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After showing off one of the strongest arms in the country throughout the camp and all-star season, five-star quarterback Ryan Mallett leads the way in the final Rivals.com Texas top 100 for 2007.

Mallett, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound signal caller, showed off his abilities during not only his senior season, but has been one of the most impressive looking quarterbacks over these last few months. The Texas High passer threw for 3,353 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior bringing his high school career stats to well over 7,000 yards since his sophomore season.

Though Mallett isn't as fleet footed as several dual-threat passers, his arm strength is rare. He should take that ability to Michigan where he should flourish as a drop-back passer.

Five-stars Terrance Toliver, Tray Allen, Curtis Brown, along with four-star John Chiles round out the top five prospects in the state.

Toliver, the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder, has been one of the most highly coveted receiver prospects since the summer. Though Toliver's stats over his high school career haven't been eye-popping, he projects to have a bright future at the next level wit his size and speed combination.

Allen is still one of the most complete offensive line prospects in the country. At 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, he fits the mold of a guard but has the talent to play any of the positions along the line for Texas.

There is no doubting the skills of Brown and he showed that as one of the top cornerbacks in the all-star games. With the tools to play defensive back, Brown also looks solid as a possibly returner at the next level where he can get into space and make plays.

Chiles will no doubt be one to watch at the next level. His sights are set on quarterback but he could also be a guy that could grow into a top flight receiver. His 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame along with solid speed makes him the state's top athlete.

Other big movers in the Texas top 100 include four-star wide receiver Dez Bryant who jumps into the top 10 after a successful senior season. Bryant is working hard in the classroom to improve his grades and should be fun to watch early on in his career at Oklahoma State.

Four-star William Cole has perhaps jumped the highest from outside of the top 25 in the state to No. 14. Cole's sensational performance in the state playoffs at quarterback certainly made him one to watch. However, his speed and quickness make him a top athlete prospect that could excel at cornerback or receiver.

Other prospects who made their way up the list in the state include four-stars Quentin Castille, Lonnie Edwards, Jermaine Love, Travis Lewis, and Brandon Collins. Lewis and Edwards both debuted as four-star prospects within the last week and Castille went from outside the Texas top 100 to No. 36. Castille's senior film and ability to be a "big back" early on in his career helped vault him up the list.

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