It's never too early to start looking ahead to the top talent for next year's recruiting class. So, with just 366 days remaining between now and National Signing Day 2007, UGASports.com unveils the first edition of our state of Georgia Elite 11. Here is a quick look at each of the top prospects in the Peach State for '07, as well as 40 other players that we are already keeping a close eye on.
Bailey played MLB for MCA and did it very well, but with his size (6-3, 250), he is likely to put his hand down on the next level. He has great explosion and great quickness. He is likely to play defensive end in college.
Berry plays quarterback and safety at Creekside, but sees very limited time on the defensive side of the ball. He is likely to play corner on the collegiate level. He has the size (6-0, 185), speed (4.4), hips, and ability to be one of the top cover corners in the country.
Burnett plays quarterback for North Clayton and leads the Eagles from the safety position on defense. He has really improved at the QB position, but his natural position is defense. He is smart, has a nose for the football, and can read the opposing QB with the best of them. Look for him to play safety on the next level like his brother Cap Burnett did when at Georgia.
Donley is an athlete that could play wide receiver, outside linebacker, or possibly even safety on the next level. Some schools will recruit him for offense and some on defense, but most will recruit him as an athlete. He is just another talented prospect from Charlton County.
Dwyer is running back that has great size, great vision, great cut-back ability, and great speed. He has the ability to make a big play each time he touches the ball. Not only does he run around people and make people miss, but does a good job using the stiff arm and lowering the shoulder also. He had over 1,800 yards rushing as a junior and caught 8 passes for 298 yards receiving as well.
Heyward is a very talented big man. His best football days are definitely ahead of him. He grew up loving basketball and he still plays at Peachtree Ridge and on the AAU circuit over the summer. Once football becomes a bigger part of his life he will only get better. He could end up on either side of the ball on the collegiate level.
What else do we need to say? King is one of the most recognized names out there in the 2007 class. Every time he steps on the field he has the ability to take a game over. When things look bleak, then he makes a play. He has the speed (4.4), vision, cut back ability, balance, hands, explosiveness, and all around ability that will make him one of the most sought after prospects in the country.
When college coaches look for offensive tackles these days, they tend to look for big, long, physical prospects with good feet and a mean streak. Little is a prospect that comes to mind when mentioning those attributes. He is 6-6, 300-pounds, with very long arms, and good feet. He could be one of the best in the south.
Special talent is what comes to mind when you mention Nesbitt. He plays quarterback and safety at Greene County and could probably do a great job at a number of other positions for Coach Milligan. Nesbitt has a strong arm, great quickness, and plays the game very physical. He could stay at QB, but could end up playing safety or another skill position on the next level as well.
Newton is a 6-5, 220-pound quarterback that has great mobility and a canon for an arm. He throws the deep ball very well and his quickness and athleticism allow him to make plays when the pocket breaks down. He looks like a defensive end when you see him, but he is a true drop back passer for Westlake.
Strickland picked up an offer from Georgia after an impressive camp performance last year. He quickly jumped on the offer and became Georgia's first 2007 commitment. Strickland is a very strong, physical lineman with very good feet. He fires off the ball extremely well and will line up at guard when he arrives in Athens.
We will continue to find new prospects throughout the year at practices, camps, games, combines, and on film, so we will keep this updated through signing day 2007. The Peach State looks to be loaded in 2007, so it will be hard to pick out the top eleven. This should be a fun year to cover recruiting.