Road Trippin' The Peach State

As we continue to preview the class of 2007, Scout.com's Ryan Jordan will crisscross Georgia to bring you complete coverage of the top rising seniors in the Peach State. This first road trip of the year covered 612 miles and made stops in towns such as Jeffersonville, McRae, Tifton and Nashville.

One of the deepest positions in state this year is offensive line and this trip had a heavy OL flavor as four of our five stops were to visit big uglies.

Stop one landed me in Jeffersonville, the home of Scout.com Hot 100 member Chris Little. He's one of the most sought after prospects around this year and in the short time I sat in head coach Dexter Copeland's office, no fewer than three big time schools including Southern Cal and Ole Miss called to check on the 4-star player.



Chris has a body that's ready for the college action right this moment at 6'5 327 pounds. He's completely dominant on the high school level against Twiggs County's single-A opponents and has to battle complacency due to his sheer superior ability.

Little is on pace to graduate in December and by the time he has to announce his commitment, he should have his pick of almost any school in the country. Early favorites include Florida State, Georgia and Southern Cal

From Jeffersonville, I continued southeast down to the city of McRae where I encountered mammoth OL Tyler Bowen. While not as heralded as Chris Little, at a legit 6'7 310lbs, Bowen should be a household name by the time signing day 2007 rolls around.



Tyler carries a 3.9 GPA and has scored over 1500 on his SAT's. With grades like that, it's no surprise that schools with academic reputations such as Duke and Wake Forest are all over this big Georgian. The contact isn't limited to just the Blue Devils and the Deacons though, Bowen has heard from schools up and down the east coast including heavy attention from instate Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. He's definitely one to watch in the Peach State this year.

As I left McRae, I came back west a ways and made the drive down to Tifton and Tift County High School. This is the program that top junior wide receiver Israel Troupe represents and this speedy receiver is one of the best wideouts around. He stands 6'1 and is very muscular at almost 200lbs. His body is built to take the punishment that comes with playing that position on the next level and physically he appears able to contribute early.



Schools across the country are expressing extremely heavy interest in this South Georgian and one has already pulled the trigger on extending him a scholarship. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets became the first to put their bid on the table just a few weeks ago. You can bet they won't be the last.

Keep your eye on Izzie Troupe in '07…

Berrien County High School resides in a town known as Nashville, a mere 28 or so miles from Tifton and that was my next stop on the trip. The Rebels play on the AA level and their dominant player happens to be the University of Georgia's first verbal commitment for next year in the person of big OL Tanner Strickland.

One quick drive around the parking lot can make just about anyone realize part of the reason Strickland chose the Dawgs so early. The red "G's" were abundant on almost every vehicle you come across and as one of his fellow students student pointed out to me, "this is Bulldog Country." Like so many of his classmates, Tanner is a Georgia fan and I can only imagine the pressure he got from his peers to pick UGA.



Despite the early commitment, recruiters are still hot and heavy after this newest Bulldog. Schools such as the University of Florida and Notre Dame are all in contact with him on a regular basis but at this point it appears to be a pretty large long shot to change Strickland's mind.

Standing 6'4 315lbs, Tanner is a mobile OL who can get out of his stance and progress to the next level to engage linebackers and defensive backs. He's so versatile head coach Ross New even suggested, "were going to play him at fullback some this year because he's so athletic."

Georgia needs a lot of help along the offensive front and landing a player the caliber of Tanner Strickland is an outstanding start.

Stay tuned to Scout.com for more from this trip including interviews and brand new scouting film which will be out soon…

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