Texas is the king when it comes to producing Division I football talent, but college recruiters know the state north of the Red River is also fertile recruiting territory. Along with the in-state schools of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa, programs like Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas Tech and Baylor have all landed talented players from Oklahoma on the Rivals.com Postseason Top 35.
The final ranking in Oklahoma for the class of 2010 was released on Monday, along with other state rankings like the Alabama Top 40, Mississippi Top 30, Hawaii Top 20, District of Columbia Top 5, Connecticut Top 10, Massachusetts Top 10 and Wisconsin Top 10.
There is a new No. 1 player in the Oklahoma state rankings. The preseason and midseason rankings featured Tulsa Central four-star athlete DeMarco Cobbs in the top spot. However, after an impressive showing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Tulsa Booker T. Washington defensive tackle Calvin Barnett moves up to No. 1.
"If he comes into camp in shape, he will play as a true freshman," Rivals.com analyst Barry Every said about the Oklahoma State commitment. "Kids this big and athletic do not grow on trees. Look for Barnett to become a three-year starter that excels at both pass rushing and stopping the run at the next level."
Cobbs, a Texas commitment, moved down to the No. 3 spot behind Austin Haywood. Haywood, an Oklahoma pledge, made a monster move up the rankings after a remarkable senior season. Haywood has legit size at 6 feet 4 and 245 pounds, and he displayed some very good hands. Haywood has more big-play ability than most tight ends in the nation, which is why he ended up ranked as the seventh best at the position.
Cobbs, who switched his commitment from Tennessee to Texas in late October, could line up at several different positions once he steps foot on the Texas campus. With his size, speed and talent, he could project everywhere from receiver to defensive back.
Mustang, Okla., offensive guard Bronson Irwin and Owasso, Okla., offensive tackle Trent Spurgeon round out the top five in the state. Irwin is an Oklahoma pledge and Spurgeon is heading to Arizona.
Tulsa and Oklahoma have the most commitments from players list with five, followed by Oklahoma State at three. Tulsa has always done a tremendous job locally, and this year is no exception.