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2020 South Georgia Player Rankings: V3.0

By Barry Every
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Version 3.0 expands from a Top 38 to a Top 45 with eight new names.

It’s been two months since the last version of the 2020 South Georgia Player Rankings. Version 3.0 expands from a Top 38 to a Top 45 with eight new names. Dropping out of the rankings is offensive lineman Joshua Jones who transferred from Columbus (Ga.) Carver to Phenix City (Ala.) Central. Each new name is bolded and designated with the acronym NR.

There is a new #1, Ellaville (Ga.) Schley County jumbo athlete Zykeivous Walker slides into the top spot. Walker is one of the hottest recruits in the country with offers from Auburn, Boston College, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M. The 6-foot-4, 257-pound DE/TE could project on either side of the ball, several colleges are recruiting Walker as a giant 3-4 outside linebacker.

The highest new entry at #25 belongs to athlete James Shellman of Savannah (Ga.) Islands. Last season Shellman saw duty at receiver and quarterback. He recently picked of his first offer, Ole Miss. His size and ball skills will allow him to project on either side of the ball.

Thomasville (Ga.) defensive end Payton Singletary is the next highest entry at #27. As a sophomore he recorded 43 tackles, eight TFL’s and four sacks in guiding the Bulldogs to a (12-1/4-0) record. Singletary recently picked up an offer from Cincinnati.

One of the more interesting athletes is 6-foot, 210-pound Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County running back Wesley Steiner. Last season Steiner led the Bears in rushing with 764 yards and seven touchdowns on 144 carries. He also caught nine passes for 124 yards. This behemoth back recently placed first in the GHSA-AAAAAA discus with a throw of 163-11. Steiner makes his entry at #29.

Though Metter (Ga.) struggled through a (3-7) mark last season, they are not without superior athletes. Coming in at #35 is DE/OLB TJ Davis. Davis possesses the size and athleticism to be a real defensive difference maker at the next level.

Right on his heels at #36 is Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins defensive end Taurus Simmons. Simmons led the Warriors in sacks last season with five. He also recorded 38 tackles and seven TFL’s. It’s possible that Simmons may project as a 3-4 outside backer.

Savannah (Ga.) Johnson had a miserable season in 2017 finishing (0-10), but like most schools in Georgia they are not void of talent. Though Akelo Stone only played in five games as a sophomore he was still able to rack up 25 tackles and two FF’s. Stone makes his entry at #38.

This list will be next updated just prior to the start of the season.