Georgia Cream of the Crop: many of state's top players already committed

The Clemson Sports Blog

The top seven players from the state of Georgia on Scout’s summer top-300 list are uncommitted, and all have offers from the Clemson coaching staff.

Working down the list, some of the Southeast’s football powers are already having a field day in the Peach State.

Out of the remaining 16 Georgia high school players named to Scout’s list, nine have already made college commitments – three to Alabama, two to Florida, and one each to Georgia, Florida State, Miami and Auburn.

The top Georgia player on the summer lists of Scout and 247Sports is Jordan Jenkins, a 6-3, 235-pound defensive end from Hamilton. Jenkins is ranked No. 27 nationally overall by 247sports, and his list of favorites includes SEC rivals Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Florida, as well as Georgia Tech. He does not anticipate making a decision until near signing day.

Ranked No. 1 on Rivals’ Georgia list is 6-4, 315-pound defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor of Millen. Taylor was in Clemson on Tuesday, watching other players work out during the first session of Dabo Swinney’s camp. Clemson is trying to get into the mix of contenders that includes Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Auburn. Both Rivals and 247Sports have Taylor ranked among the top 50 players nationally, overall.

In all about, 25 players have from the state of Georgia have offers from most SEC and ACC schools, including Clemson.

Uncommitted players on the Scout 300 list include Geno Smith, a cornerbacker from Atlanta; Josh Harvey-Clemons, a linebacker from Valdosta; Ricky Parks, a tight end from Hogansville; Jaquay Williams, a wide receiver from Tyrone; Vadal Alexander, an offensive lineman from Buford; Jordan Watkins, a defensive lineman from College Park; Deion Bonner, a defensive back from Columbus; Joe Harris, an offensive lineman from Lithonia; Greyson Lambert, a quarterback from Jesup; Jason Croom, a wide receiver from Norcross; Dalvin Tomlinson, a defensive lineman from McDonough; and Josh Dawson, a defensive end from Tucker.

Florida State, Tennessee and Alabama are currently at the top of the list in competition for Smith’s services, while Georgia Tech has the early edge for Watkins. Georgia and FSU are among the early favorites for Harvey-Clemons. Clemson is in a large mix of schools as possibilities for Lambert, and the Tigers are in the lead group for Harris, who grew up in Spartanburg, SC.

Georgia players on the Scout 300 list who have already committed elsewhere include defensive back Josh Holsey of Fairburn (Auburn); defensive end Leonard Floyd of Eastman (Georgia), running back Mike Davis (the brother of Clemson’s James Davis) of Stone Mountain (Florida); linebacker Ukeme Eligwe of Stone Mountain (Florida State), offensive lineman Brandon Greene of Ellenwood (Alabama), linebacker Raphael Kirby of Stone Mountain (Miami), linebacker Dillon Lee of Burford (Alabama) and defensive end Quintez Smith of Tyrone (Florida).

Other committed players include defensive end Jarontay Jones of Stone Mountain (Virginia Tech), linebacker Darreon Herring of Stone Mountain (Vanderbilt) and defensive lineman Dakota Ball (Alabama).

Other players with Clemson offers include defensive back Chaz Elder of College Park, quarterbacks Chris Moody of McDonough and Kaleb Nobles of Fitzgerald, defensive end Kenderius Whitehead of Monroe, defensive end James Deloach of Millen, and defensive lineman John Atkins of Thomson.

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