As the college football season winds down and we get ready for the bowl games, the recruiting season starts to pick up. While most athletes honor their first commitments, some will go for the dramatic and switch at the last minute, while others wait until signing day to pull the trigger on their decision. With that in mind, we've decided to highlight some of the nation's top prospects. While some may be more deserving and receive accolades from others, these are the atheletes I feel will make the biggest impact at the next level based on position and the programs they are likely to be attending.
Jimmy Clausen - Quarterback - 6'3" - 200 - Westlake Village, California, Oaks Christian
Hailing from a family rich in quarterback tradition, Clausen looks to carry that on as he has already committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and seems to be the heir apparent to Brady Quinn. A prolific passer in high school (3665 yards and 58 touchdowns as a sophomore, 2778 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior), Clausen certainly fits the bill physically and seems to have that confidence and winning mentality after playing for one of the nation's most prolific offenses at the high school level.
Willy Korn - Quarterback - 6'2" - 200, Duncan, South Carolina, James F. Byrnes
A dynamic dual-threat quarterback, Korn, who has already committed to the Clemson Tigers, has become one of the most highly touted prospects for the class of 2007. A big-bodied quarterback with excellent accuracy and intelligence, Korn is also very versatile as his 5000-plus yards of total offense in his career attest to.
Caleb King - Running Back - 5'11" - 186 - Norcross, Georgia, Greater Atlanta Christian
An extremely versatile player who had 2768 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns as a junior, as well as 600-plus yards and five touchdowns on 21 receptions, King is going to be a spark plug offensively for the Georgia Bulldogs. Possessing tremendous speed and strength, he has dazzled recruiters across the country with his ability. Watch for King to be an All-American in the next one to two years.
Chris Donald - Linebacker - 6'2" - 220 - Huntingdon, Tennessee, Huntingdon
A freak of nature both physically and talent-wise, Donald will make an immediate impact for whomever he decides to commit to between now and February. Extremely intelligent and able to read plays, Donald always seems to be in close proximity to the ball and is usually tackling the person who has possession. Donald also rarely over-pursues, and when he does, his athletic ability usually allows him to recover in time to make a play. As a junior, Donald had 110 tackles, which included 30 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, and five forced fumbles.
Terrance Toliver - Wide Receiver - 6'4" - 195 - Hempstead, Texas
A physical masterpiece, Toliver causes matchup problems for most defensive backs due to his tremendous size, speed, and strength. Toliver has drawn comparisons to former University of Texas star Roy Williams, both in terms of his talent and his physical presence.
Marvin Austin - Defensive Tackle - 6'2" - 291 - Washington, D.C., Ballou
Extremely fast and agile for his size, Austin, who ran a 4.83 forty, posted 76 tackles with 12 for a loss and eight sacks as a junior. Austin possesses extremely good footwork for his size and accelerates off the snap with tremendous quickness.
Everson Griffen - Defensive End - 6'4" - 266 - Avondale, Arizona, Agua Fria
Possessing sub-4.5 speed in the forty, Griffen is a tantalizing talent that fits the mold of former North Carolina superstar Julius Peppers. Fast enough to play running back in high school, Griffen had 70 tackles with six going for sacks.
Noel Devine - Running Back - 5'8" - 175 - North Fort Meyers, Florida
Devine is probably the most electric running back prospect in the last decade. Possessing extreme speed and the ability to cut on a dime, Devine has drawn some well-deserved comparisons to Barry Sanders. Currently, Devine looks to leave the state of Florida with West Virginia currently leading for his services.
Arrelious Benn - Wide Receiver - 6'1" - 210 - Washington, D.C., Dunbar
Benn, who has committed to Ron Zook at Illinois, is an extremely physical player and possesses the strength and hands to make him a tough matchup for any defensive back. Benn should contribute to the Illini right away on a squad lacking in depth and overall talent.
Tyrod Taylor - Quarterback - 6'1" - 200 - Hampton, Virginia
Taylor, who fits in the mold of former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, committed to the Hokies during the summer. An extremely fast player, Taylor also has the ability to make all the throws and then some. A dynamic play-maker, Taylor should fit in just fine at Tech.
Every class possesses a few sleepers that slip under the radar. After taking the time to evaluate all the prospects, here are a couple that we fill may exceed current expectations.
Phillip Livas - Running Back - 5'8" - 163 - Houma, Louisiana
Livas, who runs a legit 4.3 forty, is arguably the fastest player in the class. Wherever he ends up, he will make an immediate impact, whether it winds up being on offense or on special teams as a return man. Livas is currently being recruited by Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Miami-FL, and others.
Damien Davis - Wide Receiver - 6'5" - 185 - Mart, Texas
Davis, who signed with Oklahoma State over Baylor, Arizona, and Texas A&M, plays for the same high school that current Texas standout Quan Cosby did years ago. Being from a small town, Davis doesn't get as much respect as his big school counterparts do. However, he makes up for it with his big play ability. His speed and hands, coupled with his size, make him a dangerous weapon.