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December 5, 2010

Top 10: Out-of-state commits

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Bitter rivals Oklahoma and Texas took turns sneaking across the Red River and stealing each other's prospects, but the biggest theft was when Alabama marched into Orlando and left the Sunshine State with five-star safety Hasean Clinton-Dix.

Rivals.com's recruiting analysts break down the top 10 biggest out-of-state commits in the 2011 class.

Top 10 out-of-state commits
10) Brandon Williams, RB, Oklahoma Sooners
Williams highlights
School: Brookshire (Texas) Royal
Buzz: A five-star leaving his home state can't be ignored but keep in mind that Texas never offered Williams so despite his lofty ranking, he doesn't rank as highly as the others on this list. However, he is still one of the best out-of-state grabs in the 2011 recruiting class.

9) Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma Sooners
Metoyer highlights
School: Whitehouse (Texas)
Buzz: Metoyer is similar to Williams in that he hails from Texas and didn't have a Longhorns offer. However, he has to make this list because he's a national top 15 player with the potential to be a top 10 prospect. He could end up as the No. 1 player at his position with a strong performance at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A tremendous get for Oklahoma.

8) Josh Turner, CB, Texas Longhorns
Turner highlights
School: Oklahoma City Millwood
Buzz:Though Texas has done a great job locking up talent in the Lone Star State, it rarely goes outside its borders. Turner was an exception and, despite growing up just on the doorstep of the Oklahoma campus, he spurned the Sooners to commit to the Longhorns.

7) Christian Westerman, OT, Texas Longhorns
Westerman highlights
School: Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Buzz:Westerman could have gone to Arizona or Arizona State and been one of the biggest commitments in either program's history. USC was also considered a strong favorite for the high four-star prospect, but the 6-foot-5, 288-pound offensive tackle decided to commit to Texas in early April. Despite the Longhorns' struggles this season, Westerman hasn't backed away from his pledge and isn't expected to.

6) George Atkinson III, ATH, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Atkinson highlights
School: Livermore (Calif.) Granada
Buzz: Name a big-time program and Atkinson likely had an offer from it. USC, UCLA and California would have loved to keep him in-state and the rest of the Pac-10 wanted him badly, not to mention Alabama, Miami, Nebraska and others. But Notre Dame won the battle in the end and Atkinson is one of two Irish commitments to make this list.

5) DeAnthony Arnett, WR, Tennessee Volunteers
Arnett highlights
School: Saginaw (Mich.)
Buzz: Both Michigan and Michigan State coveted Arnett and each gave its best pitch to keep him in-state. But in the end it was Tennessee, thanks to early interest in Lane Kiffin and his staff, and a great closing job by Derek Dooley and Co.

4) Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Tuitt highlights
School: Monroe (Ga.) Area
Buzz: The U.S. Army All-American from Monroe (Ga.) Monroe Area holds offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech, but is taking his services to South Bend where he will play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The monster defensive end has remained firm to Brian Kelly's team throughout the 2010 season, despite the struggles on the field and some de-commitments.

3) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson Tigers
Watkins highlights
School: Fort Myers (Fla.) South
Buzz: Watkins is an electric wide receiver with great hands and size, and is capable of turning a short pass into a huge gain with his ability of making defenders miss after the catch. The South Fort Myers product is taking his services to Clemson where he hopes to light up the secondary of home state schools such as Miami and Florida State. At the time of his decision, Miami was the in-state school with the best chance of landing his services.

2) Mike Bellamy, RB, Clemson Tigers
Bellamy highlights and interview
School: Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte
Buzz: The Florida native is among the best backs in the nation and in the discussion for being the top offensive prospect in Florida in the 2011 class. While the Seminoles, Gators, and Hurricanes tend to keep their top offensive weapons home, Bellamy wanted to venture away from his home state for college and will take his services to Clemson. Bellamy has regularly shown interest in Florida throughout the process, but is expected to stick with Dabo Swinney and company.

1) Hasean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama Crimson Tide
Clinton-Dix highlights
School: Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
Buzz: Clinton-Dix is the top prospect in the Sunshine State but he will be taking his services to Alabama. The standout defensive back from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips spurned offers from Florida, Florida State and Miami to go to Tuscaloosa and play for Nick Saban. Florida State was the bridesmaid in the battle for his services.



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