Looking at some recently released recruiting rankings, for whatever they are worth. The line that forever sticks with me every time I read something like this is that these rankings are just like reading the odds at the horse track – the higher the ranking, the more likely a player pans out in college.

It was generally considered a down year for elite talent in the Washington area, but local colleges appear to be getting their share of highly-regarded prospects.

Montrose Christian All-Met guard Tyrone Johnson, a Villanova recruit, (Jordan Ruby for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC)

Maryland recruit Justin Anderson of Montrose Christian is the highest-rated Washington-area player at No. 50, with DeMatha guard James Robinson 59th and Episcopal forward Arnaud Adala Moto at No. 60.

Adala Moto was a first-team All-Met this past season, while Anderson and Robinson were second-team All-Mets.

From scout.com’s final rankings for the 2011 senior class:

Virginia Tech recruit Dorian Finney-Smith of Portsmouth, Va., at No. 25 is the highest-ranked player headed for one of the region’s college programs, followed by Georgetown recruit Otto Porter at No. 28, Maryland recruit Nick Faust of Baltimore at No. 49, George Washington recruit Erik Copes of Philadelphia at No. 57. Virginia Tech recruits C.J. Barksdale and Robert Brown are 74th and 97th, respectively, and Georgetown recruit Tyler Adams is 95th.

Among (formerly) local players, Montrose Christian All-Met guard Tyrone Johnson is No. 56. Quinn Cook, the 2010 All-Met Player of the Year at DeMatha, who played for Oak Hill Academy this season, was No. 36.