Tuesday State Rankings
Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
Posted Jun 16, 2009

The Scout.com Pre-season State Rankings for the Class of 2010 will be released over the next two weeks. Today, California, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin are unveiled.

The Golden State is missing its former top prospect in the California Top 100 as Chris Martin moved to New Jersey, and taking his spot is Oaks Christian running back Malcolm Jones.

"It's only fitting that in the Year of the Running Back in the Golden State, a running back is the top player in California," said Scout.com West manager Brandon Huffman. "There are 20 running backs in the top 100 in California this year, in one of the deepest years in memory. Malcolm Jones wears the crown, at least right now, of the top prospect in California, the second time in four years an Oaks Christian player has been at the top (Jimmy Clausen was in the class of 2007)."

Huffman believes that Jones should not get too comfortable with the top spot.

"When it's all said and done, defensive end Ronald Powell, safety Sean Parker, receiver Kenny Stills and all-purpose, do-everything player Robert Woods will challenge Jones for the top spot."

Damien Robinson
The Mississippi Top 30 is lead at the top by one of the biggest offensive linemen in the country with 6-foot-8, 330-pound Damien Robinson from Olive Branch at the number one position.

"Damien Robinson is my top offensive lineman in the South and he is clearly the top prospect in the state of Mississippi this year," said Scout.com South manager Chad Simmons. "The state is pretty strong overall, but Robinson is just a special offensive tackle that has the feet, length, and athleticism to make him one of the best in the country. He edged out Robert Crisp for the top offensive lineman in the South to this point, so that should tell you a little more about just how good I feel Robinson is and can be."

Simmons is impressed with the defensive linemen in the state of Mississippi citing the number two and three players in the state are both defensive ends and the number five player is a defensive tackle.

"Kaleb Eulls is a big-time end that is vey athletic and a high ceiling coming off the edge. He has a good first step and he is going to be very good on the next level. Carlos Thompson is another athletic rush end and Carlton Martin is an inside guy that plays with good quickness and leverage. Byron Bennett, Vince Taylor, and Devin Clark are others on the defensive line that made the top 30."

Gabe King
Gabe King
Simmons also believes that the state of North Carolina is impressive with the depth of talent, though the number one spot in the state is very much under fire as the current number one in the North Carolina Top 30 could end up in another state this fall.

"At the top of the list for now is Gabe King," said Simmons. "He is a defensive lineman with a lot of athleticism and potential. He has a great burst, he showed a nice punch at the Scout Combine in Charlotte earlier this spring, and his ceiling on the defensive line is very high. He could be a big strong-side defensive end or grow into a taller defensive tackle. His athleticism is his biggest strength, but he has a nice variety of moves at DE as well. We now just have to wait and see where he ends up playing this fall and it could be at a prep school.

"Robert Crisp is one of the top offensive linemen in the country and he will play early at North Carolina State. He needs to show more signs of aggressiveness and improve his knee bend a little, but he has all the tools you look from in an elite tackle from feet, to length, to size, to intelligence."

Phillips Sims
The state where King could end up is Virginia, which already is bolstered with a transfer from J.R. Ferguson earlier in the month who now comes in at number two in the Virginia Top 30, behind Alabama commitment Phillip Sims.

"The state of Virginia is deep with talent this season and it was recently bolstered by the addition of Ferguson, the former top player in Maryland, who will play his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy," said Scout.com North manager Bob Lichtenfels. "Ferguson joins Zack McCray and Evan Hailes as three of the top defensive linemen in the nation and three of the top seven players in the state."

Lichtenfels also notes one in-state team is really picking up the pace very early in the recruiting process.

"Frank Beamer and his staff have had a reversal of fortune, as it seemed last year it seemed the Hokies lost out on a lot of the top in-state talent. This year the Hokies have landed six of the states top twenty prospects."

The Wisconsin Top 15 holds three players committed to the Badgers, and Scout.com Midwest manager Allen Trieu has high hopes for those at the top.

"Wisconsin is strong at the top, with arguably the nation's top punter, Will Hagerup along with two guys in Konrad Zagzebski and Marquis Mason who I expect to be impact players in college."

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