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Year of the Quarterbacks: Davis Mills

It’s the final two minutes in the fourth quarter. We’ve reached the end of our “Year of the Quarterbacks” series where we’ve gone one-on-one with many of the top recruits in the state. But be sure to look for a full re-cap and analysis next week.

According to 247Sports, senior Davis Mills from Greater Atlanta Christian is a four-star recruit and the second best quarterback in the state of Georgia, but what’s even more impressive is that he’s the fifth best quarterback in the country among those of the 2017 graduating class.

Coming Back Home

The Clarke Central High School football program is 46 years old. Over that time the Gladiators have piled up 379 victories against just 161 losses and 2 ties. The Glads have also won 16 region titles and 3 GHSA state championships with perfect seasons in 1977, 1979, and 1985.
It all began back in 1970 with a solid start, an 8-2 season. Among the coaches in school history Billy Henderson stands out who led the program from 1973 until his retirement in 1995. Billy was the guy who put those 3 state championship trophies in the trophy case.

Year of the Quarterbacks: Baron Radcliff

It’s not easy to be a high school athlete these days.

If you want to continue an athletic career beyond the glory days of high school, it’s basically a full time job year round on top of science homework and report cards.

And in today’s world, recruiting has never been bigger and social media has never been more daunting. There is a microscope on any and every player who has plans of pursuing a career at the college level and beyond.

Year Of The Quarterbacks: Trevor Lawrence

Five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the number one recruit in the country, according to 247 Sports. That doesn’t mean just quarterbacks, that’s across the board.

It’s been said before, but can never be said enough: intangibles separate good quarterbacks from great ones.  

Lawrence of Cartersville High School embodies this better than anyone else at his level. At 6’5’’, 200 pounds it’s hard enough to miss him out there on the field, but in addition to that, he has shoulder length hair, making him extremely easy to find… think Tom Brady in 2010.

 

The Top Tailback

When it comes to Georgia High School Football, fans love to talk about the top running backs this state has produced.  Right at the top, with very few arguments is Herschel Walker who played his high school football at Johnson County High School  for a coach named Gary Phillips who went on to become the head of the GHSA.

Year Of The Quarterbacks: Stetson Bennett IV

“Stetson Bennett is the best quarterback in the State of Georgia that everyone hasn't heard of,” says Tommy Palmer, TV and radio sports broadcaster, and part of the GPB Sports family.

That quote pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Stetson Bennett IV out of Blackshear, Georgia, home of the Pierce County Bears.

The Head-Butt Heard Around The World

Rush Propst the head coach of the two time defending GHSA 6A champion Colquitt County Packers has been suspended for one year by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for a head-butt incident  during the 6A semifinal game at Mill Creek last December.

Propst has appealed the suspension and continues to prepare his team for the upcoming 2016 season.

It is not known who lodged the complaint  or how long the appeals process will take.

Year Of The Quarterbacks: Addison Shoup

Mo Dixon is heading into his third season as head coach of The Walton Raiders. They went 9-2 last season after a dismal 2-8 in 2014. They have quarterback Addison Shoup on their side, who many believe is one of the best quarterbacks in the state. 

He’s a pro-style quarterback and is going into his senior year with the Raiders. Walton primarily runs the spread offense because… I mean, why wouldn’t you when you have one of the best passers in the state of Georgia? 

A Living Legend

I had a great day recently. Former Atlanta Falcon Chuck Smith, photographer Alex Hanson and I traveled to Athens, Georgia to talk to former Clarke Central High School coach Billy Henderson and it was a great trip down memory lane.

Year Of The Quarterbacks: Ryan Glover

Rising senior and quarterback Ryan Glover led the Woodward Academy War Eagles to an almost perfect season last year. They fell short and lost in the semifinals to the Buford Wolves. But much like everyone else, he’s focusing on how he can better his game for the year that awaits him. 

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