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November 30, 2011

Four stars earned outside of the Rivals250

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After playing on the defensive line in 2010, Ryan Anderson of Daphne (Ala.) was good enough to land several FBS scholarship offers. But despite his success at that spot, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder switched to outside linebacker in part because that is the position Alabama, whom he committed to last spring, recruited him to play.

With the switch, Rivals.com took a wait-and-see approach and started Anderson off as a high three-star prospect. After seeing him play in person this fall, it became clear he was ready for a bump.

Today, he's getting it.

Anderson is one of 12 prospects being moved from three to four stars who fell outside the Rivals250.

"Simply put, Ryan is an excellent fit at linebacker," said Rivals.com Southeast analyst Keith Niebuhr. "Whether playing as a standup backer or in the more traditional role, he has consistently performed at a high level. Not only does he look great in pads, but for a player his size he moves extremely well, has great footwork and is one of the biggest hitters in the region. The other thing you have to like is that Ryan plays with a mean streak. Largely because of how physical he is, he should have little trouble making the transition to life in the Southeastern Conference."

The state of Georgia led the way with two new four-star additions - weakside defensive end Josh Dawson of Tucker and receiver Blake Tibbs of Lithonia Martin Luther King. Dawson, who is listed at 6-4, 225 pounds, is committed to Vanderbilt.

"On a team filled with great athletes, Dawson truly stands out both with his frame and with how he plays," Niebuhr said. "He's an extremely quick and agile player at end, who has the quickness to make plays from sideline to sideline. But he's also strong enough to play the run very well. What also stood out was how he chased plays downfield and never relented in his pursuit."

The speedy Tibbs has pledged to Georgia.

"Blake is really a talented kid," Niebuhr commented. "In catching 64 passes for 1,042 yards, he made the tough receptions in traffic, came away with the clutch grabs along the sideline and was a terrific deep-ball threat. After the catch, he was just as good, combining speed with cuts to cause problems for defenders. Tibbs also is one of the better return men in the South, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him make an early impact in the kicking game at the next level."

Three Midwestern standouts also got ranking promotions - Northwestern defensive tackle commit Greg Kuhar of Concord Township (Ohio) St. Edward, Michigan State weakside defensive end commit Jamal Lyles of Southfield (Mich.) Lathrup and Nebraska wide receiver commit Jordan Westerkamp of Lombard (Ill.) Montini.

"Jamal Lyles is a prospect I have been impressed with since I saw him for the first time last spring playing wide receiver," Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt said. "Even then, though, I thought this kid could be a big-time rush end with his length and athleticism. He is now 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and I have been told doctors feel he is not done growing yet. His frame easily has room for another 20 pounds, and Michigan State coaches have started talking some defensive end as well if he continues growing. Lyles has all the tools to be a terror coming off the edge in the Big Ten."

In Texas, weakside defensive end Danielle Hunter of Morton Ranch, an LSU commit, was moved up. He's all of 6-5, 235 pounds.

"Danielle Hunter has all kinds of potential at the next level," said Texas/Southwest analyst Brian Perroni. "He is still a bit raw at this point but his athleticism is apparent both in person and on film. He has an incredibly quick first step off the snap that makes him hard for offensive tackles to stop."

In the Sunshine State, Miami Hurricanes outside linebacker commit Reggie Northrup of Jacksonville First Coast caught the eye of Florida analyst Chris Nee.

"Northrup is a very athletic, hard-hitting linebacker who has the ability to make plays all over the field," Nee observed. "He is a productive tackler who is good between the tackles, coming off the edge, or playing laterally in space. He displays very good tackling technique, exhibiting the ability to make secure one-on-one tackles in space. He relishes the opportunity to drop his shoulder and pop the running back as they come through the hole. He has the strength, both in his upper and lower body, to stand a back up and drop him for a loss. His leg-drive upon initial contact is very good. He has quick, active hands that allow him to shed blocks and he is relentless until the whistle."

Uncommitted cornerback Devian Shelton of Inglewood was California's only riser.

"We probably missed on Shelton as a four-star after he had an outstanding summer, especially at the B2G Elite Camp," said West Coast analyst Adam Gorney. "A lot of people thought Shelton had the best season out of anyone at Inglewood this year. He is an outstanding cornerback who is very physical and very athletic. No one really tests him and that's a testament to his skills."

Rounding out the new four-stars outside the Rivals250 are three players from the south - uncommitted inside linebacker Richie Brown of Long Beach (Miss.), LSU receiver commit Travin Dural of Beaux Bridge (La.) and Mississippi State athlete commit Will Redmond of Memphis East.

Here is a look at the current list of four-star prospects outside of the Rivals250:
Pos. Name High School
PQB Wes Lunt Rochester, Illinois - Rochester
PQB Nathan Peterman Fruit Cove, Florida - Bartram Trail
DQB Jeff Lindquist Mercer Island, Washington - Mercer Island
RB Greg Garmon Erie, Pennsylvania - McDowell
RB Vonte Jackson Kenosha, Wisconsin - Bradford
RB Drew Harris Exton, Pennsylvania - Downingtown East
WR Jordan Westerkamp Lombard, Illinois - Montini
WR Jalen Cobb Warren, Arkansas - Warren
WR Quinshad Davis Gaffney, South Carolina - Gaffney
WR C.J. Curry Gainesville, Georgia - North Hall
WR Alton Howard Orlando, Florida - Edgewater
WR Kodi Whitfield Los Angeles, California - Loyola
WR Jason Croom Norcross, Georgia - Norcross
WR Blake Tibbs Lithonia, Georgia - Martin Luther King
WR Travin Dural Beaux Bridge, Louisiana - Breaux Bridge
TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick Rocklin, California - Whitney
TE Colin Thompson Warminster, Pennsylvania - Archbishop Wood Catholic
TE Evan Baylis Aurora, Colorado - Grandview
TE Griffin Gilbert Austin, Texas - Lake Travis
TE Pharaoh Brown Lyndhurst, Ohio - Brush
OT Mike Madaras Olney, Maryland - Our Lady Of Good Counsel
OT Jake Meador Whiteland, Indiana - Whiteland
OT J.J. Denman Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania - Pennsbury
OT Jordan Diamond Chicago, Illinois - Simeon
OT Evan Goodman Lakeland, Florida - Lakeland
OT Blake Bars Nashville, Tennessee - Montgomery Bell Academy
OT Nick Davidson Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Eden Prairie
OG Joe Harris Lithonia, Georgia - Lithonia
OG Vadal Alexander Buford, Georgia - Buford
OG J.J. Patterson Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina - Roanoke Rapids
OG Zach Hemmila Chandler, Arizona - Chandler
OC Mike Matthews Fort Bend, Texas - Elkins
WDE Tom Strobel Mentor, Ohio - Mentor
WDE Jeremy Castro Murrieta, California - Vista Murrieta
WDE Jamal Lyles Southfield, Michigan - Lathrup
WDE Josh Dawson Tucker, Georgia - Tucker
WDE Danielle Hunter Katy, Texas - Morton Ranch
SDE Faith Ekakitie Lake Forest, Illinois - Lake Forest Academy
SDE Luke Kaumatule Honolulu, Hawaii - Punahou
SDE Ryan Watson Olney, Maryland - Good Counsel
SDE DeForest Buckner Honolulu, Hawaii - Punahou
DT Thomas Chapman Louisville, Kentucky - DuPont Manual
DT Greg Kuhar Concord Township, Ohio - St. Edward
DT Dalvon Stuckey De Funiak Springs, Florida - Walton Senior
DT Jamil Pollard Westville, New Jersey - West Deptford
ILB Michael Barton Concord, California - De La Salle
ILB Richie Brown Long Beach, Mississippi - Long Beach
ILB Quanzell Lambert Sicklerville, New Jersey - Timber Creek
OLB Kwon Alexander Oxford, Alabama - Oxford
OLB Deaysean Rippy McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania - Sto Rox
OLB Aaron Porter La Habra, California - La Habra
OLB Brett Bafaro Hillsboro, Oregon - Liberty
OLB Abner Logan Brookline, Massachusetts - Dexter
OLB Javiere Mitchell Leeds, Alabama - Leeds
OLB Jordan Richmond Denton, Texas - Ryan
OLB Seth Jacobs Arroyo Grande, California - Arroyo Grande
OLB Otha Peters Covington, Louisiana - Covington
OLB Lorenzo Phillips Patterson, Louisiana - Patterson
OLB Reggie Northrup Jacksonville, Florida - First Coast
OLB Ryan Anderson Daphne, Alabama - Daphne
CB Kenneth Crawley Washington, District of Columbia - H. D. Woodson
CB Darion Monroe Reserve, Louisiana - East St. John
CB Donaldven Manning Miami, Florida - Edison
CB Devian Shelton Inglewood, California - Inglewood
S Jordan Diggs Cape Coral, Florida - Island Coast
S Jarrod Wilson Akron, Ohio - Buchtel
S Demetrious Cox Jeannette, Pennsylvania - Jeannette
S De'van Bogard Cleveland, Ohio - Glenville Academic Campus
S Chaz Elder College Park, Georgia - Banneker
ATH Chase Hansen Highland, Utah - Lone Peak
ATH Will Redmond Memphis, Tennessee - Memphis East
ATH Canaan Severin Worcester, Massachusetts - Worcester Academy

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