State Rankings: Thursday
Aaron Hernandez
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 31, 2006
Jamie Newberg, TheInsiders.com National Recruiting Analyst


Here are the final set of state rankings with Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kentucky and New England. Quarterback Pat Bostick, running back Joe McKnight, and tight end Aaron Hernandez lead the way.

The Scout.com Preseason State Rankings for the Class of 2007 have been revealed over the past ten days, concluding today with Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.

Pat Bostick
Pat Bostick
Pennsylvania, like it's neighborring state Ohio, is blessed with a ton of talent in regards to football. This season is another deep year and quarterback leads the way in a state that always seems to produce great signal callers.

"Pennsylvania has always had the reputation of developing great quarterbacks and this year is no exception as Pat Bostick has earned the top spot in the "Keystone State,” said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels". “Bostick is a field general who is tough as nails, there's no quit in him. Woodland Hills received a surprise when four-star tight end Rob Gronkowski transferred from New York. But make no mistake, this is the year for offensive linemen in the state as the top 80 is dotted with more than twenty at that position.“

The Bluegrass State may be known for hoops but the state of Kentucky pumps out some fine football prospects. This season the Kentucky Class of 2007 is led by two smaller playermakers at the top.

“Does size matter? Check out Doug Beaumont and Victor Anderson before you answer that question,” said Lichtenfels. “Neither possess ideal size but they are fast and very elusive in the open field. If size does matter the "Bluegrass State" has that as well. Stuart Hines is a devastating run blocker who can pass block as well.”


Joe McKnight
When it comes to recruiting, the state of Louisiana is one of the top producers of talent, especially at the skill positions. The Bayou State is always deep and plentiful with great athletes. And a great athlete takes the top spot.

"The state of Louisiana has not let Hurricane Katrina get it down,” said Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jeremy Patterson. “It appears that the Pelican State is as strong as ever with this crop of talent led by one of the nation's top running backs in Joe McKnight. The one area that Louisiana is down is in the backfield, but as far as defensive players and offensive lineman go, it's a deep year."

Scout.com combines all the states in the Northeast area (Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. This trio of states often get overlooked. This season there is some nice talent in the northeast led by the nation's top tight end prospect, Aaron Hernandez (Florida commitment).

“Aaron Hernandez is the nations top tight end, so obviously he is also the top prospect in the New England Region,” said Lichtenfels. “Hernandez is a freak athlete that can do it all. Being from New Hampshire hurts Mark Spinney from receiving a lot of national attention, but one look at him in action will show you all you need to see. He gets after it. He gets to the second level as fast as anyone and always finishes his blocks.”

Scout.com State Rankings


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