Rivals.com released the state player rankings for Missouri and Minnesota Wednesday. At the top of the Missouri list is four-star receiver D.J. Hord from Kansas City powerhouse Rockhurst High School. Minnesota's top player for 2005 is Eden Prairie defensive tackle Walker Ashley.
Hord, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound do-it-all receiver, headlines the Missouri Top 20, a list littered with early commitments.
"I guess I just use my size and my speed to make a lot of plays," Hord said. "I've worked hard to add some weight and keep my speed where it's at. That way I can no only be a deep threat, but also a possession type receiver."
There are seven players on the list that have already made commitments, including five players that have made commitments to the Missouri Tigers. The Tigers' top in-state get is the No. 2 player receiver Chris Brooks of Hazelwood East. The Tigers also have high-profile pledges from the No. 4 player, North Kansas City defensive lineman Tarell Corby, and No. 5 player, Kearney linebacker Brock Christopher.
Iowa State has snagged Missouri's No. 11 player in Bonne Terre North County tight end A.J. Haase. Stanford has a commitment from the No. 12 player, Kansas City Pembroke Hill tight end Ben Ladner.
Ashley leads off the Minnesota Top 10. Ashley was an all-conference, all-metro, and all-state selection his junior season. His father Walker Lee Ashley played for Penn State and in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings.
The state's No. 2 player is Roseville Cretin-Derham Hall offensive lineman Rafael Eubanks. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive guard is also ranked as a four-star prospect. Tight end Joey Hiben comes in at the No. 3 spot. He has major offers from teams all over the nation, after earning all-county honors as a junior.
Minnesota has three commitments on the list. The Golden Gophers top in-state get to this point is James Laurinaitis, a linebacker from Plymouth Wayzata. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is the state's No. 5 player.