October 25, 2006

There's a new top player in Texas

There's a new No.1 player in the Lone Star Recruiting Rankings.

After months of sitting in the No.2 spot in the Lone Star Recruiting rankings, Tray Allen has finally made it to the mountaintop and passed Mansfield Summit athlete John Chiles, who has held the top spot since the spring.

The five-star lineman from South Grand Prairie has dominated opponents on the field this season and with his combination of size, skill and upside, the decision to move him into the top spot in the rankings ended up being a no-brainer.

"At the end of the day, you take a look at all of the five-star prospects in the state and Allen is the guy that seems like the closest thing to a sure-fire future high NFL draft pick," a college coach that recruits the state of Texas said. "I look at him the same way I looked at Tommie Harris, Derrick Johnson and Roy Williams. You just know that barring injuries or something unexpected, this kid is going to make a lot of money some day."

In the 11 years that Lone Star Recruiting has done its rankings, there has never been an offensive lineman that finished the year as the state's top player, although current Texas starting offensive lineman Tony Hills was ranked as the state's top player in 2003 as a tight end.

While Allen and Chiles flip-flopped in the top two spots, the only other change in the top five of the rankings was the move by Plano East linebacker Keenan Robinson to the No.5 spot. The state's top defensive player has had an incredible senior season and recently earned Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Week honors after a 19-tackle performance that some close to the Plano East program feel like wasn't even close to the best game he's had this season.

Other players that made noticeable jumps in the latest release of the rankings are Irving MacArthur athlete Ron Brooks (from No.19 to No.11), Dallas Sklyline safety Christian Scott (No.21 to No.13), North Garland wide receiver Hubert Anyiam (from No.98 to No.37), Waxahachie offensive lineman Jason Hannan (from No.71 to No.45) and Leander athlete Curenski Gilleylen (from No.78 to No.47).

The Texas Longhorns continue to dominate the state in outing together what is currently regarded as the nation's top recruiting class. Mack Brown and Co. currently have commitments from seven of the top ten players in the state and 13 of the state's top 25 overall prospects. In fact, the Longhorns are currently the only school in the country with more than one commitment from the top 25 players on the list.

Click here for a full link to this month's updated Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list.




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