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?
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:
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
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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