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 linebackers. In making these choices, we value a history of production over potential (listed in alphabetical order).
NOTE: These picks are made by GHSF Daily, not by the AJC or its staff.
LB Michael Carlisle, Jonesboro: Carlisle had nearly 10 tackles a game for Jonesboro, which won seven games – more than the previous three seasons combined. Carlisle appears headed to Mississippi State, though he has not committed.
LB Michael Copeland, Lowndes: Copeland and teammate Telvin Smith form perhaps the best linebacker pair in Georgia. Copeland was the more consistent on the field last season with his 102 tackles, six sacks and 16 tackles for loss. He is leaning toward taking an offer from Vanderbilt.
LB Tyrone Cornelius, Stephenson: Cornelius is a tackling machine for a program that has produced many top defensive players. Cornelius had 117 tackles in 2008 for a 9-2 team. Cornelius is expected to commit soon. His leaders are Georgia Tech and Miami.
LB Telvin Smith, Lowndes: Smith is a playmaker whose three consecutive tackles for loss settled Lowndes’ big victory against Northside of Warner Robins last season. He’s Rivals’ No. 2 linebacker in Georgia behind Westlake’s Michael Taylor. He has committed to Florida State.
LB Michael Taylor, Westlake: Recruiting services view Taylor as the top linebacker in Georgia. He committed to Tennessee last weekend.
Others: LB Kedron Aker, Calhoun; Randy Bailey, Callaway; Vic Beasley, Adairsville; LB Jessel Curry, Buford; LB Trokon Gaye, Central Gwinnett; Shaun Kitchens, Banneker; LB Rip Rowan, Lassiter; Tommy Sanders, Crisp County; Jake Schmidt, Armuchee; Cody Ralston, Calhoun.
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