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August 17, 2010

Two Florida safeties earn 5-star rating

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The new Rivals 100 came out this week. And while there was the usual moving and shaking throughout the list, only two players - both safeties from Florida - improved enough to earn a coveted five-star rating.

Hasean Clinton-Dix from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips and Karlos Williams from Davenport (Fla.) Ridge both were so dominant at the Gridiron Kings Tournament that they earned five-star status.

Clinton-Dix, an Alabama commitment, jumped from No. 28 all the way to No. 11 while Williams, a Florida State pledge, jumped from 37 to 12.

"Clinton-Dix and Williams were in the same defensive backfield for the Southeast at the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 Tournament and it was hard to determine who was better," Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell said.

"Clinton-Dix gets the nod simply because he is better in single coverage and looks like he could play cornerback if needed in college. But Williams is so big, moves so well and has such great instincts that he's not far behind at all. He could be a huge safety or a speedy linebacker in college and the versatility of both was impressive. Each had superior ball skills as well."

The addition of Clinton-Dix and Williams brings the total number of five-star players to just 13 - or seven below the number at this point last season and in past seasons.

A few players appear poised to make a move into group, including Punta Gorda (Fla.) Port Charlotte running back Mike Bellamy, Oviedo (Fla.) Hagerty quarterback Jeff Driskel, Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central defensive end Ray Drew, Fontana (Calif.) athlete Devon Blackmon, Monroe (Ga.) Monroe Area defensive end Stephon Tuitt and West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer tight end Nick O'Leary.

Click here for the new Rivals100 player rankings.

And go to Rivals.com's football recruiting page. for all the latest commitments.

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