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Where they ranked as prospects

7/8/2010

One final note on our list of the SEC's Top 25 players.

I had somebody ask where everybody was ranked coming out of high school, and I'm glad to provide that information.

Using the ESPN Recruiting rankings, which go back to 2007, 11 of the 25 players were ESPNU 150 prospects.

Also, 10 of the players were ranked among the top 10 players at their respective positions, and six of the players were ranked among the top 20 players nationally the year they came out of high school.

The highest grade handed out was a 95 to Alabama receiver Julio Jones in 2008. Georgia receiver A.J. Green, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Alabama running back Trent Richardson also graded out in the 90s as high school prospects.

Last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, had 107 players ranked ahead of him nationally.

There were no rankings available for Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe, LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker. All three finished high school prior to 2007.

Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee played just one year of high school football before going to junior college and didn’t receive a position ranking.

Here’s the complete rundown:

No. 1: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama – No. 12 running back in 2008, ranked 108th overall, Grade 81.

No. 2: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia – No. 2 wide receiver in 2008, ranked fifth overall, Grade 91.

No. 3: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas – No. 2 quarterback in 2007, ranked 12th overall, Grade 85.

No. 4: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU – No. 1 cornerback in 2008, ranked eighth overall, Grade 90.

No. 5: Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama – No. 39 defensive tackle in 2008, unranked overall, Grade 77.

No. 6: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – No. 1 wide receiver in 2008, ranked second overall, Grade 95.

No. 7: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama – No. 26 defensive end in 2008, unranked overall, Grade 79.

No. 8: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida – No. 18 offensive guard in 2007, unranked overall, Grade 77.

No. 9: Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State – Grade 40.

No. 10: Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss – N/A.

No. 11: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – No. 1 running back in 2009, ranked sixth overall, Grade 91.

No. 12: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina – No. 2 safety in 2009, ranked 18th overall, Grade 85.

No. 13: Kelvin Sheppard, LB, LSU – N/A.

No. 14: Randall Cobb, WR/QB, Kentucky – No. 86 athlete in 2008, unranked overall, Grade 74.

No. 15: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida – No. 4 cornerback in 2008, ranked 31st overall, Grade 83.

No. 16: Mark Barron, S, Alabama – No. 19 athlete in 2008, unranked overall, Grade 80.

No. 17: Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn – No. 90 wide receiver in 2008, unranked overall, Grade 77.

No. 18: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina – No. 12 wide receiver in 2009, ranked 102nd overall, Grade 81.

No. 19: D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas – No. 10 tight end in 2007, unranked overall, Grade 79.

No. 20: Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina – No. 10 defensive end in 2007, ranked 84th overall, Grade 80.

No. 21: Clint Boling, OT, Georgia – No. 112 defensive end in 2007, unranked overall, Grade 71.

No. 22: Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas – No. 47 wide receiver in 2008, unranked overall, Grade 79.

No. 23: Washaun Ealey, RB, Georgia – No. 8 running back in 2009, ranked 66th overall, Grade 82.

No. 24: Chris Marve, LB, Vanderbilt – No. 16 inside linebacker in 2008, unranked overall, Grade 77.

No. 25: Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee – N/A.