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November 28, 2010

Top 10: In good hands with these prospects

MORE TOP 10: Headhunters | Smallest stars | Physical specimens

Over the past couple of months, Rivals.com has offered a new top 10 poll each week, a new category voted on by its analysts who have spent the year canvassing the country scouting the top prospects. This week's goal was to find the best hands in the 2011 class.

Rivals.com's recruiting analysts break down the top 10 prospects with the best hands.

Top 10 Best Hands
10) RB Malcolm Brown
Brown Highlights
High School: Cibolo (Texas) Steele
Committed to: Texas
Buzz: A 6-foot, 220-pound downhill running back making this list? Brown showed how soft his hands are at the FBU Top Gun Camp and he will catch some Big 12 defenses by surprise out of the backfield on third down.
Williams Highlights
High School: Davenport (Fla.) Ridge
Committed to: Florida State
Buzz: Williams showed his ball skills and ability on offense at the Gainesville NIKE Camp working out as a wide receiver and then took picks back for scores on defense at the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7.

Clinton-Dix Highlights
High School: Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
Committed to: Alabama
Buzz: Cornerback or safety, it doesn't really matter with Clinton-Dix, he is fluid, breaks on the ball well and catches it like a receiver with his hands out in front. You won't see the ball get into his body often if at all.
Rose Highlights
High School: Leeds (Ala.) High
Committed to: Auburn
Buzz: Rose could easily play receiver at the next level and his ability to make plays on the ball the instant he gets his head around makes him an elite cornerback and a threat to make many big plays.
6) TE Jace Amaro
Amaro Highlights
High School: San Antonio (Texas) Macarthur
Committed to: Texas Tech
Buzz: Amaro has very good body control despite his large frame and he has soft hands. If Texas Tech doesn't target him early and often in his career, it is their loss.

Holliman Highlights
High School: Miami (Fla.) Southridge
Committed to: Ole Miss
Buzz: When the ball is in his area, he comes down with it. Double-digit interceptions as a senior proves that not all defensive backs play the position because they have hands like feet. Holliman has ball skills.
Hart Highlights
High School: Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
Committed to: Michigan
Buzz: As you'll quickly see, this list isn't simply wide receivers. In fact, from here on out you wont find a wideout as Hart leads the charge for other positions. As fluid a pass-catcher as you'll find at tailback, he will be a threat on every down.
3) WR Trey Metoyer
Metoyer Highlights
High School: Whitehouse (Texas) High
Committed to: Oklahoma
Buzz: While Landry and Shipley use athleticism and smarts to top the list, Metoyer has the strongest hands in the country and simply snatches the ball out of the air and away from defenders.
Shipley Highlights
High School: Brownwood (Texas) High
Committed to: Texas
Buzz: Shipley's route-running and smarts allow him to gain separation and he rarely drops a pass that has a chance to be caught. With nearly 200 career receptions, he is on his brother's path to stardom.
Landry Highlights
High School: Lutcher (La.) High
Committed to: LSU
Buzz: Landry might not have the best size for a receiver, but his ability to rise and catch the ball in traffic as well as make tough wrong-shoulder catches look easy puts him at the top of this list.



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