The football talents from Texas are in full focus in 2013 after Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham secured the honor of being rated as the top player in the region to go along with his rating as the No. 1 player in the country in 2012.
This season Lone Star State standouts like Ricky Seals-Jones, A’Shawn Robinson, Keith Ford, Robbie Rhodes, Justin Manning and Tyrone Swoopes form a regional top six just ahead of this year’s top Show Me State phenom Ezekiel Elliott.
The battle for the top player in the Midlands will likely rage deep in to the 2012 season and pour over to the post-season high school All-American contests with players like Seals-Jones, Robinson and Ford all fighting for the the top spot. Currently all three players find themselves rated in the National Top 20. The edge currently belongs to ‘RS-J’, but the margin of separation is minute.
Seals-Jones has the size and pedigree of a future NFL star. He lined up mostly at quarterback and safety as a junior, but should get a chance to work on his future craft this season, as he is slated to slide out to the receiver with the development of a new team quarterback.
Robinson showed his explosive abilities on front of the national crowd at the The Opening. He made some of the NFL coaches in attendance look small. When he is motivated he plays like the top player in the country. He finds himself one spot below Seals-Jones in the regional and national rankings.
Ford has all the skills, but could be on pace to put up some huge numbers this year after missing some time with injury in 2011. He has the size to wear down defenses, but also possesses home-run ability. He is smart and patient and shows quick feet in the hole, a combination that allows him to slip tackles and make big plays."
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