August 24, 2012

Corky Kell preview

The Georgia Dome is the place to be on Saturday, as the Corky Kell Classic will again be held to kick off the football season for the Georgia High School Association.

The 2012 season will start with five different contests in Atlanta, and the Dome will be full of big time prospects for all to see.

Game 1: Kell vs. Chattahoochee

Television: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Georgia Targets for Kell: The Longhorns feature one Georgia commitment in safety Quincy Mauger, and a South Carolina commitment and defensive back Brendan Langley. While Langley is currently committed to the Gamecocks, Georgia has yet to give up on the talented defender at this point.

Players to watch for Kell: A couple of solid 2014 prospects will take the field for Kell in offensive tackle prospect Donnell Greene, and wide receiver Julian Burress. Greene is very raw at this point but has tremendous athleticism and an excellent frame at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds. Burress is an undersized receiver with solid quickness that has shown flashes of play making ability.

Georgia targets for Chattahoochee: At this point, there are no Chattahoochee players with an offer from the Bulldogs, but that may change in the future for 2014 running back C.J. Leggett. The star playmaker already holds an offer from UCLA, and is considered on of the top junior running backs in the Peach State.

Players to watch for Chattahoochee: Senior quarterback Travis Marshall will lead the Chattahoochee charge, and he is currently committed to Navy. Fellow junior Chase Nelson will join Leggett in the backfield, and the two form one of the top running back tandems in the entire country in 2012.

Game 2: McEachern vs. Grayson

Television: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Time: 11:45 a.m. EST

Georgia Targets for Grayson: As the top player in the country for 2013, defensive end and Clemson commitment Robert Nkemdiche will remain a target for almost every school in the country until he signs on the dotted line in February.

Players to watch for Grayson: Nkemdiche has a couple of other teammates that will be joining him in Clemson next fall in running back Wayne Gallman and defensive back David Kamara. Defensive back Ryan Carter is another 2013 prospect, and he holds five FBS offers going into his senior year. Two other Grayson Rams are committed to BCS schools for the 2013 class with defensive end Jack Banda (Arizona) and linebacker Zach Barnes (Tennessee).

Georgia targets for McEachern: None at this time.

Players to watch for McEachern: Senior quarterback Ty Griffin will lead the Indians offensive attack and he will do it behind offensive lineman and Maryland commit Jujuan Delaney. Griffin currently holds offers from Army and Navy, but more could be on the way with a strong senior campaign.

Game 3: North Gwinnett vs. Colquitt County

Television: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Time: 2:30 p.m. EST

Georgia targets for North Gwinnett: It is unclear whether or not offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour is still considered a target for the Bulldogs, but Seymour is out for Saturday's game against the Packers with a back injury.

Players to watch for North Gwinnett: Athlete Donnie Myles and Jalen Brooks are a couple of 2013 prospects that are committed to BCS schools in North Carolina and Maryland respectively. Senior offensive lineman Alex Stoehr is another intriguing prospect that is extremely productive for North Gwinnett, but has yet to receive an offer. He has drawn interest from Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, but has not landed that first offer yet. Defensive end Dante Sawyer and wide receiver Nate Brown are two 2014 prospects to keep an eye on as both had solid performances at Mark Richt Mini Camp this summer.

Georgia targets for Colquitt County: None at this time.

Players to watch for Colquitt County: The Packers are loaded with BCS caliber talent in the 2013 class and are lead by uncommitted senior quarterback Cole Seagraves. The star signal caller currently holds offers from Marshall and Central Florida, but has the talent to gather bigger offers as the season goes along. Colquitt County also has a couple of SEC commitments in offensive tackle Octavius Jackson (Florida) and defensive back Bobby Hill (Ole Miss). Another committed defensive back for the Packers is Johnny Ward who pledged to South Florida in June. Also keep an eye on linebacker John Gray who, at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, is always around the football and is a tackling machine. 2014 defensive end Jamyius Pittman is another prospect with solid potential.

Game 4: Peachtree Ridge vs. Camden County

Georgia targets for Peachtree Ridge: 2014 offensive lineman Orlando Brown currently reports having an offer from Georgia, and he is one of the biggest players in the state of Georgia. Brown measured in at VTO camp this summer at 6-foot-9, 376 pounds, but those close to Brown have told UGASports that the star junior has lost significant weight this summer.

Players to watch for Peachtree Ridge: Offensive lineman Daniel Stephens is a 2013 prospect that currently holds offers from Liberty and Middle Tennessee State and senior defensive tackle Tony Porter also reports offers from Liberty, Tennessee State, Jackson State, and Ohio. Joe Horn Jr. is Peachtree Ridge's top playmaker on offense, and he currently has offers from Southern Mississippi and UCLA.

Georgia targets for Camden County: The Bulldogs have a pair of 2013 commits that will see the field for Camden in athlete J.J. Green and quarterback Bryce Ramsey. Green will see both sides of the ball for the Wildcats, but showed in the team's preseason scrimmage that he can be a big time playmaker on offense. Ramsey will run Camden's Wing-T offense, and has the ability to hurt teams vertically with throws down the field.

Players to watch for Camden County: Like Colquitt, Camden is loaded with BCS caliber talent and has a couple of other 2013 SEC commitments in offensive lineman [sb]J.P. Vonashek[/db] (South Carolina), and linebacker Jarrad Davis (Auburn). Vonashek, however, will not play due to shoulder surgery this summer. One player to watch is senior defensive end Travis Johnson who transferred to Camden from a school in North Carolina earlier this year. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Johnson is very strong off the edge and has impressed the Camden staff this summer.

Game 5: Walton vs. Brookwood

Georgia targets for Walton: The Bulldogs have a few targets at Walton, and the most notable is commitment Brandon Kublanow. Kublanow will start at left tackle for Raiders, but projects as an interior lineman at the next level. Senior running back and Alabama Tyren Jones is another UGA target on the Walton roster, and he was the state's leading rusher in 2011. Despite his commitment to the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs have yet to give up on the four star running back. 2014 defensive back D.J. Smith is another Georgia target, and he visited Athens with Jones and Kublanow earlier this month.

Players to watch for Walton: The Raiders are yet another team with a great deal of elite talent. Along with SEC commitments Kublanow and Jones, Walton sports two other prospects that have pledged to SEC schools in quarterback Parker McLeod (Alabama) and offensive lineman Jake Boynton (Kentucky). The future is also bright for Walton with 2014 prospects. Quarterback Price Wilson is McLeod's backup, and already holds an offer from Eastern Kentucky, and linebacker Dreyon Williams is undersized at 5-foot-9, 210 pounds, but has a nose for the football.

Georgia targets for Brookwood: UGA currently has one Bronco commitment in linebacker Shaun McGee, and he is the only target at this time. McGee will line up in a variety of different positions for Brookwood including defensive line and tight end.

Players to watch for Brookwood: Wide receiver Kyrin Priester was once committed to the Bulldogs, but since his decommitment the three star receiver has been considering TCU, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, and South Carolina. Senior quarterback Zach Moon has received interest from a number of schools, but has yet to land an offer, and 2014 running backs Joshua Brown and Adam Riley are small, elusive running backs that are capable of reeling off big plays.

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