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November 9, 2010

Rivals250 has nine new names

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The latest update to the Rivals250 for the 2011 class includes nine prospects that were previously unranked.

We take a closer look at the new faces in the Rivals250 and Rivals.com's recruiting analysts give their thoughts on why each of them deserves to be ranked among the top 250 prospects in the nation.

New to the Rivals250
OT Tyler Johnstone, 6-6/260, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Johnstone Highlights
RANK: No. 133
SCHOOLS: Committed to Oregon
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Tall, athletic lineman that does a nice job of getting to the next level. He has a great frame and very long arms that make him ideal for becoming a true left offensive tackle. - Barry Every
TE Ray Hamilton, 6-5/230, Strongsville (Ohio)
Hamilton Highlights
RANK: No. 155
SCHOOLS: Committed to Iowa
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: This tight end has been a total mismatch this season. He runs excellent routes while possessing soft hands and good body control. - B.E.
DT Delvon Simmons, 6-5/265, McKeesport (Pa.)
Simmons Highlights
RANK: No. 165
SCHOOLS: Simmons has a long list of offers and has visited Oregon, Iowa and Rutgers in recent weeks.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: An athletic and active defensive tackle, Simmons gets off the ball quickly and has the speed and agility to make plays down the line and in the offensive backfield. He splits the double team so well with his first step. - Mike Farrell
QB Brandon Allen, 6-2/214, Fayetteville (Ark.)
Allen Highlights
RANK: No. 168
SCHOOLS: Committed to Arkansas
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Total wizard with his ball-handling skills. He is very accurate and understands touch on shorter passes. - B.E.
RB Tre Mason, 5-10/190, Lake Worth (Fla.) Park Vista
Mason Highlights
RANK: No. 193
SCHOOLS: Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas A&M and West Virginia head his list.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Mason is an elusive back who uses his speed to find the edge and then beat defenders down the field. He is not solely a player in space as he is also able to run between the tackles, as well as be a weapon in the passing game where he displays soft hands. - Chris Nee
OT Joseph Cheek, 6-7/271, Seguin (Texas)
Cheek Highlights
RANK: No. 200
SCHOOLS: Committed to Texas A&M
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: You can't teach a lineman to be 6 feet 7 and have the frame to hold more than 300 pounds. He is very light on his feet while having the ability to get down field and block. - B.E.
DT Darian Cooper, 6-3/275, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
Cooper Highlights
RANK: No. 210
SCHOOLS: Penn State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa lead his list.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Cooper is an undersized lineman who is effective with his snap anticipation, hustle and athleticism. He is disruptive, consistently gets penetration upfield and has a great motor that allows him to track things down all over the field. - M.F.
CB Justin Coleman, 5-11/175, Brunswick (Ga.)
Coleman Highlights
RANK: No. 214
SCHOOLS: Committed to Tennessee
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: A do-everything athlete who has a knack for making big plays, Coleman is fast, instinctual and physical with great ball skills and the ability to change the course of a game on defense or offense. - M.F.
WR Brandin Cooks, 5-11/165, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Cooks Highlights
RANK: No. 248
SCHOOLS: Committed to UCLA
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Dangerous athlete who is a threat to score as a receiver, runner and kick returner. He has excellent body control and soft hands and has translated his talents into production on the field for his team. - B.E.


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