Texas full of defensive prospects
Originally Published: September 14, 2012By Damon Sayles | RecruitingNation
There are two old adages that seem to hover and link Texas and high school football every year: "Everything is bigger in Texas" and "Defense wins championships." While there is legitimate size among the defensive linemen of the Lone Star State, the linebackers and defensive backs also bring good size to the masses. One of the biggest recruits yet to commit is 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano/Prestonwood Christian), who won the Nike SPARQ national competition in Beaverton, Ore., over the summer. He's being recruited by Ohio State, Texas A&M, Florida State, Oklahoma and a host of other schools. While many athletes are looking to stay in state, some have already chosen to take their talents outside the border, including cornerback Maurice Smith (Sugar Land/Dulles) and outside linebacker Deon Hollins Jr. (Missouri City/Marshall), two ESPN 150 athletes who have committed to Alabama and UCLA, respectively.
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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