Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: A look at the state’s top receivers

As part of an ongoing series, GHSF Daily is listing the best five players in Georgia at the following positions – quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, linebacker, defensive back and kicker/punter.

Today, we resume with receivers.

In making these choices, we value a history of production over potential (listed in alphabetical order).

Markeith Ambles, Henry County: Recently committed to Tennessee, Ambles caught 40 passes for 764 yards (19.1 per reception) and eight touchdowns in 2008. He also was one of the most dangerous return men in the state, running back three punts and one kickoff for scores. His numbers should go up substantially in 2009 now that teammate Jamal Patterson is off to Stanford.

Blake Gowder, Union County: Gowder caught 77 passes for a state-best 1,453 yards in 2008. Only Division I-AA schools have made Gowder offers so far, and he might wind up as a tight end, H-back or fullback in college.

Tai-ler Jones, Gainesville: Jones, who has committed to Stanford, caught 81 passes for 979 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2008. Jones also is a terrific returner. He averaged 19.6 yards per kickoff return and 17.5 per punt return. He also had a 43.8 punting average.

Jonathan Krause, South Gwinnett: Pledged to Vanderbilt, Krause led Gwinnett County in receptions last season with 62 for 665 yards and three touchdowns.

Da’Rick Rogers, Calhoun: Rogers is the No. 1 prospect in Georgia at any position, according to Rogers caught 47 passes for 855 yards (18.2 average) and nine touchdowns in 2008. (Rivals credits him with 66 catches last season in one of many examples of the recruiting services having numbers that don’t match what the media were given to determine all-state teams last year.) Rogers has committed to Georgia.

Others: Ronnie Carswell, Westside (Macon); Christian Conley, North Paulding; Darqueze Dennard, Twiggs County; Antonio Goodwin, Washington; Julian Horton, GAC; Dmitri Miles, LaFayette; Keith Mumphery, Dooly County; Bradley Roby, Peachtree Ridge; Jake Skole, Blessed Trinity; Brian Vogler, Brookstone

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17 comments Add your comment


August 6th, 2009
11:55 am

Dylan Thompson from Ola. Very good in the slot and at TE. Excellent grades and he really is a great football player.

ghost writer

August 6th, 2009
11:30 pm

I guess nobody told the ajc that tj stripling at swd plays reciever too huh. 6′5″ 215 and runs a 4.4


August 7th, 2009
11:18 am

Geremy Davis – Norcross High School is definitely in the top 5 recievers in the state……You heard it here first! #1 receiver in Gwinnett County!


August 7th, 2009
3:31 pm

Rogers could have caught 66 balls last year if he had not pulled up “limping” in several games…especially the last two

BHS Alum

August 7th, 2009
9:11 pm

Apparently people have forgotten that Banneker has three recievers that are ranked in the top 100 in Georiga… Shaun Kitchens being one who has committed to Auburn to play reciever and is ranked #99 in the ESPN 150 and the #9 Athlete… Alongside him Tres Houston and DeMarco McNeal who both have multiple major college scholarship offers…


August 7th, 2009
11:06 pm

what about Dylan Cook #84 for Hiram High School he only had 500 yard recieving and 5 or 6 TD’s but he has very good hands and he can jump to get the high balls.


August 8th, 2009
2:46 pm

Check out Evan Kilgore at Whitewater High School, great hands, with a 34 inch vertical leap.


August 8th, 2009
7:01 pm

The Most underated player would have to be Kyle Taylor from North Clayton…He finished his junior year wit 18 reception for 378 yards wit three scores and 230 yard in the returning area…He is the most underatted player me and the Rest of College park jus a little under size


August 10th, 2009
9:54 am

is there no poll talk this year?


August 11th, 2009
8:31 am

Lamar Zander at Peach County.
1st game had 3 td receptions,QB went down,he had to play QB most of the season. Now he is back at WR. 6′2 205

Pom Pom 10'

August 11th, 2009
7:48 pm

Ok, Tay Willis from East Coweta is the truth. Has he committed? I think he’s the best running back.


August 14th, 2009
8:33 am

ummmmmm all yall forgot about tuckers devin scott


August 14th, 2009
9:09 am

On that Kyle Taylor stuff whoever wrote it he does not work hard in the weight room are at practice thats why he’s still undersize his weight is like 135 140 thats really small

will jones

August 15th, 2009
9:10 am

Those FP PANTHERS will take care of Mr.Huffman Kyle Pops . This is PANTHERS bounce back year

will jones

August 15th, 2009
9:15 am

Since Hines ward got the Forest Park panthers that weight room last year they have been hitting them hard . Region 4-AAAA will find out this season


August 16th, 2009
1:12 pm

Forest Park coaching staff sucks!!!

will jones

August 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

you may could argue that years past but those days were over last year. A.D. Steven Cole made his greatest hiring since he himself stepped down from coaching when he brought in ex-Georgia Bulldog and Hines Ward teammate,the former single season TD record holder for Georgia high schools Coach Rod Perrymond . Since coming in last year he has upgraded the teams weight room with the financial help of former panthers alumni Hines ward of the Pittsburgh steelers . He also broke the drought of players not getting scholarships by helping a few PANTHERS to get to the next level , bad coaches just don’t do what he has done.