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Florida might have best college football 'all-state' team


It should surprise no one who follows college football that California, Florida and Texas produce the most NFL players.

To that end, we decided -- with a tip of the cap to -- to pick all-star college teams from those three states. But in an effort to be truer to the "the best players come from ..." maxim, we took it a step further: Our teams are made up only of players who played high school ball in those three states. In other words, because Florida State Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston played high school ball in Alabama, he is "ineligible" for our Florida team.

A quick perusal of the teams shows that numerous players left their home states to play college football. For instance, just look at the Florida receiving trio, which should make any fan salivate: Tampa native Nelson Agholor, Miami native Amari Cooper and Fort Lauderdale native Rashad Greene. But only Greene stayed "home" for college, signing with Florida State. Agholor went to USC (as did Daytona Beach native Leonard Williams) and Cooper trekked to Alabama.

Some other takeaways:

» All three states are a little light along the lines, especially the Florida offensive line. The Florida defensive line, though, is the best of the three.

» Texas has the best offensive line, but the Texas linebackers are -- by far -- the weakest of the three states.

» Florida is strong at the skill positions; conversely, for a state that produced two first-round quarterbacks earlier this month ( Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater), the state won't have a lot of proven quarterbacks playing college ball this fall.

» Two of our Texas wide receivers play college ball in the Pac-12. And only one of our Texas offensive linemen plays in the Big 12 -- and he doesn't play for a Texas school.

» Of our three California wide receivers, only one plays in the Pac-12 -- and he plays for Utah.

» The deepest position for each state seemed to be wide receiver. We easily could've gone five or six deep with high-level talent at that position in each state.

Here are the teams.

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QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State

High school: Pleasanton Foothill

RB Byron Marshall, Oregon

High school: San Jose Valley Christian

RB Jaamal Williams, BYU

High school: Fontana Summit

WR Dres Anderson, Utah

High school: Riverside J.W. North

WR Deontay Greenberry, Houston

High school: Fresno Washington Union

WR Josh Harper, Fresno State

High school: Stockton St. Mary's

OT Jamil Douglas, Arizona State

High school: Cypress

OT Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State

High school: Watsonville St. Francis Catholic

G Hamani Stevens, Oregon

High school: Hemet

G Max Tuerk, USC

High school: Rancho Santa Margarita Santa Margarita

C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

High school: Encino Crespi Carmelite

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DE Brock Hekking, Nevada

High school: Vacaville

DT Travis Raciti, San Jose State

High school: Pleasant Hill College Park

DE Tony Washington, Oregon

High school: Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos

LB Addison Gillam, Colorado

High school: Palo Cero Foothill

LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA

High school: Fresno Hoover

LB Derrick Malone, Oregon

High school: Colton

LB Hayes Pullard, USC

High school: Los Angeles Crenshaw

CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

High school: Chino Hills

CB Marcus Peters, Washington

High school: Oakland McClymonds

S Su'a Cravens, USC

High school: Murrieta Vista Murrieta

S Derron Smith, Fresno State

High school: Wilmington Banning

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QB Rakeem Cato, Marshall

High school: Miami Central

RB Duke Johnson, Miami

High school: Miami Norland

RB Karlos Williams, Florida State

High school: Davenport Ridge Community

WR Nelson Agholor, USC

High school: Tampa Berkeley Prep

WR Amari Cooper, Alabama

High school: Miami Northwestern

WR Rashad Greene, Florida State

High school: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi

High school: Lake City Columbia

OT Avery Young, Auburn

High school: Palm Beach Gardens

G Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers

High school: Jacksonville White

G John Miller, Louisville

High school: Miami Central

C Cody Waldrop, South Carolina

High school: Seffner Armwood

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DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

High school: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

High school: Delray Beach Atlantic

DT Leonard Williams, USC

High school: Daytona Beach Mainland

DE Dante Fowler, Florida

High school: St. Petersburg Lakewood

LB Denzel Perryman, Miami

High school: Coral Gables

LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma

High school: Seffner Armwood

LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia

High school: Tampa Jefferson

CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

High school: Tampa Wharton

CB P.J. Williams, Florida State

High school: Ocala Vanguard

S Traveon Henry, Northwestern

High school: Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest

S Karl Joseph, West Virginia

High school: Orlando Edgewater

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QB Bryce Petty, Baylor

High school: Midlothian

RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State

High school: Frisco Liberty

RB David Cobb, Minnesota

High school: Killeen Ellison

WR Bralon Addison, Oregon

High school: Missouri City Hightower

WR Antwan Goodley, Baylor

High school: Midland

WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford

High school: Dallas St. Mark's

OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

High school: Allen

OT Daryl Williams, Oklahoma

High school: Corinth Lake Dallas

G Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

High school: Houston Westside

G Cyril Lemon, North Texas

High school: Marble Falls

C Mike Matthews, Texas A&M

High school: Missouri City Elkins

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DE Mario Edwards, Florida State

High school: Denton Ryan

DT James Castleman, Oklahoma State

High school: Amarillo

DT Aaron Curry, Nebraska

High school: Keller Fossil Ridge

DE Cedric Reed, Texas

High school: Cleveland

LB Paul Dawson, TCU

High school: Dallas Skyline

LB Steve Edmond, Texas

High school: Daingerfield

LB Frank Shannon, Oklahoma

High school: Dallas Skyline

CB Quandre Diggs, Texas

High school: Angleton

CB Jalen Mills, LSU

High school: DeSoto

S Sam Carter, TCU

High school: Alief Hastings

S Chris Hackett, TCU

High school: Tyler John Tyler

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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