Thursday State Rankings
Seantrel Henderson
Seantrel Henderson
Posted Jun 18, 2009

The Pre-season State Rankings for the Class of 2010 will be released over the next two weeks. Today, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, and Tennessee state rankings are unveiled.

Seantrel Henderson, the top player in the country, takes his rightful spot as the top player from his home state in the Minnesota Top 10, but there are some solid players right on his heels.

"Minnesota obviously has the top player in the country, Seantrel Henderson and that speaks for itself," said Midwest analyst Allen Trieu. "However, there are other talented players in the state. Jimmy Gjere, Beau Allen and Tobi Okuyemi combined with Henderson give the state a strong group of big men up top."

Marcus Lucas
The Missouri Top 25 has several players pushing for the top spot with four four-star prospects at the top, though Liberty wide receiver Marcus Lucas come out just ahead for right now.

"This 6-4 wide receiver is a true match up problem that shows up on film and in person," said Midlands manager Baron Flenory, Jr. "At the BadgerSport 7on7 at Ohio State, Lucas dominated opposing defensive backs. He streched the field, ran solid crossing routes, showed natural hands and concentration, and was a talkative competitor that didn't back down from anyone. He was big time and Lucas has a bright future.

"Another fierce competitor is Nebraska commit Tyler Gabbert. Though he lacks ideal size for the quarterback position, Gabbert has everything else; a strong arm, footwork, pocket presence, leadership skills, and a competitive drive. I wouldn't be surprised if Gabbert ended up a team captain at Nebraska before it was all said and done."

Jacques Smith
The Tennessee Top 20 shows four of the top five players in the state already committed, including the number one player who plans to stay at home for college.

"Jacques Smith is on top in Tennessee and one of the best in the country," said South manager Chad Simmons. "He is explosive and powerful. He is athletic enough to play linebacker in college, but he is best when turned loose to chase down the quarterback. Tennessee is getting one of the top defensive prospects in the country and he is only going to get better. His first step is quick, he uses his hands well, and he is the best the state of Tennessee has to offer.

"James Stone, Justin Maclin, Keiwone Malone, and Barry Brunetti round out the top five and all are outstanding prospects in the 2010 class. Stone has great feet and he could play tackle or guard on the next level, Maclin is a big commitment for LSU and he is about as versatile as they come at his size, Malone will take his speed at wideout to Alabama, and Brunetti is just a winner and he will take his big arm and leadership to West Virginia."

Xavier Grimble
Another committed player stands atop the Nevada Top 15, and it also signals the return of one of the state's best high school program to the top as well.

"After a nice little run of the top-ranked player in the state from 2005-2007, Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas took a backseat the past two years and saw the state's top player be elsewhere in Vegas," said West manager Brandon Huffman. "No longer, as the Gaels not only boast the top player in the state, Xavier Grimble, the top-ranked tight end in the country, but five of the top seven prospects in the state call Bishop Gorman their home.

"Already, four Gaels have committed to play in the Pac-10, Grimble's headed to USC, defensive end's Evan Palelei and Alex Turner are on their way to Stanford and offensive lineman Geoff Gibson is going across the bay to Cal. Receiver Taylor Spencer is the next up for the Gaels. But Bishop Gorman doesn't have a monopoly on the market, as the #2-ranked player in the state, Daniel Godkin, a top 50 defensive end, comes from Palo Verde HS." State Rankings Map

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