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October 14, 2009

Nine new names in the Rivals250

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The latest version of the Rivals250 includes nine prospects that were previously unranked.

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

New to the Rivals250
RB Rajaan Bennett, 5-11/210, Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern
Bennett Highlights
RANK: No. 235
SCHOOLS: East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville and Vanderbilt are currently at the top of Bennett's list.
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Big, powerful back that has the patience to allow blocks to set up and the strength to run people over when there are no blocks. He also has exceptional hands for a big back and is a serious receiving threat out of the backfield. Has a high football IQ because he actually calls the blocking assignments from his running back position. Bennett also is excellent in pass protection when called upon. - BARRY EVERY
OT Shon Coleman, 6-7/285, Olive Branch (Miss.) High
Coleman Highlights
RANK: No. 76
SCHOOLS: Committed to Auburn
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: As a junior Coleman had a great frame but was still developing physically. As a senior, Coleman has parlayed good maturation in his frame to a physically dominating presence on the field in both pass protection and the run game. - BARTON SIMMONS
DE Geneo Grissom, 6-4/230, Hutchinson (Kan.) High
Grissom Highlights
RANK: No. 230
SCHOOLS: Committed to Kansas
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Grissom has continued to blossom physically after earning all-state honors as a junior. He's dominated early in his senior season and is on track to become one of Kansas' top overall prospects. - JEREMY CRABTREE
OT Shep Klinke, 6-7/290, Katy (Texas) High
Klinke Highlights
RANK: No. 130
SCHOOLS: Committed to Texas A&M
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: This is a huge offensive lineman that understands the importance of blocking until the whistle echoes. Klinke also does a nice job of finishing off blocks, he is often found 15 yards down field still engaged with the defender. His long arms are used as weapons to keep defensive linemen off of his body. - B.E.
DT Cassius Marsh, 6-3/275, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Marsh Highlights
RANK: No. 182
SCHOOLS: Current top three of Cal, LSU and USC
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Marsh might not be the biggest name on the Oaks Christian roster, but many college recruiters believe he has the biggest upside of any player on its roster. - J.C.
CB Tyrann Mathieu, 5-10/175, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine
Mathieu Highlights
RANK: No. 238
SCHOOLS: Committed to LSU
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: A pure cover cornerback with great instincts and fluidity, Mathieu has shown as a senior that he has big play ability as well. He has been one of the most dangerous offensive threats in leading his team to a 4-1 start. - B.S.
RB Rajion Neal, 5-11/210, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek
Neal Highlights
RANK: No. 245
SCHOOLS: Committed to Mississippi State
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Neal followed up a great offseason camp circuit by proving that he can make plays in the pads this fall. He does everything for his Sandy Creek team, carrying the ball between the tackles, returning kicks and catching out of the backfield, he is as complete of a back as you will find. - B.S.
WR Terrell Reese, 6-1/180, Brenham (Texas) High
Reese Highlights
RANK: No. 194
SCHOOLS: Committed to Utah
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: Has good overall size but what really sets him apart is his crisp route running and excellent body control. He uses his basketball skills to outmaneuver and outleap defenders. Reese also can adjust to the ball like a centerfielder in baseball, making any ball thrown his way catchable. - B.E.
RB DeMarcus Robinson, 5-9/192, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest
Robinson Highlights
RANK: No. 234
SCHOOLS: Committed to Kansas State
WHY HE'S IN THE 250: A lot of the spotlight is deservedly shone on Blake Bell in Wichita, but Robinson has put up big numbers as both a junior and a senior. It's those numbers and improved play that lands him a spot on the Rivals250. - J.C.

* Players listed in alphabetical order.



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