Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga were two of the 12 finalists for the Butkus Award. The prep finalists include Marquis Simmons and a couple other linebackers USC is recruiting.
Rolando McClain, Alabama; Mark Herzlich, Boston College; Brandon Spikes, Florida; Rennie Curran, Georgia; Perry Riley and Darry Beckwith, LSU; Sean WItherspoon, Missouri; James Laurinaitis, Ohio State; Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing, USC. Clint Sintim, Virginia; Aaron Curry, Wake Forest.
High school finalists: Nico Johnson, Andalusia High School, Andalusia, Ala.; Tana Patrick, North Jackson High School, Stevenson, Ala.; Marquis Simmons, Dominguez High School, Compton, Calif.; Frankie Telfort, Gulliver Prep, Miami, Fla.; Willie Ferrell, FAMU High School, Tallahassee, Fla.; C.J. Mizell, Leon High School, Tallahassee, Fla.; Jarvis Jones, Carver High School, Columbus, Ga.; Kevin Minter, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, Ga.; Manti Te’o, Punahou High School, Honolulu, Hi.; Jelani Jenkins, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wheaton, Md.; Chris Norman, Renaissance High School, Detroit, Mich.; Dorian Bell, Gateway High School, Monroeville, Pa.