Vols battling for local talent
Originally Published: September 18, 2012By Dave Hooker | RecruitingNation
Typically, most of the talent in Tennessee resides in Memphis. This year is a bit different. The mid-state area around Nashville now rivals Memphis when it comes to top prospects, as three of the top prospects are from the mid-state area. Two are from West Tennessee. One is from East Tennessee. The top talent seems as spread out as it has ever been. The state is far from being the most talented in the Southeast but there seems to be more elite athletes in Tennessee than there were a few years ago. For proof, just look at the state's top prospect: cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. Ramsey committed to Southern California in July and that coaching staff wouldn't have come across the country if Ramsey wasn't worth it. However, the state offers various positions for recruiters. Among the top 10 prospects, there is a quarterback, cornerback, receiver, linebacker, defensive lineman, offensive lineman and tight end. Also, with Tennessee's struggles it's easier to poach prospects in the Volunteer State than ever before and the Trojans aren't the only ones doing so. Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, UCLA, Wake Forest and Arkansas have all come from out of state to nab a top 20 prospect from the state of Tennessee.
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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