State Rankings: THURSDAY

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 24, 2006
Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst

Here are the preseason state rankings for New Jersey, Tennessee, Washington and Missouri. This group is led by the nation's top offensive line prospect, Anthony Davis from Piscataway (N.J.), linebacker Chris Donald from Hundington (Tenn.), tight end Chris Izbicki from Kirkland (Wa.) and defensive end Michael Keck from Harrisonville (Mo.).

The Preseason State Rankings will all be revealed over the next two weeks for the Class of 2007. Today, New Jersey, Tennessee, Washington and Tennessee have been released.

The state of New Jersey is home to's top rated offensive lineman, Anthony Davis. Davis, 6-5.5 and 330 pounds, plays tackle for Piscataway (N.J.) High School. He could write his own ticket to the college of his choice and right now he favors Miami over everyone. There are also some other big timers like tight end Mike Ragone (Notre Dame commitment) and Justin Trattou (Notre Dame commitment).

Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
“The Garden State is heavy in talent this season, especially at the top,” said East Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis, defensive end Justin Trattou and tight end Mike Ragone are as good as anyone in the country at their positions. Davis is the top dog and he's like a big dancing bear. Davis has a rare combination of size and footwork for such a big kid. He could play the interior, but he is probably more valuable as a tackle.”

The state of Missouri is always blessed with elite prospects and this year's crop is led by a defensive lineman and a quarterback and tight end who just happen to be teammates.

Michael Keck
Michael Keck
"The Show Me State features a number of talented players this season including Michael Keck who lands the top spot,”said Lichtenfels. “Keck is a long and rangy edge rusher who has caught the attention of a number of school across the nation. A pair of teammates from Rock Bridge are nipping at the heels of Keck for that top spot. Georgia commit Logan Gray a very athletic quarterback and tight end Aron White.”

Chris Izbicki (
Chris Izbicki
Last season the state of Washington was loaded at the top with prospects like safety Taylor Mays (USC signee) or offensive lineman Steve Schilling (Michigan signee). This group is not as strong at the top but there is some good talent there.

Make no mistake, the top five in-state players should definitely make their marks in college,” said Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters. “Tight end Chris Izbicki (Washington commitment) is a smart, tough, competitive kid that has what it takes to be the next Mark Bruener for Washington. Quarterback Jason Munns (BYU) could pass for Drew Bledsoe in almost every aspect, except that he's faster than Bledsoe was when he prepped at Walla Walla High School. Jake Gelakoska (Oregon State) and Kellen Kiilsgaard are phenomenal athletes that just happen to be very good quarterbacks too. With more colleges spreading it out and running out of the shotgun, these two will fit into that trend very nicely. Emeka Iweka is the state's best 'big athlete', and the former Viking basketball star could be dangerous on either side of the ball.”

Chris Donald
The Volunteer State is good this season with a good crop of prospects that's talented at the top and deep. Tennessee is led by linebacker Chris Donald.

“Tennessee once again has some talent at the top with two of the top linebackers in the nation in Chris Donald and Harrison Smith, though the latter of which plays safety in high school,” said South Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit. “A pair of receivers also have a bright future ahead of them with Golden Tate and Todd Campbell (Tennessee commitment). The state is also filled with a large number of talent already committed to staying in-state as six of the top twenty committed to the Volunteers."

Coming Thursday are the preseason state rankings for Mid-Atlantic, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Utah. State Rankings

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