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2012 Prospect Ranking

UGASports Top 30 for 2012

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Rank Name Pos Location Stars Ht Wt School
#1Jonathan TaylorDT
Millen, GAJenkins County

Taylor has the ability to play on either side of the ball at a high level. He could be a dominating run blocker at offensive guard, but his true value is as a defensive tackle that can take on blockers and also make plays in the backfield. One lucky defensive coordinator will build his team around this massive, yet athletic lineman.

4 stars6'4"315Georgia
#2Geno SmithDB
Atlanta, GASt Pius X School

Smith continues the Atlanta area tradition of producing tall cornerbacks. Had 47 tackles, eight interceptions and 14 pass breakups while playing running back as well. The best pure corner the state has produced since Greg Reid.

4 stars5'11"180Alabama
#3Josh Harvey-ClemonsATH
Valdosta, GALowndes

Some see Clemons as a tall wideout, some as an explosive outside linebacker. Either way, his upside is through the roof. In an offense that only threw the ball 124 times, Josh caught 21 passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, Josh had 109 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, three passes defended, and a fumble recovery.

5 stars6'5"208Georgia
#4Jordan JenkinsDE
Hamilton, GAHarris County

Could be state's top pass rusher - right now. Had 89 tackles and 10 sacks this year, even though he played out of position as a 3-4 DE. Very strong and his willingness to learn and compete increases his chances for success at the next level. Jenkins could easily move higher up this list by expanding his pass rush repertoire.

4 stars6'3"245Georgia
#5Deion BonnerDB
Columbus, GACarver

Bonner is a physical cornerback who could also play safety for some schools. had 9 interceptions as a sophomore, but only two this year as teams did not throw his way.

4 stars5'11"185Tennessee
#6Ricky ParksTE
Hogansville, GACallaway

Incredible athlete who was thrust into playing QB for first time ever after Quan Bray transferred to Troup. Parks ran 93 times for 693 yards and 12 touchdowns and completed 52-of-113 passes for 1053 yards and eight touchdowns in an option offense. Will play tight end at the next level.

4 stars6'3"230Auburn
#7Dakota BallDT
Lindale, GAPepperell

Ball is a high motor lineman who plays with good leverage, quick feet, and uses his hands well. Two way starter on defensive line and tight end, tallying over 100 tackles on defense. Ball could transition into a solid offensive guard if he does not stay at defensive tackle.

3 stars6'2"292Alabama
#8Leonard FloydDE
Eastman, GADodge County

Floyd has great size, length and athleticism. Could play weakside DE or an OLB in some schemes. Had 81 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks last year. Also had a solid year as a hybrid WR/TE. Compared to 2010 Peach State prospect Neiron Ball, but already two inches taller.

4 stars6'4"215Georgia
#9Greyson LambertQB
Jesup, GAWayne County

Tall, lanky quarterback who can see the entire field from the pocket, and has the arm strength to make any throw he wants. After switching from a wing-T offense to a more passer friendly scheme, Lambert threw for 1991 yards and 20 touchdowns.

3 stars6'5"195Virginia
#10Quinteze WilliamsDE
Tyrone, GASandy Creek

At 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, Williams a great frame that could allow him to play strongside DE, or grow into an impressive offensive tackle. The same was said about Stephon Tuitt last year, so do not be surprised if Williams becomes one of the better DL in the south for 2012.

3 stars6'4"295Florida
#11Dillon LeeLB
Buford, GABuford

While most pegged tackling machine A.J. Johnson from Gainesville as the best defensive player in AAA last year, Dillon Lee was my pick based on his ability to make game changing plays on either side of the ball. Lee caught 13 passes for 349 yards and eight touchdowns on offense and recorded 71 tackles (eight for loss), three sacks and five interceptions on defense. Could play tight end or outside linebacker at next level, but I see him growing into a hard-nosed inside linebacker in college.

4 stars6'4"220Alabama
#12Jarontay JonesDE
Stone Mountain, GAStephenson

Jones has developed from a pure pass rusher into a more balance DE as a junior, with 90 tackles, 16 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, and 2 fumble recoveries for the Jaguars. Jones has still not reached his potential, and once he improves his technique and discipline, he could move up this list.

3 stars6'2"240Virginia Tech
#13JaQuay WilliamsWR
Tyrone, GASandy Creek

This Heard County standout is a big target who uses his incredible leaping ability to win almost every battle when the ball is in the air. His speed has improved since his sophomore year, and his route running got better every week. Right now Williams is the top wide receiver in Georgia for 2012.

4 stars6'3"204Auburn
#14Jordan WatkinsDT
College Park, GAWoodward Academy

Already one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the southeast, Watkins has put in a lot of work to develop his body over the last year. Watkins could be a solid DE for some teams, or a pash rushing interior lineman as well. He had roughly 70 tackles, with five sacks and 15 tackles for loss las year.

4 stars6'5"265Stanford
#15Vadal AlexanderOL
Buford, GABuford

Top offensive lineman on the state champion Buford Wolves squad, Alexander has great size and strength. He is a mauler who is tough to beat in the run game once he gets his hands on the defender.

4 stars6'6"310LSU
#16Kenyan DrakeRB
Powder Springs, GAHillgrove

Versatile running back with exceptional top end speed who could also play slot receiver at the next level. Had 140 carries for 1024 yards with 12 TD's and 44 catches for 600 yards and eight touchdowns.

4 stars6'1"195Alabama
#17Dalvin TomlinsonDT
McDonough, GAHenry County

Strong as an ox, Tomlinson had 76 tackles, seven and a half sacks, a fumble caused and two recovered. Tomlinson is also a state wrestling champion.

4 stars6'2"270Alabama
#18C.J. CurryWR
Flowery Branch, GAFlowery Branch

Big physical wide receiver who is able to win most battles with smaller cornerbacks. Could also play safety in college.

4 stars6'2"210Oklahoma St.
#19Justin TaylorRB
Atlanta, GANorth Atlanta

Powerful, compact running back ran for 820 and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, and 1490 yards and 9 touchdowns as a junior.

3 stars5'10"205Kentucky
#20Ukeme EligweLB
Stone Mountain, GAStone Mountain

Great frame and athleticism, Eligwe totaled 121 tackles, three sacks, 15 tackles for loss, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries last year.

4 stars6'3"210Florida St.
#21Jason CroomWR
Norcross, GANorcross

Tall, athletic wideout who also starred in basketball for Norcross. Does a nice job being physical to get more yards after the catch.

4 stars6'5"212Tennessee
#22Chaz ElderDB
College Park, GABanneker

Tall defensive back who is equally adept at coverage and run support.

4 stars6'2"180South Carolina
#23JaFar MannDT
Stone Mountain, GAStephenson

Saw Mann over a year ago, and still not sure which side of the ball he projects best to. Regardless, Mann has a great motor and gets a great push at the line of scrimmage.

3 stars6'4"275Florida
#24Kenno LoyalRB
Decatur, GAColumbia

Another strong, compact RB that can break tackles using his powerful lower body.

3 stars5'10"234Mississippi
#25Joe HarrisOL
Lithonia, GALithonia

Harris did a great job toning his body in the last six months, and it shows. He has great feet for a 300-pound guard.

4 stars6'4"320South Carolina
#26Jonathan JonesDB
Carrollton, GACarrollton

The 5-foot-10 athlete is very explosive; look for ACC and SEC schools to offer him once his film gets out and they see him in the spring.

3 stars5'10"165Auburn
#27Brandon GreeneOL
Ellenwood, GACedar Grove

If this impressive looking offensive lineman puts it all together, look for him to skyrocket and become one of the more sought after tackles in Georgia.

4 stars6'6"280Alabama
#28Mike HiltonATH
Tyrone, GASandy Creek

Hilton is a defensive back/running back who also offers great value as a return man. Great talent who overcomes lack of elite height with explosiveness.

3 stars5'9"175Mississippi
#29D.J. WhiteDB
McDonough, GAUnion Grove

Physical cornerback that also has soft hands and solid reaction skills. White had 25 tackles, three interceptions along with 13-pass deflections.

3 stars5'10"180Georgia Tech
#30Joshua HolseyDB
Fairburn, GACreekside

Instinctive defensive back who has tallied 18 interceptions the last three years, including 10 as a junior. Plays at same school that produced Eric Berry and Terrance Parks.

4 stars5'9"171Auburn

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