Rivals.com's experts have had several opportunities for in-person evaluations of the nation's top prospects at various events in recent months. We take a closer look at the big movers in the updated Rivals100 and break down exactly why they rose in the rankings.
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THE PARTICULARS: 5-11/210 THE MOVE: From 27th to 11th PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Film only. MOST RECENT EVALUATION: Florida's Friday Night Lights camp EVALUATED BY: Barry Every EVERY'S TAKE: Richardson, who has committed to Alabama, was very light on his feet at Friday Night Lights in Gainesville, Fla. He had a good change of direction and surprisingly soft hands for the most muscular back I have ever seen.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-4/292 THE MOVE: From 88th to 22nd PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Missouri 2007 summer camp, film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: Missouri summer camp EVALUATED BY: Jeremy Crabtree CRABTREE'S TAKE: Richardson showed up at Missouri's camp and proved he's one of the nation's truly elite players. He measured 6-3¾ and 292 pounds – then ran a 4.7 40.
THE PARTICULARS: 5-11/202 THE MOVE: From 59th to 23rd PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Texas 7-on-7 State Championships, film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: FBU Top Gun Camp EVALUATED BY: Barry Every, Jeremy Crabtree, Jamie Newberg, Barton Simmons. EVERY'S TAKE: At the FBU Camp, Michael displayed superior speed and outstanding change of direction. Still, probably the most impressive aspect of his game was his attitude and his effort level on each practice rep.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-6/233 THE MOVE: From 32nd to 24th PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Chapel Hill Nike Camp, film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: FBU Top Gun Camp EVALUATED BY: Barry Every, Jeremy Crabtree, Jamie Newberg EVERY'S TAKE: A great athlete. He has a frame that can easily hold 250-plus pounds. He also catches everything with his hands and will be a mismatch for a safety or linebacker.
THE PARTICULARS: 5-11/171 THE MOVE: From 54th to 27th PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: Tee Martin Playmaker Camp, LSU Prospect Camp EVALUATED BY: Barry Every, Barton Simmons EVERY'S TAKE: Smith possesses hips on a swivel and superior change of direction. He easily is one of the fastest corners in the country.
THE PARTICULARS: 5-10/204 THE MOVE: From 62nd to 40th PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Film. MOST RECENT EVALUATION: FBU Top Gun Camp EVALUATED BY: Barry Every, Jeremy Crabtree, Jamie Newberg. EVERY'S TAKE: Baker, who has committed to Michigan State, looks the part of his nickname: "Rock." He has a tremendous work ethic, good speed, and an excellent change of direction.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-6/305 THE MOVE: From 178th to 41st. PREVIOUS EVALUATIONS: Film. MOST RECENT EVALUATION: LSU Prospect Camp EVALUATED BY: Barton Simmons SIMMONS' TAKE: He was the best player at a loaded LSU prospect camp. He performed at a high level all week and backed up his performance with some outstanding testing numbers.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-3/215 THE MOVE: From 107th to 51st. PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Chapel Hill Nike Training Camp MOST RECENT EVALUATION: USC Rising Star Camp EVALUATED BY: Jeremy Crabtree
CRABTREE'S TAKE: Jeffrey, who has committed to Pete Carroll and the Trojans, was the go-to-guy at receiver at USC's loaded Rising Star Camp. He made several amazing catches on deep patterns, including one route where he burned a defensive back on a post-corner.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-2/215 THE MOVE: From 137th to 53rd PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Palo Alto Nike Camp, Berkely Elite 11 workout MOST RECENT EVALUATION: Elite 11 EVALUATED BY: Barry Every EVERY'S TAKE: Brehaut - a UCLA commitment - was the most accurate quarterback over the four days at the Elite 11, and he exudes leadership skills.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-2/185 THE MOVE: From 101st to 55th. PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Film. MOST RECENT EVALUATION: Texas 7-on-7 State Championships EVALUATED BY: Barry Every, Barton Simmons EVERY'S TAKE: Rollison sees the whole field, and when he makes that decision to let it go, the ball is out like a cannon shot. He uses tremendous pocket presence and a quick release to catch defenders off-guard.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-2/200 THE MOVE: From 115th to 72nd PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Rivals.com Five Star Academy, 2007 Los Angeles Nike Camp, film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: USC Rising Star Camp, FBU Top Gun Camp EVALUATED BY: Jeremy Crabtree CRABTREE'S TAKE: At both the USC Rising Star Camp and the Top Gun Camp, McDonald – another USC commitment – showed that he is a physical defensive back. But he doesn't have trouble hanging with speedier receivers, either.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-1/210 THE MOVE: From 124th to 80th PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Ultimate 100 Camp, U.S. Army National Combine, Chapel Hill NIKE Camp, State College Elite 11 Regional Camp, film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: FBU Top Gun Camp, EA Sports Elite 11 EVALUATED BY: Barry Every EVERY'S TAKE: Boyd, who is headed to West Virginia, is physically ready to play now. He was quick feet, and also has the decision-making skills to throw first and run second. His accuracy was above average. Boyd can also be classified as a natural leader.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-4/189 THE MOVE: From 135th to 89th PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Elite 11 Regional Camp in Las Vegas, film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: EA Sports Elite 11 EVALUATED BY: Barry Every EVERY'S TAKE: This tall, thin Alabama commit possesses a Dan Marino-type release. He showed good arm strength and accuracy on short and mid-range passes. McCarron also was above average in his drops and footwork.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-1/188 THE MOVE: From 193rd to 93rd PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Los Angeles NIKE Camp, Film MOST RECENT EVALUATION: USC Rising Star Camp, Top Gun Camp EVALUATED BY: Jeremy Crabtree CRABTREE'S TAKE: The USC commitment starred at the USC Rising Star Camp. He was all over the field in run-support situations and was rarely beaten in one-on-ones.
THE PARTICULARS: 6-2/195 THE MOVE: From 220th to 100th MOST RECENT EVALUATION: Film evaluation EVALUATED BY: Barton Simmons SIMMONS' TAKE: Starling shows fluidity in and out of his backpedal, a physical mind-set and phenomenal instincts.