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Georgia's Countdown to #1: # 60 - 51

It cannot be questioned that Georgia is one of the most talent laden states in the nation. No one covers Georgia like <a href="http://borderwars.theinsiders.com/">BorderWars</a>, and we are in the middle of our countdown to #1 for the best players in Georgia. Today we count down 60-51.

When college football fans think of the top talent producing state the big 3 jump to mind right away: Texas, California, and Florida. Those three states once again led the nation in sending college kids to division 1 schools. According to StudentSports, California had 290 D1 signees, Texas 371, and Florida 178. Next on the list may come as a surprise to all but the most die-hard recruitniks: Georgia, with 111. Statistically speaking, Georgia is closer to Florida than Florida is to Texas or California.

It cannot be questioned that Georgia is one of the most talent laden states in the nation. No one covers Georgia like BorderWars, and we are in the middle of issuing our Top 100 for the state. Today we count down 60-51.

#60 Deonte Burnam
Linebacker
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 230 40: 4.7
Dooly County HS (Vienna)

Deonte Burnam can best be described as a tackling machine. He will be a 4 year starter before his career is over, and he has piled up over 500 tackles going into his senior year. good size at 230 pounds and excellent lateral movement with a 4.31 shuttle time. Burnam lists Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia as his favorites right now.

#59 Gary Springer
Defensive End / Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 200 40: 4.7
Creekside HS (Fairburn)

Gary Springer is a strength and conditioning coach's dream. At 6-7 and 200 pounds with a 4.7 forty time, he is not immediately ready to play any position other than wide receiver, but drop 40-60 pounds on him over the course of the next 5 years, and you're looking at a Julius Peppers at defensive end. Like Peppers, Springer is also a standout basketball player. Springer is listing Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, North Carolina among others as his favorites.

#58 Jeff Busbee
Linebacker
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 230 40: 4.7
Houston County HS (Warner Robins)

Stories are starting to surface about a man eating linebacker in Warner Robins named Jeff Busbee that almost sound like urban legends. Busbee already has an offer from Army, and several schools are on the hook. While Busbee has the "linebacker" mentality on the field, he is a 4.0 student and has already scored a 1,300 on his SAT. With further evaluation, Busbee could jump up this list. Busbee likes Stanford and Vanderbilt along with Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Army among others.

#57 Chase Goggans
Kicker
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 160 40: 4.6
Coffee County HS (Douglas)

Chase Goggans should probably be higher on this list as one of the best kickers in the land. Coach Bobby Bowden learned the hard way about the importance of having scholarship kickers, and since then FSU has had some of the best kickers in the nation. Goggans will look to add to that recent history as a Florida State commitment.

#56 Zach Richardson
Quarterback
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 210 40: 4.8
Lassiter HS (Marietta)

Zach Richardson has the potential to make the biggest jump on this list. Physically, he has all of the tools. At one recent summer camp, he was easily the 2nd best looking quarterback prospect on the field, and the participants included 2 QB's that were invited to Student Sports' Elite 11 Camp in California. This is his first year as a starting QB after backing up County passing leader Patrick Brown last year. If he puts it all together on the field, Richardson will be the top QB prospect in the state this year. Richardson camped at Georgia, Tennessee, and Auburn, and is currently wide open.

#55 Warren Gooden
Defensive Tackle
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 305 40: 5.01
Americus HS (Americus)

Warren Gooden is a load in the middle. In the battle of staying low, Gooden has an advantage over almost anyone he plays against. At 5-11 and 305 pounds, he is almost impossible to move backwards and will be an excellent run plugging defensive tackle on the next level. He has an early offer from Auburn, but claims Georgia as his favorite team.

#54 Jarvis Jackson
Linebacker
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 40: 4.5
Washington HS (Atlanta)

Jarvis Jackson is another linebacker that lives for contact. At a recent practice, Jackson glided along the line of scrimmage before unloading on the hapless running back that had just begun to make his cut up-field. The hit brought the requisite cheers from his teammates and coaches as they watched, and Jackson got up with a smile. Jackson is a bit of a tweener with his size. He could play linebacker or strong safety, but he looks most comfortable at linebacker. He has Has several D1 offers and likes Georgia Tech, Clemson, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, West Virginia, and Virginia. 

#53 Breon Ford
Cornerback 
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 169 40: 4.5
Pepperell HS (Lindale)

Breon Ford is one of the top running backs in the state, but his future position will be corner. Ford is self aware enough that he knows where his future lies and he has been working hard in summer camps at his new position. He looks like a natural in cover drills, but needs some seasoning. He will only get better from this stage of his career. Lists Auburn as his leader and also likes Georgia Tech and Georgia among others. Ford's older brother Sidney is a running back at Georgia Tech.

#52 Jimmy Barthmaier
Quarterback
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220 40: 4.70
Roswell HS (Roswell)

Jimmy Barthmaier will jump up this list if he decides to concentrate on football. He is projected to be a 1st round draft pick in next year's amateur baseball draft. With a big frame and a 95 mph heater, Barthmaier has all of the tools to play QB at the next level. With Major League Baseball's future in question, college sports may become more and more attractive. Barthmaier lists Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina as his 3 favorites.

#51 Joey Sturdivant
Athlete
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185 40: 4.45
Parkview HS (Lilburn)

Joey Sturdivant will do his best Jeff Francoeur impersonation this year as he steps into the void created by the Georgia Player of the Year. Sturdivant has all of the tools to get it done. At 6-2 and running a sub 4.5, he has more than enough speed, and he has experience at several different positions including safety, running back, and wide receiver. He will be the main go to guy in the air. Sturdivant is a winner who has 4 championship rings in the past 2 years as he has been a major part of Parkview's back to back State Champion football and baseball teams. His father played linebacker at SMU, and Sturdivant has an offer from the Mustangs. He lists his top 5 as Georgia Tech, SMU, Stanford, Michigan, and Maryland.

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