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Sports ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Feb. 9, 1986 7D Tony VanZant Rated I Of 3 'Franchise' Recruits In Nation great athletes. Any coach, for example, could spend all his time just recruiting in the Houston area. "Florida usually has a great crop, but this one is down just a Among linemen, the best ones are in Ohio and Pennsylvania." Emfinger, who played high school football in the early 1960s for recently retired Gordon Wood of Brown-wood, the only coach in organized football to win 400 career games, surveyed five schools each from the Pacific 10, Southwest and Southeastern conferences, four Big 10 schools, four independents, three Big Eight schools and two from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hallandale, defensive tackles Clarence Jones of Islip, N.Y., and T.J. Osman of North Hills, and quarterback Dan McGwire of Claremont, Calif. Emfinger's list includes 17 running backs, 16 quarterbacks, 12 linebackers, 11 defensive tackles, 10 offensive linemen and defensive backs, eight wide receivers, seven defensive ends, five tight ends, two kickers, one nose guard and one all-around athlete. Although most prospects still are considering several scholarship offers, UCLA is a good bet to haul away the richest recruiting crop of 1986. The Rose Bowl champions have a commitment from one Top 100 play lanti, who scored four touchdowns in the 1986 Rose Bowl for UCLA, and tight end Keith Jackson of Little Rock, who caught a touchdown pass that helped national champion Oklahoma to an Orange Bowl victory.

The Houston-based analyst said the dominance of California and Texas, which contributed almost one-third of the top 100 players, is because of a combination of population and coaching excellence. "On the. West Coast, coaches have put in the passing game and have summer leagues to develop their skill people," Emfinger said. "In Texas, they've just got great coaches and er and are being considered by 20 others, more than any other school. Other popular choices include Notre Dame, which has one commitment and 14 possibilities; Texas and USC, 13 possibilities each; Oklahoma and Nebraska with 11 each; Texas with 10; Penn State with one commitment and seven possibilities; Arizona State with seven; Georgia with one commitment and six possibilities, and Louisiana State and Michigan with six each.

Emfinger's top-ranked player a year ago was running back Aaron Emmanuel, who signed with USC. Two of his top three players in 1984 were running back Eric Ball of Ypsi- lineman fast, quick feet he's a dominant player." VanZant, who announced last month that he will attend Missouri, rushed 284 times for 2,734 yards and 36 touchdowns In 1985 for Hazelwood Central's Missouri Class 5A state champions. Named as Parade magazine's High School Player of the Year, his career totals were 6,138 yards and 91 touchdowns. George; who played for Warren Central High in Indianapolis, set national high school career records with 543 completions in 967 attempts and a single-season record with 45 touchdown passes in 1985. He led the Warriors to two consecutive unde feated seasons and two consecutive state titles, finishing his career with 8,121 passing yards and 94 touchdowns.

Two college coaches rated George a "10-plus" on Emfinger's 10-point scoring scale, and his 10.14 composite average was the highest recorded by any player in the four years Emfinger has been rating prospects nationwide. George, who is the leading scorer for Warren Central's basketball team and last year hit .489 for the baseball team, reportedly is considering Purdue, UCLA and Miami (Fla.) as college choices. "I want to go to a good baseball school where I'll get a chance to play and a school that has a passing tradition in football," he said. Kohlmoos, meanwhile, fits the prototypical scholar-athlete mold, combining quick feet and fine technique on the field with a 3.7 grade-point average in the classroom. Also listed as top prospects are defensive back Cleveland Colter of McClintock High in Tempe, running back Pierre Goode of Town-creek, quarterback Bernard Hall of Detroit; defensive back Mark Carrier of Long Beach, wide receiver Percy Waddle of Columbus, Texas; linebacker Darrius Frazier of By David Barrow DALLAS (UPI) Running back Tony VanZant of Hazelwood Central High in suburban St.

Louis, quarterback Jeff George of Indianapolis and lineman Mike Kohlmoos of Visalia, may be the nation's best college football prospects of the 1980s, according to a survey of college coaches conducted for United Press International. VanZant, George and Kohlmoos all rank as "franchise" players destined foe All-America or Heisman Trophy success In college, according to national high school recruiting analyst Max Emfinger of Houston, who compiled a list of the nation's top 100 pollege prospects for UPI. 'Emfinger gathered evaluation reports from almost 30 colleges nationwide to compile the top 100 list, which includes athletes from 28 Stales and the District of Columbia. Wednesday is the first day colleges can sign high school prospects to national letters of intent. California leads the list with 16 prospects, followed by Texas with 15, FJorida and Pennsylvania with eight each, New Jersey, Georgia and Ohio with five each and Michigan with four.

More than 40 of the 100 top players were tabbed by coaches as having All-America potential, but VanZant, George and Kohlmoos are easily ahead of the rest of the field, Emfinger said. year will be known as the Jeff George-Tony VanZant recruiting class," he said. "Jeff George, for example, probably has the best release fot any high school quarterback in his-'tory. I don't think there's ever been a better high school quarterback. He's phenomenal.

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72. WR David Winslev, Flagstaff, 5-8, 178; (LSU, Arizona Arizona, Oklahoma, Notre Dame). 73. TE John Wolfe, Monaco, 6-4, 220; (undetermined). 74.

QB Seott Stark, Capistrano Valley, 6-1, 185; (Notre Dame, Stanford, Brigham Young, Washington). 75. DT Sta-cey Elliott, Long Beach, 6-3, 245; (oral commitment to UCLA). 76. TE Ed McCaffrey, Allentown, 6-6, 220; (Stanford, Notre Dame, Boston College, Navy).

77. Lance Zeno, Fountain Valley, 6-4, 255; (UCLA, Notre Dame). 78. All-around Paul Behrman, Norman, 6-0, 185; (Texas, Stanford, Purdue, Arizona USC). 79.

Nigel Clay, Fontana, 6-3, 250; (USC, UCLA, Washington, Stanford). 80. DB Zach Dumas, Deptford, N.J.; 6-1, 190; (Nebraska). 81. DE Steve Smith, Wilmington, 6-5, 238; (undetermined), 82.

Dave Szott, Passaic, N.J.; 6-3, 240; (Kentucky, Penn Maryland, Duke). 83. Mike Arthur, Houston; 6-4, 251; (Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Colorado). 84. LB Brian Benlo, Roswell, 6-4, 217; (Georgia).

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QB Trov Taylor, Rancho Cordova, Califj 6-3, 170; (undetermined). 88. Jake Young, Midland, Texas; 6-5, 225; (Nebraska, Texas Tech, Texas, TCU, Texas 89. DB Brian Love, Irving, Texas; 6-3, 190; (Oklahoma, Texas, Houston, Texas 90. LB Kirk Kirkpatrick, Valrico, Flaj 6-3, 218; (Florida Florida, Georgia, Clemson, Notre Dame).

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3. RB Tonv VanZant, St. Louis; 6-2, 185; (oral commitment to Missouri). 4. DB Cleveland Colter, Tempe, 6-2, 195; (Arizona Nebraska, USC, Penn 5.

RB Pierre Goode, Towncreek, 5-11, 175; (Alabama, Tennessee, UCLA, USC). 6. QB Bernard Hali, Detroit; 6-3, 210; (Oklahoma, Michigan, UCLA). 7. DB Mark Carrier, Long Beach, Califj 6-2, 180; (Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Arizona Penn 8.

WR Percy Waddle, Columbus, Texas; 6-2, 170; (Texas Texas, TCU). 9. RB Al Baker, Cadiz, Kv 6-1, 225; (Kentucky, Florida). 10. LB Darrius Frazier, Hallandale, 6-2, 230; (Miami, Michigan, W.Va., Missouri, Florida).

11. DT Clarence Jones, Islip, N.Y.; 6-6, 245; (Oklahoma Maryland). 12. DT T.J. Osman, North Hills, 6-2, 235; (Pitt, Michigan, UCLA, Penn Maryland, Ohio 13.

QB Dan McGwire, Claremont, 6-8, 215; (Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Washington, Pitt). 14. RB Tony Stewart, Union, N.J.; 6-1, 195; (Iowa, Ohio Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee). 15. RB Harvey Williams, Hempstead, Texas; 6-2, 204; (Texas Arizona Iowa, Northwestern).

16. DT Jeff Aim, Orland Park, Hlj 6-6, 235; (oral commitment to Notre Dame). 17. RB Michael Owens, Carlisle, 6-0, 190; (Syracuse). 18.

LB Willis Peguese, Miami; 6-5, 215; (enrolled at midterm at Miami). 19. QB Billy Ray, Dunwoody, 6-4, 200; (Notre Dame, Alabama, Stanford, Miami, Georgia Tech). 20. DB Sean Smith, Opeilka, Alaj 6-1, 195; (Auburn, Texas, Georgia Tech, Notre Dome, USC).

21. DB Eric Turner, Ventura, 6-2, 195; (UCLA, USC, Nebraska Oklahoma Washington). 22. DB Anthony Burnett, Lvnwood, Califs 6-2, 180; (UCLA). 23.

LB Brent Collins, Dandridge, 6-3, 230; (Georgia, Tennessee, UCLA, Arkansas). 24. LB Mel-vin Foster, Houston; 6-3, 220; (Oklahoma Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa). 25. WR Al-vin Harper, Frostproof, Fla; 6-1, 185; (oral commitment to Tennessee).

26. LB Rocen Keeton, Sierra, 6-3, 240; (Arizona, Washington, UCLA, USC, Texas). 27. QB Sal Aunese, Vista, 6-0, 185; (Nebraska, Arizona Texas). 28.

QB Tom Bill, Flemington, N.J.; 6-3, 195; (oral commitment to Penn 29. Mike Corounse, Union-Endicott, N.Y.; 6-4, 250; (undetermined). 30. RB Art Greathouse, Tempe, 5-9, 201 (Arizona Nebraska, Cal-Berkeley, Penn Notre Dame, Arizona). 31.

RB Dan Kissling, Oregon, 6-3, 220; (Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin). 32. RB Terry Rodgers, National City, 5-10, 175; (Nebraska, UCLA, USC, Texas, Ohio 33. DE Robert Wynn, Pine Bluff, 6-2, 242; (oral commitment to Arkansas). 34.

QB Cary Conklin, Yakima, 6-4, 195; (oral commitment to Washington). 35. DT Vance Hammond, Spartansburg, S.C.; 6-7, 248; (Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee). 36. QB Lance Pavlas, Tomball, Texas; 6-2, 195; (Baylor, Boston College, LSU, Texas A8M, Texas, Alabama).

37. LB Brad Quast, Arlington Heights, IIU 6-1, 215; (Notre Dame, Illinois). 38. TE Lionel Svkes, St. Louis; 6-3, 220; (oral commitment to Illinois).

39. TE Charles Arbuckle, Stafford, Texas; 6-3, 220; (UCLA, Stanford, Miami, LSU). 40. WR Slip Watkins, Fort Lauderdale, 5-9, 180; (Florida, Boston College, LSU). 41.

OB Mike Welch, Sweetwater, Texas; 6-2, 180; (Baylor, TCU, Texas, Texas Texas Tech). 42. DT Zarak Peters, Stafford, Texas; 6-4, 245; (Oklahoma LSU, Texas Oklahoma, USC). 43. DT Warde Manuel, New Orleans; 6-6, 260; (Nebraska, Michigan, UCLA, Purdue, LSU).

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QB Chris Boucia, Hyottesville, Mdj 6-Z 190; (undetermined). 47. Dirk Borgognone, Reno, 6. 180; NA; (UCLA, Arizona); 9.50. 48.

RB Jgmes Bryant, Harrisburg, 6-0, 212; (undetermined). 49. LB Kenny Coleman, Dovton, Ohio; 6-3, 235; (oral commitment to Oh jo 50. WR Stanley Daniel, Bandys, j-3, 185; (oral commitment to N. Carolina) .,51.

RB Torin Dorn, Southfield, tbfWQ; (undetermined). 52. RB T.J. Edwards, Moultrie, 5-10, 180; (Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke). 53.

RB David Fair, Starkville, 6-3, 225; (Mississippi 54. DB Mark Fletcher, Acworth, Go; 6-4, 25; (oral commitment to Georgia). 55. QB Quinn Grovev, Duncan, Okloj 5-11, 175; (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma 56. DT Demetrius Hill, Meridian, 6-4, 232; (Syracuse, Boston College).

57. RB Allen Jefferson, Warren, 6-2, 205; (Tennessee, Duke, Michigan). 58. Eric Jonassen, Baltimore; 6-6, 285; (Maryland, Penn 59. LB Brian Jones, Lubbock, Texas; 6-3, 2t (UCLA, Georgia, Iowa, TCU).

60. LB Matt Kelley, New Canaan, 6-3, 230; (oral commitment to Boston College). 61. DT Dean Klrkland, Vancouver, Wash 6-3, 250; (undetermined). 62.

WR Ron Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla; 6-1, 175; (oral commitment to Florida 63. QB Gary Mcintosh, Washington, DC; 6-3, 190; (oral commitment to Maryland). 64. WR Greg McMurtrv. Brockton, 6-2, 198; (UCLA, Notre Dame, Boston College).

65. LB Mark Spencer, Troy, 6-5, 245; (UCLA). 66. RB Anthony Thompson, Terre Haute, Indj 6-0, 190; (Illinois, Notre Dame). 67.

DE Kenny Walker, Crane, Texas; 6-3, 225; (Nebraska Oklahoma Baylor, Texas). 68. QB Dan Walkowiak, Hemphill, 6-4, 195; (Purdue, North Carolina Texos Louisville). 69. RB Tracy Williams, Sarasota 5-11, 196; (undetermined).

70. QB Dennis Wallace, Carrollton, Go; 6-3, 190; (Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech). 71. Alan Word. Pensacola Fla; 6-1, 170; (Ala "Just don't treat me like someone you'll never see aain." "All stores talk price.

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