2002 All-Southern football team

The top players in the 12 Southern states selected by the Orlando Sentinel's panel of experts.

ALABAMAPLAYER: Chad Jackson

SCHOOL: Hoover

POSITION: Wide receiver

SIZE: 6 feet 1, 210

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Led team to 5A state title with 1,000 yards' worth of receptions. Recruiting: Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Florida.

ARKANSAS

PLAYER: Brett Smith

SCHOOL: Warren

POSITION: Wide receiver

SIZE: 6-2 / 178

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Passed for 1,000, caught 1,000 yards' worth of passes. Recruiting: Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida.

FLORIDA

PLAYER: Joe Cohen

SCHOOL: Palm Bay

POSITIONS: Running back/defensive end

SIZE: 6-2 / 245

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Helped team win 4A state title. Recruiting: FSU, Miami, UF, LSU.

GEORGIA

PLAYER: Zeb McKinzey

SCHOOL: Lilburn Parkview

POSITION: Offensive lineman

SIZE: 6-3 / 280.

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Led team to state championships and has committed to Georgia.

KENTUCKY

PLAYER: Michael Bush

SCHOOL: Louisville Male

POSITIONS: Quarterback/athlete

SIZE: 6-2 / 205

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: State's Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball candidate. Recruiting: Ohio State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Auburn, Louisville, Oklahoma.

LOUISIANA

PLAYER: Robert Lane

SCHOOL: Monroe Neville

POSITION: Quarterback

SIZE: 6-3 / 215

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Led team to state championship game and has committed to LSU.

MISSISSIPPI

PLAYER: Omarr Conner

SCHOOL: Macon Noxubee County

POSITION: Quarterback

SIZE: 6-0 / 204

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Accounted for state-record 54 touchdowns. Recruiting: Mississippi State, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Auburn, Clemson, Florida.

NORTH CAROLINA

PLAYER: Chris Leak

SCHOOL: Charlotte Independence

POSITION: Quarterback

SIZE: 6-1 / 195

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Broke national high school record for career touchdown passes. Recruiting: Texas, Florida, Southern Cal, Iowa, Florida State, Ohio State.

SOUTH CAROLINA

PLAYER: Demetris Summers

SCHOOL: Lexington

POSITION: Running back

SIZE: 6-1 / 200

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Rushed for more than 2,500 yards. Final three in recruiting are South Carolina, Clemson, Florida.

TENNESSEE

PLAYER: Daniel Brooks

SCHOOL: Jackson Central Merry

POSITION: Linebacker

SIZE: 6-2 / 225

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Tennessee's Mr. Football; credited with 133 tackles. Recruiting: Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Miami.

TEXAS

PLAYER: Ofa Mohetau

SCHOOL: Euless Trinity

POSITION: Offensive lineman

SIZE: 6-3 / 335

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: One of America's most sought-after blockers. Recruiting: BYU, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State.

VIRGINIA

PLAYER: Xavier Adibi

SCHOOL: Hampton Phoebus

POSITION: Defensive lineman

SIZE: 6-2 / 220

YEAR: Senior

THE BUZZ: Versatile defender at end, tackle or linebacker; also plays fullback. Recruiting: Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State.

ALL-SOUTHERN TEAMOTHER STATE-BY-STATE SELECTIONSALABAMA

Pos Player Ht./Wt. Yr. School Possible collegeQB Jamarcus Russell 6-6 / 225 Sr. Mobile Williamson Florida, Florida State, LSURB Tim Castille 6-0 / 220 Sr. Birmingham Briarwood Alabama commitmentDL Dominic Lee 6-3 / 295 Sr. Birmingham Huffman Alabama commitmentWR Matt Caddell 5-11 / 175 Sr. Birmingham McAdory Alabama commitment

ALABAMA'S HONORABLE MENTION: WR Jayson Swain, 6-2/205, Sr. Huntsville Grissom (Tennessee commitment); OL Aaron Sears, 6-4/300, Sr. Russellville (Alabama commitment); QB Jake Tompkins, 6-2/210, Sr. Russellville (Louisville, Ala-Birmingham, UCF, Southern Miss); LB Mitchell Thomas, 6-3/210, Sr. Smith Station (Notre Dame, Vandy, South Carolina, Florida, Auburn, Alabama); FB Leron McClain, 6-2/240, Tuscaloosa County (Alabama commitment); DB Eric Gray, 6-0/185, Sr. Trinity West Morgan (Alabama commitment)

ARKANSAS

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FLORIDA

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GEORGIA

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KENTUCKY

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LOUISIANA

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MISSISSIPPI

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NORTH CAROLINA

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SOUTH CAROLINA

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TENNESSEE

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TEXAS

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VIRGINIA

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PANEL OF EXPERTS: WALT MCMAHON, BIRMINGHAM, ALA.; ROBERT YATES, LITTLE ROCK, ARK., JODY DEMLING, LOUISVILLE, KY.; BILL BUMGARNER, NEW ORLEANS, LA.; BILL SPENCER, JACKSON, MISS.; BILL COLE, WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.; JOHN MILLER, FORT WORTH, TEXAS; DOUG ROBERSON, NEWPORT NEWS VA.; AND BILL BUCHALTER AND BUDDY COLLINGS OF THE SENTINEL STAFF.

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