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June 6, 2003

More five-star stars revealed

Chad Henne

Rivals.com Top 15 for 2004

No. 1 - Adrian Peterson
No. 2 - Randy Estes
No. 3 - Keith Rivers
No. 4 - Theodore Ginn Jr.
No. 5 - Early Doucet
No. 6 - Rhett Bomar
No. 7 - DeMarrio Pressley
No. 8 - Brandon Miller
No. 9 - Willie Williams
No. 10 - Anthony Morelli
No. 11 - Chad Henne
No. 12 - Kyle Williams
No. 13 - Xavier Carter
No. 14 - Derrick Harvey
No. 15 - Jeff Byers

Every year the debate rages over which prospect should be ranked over that prospect and it’s even more difficult to judge when you’re dealing with five-star players. Rivals.com is proud to release the next set of five-star players and this group of prospects is just as strong as any other group that has already received a ranking.


Leading off the next group of five-star players at No. 11 in the nation is West Lawn (Pa.) Wilson quarterback Chad Henne. While Henne is at No. 11 and the No. 3 quarterback in the nation, there is no question that he could be at the top in many respects.


Blessed with a 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and an amazing arm, Henne in many seasons would be the nation’s top signal-caller.

“The bottom line is that
Chad is a pro-style quarterback, who can run and be physical. He is a good thinker on the field and he will knock your jock off to,” Wilson coach Jim Cantafio said. “He is a good athlete. He is a three sport star playing basketball and running track.”

Henne’s physical nature comes from his football background because he was a tailback until the ninth grade.

“He played running back in middle school,” Cantafio explained. “We heard he could throw it so we talked to Chad and his dad and got him to throw some and he has such a natural arm. He has been our quarterback ever since. He has taken every snap since he was in the ninth grade.”


At No. 12 and earning five-star status is the top player in Illinois, linebacker Kyle Williams of Boling Brook, Ill. Williams, who is 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, is already up to 20 scholarship offers and it’s easy to see why the explosive outside linebacker earns more every time he talks to a coach.


He’s just special. Ask Rivals100.com recruiting analyst Tim O'Halloran.


“When I saw Kyle Williams play after a game in his sophomore season, I stopped Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow and told him ‘coach, this kid will be big time,’ " O'Halloran said. “He asked me how big?  I said he could easily be one of the top recruits I've ever seen. And that was as a sophomore.


“His best football is still way ahead of him and mentally and physically he's more than ready for the next level.”


Right behind Williams at No. 13 is Florida receiver Xavier Carter and it’s scary to think that Carter takes a backseat to anybody. That’s because Carter is likely the fastest recruit in the entire nation this season.


“We’re talking about a kid who’ll probably be in the Olympics next year or four years down the road,” Palm Bay coach Dan Burke said. “A lot of guys can run, but not like Xavier. He’s on a whole different level of speed.”

Carter (6-3, 190, 4.35) recently competed in the Arcadia Invitational in California. He became the first athlete in the history of the meet to win the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints. His time of 10.38 in the 100 was an Arcadia record, and he currently holds the top three times in the nation for those events.

“He loves both track and football,” Burke said. “I think he’s probably got a track-first mentality because he’s running at such a high level, but he wants to play both sports on the college level. He’s just an incredible talent.”

As a junior at
Palm Bay, Carter caught 28 passes for 757 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged more than 27 yards per catch in earning honorable mention Class 4A all-state honors.


At No. 14 on the list is and another five-star selection is a name that not a whole lot of people have talked about – Derrick Harvey out of Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Harvey is one of those rare players that have amazing untapped potential.


Harvey just played football for the first time last season after focusing on basketball for most of his life. But in one short season he’s turned his amazing frame and amazing first step into a number of national elite scholarship offers. By the time he’s done, Harvey has the potential to be a high first-round draft pick in the NFL if he continues to develop and work hard.


“It’s kind of a Cinderella story – now he’s the No. 1 recruit in Maryland,” his coach, Rick Houchens, said. “This kid is just a virtually unknown kid and now he’s going to be one of the top recruits in the nation.”


He sure is.


The No. 15 slot belongs to the nation’s top offensive line prospect Jeff Byers of Loveland, Colo. Byers, who has offers from a who’s who of college football, is so quick of the ball that he runs like he’s a fullback instead of an offensive lineman.


He also has a good mean streak in him and that’s what you want in your big uglies up front. Simply put, he’s about as complete of a package as you’re going to get on the offensive line.

 Chad Henne

West Lawn (PA)
Pro-style quarterback

Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 210 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
GPA: 3.4

 Player Rankings
"He's the complete package at quarterback. He's a great field general, plus he's got the size, arm and football knowledge that it takes to win."
-Big 10 recruiting coordinator

 Kyle Williams

Bolingbrook (IL)
Outside linebacker / Running back

Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 217 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds
Bench max: 350 pounds
Squat max: 450 pounds
GPA: 2.6

 Player Rankings
"He has a motor like a greyhound. If it's you're looking for somebody that can run and hit, then Kyle Williams is your man."
-Big 12 assistant coach
Williams, Kyle

 Xavier Carter

Palm Bay (FL)
Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.35 seconds
GPA: 2.9

 Player Rankings
"He's raw with some of the receiver skills, but he's a future star because he has things that you can't coach - like speed and size."
-SEC assistant coach
Carter, Xavier

 Derrick Harvey

Greenbelt (MD)
Eleanor Roosevelt
Weakside defensive end

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 235 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Vertical leap: 33 inches

 Player Rankings
"He's just learning the game of football. Just wait until he truly understands the little stuff, because he just explodes off the ball."
-ACC assistant coach
Harvey, Derrick

 Jeff Byers

Loveland (CO)
Offensive center / Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 270 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds
Bench max: 375 pounds
Squat max: 515 pounds
GPA: 3.9

 Player Rankings
"Offensive linemen aren't supposed to move as good as he does. How many times have you seen a center pull? It's because they're not fast enough - he is."
-Big 12 assistant coach
Byers, Jeff

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