December 28, 2007

The top performances in 2007

The year 2007 is coming to an end and it was another great one on the recruiting front. State of Georgia Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons was on the road 12 months out of the year attending camps, combines, practices and games throughout the year. He gives you his top 12 game performances for 2007 inside. Some award winners are committed seniors, some are top juniors, one is a baseball signee and one does not even have an offer yet.

This list is based solely game performances that I saw personally throughout the 2007 season. Some other very good performances were left off this list, but here are the 12 individual performances that stood out to me over the last 3 and a half months while on the road. They are listed in the order from which I saw them perform.

Tavarres King vs. Gainesville

Habersham Central traveled to Gainesville in mid August for a scrimmage game preparing for the 2007. Tavarres King may have only played a little more than a half and it may have been a scrimmage, but both first teams went head to head in half number one and T.K. had over 200-yards receiving and two touchdowns then.

He stretched the field and got behind the secondary for a long touchdown, he made guys miss in the open field, he made a great moved back to the inside after a short hitch route to gain 40 yards and he really put on a show.

King was the number one receiver on my board in Georgia then and he did nothing but help himself throughout the season. King finished with 99 receptions, 1,632 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2007.

Jonathan Davis vs. Miller Grove

Junior Jonathan Davis put his name on the map in 2006 with a stellar performance in the Georgia Dome as a member of the St. Pius football team. Many knew about him and expected big things and the 5-foot-9, 205-pound athlete delivered early this season.

Tucker won the game handily 43-0 and Davis did most of his damage early that night. In the first half alone, Davis had eight tackles, three tackles for loss and four big hits. That was only on defense. On offense, he had touchdown runs in the first half of 71 and 49 yards. He ended the first half with 143 yards rushing on just five carries.

He did not play much after that, but he played enough to add to his game totals in stats. The first play of the half, Davis burst up the middle breaking tackles and going 51 yards before being taken down inside the 10 yard line.

He finished with 193 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns on offense. He had 12 tackles with four tackles for a loss on defense. Davis is clearly one of the top juniors in Georgia and he has picked up early offer from Alabama-Birmingham and Clemson already.

Toby Jackson vs. Lithia Springs

It was a stormy night early in the season, but the weather delay and sloppy field did not stop Toby Jackson from dominating up front. He commanded a double team right out of the gates and they ran away from him quite often, but at the end of the night, he was clearly the most impressive figure on the field.

Griffin won the game 23-0 on a very muddy field and Jackson was a big part of the shut-out. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound end finished the game with 7 tackles and a sack, but he had a huge block at tight end and demolished two blockers on special teams when clearing the way for his teammate to block a punt.

Jackson was already one of the top prospects in the Peach State, but showed there that he could be the best. After three games, he made the move to middle linebacker because of teams running away from him and he did well there before ending the season early with a minor knee injury.

Ethan Martin vs. Habersham Central

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