Prep: Dream 16

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William Walker l Quarterback | School: Washington County | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 5-7, 204 | Notable: The dual threat threw and ran for almost 2,500 combined yards. Quotable: “I’ve improved my accuracy and I can run the ball better. I want to go to the Dome.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Donquell Green l Quarterback | School: Burke County | Class: Junior | Ht./Wt.: 5-8, 150 | Notable: Rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns to help the Bears beat Peach County for the 2011 Class AAA state title. Quotable: “I’m pretty good with accuracy. I’m gotten better, I’ve learned from (previous starting quarterback) Corey Mayton. As a freshman I wasn’t too good at throwing and I just ran the ball a lot. But Corey taught me how to grip the ball and how to hit my open receivers and lead them.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Bo Baldwin l Quarterback | School: South Aiken | Class: Junior | Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 228 | Notable: A collection of Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conference programs are already interested. Quotable: “A strong core is everything. If you don’t have a strong core, you can’t do anything. It’s like an engine.”
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Jamal Cummings l Running Back | School: Grovetown | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 5-8, 185 Notable: Rushed for 1,289 yards last year. Quotable: “You have to have your legs really strong in order to run, and you have to have endurance and stamina so you can do a long run and then do it again.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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George Myers l Running Back | School: Laney | Class: Senior Ht./Wt.: 5-6, 165 | Notable: All-purpose player from a year ago ready to lead as a senior. Quotable: “We want to win a state championship.” Torrie Battle l Athlete | School: Thomson | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 5-7, 170 | Notable: Neared 1,800 offensive yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Quotable: “I’m going to be all over. But I like running back and special teams because of the touchdowns.” Darius Hammond l Running Back | School: Strom Thurmond | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 185 Notable: Had 1,472 total yards in only 10 games because of injury. Quotable: “I want to remain healthy and try to contribute to the team.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Taylor Hearn l Lineman | School: Williston-Elko | Class: Junior | Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 315 | Notable: Has an offer from Clemson. Quotable: “You have to be pretty tough. You get beat up down there in the rut. You just have to dominate the person in front of you every play and get after him.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Justin Day l Lineman | School: South Aiken | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 300 | Notable: He has committed to Kentucky. Quotable: “It works with your hips a lot,” Day said about wrestling helping him in football. “It teaches you that you have to use your hips to get under him and get under his pads so you can get the pancake. You have to be explosive; you learn that from wrestling.” Will Jones l Lineman | School: Richmond Academy | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 315 | Notable: The third team All-Area Georgia pick in 2011 should be even better in 2012. Quotable: “For our team, we had a little of a rough season, not making the playoffs. That’s our main goal. Just to get back up there.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Jacob Rizner l Punter/Receiver | School: Evans | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 175 | Notable: Averaged more than 40 yards every punt and also had team-best 507 receiving yards. Quotable: “They’re completely different,” Rizner, who expects to play goalie in soccer, said about football and soccer. “But leg strength is pretty important. You do squats, dead lifts, power cleans – and running a lot helps.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Jonathan Edwards l Running Back/Receiver | School: Lakeside | Class: Junior | Ht./Wt.: 5-8, 170 | Notable: Hopes to eclipse 2,000 total yards of offense because of a larger role. Quotable: “Basketball keeps me conditioned in the off-season. We have weights, but that doesn’t keep me conditioned. Basketball is something to do in the off-season.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Brendan Douglas l Running Back/Linebacker | School: Aquinas | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 220 Notable: Can bench press 400 pounds Quotable: “It helps a lot. Having that extra strength against your opponent is really big. Working out helps you get above other players.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Jeremy Harden | Running Back | School: Greenbrier | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 170 Notable: Also competes in the 100- and 200- meter runs in track. Quotable: “My offensive line does a great job opening the holes up and I just find them. They make it easy for me.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Zireycus Letman l Defensive Back/Receiver | School: Lincoln County | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 182 Notable: Is the team’s leading returning receiver with 320 yards. Quotable: “We just want to go out and do what we normally do: work hard and go hard and hope for the best.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)
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Trey Morgan l Defensive Back/Receiver | School: North Augusta | Class: Senior | Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 170 | Notable: Intercepted six passes as a junior. Quotable: “It’s really important to have leg strength – you don’t want to get run over. And if the ball is up there, you have just as much of a right to it as the receiver does.” (Zach Boyden-HolmesStaff)


Getting Into the Prep Sports Spirit

The Augusta Chronicle’s Dream 16 displays their Olympic pride

See the area's top high school football players as selected by the staff of The Augusta Chronicle. Photos by staff photographer Zach Boyden-Holmes.

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