IT MAY SOUND OUT OF PLACE, BUT LAWRENCE
may be the best high school player in the state
despite the fact he’s entering his sophomore year.
The 6-foot- 5, 190-pound standout passed for over
3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns as a freshman at
Cartersville. MaxPreps named Lawrence the National
Freshman of the Year, and college offers flooded
in during the offseason, turning Lawrence into one
of the hottest names in the South. He’s already a
great player, and he has three years still to grow and
mature. He’ll have his pick of where to play at the next
level. If he continues his current track, he’ll be one of
the best in the country in 2018.
THE CLASS OF 2017 FEATURES ANOTHER
strong group of quarterbacks. Along with McEachern’s
Bailey Hockman and Greater Atlanta Christian’s Davis
Mills, Fromm is battling to be the best. The 6-foot- 3,
220-pound prostyle passer from Houston County has
a good case. He passed for over 3,600 yards and 31
touchdowns while completing over 63 percent of his
throws as a sophomore, helping the Bears to their
first 10-win season since 1993. Paired with senior
wideout Darion Anderson, Fromm figures to have
an even better season in 2015. He already holds
scholarship offers from Alabama, Miami and at least
10 other high-profile schools, so he’s on track to play
at the highest level of competition in college.
WHAT DOESN’T THIS KID DO? WHERE CAN’T HE
play? Those questions aren’t easily answered after
LeCounte spent the first two seasons of his career
filling numerous roles for Liberty County. He did it
successfully, too. He’s still got two years to go, but
it appears the 5-foot- 11, 175 pound standout will
most likely play defense in college. He recorded
five interceptions as a freshman and four more as
a sophomore, all while going against offenses who
knew not to test him too often. He’s not afraid to help
against the run either. He’s posted nearly 200 total
tackles, including 135 solo takedowns. LeCounte is
too much of a threat to keep off the field when Liberty
County has the ball.
A SUPREMELY GIFTED ATHLETE THAT DOES A
little bit of everything for Archer, Williams will most
likely play cornerback on the next level. The 5-foot- 9,
170-pound standout has been a fixture on the field since
his freshman season, a rare early emergence for one of
the biggest schools and loaded programs in the state.
Williams racked up 32 tackles and two interceptions
in his first year. He backed that up with 60 tackles and
two more picks as a sophomore. While defense appears
to be his best shot for his future college playing days,
he’s as productive on offense for the Tigers. There’s no
real need to look ahead though, as Gibbs is one major
reason Peachtree Ridge is in line for one of its best
seasons of the Mark Fleetwood Era.
THE STATE OF GEORGIA PRODUCED ELITE DEFEN-
sive linemen groups in the classes of 2015 and ’ 16.
A player like Herring ensures the position will remain
elite in the 2017 cycle. A 6-foot- 3, 260-pound end,
Herring is a defensive end with strength and speed.
He’s a prospect already great but still very much in
the making. Herring started adding offers early in his
sophomore year, but the recruiting attention didn’t
become a negative pressure or distraction. Instead, he
kept getting better. That led to Alabama and Georgia
offers in February. While Georgia’s quickly becoming
a hotbed for players who can stop the run and make
quarterbacks uncomfortable, Herring stands out as a
difference-maker as an underclassman.
IT’S SHAPING UP TO BE A BATTLE BETWEEN TWO
Southeastern Conference powerhouses to sign the Vidalia
linebacker. At 6-foot- 2, 220 pounds, McBride has the classic inside tackler look — Georgia and Alabama took notice
and offered early. Schools like Auburn, Clemson, Florida
State and Michigan did, too. There’s already a lot to like,
but McBride still has two seasons of growing physically
and mentally. He’s far from the finished product he could
be by the time he makes his decision on where he’ll play
college ball. In the meantime, McBride will continue in his
integral role for Vidalia. The Indians last won a state title in
1969, but went 33-4 the last three seasons while pushing
deep into the playoffs. With McBride around for two more
seasons, look for Vidalia to remain in the title picture.
ALREADY CITED BY 247SPORTS AS THE STATE’S
No. 1 player in the Class of 2017, Gibbs could be near
the top of the national rankings with a strong showing
this season. The 6-foot- 2, 205-pound two-way standout excels on both offense and defense, providing a
scoring threat as a wide receiver and locking down
opponents from his defensive back spot. He picked
up over two dozen scholarship offers before the summer, although the early word is outsiders like Texas
and LSU will have a hard time prying Gibbs away from
the home state Georgia Bulldogs. There’s no need
to look ahead though, as Gibbs is one major reason
Peachtree Ridge is in line for one of its best season
since Mark Fleetwood took over.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN ARE SAID TO BE THE HARDEST
players to evaluate — at any level, but especially as high
schoolers positioning to be recruited by college coaches.
It gets even harder to gauge how good a player will be
if he’s playing tackle. With that in mind, it seems there
aren’t many questions surrounding Andrew Thomas when
it comes to raw talent and desirable upside. He’s 6-foot- 5
and nearly 300 pounds, showing off an already-ideal
frame to man the coveted spot protecting quarterbacks.
Last year, Thomas helped Pace Academy to its first
winning season since 2010 and he, just like the Knights,
appears to be just hitting his stride. Thomas has collected
offers from over 20 schools and will have his pick of SEC
and ACC schools when he’s ready to make the final call.
PROFILES OF EIGHT FUTURE FOOTBALL STARS