Da'Rick Rogers now tops in Georgia
Scout.com continues to finalize its set of state rankings today with with Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New England, and Ohio.
After an impressive senior season capped by a great week of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game, Da' Rick Rogers now leads the way in the final Georgia Top 100.
"Da’Rick “The Freak” Rogers put it all together in 2009 and showed that he is not only one of the best in Georgia, but in the entire country," said Chad Simmons, Scout.com Southeast manager. "He has size like a defensive end in high school, but runs like a fast corner. He has all of the tools to play on Sundays and he closes out the 2010 class as the top player in Georgia. He took his team to the state championship game for the second year in a row and broke the all-time receiving yards record this season as well. He is just a big pay waiting to happen every time he touches the football."
In the Ohio Top 80, the talent overall is not quite up to where it normally is though certain regions are still strong.
"Yes, this is probably one of the weaker classes I've seen, although I think Southwest Ohio as a whole was pretty strong," said Scout.com Ohio analyst Dave Berk. "You look at Jordan Hicks, Andrew Norwell, James, Jibreel Black, the Talbott brothers, southwest Ohio is a strong point and its probably one of the strongest classes from that area in recent memory."
"The two guys that I really went to bat for and feel strongly about are Braylon Heard and Dominique Brown," said Bill Greene, also a recruiting analyst in Ohio. "Those are two undervalued kids that I'm really high on. In terms of stars, to me, Norwell is a monster. A guaranteed certified five star recruit who could play anywhere in the country. Jordan Hicks is right there with him and they shouldn't be judged by the fact that its a poor Ohio year, these guys would be number one and number two in the best Ohio years."
In Louisiana, the rise and fall and rise again of Trovon Reed is a storyline in and of itself, but the wide receiver finds himself once again in the number one spot in the Lousiana Top 40.
"Trovon Reed started the season as a five-star, then dropped to a four-star, but added that fifth star once more in the end," said Simmons. " He has always been the top player in Louisiana on Scout since the beginning and there is no doubt about that. He is a versatile athlete that just makes plays. He is very quick, he is shifty, and he is going to be a weapon for Auburn early in his career. He ability to make guys miss is a very big strength of his."
The Indiana Top 25 is headlined by another top performer from the Under Armour week of practices in offensive lineman James Hurst.
"The state is not particularly deep this year, but it is real strong at the top," said Allen Trieu, Midwest manager for Scout.com "You have five or six guys who I think could step in and make an early impact and a few kids later down the list who should develop into good players. I think a guy like Anthony McClung, if you ask around, people in the state will tell you he hasn't received the pub he should. I also think Kofi Hughes, for the senior he had, perhaps did not have the noteriety that he deserved."
New five star running back Silas Redd leads the New England Top 20 and East regional manager Bob Lichtenfels believes there are some very good finds in the region this year.
"There are several outstanding players led by five-star running back Silas Redd," said Lichtenfels. "Redd, who is headed to Penn State, put up gaudy statistics the past two seasons; not to mention he has torn up every camp where we saw him including the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine and the Gridiron Kings event in Florida. The lightning quick, slashing style runner cemented his status as a top fifty player in the nation with a strong showing during the week of practices for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Redd's future teammate at Penn State Khairi Fortt (Stamford, Conn.) holds down the number two spot from his outside linebacker spot.
"Two players who took big jumps over the past few months after we had a chance to evaluate them were Connecticut native Willie Tye (Salisbury). The jumbo athlete committed recently to Florida State. Also on the rise was quarterback Scott McCummings (Natick, Mass.) a talented dual-threat gunslinger who is headed to Connecticut."
The Nevada Top 15 is topped by the nation's premier tight end, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman's Xavier Grimble, a five-star prospect headed to USC.
"The best all-around tight end in the country, Grimble can block, catch and run, all making him into the top-ranked tight end nationally by Scout.com," said West manager Brandon Huffman. "Grimble is one of seven Bishop Gorman players to dot the list, and it's no surprise they cruised to an unbeaten season and state championship. Bishop Gorman has seven players committed to play at the D-I level, led by Grimble, defensive end Alex Turner (Stanford) and Ian Bobak (hometown UNLV)."