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Recruiting Rankings: 2012 Athlon Consensus 100 Finalized

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-by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The 2012 Athlon Consensus 100 is finalized.

Like it is every recruiting cycle, the final revamping of Athlon’s top-100 is always the most volatile. The national, regional and state all-star games allow scouts to see the best compete against equivalent talent, sometimes for the first time in their careers. Thus, it creates rapid risers and late fallers in the recruiting rankings.

All six major recruiting services have totally reworked and finalized their rankings for the class of 2012, and the AC100 reflects that. As National Signing Day 2012 inches closer, the ink is now dry on the 2012 recruiting rankings permanently. There are plenty of new faces in the AC100, but the name atop the rankings remains the same.

Dorial Green-Beckham Still No. 1

Green-Beckham, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound receiver, debuted atop the AC100 back in the summer and never fell off the top spot. In fact, he widened the gap as the nation’s best player by adding two additional first place votes. Offense-Defense and Scout.com named the Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest wide receiver as the No. 1 prospect in the nation, while Rivals.com and NCSA left DGB atop their lists. He finished as the No. 2 player in the nation by 247Sports.com and No. 3 in the nation by ESPN.

Green-Beckham is planning on a National Signing Day announcement and took his second official visit last weekend to Arkansas. He has visited Texas officially, but Missouri, Oklahoma and the Razorbacks appear to hold a slight edge over Texas and Alabama. The star wideout claimed co-MVP honors in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl two weeks ago after scoring on a USAAA bowl-record 79-yard touchdown reception.

There was plenty of movement around DGB, however, as three names dropped out of the top 10. Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol blocker Andrus Peat dropped from No. 5 to No. 23. Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles lineman John Theus, who is committed to Georgia, fell from No. 8 to No. 13. And Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook running back Keith Marshall, formerly the top running back in the nation, dropped from No. 6 to No. 16. Marshall is also headed to Georgia. Hueytown (Ala.) quarterback Jameis Winston also fell from No. 10 to No. 15.

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The biggest jump into the top 10 came from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek blocker D.J. Humphries, who went from No. 17 to No. 3. The future Florida Gator is now the nation’s No. 1 offensive lineman. A pair of defensive tackles, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate’s Eddie Goldman (previously No. 13) and Brenham’s (Texas) Malcom Brown (previously No. 24) , both finished 2012 as top-10 players.

Olney (Md.) Good Councel athlete Stefon Diggs, who recently visited Florida, made a big jump from No. 11 to No. 5. Diggs has stated he will wait until after NSD to sign but proved in San Antonio that he is one of the nation’s most dynamic football forces.

Biggest Risers and New Faces

There are 16 new faces in the Athlon Consensus 100 – by the far the biggest number of new names ever to leap into the top 100. In fact, Daphne (Ala.) linebacker Ryan Anderson was completely unranked — meaning not one of the six recruiting services had ranked Anderson in the top-150 nationally — for the entire recruitment process until today when he lands in the AC100 at No. 84. Future Washington quarterback Cyler Miles made a huge jump after a co-MVP showing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is now the nation’s No. 4-rated quarterback. A pair of tailbacks, Tarboro (N.C.) runner Todd Gurley and Stone Mountain (Ga.) tailback Mike Davis, both used all-star showings to vault themselves into the AC100 as well. Gurley is headed to Georgia and Davis is committed to South Carolina.

Here is the list of the biggest risers in the final AC100 (* - new to the AC100):

Name

Pos.

Hometown

+/-

Rank

Prev.

Verbal

Ryan Anderson*

LB

Daphne, AL

N/A

#84

UR

Alabama

Todd Gurley*

RB

Tarboro, NC

+148

#83

#231

Georgia

Mike Davis*

RB

Stone Mountain, GA

+88

#54

#142

South Carolina

Amari Cooper*

WR

Miami, FL

+75

#58

#133

Alabama

Cyler Miles*

QB

Denver, CO

+73

#91

#164

Washington

Kendall Sanders*

ATH

Athens, TX

+73

#87

#160

Texas

Leonard Williams*

DE

Daytona Beach, FL

+66

#68

#134

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Kevon Seymour*

DB

Pasadena, CA

+65

#96

#161

USC

Ondre Pipkins*

DT

Kansas City, MO

+61

#60

#121

Michigan

JaQuay Williams*

WR

Tyrone, GA

+46

#99

#146

Auburn

Ukeme Eligwe*

LB

Stone Mountain, GA

+44

#72

#116

Florida State

Alex Carter*

DB

Asburn, VA

+44

#76

#120

Stanford

Deontay Greenberry

WR

Fresno, CA

+40

#52

#92

Notre Dame

Jonathan Bullard

DT

Shelby, NC

+40

#11

#51

Florida

Brian Poole*

DB

Bradenton, FL

+40

#71

#111

Florida

Isaac Seumalo

OL

Corvallis, OR

+38

#39

#77

Oregon State

Zach Kline

QB

Danville, CA

+34

#40

#74

Cal

T.J. Yeldon

RB

Daphne, AL

+29

#32

#61

Alabama

Sterling Shepard*

WR

Oklahoma City, OK

+23

#100

#123

Oklahoma

Trey Williams

RB

Spring, TX

+22

#19

#41

Texas A&M

Curtis Riser*

OL

DeSoto, TX

+22

#79

#101

Texas

Zach Banner

OL

Lakewood, WA

+21

#50

#71

--

Josh Harvey-Clemons

ATH

Valdosta, GA

+20

#20

#40

--

D.J. Foster*

ATH

Scottsdale, AZ

+15

#97

#112

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Biggest Fallers and Dropouts

If there were a record 16 new faces in the AC100, that unfortunately means that 16 old names had to drop off the list. The quarterback position took a big hit in the finalized rankings as Texas A&M’s Matt Davis, Auburn’s Zeke Pike and Texas’ Connor Brewer each fell outside of the top 100. The highest player to fall out of the rankings, however, was Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute defensive tackle Jarron Jones. The future Fighting Irish defender had some difficulty at the All-American events once he was facing the nation’s best. New York prep football leaves much to be desired, and his adjustment period likely caused him to drop from the AC100. Yuri Wright, formerly of Don Bosco Prep, plummeted for other reasons, as his lewd and inappropriate twitter timeline ended with his discharge from the program.

Here is the list of the biggest fallers in the final AC100 (* - dropped out of the AC100):

Name

Pos.

Hometown

+/-

Rank

Prev.

Verbal

Avery Johnson*

WR

Pompao Beach, FL

-99

#166

#67

LSU

Jelani Hamilton*

DE

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

-74

#154

#84

Miami

Matt Davis*

QB

Houston, TX

-73

#161

#88

Texas A&M

Zeke Pike*

QB

Edgewood, KY

-71

#153

#82

Auburn

Connor Brewer*

QB

Scottsdale, AZ

-70

#134

#64

Texas

Jarron Jones*

DT

Rochester, NY

-69

#101

#32

Notre Dame

Dominique Wheeler*

WR

Crockett, TX

-69

#127

#58

Texas Tech

Anthony Alford*

QB

Petal, MS

-49

#119

#70

Southern Miss

Yuri Wright

DB

Ramsey, NJ

-49

#70

#21

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Kwon Alexander

LB

Oxford, AL

-44

#82

#38

--

Barry Sanders, Jr.

RB

Oklahoma City, OK

-35

#80

#45

Stanford

Ricardo Louis*

WR

Miami Beach, FL

-34

#121

#87

Florida St

Quay Evans

DT

Morton, MS

-34

#93

#59

Mississippi St

Devonte Fields*

DE

Arlington, TX

-27

#122

#95

TCU

Noor Davis

LB

Leesburg, FL

-27

#49

#22

Stanford

Jordan Payton*

WR

Westlake Village, CA

-25

#124

#99

Cal

Dan Voltz*

OL

Barrington, IL

-24

#114

#90

Wisconsin

Sheldon Day*

DT

Indianapolis, IN

-20

#116

#94

Notre Dame

Cayleb Jones

WR

Austin, TX

-20

#59

#39

Texas

LaDarrell McNeil*

DB

Dallas, TX

-16

#112

#96

Tennessee

Tyriq McCord*

DE

Tampa, FL

-10

#107

#97

Miami

Evan Boehm*

OL

Lee's Summit, MO

-3

#103

#100

Missouri