It’s the goal of Scout.com and InsideTennessee.com to cover the entire state of Tennessee like no other.
Whether an in-state prospect does or does not have an offer from the University of Tennessee, it’s still our objective and goal to evaluate every prospect in the Volunteer state.
It’s that time of the year again when preseason rankings and predictions are popular.
InsideTennessee.com is proud to announce the “InsideTennessee Top Thirty Prospects.” Our experts spent a lot of time in the spring getting to know these prospects firsthand.
We are basing our preseason rankings on personal scouting, film evaluations and official offers, among other factors. We will re-rank each prospect after the completion of the Fall 2010 season. This is not the official Scout.com state rankings but just the opinions of our InsideTennessee.com recruiting staff.
One factor in deciding the top prospects in the state was this question: Who has the best NFL potential? This year, two prospects' names could fit that scenario.
We will now continue the InsideTennessee.com countdown.
Now for the final five!
No. 5 Derek King, DB/RB/Athlete, Brentwood Academy Nashville
King is one of the top athletes in the state and has the production numbers to back it up. King started as a running back and cornerback for Brentwood Academy and returned kickoffs.
He rushed 76 times for 738 yards, an average of 9.7 yards per carry. He also caught seven passes for 66 yards. King made 31 solo tackles on defense with 14 assists and intercepted a pass. He scored a touchdown on a kickoff return and averaged 27.0 yards per return.
He currently has official offers from Auburn, Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
No. 4 Kyler Kerbyson, OL, Knoxville Catholic
Kyler is one of the top offensive linemen in the state. He currently has 13 official offers from schools such as Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, USC, UCLA, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Stanford, Memphis, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Syracuse.
Once thought to be a Tennessee lock, the Vols may still be in good shape, but with such schools as Notre Dame entering the picture, things could get interesting. Good size, great feet, good fundamentals.
No. 3 Jabriel Washington, athlete, Jackson Trinity Christian Academy
Washington is a versatile athlete that could play wide receiver, safety or corner on the next level. What he can do at his size will likely land him at corner.
He is long, he has good feet, he has good hips, and he could be that bigger corner that schools look for on the field. Has offers from 11 schools, including Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Georgia, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.
No. 2 Cameron Clear, TE/DE, Memphis Central
What makes Cameron Clear the No. 2 player in our preseason poll? NFL potential comes to mind. He has the size and frame to be playing on Sundays. Whether he will make it or not should be up to him. At 6-foot-7, 270 pounds, that is something that no one can teach.
He is currently playing tight end and defensive end, two positions that he loves, with quick feet and with his current size, he could be an All Pro-type offensive tackle.
No. 1 Antonio “Tiny” Richardson, OT, Nashville Ensworth High School
There is no doubt in many minds who the No. 1 player in the state is this year. Tiny also doesn’t fit his name - Richardson has the size at 6'6 and 310 pounds and the tools to be a great player at the college level, as well as the pro level.
He comes from a great home situation where he kept focused on the tasks at hand. No matter how many schools are seeking his services, Richardson intends to be focused on working hard to get even better.