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October 12, 2011Middle Tennessee may not be considered a traditional hot bed for college football talent but with each passing year, the area has attracted the attention of college programs from all over the nation. Nearly 60 prospects from the area have signed with FBS programs over the past three years and several members of the class of 2012 currently hold FBS scholarship offers as well this fall.
In late May, VandySports.com published its annual Mid-State Top 15 prospect ranking for the 2012 class. Today, with the high school regular season nearly complete, the website releases an updated version of the ranking.
Based out of the Nashville area, VandySports.com is a strong follower of the middle Tennessee high school scene, with publishers attending several mid-state games each fall. The Mid-State Top 15 rankings are based upon player evaluations and recruiting activity.
VandySports.com plans to issue the final edition of the ranking just before February's National Signing Day.
Blackman running back I'Tavius Mathers remains as the No.1 overall prospect in the mid-state according to VandySports.com, while McGavock phenom Caleb Azubike moved up to No.2 after debuting in the Rivals.com national Rivals250.
Three prospects make their debut in the rankings in the updated version, including Franklin High quarterback Matt Kuivinen. The 6-foot-4 signal caller is enjoying a strong year for the Rebels and has emerged as a BCS conference target this fall. Another BCS level quarterback prospect, C.J. Beathard of Battle Ground Academy, also makes his debut in the rankings this go-around.
New Arizona State receiver commitment Al Thompson gives the Brentwood Academy Eagles three prospects inside the Top 10, joining Stanford offensive line commit Graham Shuler and Virginia Tech defensive line commit Woody Baron.
Smyrna standout Brandon Hathaway, BGA two-way player Blake Thomson and Hunters Lane lineman Antonio Head dropped from the rankings in the update. Other prospects such as Hendersonville quarterback Hunter Brown, Ensworth defensive backs Rodney Edmiston and Keshonn Carter, Independence kicker Landon Foster, Fairview two-way prospect Logan Cavender, Franklin receiver David Page and Gallatin big man Tre Haynes were also considered for the new ranking.
VandySports.com's 2012 Mid-State Top 15 prospect rankings