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Green headlines top 10 football players in Class of '08

Posted: Friday August 4, 2006 3:08PM; Updated: Friday August 4, 2006 3:08PM
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By Jon Mahoney, Special to SI.com, SchoolSports.com

There are many talented players in the Class of 2008, but we think nobody is better than Summerville (Summerville, S.C.) wide receiver A.J. Green. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is a playmaker extraordinaire.

He's a polished receiver for his age and is a difficult matchup for any defensive back. He's got the speed to stretch a defense, as well as incredible hands and a tremendous vertical. As a sophomore, Green caught 75 passes for 1,422 yards (19 yards per catch) and 16 touchdowns. He led Summerville to the Big 16 state final and was named to The Associated Press All-State team for the second consecutive season. He hauled in 57 passes for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman.

Class of 2008 Preseason Rankings
Rank Name School Pos. Ht. Wt.
1 A.J. Green Summerville (Summerville, S.C.) WR 6-4 190
2 Justin Johnson Gilmer (Gilmer, Texas) RB 6-1 210
3 D.J. Shoemate Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) WR 6-1 205
4 Darius Barksdale South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) DB 6-2 190
5 Will Hill St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) DB 6-2 190
6 Marcus Forston Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) DL 6-3 290
7 Kenny Tate DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) WR 6-3 180
8 A.J. Harmon Jefferson County (Louisville, Ga.) DL 6-5 300
9 Aldarius Johnson Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) WR 6-3 190
10 Maurice Simmons Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) LB 6-1 190

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