Players To Watch: Grayson Vs. Colquitt County
When the top-ranked Colquitt County Packers line up against the second-ranked Grayson Rams Friday night on GPB, many believe this just may be a preview of the GHSA 7A State Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in December.
The Packers have started the season 5-0 and not one of their games have been decided by less than four touchdowns … and they haven’t been playing The Sisters of the Poor. Every one of the teams they have beaten have been ranked in the Top 10 in their respective classifications: McEachern, St. Louis Trinity Catholic, Thomasville, Valdosta and Warner Robins. Grayson will mark the sixth Top 10 team they’ve played out of six.
The Rams are 3-1 with victories over Tucker, Marietta and Westlake. Grayson’s one loss came to New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic. Again all Top 10-rated programs with the exception of Westlake, a program that reached the state semifinals just two years ago.
This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two state powers with three of the previous four match-ups coming in the state quarterfinals and twice in the semifinals. The beauty of this game Friday night is regardless of the outcome, nothing is really on the line other than bragging rights. That will likely not be the case when they meet again. It should be a ton of fun with plenty of college prospects on the field to entertain your imagination should one of them choose your favorite program.
Colquitt County Packers
Prospects to Watch Friday Night (complete list of prospects below)
*All rankings are 247 Sports Composite
Daijun Edwards – 5-10, 210-pound, Junior. 4-Star. No. 19 running back in the nation in the Class of 2020. No. 23 junior prospect in Georgia. Six offers including Georgia, Auburn and Florida State. Leads the Packers with 601 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
Kam Bell – 6-3, 325-pound, Senior. 3-Star. No. 24 Offensive Guard in the nation in the Class of 2019. 11 offers including Alabama, Mississippi State and Kentucky. Packers starting left tackle.
Jay Ward – 6-2, 165-pound, Senior. 3-Star Cornerback. Committed to Kentucky in June over 15 other offers. Leads the Packers with three interceptions.
Rashad Revels – 5-11, 175-pound, Senior. 3-Star Safety. Committed to UAB in June over eight other offers. Packers starting Buck linebacker. Leads team with 72 tackles with 14 TFL and 8 quarterback sacks.
Brian Merritt – 5-11, 305-pound, Senior. 3-Star Defensive Tackle. 16 offers including West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Georgia State.
Ryan Fitzgerald – 6-0, 185-pound, Senior. 2-Star. No. 19 Kicker in the nation in Class of 2019. Offered by Georgia State, Army, Air Force and South Alabama. Six of seven on his field goal attempts with a long of 57 yards.
Will Rykard – 6-2, 285-pound, Senior. 2-Star Center. Committed to UAB in July over three other offers.
Marcus Anderson – 5-10, 215-pound, Senior. Two-Star OLB. Committed to Georgia State in July over three other offers. Starting Will linebacker with 11 TFL and five quarterback sacks.
Ty Leggett – 5-10, 175-pound, Senior Running Back. Offered by Pittsburgh. Has 272 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Wanya Morris – 6-6, 305-pound, Senior. 5-Star. No. 1 Offensive Tackle in the nation in the Class of 2019. No. 2 senior prospect in Georgia and No. 8 overall national recruit. Committed to Tennessee May 1 over 25 other offers. Rams starting left tackle.
Owen Pappoe – 6-1, 205-pound, Senior. 5-Star. No. 1 Outside Linebacker in the nation in the Class of 2019. No. 3 senior prospect in Georgia and No. 10 overall national recruit. Committed to Auburn May 1 over 43 other offers. Leads the team with 38 tackles with one sack and five TFL.
Kevin Harris – 6-4, 220-pound, Senior. 4-Star. No. 5 Defensive End in the nation in the Class of 2019. No. 9 senior prospect in Georgia. Committed to Alabama May 1 over 26 other offers. Leads the team with six sacks plus five TFL.
Kenyatta Watson – 6-2, 185-pound, Senior. 4-Star. No. 17 Cornerback in the nation in the Class of 2019. No. 20 senior prospect in Georgia. Committed to Texas in May 1 over 40 other offers.
Trente Jones – 6-5, 300-pound, Senior. 4-Star Offensive Tackle. Committed to Michigan in February over 18 other offers. Rams starting right tackle.
C.J. Dixon – 6-5, 195-pound, Junior. 4-Star. No. 11 Pro-Style Quarterback in the nation in the Class of 2020. Six offers including Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State. Back-up quarterback to senior starter J’kori Jones.
Kenyon Jackson – 6-6, 200-pound, Senior. 3-Star Wide Receiver. Committed to Texas A&M in April over 24 other offers. Rams leading receiver with 12 catches for 286 yards and five touchdowns.
Ronald Thompkins – 6-1, 205-pound, Senior. 3-Star. No. 4 All-Purpose Back in the nation in the Class of 2019. Committed to Nebraska in June over 19 other offers. Played in only one game because of a knee injury suffered in season opener vs. Tucker and missed all but six games last year because of a knee injury.
Tru Thompson – 6-1, 320-pound, Senior. 3-Star Defensive Tackle. Committed to Florida State in March of 2017 over eight other offers. Rams starting nose tackle with three TFL.
Allen Smith – 6-2, 205-pound, Senior. 3-Star Outside Linebacker. Committed to North Carolina in April over 12 other offers. Rams starting Jack linebacker.
Ryan King – 6-4, 215-pound, Junior. 3-Star Wide Receiver. Offered by Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and FIU. Has 10 receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown.
Jadyn Bost – 6-2, 230-pound, Junior. 3-Star. No. 24 Defensive End in the nation in the Class of 2020. Six offers including Ole Miss, Boston College and Indiana. Backs up Tru Thompson at the nose tackle position.
Jeremiah Smith – 6-2, 190-pound, Senior. 3-Star Safety. Committed to Georgia Tech in February over 12 other offers. Second on the team with 37 tackles and one interception.
Jakai Clark – 6-3, 315-pound, Senior. 3-Star. No. 11 Center in the nation in the Class of 2019. 11 offers including Auburn, West Virginia and Boston College.
Ty Carter – 6-3, 330-pound, Senior Offensive Tackle. Offered by Tennessee.
Keelan Marion – 6-0, 195-pound, Senior Wide Receiver. Committed to South Alabama in June.
Jaylen Haynes – 5-10, 175-pound, Senior Safety. Committed to Austin Peay in June. Starting Dog linebacker.
I know you just felt like you read a phone book (for those of you old enough to remember what those are). It is unbelievable how many college football prospects will be on the field. I expected a tremendous match-up. Join us Friday night starting at 7 p.m. for our All-Access Pass pregame show hosted by Jon Nelson and Chelsea Tafoya. Then stick around for the game with Brian Jordan on color, Sam Crenshaw on the sidelines and me with the play-by-play story.