State Rankings: Wednesday
Torrey Davis
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 23, 2006
Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst

Florida is deep and talented this season with great skill and speed once again. The Sunshine State is also loaded with big men in the trenches, especially on defense. They lead Wednesday's preseason state rankings along with Arizona, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Preseason State Rankings will be revealed over the next two weeks for the Class of 2007. Today, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, and Wisconsin have been released.

Just about every team in the nation recruits the Sunshine State where year in and year out the state of Florida produces speed and skill. This season is no different where the state of loaded at the top with runners, some big time defensive tackles and one super signal caller.

Noel Devine
Noel Devine
“The state of Florida once again shows why it is one of the largest talent states in the nation, and this year’s class of running backs and defensive linemen are among some of the nation’s elite,” said Southeastern Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit. “Led by five star running back Noel Davine, who may be the most talented prospect in the nation, the running back group has a wide mix of speed and power. The defensive tackles include Torrey Davis (Florida commitment), who is the best blend of speed and power for the position. John Brown and a D’Angelo McCray are both strong and athletic. The quarterback position is also talented as well, though the top signal-caller in the state, mechanically-sound John Brantley, plans to play at Texas beginning next year.”

Arizona is not known as a state that produces big time talent but this season there are a few exceptional talents at the top including two five-star prospects.

Everson Griffen
Everson Griffen
"When was the last time Arizona had two 5-star recruits?,” said Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell. “Arizona is as loaded as ever with defensive Everson Griffen and offensive linemen Kris O'Dowd and Javario Burkes. They are all being recruited by just about every major program in the country."

Griffen is the number one rated defensive end in the nation.

Ryan Miller
Colorado usually has an elite prospect or two and this season is no different as they are led by one of the nation's finest offensive tackles in Ryan Miller from Littleton (Co.) Columbine High School.

"Miller certainly highlights this class,” said Jewell. “The 6'8 280 pounder is being sought after by schools from coast to coast. It looks as though Colorado and Miami are Miller's early favorites. Michigan already won the battle for tight end Steve Watson as he pledged eary to the Wolverines. At 6'2 and over 200 pounds, wide receiver Drew Davis is the prototypical 21st century wide receiver."

Speaking of offensive linemen, the top OL prospect from the Midwest resides from the state of Wisconsin and his name is Josh Ogelsby from St. Francis (Wi.) High School.

Josh Oglesby
“Oglesby could be the top lineman in the country," said Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels. "He is a big kid with a great frame and a long wing span. Oglesby is a left tackle down the road. Right behind him is running back John Clay who may be the best big back in the country. Those are two elite prospects and they are both from the state of Wisconsin. The Badgers should do well and sweep their portion of the state's top prospects.”

A few years back the state of Virginia produced two quarterbacks the same year named Michael Vick and Ronald Curry. This season there is another athletic signal caller from the same school, Hampton High School, that produced Curry.

Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor
“Tyrod is arguably the top athletic quarterback in the country. But he is more of a pocket passer than people give him credit for. Another prospect from Viginia is J'Courtney Williams. He is a freak athlete with versatility that can play the run and pass and to find the complete linebacker is tough in high school.”

Coming Thursday are the preseason state rankings for New Jersey, Tennessee, Missouri, and Washington. State Rankings

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