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 Rivals.com. 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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