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Texas could field best college football 'all-state' team in 2015

The top four states in producing draftees (in terms of where they went to high school) in the 2015 NFL Draft were Florida, Georgia, and California and Texas. Indeed, almost half the draftees were from those four states.

While those four states produced the most players in this year's draft, just look at what will be on college fields this season from those states. Eight of the top 15 offensive players and seven of the top 15 defenders hail from those states.

We decided to put together a full starting 22 of current college football players from each of those states, and here's what we came up with.


Overview: There's an extremely good offensive backfield, a better-than-it-looks secondary and some stars in the offensive line (Max Tuerk is the best center in the nation) and at linebacker (Scooby Wright is a big-play machine). Overall, though, this looks to be the second-best state.


QB Cody Kessler, USC
High school: Bakersfield Centennial

RB Devontae Booker, Utah
High school: Sacramento Grant Union

RB Royce Freeman, Oregon
High school: Imperial

WR JuJu Smith, USC
High school: Long Beach Poly

WR Nelson Spruce, Colorado
High school: Westlake Village Westlake

TE Austin Hooper, Stanford
High school: Concord De La Salle

OT Toa Lobendahn, USC
High school: La Habra

OT Kyle Murphy, Stanford
High school: San Clemente

G Chris Borrayo, California
High school: Paramount

G Alex Redmond, UCLA
High school: Los Alamitos

C Max Tuerk, USC
High school: Santa Margarita Catholic


DT Kenny Clark, UCLA
High school: San Bernardino Carter

DT Antwaun Woods, USC
High school: Los Angeles Taft

DE Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA
High school: Auburn Placer

LB Michael Barton, California
High school: Concord De La Salle

LB Jared Norris, Utah
High school: Bakersfield Centennial

LB Joe Walker, Oregon
High school: Palos Verdes

LB Scooby Wright, Arizona
High school: Santa Rosa Cardinal Newman

CB Adoree Jackson, USC
High school: Gardena Serra

CB Ishmael Adams, UCLA
High school: Westlake Village Oaks Christian

S Su'a Cravens, USC
High school: Murrieta Vista Murrieta

S Darian Thompson, Boise State
High school: Lancaster Paraclete


Overview: There is a shockingly high percentage of these guys who left the state to play college football. One thing: Florida, Florida State and Miami lost some stud underclassmen who would've been on this list, as did USC (Leonard Williams and Nelson Agholor). All four members of the defensive line are from south Florida -- and just one of them stayed in-state. Both wide receivers are sophomores, and QB Jacoby Brissett is inconsistent. This team is third-best among our quartet.


QB Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State
High school: Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
High school: Miami Central

RB Derrick Henry, Alabama
High school: Yulee

WR Charles Nelson, Oregon
High school: Daytona Beach Seabreeze

WR Artavis Scott, Clemson
High school: Tarpon Springs East Lake

TE Jonnu Smith, Florida International
High school: Ocala West Port

OT John Theus, Georgia
High school: Jacksonville Bolles

OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
High school: Lake City Columbia

G Trey Braun, Georgia Tech
High school: Tallahassee Leon

G Denver Kirkland, Arkansas
High school: Miami Washington

C Ty Darlington, Oklahoma
High school: Apopka


DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
High school: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
High school: Delray Beach Atlantic

DT Nile Lawrence-Stample, Florida State
High school: Fort Lauderdale Nova

DE Dadi Nicolas, Virginia Tech
High school: Delray Beach Atlantic

LB Skai Moore, South Carolina
High school: Fort Lauderdale University School

LB Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
High school: Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer

LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma
High school: Seffner Armwood

CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
High school: Tampa Wharton

CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
High school: Immokalee

S Karl Joseph, West Virginia
High school: Orlando Edgewater

S Keanu Neal, Florida
High school: Bushnell South Sumter


Overview: Other than Vadal Alexander, who might be the best guard in the nation, the offensive line is underwhelming. The same goes for the wide receivers. But Deshaun Watson and Nick Chubb make for an interesting 1-2 punch in the backfield, and there is talent along the defensive line and in the secondary, too. Top to bottom, though, this team is fourth among our quartet.


QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
High school: Gainesville

RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
High school: Cedartown

RB Shadrach Thornton, North Carolina State
High school: Hinesville Liberty County

WR Bug Howard, North Carolina
High school: Rochelle Wilcox County

WR Demarcus Robinson, Florida
High school: Fort Valley Peach County

TE Evan Engram, Mississippi
High school: Powder Springs Hillgrove

OT Bryan Chamberlain, Georgia Tech
High school: Albany Monroe

OT Eric Smith, Virginia
High school: Decatur Columbia

G Vadal Alexander, LSU
High school: Buford

G Brandon Kublanow, Georgia
High school: Marietta Walton

C Cory Helms, Wake Forest
High school: Alpharetta Milton


DE Carl Lawson, Auburn
High school: Alpharetta Milton

DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
High school: Loganville Grayson

DE Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
High school: Covington Eastside

LB P.J. Davis, Georgia Tech
High school: Cairo

LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
High school: Eastman Dodge County

LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
High school: Hamilton Harris County

LB Terrance Smith, Florida State
High school: Decatur Southwest DeKalb

CB Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech
High school: Newnan Northgate

CB Jonathan Jones, Auburn
High school: Carrollton

S Vonn Bell, Ohio State
High school: Rossville Ridgeland

S Tray Matthews, Auburn
High school: Newnan


Overview: Talent abounds at the skill positions, and the offensive line features two high-level senior offensive tackles and one of the best centers in the nation. The secondary is solid, and Pete Robertson is a big-play guy. But it's the defensive line that stands out. If that unit actually was put on the field at one time for one team -- my goodness. This is the best team among our quartet.


QB Trevone Boykin, TCU
High school: Mesquite West Mesquite

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
High school: Pflugerville Hendrickson

RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
High school: Allen

WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
High school: Richardson Pearce

WR Josh Doctson, TCU
High school: Mansfield Legacy

WR Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
High school: Mesquite

OT Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech
High school: Rockdale

OT Spencer Drango, Baylor
High school: Cedar Park

G Joseph Cheek, Texas A&M
High school: Seguin

G Alfredo Morales, Texas Tech
High school: Arlington Sam Houston

C Mike Matthews, Texas A&M
High school: Missouri City Elkins


DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
High school: Arlington Martin

DT Andrew Billings, Baylor
High school: Waco

DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
High school: Fort Worth Arlington Heights

DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
High school: Houston Bush

LB Ryan Simmons, Oklahoma State
High school: Cibolo Steele

LB Pete Robertson, Texas Tech
High school: Longview

LB Taylor Young, Baylor
High school: DeSoto

CB William Jackson, Houston
High school: Houston Wheatley

CB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
High school: Fort Worth Central

S Jalen Mills, LSU
High school: DeSoto

S Derrick Kindred, TCU
High school: San Antonio Wagner

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