around the field. - G.L.
LB Jabari Hunt-Days, 6-2-226, Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove
RANK: No. 237
SCHOOLS: Committed to Georgia Tech
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Had tremendous showings at NUC's Southeast Ultimate100 and National Ultimate100 combines. His size is ideal for a linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3, is very intelligent and has hips on a swivel allowing him to cover faster, smaller backs. - BARRY EVERY



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