The Scout.com Pre-season State Rankings for the Class of 2010 will be released over the next two weeks. Today, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas state rankings are unveiled.
The state of Texas continues to produce one of the nation's best pool of talent, and no state has as many players in the Scout300 than the Lonestar State, and the Texas Top 100 continues to show how deep the state is this year.
"In the top ten you have eight different positions represented and that depending on who you ask all ten are interchangeable," said Scout.com Midlands regional manager Baron Flenory, Jr. "However, there has to be a number one and I feel super confident that DE Jackson Jeffcoat deserves that distinction. Jeffcoat is tremendously talented. He is technically sound, plays with a tireless motors, has a body that fit the position, and comes from great stock."
Flenory also has his eyes set a player quick riser from the state.
"Moving up the charts is cornerback Tyler Stephenson of Lancaster HS. Coming in at 19, Stephenson is the best pure cornerback prospect in the state. To me, he has the quickest feet in the country. His backpedal is fast, tight, and controlled. He would be even higher if he was 15 to 20 pounds heavier."
Looking at Oklahoma at the beginning of spring evaluation period, Flenory thought that the talent throughout the state was not as strong as it has been in recent years. But after a solid spring and summer camp season, players are emerging and the talent in the state is not as weak as originally thought. In fact, the quality of the Oklahoma Top 30 is high.
"Topping the list, Demarco Cobbs of Central High in Tulsa who shows superior athleticism," said Flenory. "He could play a number of positions in college and truly is the creme of the class. USC, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas appear to be the front runners in recruitment this UnderArmour All-American."
Another defensive back is also jumping up the charts in the Sooner State for Flenory as well.
"Jumping way up the list is Aaron Colvin. This 5-11/175 pound cornerback is flat out lock down. Holding a few mid major offers prior to the camp season, Colvin has caught on fire. This past weekend at Oklahoma's camp, Colvin was far and away the best defensive back. Hips, feet, change of direction, and explosiveness are all attributes Colvin possesses. The kid doesn't lack much."
While Alabama continues its status as one of the top talent-producing state in the country, and the state also has a number one player at a position in the country at the top of the Alabama Top 30.
"Demarcus Milliner has separated himself from the pack somewhat over the past couple of months and he is the top player in the state of Alabama," said Scout.com South regional manager Chad Simmons. "He can cover like a corner, he has hands like a receiver, and he can play the run like a safety. He has great length, he has better hips than many expected when watching his film, and he really understands how to play the game in the secondary. Alabama could use him at corner or safety and he would be successful at either. He has that combination of size and skills that you don’t see a lot at corner and that is why he is special."
Simmons believes the conversation does not stop with Milliner when talking about defensive backs from Alabama.
"It does not stop there when talking 2010 defensive backs in the state of Alabama. Jarrick Williams is a big-time safety out Blount, Nick Perry is a safety out of Prattville, Desmond Brown is a safety out of Cherokee County, and Ryan Smith is a combo corner-safety out of Cordova. All of those plus Deion Belue are in the top 20, and Belue could be the biggest sleeper of them all. He is one who could really emerge this fall as the 2009 season kicks off."
Oregon is about as top-heavy at the top as any state in the country, including a five star defensive end listed at number one in the Oregon Top 25.
"The top three players in the Beaver State - Curtis White, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Keanon Lowe - are three of the best football players anywhere on the west coast," said Scout.com Northwest analyst Chris Fetters. "White is a two-way standout who can run like a deer at 240 pounds. Odighizuwa's stock has skyrocketed after a strong winter combine circuit, and Lowe is by far the best two-way skill prospect the state has to offer. After those three the talent level drops off a bit, but there are some real steals to still be had if colleges take the time to check them out.
Grant quarterback and athlete Kenneth Acker is a great athlete, and his versatility has to give recruiters reason to smile. South Medford quarterback Josh Millholin plays in a great league and he's a winner. He has great size, can throw the rock all over the place and plays the game with great poise and skill. Central quarterback Grant Hedrick is a real find; he can run and throw with equal skill. But because he's not 6-5 and he plays in a small town, he's not getting the attention he deserves. Offensive tackle James Atoe is a house, but plays his position with feet that are surprisingly quick. Again, Atoe is another small school kid that should be getting bigger looks."
Iowa has a big running back out front in the Iowa Top 10, but there are some major players sitting right on his heels.
"There are a few outstanding athletes in Iowa this year," said Scout.com Midwest regional manager Allen Trieu. "Andre Dawson leads the way, but A.J. Derby also has numerous FBS offers. Of course, the state is famous for the linemen it puts out and Brandon Scherff appears to be the next great blocker to hail from the Iowa."