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High-school football in Georgia will be underway in just over a month, but former Peach State stars like (left to right) Jamoris Slaughter, Omar Hunter and Brice Butler will soon be suiting up for some of the best college football programs in the country. Check out our breakdown of the top 25 recently graduated seniors.

25. Daniel Franklin, LB – Oklahoma (Habersham Central) - This four-year starter from the northeast part of the state set a school record with 395 career tackles. The Sooners’ second commit may not see the field very early on, but the word is that they have big plans for him in the future.

24. Nick McRae, C – Georgia Tech (Dublin) - McRae is a rare offensive lineman in that he also played basketball in high school. He is an agile player who won’t have any problems picking up line audibles, and should have a bright future at Tech.

23. Dawson Zimmerman, P – Clemson (Brookwood) - Zimmerman averaged 41 yards per punt during his junior year. He will join the Tigers this fall and could potentially start over Jimmy Maners.

22. T.J. Pridemore, FB – Florida (Buford) - Said to pack an Urlacher-ish punch as a high-school linebacker, this Yellow Jacket-turned-Gator will provide Florida with a true presence at fullback.

21. Chris Jackson, WR – Alabama (Henry County) - Jackson has been with the Tide since January after graduating high school in December, and is a powerful runner with a long stride. He may see some downs this season.

20. Terrance Parks, CB – Florida State (Creekside) - Plagued with injuries in high school, Parks may be one of the riskiest prospects on the Seminoles’ frosh roster. He’s an elite athlete when he’s healthy, but needs to improve his toughness.

19. Jarmon Fortson, WR – Florida State (Carver-Columbus) - The game is trending towards big, physical receivers, and Fortson is certainly a fine example of that. The David Boston-esque wideout doesn’t shy away from contact and isn’t afraid to go across the middle.

18. Dontavius Jackson, RB – Georgia (Heard County) - As long as the State of Georgia continues to pump out All-American running backs, its flagship university will continue to reap the benefits. Jackson may have the potential to be great, but will have to be patient with so many other talented backs on the Dawgs’ roster.

17. Tavarres King, WR – Georgia (Habersham Central) - Just browse his collection of highlight reels on YouTube and you’ll see why the Bulldogs are excited about getting this surehanded burner.

16. Devonta Bolton, WR – Alabama (Norcross) - Another big, powerful receiver who isn’t afraid of the middle of the field. Once he realizes that he won’t be able to drag DBs all the way to the endzone as he did in high school, he’ll be good to go.

15. Josh Jarboe, WR – Oklahoma (Cedar Grove) - Jarboe can grind out yards after the reception and catches the ball well in traffic. The Sooners always keep a decent quarterback or two on the roster, so expect big things out of him in Norman.

14. Keith Wells, DE – Ohio State (Gainesville) - An interesting prospect who lacks the technique to play immediately, Wells will get by at first on physicality. His toughness and willingness to learn will make him a very good player in the near future.

13. Brice Butler, WR – Southern California (Norcross) - There’s always a place for the receiver who can sneak behind the linebackers, but let’s not forget the guy who can catch a ball and stride down the sideline all the way to glory. Butler is that guy. 

12. Cordy Glenn, OT – Georgia (Riverdale) - UGA seemingly never has a shortage of tough-minded offensive linemen who fiercely protect their quarterback. Glenn will fit in just fine with the Dawgs’ arsenal of bodyguards.

11. Brandon Boykin, CB – Georgia (Fayette County) - Boykin can cover the speedster, but may have a bit of trouble against physical receivers. He plays an excellent man cover on that outside receiver who runs nothing but digs and posts. May see some time at safety at the next level.

10. Jamoris Slaughter, S – Notre Dame (Tucker) - Guys like Slaughter are the reason receivers hate crossing the midway. Slaughter is a fast, hard-hitting punisher who should learn quickly at the next level that simply making the tackle is more important than trying to score the highlight hit.  

9. Cornelius Washington, DE – Georgia (Burke County) - A bit undersized at defensive end going into college, he could see time early on as an outside linebacker. He will definitely be a solid trench-end as soon as Mark Richt is done force-feeding him steaks in between workout reps.  

8. Toby Jackson, DE – Georgia (Griffin) - Scouts say he’s an effective pass rusher. I say he has enough size and speed to make any QB want to bolt for the sidelines. Jackson should be a key defender for the Dawgs sooner rather than later.

7. A.J. Harmon, OG – Georgia (Jefferson County) - Harmon is a large-body punisher who got by in high school on strength and bulk. He’s a top-notch prospect who will do well as a bodyguard … as long as he remembers to stay low.

6. Ebele Okakpu, LB – North Carolina (Roswell) - Okakpu is a natural-born athlete with football instincts. The future Tar Heel has elite closing speed and is known for his frequent rib-rocking hits on quarterbacks. Look for him to see the field soon.

5. Brandon Thompson, DT – Clemson (Thomasville) - Thompson is another big man who isn’t used to having to stay low to the ground. When he learns to stay down, he will continue to bounce off guards and tackles like rubber on pavement. Plus – he’s just plain scary.

4. Omoregie Uzzi, OG – Georgia Tech (Chamblee) - Uzzi has a tendency to get in a defender’s pads and blow them back like a … well, Uzi. Does anyone else in the ACC smell pancakes?

3. DeAngelo Tyson, DT – Georgia (Statesboro) - A one-man wrecking crew during his career at Statesboro, Tyson is quick to get into the backfield and displays excellent technique. He’s not the biggest or fastest tackle around, but can improve in both areas once he gets on campus.

2. Richard Samuel, RB – Georgia (Cass) - Samuel is already being compared to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. If not for Georgia’s extremely deep and talented corps of backs, he would definitely see his fair share of turf on Saturdays.

1. Omar Hunter, DT – Florida (Buford) - Some scouts complain about Hunter’s height, but those are the same people that will be watching him bulldoze offensive linemen every Saturday. Hunter is just as strong as the linemen he will face, and will use his low center of gravity to his advantage. He has a great eye for the ball and excellent closing speed. It’s a good thing he’s so used to double and triple teams, because eventually offenses will be treating him like he’s Glenn Dorsey.

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