August 6, 2007

Newest five star reacts to rise in rankings

With the release of the new Rivals100 there are several players who are ecstatic about their new rankings either debuting in the Rivals100 or picking up that elusive fifth star. The Buckeye state saw the total of five-stars double from one to two as Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle wide receiver DeVier Posey moved up to No. 27 which was good enough to earn five-star status. At first Posey didn't believe that he moved up when he was told on Monday afternoon.

"Are you serious, really? I have got to check that out," Posey said. "That's crazy."

Posey has kept tabs on the national picture at wide receiver and understands the national depth at the position.

"I actually thought because I saw a lot of other receivers getting a lot of press like Brice Butler that I would actually move down," Posey said.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder usually has a lot to say but when he got the good news he struggled to have anything to say.

"I am at a loss for words," Posey said. "It's all good, but right now I am trying to focus on it, getting five stars is great though."

Posey committed to the Buckeyes back in March and hasn't had to deal with the rigors that other uncommitted prospects are going through with the phone pretty quiet now. The future Ohio State wideout now is focusing on goals with his team and all of the individual awards that may follow are just icing on the cake.

"We've got a lot of big team goals this year and that is my number one priority over anything," Posey said. "We are really working hard as a team to get better this summer and we've got a lot of good players on our team."

Posey is not the only player on his team committed to a Division I-A program with lineman Chandler Burden going to Kentucky and linebacker J.K. Schaffer going to play for hometown Cincinnati. La Salle has several other players with D-IA interest including a quarterback, running back and safety. That doesn't take away from the fact that the team is driven to make a run for a state championship, but it might be tough with a monster down the street in the Queen City from them.

"We are really focused as a team because we have a lot of team goals with the No. 1 team in the nation on our same street," Posey said. "We've got a lot of goals to fulfill."

Posey asked about the status of several of his fellow Ohio State recruits after learning about his own ranking and also inquired about where a recruit that he has grown very close is in the Rivals100 in Lamaar Thomas. The top player in Maryland ranks seven spots below Posey at No. 34.

Posey has been in frequent contact with Thomas and hopes to get the speedster to follow him to Ohio State.

"I probably texted him around three days ago," Posey said. "I haven't talked to him in a while."

There is a long way to go between today and the final rankings update that will come after the first of the new year but for now Posey is taking it all in stride and admitted that he couldn't wait to call his mother to share the good news.

"Man that is so crazy," Posey said. "I am so shocked right now."

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