Top Stories and Quarterbacks for 2017: Week 1
During the offseason, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) considered implementing new regulations aimed at discouraging student athletes from transferring to other schools – but that idea was tabled until next year. In the meantime, some big names from in-state and out-of-state made moves this summer to try to up their stock to get that one offer from their dream school.
Some Georgia recruits already have their college offers and are ready to make their senior season one to remember. Cartersville QB Trevor Lawrence looks to win his third straight State Championship, but this year the Hurricanes won’t have to rely entirely on his arm. RB Rico Frye of Creekside is now at Cartersville. The all-purpose back ran for more than 4,000 yards at his old school. He looks to give Lawrence a deadly run game to compliment his air attack.
Tyler and Dylan Fromm, the twin brothers of UGA freshmen QB Jake Fromm, have transferred from Houston County and are now enrolled at Warner Robins. Tyler had 35 catches for 543 yards in 10 games last season as a sophomore while Dylan was the backup QB. This year, however, Dylan is getting the starting nod at Warner Robins and looks to have a break out season with his brother.
Roswell High was able to reload again getting two transfers from out of state in North Carolina- dual-threat QB Cordell Littlejohn and LB/RB Jamal Littlejohn. Cordell passed for 3,655 yards and 50 touchdowns last season. Jamal often played on both sides of the ball. They are cousins to Roswell TE Tyneil Hopper.
Some key early games to watch:
The West Georgia Classic to be played at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton pits Newnan against Carrollton High.
Hillgrove takes on powerhouse Buford. Longtime rivals Northside- Warner Robins and Warner Robins face off in the International City. In South Georgia, Valdosta plays Lowndes in the Winnersville Classic. In the Corky Kell Classic, McEachern battles Mill Creek, Tucker takes on Kell, and Norcross goes head-to-head against Colquitt County.
I will be keeping an eye on the top QB’s in the state all season long. Here is the early list of some of the top throwers in Georgia:
Justin Fields. HS: Harrison, DUAL, 6’3, 221\
Last Season: 2,770 passing yards, 23 TDs, 6 INT, 1176 rush yards, 15 rushing TDs
Next Game: East Paulding
Trevor Lawrence. HS: Cartersville, PRO, 6’6, 208
Last Season: 3,900 passing yards, 51 TDs, 9 INT
Next Game: Allatoona
Emory Jones. HS: Heard County, DUAL, 6’3, 195
Last season: 9,224 career all-purpose yards, 53 TDs
College: The Ohio State University
Next Game: South Atlanta
Jarren Williams. HS: Central Gwinnett, DUAL, 6’2, 206
Last season: 2,618 passing yards, 26 TDs, 4 INT, 396 rush yards, 9 Rush TDs
Next Game: South Gwinnett
Cade Fortin. HS: North Gwinnett, PRO, 6’2, 207
Last Season: 1,844 passing yards, 16 TDs, 3 INT, 529 rushing yards, 3 Rush TD’s
College: Texas A&M
Next Game: Walton
Steven Krajewki. HS: Colquitt CO., PRO, 6’4, 205
Last season: (7 games played) 292 passing yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, 95 Rushing yards, 1 TDs
Next Game: Norcross
Harrison Bailey. HS: Marietta, PRO, 6’4, 215
Last Season: 2,812 passing yards, 21 TDs, 7 INT
Next Game: Wheeler
Knox Kadum. HS: Rome, PRO, 6’2, 170
Last Season: 2,548 Passing yards, 23 TDs, 4 INT, 476 rushing yards, 11 Rushing TDs
Next Game: Harrison
Luke Shiflett. HS: Northwest Whitfield CO., DUAL, 6’2, 180
Last Season: 2,330 Passing Yards, 24 TDs, 8 INT, 741 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs
College: Middle Tennessee State University
Next Game: Ringgold
Gunnar Watson. HS Taylor CO., PRO, 6’2, 187
Last Season: 2,037 passing yards 21 TDs, 6 INT
Next game: Terrell Co.
Here is a few to keep an eye on:
Cordell Littlejohn. HS: Roswell, DUAL, 6’4, 190
Next Game: South Forysth
Jordan Yates. HS: Milton, DUAL, 6’1, 186
Next Game: Alpharetta
Octavis Battle. HS: Carver, DUAL, 6’3, 185
College: University of South Florida
Next Game: Lithonia