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November 12, 2002
State Rankings Week continues
Rivals.com State Rankings Week continues with the unveiling of four more updated rankings for the states of Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma. The Indiana ranking is a new addition to Rivals.com, and there were plenty of changes in the other states.
But let's start with the Indiana Top 10, where the Midwest's No. 1 quarterback, Clayton Richard, headlines this year's crop of recruits. Richard is ranked as the top player in the state ahead of Notre Dame receiver commitment Jeff Samardzija and Purdue defensive back pledge Bernard Pollard.
Indiana also has two commits in the state top 10 with pledges from defensive end Joel Stubblefield and receiver Nick Sexton. Both are ranked at No. 9 and No. 10 respectively.
The North Carolina Top 25 remained mostly intact, but there was one major shake up.
Morgantown (N.C.) Freedom receiver Chris Jefferson leaped up the charts from the No. 22 spot to the No. 9 spot in the state. On senior film, Jefferson displays an amazing pair of hands and the ability to run solid routes and separate from defenders. It's no wonder that teams like Boston College, Clemson, Colorado, Vanderbilt and Virginia are fighting for him.
The Oklahoma state ranking went from a top 25 to a top 30 with the addition of several fast risers.
Sapulpa, Okla., receiver Rodney Brown proved that four-star recruit Carl Pendleton isn't the only stud at his school and Brown has pledged to play at Oklahoma State. Currently the Cowboys have commitments from six players, including the highest ranked player in the state to make a decision in athlete Donovan Woods.
In the Georgia Top 50, a few players have proven their worth with strong senior seasons and made nice moves up the chart.
Maybe the most notable change came near the top when linebacker Dana Graydon of Albany Dougherty moved up to the No. 14 spot. Graydon is quickly becoming one of the Southeast's top recruits with Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Louisville chasing after him.
Rockmart, Ga., standout back Danny Ware also moved the list at the running back spot and is ranked as the state's No. 34 player but likely will be moved over to the linebacker spot this next ranking period.
"I don't really have a preference," Ware told UGASports.com.
"Most schools were recruiting me as a linebacker anyhow so that's cool. I love their style of defense and I think I can make some big plays. I've worked hard to put myself in this position and now I'm going to work even harder to make sure I make the most of it."