1Grayson: In one of the more surprising moves this past spring, head coach Jeff
Herron left his post at Prince Avenue Christian
to take over the Grayson program. Herron
walked into a great situation that got even
better with the addition of some key transfers.
The Rams are led offensively by quarterback
Chase Brice, a Clemson commit, who can
make just about any throw on the football field.
2Norcross: Before Colquitt County won two state titles in a row, Norcross was
the team running roughshod over opponents
en route to two consecutive championships.
The Blue Devils will have a chance to be in the
conversation again this year, thanks to a ton of
team speed all over the football field. Defen-
sive end Robert Beal is a budding star.
3Cedar Grove: Cedar Grove is in a great po- sition this season with what the program
has returning. The Saints are big up front and
feature two Georgia commits on the offensive
line in Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer.
Behind the offensive line is 6-7 quarterback
4McEachern: McEachern is generally loaded with talent and this year is no different. It all starts at quarterback with Bailey
Hockman, a Florida State commit, returning to
a team loaded with talent at the skill positions
and in the trenches.
5Westlake: Head coach Kareem Reid has made the move from Coconut Creek (Fla.)
and inherits a ferocious defense with 2017 blue-
chippers Jaden Hunter and A.J. Terrell. Hunter.
6Colquitt County: The Packers would be the state’s top overall team if it wasn’t for
the suspension of head coach Rush Probst,
who is banned from coaching for a year after
head-butting a player on the sideline during
the Class 6A semifinals. Probst has been a
spectacular coach who gets more out his
players than just about anyone.
7Cartersville: Cartersville won a state championship in 2015 thanks to the
leadership and athletic ability of quarterback
Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence, only a junior, is po-
tentially a transcendent talent at quarterback.
8Buford: The Wolves are a powerhouse team every year, always in contention for
a state championship. This year should be no
different. Junior running back Anthony Grant
has potential to be one of the state’s best
players by his senior year.
9Tucker: The Tigers are always one of the most physical and well-coached teams
in the state and return the bulk of their team
speed. On defense, defensive back Keith Best,
along with linebacker Brian Strozier return.
10 Peach County: Peach County has asserted itself as a middle Georgia
powerhouse and will reap the benefits of
having an explosive playmaker in 2018 athlete
Kearis Jackson. Jackson is one of the fastest
football players in the state.
11 North Gwinnett: North Gwinnett is a highly competitive team year in and
year out but may have lost too much at the
skill position groups. However, the Bulldogs
should still be stout in both the offensive line
and with the front seven.
12 Brunswick: Head coach Larry Harold has a ton of talent in do-it-all weapon
Shawn Smith at receiver and road-grading
offensive tackle D’Antne Demery.
13 Camden County: Coming off 10-2 with second round exit in playoffs, few teams
execute as well on offense and defense as well
as Camden County. Running back Brandon
McMaster will be a tough one for defenses.
14 Houston County: The Bears will go as far as quarterback Jake Fromm takes
them. The state’s best quarterback in the
class of 2017 threw the ball all over the field
as a junior.
15 Fitzgerald: Running back J.D. King, who is committed to Oklahoma State,
has the potential to run for 2,000 yards in his
senior season. An explosive back, King has the
vision to match. Tight end Lecitus Smith will
play a major part in helping both the running
and passing games.
16 Allatoona: Allatoona lost over 2,000 yards rushing to graduation from a
state championship team but senior running
back Charles Anderson should help pick up the
slack. Tanner Baker is another quality player
at the tight end position who should help this
17 Jefferson: Junior running back Colby Wood is a game changer as
the Dragons will almost never beat itself with
self-inflicted wounds. Senior offensive lineman
Caleb Chandler will play a major role up front.
18 Calhoun: Defensive back Baylon Spec- tor, a Clemson commit, is an all-around
star for the Yellow Jackets, which is routinely
one of the top programs in the state. Calhoun
figures to have one of the better offensive lines
in the state.
19 Pace Academy: The Knights feature two blue-chip offensive linemen in
Jamaree Salyer and Andrew Thomas as this
is a program on the rise. Four-star receiver
Trey Blount is a playmaker in every sense of
20 Hillgrove: He hasn’t taken a snap yet but rising freshman quarterback
Harrison Bailey is already being touted as
a phenom. The Hawks are always fast and
physical with head coach Phillip Ironside
leading the program.
21 Cairo: Head coach Steve Devoursney is a proven winner in a town that
loves its football as much as any in the
state. The Syrupmakers will be led by
linebacker Walter Grant.
22 Thomson: The Bulldogs are always a feisty bunch and 2016 will be no
different. Christian Tutt is a top- 50 player
nationally and has a college football pedigree
with his uncle being former Georgia linebacker
Danny Verdun Wheeler.
23 Greater Atlanta Christian: Stanford pledge Davis Mills is one of the best
signal callers in the country and makes his skill
position guys around him better.
24 Liberty County: Two-way star Richard LeCounte leads one of the most
athletic defenses in the state and provides
game-breaking ability at whatever position he
plays on offense.
25 Creekside: Despite losing a lot of talent the past two seasons, the
Seminoles return a veteran team with a lot of
talent on each side of the ball. Receiver Khalil
McClain and running back Evan Mann will lead
Grayson will be the team to beat after adding several transfers.
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