The process of completing all of the national player rankings took another major step toward being completed on Thursday with the release of the first set of three-star rankings for the class of 2006. More than 700 players have now been ranked from the five-star level to the three-star level and the state rankings for the entire country also have been updated.
Leading the way, as expected, were the big three states of California, Florida and Texas.
"This is an extremely strong year for talent in the Lone Star State from the bottom to the top," Rivals.com recruiting analyst John Talman said.
"If you look inside Texas, the Dallas Metroplex is especially loaded this season, but as always there are plenty of great players in Houston and in East Texas."
California had the most players on the Rivals100 and the three-star crop is extremely solid, according to Rivals.com Western regional analysts Rick Kimbrel and Greg Biggins. Kimbrel said to watch receiver Tyquan Knox, who is one of the fastest rising receivers in the nation, because he could be a four-star by the end of the recruiting process.
Biggins pointed out that Chane Moline of Mission Viejo, Calif., turned himself around after a disappointing NIKE Camp in Los Angeles and is now ready to have a breakout senior season.
Florida's solid three-star group was led by defensive tackle Reggie Odom, defensive back Preston Parker and Craig Stevens. Rivals.com analyst Mike Farrell said he thinks this is another quality crop in the Sunshine State.
"There's a reason why the nation's top programs always look to Florida first for talent," Farrell said. "Not only are there great players at the top of the Florida rankings, this three-star group in state is loaded with good players that should stockpile plenty of programs with big-time talent."
The launch of the three-star is one more piece in the rankings puzzle and the national position rankings will start on Monday with the release of the both the pro-style and the dual-threat quarterbacks.
On August 9, the running backs will be completed, followed by receivers/tight ends, offensive line and defensive line. The following week starting on August 15, defensive backs, linebackers and athletes will be launched one day at a time.
Then on August 22, Rivals.com will release its first list of top prospects for the class of 2007.