Who will be Georgia’s top RB prospect for 2013?

We’ll be providing updates all week from the 2011 Junior Bowl, which features 90 of the top college football prospects that are high school juniors from across the state of Georgia. Friday’s game will be played at 7 p.m. at Grady High School and televised on ESPN3.com

The state of Georgia has a national reputation for producing college running backs. Herschel Walker and George Rogers, who both won the Heisman, along with Jamal Lewis, are just a few of the top homegrown tailbacks.

Who is Georgia’s top prospect at running back for 2013?

2013 North Cobb RB Quinten James (AJC)

2013 North Cobb RB Quinten James (AJC)

That is still being decided, but Quinten James of North Cobb High School is stating his case at this week’s Junior Bowl practices. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder said he has early offers from Clemson, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Purdue and Kentucky.

“I didn’t realize he was that fast,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst at 247Sports. “He was able to get the edge in practice against defense loaded with major-college prospects … he had that extra gear.

“At 6-2 and 215 pounds, I had projected him to play linebacker at the next level. But after seeing him turn the corner against these type of prospects, he’s definitely a college running back. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s fast. If he continues to play like he has this week, he’s going to moving up on everybody’s list.”

Said Kipp Adams of ESPN’s DawgNation: “I think Quinten James has a chance to be a star if he can tote the rock with his size/speed combination.”

James is taller than Walton’s Tyren Jones (offers from UGA, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State and Duke), East Paulding’s Kamani Thomas (offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Troy) and Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy’s Keyante Green (offers from TCU, Vanderbilt  and Purdue) and may be a step faster that Elbert County’s Tyshon Dye (offers from Clemson and UGA). Grayson’s Wayne Gallman (offers from Georgia Tech, Auburn, Clemson and Vanderbilt) is injured this week but still attending practices.

Now onto Wednesday’s unofficial awards:

Clemson was the first of many offers for Dooly County DL Montravious Adams (AJC)

Clemson was the first to offer Dooly County DL Montravious Adams, who will get many more very, very soon (AJC)

  • West offense, MVP: Quinten James, RB, North Cobb. Next was Calhoun QB Taylor Lamb.
  • West offense, biggest surprise: “Demarcus Robinson of Peach County is the early favorite for top wideout in Georgia for 2013, but his decision to not participate in the game has given several others a chance to emerge as FBS talents as well,” Adams said. “Standouts in Wednesday’s practice include Chris Sanders-McCullom of Creekside and Dee Smith of LaGrange. Sanders-McCullom used his height (6-5) and leaping ability to make several Redzone catches, and Smith, cousin of UGA cornerback Brandon Boykin, was one of the most impressive performers on offense for the West on Wednesday.” Smith has no offers yet while Sanders-McCollum said he has offers from Cincinnati, Tulane and Pittsburgh.
  • West defense, MVP: Rueben Foster: The No. 2-ranked overall prospect in the USA for 2013, and has lived up to his advanced billing this week. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder committed early to Alabama but is still communicating with UGA. We’ll have more on Foster later this week.
  • West defense, biggest surprise: It’s a surprise, only from the standpoint that he plays in a remote area of Georgia that is not often visited by college scouts. That would Dooly County defensive lineman Montravious Adams, the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder who has only one early offer but will be getting more any minute. Scout.com’s Chad Simmons has had Adams ranked as one of his top 10 juniors. Said Mansell, “He has the potential to be a top five player in the state next year. He’s very, very good. He’s strong, he has got good feet, he plays with a good pad level … he’s had a great week.”
  • East offense, MVP: Ryan Jenkins, WR-DB, Milton: “He was explosive today – he made every catch and ran past guys that are fast,” said one observer. “He separated himself from the rest of the pack of WRs.” The 5-10, 160-pounder has an early offer from Clemson, where his older brother plays football. Elbert County RB Tyshon Dye also turned heads. “He has runs with so much power and speed, and catches the ball great out of the backfield. But he has got some serious speed.”
  • Milton DE Carl Lawson was called a "young David Pollack" by one scout (AJC)

    Milton DE Carl Lawson was called a "young David Pollack" by one scout (AJC)

  • East offense, biggest surprise: Delando Crooks, OL, Carver-Atlanta: The 6-5, 255-pounder said he has offers from Georgia Tech, UGA, Virginia Tech, Marshall, UAB and Samford. Crooks had a deer-in-the-headlight look on the opening day but played with a ton of more confidence on Wednesday. “He held his own today,” said one scout.
  • East defense, MVP: Carl Lawson, DE, Milton: He may be the week’s overall No. 2 performer this week after Rueben Foster. As an undersized defensive end at 6-3 and 250 pounds, Lawson is earning comparisons out of high school to David Pollack. “Carl Lawson can’t be blocked, he’s very disruptive and he has a high motor,” said one observer. Next would be Central Macon LB Nigel Bowden, who has a 4.0 GPA and an early offer from Vanderbilt. Lawson has no early offers.
  • East defense, biggest surprise: Donnie Miles, DB, North Gwinnett: The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder has an early offer from Duke. “He was moved to safety and was everywhere. I mean, he flew to the ball.” Next was Southwest DeKalb FS Juston Mincy, who has an offer from Tennessee and has an older brother that plays at Auburn.

Actually, Wednesday’s biggest surprise was the reaction by many players after being introduced to Charlie Ward before he spoke to the teams in evening. Some were whispering “Who is Charlie Ward?” while one said “I know that name from somewhere. What video game is he on?” In fairness to the high school juniors,  Ward won the Heisman Trophy in 1993 — before any of the players were born. Ward coaches high school football in Texas.

Back to the 2011 Junior Bowl: For rosters for both teams, go here

Charlie

1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward (center) with RisingSeniors.com co-founders Izell Reese (left) and Joe Burns. Ward spoke to both teams on Wednesday night.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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155 comments Add your comment

Josh

December 29th, 2011
1:26 am

Whichever runningback commits to UGA first…

Caleb King

December 29th, 2011
1:31 am

Won’t live up to the lofty goals I accomplished

Frank Lane

December 29th, 2011
2:01 am

Derrick Henry is the real deal but he is from Florida.

7576DAWG

December 29th, 2011
2:26 am

Just concentrate on keeping Henry.

trueUGAfan

December 29th, 2011
2:52 am

Mincy is a big time player, had the honor of being his first coach…

Stinger2

December 29th, 2011
4:42 am

Josh is right. UGA usually gets the top running back(s).
But what happens to those players when they get to UGA?
I borrowed this question from a coach UGA fans know very well.

JB

December 29th, 2011
6:04 am

We need some big mean uglies on both sides of the ball before we’ll ever win the SEC…. and having just a couple won’t do.

Paddy

December 29th, 2011
7:01 am

Frank Lane………you must have dementia! You should not be out of bed without supervision. WOW!

Thats like saying Harry Truman was a good president but he was from Missouri!

bitter QB

December 29th, 2011
7:25 am

I seen henry get man handled by buford on national high school game of the week on espn this season

——–big and solf——–yes like crowell——–youtube it and see for yourself

find a quality georgia kid and let him tote the rock for our state——–just saying

bitter QB

December 29th, 2011
7:27 am

great reading material —-CRAVELL———–keep it coming

Brooksdawg

December 29th, 2011
7:37 am

Henry reminds me of Richard Samuel carrying the rock. Not sure if he is a running back or linebacker/safety. But I only saw him in one game on ESPN. GATA

Brooksdawg

December 29th, 2011
7:39 am

Now Gurley is a different story. Would love to see him in red & black. Watched him in that NC vs SC all star game–he was a MAN among BOYS. Hope he is headed UGA’s way.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 29th, 2011
7:47 am

Funny how GT has a run based attack, yet ZERO top RB’s every consider them.

Not really a observation, more of a fact.

Midtown Dawg

December 29th, 2011
7:54 am

@Nom Nom Nom Chuck’s Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

And why is it necessary to ridicule tech? Can’t we leave that to them and stand above it?

@Carvell – great report – thanks! I know one game isn’t everything and I know the college coaches are evaluating the talent at this game as well, but it is always surprising to me that the early offers don’t always match up with the top performers. Not sure why. Is the film on players Carl Lawson not out or not as good as seeing him play live?

Burdell 90

December 29th, 2011
7:56 am

JB…uglies won’t help if you don’t play quality teams from the SEC

JB

December 29th, 2011
8:00 am

Tech recruiting is off to a slower start than usual. Check out Rivals top 50 as of yesterday and Tech is not even mentioned, yet Vandy, a pretty tough academic school is rated number 20. Tech folks on here who aren’t trolls but love that team are concerned with Johnson’s recruiting. They always get a gem or two, but the bulk of what Johnson signs is Western Carolina,Mars Hill and South Carolina State material.

Burdell 90

December 29th, 2011
8:01 am

Nom, Nom, No nuts…you have to realize that those guys might not be able to get into the school!! We don’t have a Basket Weaving major!!

JB

December 29th, 2011
8:01 am

Burdell…………I believe the schedule just released came out of the SEC Office in Birmingham, not McGarity’s office.

JB

December 29th, 2011
8:02 am

What did Reggie Ball take for 4 years to stay eligible?

bitter QB

December 29th, 2011
8:07 am

makes no sense why the best runners would not go to tech if they just opened the offence up

====just like all-burn done with scam newton——50% run—50% throw

Burdell 90

December 29th, 2011
8:08 am

Yeah JB, that’s the excuse I would use!! Like Mcgarity could speak up and say…”Hey, we need Bama to help our strength of schedule!”

You are a d bag just like the other THUGS

Ted

December 29th, 2011
8:41 am

Derrick Henry from FL, will not play a down at RB. Gifted athlete with good size and speed runs straight up.

Bama Fan#2

December 29th, 2011
8:45 am

Georgia got lucky yesterday with the SEC office letting the dawgs
drop of Alabama’s 2012 football yearly beatings of the SEC east.
Georgia should send the SEC office a banquet full of red roses
for being so friendly to the dawgs!! RTR

bitter QB

December 29th, 2011
8:45 am

@burdell and jb——stick to the subject matter——trolls

jim

December 29th, 2011
8:47 am

good to see the brain surgeons are busy posting here this morning.

bitter QB

December 29th, 2011
8:48 am

@bamma fan#2—all dawg fans are pissed about losing our chance to stomp on turd roll

so stop with the easy schduuuuuulll stuff——fans dont make the schduuuuullll

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 29th, 2011
8:52 am

Yeah Burdell, Reggie Ball and Josh Nesbitt were geniuses. I forgot, your supposed high academic standards for your atheletes is the last leg you have to stand on making your argument for relevance.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 29th, 2011
8:53 am

Again, why are ZERO top RB’s not even considering GT when they will get a chance to carry the ball all game long.

AugustaDawg

December 29th, 2011
8:54 am

Henry will play LB/ DE ( defense) in college. He knows it and the coaches have let him know it. He still has room to grow and is a beast. Prototypical size foe the position, possibly outside LB. GATA

dirty727

December 29th, 2011
8:54 am

has anyone heard anything about Marque Hawkins wr. From carved columbus

AugustaDawg

December 29th, 2011
8:55 am

For the position, not foe

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
8:55 am

Burdell 90

December 29th, 2011
7:56 am
JB…uglies won’t help if you don’t play quality teams from the SEC

Actually uglies on both sides helps you no matter who you play. That was by far the lamest attempt to make fun of our schedule, THAT THE SEC MADE FOR US.

FYI- No techie nerd gets to say anything about a weak schedule as you play in the joke ACC conf.

Saban breathing a sigh of relief

December 29th, 2011
8:57 am

when he heard the SEC had let him off the hook of facing an improved UGA team in 2012. Does Nick have friends in the SEC office or not?

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
8:57 am

Burdell 90

December 29th, 2011
8:01 am
Nom, Nom, No nuts…you have to realize that those guys might not be able to get into the school!! We don’t have a Basket Weaving major!!

If Vandy can get good recruits then so can Tech, just not with fishfry manboobs at the helm. Once the joke offense is gone you might actually get looked at by some top in state talent.

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
8:59 am

Burdell 90

December 29th, 2011
8:08 am
Yeah JB, that’s the excuse I would use!! Like Mcgarity could speak up and say…”Hey, we need Bama to help our strength of schedule!”

You are a d bag just like the other THUGS

Well ur an idiot and clueless about football like 95% of your delusional fan base. Go put on a tin foil hat to protect your thoughts you lunatic.

And no McGarity cant do jack about the schedule of SEC teams

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
9:00 am

Bama Fan#2

December 29th, 2011
8:45 am
Georgia got lucky yesterday with the SEC office letting the dawgs
drop of Alabama’s 2012 football yearly beatings of the SEC east.
Georgia should send the SEC office a banquet full of red roses
for being so friendly to the dawgs!! RTR

Richt is 3-1 vs bama dummy no one is scared.

Alabam is the one who LUCKED into the NC

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

December 29th, 2011
9:03 am

Nick will come get the best players…as usual. Talk On UGA…you do it so well.

gtfanfrom1951

December 29th, 2011
9:10 am

Why is UGA listed so high when 4 commits can not even get in school according to the AJC?

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Wet Willie…keep on smiling

December 29th, 2011
9:03 am
Nick will come get the best players…as usual. Talk On UGA…you do it so well.

As usual??? hahahahaha not even close. Keep trying!

He gets maybe 3-5 players with maybe a few top 10. But last year we got em all so……

FYI- only reason so many are considering Bama is bc of the negative recruiting that traitor Smart is doing.

But Richt is secure now so youll see 2013 guys switching back to UGA and a couple that we were able to recover on this year (Including Brandon Green)

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
9:13 am

gtfanfrom1951

December 29th, 2011
9:10 am
Why is UGA listed so high when 4 commits can not even get in school according to the AJC?

They are all Juco kids.

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
9:13 am

/prep school

rural dog

December 29th, 2011
9:15 am

@bama 2, 8:45…..so, uga should send sec office a “banquet of roses”…WHY?..do they eat roses in alabamer?

Dawginit.

December 29th, 2011
9:18 am

I’ve seen Kamani, Tyren, and Quentin all play live. I”ll take Kamani if he can stay healthy but that may be a concern for UGA. However, none are as good as the Henry kid from Florida. Get Gurley to go along with Marshall this year and Henry and Jones next year and we’ll be stacked.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 29th, 2011
9:24 am

If UGA takes two RB’s this year , hopefully Marshall & Gurley, next year they will take only one RB. Their 2013 commit, Henry, is a big back with power and speed. UGA has no senior RB’s leaving this year but they have two that will be seniors in 2012. .John Theus and Avery Young will be the future of the running game if they sign. In 2013 the running game will be dominating providing the OL lives up to it’s reputation. Rambo improved a lot this year and a pass rush made a big difference. All the juniors need to come back for more experience before going to the NFL.

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
9:25 am

Dawginit.

December 29th, 2011
9:18 am
I’ve seen Kamani, Tyren, and Quentin all play live. I”ll take Kamani if he can stay healthy but that may be a concern for UGA. However, none are as good as the Henry kid from Florida. Get Gurley to go along with Marshall this year and Henry and Jones next year and we’ll be stacked.

Jones is nasty. Extremely fast, can run people over as well. (He torched my old highschool in the playoffs this year) By the time we left the game around half he had already scored 4 TDS and ran for almost 200. Really glad to see they offered him early!

JaxDawg

December 29th, 2011
9:26 am

Derrick Henry(a uga commit) has been invited to all the gators pratices for the gator bowl.he says hes going to attend. their going after him hard,and he says hes still “open”. CMR better stay on him or we might end up loosing him to UF.

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
9:28 am

JaxDawg

December 29th, 2011
9:26 am
Derrick Henry(a uga commit) has been invited to all the gators pratices for the gator bowl.he says hes going to attend. their going after him hard,and he says hes still “open”. CMR better stay on him or we might end up loosing him to UF.

Hes just making sure that if we end up getting Gurley and Davis that we dont try and switch him to defense. He wants to play RB and we told him could so he committed. AKA florida is a back up plan just in case we are too loaded at RB or we try and switch him to defense.

Fat Friar

December 29th, 2011
9:29 am

With what Bama is losing on defense this year, Bama is the lucky one not to be playing Georgia. You had better hope that Bama doesn’t fluke up and beat LSU and make it to the SECCG. If Bama gets to that game they will get a beating.

brick

December 29th, 2011
9:32 am

Stinger2, to answer your question as to what happens to the RBs once they choose UGA, the get to realize their dream of getting to the NFL.

BigTimeTechFan

December 29th, 2011
9:38 am

Chaz Thornton Stephens Co, 1,667 yards as a soph, 1st team all state as a junior should be on the list. I would guess heavy Tenn Vols lean.

Small but strong, 4.3’s multiple times & ran a 10.8 100m, very quick from cuts and dead stop.