Review the July Edition of the Dean's List here:
15. Cordy Glenn
14. Jonathan Davis
13. Dontavius Jackson
12. A.J. Harmon
11. Josh Jarboe
10. Zach Mettenberger
9. Brandon Boykin
8. Jamoris Slaughter
7. Toby Jackson
6. Bacarri Rambo
5. Brice Butler
4. Tavarres King
3. Cornelius Washington
2. Richard Samuel
1. Deangelo Tyson
Now probably the top player Georgia needs to sign before he gets away, Glenn is a guy who could hold down the tackle spot in college for multiple years. Offensive tackles are very important, and Glenn is getting recruited that way. He may move up this list depending on how well he performs when I see him live, and when I get more tape in on him.
Tucker, it seems, has the best defense in the state and Davis may, arguably, be the top prospect for the Tigers. Some think he could be a fullback in college, and I don't doubt that, but why play him there when he can dominate at linebacker? Davis is a five-star target.
Still one of the top players in the state, just because Harmon is not in my top ten does not mean that he's not talented. It shouldn't go as a slight to him. Also, it depends on who you talk to about him as to where they think he should line up. I saw him line up at defensive tackle and get mauled by Georgia commit Ben Jones – that's hard to get out of your head when you are doing rankings. Still, I think Harmon would be a difficult-to-deal-with offensive lineman and will move him up this list if he takes care of Cornelius Washington in a few weeks.
Jackson is one of the few players to move up the Dean's List this month. Alabama and Georgia are in a, excuse me, dog fight for him. I wouldn't pay too much attention to Penn State and others who are recruiting him – this seems to be an SEC battle. Jackson ran a 4.45 40-yard dash twice in a row in grass. Now I know that's probably hand held by coaches, but that's fast.
I anointed Mettenberger as a top ten prospect last month going on my eyes only based on what he did during Georgia's camp in June. There was some speculation that he wouldn't even start this fall, but after talking with Oconee's head coach that was cleared up – Mettenberger is their guy. In the last month, Mettenberger, still young, got an offer from Florida State. That won't be his last offer. Expect them to pour in over the next few months. He is the best college-prospect quarterback in Georgia.
Should the Bulldogs somehow pull Jarboe away from out-of-state schools it would be a big deal. Landing three big-time receivers in one class is always a big deal, but to be able to put them with Matthew Stafford for a couple of seasons would be scary. With that said, it's not likely Jarboe will pick the Dawgs. I am going to watch Jarboe and the Saints play this fall, and will be watching film on them, too. Jarboe may give Butler and King a run for their money as the best pass catcher in the state when it's all said and done.
I just like Boykin. I think he could be a star at Georgia. He's not one of these typically small cornerbacks; he can fight a little on the line of scrimmage. Is he DeMario Minter or Paul Oliver – no, he doesn't have that sort of bulk or strength. Fayette County must have Boykin to have hope to win. He is their quarterback and best defender. I wonder just how good he could be when concentrating on defending the pass rather than throwing it, too.
Again, the Tigers are totally loaded. Georgia wanted Slaughter, but had to move on when he picked Notre Dame earlier this year. I don't think he will change his mind. Boykin and Slaughter could be reversed. It seems to me that Boykin is a better athlete right now, but that Slaughter may be a better defender at the moment. To a certain degree, like the rest of this list, late August games and scrimmages will help form my opinion. I'll keep you posted.
Toby Jackson is committed to Georgia. What that means to him and what that means to other players committed might be two different things. Still, the Bulldogs are in the lead. Jackson, to me, seems like a defensive tackle in college. I have seen him at end, and I think players like Washington are noticeably quicker and better at that spot. Jackson could line up and be a run stopper if he grows more. At the same time he could be an in-between player, like a Ray Gant, that can go back and forth between tackle and end. Still, his body combined with his playmaking abilities puts him high on my list.
Speaking of playmaking abilities Rambo may be the top overall athlete in Georgia. I think Brice Butler and Richard Samuel would have something to say about that, too, but Rambo just seems to be around the ball at all times making plays. That's the number one thing about a prospect. Do they have the body? Great. But can they make plays? That's the most important thing. Rambo can do just that. Rambo may be hell on wheels as an undersized college linebacker.
Speaking of making plays, King has to be one of the top offensive playmakers in Georgia. He's lean, but is getting bigger. His hands are impeccable, and after all that's one of the most important things for a receiver to have. Habersham should have a good team again this fall, and King is one reason why.
I've seen Butler more than any other prospect this summer – mainly because we have been at the same place at the same time on multiple occasions. Butler looks great out of pads. He's clearly an elite high school receiver. He can make plays, and is big enough to fight some at the line of scrimmage. The top receiver on this list may go back and forth this season between Butler and King. Only King will play at Georgia, however, and Butler is expected to go out-of-state, probably to USC. As good at Tucker's defense is – Norcross' offense may be better.
Cornelius Washington has been hurt for some time, and therefore he may be a little high on my list. After all most of what I am basing my ranking on here is his unstoppable performance at the 2006 Mark Richt camp. That was some time ago, but if Washington takes care of A.J. Harmon in a couple of weeks he will stay high on my list. That one-on-one match-up will speak volumes about the pair.
Samuel could climb the national ratings ladder if he has the type of year many expect him to have. He's still young, and could develop into a running back monster. The Cass star is a running back, but dominates on defense at linebacker, too. I hear he's not a bad goalie in the other football as well.
Everyone is high on DeAngelo Tyson, and the reason is that he is the top overall talent in the state. It's possible that Samuel could pass him in the rankings, but that doesn't seem likely. When Tyson was not hurt as a junior he was totally commanding – expect the same this season, which is his final at Statesboro.