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Here's a listing of the five players to make the biggest jumps between the first 2013 Texas Top 50 and the recently released Top 50, updated after the spring evaluation period.

Since three of the players weren't ranked, their starting spot was all listed as No. 51, or the first spot outside of the previous Texas Top 50.

LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni, Dallas Jesuit — 23 spots (Not Ranked to No. 28)

Mastrogiovanni's ascent came after watching plenty of film on the 6-foot-2, 230-pound middle linebacker. And the most impressive part of his rise might not be how many spots he rose, or even his ranking right now. But it just might be the guy that he's immediately ahead of: Reggie Chevis, a favorite on this site. Chevis has size on Mastrogiovanni, but Mastrogiovanni has athleticism and sideline-to-sideline range. And when he gets there, he isn't afraid to pad-up on the ball-carrier.

WR Robbie Rhodes, Fort Worth Southwest (Baylor) — 17 spots (No. 24 to No. 7)

This one was both needed, and coming. In the previous version of this list, Rhodes was the No. 8 wide receiver in the state, behind (in order): Ricky Seals-Jones, Derrick Griffin, Jake Oliver, Jacorey Warrick, Eldridge Massington, Ra'Shaad Samples and Gary Moore. That's just way, way too low for the recent Baylor commitment, who has both a Justin Blackmon-like body and outstanding speed. Rhodes's new ranking has him as the No. 3 wide receiver in the state, and the No. 4 overall skill position player behind Seals-Jones, Griffin and Tyrone Swoopes.

OL Joas Aguilar, Birdville (Texas A&M) — 17 spots (Not Ranked to No. 34)

Aguilar is somebody I hadn't seen a lot of when the first set of rankings came out. And while I'm not sure he's a left tackle, he does showcase enough skills to be a run-paving lineman either at right tackle or at a guard spot. Aguilar has outstanding physicality, and is one of those linemen who always seems to be searching for the next defender to destroy. That's an attitude I can definitely get behind.

WR Laquvionte Gonzalez, Cedar Hill (Texas A&M) — 14 spots (No. 26 to No. 12)

I've loved Gonzalez and his film all along, but when the first rankings were put out, there was some uncertainty about his best position. He played mostly running back at Cedar Hill, but his size meant that he wasn't an every down back. And while A&M projected him as a slot receiver, at that point, he had yet to truly display a wide receiver's skill set. Simply put: now he has. And that's why his ranking has jumped. Gonzalez continued to rise until finally I put him just one spot above DeSoto dynamo Dontre Wilson. And I did that because while Wilson has better speed, Gonzalez is a more complete player, and a more devastating player in space.

WR Quincy Adeboyejo, Cedar Hill (Texas A&M) — 12 spots (Not Ranked to No. 39)

Here's a story: player is rarely used as a junior, but with a skinny 6-3 frame, an ability to cut more smoothly than most 6-3 players and outstanding ball skills, he puts together a big senior year and goes on to become a top-notch college wide receiver. No, I'm not predicting the future. That's the story of former Cedar Hill wideout Dezmon Briscoe, who went on to star at Kansas. Briscoe is the player Adeboyejo is most-often compared to, and it's easy to see why (and also easy to see why A&M receivers coach David Beaty, who coached Briscoe at Kansas, had an eye for Adeboyejo). But Adeboyejo may actually be ahead of where Briscoe was at this point in his career. Briscoe went on to be arguably the best big-game receiver in Big 12 history. Whether Adeboyejo can achieve the same feat remains to be seen.

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