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Terps Have Two of Nation's Top Prep Prospects

The Class of 2011 prep school rankings from 247Sports were released today, and a pair of Maryland commits -- offensive lineman Nathaniel Clarke and wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro -- are rated among the nation's top 20.

Archbishop Carroll product Clarke is the nation's No. 12 prep recruit.

20. Kenneth Kirksey, DT, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Rutgers

Rutgers has several talented defensive linemen heading its way in this year’s class, and the 6-foot-1, 290-pound Kirksey is one of them. He is originally from Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla., which has been one of the better talent-producing programs on Florida’s East Coast in recent years.

19. Alonzo Russell, WR, New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy, Toledo

Russell is a 6-foot-4 receiver that is heading to Toledo. He has a chance to play early for the Rockets.

18. Kenton Adeyami, DE, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Connecticut

Connecticut picked up a solid defensive line prospect Adeyami. He is an active, athletic defender who could break into the defensive line rotation early in Storrs.

17. Tyrek Cheeseboro, WR, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Maryland

Cheeseboro originally signed with Maryland out of high school and will join the Terps program. A speedy receiver with good hands, Cheeseboro should help with depth early in his career in College Park.

16. Teejay Johnson, WR, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Rutgers

Johnson is a versatile athlete who will be able to help Rutgers. Johnson signed with the Scarlet Knights out of high school, and he can play on either side of the ball.

15. Eddie Johnson, WR, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military, Uncommitted

Johnson was placed at Hargrave Military by Baylor and seems to have good talent. It remains to be seen where he ends up playing his college football.

14. Rodman Noel, OLB, New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy, N.C. State

Noel is a big, active linebacker that can provide depth for an improving defensive unit at North Carolina State. Noel is from Massachusetts originally.

13. Brison Williams, CB/S, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, South Carolina

Williams, who is enrolled at South Carolina, will compete for playing time at cornerback or safety for the Gamecocks. The Warner-Robins, Ga., native was considered one of the top players in Middle Georgia coming out high school.

12. Nathaniel Clarke, DT, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Maryland

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Clarke could get in the mix right away at Maryland along the offensive line. He is stepping into a position of need for the Terps.

11. Antonio Kinard, OLB, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military, Miami

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Kinard signed with Michigan out of Liberty High in Youngstown, Ohio, as part of the Class of 2010. However, he is heading to Coral Gables, Fla., to play for Al Golden and Miami. He’s a big, athletic linebacker who should get in the mix for playing time early and provide depth for the Hurricanes on defense.

10. Khaynin Mosely-Smith, DT, New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy, Pittsburgh

This space-eater starred at Pittsburgh power Woodland Hills in high school and now will return to his hometown to play college football for the Panthers. The 6-foot-1, 280-pounder is active and plays strong. Expect him to get in the mix early at Pitt.

9. Terrell Hartsfield, OLB, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military, Texas Tech

Hartsfield is a long, athletic prospect who should step in and compete for playing time right away at Texas Tech. Originally from North Carolina, he flew under the radar coming out of high school, but has a big upside.

8. Brandon Golson, OLB, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy

Golson played with his hand down at the high school level and is making the transition to outside linebacker. He’s very fast off the edge - pass rushing is his specialty. Golson was committed to South Carolina, but was denied admission at that school and is now part of Charlie Strong’s program at Louisville.

7. Olson Pierre, DE, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Miami

Miami stole one in Pierre, who is huge and very active and athletic on film. His commitment to the Hurricanes was not met with much fanfare, but he’s an excellent prospect who will make an impact during his time in Coral Gables.

6. Dywana Mera, DE, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military, Rutgers

Mera, who is heading to Rutgers, is an impact player on the defensive line in college. He’s got excellent size and athleticism and is an active defender.

5. Marquel Wade, WR, New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy, Arkansas

The Jacksonville, Fla., native has been timed consistently at below 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His speed and playmaking ability make him a perfect fit for Bobby Petrino’s offense at Arkansas. Wade possibly could have competed for playing time as a true freshman had he made it to Fayetteville as part of the Class of 2010.

4. Justin Taylor, DE, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military, Virginia Tech

Taylor is a versatile, athletic defensive lineman from rural North Carolina that will thrive in Virginia Tech’s defense. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder had a nice year of development at Hargrave and is expected to continue his progression in Blacksburg.

3. Martavis Bryant, WR, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military, Clemson

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Bryant, who is heading to Clemson, has excellent height and speed. He’s somewhat raw as a football player, but his upside is huge. Bryant was one of the top receiver prospects in the country in the Class of 2010.

2. Kelcy Quarles, DT, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, South Carolina

Quarles was one of the top overall recruits in the country in the Class of 2010 coming out of Greenwood (S.C.) High. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder has enrolled at South Carolina, where he is expected to be an early contributor at defensive tackle or defensive end.

1. Corey Crawford, DE, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military, Clemson

Crawford, who has enrolled at Clemson, was one of the most underrated high school defensive ends in the country coming out of Columbus (Ga.) Carver in the Class of 2010. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder further developed his skills at Hargrave, and could be an early contributor for the Tigers.

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