Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and that's especially correct when talking about the talent in the Lone Star State for the 2010 recruiting class.
In the first edition of the Rivals100, three of the nation's top six players are from Texas.
The nation's top prospect is offensive tackle
"This is definitely a special group of players at the top of the list from Texas," Rivals.com analyst
Texas isn't as deep as Florida, which placed 19 players on the Rivals100 compared to the Lone Star State's 13. But Every said one thing that further cements this Texas crop as special is the overall quality of the group.
"I wouldn't necessarily say this Texas group compares to what we saw from Florida last year, when there were 14 players in the top 70 nationally, and it's still behind overall as far as this year is concerned," he said. "But where Texas gets its huge edge is that it has much more balance at each position, especially on both the offensive and defensive line, whereas Florida -- as usual -- is skill-position heavy."
After a somewhat down year at the top of the rankings in 2009, California is back in full force with five players ranking in the national top 30. This includes five-star prospects
Jones first emerged as a freshman, when he helped Oaks Christian capture a state championship while playing linebacker. He has played running back, his natural position, the past two seasons and has flourished. As a junior, Jones rushed for 1,504 yards and 26 touchdowns.
"Malcolm has it all for a running back," Oaks Christian coach
Martin is a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end who's been terrorizing offenses in the Bay Area the past two seasons. Martin, who committed early to Notre Dame, has racked up 230-plus tackles in that time and dominated in every camp setting. His upside is through the roof.
"Chris has really matured his game, but he's still a long way away from what we think he'll eventually be," O'Dowd coach
Powell is a freak-of-nature athlete who could project on either side of the ball but likely will end up at defensive end. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Powell has a motor that doesn't stop. He also has a college-ready body, and he has attracted scholarship offers from coast-to-coast.
"Ronald was great this season for us," Rancho Verde coach
Jones, Martin and Powell likely won't end up being the only five stars in the state later in the process. Just outside the five-star level are running back
Every year, there seem to be ebbs and flows at certain positions, but one of the most consistent groups over the past few years has been quarterback. This, however, is definitely a down year for quarterbacks.
Last year, there were six quarterbacks ranked in the top 60 and three five-star prospects. This year, there are only six quarterbacks in the Rivals100, with two in the top 60. No quarterback earned a five-star designation.
"How ironic is it that the top running back in the country in the 2009 class [
Other quarterbacks to make the list are