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Barkley proves he deserves No. 1 spot in ESPNU 150

After we watched the best players battle one another in all-star games, there were changes in the ESPNU 150 rankings, including at the top spot.

Updated: January 8, 2009, 5:30 PM ET
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.

As we head down the homestretch toward national signing day, the ESPNU 150 begins to take its final shape. Now that local and national all-star games have been played, we have mulled over several different scenarios for our rankings, but we always came back to one thing: QB Matt Barkley (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) separated himself from the pack when matched up against great competition and earned the No. 1 spot.

It is no secret that Barkley has seen some adversity this year and has absorbed ...

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