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Top Prospects to Watch: State Finals on GPB

   
The exciting conclusion to the 2019 GHSA football season will be played out this weekend at Georgia State Stadium when eight state championship games are played in Atlanta Friday-Saturday and televised on GPB.
 
For a school like talent-rich Marietta, it could be their first state football championship since 1967. For a school like Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy it would be their state record fifth straight state title.
 
But what if you don’t have a “dog in the fight?” What if you’re just looking for some exciting football, or you want to get a sneak peak at the players who will star on Saturdays and maybe Sundays in the years ahead?
 
We’ve got you covered. From a college football recruiting standpoint, there is no team deeper than the aforementioned Marietta Blue Devils. The top three senior prospects among the 16 state finalists play for Marietta. As do four of the top six and five of the top ten. In fact, the Blue Devils have eight players committed to Power 5 conference teams, a total of ten FBS commits and another four players who have been offered college scholarships but are still uncommitted.
 
Only Class 2A Dublin with two, has more than one senior rated among the Top 10 prospects playing in the eight state finals. Among the top-rated juniors, Class 3A Crisp County is best represented with three of the top seven rated 11th graders playing in the weekend games.
 
In perhaps a sign that players are really attracted to a front runner, LSU has three commits playing in the state finals and those three players are among the top four rated players playing this weekend. It might surprise that the Georgia Bulldogs have only one. The same number as Georgia Tech and one less than the two players committed to both Alabama and Colorado.
So, consider the lists below as a recruiting viewing guide for your eight state championship games on GPB starting Friday morning at 10 a.m.
Marietta's Arik Gilbert (Photo - Jeremy Stewart)
Top 10 Seniors
 
1. Arik Gilbert - Marietta Blue Devils - 6-5, 253-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 5-star, No. 1 TE, No. 2 prospect in Georgia and No. 9 overall in the nation. Committed to LSU October 23rd over 25 other offers.
 
2. B.J. Ojulari - Marietta Blue Devils - 6-3, 224-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star, No. 9 Weakside DE and No. 15 prospect in Georgia. Committed to LSU October 27th over 17 other offers after originally committing to Tennessee in August.
 
3. Harrison Bailey - Marietta Blue Devils - 6-4, 224-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star, No. 4 Pro Style QB and No. 17 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Tennessee November 2018 over 21 other offers.
 
4. Max Johnson - Oconee County Warriors - 6-4, 216-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star, No. 10 Pro Style QB and No. 27 prospect in Georgia. Committed to LSU November 2018 over 15 other offers.
 
5. Justin Robinson - ELCA Chargers - 6-4, 200-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star WR and No. 30 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Georgia in March over 16 other offers.
 
6. Rashad Torrence - Marietta Blue Devils - 6-0, 195-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star, No. 33 SAF and No. 34 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Florida December 2018 over 25 other offers.
 
7. Romello Height - Dublin Fighting Irish - 6-5, 216-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 27 OLB and No. 38 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Miami in July over 27 other offers.
 
8. Seth McLaughlin - Buford Wolves - 6-4, 270-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 9 CTR and No. 47 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Alabama in March over 19 other offers.
 
9. JaQues Evans - Dublin Fighting Irish - 6-2, 225-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 29 ATH and No. 58 prospect in Georgia. Five offers including Miami, Tennessee and Arizona State.
 
10. Jake Wray - Marietta Blue Devils - 6-5, 290-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star OT and No. 61 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Colorado in May over 28 other offers after decommitting from Ohio State last December.
 
Crisp County's Christopher Paul (Photo - Rivals.com)
Top 9 Juniors
 
1. Christopher Paul - Crisp County Cougars - 6-1, 217-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 22 ILB and No. 35 prospect in Georgia. Eight offers with Michigan State his predicted choice over Nebraska.
 
2. Jackson Hamilton - Blessed Trinity Titans - 6-0, 202-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 31 SAF and No. 36 prospect in Georgia. Offered by Virginia.
 
3. West Weeks - Oconee County Warriors - 6-1, 217-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star ATH and No. 50 prospect in Georgia. Five offers including App State, Virginia and Louisville.
 
4. Gabe Ervin - Buford Wolves - 6-0, 200-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star RB and No. 51 prospect in Georgia. Eight offers including Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Louisville.
 
5. Jacques Hunter - Lowndes Vikings - 6-3, 199-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star Strongside DE and No. 53 prospect in Georgia. Offered by South Carolina and Colorado State.
 
6. Sirad Bryant - Crisp County Cougars - 6-1, 184-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star SAF and No. 54 prospect in Georgia. Offered by Georgia Tech, West Virginia and Nebraska.
 
7. Preston Lavant - Crisp County Cougars - 6-2, 200-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star and No. 61 prospect in Georgia. Four offers including West Virginia and Nebraska.
 
8. Amari Wansley - Buford Wolves - 6-0, 175-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star WR and No. 65 prospect in Georgia. Offered by Louisville, Maryland and Syracuse.
 
9. T.J. Quinn - Lowndes Vikings - 6-1, 200-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star SAF and No. 66 prospect in Georgia. Offered by Virginia Tech and Coastal Carolina.
Lowndes' Jacques Hunter (Photo - 247 Sports)
 
Top Two Rated Prospects for Each Team
 
7A Final - Lowndes Vikings 
Jaylon Jones - 6-4, 260-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star strongside DE. Offered by Boston College and South Alabama.
Jacques Hunter - 6-3, 199-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star strongside DE. Offered by South Carolina and Colorado State.
 
7A Final - Marietta Blue Devils
Arik Gilbert - 6-5, 253-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 5-star, No. 1 TE, No. 2 prospect in Georgia and No. 9 overall in the nation. Committed to LSU October 23rd over 25 other offers.
B.J. Ojulari - Marietta Blue Devils - 6-3, 224-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star, No. 9 Weakside DE and No. 15 prospect in Georgia. Committed to LSU October 27th over 17 other offers after originally committing to Tennessee in August.
 
6A Final - Allatoona Buccaneers 
Bennett Christian - 6-5, 225-pound, sophomore TE. Offered by Kansas
Jude Kelly - 6-1, 165-pound, senior kicker. Four offers including Wofford and Chattanooga.
 
6A Final - Harrison Hoyas 
Gavin Hall - 6-2, 190-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star and No. 37 Pro Style QB. Committed to Toledo in June over 8 other offers.
Victor Pless - 5-10, 175-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star CB. Committed to Minnesota in June over 24 other offers.
 
5A Final - Buford Wolves
Seth McLaughlin - 6-4, 270-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 9 CTR and No. 47 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Alabama in March over 19 other offers.
Jalen Huff - 6-0, 176, Senior - 247 Sports Composite 3-Star CB - Committed to Georgia Tech over 32 other offers
 
5A Final - Warner Robins Demons 
Marcayll Jones - 5-9, 170-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star WR Committed to Memphis in June over 15 other offers.
Manny Thompson - 6-5, 250-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star OT. Committed to Georgia State two weeks ago over offer from SE Missouri.
 
4A Final - Blessed Trinity Titans
Elijah Green - 5-10, 190-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star RB and No. 83 prospect in Georgia. Committed to North Carolina in July over 13 other offers.
Jackson Hamilton - 6-0, 202-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 31 SAF and No. 36 prospect in Georgia. Offered by Virginia.
 
4A Final - Oconee County Warriors
Max Johnson - 6-4, 216-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star, No. 10 Pro Style QB and No. 27 prospect in Georgia. Committed to LSU November 2018 over 15 other offers.
West Weeks - 6-1, 217-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star ATH and No. 50 prospect in Georgia. Five offers including App State, Virginia and Louisville.
 
3A Final - Cedar Grove Saints
Isaiah Ratcliff - 6-1, 205-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 37 ILB and No. 87 prospect in Georgia. 18 offers including Baylor, Michigan and Minnesota.
Alvin Williams - 6-4, 220-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star weakside DE. Committed to Colorado in June over 20 other offers.
 
3A Final - Crisp County Cougars
Christopher Paul - 6-1, 217-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 22 ILB and No. 35 prospect in Georgia. Eight offers with Michigan State his predicted choice over Nebraska.
Sirad Bryant - 6-1, 184-pound, junior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star SAF and No. 54 prospect in Georgia. Offered by Georgia Tech, West Virginia and Nebraska.
 
2A Final - Dublin Fighting Irish
Romello Height - 6-5, 216-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 27 OLB and No. 38 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Miami in July over 27 other offers.
JaQues Evans - 6-2, 225-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star, No. 29 ATH and No. 58 prospect in Georgia. Five offers including Miami, Tennessee and Arizona State.
 
1A Public Final - Irwin County Indians
Jamorri Colson - 5-11, 160-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star ATH and No. 90 prospect in Georgia. 21 offers including Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State.
D.J. Lundy - 6-0, 225-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star ATH. 11 offers including Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Kentucky among his leaders.
 
1A Private Final - ELCA Chargers 
Justin Robinson - 6-4, 200-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 4-star WR and No. 30 prospect in Georgia. Committed to Georgia in March over 16 other offers.
Marquis Black - 6-4, 280-pound, senior. 247 Sports Composite 3-star DT. Committed to Nebraska in October over 13 other offers.
 
1A Private Final - Wesleyan Wolves
Tanner Bivins - 6-3, 290-pound, junior OT. Offered by South Carolina.
J.C. French - 6-0, 190-pound, sophomore pro style QB. Offered by Wake Forest, Akron and William & Mary.
 
So be sure to join our entire GPB team as we bring you the 2019 State Championship Games starting at 10 am ET both Friday and Saturday. I’ll be calling the 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A State Finals along with The Wayne Gandy. You don’t want to miss any of the action!
 

Matt has called the best high school football in the country for the last five years on Georgia Public Broadcasting, with 2019 being year number six. Joining the GPB Football Team in 2014, Matt has now called TV Play-by-Play for High School... more