2007 is shaping up to be an exceptional year for talent in this area of the country and much of it will be on display this weekend in Atlanta. Here is a preview of the offensive stars expected to attend.
The deepest position in the south this year could quite possibly be running back and there will be no shortage of good ones on hand at Georgia Tech. The headliner is certainly Parkview's 5-star ball carrier Caleb King who has offers from every school in the country and will be able to take his pick come February. He was named MVP of the Army All-American Combine back in January and should be the early favorite to take home the honors this weekend as well.
King will be far from alone when it comes to ball toting talent in Atlanta though. There will be no less than five other backs on hand that already hold big time D-1 offers and those players include 4-star Jonathan Dwyer out of Marietta, bruising back Mike Davis from Newnan, the hometown standout Harvey English from Atlanta, Roddy Jones of Chamblee and Darius Marshall of Baldwin respectively. Any one of these players could step up to give King a run for his money and the competition at this position promises to be one of the most interesting ones on the field this Saturday.
The quarterback contingent should be led by a gunslinger from the Palmetto State. Willy Korn is already a 5-star on Scout.com and the Byrnes standout chose to end his recruitment last August by making a verbal commitment to the Clemson Tigers.
A few of the other signal callers expected to be on hand include Matt Moody of Fairburn, Zach Graham from Suwannee and super sophomore Justin Tuggle of Duluth. Moody is drawing attention from across the region and could pick up his first big time offer seemingly at any time. Graham towers over the field at a massive 6'5 and is one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the south. Last but certainly not least is dual threat talent Justin Tuggle who can make plays both inside the pocket and out and who also happens to be the son of Atlanta Falcons great Jessie Tuggle.
Some have argued that the Peach State possibly lacks an elite WR in the class of 2007, but it's also very deep across the board at the position overall and there will be plenty of D1 pass catchers on the field in Atlanta. Tifton's Israel Troupe, Baldwin's Wayne Bonner and Suwannee's Sidney Haynes lead the group expected to attend and should give the quarterbacks plenty of quality receivers to get the ball to. All three currently hold multiple big time offers and a strong showing in front of scouts at Georgia Tech could propel them into that elite category nationally as was referenced above.
The tight end spot is certainly a strongpoint in Georgia overall this year and were lucky enough to have some of the best players in the state join us on Saturday. Bailey Woods of Marietta and Bruce Figgins of Columbus are the two most noticeable names on a list that also includes Adam Nissley of Cumming, Nicolai Schwarzkopf of Chamblee and Brandon Barden of Lincolnton.
Woods became the first verbal commitment to the Auburn Tigers back in March when he turned down pledges from the likes of North Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech to skip across the state line and play for coach Tommy Tuberville. Figgins is a great blocking tight end and has already collected offers from the likes of Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Duke and Mississippi State. Both will be potential candidates for All-South honors when the squad is announced later this year and it should be fun watching the pair go at it this weekend.
Georgia has not been particularly known in the past for it's prowess in producing offensive linemen, but 2007 should be one of the better years in recent memory. It is an exceptional year for talent along the offensive front and we will entertain many of the state's best on Saturday.
Chris Little of Tarversville, Antwane Greenlee of Columbus, Nick Claytor of Gainesville and T - Bob Hebert of Norcross should provide the bulk of the beef on site at Georgia Tech this weekend. Little has already garnered 4-stars on Scout.com and schools across the south are waging a heavy battle for his signature but things look as if they could down to either Florida State or Georgia who are both in desperate need of offensive tackles.
Greenlee is another of the states best and he made an early commitment to the Seminoles himself before recently backing off of that pledge somewhat to heavily consider the Georgia Bulldogs. Massive Nick Claytor appears potentially close to committing to Georgia Tech and T-Bob Hebert is a Louisiana native with heavy Cajun roots that could possibly be headed home to LSU or maybe to Mississippi to play for Ed Orgeron and the Rebels.
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