Georgia's Countdown to #1: # 50 - 41

We have been counting down the Top 100 players in Georgia for the past week, and now things are starting to heat up as we hit the Top 50.

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 50-41.

#50 Micah Andrews
Running Back
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180 40: 4.4
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross)

Micah Andrews has the talent and the bloodlines. The son of former Atlanta Falcon great William Andrews, Micah will look to make a name for himself on the next level. Andrews rushed for nearly 1,800 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, and his good work has earned him scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Boston College, and LSU. Andrews is currently wide open among his choice of colleges.

#49 Tashard Choice
Running Back
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 200 40: 4.45
Lovejoy HS (Lovejoy)

Tashard Choice is a perfect example of why it is so important to see kids in person. On film, he looks like a wide receiver. He has excellent hands and runs good routes. In person, he is compact and quick. He is a running back all the way. He has earned several offers including Duke, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt.

#48 Steven Rogers
Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 165 40: 4.6
Evans HS (Evans)

Steven Rogers may be the most under appreciated prospect in the state this year. The the south is loaded with wide receiver prospects, and Rogers is one of the best. He is one of the quickest players in the nation, and his sub 4.0 shuttle times at several summer camps prove it. He has good speed, but his quickness is what separates him from the pack and from defensive backs. Rogers can run right at a db, give a head fake and be standing 5 yards away looking for the ball before the DB has even reacted, and the only thing that matches his quickness are his hands. Rogers currently likes Georgia and South Carolina the best, but he is wide open.

#47 Robert Reese
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 185 40: 4.4
Temple HS (Temple)

Robert Reese is one of the best athletes in the south. He plays quarterback for Temple, but he'll be a wide receiver or a defensive back on the next level. His numbers running the option for Temple are staggering. He had 1,300 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns on the ground. He has early offers from North Carolina and Vanderbilt, and more are on the way.

#46 Jon Abbate
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 235 40: 4.51
Harrison HS (Kennesaw)

The knock Jon Abbate is that he is "too short". Whoever tells him that better pray that he doesn't end up on his schedule in the near future. Abbate is a wrecking ball in the middle of the Harrison defense. Coach Cobleigh said that he may be the best player on the team, and that's saying something with 4 Hoyas currently committed to big time D1 schools. Abbate is built in the mode of Jesse Tuggle, Sam Mills and Zack Thomas. He's compact and strong as an ox with a 375 pound bench. Not convinced? Abbate runs a 10.9 100 meters for the Harrison track team and can dunk a basketball at 5-11 and 235 pounds. Is currently wide open, but lists Wake Forest as his favorite team.

#45 Cole Bennett
Tight End
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 230 40: 4.61
Dalton HS (Dalton,)

Cole Bennett would be one of the top tight end in any recruiting season, but he is especially valuable this season when there aren't many D1 caliber tight end prospects out there. He has an excellent frame, and he runs so well that he doubles at outside linebacker for Dalton as opposed to the standard defensive equivalent of defensive end. Has offers from Georgia Tech and Auburn and Bennett lists those 2 schools as his early favorites.

#44 Deante Battle
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 185 40: 4.4
Starrs Mill HS (Fayetteville)

Deante Battle plays the corner position with the bravado. Confidence is key when it comes to being able to recover from being beaten on a player which happens to even the best corners. It's how a corner recovers from an off play that makes them great, and Battle plays with confidence. He has a truckload of offers and will be an early graduate this December, making him even more valuable to a team. 

#43 Mike Heard
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215 40: 4.45
Lovejoy HS (Lovejoy)

Mike Heard plays defensive end for Lovejoy high school, and he plays it with explosion. He runs a true sub 4.5 forty and will be an outside linebacker at the next level. Last year he had 109 tackles and 9 sacks. He is very similar to last year's All-American from Banneker, Ty Cox. in that he plays defensive end in high school, but will be an outside linebacker in college. Heard is wide open when it comes to college choices. 

#42 Dustin Wade
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190 40: 4.9
Parkview HS (Lilburn)

One word will describe quarterback Dustin Wade: Winner. Wade is very similar to past SEC greats like Jay Barker and Danny Wuerffel in that neither were considered 5 star "prospects"; they were simply 5 star "players", which is what it's all about after all. Wade has an uncanny calmness in the pocket, a good arm, and a quick release. He is not going to beat you with his feet, but he is plenty mobile to avoid the rush and find a 3rd or 4th receiver downfield. His touchdown to interception ratio of 26/3 was one of the best in the nation, and it punctuates his ability to help his team win without making the costly mistake. Wade has a 15-0 record as a starter and looks to build on that this year. His favorites include Georgia, Florida, and Georgia Tech among others.

#41 Shelton Bynum
Offensive/Defensive line
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 307 40: 5.4
Cedar Grove HS (Ellenwood)

What are they feeding those kids at Cedar Grove? That is the question most heard when the subject of the monsters at Cedar Grove comes up. Shelton Bynum and Justin Wade are still left to anchor the line that lost fellow 300 pounders Jonathan Palmer and Marcus McNeill to graduation. Bynun, prefers to play defensive tackle, but his future may be at guard on the next level. Bynum has offers from Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Maryland, and lists Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Auburn as his favorites.

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