Plenty of prospects in N.Y, N.J.
Originally Published: September 4, 2012By Dave Hooker | RecruitingNation
New Jersey seems to be in the midst of a college football recruiting renaissance. The state has always been talented but there seems to be more quality prospects than in the recent past. Tradition-rich schools like Ohio State, Miami, Auburn, Penn State and Alabama have nabbed some of the top prospects, which run the gamut from skill-position players to linemen. Five-star cornerback Eli Woodard (Vorhees, N.J./Eastern), the highest-ranked player in the state, is committed to the Buckeyes. Just behind him is Wayne Hills High School quarterback Kevin Olsen who is committed to Miami. Then, there's a run of highly-rated defensive linemen with multiple offers. Like New Jersey, New York has a defensive lineman and quarterback towards the top of its rankings. Four-star defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) is the highest-rated prospect. He is undecided. Four-star quarterback Chris Laviano (Hicksville, N.Y./Holy Trinity) is committed to Rutgers and is the No. 12 pocket passer in the nation.
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States Of Recruiting
Every 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