Here is a table of some of the very best players in the Class of 2007 for the Peach State. There are 58 players listed, and 46 of them already have video loaded*. The video isn't your typical run of the mill highlights either; the vast majority of it is crystal clear digital video shot with our very own cameras.
Georgia Class of 2007 - Full Table
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Georgia Class of 2007 - Full Table
Here are some of the players to look for:
Arguably the top prospect in the state this year is Green County's Josh Nesbitt. Nesbitt is a one man wrecking crew whenever he steps on the
Cameron Newton of Westlake is a big quarterback at 6-5 and better than 200 pounds already. He has a cannon right arm and runs extremely well. He is a raw prospect with a lot of tools and a lot of "upside".
Is there ever a completely bad year for running backs in the state of Georgia? It doesn't seem like it, but this year's crop will be stronger than usual. Caleb King of Parkview has been the talk of the internet for years already, and it's finally his turn to be recruited. Georgia and Auburn look to have the early lead for King.
One name not as familiar as King's is Kell's Jonathan Dwyer. Not as familiar yet I should say... just wait.... Dwyer is a big back with a little shake, good speed, balance and power. He is a complete running back that will pique the interest of teams all across the country.
There are several backs in the state that are not big backs in stature, but they are big on the field. Chamblee's Roddy Jones, Baldwin's Darius Marshall , and Griffin's do-it-all Bobby Rainey are all big time players.
It is a very good year overall for receivers including big tight ends. Jackson's Jonathan Keye is a player that might fit both bills on the next level. He is a huge target that could play wide receiver or tight end on the college level.
Rashad Tukes of Riverdale is an acrobatic wide receiver that knows how to use his body to get good separation. He looks an awful lot like Class of 2006 member Chris Slaughter of Peach County.
After not having many quality tight ends the past several years in the state of Georgia, there are now several to choose from. Walton's Bailey Woods has already picked up one offer (Georgia Tech), and offers from Tucker's Brandon Lampkin and Chattahoochee's Clint Boling can't be far behind.
I kept thinking that the Class of 2007 would not match up with the deep class of offensive linemen that the Class of 2006 had, but then as I started cutting up video on these guys, the Class of 2007 may actually be deeper. And there are still several players out there I know about that haven't seen yet.
Chris Little of Twiggs county is the best of the linemen that I have seen so far. He has the size and agility to be an offensive tackle on the next level.
Gainesville has two big men to keep an eye on. Nick Claytor is the left tackle, and he shows a great combination of size, athleticism and tenacity. Charles Wood bookends the other side, and he is a legit Division 1 prospect as well.
Antwane Greenlee of Hardaway is a player I've had an eye on since he was a sophomore, and he made great strides as a junior. He should be heavily recruited as well.
Peach County won a state championship, and the senior skill players got a lot of the credit for that accomplishment. Jeremiah Wright played a big role in that championship run. He runs as well as any lineman in the state this year.
Georgia has already picked up a commitment for the Class of 2007 in Berrien County's Tanner Strickland. He was a standout at their camp last summer, and garnered an offer before he had even begun his junior season.
Did we mention that skill players got a lot of the credit at Peach County? Well big defensive tackle Dion Armstrong certainly had a hand in that win as well. Armstrong is huge and mobile. He looks like the NFL nose guard that holds blockers while linebackers get all the credit.
Ted Laurent of McEachern is maybe the top defensive tackle in this class. Laurent does an outstanding job of controlling his man at the line of scrimmage with his hands, and then discarding him in order to make the tackle. He gets great penetration from his nose guard spot, and his uncanny ability to keep his feet in traffic and avoid cut blocks makes me think he has some wrestling in his background.
Allen Bailey of McIntosh County Academy has already been rated 5 Stars by Scout.com. At 6-4 and 245 pounds, Bailey is athletic enough to be a linebacker and fullback on his team, but he is likely to put his hand down and be a monster defensive end on the college level.
D.J. Stafford of LaGrange is a player with size and speed. When he puts it all together on the field, he can be scary.
If there's a Tray Blackmon or Darius Dewberry in the Class of 2007, I haven't
seen him yet, but there are still some great linebackers to be had. Rennie Curran of Brookwood is a player that some schools may hold his size against him
at 5-11/200. Those are the teams that are going to be kicking themselves if he
lines up against them in the very near future.
Danorris Searcy of Towers is one of the best players in the state no one has heard of. Searcy stands out at linebacker and running back, and he could do both on the college level. He plays with a defensive mentality though, and I think that's where he ends up, outside linebacker/strong safety.
Jonathan Massaquoi of Central Gwinnett is a big linebacker that could play inside on the next level. He runs from sideline to sideline and appreciates good contact.
Eric Berry of Creekside is another player that has made the Scout.com initial
Hot 100 nationally. The region player of the year as a sophomore, Berry is a
quarterback at Creekside, but he'll play another position on the college level.
He was the best corner at the Scout.com Combine last April.
Addison Williams of Westlake was another player at the Scout.com Combine that showed out last April. Williams supports the run and is very physical at the line.
The Class of 2006 was loaded with safeties, and the Class of 2007 has picked up right where the others have left off.
D.J. Donley of Charlton County is a long 6-4 and outstanding in coverage. He makes in game adjustments well, and shows he has a head for the game. He is a Pat Watkins/Greg Blue type of athlete for the Indians.
Morgan Burnett of North Clayton plays both sides of the ball at quarterback and safety. Burnett battled injuries as a junior, but he is poised for a huge senior season.
John Knox of Statesboro was instrumental in the Blue Devils' Championship run with big play after big play. Knox hits like a truck and is great in coverage.
Willie White of Camden County is another Wildcat to keep an eye on. White has
made a name for himself in south Georgia as a safety, but he showed in San
Antonio at the All-American Combine that he can be a weapon on offense at wide
receiver as well.
The Scout.com Communities have been buzzing about the Class of 2007 in the state of Georgia for over a year, and it's finally their turn. With Signing Day behind us and Camp and Combine season right around the corner, the offers will be flowing fast and furious for this talented bunch.
Don't go anywhere. This is going to be a fun ride!