"(George Washington) defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is arguably the most dominant defensive tackle in the nation and he takes over the top spot in the Pennsylvania state rankings," said Bob Lichtenfels, East regional manager for Scout. "Canon McMillan) middle linebacker Mike Hull holds the second spot as the newly minted five-star player took a meteoric rise up the rankings after a strong performance at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Penn State recruited well in-state landing seven of the states top twenty players including former No. 1 Paul Jones (Sto-Rox) who still maintains a high spot in the rankings at No. 3 in the state."
"Jacques Smith is a nasty defender that hustles, plays with aggression, and is very physical," said Southeast manager Chad Simmons. "He could end up at outside linebacker or rush end at Tennessee, but no matter where he lines up he is going to make plays. He is best when attacking the quarterback off the edge. He has a very nice burst off the ball and nice punch at the point of attack. He is a little undersized at end, but his speed and strength combined with his effort made him one of the top defensive prospects in the entire country this year."
The former Mid-Atlantic region is now split into the Maryland Top 25, the D.C. Top 10, and the Delaware Top 5 with the excess of talent this year.
"Old Mill safety Josh Furman took over the top spot in the state of Maryland after we received his senior film and it was very impressive," said Lichtenfels. "The Michigan commit took over the spot that was held by the new No. 2 Adrian Coxson (Baltimore City College) who slipped a little after his two all-star performances. (Good Counsel) cornerback Louis Young made a large leap up to the No. 3 spot after a outstanding senior season including and impressive playoff run.
"A.I. DuPont cornerback C.J. Jones has held the top spot in Delaware from beginning to end this year, but Jones was pushed late by the emergence of (Middletown) offensive tackle Gifford Timothy.
"A pair of very talented outside linebackers lead the way in the District of Columbia led by (Dunbar) standout Javarie Johnson who made a late season switch from Miami to Maryland. Jeremiah Attaochu (Archbishop Carroll) recently made Georgia Tech fans very happy when he pledged his services to them over a number of other offers."
Though not a very deep state, the top two prospects from the Kansas Top 10 could push for the top spots of nearly every state in the country.
"The state of Kansas continues to show a lot of promise, as it boasts two five-star recruits in Blake Bell and Justin McCay," said Greg Powers, Midlands analyst for Scout.com. "Both players have a huge upside, but are still raw talents whose best football days are still in front of them. Geneo Grissom check in at number three and he is also a member of the Scout Top 300."