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Tuesday: Southeast State Rankings
When it came to the final East 150 in the Scout.com final rankings for the region, New Jersey (33), Pennsylvania (32), Virginia (31) and Maryland (28) produced the most, but each state had its own array of talent but much of the region's talent decided not to stay home in the 2014 class.
Schools from across the Midwest and Southeast came in and picked up the top talent, and the local programs all struggled to keep the best talent home.
Here is a look at the state-by-state rankings of the region:
Connecticut didn't have the in-state pull like a year ago when it grabbed a lot of the top players in the state, and part of it could be because of the coaching change.
Boston College grabbed the top player in Norwich Free Academy running back Marcus Outlow, and Syracuse and Pittsburgh also came in and landed a player apiece in West Haven running back Ervin Phillips and Wallingford Choate Rosemary Hall offensive guard Connor Dintino, respectively.
However, Boston College extended its reach with dual threat quarterback Darius Wade of Middletown High and Pittsburgh landed Salesianum tight end Brian O'Neil, who could morph into an offensive lineman.
Although Maryland is heading to the Big Ten, it didn't show in terms of local recruiting as the Terps struggled to land the top talent.
The top player in the state, four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince of Forestville Bishop McNamara, remains on Maryland's radar, but the Terps missed on the next five prospects in the state.
There is plenty of talent at the top of Maryland's rankings on the line of scrimmage with 10 of the top 21 players being offensive or defensive linemen.
Boston College did a strong job close to home by getting the top player in the state in Needham St. Sebastian's linebacker Connor Strachan, and the Eagles finished with five of the top eight players.
Rutgers still has Englishtown Manalapan four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall (No. 3) committed, but even that seems tenuous after he spend Sunday at Penn State.
Notre Dame made the biggest noise in the state by getting early commitments from Red Bank Catholic offensive tackle Quenton Nelson and Demarest Northern Valley Regional defensive end Andrew Trumbetti, both of whom are in the top five.
It is the strangeness of recruiting, and the difficulty of Syracuse's reach extending into New York City and Long Island showed as the Orange landed only one player in the Top 10, although it really only went after a handful of them.
Instead the top five players in the state are heading to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
If the theme sounds familiar, well, it is. Pittsburgh landed the No. 3 prospect in the state in Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser, but he was also the only player in the Top 15 to select the Panthers.
The Commonwealth produced plenty of top end talent and Virginia did a great job of keeping it home.
Cavaliers coach Mike London landed five stars Quin Blanding, a safety from Virginia Beach Bayside and, and Andrew Brown, a defensive tackle from Chesapeake Oscar Smith, as well as four stars Steven Moss, a guard from Fredericksburg Chancellor and Jamil Kamara, a receiver from Virginia Beach Bishop Sullivan.
In Washington D.C., the top player is four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor of Friendship Collegiate Academy, a commit to Florida.
Finally, West Virginia is home to Mountaineers commit Amanii Brown, who plays in the shadows of West Virginia University at Morgantown High.