Georgia's Countdown to #1: # 30 - 21

We're getting closer to the Countdown to the top 10. Be sure to get your guesses in for the top 10 players in Georgia for a shot at winning a full year of Total Access Pass. Here are players 30-21

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 30-21.

#30 Fernando Velasco
Offensive Line
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 325 40: 5.3
Jefferson County HS (Louisville)

Fernando Velasco is a big, powerful interior line prospect that has the size to contribute right away at guard. He is not a track and field type guy that is going to run a 5.0 forty, but the biggest testimonial that could be given to Velasco came from a coach that had his Top 100 lineman at Georgia's summer camp. He said, "My guy was probably the second best lineman there behind that Velasco kid. Velasco committed top Georgia shortly after that camp.

#29 Tim Cesa
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 230 40: 4.65
Harrison HS (Kennesaw)

Tim Cesa is a great overall athlete that played outside linebacker last year. He teams with Jon Abbate to form one of the best linebacking combos in the nation. Harrison's defense is geared towards the middle linebackers, and Cesa is poised for a huge year moving in to pair with Abbate. Cesa has good height and speed, and he is solidly built at 230 pounds. He chose Maryland 2 weeks ago over a host of other offers.

#28 Danny Verdun
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 230 40: 4.7
Thomson HS (Thomson)

Danny Verdun is one of the fastest rising prospects on this list. His first offer came late this summer, but since Georgia made the first offer, Auburn and Colorado have hopped on the bandwagon. He has good size to play inside or outside, and he has excellent footwork that come from playing football. His soccer position is aptly named "Stopper".

#27 Sean Dawkins
Running Back
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 220 40: 4.53
Parkview HS (Lilburn)

Every year there is at least one player that is not getting the play from colleges that he deserves. Sean Dawkins is that player to this point this year. Sure he plays behind the number 1 offensive line in the nation, but that doesn't change the fact that he is a 220 pound sledgehammer at tailback. He ran a 4.53 at Georgia's camp this summer, has excellent hands out of the backfield, and covers the field sideline to sideline at linebacker. He doesn't have any offers yet, but it's only a matter of time.

#26 Josh Thompson
Defensive Tackle
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 289 40: 4.97
Statesboro HS (Statesboro)

Josh Thompson played a big part in propelling Statesboro to the state title as a junior, and he's back bigger and stronger than ever this year. He shattered the Nike Camp record for reps of 185 in the bench with 56 reps. His record didn't last long that day as a sophomore from Tennessee did 62, but Thompson's mark was 8 better than anyone else had ever done. He has exceptional quickness for a player of his size, and he has the ability to make an early impact at the next level. Thompson was Auburn's first public verbal.

#25 Ken Shackleford
Defensive Tackle
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 305 40: 5.01
Villa Rica HS (Villa Rica)

Ken Shackleford could end up being one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the state this year. At 6-5 and 305 pounds, he has the ability to play on either side of the ball early on the next level, but his first love is defense. 


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