DEANGELO GIBBS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN
over a new fan base during his senior season.
Gibbs, arguably the top Georgia prospect in the Class of
2017, transferred to Grayson from Peachtree Ridge after his
junior season. He will bring skills as a shutdown cornerback
and big-play threat on offense to a Grayson roster laden with
Division 1 talent.
Gibbs received more than 20 offers from Division 1
schools after his freshman season at Peachtree Ridge. His
size – 6-foot- 2 ½ and 200 pounds – is appealing to defensive
coaches that see the sport trending toward bigger corners.
“Receivers are getting bigger and bigger,” Gibbs said. “You
can take a 5-foot- 10 corner, and I can do all of the same
things – only I’m 6-2 ½.”
Gibbs is hoping to get tested more often in the Grayson
secondary. Most opposing quarterbacks avoided throwing
anywhere near him last season, as is evidenced by his
meager stat line of 20 tackles and one interception.
2016 COVER STARS,
AS VOTED BY THE FANS
JADEN HUNTER HAS THE GENES TO BE A DIVISION 1
athlete. His father, Brice Hunter, starred at Valdosta and Geor-
gia before playing three seasons in the NFL with the Miami
Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jaden’s mother, Brandi
Decker Hunter, starred on the basketball court at Georgia.
Hunter seems to have received every bit of athleticism
from both parents. The 6-foot- 3, 218-pound outside
linebacker plays every level of defense for Westlake, from
the line of scrimmage to the deep secondary.
“If I didn’t have this much athletic ability,” Hunter said, “it
Hunter writes “R.I.P 88” on his wristbands before every
would take away from my ability to play all positions.”
As a junior last fall, Hunter had 62 tackles, including 20
for a loss, and five sacks. He has committed to Georgia with
an eye toward following the footsteps of his father, who died
after being shot in a Chicago apartment in 2004.
game in tribute to his father.
NATE MCBRIDE KNOWS
exactly how fast a season can
go up in flames. It’s about the
time it takes a car to crash
into a tree.
The Vidalia inside linebacker’s all-important junior
season came to an end before
it even started last August
when McBride crashed his
car into a tree in his neighborhood after a practice. The
6-foot- 2, 220-pound McBride
fell asleep behind the wheel
and broke both wrists. He
spent three months in casts
that ran from his fingers past
“It was a very long pro-
cess,” McBride said. “The
recruiting got a little quiet,
but it wasn’t that bad.”
McBride was arguably
the top inside linebacker
prospect in the Class of 2017
at the time of his injury. He’s
still working to get the full
range of motion in his wrists.
“I’m ready for contact,”
McBride said. “I have to
wear a brace, but I’m going
to try to talk my dad [Vidalia
defensive secondary coach
Jason McBride] into letting
me take it off.”
Every once in a while,
a high school football
fan base embraces a
particular player and
rallies around him. These
four players experienced
as much. Each player
was nominated by one
of his fans and voted by
his collective fan base to
represent his school on
the cover of FNF Georgia.
LIBERT Y COUNT Y FOOTBALL FANS CAN ATTEST TO THE
fact that there is little Richard LeCounte III can’t do on a football
field. Rated the No. 1 athlete in the country by some recruiting
services, the 5-foot- 11, 175-pound senior filled a variety of roles
for Liberty County last fall, including part-time quarterback,
tailback, wide receiver, safety, kick returner and punt returner.
On the season, he threw for 506 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 865 yards and seven touchdowns and
caught passes for 564 yards and four touchdowns. On
defense, he racked up 100 tackles and 12 tackles for loss,
forced six turnovers and returned two for touchdowns.
Finally, as a special-teamer, he had a 95-yard kickoff return
for a touchdown and another punt return touchdown.
LeCounte wears No. 4 in memory of his grandmother, Alberta
LeCounte, who died in a car accident when Richard was 8. The
four represents the month (April) in which the former lieutenant
in the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department was born.
LIBERTY COUN TY
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GEORGIA