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January 26, 2006Late season surprises always happen in recruiting, and this year was full of those in the state of Texas. Several rising players highlighted the Rivals.com 2006 Texas postseason top 100.
The top three remained solid with the state's top player Sergio Kindle finishing the season strong and hanging on to his spot at No. 1. Five-stars Matthew Stafford and Eddie Jones, who will join Kindle as a future Longhorn, both had solid years and finished behind Kindle at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots respectively.
One of the biggest movers nationally and in the state rankings was Texas A&M running back commit Michael Goodson, who during the U.S. Army All-American Game proved he is one of the more explosive running backs in the country. Goodson became the top running back in the state of Texas and came in at the No. 4 position.
Future Oklahoma receiver Adron Tennell had an extremely strong senior season for his Irving team and put together 1,016 yards with seven touchdowns while playing through injury in the latter part of the year. Tennell cracked the top group at the No. 5 spot.
One of the biggest rising stars in the state and in the nation was Carrollton Creekview strongside defensive end Jeremy Beal, who went most of the summer without an offer. Beal went from an unknown gem to an overnight sensation with offers from all over after his film made its way to college coaches. Beal went from out of the Texas top 100 to an impressive No. 26.
Another big surprise was the performance of newly rated four-star Michael Crabtree, who also showed off his skills during his senior season. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, the Dallas Carter athlete showed off his freakish running abilities and quickness on film and was one of the more well-deserving players to get a boost. Crabtree came in at No. 22.
Crabtree's teammate Demarcus Love also cracked the final state rankings, coming in at the No. 99 position. Love showed off his mobility at the guard and tackle spots in high school and besides a late season injury, made a strong case as a top prospect in the state.
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