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January 26, 2010
Postseason State Rankings:
It's just a handful of days until National Signing Day and there are only five prospects in the final Texas Top 100 who are uncommitted. Though the Signing Day drama may be at a relative lull in the Lone Star State, two of the uncommitted prospects are certainly names of note.
The new No. 1 prospect in the state is Plano (Texas) Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, displacing running back Lache Seastrunk to No. 2. Both Jeffcoat and Seastrunk have yet to announce their college decision but will likely end up in different destinations. Seastrunk is considering Oregon, Memphis, LSU, Auburn and USC, while Jeffcoat is focused on Florida, Arizona State, Texas, Houston, Oklahoma and USC.
If the No. 1 prospect in the state were to join the Longhorns' 2010 class it would only build on a phenomenal collection of talent. If there is any doubt as to how Texas has found itself in the No. 2 spot in the national team recruiting rankings, the Texas Top 100 offers a great explanation.
One team that has given Texas some resistance in the state has been Texas A&M, particularly when it comes to the offensive line. The Aggies have landed four of the state's top six offensive line prospects, led by tackle Luke Joeckel at No. 6 overall. Also included in that group is Jake Matthews, Cedric Ogbuehi and Shep Klinke. Some strong postseason performances by Matthews, Joeckel and Ogbuehi cemented their rankings near the top of the list.
Oklahoma has traditionally recruited the state of Texas with great success, and the first Sooners commit to appear on the list is offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson at No. 24. Oklahoma also has the highest debut on the list in defensive tackle Eric Humphrey at No. 28. Humphrey was unranked until late in the process, but once his film hit recruiting circles his offer list shot through the roof right along with his ranking.
Missouri continues to raid the state as well and has three commitments who debut in the final list due to strong senior seasons in Tristan Holt (No. 49) Henry Josey (No. 41) and Marcus Murphy (No. 55).
Some other big movers within the rankings include Oklahoma State commit Justin Gilbert (from No. 60 to No. 37), TCU defensive tackle commit David Johnson (from No. 86 to No. 50), Alton Demby out of Galena Park (Texas) Northshore (from No. 90 to No. 52) and defensive end Diamonte Wheeler of Arlington (Texas) Bowie (from No. 74 to No. 59).
In addition to the final Texas state ranking for the 2010 class released Tuesday, Rivals.com also releases the postseason state rankings for Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland and Oregon.
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