Address: 190 LaGrange Street
City: Newnan, GA
Web site: http://www.cowetaschools.org/nhs/
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Alan Bonner||B+||5'10"/160||Newnan High School||Wide receiver||Air Force, Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi|
|Alec Ogletree||No Rating||6'3"/200||Newnan High School||Safety||Georgia|
|Alexander Ogletree||No Rating||5'9"/205||Newnan High School||Linebacker||Georgia|
|Jamal Ransby||No Rating||5'8"/156||Newnan High School||Cornerback||Georgia State|
|Raymond Beno||B+||6'1"/280||Newnan High School||Offensive tackle||Georgia Tech|
|Russell Powell||B+||5'9"/165||Newnan High School||Athlete||Air Force and Vanderbilt|
Most of the state’s elite senior players have made their college commitments, and many of the best juniors are beginning to get offers. Here are six of the top juniors who will be part of the signing class of 2010: DT Denzel McCoy, Northview: This 6-4, 275-pound lineman is a key target for Georgia Tech and Georgia. He’s got a dozen offers. He’s comparable to former teammate Cordian Hagans, an AJC Super 11 now at LSU, but is more suited to the interior. WR Markeith Ambles, Henry County: Could Henry County have the best receiver prospect two years in a row? Teammate Ambles is the teammate of AJC Super 11 player Jamal Patterson, who has committed to Stanford. Ambles, a 6-1, 185-pounder, has offers from a dozen schools and has visited Georgia and Georgia Tech for games. WR Antonio Goodwin, Washington: A lanky receiver (6-2, 170) with exceptional speed, Goodwin is the next in a line of big-time prospects from his school behind current Super 11 cornerback Branden Smith, Georgia safety Reshad Jones and Oklahoma All-America lineman Duke Robinson. DT Jeffrey Whitaker, Warner Robins: The state’s best defensive tackle this year is Northside’s Abry Jones. Next year, it could be another player in the city of Warner Robins. Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are among those who have made offers to Whitaker, a 6-3, 295-pound lineman. Strength is his calling card. He can squat more than 550 pounds. CB Steven Atwater, GAC: His father, Steve Atwater Sr., was an All-Pro safety for the Denver Broncos. The son is a cornerback with the same hitter mentality but with more speed. He’s 5-10, 175. He has offers from Arkansas, his father’s alma mater, and Clemson. S Alec Ogletree, Newnan: Ogletree got scholarship offers from LSU and Arkansas last week. He’s got about 15 in all. He’s a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder who could emerge as the top defensive prospect in Georgia next year. Others offers have come from Miami, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson
Vanderbilt is keeping in contact with Newnan quarterback Russell Powell, who said he is undecided between playing football or basketball in college. “I talked to Vanderbilt the other day, they told me that are recruiting me as an athlete,” Powell said. “They like me at wide reciever or cornerback.” The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Powell said he was told by Vanderbilt that he was still under consideration for a football scholarship, and they would know after evaluating film of the first few games of his senior year. “I feel really good about Vanderbilt’s interest,” Powell said. “It’s one of the top academic schools in the nation. I’m looking for a college to play sports and get a great education.” Powell’s only offer in football is from Air Force, while he also has strong interest from Wofford. In basketball, the point guard has been offered by Furman, Gardner-Webb, Toledo and Harvard
Raymond Beno, who committed to Georgia Tech in July, was among the recruits in attendance during the Jackets’ 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. “It went really well,” said Beno, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150. “It was fun. I talked to the coaches and talked to the other commits. “I was happy to see a big win against an SEC team.” The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Beno chose the Jackets over scholarship offers from Miami and Wake Forest.
Newnan safety Alec Ogletree got home late from football practice on Thursday night and opened two letters. One was a scholarship offer from LSU, the defending national champions, and the other was the same paperwork from Arkansas. Another day at the office for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Ogletree, who is just beginning his junior season at Newnan. He has already stacked up around 15 offers, with 20-30 more expected by his coach by the end of the season. “I’m real appreciative of everything, and it feels great that these colleges want me,” Ogletree said. “But I’m not really thinking about recruiting right now. My mind is on doing everything I can to help my team win games and play for the state championship.” Who else has offered Ogletree? Some of the bigger names are Miami, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson. Ogletree seems to be handling his new-found celebrity status well so far. “I’m just taking things as they go,” Ogletree said.
With Georgia putting the finishing touches on its 2009 recruiting class, it has been able to turn a lot of attention toward next year’s group. Two of the state’s top juniors, Newnan safety Alec Ogletree and Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker, told the AJC that they plan to attend Saturday’s game against Central Michigan. Henry County’s MarKeith Ambles, perhaps the state’s top wide receiver for 2010, made an unofficial visit to Georgia’s game against Georgia Southern last weekend. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Ogletree has offers from Georgia, Florida State and Clemson, and his coach expects 10 to 20 more within the next few months. “The college scouts love those first three plays on his highlight film,” said Newnan coach Robert Herring. “On the first, he knocks someone so hard the kid’s helmet goes flying; on the second he about kills someone with a tackle; and on the third he comes all the way to the line of scrimmage to stop a reverse. “By then, the scouts say they usually turn the VCR off. They’ve seen enough.” The 6-4, 300-pound Whitaker has offers from Georgia, Clemson and North Carolina and appears to be on the verge of two more from Florida and Alabama. “I’ve never had a player receive an offer [in his] sophomore year,” Warner Robins coach Bryan Way said. “But it’s happening all over the country, so it’s not that surprising.” Whitaker, who has been clocked at 5.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash, registered 65 tackles and five sacks as a sophomore. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Ambles was seven-for-seven in earning scholarship offers at the summer camps he attended, including Alabama and Tennessee. Ambles missed both of Georgia’s camps because of scheduling conflicts, but said the Bulldogs have hinted at offering.