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July 18, 2011
Preseason State Rankings:
One five star. Ten four stars. Two Rivals100 prospects. Ten members of the Rivals250.
In some states, this type of annual talent output is unthinkable.
In Louisiana, it's par for the course.
Always among the top producers of FBS and BCS-conference signees, the Pelican State, which sent 351 players to BCS leagues from 2002-11 (ranking it 11th ouf of 50 states)) is loaded again in the Class of 2012 with star power at the top and dozens of others who eventually will land at major colleges.
Monday marks the release the Rivals.com preseason rankings for Louisiana (along with four other states), and it is no surprise which player occupies the top spot.
That would be Landon Collins.
A five-star safety from Dutchtown High, the not-yet-committed Collins is an exceptional talent who combines great speed with terrific overall athleticism, great instincts and a high football IQ. As a junior, he finished with 96 tackles and five interceptions.
During the offseason, Collins has continued to impress.
Actually, that's an understatement. More accurately, he has wowed.
Most recently, while competing at Nike's The Opening camp in Oregon, Collins first won the SPARQ National Championship with a 143.76 score and then performed at an equally high level in 7-on-7 competition.
Weakside defensive end Torshiro Davis of Shreveport Woodlawn, one of six four-star players from Louisiana currently committed to LSU, which once again is doing an exceptional job in its own backyard, checks in at No. 2. The other four stars pledged to the Tigers are athlete Davante Bourque of Crowley (No. 5) ,defensive end Ronnie Feist of Edgard West St. John (No. 8), tight end Dillon Gordon of River Ridge John Curtis (No. 10), athlete Lamar Louis of Breaux Bridge (No. 11) and cornerback Dwayne Thomas New Orleans Perry Walker (No. 6).
State rankings for Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey and Utah have been unveiled. New Jersey actually ranks one spot ahead of Louisiana over the past 10 years in BCS-conference signees with 399. That state's top prospect in this class is five-star strongside defensive end Darius Hamilton of famed Don Bosco Prep. He's the No. 1 player nationally at his position.
Look for the state rankings from Alabama, Virginia, South Carolina, New York, Tennessee and West Virginia on Tuesday.