Missouri protecting its borders
Originally Published: August 29, 2012By Damon Sayles | RecruitingNation
- Missouri isn't mentioned among the states that receive tons of recognition when discussing high school recruiting like Florida, Texas or California, but the Show-Me State has made noise in the recruiting world recently. It is home of the nation's top-ranked wide receiver of the 2012 class in Dorial Green-Beckham, who currently is preparing for his first game as a freshman for the Missouri Tigers, and the 2013 class is loaded with players who will join Green-Beckham at Missouri next year. However, the top prospect in the 2013 class is headed to the Big Ten. ESPN 300 running back Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) -- one of six four-star commits hailing from Missouri -- verbally committed to Ohio State at the beginning of April. Of the state's top 20 players, nine are projected to play on the defensive side of the ball, and five of the 20 are listed as athletes, which could mean more defensive standouts starting in 2013.
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States Of RecruitingEvery year, recruiters search the country for the nation's best players. They log countless miles and no state is ignored. So which states have the most to offer this year? RecruitingNation goes state by state and examines the overall talent level, names the top undecided prospect, finds a player whose name you should remember and also breaks down which schools are doing the best in each state.
• Alabama: Recruits split -- Bama or Auburn?
• Arkansas: Top prospect leaving the state
• Arizona/New Mexico: Strong in secondary
• Calif. offense: Catching on in Golden State
• Calif. defense: USC cherry picking the elite
• Colorado: Battle to keep best at home
• Florida offense: Loaded with RBs, WRs
• Florida defense: Best group ever?
• Georgia: One of nation's top classes
• Hawaii/Alaska: Recruiters hit the Islands
• Iowa: Not deep, but getting better
• Illinois: Best class in recent memory
• Indiana: Getting a little better
• Kansas: More juco talent
• Kentucky: Louisville the hotbed
• Louisiana: Plenty of prospects
• Maryland: West coast invasion
• Michigan: U-M takes top talent
• Mississippi: Top recruits stay home
• Minnesota: ATH Onwualu leading the way
• Missouri: Tigers protecting borders well
• Nebraska: Quality over quantity
• Nevada: Hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas
• Northeast: Recruiters hitting area hard
(Conn., Del., D.C., Mass., Maine, Vt., N.H., R.I.)
• N.J./N.Y.: Bright lights, big recruits
• North Carolina: Prospects leaving home
• Ohio: Ohio State, Michigan battling
• Oklahoma: Sooners defending their turf
• Pacific Northwest: Ducks flying high
(Oregon, S.D., N.D., Idaho, Wyoming)
• Pennsylvania: WVU raiding the state?
• South Carolina: Surprisingly stocked
• Texas offense: Loaded with prospects
• Texas defense: Bigger and better
• Tennessee: Vols battling for local talent
• Utah: Loaded with linemen, as usual
• Virginia/West Virginia: Hokies capitalizing
• Wisconsin: Stocked with defensive ends
• Washington: Browne leads loaded QB crop
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