Dallas Goedert, a junior on the Britton-Hecla High School basketball team in Britton, S.D., was named Athlete of the Week by Aberdeen American News in February 2012. He was asked about his favorite athlete and team, among other things.
"Aaron Rodgers" and the "Green Bay Packers."
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Goedert was an unranked, unrated and unknown recruit from the tiny town in northeastern South Dakota. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end and unicycle master had zero scholarship offers and opted for a walk-on opportunity 140 miles south at South Dakota State. After racking up 21 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 receiving yards for the Jackrabbits, Goedert is, unsurprisingly, the top 2018 NFL Draft prospect from the state of South Dakota.
Who else joins Goedert as the top 2018 draft prospects from their respective states?
Hometown on team's official roster was used. States without a 2018 NFL Draft prospect: Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Alabama – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Hometown: Auburn, Ala.
A native of Auburn who spurned the Tigers for the Tide, Evans was the 14th-ranked overall recruit and is widely considered a top-20 prospect.
COMPARE: Rashaan Evans to Any Draft Prospect
Arizona – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Five-star 2015 recruit Christian Kirk wasted no time in becoming one of college football's most dynamic players. One year after toying with defenses in Arizona, Kirk racked up 1,789 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns as a true freshman.
The Saguaro High School playmaker was the No. 1 prospect from Arizona.
COMPARE: Christian Kirk to Any Draft Prospect
Arkansas – Joshua Frazier, DT, Alabama
Hometown: Springdale, Ark.
Joshua Frazier made numerous trips down Highway 71 from Springdale to Fayetteville during his high school career at Har-Ber High School but he opted for Alabama over Arkansas.
The state's top-ranked 2014 recruit had 15 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss for the Tide last year.
COMPARE: Joshua Frazier to Any Draft Prospect
California – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
The top-ranked pro-style passer in 2015 and third-ranked California recruit, Josh Rosen starred at St. John Bosco High School before arriving at UCLA.
A top-10 prospect, Rosen twice threw for more than 3,500 yards in college.
COMPARE: Josh Rosen to Any Draft Prospect
Colorado – Sam Jones, G, Arizona State
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.
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He appeared headed to Oregon after two visits but shifted to Arizona State during his senior season at ThunderRidge High School.
COMPARE: Sam Jones to Any Draft Prospect