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December 8, 2009

Baxter earns fifth star in updated Rivals100

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San Diego is home to the nation's newest five-star prospect.

Running back Dillon Baxter of Mission Bay High School is the lone five-star addition in Tuesday's newly released Rivals100 rankings. The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder has dominated every team that he's faced this season - his lowest rushing output was a 100-yard game against Chula Vista (Calif.) Hilltop.

Along the way Baxter had games of 247, 308, 268, 314, 229, 207, 224, 167 and 188 yards. Last week he shattered California's single-season touchdown record (68 scores), breaking the mark set by Tyler Ebell of Ventura in 2000.

"It kind of just happened," Baxter said. "The o-line has opened up holes for me all year long and everybody has done what they needed to do. We're pretty good this year, and I can't wait to see if we can win this whole thing."

Mission Bay coach Willie Matson said the five-star honor is well-deserved. Matson also indicated Baxter will go down as one of the best he has ever coached.

"He sees the game at a different speed and has a great feel for the game," Matson said. "He's done absolutely everything that this team has needed. He's played quarterback. He's played running back. He's played defensive back. When we need a field goal blocked, he'll go in there and block it."

Baxter, a longtime USC commitment, moved up from the No. 26 spot to No. 22. He is the third player from California to earn a five-star ranking, which is more than any other state.


Another major move in the new Rivals100 came at the No. 30 spot.

Shawnee (Kan.) Bishop Miege athlete Justin McCay moved up 16 spots after leading his team to the Kansas Class 4A state championship. Despite everybody double- and sometimes even triple-teaming him, McCay still produced big numbers.

In a 4A state semifinal game, McCay, an Oklahoma commitment, had four touchdown receptions - in the first half.

"You cover him one on one, and then he'll beat you," Miege coach Tim Grunhard said. "And if you double-team him, then everybody else in our offense will thrive, and that's OK with him."

That's what happened in the state title game when he only touched the ball four times for 45 yards. But when the Topeka Hayden defense double- and triple-teamed him, it allowed his teammates to make big plays.

"That's just Justin," Grunhard said. "He's the most unselfish kid in the world. He didn't mind being a decoy. That might bother some kids, but not Justin. All he wanted was a state championship, and he got his wish."


Ashton Dorsey, a defensive tackle who is committed to Texas, was the No. 2 athlete in the recently released Rivals.com defensive tackle category rankings. He's now ranked as the nation's No. 71 player overall.

After previously being ranked at No. 141, Dorsey's senior film definitely put him among the best. He also came through in the biggest games of the season. Against DeSoto he recorded eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

"Ashton Dorsey is a guy that just continues to impress us more the more we see of him," Rivals.com analyst Barton Simmons said. "A lot of defensive tackles can put together a strong highlight film but when you turn on the game film they can disappear.

"That's not the case with Dorsey. Snap after snap he brings a disruptive presence to the line with great athleticism and physicality. You better put multiple blockers on him because he lives in the offensive backfield."

Other new entries to the Rivals100 were defensive back Christian Bryant of Cleveland Glenville at No. 86 and linebacker C.J. Mosley of Theodore, Ala., at No. 91.

Bryant's dynamic play this season helped Glenville reach the Division I state championship game, and he climbed all the way from No. 177. Auburn and Alabama are fighting hard over Mosley, and his play this season helped him move up from the No. 206 spot. Dominic Espinosa, Demetrius Wright and DeAndrew White all fell out of the Rivals100, but all three players will be listed fairly high in Wednesday's Rivals250.


Georgia commitment Brent Benedict slid down the Rivals100 from No. 41 to No. 74 after suffering a major knee injury in October. Benedict said he tore an anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament and even with rehab, he'll be on the shelf for quite a long time. His versatility and athletic ability, however, still have him rated as one of the nation's premier offensive linemen.

There was only one change in the top 10. Keenan Allen moved up one spot, ahead of Sharrif Floyd. Seantrel Henderson, Kyle Prater, Robert Woods, Lache Seastrunk and Ronald Powell remained the top five players in the nation.

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