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April 22, 2008

Rivals250 welcomes new names

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The Rivals250 always follows any newly released Rivals100, and the latest update of the 250 is highlighted by many new additions.

As it turns out, the player closest to cracking the top 100 is making his debut in the 250. West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley offensive tackle David Barrent is one of many names to become familiar with on the new list.

BIG MOVER
David Barrent makes his debut in the Rivals250 at No. 101.

Barrent, who is 6 feet 8 and 290 pounds, checks in at No. 101 in the Rivals250. The big man has offers from Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State and others, and he could become a member of the Rivals100 before he's done. He's big and raw, but his upside is tremendous.

Orland Park (Ill.) Sandburg offensive tackle Michael Schofield also makes his debut in the 250 in a noteworthy spot. Schofield, who is 6 feet 7 and 276 pounds, checks in at No. 250 on the list. Schofield has offers from Illinois, Indiana and Arizona.

Yet another offensive lineman making his debut is East Lansing, Mich., center Blake Treadwell (No. 233). The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Michigan State commitment can also play guard. He looks like a very good get for the Spartans.

The state of Texas boasts a couple of new additions to the Rivals250. Dallas Skyline cornerback Steve Williams checks in at No. 239. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder is already committed to Oklahoma. He had offers from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Miami, Nebraska, Auburn and others. He's joined by fellow Oklahoma commitment Tom Wort, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from New Braunfels, Texas. Wort debuts at No. 228.

Another player who is making his debut in the 250 is Danville (Va.) George Washington tailback David Wilson. He averaged more than 11 yards per carry as a junior, shows breakaway speed and triple jumps nearly 50 feet. He's an explosive athlete with offers from Virginia, Auburn, Michigan and others.

The recent Nike camps in Miami, Gainesville, Fla., and Los Angeles led to several additions. While he didn't dominate the Miami camp, Homestead (Fla.) South Dade defensive end Ed Stinson certainly passed the eyeball test. Coupled with very impressive junior film, Stinson couldn't be left out of the rankings. He debuts at No. 241 and has offers from Miami, Florida State, Auburn and others.

Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast defensive end David Gilbert had an outstanding camp in Miami and is a super sleeper to watch. He checks in at No. 222 and has early offers from UConn and Minnesota - with many more likely to come.

ON THE VERGE
Five four-star prospects that just missed the cut for this Rivals250:
PlayerPos
Brandon WegherRB
Adam HallWR
Dan FoxLB
Jawanza StarlingS
Willie HaulsteadWR
The Gainesville camp led to three additions from Florida. Marianna, Fla., athlete Bradley Battles is No. 138. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder showed off good hands and flashed the speed that led to 2,200 yards rushing as a junior. He has offers from Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky and others, but watch for the big boys to start moving in soon.

Joining Battles is running back Ben Axon from Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee. Axon might be a bit tall and upright at 6-foot-2 to play running back at the next level, but he can fly and can catch the ball as well. Offers from Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson and West Virginia are likely just the beginning for him.

Rounding out the new Florida trio is Fort Pierce (Fla.) Westwood defensive tackle Luther Robinson. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder took home defensive line MVP honors in Gainesville, and his film backs up his ability. He has an early offer from Miami - with others likely soon to follow.

Finally, the Los Angeles camp led to the addition of two California prospects. San Diego (Calif.) Helix tight end Levine Toilolo is an early Stanford commitment and is massive at 6 feet 8 and 239 pounds. He showed great hands and runs smooth routes for such a big tight end. He makes his first appearance at No. 200 overall.

Mission Viejo, Calif., quarterback Allan Bridgford was also very impressive in L.A. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder showed great mechanics and a live arm at the camp. He checks in at No. 248, and has offers from Stanford, Texas Tech, Arizona and Arizona State.



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