The best inside linebacker in the country is committed to Michigan State, which can't be good news for other Big 10 schools, because Lawrence Thomas is good enough to play as a true freshman.
1. Lawrence Thomas of Detroit is a 6-4, 260-pounder with 4.6 speed who is rated as the No. 36 player in the nation. He is the leading prospect in Michigan. He is big, aggressive and fast. He could grow into an interior defensive lineman.
2. Curtis Grant of Richmond, Va., is a 6-3, 225-pounder who is rated as the No. 40 player in the nation. He is the best player to come out of Richmond in the last five years. Uncommitted, he is considering Michigan, Florida, Ohio State, Virginia, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Georgia and North Carolina. He is very productive and has great instincts from sideline to sideline.
3. Steve Edmond of Daingerfield, Texas, is a 6-3, 235-pounder who is rated as the No. 42 player in the nation. He is committed to Texas, one of the standouts in coach Mack Brown's top-rated recruiting class. He plays in a small town in a smaller division but dominates. He has been an all-stater for two years.
4. C.J. Johnson of Philadelphia, Miss., the town that produced Marcus Dupree, is a 6-2, 220-pounder who is rated as the No. 59 player in the nation. He is committed to Mississippi State. He is the top prospect in Mississippi. Speed is his game. He plays with good balance and body control.
5. Shannon Brown of Adel, Ga., is a 6-1, 230-pounder who is the No. 62 player in the nation. He is committed to Alabama. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, like Dick Butkus, mean and aggressive. His teammates refer to him as "Thumper."
6. Anthony Wallace of Dallas, Texas, is a 6-2, 220-pounder who plays at the most productive high school (Skyline) in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He is one of the best athletes in a very athletic league. Uncommitted, he is considering Texas, USC, UCLA, Georgia, Arizona, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Oregon.
7. Lamar Dawson of Danville, Ky., is a 6-2, 230-pounder who is the No. 1 player in Kentucky. He runs well and makes plays. Uncommitted, he is considering Florida, Oregon, Michigan, USC, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisville.
8. James Vaughters of Tucker, Ga., is a 6-2, 235-pounder who is committed to Stanford. He is the most efficient tackler in the Atlanta area. He doesn't take missteps. He is a leader on and off the field.
9. Chet Moss of Cedar Park, Texas, is a 6-1, 225-pounder who is committed to Texas. He is the leader on a highly rated team. A sure tackler and strong at the point of attack, he is a reliable playmaker.
10. Travis Hughes of Virginia Beach, Va., is 6-1, 217-pounder who has taken a backseat to Curtis Grant in Virginia. But at the San Antonio combine, he demonstrated he has great body control and runs well. He is being heavily recruited by Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Maryland.