Georgia Prospect Watch: August/September

ATHENS - Dean Legge takes a look at this month's high school games you need to be at to see future Dawgs in action.

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Toby Jackson Lithia Springs at Griffin 8/30/2007

To say Toby Jackson's commitment to Georgia came out of the blue in June is a bit of an understatement. Jackson visited the Dawgs on a junior day. While Georgia had identified Jackson as one of the state's top players last year, they were never considered the leader for his signature. Alabama and others may still be recruiting Jackson hard, but he seems headed to Georgia.

Cornelious Washington Burke Co. at Jefferson Co. 8/31/2007

Georgia commit Cornelious Washington matches up with highly-touted A.J. Harmon in this rivalry game. The schools are only miles apart, and these two will be going head-to-head with one another – rare for a high school game. Will Washington's speed be too much for the massive Jefferson County product, or will Harmon have his way with Georgia's first commit?

Bryce Ros Kennesaw Mt. at Walton 9/7/2007

Most Georgia fans already know that Frank Ros, Bryce Ros' father, was the captain of the 1980 national championship team. Now, the younger Ros, who committed to the Dawgs in June, says it's time to "bring the national title back home to Georgia." You can see just what Ros has to offer and also check out 2009 Walton star David Paulsen, too.

Zach Mettenberger Oconee Co. at Winder-Barrow 9/7/2007

Matthew Stafford is the quarterback for the here and now at Georgia, but Zach Mettenberger seems to be in consideration as the quarterback of the future. A 2009 right-handed signal caller from Oconee County, Mettenberger's mother Tammy has worked in the football office since her son was in high school. She may wind up getting a chance to see him more often in the future – expect the Bulldogs to offer this tall prospect as soon as they can. Mettenberger is the best quarterback to come out of Georgia in years, and if Mark Richt offers, it would be hard to think that Mettenberger would turn it down.

Jonathan Davis Tucker vs. Lakeside (ATL) 9/14/2007

When I called Tucker, my old high school, during the spring to ask about some of the top players in DeKalb County I wanted to know more about Jonathan Davis. What I didn't know was that Davis had transferred from St. Pius to Tucker – giving the Tigers one of the top defenses in the state. Like his uncle Mitch Davis, young Jonathan is a linebacker – and a good one, too.

JC Lanier E.C.I at Toombs Co. 9/21/2007

Most people don't even know where ECI is, but recruiters will be going to the small Georgia town in droves to see 2009's JC Lanier. A powerful defensive tackle, Lanier was one of if not the top defensive tackle at the Mark Richt Camp in June. He's one of the few players to hold his own with Ben Jones, and that's really saying something because Jones was almost unstoppable.

Ben Jones Bibb Co. (AL) at Brookwood 9/21/2007

If you missed the film of Ben Jones' dominating performance at the Atlanta Elite Camp you should log onto his player profile and see what he did to make a name for himself. If you decide to see Jones for yourself the weekend Georgia plays at Alabama expect the same sort of dominance. Bibb County is only a 30-minute drive from Tuscaloosa.

Jonathan Owens Plainview (AL) at Susan Moore 9/21/2007

Sleepy Susan Moore, Alabama is in the middle of nowhere – just get out a map and look. With that said, it's even harder to figure out how Georgia's Rodney Garner found Jonathan Owens. Owens won't be challenged at the level of high school ball he competes at. He plays tackle in high school, but he's a college guard all the way.

Cordy Glenn Riverdale at Mt. Zion 9/27/2007

Two highly-thought-of prospects will be competing in a rare Thursday night contest. Riverdale's Cordy Glenn and former Georgia commit Martin Ward will show their stuff, and you can bet college coaches will be there to see it. Ward is an explosive running back with cat-like moves. Glenn may be the top pure offensive tackle in Georgia, which makes him a top target of the Dawgs.

Christian Robinson G.A.C. at Buford 9/28/2007

Georgia's coaches didn't have to look all that far last fall to find a linebacker they were interested in. Christian Robinson got enough exposure thanks to the number of coaches Caleb King had coming through to see him. Robinson may not be a five-star recruit, in fact rates him as a two-star prospect right now, but he's the type of linebacker who can play at multiple spots, which is just the way John Jancek and company like it. Robinson even plays a little defensive end and tight end for GAC, which means he does what is needed for his team to win.

Richard Samuel Cass at Cartersville 9/28/2007

This city fight will feature one of Georgia's commitments, four-star running back Richard Samuel, and one who could be in the future – 2009's Donavan Tate. This will be a good chance to take in Samuel who is considered one of the top 100 players in the country. Tate's father, Lars, will be in the stands watching a future Georgia running back - wonder what he will think about Samuel? Young Tate plays safety and wide receiver for Cartersville, but is also an excellent baseball player. Don't forget to watch Samuel at linebacker, too - he's not bad there, either.

B.J. Brand Coffee Co. at Lowndes 9/28/2007

Georgia target B.J. Brand would be the focus of any Georgia fans who travel to South Georgia to watch this game. Brand is considered one of the top guards in Georgia. He committed to the Bulldogs in January, but decided to take a look around later in the spring. Lowndes' Greg Reid completes the impressive trio of talent in this classic 1-AAAAA match-up. He is a 2009 prospect.

DeAngelo Tyson Statesboro at Lakeside (AUG) 9/28/2007

Five-star rated DeAngelo Tyson committed to Georgia early in the spring. He's the third player from Statesboro in the last two years to commit to the Bulldogs, but according to most he's the best of that trio. Tyson was hurt much of last season, however, and his Blue Devil squad had a very disappointing end to the season. They expect to be back as a force in the playoffs this fall. When watching Tyson expect to see double teams, which is not abnormal; also expect to see Tyson have his way with Augusta's Lakeside – they don't have the linemen to compete with him, but then again who does?

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