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Recruiting 2011 - 2007 All-Class Defense
Michigan State LB Greg Jones
Michigan State LB Greg Jones
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 28, 2011


Four years after the 2007 recruiting class, which prospects turned out to be the best of the best? Richard Cirminello goes back to look at which defensive prospects were the stars of the show.


 

Recruiting 2011

The 2007 All-Class Defense


By Richard Cirminiello

- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 All-Recruiting Class Offense 
- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 All-Recruiting Class Defense 
- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 Two-Stars to All-Star Offense 
- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 Two-Stars to All-Star Defense 

The 2007 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?

- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 2007 CFN Recruiting

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200

*Number in parentheses refers to how many stars player earned from Scout.com in 2006
 
DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (3)
The best reason to watch a Boilermaker game the past few years, Kerrigan emerged from relative anonymity to become one of the nation’s top pass rushers. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, he erupted into a unanimous All-American into 2010, finishing his career with 57 tackles for loss, 33.5 sacks, and 14 forced fumbles.

DT Brian Price, UCLA (5)
After three tremendous years as a Bruin, Price left school early and was chosen 35th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. In his final season on campus, he was named All-American, routinely busting through the middle of the line and toying with opposing Pac-10 blockers.

DT Jared Crick, Nebraska (3)
A dominating force from the inside, Crick has put together back-to-back terrific seasons, with one more year in Lincoln remaining. First team All-Big 12 in both 2009 and 2010, he formed an ideal complement to Ndamukong Suh as a sophomore before taking on more of a leadership role last fall. In two years, he’s racked up 27 tackles for loss and 19 sacks.

DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (4)
As effective as he is versatile, Heyward was a constant nuisance whether he was lining up on the inside or the outside. He moves extremely well for a 6-5, 290-pounder, one of the many reasons he could be plucked out of the first round of April’s draft. A two-time All-Big Ten lineman, he capped his career by schooling the Arkansas blockers in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.

LB Greg Jones, Michigan State (3)
Somewhat underrated coming out of high school, Jones played with a chip on his shoulder throughout his career. He started 40 straight games, becoming just the second Spartan in school history to lead the team in tackles all four years. A consensus All-American in 2009 and 2010 and three-time All-Big Ten pick, he was the proverbial tackling machine, rarely missing in the open field.

LB Rolando McClain, Alabama (4)
The Tide knew right away that it had a unique player in McClain. He started eight games as a true freshman before becoming one of the country’s top linebackers in 2008 and 2009. An All-American following both seasons, he won the Butkus Award as a junior, leaving school early a month later. The No. 8 overall pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2010, his pro career is off to a fast start.

LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma (4)
The Sooners’ version of Jones in East Lansing, Lewis is a model of consistency, starting all 41 games of his career and piling up the stops. He’s made 360 tackles and eight picks in his first three years, getting All-Big 12 recognition each season. A candidate to leave school early, he’ll be back in Norman in 2011 to solidify his spot as one of the school’s all-time great linebackers.

CB Joe Haden, Florida (4)
Haden became the first Gator corner to start an opening day, and never looked back. He was a lockdown defender for three years in Gainesville, parlaying an All-American final season in 2009 into an easy decision regarding his future. Taken No. 7 overall by the Cleveland Browns last spring, he picked off six passes in the fall and is a finalist for Rookie of the Year.

S Eric Berry, Tennessee (5)
A strong contender for MVP of this class, Berry delivered a brilliant, three-year career in Knoxville. The safety with the instincts of a corner started every game of his tenure, picking off 14 passes and making 241 tackles. A two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC selection, he became the highest-paid safety in NFL history after the Kansas City Chiefs nabbed him No. 5 overall selection in 2010.

S Earl Thomas, Texas (4)
While it was a brief career for Thomas, he made the most of his two years of activity in Austin. In 2008, he started all 13 games and set a program record for freshmen with 17 pass breakups. A year later, he went national, earning All-American honors and picking off eight passes. Taken No. 14 overall by the Seattle Seahawks last year, he debuted with 75 tackles and five interceptions.

CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska (3)
The Huskers went all the way to Arizona to sign Amukamara, a decision that really paid off the last two years. More of an offensive star in high school, he blossomed into a defensive stopper in Lincoln, getting named All-Big 12 first team in 2009 and both All-American and the conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 All-Recruiting Class Offense 
- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 All-Recruiting Class Defense 
- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 Two-Stars to All-Star Offense 
- 2011 Recruiting - The 2007 Two-Stars to All-Star Defense 

The 2007 5-Star Prospects. Were They Worth It?

- 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 2007 CFN Recruiting

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200