State Rankings: TUESDAY
Will Korn
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 22, 2006
Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst

The state of Texas produces more D-1 prospects than any other when it comes to college football recruiting. The Lone Star State leads today's release of the preseason rankings with New York, Indiana, South Carolina and Oregon.

The Preseason State Rankings will be revealed over the next two weeks for the Class of 2007. Today, Texas, New York, Oregon, Indiana and South Carolina have been released.

More prospects receive college football scholarships from the state of Texas than any other. And like always Texas is loaded once again, especially in the trenches.

Tray Allen
Tray Allen
"It's an amazing year for offensive lineman in the Lonestar State,” said Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jeremy Patterson. “The state's top prospect is offensive lineman Tray Allen (Texas commitment) from Grand Prairie (Texas) South High School. It seems every school in America is at least spot recruiting Texas for offensive lineman as there are so many. It seems like a new one pops up everyday. The sleeper of the group is Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated offensive tackle Jarvis Jones, who has an incredible 6-7, 250-pound frame to build on.

“Of course there is other elite talent at other positions as well like quarterback Ryan Mallet (Michigan commitment), wide receivers Terrance Toliver and John Chiles (Texas commitment, running back Lennon Creer, defensive tackle Andre Jones (Texas commitment), defensive end/outside linebacker Richetti Jones, linebacker Derrick Stephens and cornerbacks Curtis Brown (Texas commitment) and Ben Wells (Texas commitment).”

The state of New York has quietly built a name for itself over the past few seasons by producing some talented college football prospects. This year they are led by another wide receiver standout, Lansford Watson (Maryland commitment).

Lansford Watson
Lansford Watson
“Brooklyn native Lansford Watson caught our eyes at the combine at Rutgers and he has held down the top spot ever since,” said East Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels. “Watson recently committed to Maryland over a number of programs including USC. East Meadow offensive lineman John Elliott is perhaps one of the most dominant that the state has seen in recent memory.”

Heading a little west to the Hoosier State there is one high school football team that's loaded with D-1 talent and they led a contingent in the Indiana Top 10.

Jerimy Finch
Jeremy Finch
“Perhaps a fitting name for the Indiana Top Ten should be the Indianapolis (In.) Warren Central Top Ten,” said Lichtenfels. “The perennial powerhouse program has placed an amazing four players in the top ten lead by Jerimy Finch (Michigan commitment), a talented 6-2, 200-pound safety.”

South Carolina has some big name prospects themselves, including one of the nation's top quarterbacks.

Mark Barnes
Mark Barnes
”South Carolina once again finds some elite talent at the skill positions, led by five star quarterback Willy Korn (Clemson commitment), and defensive backs Gary Gray and Mark Barnes from Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast,”said Southeastern Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit. “Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the top fifteen are the Gamecocks and Tigers keeping the top talent in-state. Of the top fifteen committed players in the state, nine are already committed to Clemson or South Carolina and only number fifteen Charles White (Georgia commitment), is committed to going out of state. That number could double soon as Junior Hemmingway is expected to head out of state when he announces on Thursday.”

Out west, the state of Oregon is led by a couple of four star prospects, defensive tackle Myles Wade (Oregon commitment) and wide receiver Marcus Matthews (BYU).

Myles Wade (
Myles Wade
“I like this group up top, starting with Myles Wade,” said Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters. “He's just relentless, like a junkyard dog that never gives up and always gets the best of you. Marcus Matthews and Carl Sommer are two big athletes that show very nice agility and soft hands for their size.”

Coming tomorrow are the preseason state rankings for Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, and Wisconsin. State Rankings

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