In-state representation in final Scout 300
Jan. 12, 2012
With national signing day coming up on Feb. 1, Scout released its final "Scout 300" ranking of the top prospects in the country on Thursday.
In somewhat of a surprise, top in-state prospect Andrus Peat of Corona del Sol, an offensive lineman, dropped from five-star status and the top 10 overall to No. 51, one spot behind the final five-star player in Scout's rankings. Peat is now the ninth-ranked tackle nationally but still holds the top spot among all in-state prospects.
Not far behind Peat are Chaparral running back/cornerback Davonte' Neal, Scout's No. 74 player overall and the fifth-ranked cornerback, and Saguaro running back D.J. Foster, the No. 104 player overall and the ninth-ranked running back.
Neither Peat, Neal nor Foster has announced a college commitment, although Peat has already eliminated both Arizona and Arizona State from his list of potential destinations. Foster recently named ASU, USC and Cal as his finalists.
Also seeing a significant drop in the rankings was Chaparral quarterback Connor Brewer, who fell from 127th overall to 200th. Brewer, who has been committed to Texas since before his senior season, is now the No. 11 quarterback nationally.
Hamilton safety Reggie Daniels, an Oregon commit, is the last of five in-state players in the Scout 300, coming in at No. 213 overall.
The highest-ranked player headed to one of the in-state schools is ASU-bound tackle Evan Goodman (out of Lakeland, Fla.), who is now the No. 112 prospect nationally and the No. 16 tackle.
There are no other ASU or Arizona prospects in the top 300; Goodman is the only player in either school's class given four stars by Scout. Uncommitted dual-threat quarterback Devin Fuller, who has been heavily pursued by Rich Rodriguez at Arizona, is 88th overall.
In the revised team rankings, Scout has ASU 47th and Arizona 78th.
-- Matt Swartz