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July 26, 2004

Alabama top 25 highlights latest state rankings

Roll Tide Roll or War Eagle are two of the best cheers in college football, and if the Crimson Tide or the Tigers can reel in some impact members of the Rivals.com Alabama Top 25, then you might hear those yells all the way from Florence to Mobile.

Leading off the list is actually a Bayou Bengal that has been transplanted in Stevenson, Ala. Chris Keys, a four-star safety that is already committed to LSU ran into some off the field troubles, and eventually landed on his feet at North Jackson High School.

The day he moved to Alabama, he became easily the top player in the state. That's because few players in the nation, let alone Alabama, posses the amazing ball-hawking ability that Keys does.

At No. 2 in the state is Mobile Davidson defensive end Gabe McKenzie. Some schools like him at tight end, but McKenzie (6foot-3 and 218 pounds) can also be easily seen as a play-making defensive lineman. Florida, Florida State, LSU and Miami are his top teams now, but both Bama and Auburn continue to lurk on his list.

Montgomery (Ala.) Trinity tight end Tommy Trott is ranked as the No. 3 player in Alabama. He's followed by Pelham, Ala., receiver Montez Billings and Athens, Ala., defensive tackle Wes Brown. Brown is already committed to Tennessee.

The Colorado Top 12 is lead off by two Rivals100 members and Denver Mullen teammates. Meet running back Maurice Greer and offensive center Jesse White. Greer, who is 5-11 and 195 pounds, lists Colorado and Kansas State as his leaders, and White, who is 6-3 and 290 pounds, has already committed to UCLA.

Colorado has landed a commitment from the state's No. 4 player, Aurora Rangeview d-lineman Maurice Lucas, while K-State has commitments from two top 10 players - athlete Zac Robinson of Littleton Chatfield and linebacker Ross Diehl of Castle Rock Douglas County.

The top of the Washington Top 15 is crowded with plenty of blue-chippers, but Olympia Timberline running back Jonathan Stewart leads of the list and is one of the nation's top rushers.

"The more I see him, the more in awe of him I am," Timberline coach Kevin Young said. He's so good right now but the scary thing is he can get even better. As he continues to grow and mature more, he's going to be incredible and he already is now."

Cornerback Leon Jackson of Pasco is ranked as the state's No. 2 player, followed by linebacker Anthony Felder of Seattle O'Dea and linebacker E.J. Savannah of Bellevue. All three of those players are ranked as four-star prospects.


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