June 4, 2012

State's Top 50 released

The state of Georgia is experiencing no shortage of big time quarterbacks in 2013.

Brice Ramsey (Camden County), Anthony Jennings (Marietta), Johnathon McCrary (Cedar Grove), Joshua Dobbs (Alpharetta), and Parker McLeod (Walton) are all in the UGASports PreSeason top 50, and all have big time offer lists and the talent to make a serious impact at the next level.

Ramsey, a UGA commit, comes in as the fifth overall prospect in Georgia due to his ability to succeed in a variety of different offenses. He currently flourishes in the Wing-T at Camden, but could also be a star in the spread or pro style system at the next level.

The battle for number two was very close, but Jennings beat out McCrary mostly due to his mechanics, release, accuracy, and ability to throw on the run. McCrary, however, has as much or more upside than any quarterback in this class.

Dobbs is a sleeper who has big play potential. He has a solid arm, and excellent athleticism that could allow him to extend plays and find receivers behind the defense.

McLeod is as solid as they come at the quarterback position, and his game is literally without a weakness. He may not have an elite arm, but he anticipates well, is very accurate, and understands how to play the quarterback position as well or better than any quarterback in the state.

Big year for running backs

Elbert County's Tyshon Dye comes in as the top running back in Georgia according to UGASports in large part to his combination of size and speed. Dye has the ability to beat a team in multiple ways as he can run with power, bust the big play, and has arguably the best hands in the Peach State.

A couple of all-purpose backs, Alvin Kamara (Norcross) and Tyren Jones (Walton) are also in the top 20. While neither guy is considered big by any means, both are very powerful with lethal ability in the open field.

The last two running backs in the UGASports top 50 are Peyton Barber (Milton) and Keyante Green (Eagles Landing). Both are compact ball carriers with impressive offer lists that rely on their lower body strength to make plays.

Talent in the trenches

The top three players in the state of Georgia, and three of the best in the entire country, are all prospects that will play on the line of scrimmage at the next level.

Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Grayson), defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Dooly County), and defensive end Carl Lawson (Milton) are all five star recruits that are being pursued by programs from coast to coast, and all are a terror for opposing quarterbacks and ball carriers.

Mill Creek defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin is another defensive lineman to watch in this class, as the Rivals250 prospect is as technically sound as any player in the country on the defensive line and will only get quicker and stronger at the next level.

The first two offensive lineman in the UGASports top 50 are Walton offensive lineman and Georgia commit Brandon Kublanow, who is one of the most intense and strongest finishers in the country, and North Gwinnett offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour. Seymour is one to watch in 2012 as he made huge strides from game one to game ten in 2011, and will spend the entire summer working with his father, Oakland Raider All Pro defensive end Richard Seymour, out in California.

Georgia Tech has also had some success in the UGASports top 50, especially with linemen as they have already gotten commitments from the Tri Cities duo of Shamire Devine and Jeremi Hall. Both are mammoth linemen that can step in and help the Yellow Jackets right away.

Another lineman to watch in 2013 is Sandy Creek's Alan Knott. Knott is one of the most athletic linemen in the state, and could end up at guard or tackle at the next level. Regardless of position, he is a prospect that is flying under the radar and could end up being a steal in this class.

Defensive backs at the top

There is little argument that Newnan safety and Georgia commit Tray Matthews is the most intimidating defensive back in the state, but we also have him ranked as the top defensive back as well.

Matthews is followed by Ridgeland safety Vonn Bell and Kell cornerback Brendan Langley. Bell is an extremely athletic and instinctive safety that makes plays all over the field and could be a lock down cornerback at the next level. Langley is a do-it-all performer for Kell that could also be an all conference player at safety or wide receiver.

Also, don't sleep on Sandy Creek cornerback Shaquille Wiggins, who comes in at 14th. Wiggins is currently working with a small frame, but has broad shoulders and has the ability to put on the muscle mass necessary at the next level. Wiggins combines excellent length and instincts with extremely quick footwork and is poised for a huge senior year for the Patriots.

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