Address: 401 South Davis Drive
City: Warner Robins, GA
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Rashad Wynes||B-||6'1"/210||Warner Robins High School||Wide receiver||Alabama-Birmingham|
Georgia has expressed some interest in Warner Robins cornerback Rashad Wynes, who has committed to Alabama-Birmingham. Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez noticed Wynes when he was watching film of the Warner Robins-Peach County scrimmage. Martinez was studying junior defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker, who has already been offered by the Bullodgs. “I had about 4-5 pass breakups, and [Martinez] told my coaches that he wanted to see me in person,” said Wynes. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Wynes was offered recruiting tickets for Georgia’s game against Alabama on Sept. 27. Wynes said he has not had any direct contact with the Bulldogs, nor does he know how to interpret the situation. “It’s all good, I haven’t thought about it a lot,” Wynes said. “I’m just going to go to the game and see what happens.” Wynes has exceptional size and athleticism for the defensive secondary. With Georgia, he is likely a backup target in case the Bulldogs fail to land one or both of the state’s top uncommitted defensive backs, Washington High’s Branden Smith or Carver-Atlanta’s Darren Myles. Ole Miss has offered a scholarship and is strongly pursuing Wynes, who said he remains loyal to Alabama-Birmingham
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
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.
Warner Robins junior Jeffrey Whitaker will make his first recruiting visit of the season on Saturday when he travels to Athens to watch Georgia play host to Central Michigan. “I want to say it’s an official visit, but I’m going to the game on my own,” said Whitaker, who has scholarship offers from Georgia and Clemson. “I plan on being up there around 11 a.m.” The 6-foot-3.5, 300-pound defensive tackle, who plans to participate in Saturday’s Dawg Walk and be on the field during the pregame warm-ups, will attend at least two other Georgia games this year. He’s also penciled in one trip to Clemson this fall. Whitaker says it’s way too soon for him to consider a commitment. “I don’t even have a category [like a top-five], but I’m feeling good about Georgia and Clemson,” said Whitaker, who attended two Georgia games last fall. “I’ve got two more years. I’ll weigh my options and, trust me, I’ll make the right pick.” Alabama may be on the verge of offering Whitaker. “I’m getting a lot of stuff from them,” he said.
Warner Robins tailback Rashad Wynes, who committed to Alabama-Birmingham, is still being heavily recruited by Ole Miss. Now the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Wynes is being chased hard by yet another school: Stanford. The Cardinal, which are having emerging presence in Georgia, are scouting Wynes but have yet to make an offer. The California school has three Georgia commitments in its 2009 class, most notably Henry County wide receiver Jamal Patterson. He picked Stanford among nearly 50 scholarship offers.