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December 5, 2013

Ups, downs of latest positional rankings

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Since our last round of rankings back in August, Rivals.com analysts have crisscrossed to the country to see many of the nation's top prospects compete on Friday nights throughout the fall. With the 2013 regular season in the books, we take a look at notable movements within each position ranking.

Pro-style quarterbacks
Notable riser: Jalan McClendon, Charlotte, N.C. West Mecklenburg (from unranked to No. 24)
Notable dropper: Andrew Ford, Camp Hill, Penn. Cedar Cliff (From No. 21 to No. 27)
Comment: The position was all about forward momentum as N.C. State commit McClendon entered the rankings at No. 25, and was directly followed by Colorado commit Cade Apsay at No. 26 and Washington State commit Peyton Bender at No. 27. All three were previously unranked. Virginia Tech commit Andrew Ford was the only player to take a major slip at the position, falling six spots.
Dual-threat quarterbacks
Notable riser: Malik Rosier, Mobile, Ala. Faith Academy (From unranked to No. 24)
Notable dropper: Rafe Peavey, Bolivar, Mo. (From No. 4 to No. 10)
Comments: Rosier, a Miami pledge, turned an excellent senior season into one of the biggest jumps at the position, entering at No. 24. Florida State commit Treon Harris moved to the position from running back and was elevated to a 6.0 and is now the No. 3 overall player at the position. Struggles on the field led to Peavy, who is committed to Arkansas, falling six spots.
All-purpose backs
Notable riser: Dalvin Warmack, Blue Springs, Mo. (From No. 15 to No. 10)
Notable dropper: Deron Thompson Wichita, Kan. Northwest (From No. 16 to unranked)
Comments: An excellent senior season helped the versatile Kansas State commit Warmack make a nice jump in the rankings. The same can't be said for the uncommitted Thompson, who fell out of the rankings. Another big mover was Missouri commit Trevon Walters, who climbed from out of the rankings to No. 14. Old Dominion commit Ray Lawry also slipped, falling from No. 11 to out of the rankings.
Running backs
Notable riser: Madre London, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas (From No. 49 to No. 28)
Notable dropper: Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow, Okla. (From No. 17 to No. 30)
Comments: Running back was a position of movement as three new four-stars dotted the top 27 at the position. Michigan State commit London climbed for the second straight rankings period, this time jumping into the top 30. Debuting in the rankings was Lawton, Okla. prospect Michael Warren, who entered at No. 36. Other droppers included Houston commit Kaliq Kokuma, who went from No. 50 to unranked.
Notable riser: Kamryn Pettway Prattville, Ala. (Debuted at No. 1)
Notable dropper: None
Comments: The position saw two new names jump to the top of the list, with Auburn commit Pettway sliding over from the running back position and debuting in the top spot. Also on the move up was N.C. State commit Jaylen Samuels, who gained his third star and debuted at No. 2 at the position..
Wide receivers
Notable Riser: Alex Van Dyke, Elk Grove, Calif. Cosumnes Oaks (From No. 54 to No. 37)
Notable dropper: Demetrius Johnson, Annapolis, Md. Annapolis Christian (From No. 24 to No. 53)
Comments: UCLA pledge Van Dyke gained his fourth star and in the process made a big leap at the position. Other movers include new Wisconsin commit Krenwick Sanders, who entered the rankings at No. 59 and recent Florida State-to-Florida flip Ryan Sousa, who moved up 21 spots from No. 81 to No. 60. On the flip side, Kentucky commit Thaddeus Snodgrass lost his fourth star and in the process fell from No. 36 to No. 64.
Tight ends
Notable Riser: Christopher Herndon, Norcross, Ga. (Entered at No. 19)
Notable dropper: Deandre Goolsby, Derby, Kan. (From No. 3 to No. 17)
Comments: Miami commit Herndon flashed his skills as a tight end for perennial power Norcross and entered the tight end rankings after previously being ranked as an athlete. Goolsby took one of the biggest drops at any position, with the Florida commit slipping 14 spots. Other key movers included Arkansas commit Ravian Pierce, who entered the rankings at No. 26 and Virginia Tech commit Xavier Burke, who fell from No. 19 to unranked.
Offensive tackles
Notable Riser: Nick Gates, Las Vegas, Nev. Bishop Gorman (From No. 53 to No. 38)
Notable dropper: Andrew Mike, Tucson, Ariz. Sabino (From No. 35 to No. 61)
Comments: Gates continues to impress as more attention comes his way, as does Louisville commit Lukayus McNeil, who moved from unranked to No. 41 after earning his third star. The 6-foot-7 Mike continues to lose momentum, falling at the position. Other new entrants at the position include USC commit Jordan Austin at No. 61 and Colton Miller at No. 63.
Offensive guards
Notable Riser: Larry Allen Jr. Concord, Calif. De La Salle (Debuted at No. 30)
Notable dropper: George Panos Hartland, Wisc. Arrowhead (From No. 21 to No. 27)
Comments: Allen -- yes the son of former NFL great Larry Sr. -- enters the rankings after turning heads on the field this fall. Wisconsin commit Panos moved in the other direction, slipping six spots. Other notable moves include Alabama commit Montel McBride, who moved up just one spot at his position but also gained his fourth star.
Notable Riser: Nathaniel Devers, Massillon, Ohio Washington (Debuted at No. 7)
Notable dropper: None
Comments: Cincinnati commit Devers moved to the position from guard and slide in at the No. 7 position. Also making moves up were Duke commit Zach Harmon and Oregon State commit Drew Clarkson, who debuted at No. 13 and No. 15, respectively. No major drops happed at the position.
Weakside defensive ends
Notable Riser: Sione Teuhema, Keller, Texas (From unranked to No. 23)
Notable dropper: Denzel Ware, Crestview, Fla. (From No. 18 to No. 28)
Comments: At a position that saw not one but two new five-stars, there was a ton of shuffling throughout the position. Texas commit Teuhema burst onto the scene and shot up the charts to No. 23, while an injury-riddled senior season slowed the process of Kentucky commit Ware. Other new entrants at the position include Virginia commit J.J. Jackson (No. 25), Compton, Calif. product Uriah Leiataua (No. 30) and Vanderbilt commit Lloyd Tubman (No. 31). Kansas State commit Elijah Lee was one of the biggest slippers, falling from No. 22 out of the rankings.
Strongside defensive ends
Notable Riser: Trey Carter, Dallas, Texas Pinkston (From unranked to No. 19)
Notable dropper: Jake McMillon Abilene, Texas (From No. 29 to unranked)
Comments: Oklahoma State commit Carter made one of the biggest jumps at the position, coming from off the board and sliding in at No. 19. The same can't be said for Texas commit McMillon, who slipped out of the ranks. Joining him on the droppers was Oregon commit Jalen Jelks, who went from No. 23 to unranked. Other movers in the positive direction include Tennessee commit Cory Thomas, who moved up eight spots to No. 20 and Kentucky commit Tymere Dubose, who entered at No. 33.
Notable riser: Kammy Delp, Pomona, Calif. Central East (From unranked to No. 30)
Notable dropper: Matt Elam. Elizabethtown, Ky. John Hardin (From No. 18 to No. 26)
Comments: Delp was one of the biggest movers at any position, coming from outside the rankings and debuting at No. 30. Also entering the fray was South Carolina commit Taylor Stallworth, who went from unranked to No. 31. Elam highlighted players slipping at the position, losing his fourth star and falling to No. 26. Also dropping was Georgia commit Lamont Gaillard, who also lost a star and dropped six spots to No. 23.
Inside linebackers
Notable riser: Gavin Bryant, Jackson, Ala. (From unranked to No. 17)
Notable dropper: None
Comments: Tennessee commit Bryant continued his assentation at the position and is now on the verge of a four-star ranking at No. 17. Joining him as new entrants at the position include Kansas commit Kyron Watson (No. 20), USF commit Nick Holman (No. 24) and Wisconsin commit Dominic Cizauskas (No. 30). Big fallers at the position include Petera Wilson (No. 9 to unranked) and Michigan State commit Deon Drake (No. 16 to unranked).
Outside linebackers
Notable riser: Cayson Collins, Charlotte, N.C. Phillip O Berry (From No. 43 to No. 28)
Notable dropper: Jimmie Swain, Olathe, Kan. North (From No. 20 to No. 24)
Comments: Several players moved near the top of the position, creating a domino effect down the line. North Carolina commit Collins parlayed an excellent senior year into a 15-spot jump, while Swain failed to find traction after transferring schools and lost his fourth star, falling four spots in the process. Other nice jumps up include Ohio prospect Tegray Scales, who jumped 10 spots to No. 34 and Florida prospect Sharieff Rhaheed, who moved up five spots to No. 40. Big droppers include Texas A&M commit Hoza Scott, whose troubles away from the field continue to cloud his future. He fell 19 spots to No. 41 at the position..
Notable riser: Denzel Fisher, Compton, Calif. Centennial (From No. 61 to No. 39)
Notable dropper: Daquan Worley, Coatesville, Penn. Area (From No. 44 to No. 53)
Comments: Fisher's sensational senior season helped the UCLA commit vault up the rankings, settling it at No. 39. Penn State commit Worley slipped nine spots. Other big winners at the position include Michigan State commit Vayante Copeland, who went from unranked to No. 41 and Arkansas commit Henre' Toliver, who went from unranked to No. 42. Texas A&M commit Cedric Collins fell for the second straight evaluation period, this time from No. 39 to unranked.
Notable riser: Brandon Bryant, Tunica, Miss. Rosa Ft (From unranked to No. 36)
Notable dropper: Nick Glass, Suwanee, Ga. Peachtree Ridge (From No. 39 to unranked
Comments: Mississippi State commit Bryant came from off the charts to No. 36 while Glass was kicked off his team midseason and now the one-time Georgia commit's football future is in serious doubt. Other positive movement at the position included Kansas State commit Kaleb Prewett debuting at No. 39 and Washington State commit Darren Gardenhire debuting at No. 45. Another notable dropper was Clemson commit Jefferie Gibson who moved to safety from cornerback and landed at No. 53.
Notable riser: Kameron Uter, Atlanta, Ga. Pace Academy (From unranked to No. 24)
Notable dropper: Jeffery Farrar Upland, Calif. (From No. 31 to No. 40)
Comments: Several players left the athlete category for other positions, clearing the way for moves. Most of them were in the positive direction, including Vanderbilt commit Uter, who had never played a snap of football prior to this season. Other movers included UCF commit Michael Rogers, who was previously unranked at safety, debuting at No. 30 and Florida State commit Malique Jackson, debuting at No. 25.



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