Make That Kid An Offer Nominees: Week of August 22
GPB Sports is looking for Georgia high school football players who are having a great season and career but who may need a little help getting noticed by recruiters. If you, or someone you know, doesn’t have an offer or may just be looking for a bigger offer, tell us your story. Send the details on what you've done over your career, along with your video highlights to GPBSports@gpb.org. If you’re selected we may feature you on our Recruiting 2022 Show Fridays at 7 pm on GPB.
Here are our nominees for the week of August 22, 2022:
Ben Guthrie, Alpharetta, QB, SR
Guthrie is a 5’11” 175 LBS senior quarterback at Alpharetta High School. He currently has an offer from Reinhardt. Guthrie led the Raiders to a huge 47-46 comeback season-opening win over #7 Jefferson on Friday night. He was 22-35 passing for 338 yards and 3 TD’s, while spreading the wealth to seven different wide receivers. He threw for close to 1700 yards last season as a junior with 14 TD’s and just six interceptions. From Matt Stewart: “Guthrie’s a big reason why I had Alpharetta ranked among my 2022 Top 10 Most Improved Teams in the state.”
Chase Morrison, Roswell, DE, JR
Morrison is a 6’4” 225 LBS Junior and third-year starting defensive end for the Hornets. He has one offer that he picked-up from Wake Forest during the spring. “We need the avalanche to start coming in after his monster performance in Roswell’s 35-10 season-opening win over Denmark on GPB,” said Matt Stewart. Morrison was a one man wrecking crew with 12 total tackles, 5 TFL, 2 QB sacks and one forced fumble. Matt Stewart says Chase reminds him a lot of former Hornets star Justin Ellis who is now a pre-season All-Sun Belt DE for the Georgia Southern Eagles.
Joseph Leslie, Brookwood, LB/DE, SR
Leslie is a 6'0" 210 LBS Senior hybrid linebacker/defensive end at Brookwood High School. He was thrust into a starting position at the beginning of his junior season when injuries struck and he responded by leading the team in QB sacks (seven) and QB pressures (nine). Leslie also had a forced fumble and one tackle for loss and 40 total tackles. His breakout season helped Brookwood win the Region 4-7A title before losing to Walton in the state semi-finals. Leslie made the Gwinnett County Defensive Honor Roll three times in 2021 and was named Defensive Player of the Week by his team twice.
Leslie had a strip sack, four tackles for loss and 10 total tackles (one being the key third-down stop that led to Brookwood’s go-ahead score) to help Brookwood win its first Corky Kell season opener in six years. He was named Defensive Player of the Week by his team for his efforts in the big win on 8/20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
He currently has a couple of offers but is looking to expand his exposure throughout Georgia and surrounding states. He plans on majoring in Exercise Science/Kinesiology/Sports Medicine with a possible minor in Sports Management.
Zion Rutledge, Hillgrove, LB, SR
Rutledge is a 6’0 225 LBS senior linebacker at Hillgrove High School. He runs a 4.65 40 and over his career he has recorded almost 200 tackles. During his junior year, he had 148 tackles, 4.5 Sacks, and an interception. Rutledge was First-Team All-County and All-State honorable mention. Outside of football, Rutledge is also a state championship wrestler, with a record of 45-2. He also holds many records at Hillgrove, including the squat record at 560, and the record for most pins in a season as a wrestler. Rutledge maintains 4.3 GPA and takes multiple AP Classes.
Jack Galvez, St. Pius X, K/P, SR
Galvez is a 5’9” 175 LBS senior combo specialist (kicker/punter) at St. Pius X. He has received D1 interest, but no offers. Galvez is the back-to-back all region 5 AAAAA, First-Team Punter of the Year (sophomore and junior years), with experience playing on region championship teams and in several playoff games. He completed 95% of PATs and 89% of Field Goals as a Junior - with a long of 45 yards, scoring a total of 62 points for his team. Galvez was rated a 4-star kicker and 4-star punter by Kohl’s Kicking. Additionally, he finished among the Top 5 at several college kicking camps this summer. Outside of football, Galvez shreds the electric guitar and maintains a 3.7 GPA including several AP classes.
Malcolm McCain, Brookwood, LB, SR
McCain is a 6’0” 215 LBS senior linebacker at Brookwood High School. He says he is blessed to have 12 offers, but feels that he deserves more exposure at the power five level. McCain’s motto is: “I won’t let anyone outwork me.” His 2021 stats and achievments include: 135 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception & six quarterback pressures. He was GACA All-State linebacker, First-Team Defense Region 4-7A linebacker and Second-Team All Gwinnett County linebacker. He was also a former B2C (Born to Compete) Player of the Year for the state of Georgia and ESPN2 All-American in 2020. Outside of football, he maintains a 3.78 GPA, scored 1330 on the SAT, and is a member of Sigma Beta Club of Phi Beta Sigma where he feeds the elderly, does neighborhood clean-ups and other community service!