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June 22, 2012
Of the 100 players who checked in Friday for the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, here are the 12 who impressed the Rivals.com's analysts the most. Let's call it the inaugural All-Lobby team.
DE Kenny Bigelow 6-3/322, Eastern (Md.) Christian Academy: Bigelow is the biggest defensive lineman in attendance, but does not look like he has bad weight. He looks like a grown man who is ready for the NFL. Those prospects who were not familiar with Bigelow could not believe he was still in high school.
LB Reuben Foster, 6-2, 228, Auburn (Ala.): Foster is a physically intimidating prospect who grabs your attention with how thick he is. He also doesn't appear to have an ounce of fat on his frame. The barrel-chested prospect looks like he carries 200-plus pounds in his upper body alone.
OT Chris Fox, 6-6/297, Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa: Fox is a massive individual who looks like a college lineman. It cannot be easy to move him because he's so big and also looks solid without much, if any, bad weight. There seems to be toughness inherent in the way he's built physically.
DE Da'Shawn Hand, 6-4, 248, Woodbridge (Va.): He may be a year younger than the majority of players at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, but you would not know that from his build. Not only does Hand have great size at 6-foot-4 and 248 pounds, but he is cut and doesn't appear to have an ounce of fat on him.
TE O.J. Howard, 6-6, 226, Autauga (Ala.) Academy: Howard created an unprecedented buzz when he walked into registration on Friday. Not only is he a legitimate 6-foot-6, but Howard was also thicker and more muscular than expected.
DE Carl Lawson, 6-2, 253, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton: Lawson is extremely well-composed physically with his 6-foot-2 frame. He carries more than 250 pounds, but has plenty of room to add additional weight to his frame. Lawson has wide shoulders, solid thickness throughout his upper body, and a thick base.
DE Malik McDowell, 6-6/292, Detroit (Mich.) Loyola: McDowell is not chiseled like some other defensive ends here, but he doesn't appear to have any bad weight. He takes up a huge amount of space for a defensive end and could eventually move inside. For his size, he's an explosive prospect.
DT Scott Pagano, 6-3/280, Honolulu (Hawaii) Moanalua: Pagano must have been uncomfortable on that long flight from Honolulu to Atlanta because he's so barrel-chested and thick-legged that he makes an immediate impression. He's big and strong, but also looks athletic and explosive.
OT Kent Perkins, 6-5, 300, Dallas (Tex.) Lake Highlands: If you are looking for the ideal right tackle build, Perkins' comes awfully close. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder does not carry much, if any, bad weight. He has wide shoulders and a sufficiently thick build to go along with long arms.
RB Bo Scarbrough, 6-1, 215, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge:: Though a running back, Scarbrough actually looks like a college linebacker when you see him in person. He has a huge build that is incredibly muscular. His build belies his age and the fact that he has not even started his junior year in high school. He has a chance to be a huge, powerful back as a true freshman.
LB Jaylon Smith 6-3, 218, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers: Smith is incredibly long and lean for a linebacker. However, he is also built well and looks like he can deliver punishing hits. When you picture the prototypical outside linebacker build, Smith would fit the bill.
WR Ricky Seals-Jones, 6-5, 230, Sealy, Texas: Seals-Jones is a tall, thick wide receiver who measured in at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. However, he doesn't have the appearance of a tight end. Seals-Jones carries good weight from head-to-toe and has long arms and legs, making him a dangerous looking wideout.