With 2011 in books, it’s time for the ‘Tentative Top 10′ for 2012

Is this Jordan Jenkins the No. 1 college prospect in Georgia for the Class of 2012? Most seem to think so. (Photo by Rusty Mansell/247Sports.com)

Is Jordan Jenkins the No. 1 college prospect in Georgia for the Class of 2012? Most seem to think so. (Photo by Rusty Mansell/247Sports.com)

You asked for it, so here it is — the top college football prospects for 2012.

Well, at least, the top ones according to me. For now.

I call it “The Tentative Top 10.” The reason is I call it that is because, well, let’s face it, it’s February. The ink is still wet on 2011 letters-of-intent and the 2012 football season won’t start for six months. As ever, these things are educated guesses at best based on combine results, all-star performances, highlight video, game experience and reputation. So it’s far from scientific.

I produced my first “Tentative Top 10″ last year. I found it interesting to go back and I think you will, too.

For this year’s list I turned to a couple of foot soldiers in the business of recruiting analysis. Chad Simmons of Scout.com/FoxSports.com and Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.com burn up the state’s roads meeting and evaluating not only 2012 kids but also 2013 and 2014 and beyond. Both of them conduct camps and combines and are intimately involved in all-star game selections and the actual rating of college football prospects. There are guys I know and trust, so I consulted them both and heavily considered their opinions.

As always, there were very difficult choices to make to arrive at the ridiculously low number of only 10 players. When it came to two prospects being very close in ability, I tended to err on the side of Metro Atlantans. But as you’ll note talent from all over the state is represented here.

Meanwhile, the next 10 guys that were left off this list could probably compete with the Tentative Top 10 players in any kind of football competition. As always, it’s shaping up to be another strong year for football talent in Georgia. We’ve had 183 players sign scholarships to play FBS (formerly Division I) football in 2011 so far and I bet we have that many next year as well.

So there’s a bunch of awesome players that didn’t make the list. But they’ll be well represented on future lists and certainly when it comes to sign college scholarships. After all, National Signing Day 2012 is only 357 days away!

Without further ado, I give you . . .


  • 1. DE/OLB Jordan Jenkins (6-3, 233), Harris County
  • 2. CB Geno Smith (6-0, 165), St. Pius
  • 3. OT Vadal Alexander (6-6, 310), Buford
  • 4. DT Jonathan Taylor (6-4, 315), Jenkins County
  • 5. ATH Ricky Parks (6-3, 210), Callaway
  • 6. RB Kenyan Drake (6-0, 180), Hillgrove
  • 7. OLB Josh Clemons (6-5, 200), Lowndes
  • 8. CB Deion Bonner (5-11, 185), Carver-Columbus
  • 9. QB Greyson Lambert (6-5, 195), Wayne County
  • 10. DE Jordan Watkins (6-5, 260), Woodward Academy

ADDENDUM: Some others that were given long and hard consideration to be on this list include Pepperell’s Dakota Ball (Alabama commitment), Norcross’ Jason Croom, North Hall’s Imani Cross and C.J. Curry (UGA commitment), Banneker’s Chaz Elder, Dodge County’s Leonard Floyd, Buford’s Dillon Lee, Banneker’s Larry Jefferson, Carrollton’s Jonathan Jones and Sandy Creek’s Quinteze Williams, among others. Any one of those guys — and many more — could be among the players selected for the annual AJC Super 11 team in August.

Sometime between now and then I plan to produce a preseason AJC Fab 50 list for the Class of 2012. But for now this will have to do.

I know I don’t have to ask but let me know what you think. Who’s not represented here who absolutely should be and why? It is, after all, “The Tentative 10.”

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

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February 14th, 2011
11:03 am

RB/WR/DB # 7 Rashad Grant of the
2010 GHSA Class A State Champions
Clinch County Panthers
863 North Carswell Street
Homerville,GA 31634

This year his team went 15-0 winning the state title. Rashad rushed for 298 yards on 33 carries with 4 TDs. He also caught 20 passes for 451 yards with 3 TDs. Rashad also played special teams and defensive back (safety). The 2011-2012 school year, Rashad will still play special teams, defensive back, and running back for the defending Class A State Champions Clinch County Panthers.


February 14th, 2011
11:04 am

Youtube Highlight’s of Rashad Grant’s junior year can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w35hDrj2FxU


February 14th, 2011
3:39 pm

Tricknology – Every single year huh? Your history in the SEC is about 2 years old I see. Great to join us, now hit the books since you are waaaay behind.


February 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

fishtales – Yeah, and clown schools lose to Louisiana Monroe in the middle of the season.


February 14th, 2011
3:58 pm

DC – Are you slow or too ignorant to read? Please, enlighten us as to the records of your beloved school over the last 10 years that Mark Richt has been at Georgia, then compare it to Georgia’s record the last 10 years. The guy has a transition year after Stafford and a down year with suspensions of key players (one by the NCAA, the others by him which most schools wouldn’t have policed themselves nearly as hard). Now you feel as though you have some sort evidence to talk crap. But really, go do some research and when Auburn’s mediocrity over the last 10 years comes up or Bama’s series of on/off field issues creeps in the picture, then maybe you will realize how stupid you sound.


February 14th, 2011
11:01 pm

Kenyan Drake verbally committed to Alabama on Monday.

The 6-foot tall, 180-pounder Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove athlete picked up an Alabama offer after he attend the Crimson Tide’s junior day last month.


February 15th, 2011
1:47 am

I Guess this kid doesn’t know about Saban’s over signing players where he has to cut 9 or 10 players each year. Can you say medical hardship ? I wonder how Saban explains that one away!

Kell Longhorn

February 15th, 2011
2:26 am

Jordan Chambers from Kell. The upcoming senior is a menace at Linebacker and Running back. He’s 5′11 and 225 and is as fast as a cat. He is a punishing run stopper but he also keeps his zone on lock in the middle. If you haven’t seen or heard of Chambers, then you’ve got some issues man.


February 15th, 2011
9:43 am

I know one thing whatever college signs nick Thompkins out of brookwood will be getting a good baseball player and student he is also I think is one of the best high school RB and CB that’s out there so check him out this year!!!


February 15th, 2011
10:49 am

Waaaaaaa! Oversigning! Waaaaaa! I want my mommy!


February 15th, 2011
11:36 am

Please compare Drake to Kenno Loyal and tell me what you see!!!!!!!


February 15th, 2011
10:51 pm

Lets compare.

Drake 6′ 195
Fast as the wind
Hands like a receivers
Strong as an Ox

2 TDs vs North Forsyth AAAAA (Playoff Team)
1 TD vs Harrison AAAAA (Playoff Team)
2 TDs vs South Cobb AAAAA (Playoff Team)
2 TDs vs McEachern # 5 in state AAAAA (Playoff Team)
2 TDs vs Stephenson # 7 in state AAAAA (Playoff Team)
2 TDs vs Camden County #1 in State AAAAA ( two time defending state champs) (Playoff Team)
4 TDs vs Brookwood # 3 in State AAAAA at game time (State Champs)

Loyal 5′10 215
From the limited states I can find, he didn’t do much against the better teams on Colombia’s schedule.

Team scored 1 TD vs GAC (was it Loyal who scored)
Team scored 1 TD vs Woodward Academy (again was it loyal who scored)
Team was held scoreless vs St. Pius
Team scored 3 TDs vs Cedar Grove (did Loyal score all three TDs)
All four of these teams made the playoffs I think.

What you do against teams with kids who are college caliber is a good barometer of your talent.
Not all the yards and TDs you put up against over-matched teams.

I welcome all comments

Samoa Dawg

February 16th, 2011
12:53 pm

My cousin says he watched Vasi Papulu play 3 games during his senior year, and says he dominated the field. At 6′7 365, anyone would dominate the field. But, “Tombstone” Papulu was not just a big block of marble. He has quickness and knows what he is doing at NT, and even played some offensive tackle at times. He’s played on a bad team, which has hurt his recruiting. Georgia and UCLA were rumored to be the leaders to sign him in 2011, but it looks like he’s going the JUCO or prep school route. He may be eligible to sign for 2012. Go Dawgs – we need more beef…!