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 . . .
THE TENTATIVE TOP 10 FOR 2012
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