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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Updated: August 25, 5:29 PM ET
Greater Atlanta All-Area Football

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Here's a preseason look at the players to watch in Atlanta:

OFFENSE
[POSITION] NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[QB] Zach Mettenberger Oconee County 6-5/208 Senior
[QB] Donavan Tate Cartersville 6-2/185 Senior
[RB] D.J. Adams Norcross 5-10/205 Senior
[RB] Drayton Calhoun Tucker 6-0/175 Senior
[WR] Markeith Ambles Henry County 6-3/185 Junior
[WR] Braxton Lane Sandy Creek 5-11/186 Senior
[WR] Jamal Patterson Henry County 6-2/190 Senior
[TE] Philip Lutzenkirchen Lassiter 6-4/240 Senior
[OL] Chris Burnette Troup County 6-3/275 Senior
[OL] Johnnie Farms Perry 6-3/285 Senior
[OL] Dallas Lee Buford 6-4/290 Senior



DEFENSE
[POSITION] NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[DL] Izaan Cross Flowery Branch 6-3/253 Senior
DL] Emanuel Dieke North Clayton 6-6/210 Senior
DL] Abry Jones Northside-Warner Robins 6-5/275 Senior
LB] Jonathan Davis Tucker 5-9/190 Senior
LB] Eric Fields Northside-Warner Robins 6-3/210 Senior
[LB] Joel Kight M.L. King 5-10/200 Senior
[LB] Kevin Minter Peachtree Ridge 6-0/231 Senior
[LB] Chase Vasser Chestatee 6-3/210 Senior
[DB] Prince Kent Norcross 6-2/193 Senior
[DB] Darren Myles Jr. Carver 6-1/180 Senior
[DB] Branden Smith Washington 5-11/170 Senior



OTHER TOP PLAYERS
NAME SCHOOL POSITION YEAR
Morgan Alexander Cartersville RB Sr.
Jonathan Atchison Douglass LB Sr.
Vinson Bass Cedar Grove DL Sr.
Jahron Brown East Paulding RB Sr.
Julian Burnett Westside-Macon LB Sr.
Euclid Cummings Centennial DL Sr.
Demond Dennis Carver RB Sr.
Daniel Drummond Flowery Branch RB Sr.
Andre Harris Lovejoy OL Sr.
Corico Hawkins Baldwin LB Sr.
Qua Huzzie LaGrange LB Sr.
Brandon Jacobs Parkview RB Sr.
Drew Little Henry County QB Sr.
Derrick Lott North Cobb DL Sr.
Danny Madison Westside-Macon WR Sr.
Eric McDaniel Calhoun DL Sr.
Darius McKeller Jonesboro OL Sr.
Nigel Mitchell-Thornton Stephenson LB Sr.
K.J. Morton Northside-Warner Robins DB Sr.
Warren Norman Chamblee RB Sr.
David Paulsen Walton DL Sr.
Brock Sanders Northview TE Sr.
Michael Tamburo North Gwinnett QB Sr.
Reggie Taylor Peach County DB Sr.
Chance Warmack Westlake OL Sr.
Camden Wentz Lassiter OL Sr.
Jeffrey Whitaker Warner Robins DL Jr.
Kellen Williams Brookwood OL Sr.
Toney Williams Milton RB Sr.
Rashad Wynes Warner Robins RB Sr.



PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

ZACH METTENBERGER
Mettenberger, who has committed to Georgia, has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket during the past year. He is rated the nation's No. 7 quarterback in the ESPNU 150.

DONAVAN TATE
Tate is one of the top prospects in the nation for football and baseball. The son of former Georgia and NFL running back Lars Tate, Donavan is a standout quarterback and defensive back on the gridiron.

JOEL KIGHT
Kight may lack size for a linebacker, but that hasn't stopped him from dominating. He was named The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year last season after his 153 tackles.

CHASE VASSER
Vasser made plays all over the field last season en route to 138 total tackles, a ridiculous 36 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He'll take his playmaking skills to Georgia next year.




COACH'S TAKE
AN AREA COACH ON JONATHAN DAVIS:
"I was gonna say he made strides as a junior, but he made a couple pretty good runs on us our sophomore year, too. He's a pretty good athlete. I think the thing on him most colleges identify is just his height. But he's an intense player, a good player."