Rivals Rankings Week: States with most prospects in Rivals250
The updated RIvals250 for the 2024 class has been released and while the majority of states that make up the top five have remained the same, Alabama has replaced Pennsylvania as the No. 5 state in terms of Rivals250 talent.
While Georgia has narrowed the gap since our initial release, Florida still has a dominant lead with 52 prospects in the updated Rivals250. It is followed by Georgia with 40 prospects, Texas with 32, California with 21 and Alabama rounds out the top five with 11 players in the updated Rivals250 for the 2024 class.
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FLORIDA - 52 prospects
While Florida still has a massive lead with 52 prospects in the new Rivals250 the gap has narrowed from 14 more prospects than the No. 2 state down to 12. Desmond Ricks, the nation's No. 2 prospect, leads the group as one of nine five-stars in the 2024 class and he remains the only five-star defensive back in the nation. Florida also leads all states in five-star production with three of the nation's nine five-stars residing in The Sunshine State.
With 14 of the top 50 and 25 of the top 100 overall players residing in the state, this Florida class remains phenomenal from top to bottom. Rivals250 newcomers from the state include Terek McCant, Brandon Jacob and Jordan Pride. There were also two major risers from The Sunshine State in Dylan Stephenson who jumped 85 spots to No. 59 overall and Eddy Pierre-Louis who made the state's biggest leap up 96 spots to No. 89 overall.
GEORGIA - 40 prospects
Georgia is a mainstay in terms of producing Rivals250 talent. Its 2024 class which impressed during our initial rankings release is only getting stronger with two additional Rivals250 prospects in the updated rankings. Defensive end Alex Cunningham is the new class headliner and comes in at No. 10 overall as the nation's highest ranked four-star.
The Peach State has five Rivals250 newcomers in Dwight Phillips, Wendell Gregory, Kylan Fox, Walter Matthews and Jakhari Williams. Athlete Mike Matthews has become the name to watch in Georgia as he made an insane 135 spot leap and is now the No. 38 overall prospect in the 2024 class.
TEXAS - 32 prospects
Texas is another regular in the top five for Rivals250 talent, but unlike the recently signed 2022 class where it finished as the state with the most Rivals250 talent, Texas currently sits in the No. 3 spot in terms of 2024 standouts. Defensive end Colin Simmons remains the headliner as the No. 1 overall player in the 2024 class.
While Texas only gained two additional spots in the Rivals250, they added an impressive seven newcomers to the list with offensive tackle Michael Uini leading the way and making his debut at No. 100 overall. The biggest mover from The Lone Star State is outside linebacker Justin Williams who made an impressive 104 spot jump to No. 136 overall.
CALIFORNIA - 21 prospects
California remains in the No. 4 spot in the latest rankings update and increased its number of Rivals250 players by one with a total of 21 prospects making the cut. Quarterback Julian Sayin remains the class headliner as a five-star and jumped one spot to No. 4 overall
California had three players make their Rivals250 debut in Brandon Baker, Dakoda Fields and Jason Mitchell. USC outside linebacker commit Dylan Williams made the sixth-biggest jump of the entire 250 by moving up 133 spots to No. 82 overall.
ALABAMA - 11 prospects
Alabama replaces Pennsylvania to move into the top five and has 11 Rivals250 prospects total. While the state is producing plenty of elite talent, the class headliner Kavion Henderson comes in at No. 84 overall and it currently lacks some of the star power that other top states are producing.
The state is especially strong at defensive back with three of its 11 Rivals250 players coming from the defensive secondary. Outside linebacker Sterling Dixon is the state's lone Rivals250 newcomer and makes his debut at No. 239 overall.