Luc Leads State Rankings
Jeff Luc
Jeff Luc
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Posted Jun 15, 2009


Jeff Luc is one of the top overall prospects in the country and the linebacker from Treasure Coast in the Sunshine State leads the way in his state as Scout.com releases the state rankings for Colorado, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, and Washington.

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Florida is always one of the top two states in the country in high school signees, in a constant battle with Texas and California, so to make the Florida Top 100 is a high honor. The top spot is a no-brainer for Scout.com Southeast analyst Chad Simmons.

"The best in the state is linebacker Jeff Luc and he is the type of player that you do not see every year on the high school level," says Simmons. "He looks like an NFL linebacker and he has the tools to play on that level one day. Many think he is a run stopper, but he has the ability to drop back into coverage also. He has good lateral movement, he gets down hill in a hurry, and he delivers a lot power in every tackle he makes. There is a lot of talent in the Sunshine State again, but Luc is on top as went move into the summer."

The biggest battle inside the state, according to Simmons, is also a common battle as the defensive backs from Florida are again some of the best in the country.

"Florida is loaded with skill guys as always, but their cover corners are very strong at the top. LeMarcus Joyner, Tony Grimes, Cody Riggs, Terrence Mitchell, Nickell Robey, Jeremy Davis, and Derrick Owens are some of the best in the Sunshine State. They are not only tops in-state, but some of the best in the South. They bring a lot of speed, good ball skills, and a lot of confidence with them at corner."

Marcus Lattimore
Marcus Lattimore
The South Carolina Top 30 also holds its own this year with top-end talent, and the consensus top player is the number two player in the Scout300 - running back Marcus Lattimore from Byrnes High in Duncan.

"South Carolina is strong in 2010 and leading the way is running back Marcus Lattimore. He is a do it all back that runs with a lot of power and grace," Simmons added. "He is the number two prospect in the country and he has been on most radars since he was a freshman at Byrnes. Lattimore is ready to run the ball on the college level right now and he could play for a lot of BCS schools this fall if that was an option. He has great vision, he runs with patience, he catches the ball well, and he is the complete back."

Eleven players from the state are ranked in the Scout 300 and could see that number grow with recent Clemson commitment Bashaud Breeland having an impressive spring and summber.

Jake Heaps is one of the top quarterbacks...
Jake Heaps
Washington also has the number one prospect at his position as recent BYU commitment Jake Heaps leads the way both as the number one quarterback in the country and the top prospect in the state.

"Clearly the story here is Jake Heaps and being the No. 1 QB in the nation," said Washington analyst Chris Fetters. "BYU got themselves a heck of a signal-caller and leader who also happens to be a two-time returning state champ. But don't discount the other top players in the Evergreen State."

Heaps also leads an interesting decelopment in the state as there are more committed players in the Washington Top 25 than uncommitted athletes, especially those wanting to stay in-state for new head coaches.

"Sione Potoae just got offered by USC, and re-opened his recruitment as a result; Julious Moore just verbally committed to UCLA. But by and large, it's impressive what first-year Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian and second-year Washington State Head Coach Paul Wulff have done in terms of locking down the state: Nine of the 11 players committed to a D1 school are staying close to home. But watch out for Bethel's Happy Iona; he could break that trend with a verbal commitment to Oregon State next weekend if things go the Beavers' way."


William Gholston
Defensive end William Gholston sits just ahead of a pair of quarterbacks in Devin Gardner and Robert Bolden in the Michigan Top 30, but the big news could be the fourth name on the list in Ricardo Miller who has announced he is moving to Michigan from Florida for this fall, though he has not announced the high school to which he will transfer.

According to Scout.com Midwest analyst Allen Trieu, the addtion of Miller just adds to a very similarly talented list of top prospects.

"This is a great year in Michigan at the top. I think after the top two, you have a group of kids who are very close in terms of talent and I think the top 20 is very strong overall in the state."


Austin Hinder
The Colorado Top 30 is also very talented at the top, especially with recent Cal quarterback commitment Austin Hinder and huge Nebraska offensive tackle commitment Mike Moudy sitting at the top.

Scout.com State Rankings Map



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