The #1 linebacker prospect in the South?

<b>Jae Thaxton</b> is a candidate for the #1 linebacker in the South spot. He has three early offers. Where do the Dawgs fit in?

Jae Thaxton - LB

6-2 / 220 / 4.7
Hartwell, GA - Hart County 

School Preferences: Georgia and Florida State lead LSU, Notre Dame, and Miami among others

  • Junior Stats: 151 tackles, 5 sacks, and 13 tackles for loss. 201 tackles as a sophomore.
  • Other Sports: Basketball. Plays center and averages about 12 rebounds per game.
  • Offers: Georgia, Florida State, and Clemson
Profile 2004 - Jae Thaxton (LB)

The class of 2003 was without question the year of the wide receiver, and the class of 2004 for looks to be the year of the linebacker. Jae Thaxton is a player who will be battling for the title of #1 linebacker in the south before it's all said and done. He has an amazing total number of tackles going into his senior year.

"He had 151 tackles for us this past year," said former coach Gregg Segraves. "He had 201 tackles as a sophomore. He was bothered by some muscle spasms early last year, and teams started scheming around him, so his numbers were a little bit down for him."

At 6-2 and 220 pounds with 4.7 speed, Thaxton is a true middle linebacker, and he will be one of the most heavily recruited players in the state of Georgia this year. He already has three big time offers, and more are sure to come.

"He's been offered early by Georgia, Florida State, and Clemson," said Coach Segraves. "He went to summer camp at FSU last year. He was supposed to go to Clemson's junior day last week, but he is still in the basketball playoffs with his team, so he couldn't make it."

Thaxton plays center for Hart County's basketball team at 6-2, and he averages roughly 12 rebounds a game for a team in the state semi-finals this weekend. Tenacious is a good word to describe him.

Who is in line to pick up this linebacker? Like many of the top prospects, he will have a host of schools early, but two stand out right now.

"I'm hearing the most from Georgia and FSU," said Thaxton. "I want to try and camp with both of them this summer. Those are my two favorite schools. I also like LSU, Notre Dame and Miami. Those are my top five, and I'm also looking a little bit at Tennessee and Clemson."

Thaxton is a prospect that gets it done on and off the field. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and the standout student athlete has big things ahead of him in the future.

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