The Dean's List: Top 15 Players in Georgia
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Bacarri Rambo
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Posted Jul 8, 2007


ATHENS – In a monthly Dawg Post feature, Dean Legge ranks the top 15 players in the State of Georgia regardless of class.

Dean Legge's monthly look at the top overall players in the state of Georgia. The July Edition of The Dean's List includes two juniors and several committed players.

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15.
Cordy Glenn
Riverdale
Offensive Tackle

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Glenn is the top tackle in Georgia – I don’t think anyone else is close. He held his own with Griffin’s Toby Jackson last fall. Virginia and Georgia are fighting for him, and it’s easy to see why. Glenn is 6-6, 315 and has the smarts necessary to keep from getting your quarterback face down in the grass too many times during a game. Glenn doesn’t get challenged too often in high school contests.

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14.
Jonathan Davis
Tucker
Linebacker
Jonathan Davis
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St. Pius lost one of the finest football players ever to play for the Lions when Davis left there and went to Tucker. Davis plays running back and linebacker for the Tigers, but he’s a college linebacker all the way. He is the top junior defensive player in the state (at the moment), and plays for probably the top defense in the state. Keep an eye on this fabulous player from DeKalb County.

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13.
Dontavius Jackson
Running Back
Heard County
Dontavius Jackson
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Jackson has all the tools necessary to be a top running back at any of the schools he might pick in the coming months. Alabama, Georgia and Clemson are really fighting it out for him; one of those programs will get a running back with physical numbers right where you want them. Jackson carries the rock for Heard County a lot – we know he can take the beating for a full game.

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12.
A.J. Harmon
Lineman
Jefferson County
A.J. Harmon

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There was a time when I thought A.J. could be at or near the top of this list. He looked stunning at the Kennedy/CES Combine in February. That’s when I thought he was going to be an offensive lineman. Then, at the Scout.com Elite Camp in Atlanta, he was manhandled by Ben Jones. It’s not that A.J. was manhandled--Jones has done that to nearly everyone in his path--but that he was not eager to get back in that bothered me so much. I love A.J., he’s got an infections personality, but I want to see what he does against Cornelius Washington before I move him up the list.

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11.
Josh Jarboe
Cedar Grove
Wide Receiver
Josh Jarboe

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The first of a slew of wide receivers in-state who are highly talented, Jarboe is the most physically gifted of the group. At 6-4, 195, Jarboe is a big dude who can be molded into an all-conference player wherever he decides to play in college.

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10.
Zach Mettenberger
Oconee County
Quarterback
Zach Mettenberger

You want to be careful whenever talking about a quarterback because the hype gets started so fast. In my eyes Mettenberger earned his spot in this top ten with his performance over the length of the Mark Richt Camp at Georgia. He threw the ball tremendously on Saturday morning, but was steady all week long (his team participated in the seven-on-seven tournament that week, too). Mettenberger, who will be a junior this fall, is not Matthew Stafford, so get that out of your head. But he is the top quarterback in Georgia right now – probably the top one to come through the state since Blake Mitchell in 2003.

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9.
Brandon Boykin
Fayette County
Cornerback
Brandon Boykin

I’ve seen a lot of Brandon Boykin, so that may be one reason he’s so high on my list. Then again, maybe I am infatuated with the way he moves. He’s the top cornerback in Georgia – I don’t think there is much debate about that at the moment. Boykin is just what you’d want on the edge of your defense: a cornerback with great hips and speed. I want to see just how tough he is when he plays in pads in a real game, but unless he just falls apart, which he won’t, he’ll still be high on my list.

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8.
Jamoris Slaughter
Tucker
Safety
Jamoris Slaughter

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Tucker is totally loaded – don’t wonder why. They’ve got two of the top defensive players in the state on their side of the ball. People in DeKalb County are starting to wonder if the Tigers will get scored on this fall. Slaughter is the linchpin of the group. He’s not a huge guy (6-1, 180) and is as nice as they come. But he’s ready to hit you hard when you get on the field. I’d like to see him add mass and keep his speed. If he can do that, he’s going to be hard to stop at Notre Dame.

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7.
Toby Jackson
Griffin
Defensive Lineman
Toby Jackson

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A monster on the defensive line, Jackson seems more like a defensive tackle to me (and the Georgia coaching staff) than a defensive end. He struggled during the one-on-one drills I saw at the Scout.com Elite Camp in Atlanta earlier this season, but he continued to get up off the ground and fight on. I watched him last season coming off the end and was impressed, but I think he’s going to be too big to play outside in college, but he will be just right for the inside if he can keep his pads nice a low (he’s 6-4).

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6.
Bacarri Rambo
Seminole County
Safety
Bacarri Rambo

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Wow. I went to go see Rambo earlier this spring and watched about an hour of his film with his coach. Sitting down to watch film of a player is nothing new, but I was really impressed with what Rambo could do. He may be the top athlete in all of South Georgia. He plays quarterback and safety for Seminole County, but what struck me about his film what how smart he was on the defensive side of the ball. Nearly every time he got close to a ball carrier he was looking to strip the ball – he succeeded in doing that a lot. Maybe his film looked a lot better because he’s going up against single-A football players – maybe not.

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5.
Brice Butler
Norcross
Wide Receiver
Brice Butler

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I like the way Butler moves on the football field. He seems like a college-level receiver right now. Silky smooth is what he is, but with a little bit of size on him. I watched him play twice at the seven-on-seven in Athens a few weeks back, and I was impressed with what I saw physically. One could certainly make the argument that he’s the top receiver in Georgia.

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4.
Tavarres King
Habersham Central
Wide Receiver
Tavarres King

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The body of a college football player is vital to his success on that level. King may not have his body where it needs to be quite yet, but he’s working on it, and it has improved a ton since last summer. One thing is for sure (and it’s the most important thing for a receiver) King has the hands of a college football player right now. His pass-catching abilities rival Mohammed Massaquoi’s at the same time in his development, and that’s something hard to teach. If King gets stronger, which he probably will, he will be an outstanding receiver in college.

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3.
Cornelius Washington
Burke County
Defensive End
Cornelius Washington

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The first player to commit to Georgia is also one of the top playmakers in the state. I went to go watch Washington in a track meet earlier this spring. I went there thinking he would throw the shot put and maybe run a little. I was surprised to see him as the anchor for his 4 x 100 team. No one could catch him in that final leg, and it remains to be seen if anything short of an injury will be able to stop him this fall. He plays A.J. Harmon’s Jefferson County in the first game of the season. Harmon knows how difficult that assignment will be – just ask him.

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2.
Richard Samuel
Running Back
Cass
Richard Samuel

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Samuel is the top running back in Georgia. One could make the case that he’s one of the top linebackers in Georgia, too. Samuel committed to the Bulldogs earlier this spring. He did not get a lot of attention last season because he’s at a school, Cass, with very little football tradition. However, press play and watch him go – Samuel’s combination of speed and power is evident.

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1.
Deangelo Tyson
Statesboro
Defensive End

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In terms of raw talent, Tyson has the most in the state right now. He’s the top player in Georgia for a number of different reasons, but his ability to control the line of scrimmage of the Blue Devils has to be the top one. Tyson dealt with a knee injury last season, but is going to be full strength when the high school season starts in August. He’s committed to Georgia and wants to enroll early. He will fit nicely into Rodney Garner’s defensive line.

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