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January 22, 2006

Jones tops final Georgia top 50

The highest-rated prospect in the Rivals100 from the state of Georgia, Atlanta Booker T. Washington safety Reshad Jones tops the 2006 Georgia postseason top 50.

The 6-foot-1, 173-pounder is a dynamic prospect that is as good in run support as he is covering the pass. He wasn't mentioned with names like Marcus Ball of Stone Mountain Stephenson or Justin Anderson of Ocilla Irwin County early in the process, but quickly rose to the top of the Peach State rankings after a stellar performance at the Athens NIKE camp in May and an outstanding senior season.

Jones is followed by Michigan-bound running back Carlos Brown of Heard County. In one of the most surprising turns of events of the recruiting season, Brown selected the Wolverines in mid-December after publicly stating he was down to the in-state Bulldogs and South Carolina. He played quarterback for his high school team, but is expected to be a speed running back in Ann Arbor. Brown fills a major position of need for Michigan in this year's class.

Ball, Anderson and Haralson County defensive end Brandon Wood round out the top five. Wood was outstanding at the Georgia North-South All-Star game in late December and was "unblockable" according to one coach in attendance.

Tucker cornerback Asher Allen is already on campus at Georgia. The dynamic athlete should see the field early in his career in Athens.

Wide receiver Chris Slaughter of Fort Valley Peach County checks in at No. 7. Slaughter saw his stock rise during the course of an outstanding senior season and could very well end up being one of the best players in Auburn's class this year.

Stephenson defensive end Jermaine Cunningham saw his rating rise from a mid to a high four star with a stellar performance his senior year. The pass rushing specialist must fill out a bit, but could end up having a big career at Florida once that happens.

Georgia-bound offensive tackle Kiante Tripp of Atlanta Westlake is another prospect that likely needs to gain a few pounds before being ready for the rigors of SEC play. But, his frame and athletic ability show that once he does get bigger, he has the potential to be special.

Florida State-bound athlete D'Vontrey Richardson rounds out the top 10. Richardson had a great senior season and is expected to get a shot at quarterback in Tallahassee.

Brookwood running back Cameron Smith moved from three to four stars after a tremendous week of work at the North-South Game. Camden County defensive end Kevin McNeil and Banneker defensive tackle Olufemi Ajiboye also moved to four star status following review of their senior film.

Though he plays GISA football (a private school league that is the equivalent of Class A), defensive end Michael Lemon of Stratford Academy is a prospect to watch. Once he adjusts to the speed of the college game, he has a chance to be special. The Georiga-bound prospect is one Bulldog fans should watch in the coming years. He checks in just behind Notre Dame-bound inside linebacker Toryan Smith of Rome at No. 20.


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