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December 7, 2001

Riddell Footwear: Linebacker Nominations

Linebacker Nominations
The Riddell Footwear High School All-America Football Team consists of the best football players in the entire country. Additionally, the team will bestow seven special coaching awards - one to the national high school coach of the year and six more to regional coaches of the year throughout the country. Here are the nominations for the linebackers. The actual team members will be announced in January, along with the Riddell Footwear National Coach of the Year and six Riddell Footwear Regional Coaches of the Year.

Olson, Ben

Ahmad Brooks
Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds
GPA: 3.0
One of the top players in the country, Brooks has awesome speed and power and forces teams to run away from him. His father is a former NFL player. In his first game as a senior, Brooks recorded nine tackles and helped hold the opponent to only seven points.
College choices: Virginia, Florida State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Olson, Ben

Marvin Byrdsong
Longview, Texas
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 235 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
GPA: 2.5
Although Byrdsong's junior season was cut short due to injuries, there's no question that he's one of the top linebackers in the entire country. The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker possesses a rare combination of size, speed and playmaking ability.
College choices: Arkansas, Texas, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Florida State.

Olson, Ben

Mike D'Andrea
Avon Lake, Ohio
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds
GPA: 3.6
One of the country's premier prospects. Prototype linebacker with size, speed, and strength. Fierce hitter and very sure tackler.
College choices: Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Olson, Ben Buster Davis
Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 228 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds
GPA: 3.1
Davis, who runs a 4.48 40-yard dash and made more than 150 solo tackles as a junior, is one of Florida's overall players - regardless of position.
College choices: Nebraska, Ohio State, USC, Tennessee and Florida State.

Olson, Ben

Aaron Harris
Mesquite (Texas) North Mesquite

Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds
GPA: 2.7
Harris has been the district most valuable player on defense for two years in a row - which means a lot because he plays in one of the best districts in Texas. He's not the tallest player around, but Harris just flat out makes tackles. And he's also one of the hardest hitters around.
College choices: Committed to Texas.

Olson, Ben

Nate Harris
Miami (Fla.) Edison
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 212 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
GPA: 3.4
Harris registered 136 tackles last season with an amazing 37 for a loss. He made all-Dade County and all-state as a junior. His 4.5 speed led to 19 sacks and 14 caused fumbles as a junior.
College choices: LSU, Miami, Michigan State, N.C. State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Olson, Ben

Ricardo Hurley
Greenwood, S.C.
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 235 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
GPA: 2.75
An awesome player, Ricardo Hurley could be the best inside linebacker in the country. Had 90 tackles last season with an amazing 27 for a loss.
College choices: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Olson, Ben

Zach Latimer
Aurora (Colo.) Gateway
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 215 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
GPA: 3.3
Latimer is the top player in the state of Colorado. His father played in the NFL for several years. Zach has the potential to reach the NFL as well.
College choices: Colorado, Oklahoma, Miami and UCLA.

Olson, Ben

A.J. Nicholson
Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 232 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
GPA: 3.0
Nicholson has the speed of a wide receiver and the build of a defensive end. He's easily one of the top players in the south and the type of talent that reminds some of Lawrence Taylor.
College choices: Texas, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

Olson, Ben

Scott White
San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds
GPA: 2.85
White is one of the top linebackers in Southern California. He has ability to always be near the ball and can lay out defenders. He was a first team all-CIF pick as a junior after recording 181 tackles, including 99 solo stops.
College choices: Washington and Oklahoma.

For all media inquiries concerning the team, please contact Bobby Burton. Burton can be reached via telephone - 713-880-0452 - or email - [email protected].

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