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Kamani Thomas, East Paulding
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Kamani Thomas, East Paulding

Class: Senior

Position: Tailback

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 195

2011 stats: 118 carries, 892 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns.

College: uncommitted, with interest from Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among others.

More on Kamani: Thomas did not have the season he hoped for as he suffered an injury at the very beginning of the season, but he still managed to play more than half the season and put up good numbers. Thomas was named to the 2011 AAAA Region 5 North first team.

Josh Anderson, South Paulding

Class: Senior

Position: Linebacker/ fullback

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 235

2011 stats: 33 tackles on defense; four touchdowns, 100 receiving yards, 370 rushing yards on offense.

College: committed to Troy University.

More on Josh: Anderson led his team in tackles as a sophomore in 2010 as he averaged 7.9 per game. In 2011 Anderson was named to the AAAA Region 5 South first team. In July Anderson committed to Troy after being offered one of the two spots they had available. Anderson said he likes all that Troy has to offer in a school and a football program.

Chris Byrd, Paulding County

Class: Senior

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 150

2011 stats: 21 receptions, three touchdowns

College: uncommitted

More on Chris: Byrd worked his way on to the varsity team over the summer prior to the 2011 season and, in game one, he proved himself as he was vital in a 41-37 victory over North Paulding. Byrd scored two touchdowns in his first game on the varsity squad and has not looked back. In 2011, Byrd only played three games on defense but had 23 tackles. Byrd was named to the 2011 AAAA Region 5 South second offensive team.

R.J. Williams, Woodland

Class: Senior

Position: Quarterback

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 170

2011 stats: 1,770 passing yards, 683 rushing yards, six touchdowns.

College: uncommitted

More on R.J.: Williams was a first-year starter and began the 2011 season with back-to-back victories in which he passed for 600 yards and rushed for 352 yards. Williams continued to make large yardage throughout the season.

Kelin Wells, Cass

Class: Junior

Position: Running back

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 160

2011 stats: 407 rushing yards, 36 receptions, 36 tackles and 5 touchdowns

College: uncommitted

More on Kelin: Wells began making plays for Cass as a freshman in the first scrimmage of the year. In 2011 Wells made a great showing in his first varsity start against Woodland as he added 242 yards to his stat sheet, including a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. “He’s football savvy. He has big play potential all the time. He can ‘take it to the house’ at any time,” said head coach Rick Casko.

Preston Slemp, Cartersville

Class: Senior

Position: Kicker

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 185

2011 stats: Eight of 10 on field goals, 24 of 25 on extra points; longest kick was 46 yards.

College: uncommitted

More on Preston: Last season, Slemp was ranked No. 2 in the top 25 national kicker rankings by Prokicker, having the best hangtime of 4.20 seconds, an average kickoff hangtime of 4.05 seconds and a field goal accuracy of 100 percent. Slemp’s longest field goal was 46 yards, which he kicked twice in the same game.

Ellis Richardson, Douglas County

Class: Senior

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 215

2011 stats: 1,227 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns

College: uncommitted

More on Ellis: Richardson started as the varsity quarterback last season as a junior. He got his start at QB on the junior varsity team. In 2010 Richardson was sacked six times, but his coach said he still maintained his poise. Richardson is said to be great at studying film and learning who to pass to and when. Richardson’s father and brother both played for Clemson.

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