Georgia among best in producing college football players

Georgia prides itself on producing college football talent, but where does the state really rank?

Fifth, at least according to one fresh indicator.

The state put 16 rising high school seniors on the list of 400 nominees for a prestigious all-star game, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Only Florida (55), Texas and California (51 each), and Ohio (17) had more.

North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (14) came in just behind Georgia.

Ninety players will be chosen for the 10th annual All-American Bowl, to be played Jan. 9 in San Antonio's Alamodome and broadcast on NBC. Eight former participants became first-round NFL draft picks last month. Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush and Tim Tebow all played in the game as high school seniors.

In a typical year, Georgia produces roughly 150 Division I football players, about the same as Ohio.

"Georgia has certainly established itself as a solid contributor to our game and I expect this to be the same for the forseeable future," said John Schmid, the All-American Bowl's director of player management.

These Georgia players are under consideration for the All-American Bowl:

WR Antonio Goodwin, Booker T. Washington; RB Cole Moon, St. Pius; DL Garrison Smith, Douglas; TE Brian Vogler, Brookstone; DB Garry Peters, Heritage; TE Tank Sessions, Columbia; DB Ryan Ayers, South Paulding; WR Tai-ler Jones, Gainesville; DL Denzel McCoy, Northview; RB Mack Brown, MLK; RB Storm Johnson, Loganville; DB Barry Bostic, Jefferson; WR Markeith Ambles, Henry County; DB Alec Ogletree, Newnan; OL Jawuan James, North Gwinnett; DL Jeffrey Whitaker, Warner Robins.