Jackson Jeffcoat tops in the Lonestar State
Scout.com continues to finalize its set of state rankings today with with Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oregon, and Texas.
A familiar name sits atop the Texas Top 150 as defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat remains the number one prospect in a football-fanatic state.
"The Texas 150 is loaded with top playmakers, but the top three are all listed in the Scout.com Top 15," said Southwest analyst Greg Powers. "Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat held steady at the top spot all year and once he gives up his basketball career to concentrate solely on football he should be a real monster in college. Many people say that he has reached his ceiling, but in all likelihood he still has plenty of D1 upside. Mike Davis is the highest riser among the top players on the list and after an amazing senior season he checks in at the number two spot. He is a receiver that just has a knack for making big plays. Defensive end Reggie Wilson may have the best senior film out of all the prospects and he was also the leading tackler in the U.S. Army Bowl with six tackles and a sack."
The top prospect in the Illinois Top 60 is a no-brainer as Kyle Prater made a strong push for the top overall prospect in the country at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"Illinois is very strong at the top this year, with blue chippers like Kyle Prater, Christian Lombard and C.J. Fiedorowicz leading the way," said Allen Trieu, Midwest regional manager for Scout.com "I also think there is good depth this year. There are several players, namely Matt Milton, Sean Robinson and Lasteven McKinney, who I think have been underappreciated nationally and are going to schools where they will have great opportunities to succeed."
Teammates lead the way in the Mississippi Top 40 with Damien Robinson and Shon Coleman from Olive Branch High School.
"It was the year of the big guys in Mississippi. Heading the state are two of the top offensive tackles in the country," said Chad Simmons, Southeast manager for Scout.com. "Damien Robinson held the top spot early in the fall, but Shon Coleman took over at number one after a very impressive performance in San Antonio at the Army All-American game. Both have high upside, but Coleman is a little more physical, he has very nice feet, and has shown the ability to both run block and pass protect."
Michael Dyer leads the Arkansas Top 20, and according to Simmons, Dyer has been the easy choice for quite some time.
"There is no doubt who the top prospect in Arkansas is in 2010 and it is Michael Dyer. He is an electric running back that has big-play potential any time he touches the football. He is a more powerful version of Warrick Dunn that is built low to the ground so it is hard for defenders to get a good lick on him. He is very good laterally, he has soft hands out of the backfield, and he gets to top speed very quickly. He really separated himself in Arkansas and become one of the top overall running backs in the country in 2010."
Tate Nichols takes over the top spot in the Kentucky Top 15, and Trieu believes that the state's talent could surprise in the next few years.
"Kentucky may not have any national level standouts, but there are some good players this year. I think there are a couple in the middle of the rankings like Stephan Robinson and Austin Collinsworth who will be solid college contributors."
Hawaii is always known for those big, beefy Polynesian kids, and this year they are in abundance; 12 of the Hawaii Top 25 players in the state are linemen, highlighted by Micah Hatchie on offense and Graham Rowley on defense - both from Waialua.
"Hauoli Jamora (Kahuku) and Sealii Epenesa ('Iolani) are the highest risers, due to their brilliant senior campaigns," said Northwest regional analyst Chris Fetters. "But often overlooked are the skill players from the Aloha State, and that would be a mistake this year. Shaydon Akuna, V.J. Fehoko and Taz Stevenson are the headliners, but no one in Hawai'i has made a bigger impact on the recruiting scene than Punahou safety prospect Jeremy Ioane. His YouTube video has now become the stuff of semi-legend, and Notre Dame is the latest suitor to come calling."
The Oregon Top 20 may not be incredibly deep, but it is topped by four All-Americans.
"It happens maybe once a decade, as when it happened for the 2001 class, when the state had three of the top prep quarterbacks in the country (Kellen Clemens - Oregon, Derek Anderson - Oregon State, Nic Costa - Arizona)," said Fetters. "Curtis White, Owa Odighizuwa, Gabe King and Keanon Lowe are as good as it gets and it looks like the Oregon Ducks are going to end up with half that group in White and Lowe. The quarterbacking group from Oregon also is solid, headlined by Grant Hedrick - who could be the next in line at Boise State. Sheldon's Jordan Johnson is this year's Cody Hawkins; he's won everything you can win at the prep level, and if he was 2-3 inches taller he would have given Jake Heaps a run for his money when talking about the best prep QB in the Northwest for the class of 2010."
The Iowa Hawkeyes have their stamp all over the Iowa Top 15, including the top two prospects from the state.
"A.J. Derby going to the Army Bowl and doing well really got the state into the spotlight, but there's always some talent there," said Trieu. "I really like James Morris and, as usual, there were good line prospects to be found."