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March 22, 2012

Rivals/VTO Georgia: Eye on offense

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Sunday's Rivals.com/VTO Sports Georgia Elite 100 in Marietta will feature a ton of players that already have Division I offers. Meanwhile, the lesser-known prospects on hand will be doing their best to get noticed. Rivals.com takes a look at some of the top offensive athletes expected to compete in the Georgia event.

Rivals.com/VTO Sports Georgia: Offensive players

ORLANDO BROWN, OL, DULUTH (GA.) PEACHTREE RIDGE (2014)
At 6-foot-10, 360 pounds, Brown will be the largest player in the event - maybe any event anywhere. He also is one of the most heavily recruited. The son of the former NFL standout with the same name, Brown currently has offers from several programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, South Carolina and USC. Brown has the size, but how is his mobility? That's one thing we'll learn more about Sunday.

CHRIS CARSON, ATH, LILBURN (GA.) PARKVIEW
Carson is a good-looking, two-way player who holds offers from a few schools, including USF. In this event, he will line up at running back. At 6-1, 190 pounds, Carson has excellent size and he can be that tough, physical back. He also has very good balance and better-than-average one-cut ability, and is sneaky fast.

TRAVIS CUSTIS, RB, HAMPTON (GA.) LOVEJOY
Other running backs in Georgia have received more attention, but Custis has an offer list most prospects would envy. It includes Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, South Florida and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot, 205-pound Custis rushed for more than 1,900 yards in 2011. He is a big-bodied back who can carry the load for an offense.

SHAMIRE DEVINE, OL, EAST POINT (GA.) TRI-CITIES
Devine arguably is the top offensive lineman in Georgia, and he holds many good offers. A Rivals250 prospect, he ranks as the country's No. 19 offensive tackle. At 6-7, 332 pounds, Devine is a massive lineman that also is very strong. A cerebral player, Devine likes to compete, which is another of his best assets. It will be interesting to see how much his footwork has improved since last year's event.

TYREE HARRIS WR, MARIETTA (GA.)
A three-star player, Harris has flown somewhat under the radar even though he already has a handful of solid offers, including a few from the SEC. A tall and lean player, he runs very well and can get high into the air to make a catch. Not only does Harris have good hands, but he does a nice job quickly making a move after the reception. This is a solid player whose stock could rise with a strong effort Sunday.

ARSHAD JACKSON TE, HAMPTON (GA.) LOVEJOY
Jackson is one of the Southeast region's top tight ends, and he currently ranks 20th nationally at that position. The 6-6, 235-pounder played both ways last season, excelling mainly on offense. He owns solid hands and usually requires more than one defender to bring him down. Jackson also moves pretty well for someone of his size.

RYAN JENKINS, WR, ALPHARETTA (GA.) MILTON
The 5-10, 170-pounder is a player that likely will end up playing in a major conference. Already, he has offers from Clemson and Louisville. Jenkins is a versatile receiver. He can provide an offense with a true deep-ball threat because of his speed, yet is tough enough to make plays over the middle. In the open field, he's particularly impressive because of his feet and instincts.

ALVIN KAMARA, RB, NORCROSS (GA.)
Kamara is one of the most versatile offensive players in the South. Not only is he an excellent runner that displays nice patience and extremely good speed, he's also a very talented pass catcher. Once he finds a lane, he hits top-end speed in a hurry and is difficult to corral. Kamara has numerous offers, and they've come from programs such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

DEMARRE KITT, WR, TYRONE (GA.) SANDY CREEK (2014)
Kitt, who is 6-1, 190 pounds, might very well be the top junior receiver in the Peach State. He already has double-digit offers, and lists Clemson, Florida and Georgia as his early leaders. Kitt is a well-built receiver with good speed, and he isn't afraid to make plays in traffic over the middle. He also possesses a terrific set of hands.

PARKER MCLEOD, PQB, MARIETTA (GA.) WALTON
McLeod has landed early offers from Boston College, Louisville and Oklahoma State. Numerous other schools are interested in the 6-2, 189-pound signal-caller. On video, McLeod shows the ability to go over the top of defenses and stretch the field with the long ball or attack on short and intermediate passes to the middle of the field. It will be interesting to see in a camp setting if he has the arm strength and accuracy to make every kind of throw.

CHAZ THORNTON, APB, TOCCOA (GA.) STEPHENS COUNTY
At almost every major event, a sleeper emerges. Thornton could be the guy this weekend. Although he isn't particularly big, Thornton is one of the Peach State's most exciting offensive players. He's fast, he has excellent vision, he cuts very well and when he gets to the second level he's incredibly dangerous. His legs never stop moving, and he's always looking to gain another yard or two at the end of a run.

STANLEY WILLIAMS, RB, BETHLEHEM (GA.) GEORGE WALTON ACADEMY (2014)
The rising junior running back committed to Georgia last summer during a visit for Dawg Night. Williams measures in at 5-8, 185 pounds, so he isn't the biggest back that you will find, but what sets him apart from his peers and made him so appealing to Mark Richt and company early on is his outstanding speed, as he is regularly timed in the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.4 range. It will be interesting to see how that speed translates in a football setting.

If you are the coach or parent of a prospect with D-I offers or likely to receive D-I offers, or the prospect himself, contact Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell at mike@rivals.com, via Twitter at @rivalsmike or via Facebook.

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