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Top 10 most wanted: Best football recruits still on the market

7:17 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2008

About half of Georgia’s top 25 recruits remain uncommitted. Here are the best 10 still on the market. Three of our reporters then make predictions on their final destinations. Darren Myles, Carver-Atlanta: The only surprise would be if Myles, a Super 11 safety, committed early. He’s very interested in LSU and Georgia, but the sense here is that he’ll be swayed by something in early winter, not the fall. This battle is just beginning. Predictions: Michael Carvell: Georgia Jeff Hood: Georgia Todd Holcomb: LSU Jarvis Jones, Carver-Columbus: The consensus No. 1 recruit in Georgia, Jones is another who’s not likely to commit until after the season. Best guess is that this linebacker will go with Clemson, Florida, Georgia or LSU, but he has not ruled out Miami, Texas or Southern Cal. He could wind up a safety in college. Predictions: Carvell: LSU Hood: Clemson Holcomb: Georgia Jamal Patterson, Henry County: This swift wide receiver told our Michael Carvell this month that he’ll make official visits to Stanford and Central Florida. His other choices are Florida, Tennessee, Clemson, Auburn and Oregon. Great student, which is one reason he made our Super 11 list. Predictions: Carvell: Central Florida Hood: Central Florida Holcomb: Stanford Johnnie Farms, Perry: This Super 11 lineman says he’d like to stay near home. He has gone to camp at Alabama and South Carolina and recently visited Auburn. He’s believed to be an Auburn lean. Predictions: Carvell: Auburn Hood: Auburn Holcomb: Auburn Jonathan Davis, Tucker: Many feel this is the best football player in Georgia, even if his size - 5-8 - doesn’t make him a 5-star recruit. He’s got offers from Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Louisville, Central Florida and UAB, although there’s blog talk that South Carolina may back off after getting commitments from two safeties and two linebackers this month, including Apalachee’s Chaun Gresham. Predictions: Carvell: Oklahoma State Hood: Central Florida Holcomb: Central Florida Branden Smith, Washington: The best corner prospect in Georgia, Smith told us this month that he plans to make his decision Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-Star game. He’s camped at LSU and Auburn and visited Georgia and Alabama this summer. Predictions: Carvell: Georgia Hood: LSU Holcomb: Georgia Izaan Cross, Flowery Branch: This defensive end told our Jeff Hood last weekend that Clemson just made an offer. We still think he’s a Georgia Tech lean. His Flowery Branch teammate, Daniel Drummond, is a Tech commit, and quarterback Connor Shaw has a Tech offer as a junior and is the brother of current Tech freshman Jaybo Shaw. Predictions: Carvell: Georgia Tech Hood: Georgia Tech Holcomb: Georgia Tech Michael Bowman, Ridgeland: This 6-foot-5 receiver told our Seth Coleman that he’s down to Auburn, Georgia and LSU. Predictions: Carvell: Prep school Hood: Georgia Holcomb: Auburn Julian Burnett, Westside-Macon: This is a linebacker that we rank higher than the recruiting services, who don’t like his height, 5-10. Auburn is perhaps his favorite, but he’s waiting on an offer. Predictions: Carvell: Mississippi Hood: Alabama-Birmingham Holcomb: Auburn Darius Slay, Brunswick: Not the best ‘’prospect’’ because he’s got grade issues that keep some top schools from offering. Georgia hasn’t even visited. But Slay, a cornerback with 4.37 speed, is a player with Super 11 and perhaps NFL talent. Clemson and South Carolina have visited and essentially offered — contingent on Slay coming through academically. Predictions: Carvell: South Carolina Hood: Prep school Holcomb: JUCO


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