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Thursday: East State Rankings
The Texas Top 100 is headlined by the nation's top receiver, Ricky Seals-Jones out of Sealy (Texas). Seals-Jones is a physical freak of an athlete, who just happens to also be a great football player. We have him rated as the best wide receiver in the country, and he has earned that right with his playmaking ability at the position, but with his size and growth potential he could actually play any number of positions in college."
The Missouri Top 20 is topped by St. Louis (Mo.) Burroughs running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Ohio State commit is a special back. He has the size of a power back, but the elite speed and quickness of the most slippery scat backs. He hits the hole with authority and will exploit any opening the line can create for him. He uses his hands well and can catch the ball coming out of the backfield.
In the Oklahoma Top 20, defensive end D.J. Ward out of Lawton (Okla.), stands on top, but not by much. The star defender is currently holding off fellow Oklahoma commitment CB/WR Stanvon Taylor as the top prospect on the list. Ward does a little bit of everything at the position. He is the first player from Lawton to be rated as the top player in the state since the inception of the Scout.com rankings in 2002.
The Kansas Top 10 is led by Stilwell (Kan.) Blue Valley offensive lineman Clay Rhodes. The Missouri pledge is a natural college tackle prospect. He has the length and frame that college coaches dream about and that is why offers came in for him from across the country. He is powerful at the point of contact and his quick feet allow him to protects his quarterback's blind side.
The Nebraska Top 5 has a newcomer at the top in Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest defensive tackle Christian Lacouture. A move from Texas over the summer vaulted him to the top of the Nebraska rankings over his new teammate OLB Josh Banderas. Lacouture plays the game with great technique. He has the strength and frame to possibly grow in to a defensive tackle once he gets to college, but the skills and quickness of a defensive end.