All Region Southeast

Mario Williams leads the way on the All-Region Defensive Team and Chris Hawkins, Ernest Jones & Chad Green make Hot 100 region list!

This is the year to pitch and catch in the south. Talented quarterbacks and receivers dominate the Hot 100, and it was a challenge to pick just one quarterback and two receivers for / All-Southeast Team. With no dominant tight end in the south, we didn't pick two receivers; we picked three.

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It seems almost a crime to only be able to take one quarterback for a regional team when there are two that could be first team All-Americans. JaMarcus Russell of Mobile, Ala., is a 6-foot-5 magician with the ball. He has better-than-average mobility in the pocket and an absolute rifle for an arm.

Unfortunately for Mr. Russell there can be only one, and Chris Leak of Charlotte, N.C., is our choice as the first-team quarterback for the All-Southeast Team. Leak was one of the most prolific passers in national prep history. He has good mobility in the pocket and laser -ike precision with the football. He has a lightning quick release and throws the tightest spiral in the country. Both Russell and Leak have tremendous potential, but right now, Leak is the choice.

Lining up to catch passes will be the most talented group of receivers in years. Chad Jackson of Hoover, Ala., Sean Bailey of Alpharetta, Ga., and Andre Caldwell of Jacksonville, Fla., are the headliners in a deep class of receivers this year. Each possess excellent body control and explosive after-the-catch ability.

The choices for running backs were easy. Demetris Summers and Kregg Lumpkin are not only firs- team Southeast selections, they are / choices for All-American selections. Summers is the bigger of the two backs, and Lumpkin is the faster. Both players are game breakers.

There is a shortage of offensive tackles in the south this season, but there is a gluttony of talented interior linemen. Eric Young may be the only player of the group to play offensive tackle, but for the most part, this group of linemen will dominate the interior lines on the next level.

The strength of the first-team defense resides with the front four. Mario Williams and Joe Cohen are difference makers coming from the defensive end position. Dominic Lee and Carnell Stewart are capable of beating double teams on their own at defensive tackle.

Like offensive tackle, it is not a deep year for linebackers in the south, but the three at the top of the heap are as good as any in the country. Earl Everett and Ernie Sims of Florida are two of the best overall athletes in the country, and each may find himself at another position on the next level. There will be no such indecision for Tennessee's Daniel Brooks. Brooks is a demon in the middle that craves contact.

Brandon Owens is a first-team, All-American, and he has surprised some people by committing to Iowa State. Quentin Culberson is a big safety that is physically ready to play right away.

Dee Webb and Paul Oliver are shutdown corners that will have their work cut out for them in their careers covering a talented group of southern receivers, but these two will be ready for the task at hand.

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