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2021 South Georgia Player Rankings: V1.0

By Barry Every
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It’s time to break out the initial South Georgia Player Rankings for the class of 2021. Version 1.0 starts off as a Top 40 with sights set on an eventual Top 100 to Top 125 prior to signing day.

It’s time to break out the initial South Georgia Player Rankings for the class of 2021. Version 1.0 starts off as a Top 40 with sights set on an eventual Top 100 to Top 125 prior to signing day.

Remember these young men are only sophomores in high school they still have a hard row to hoe prior to actually inking letter-of-intents.

These rankings are fluid and will be updated and changed several times prior to signing day. Being on this list does not guarantee success or a scholarship, as does not currently being on this list dictate that a prospect will not become a highly coveted commodity. Many future gridiron stars this age have yet to taste the experience of varsity football, especially in the larger classifications.

We would be remiss not to mention that in every recruiting cycle there are more than a handful of academic casualties. Don’t be a fatality in the classroom; aim for higher than the minimum NCAA requirements. This approach will open more doors; numerous colleges that offer full rides simply do not accept the minimum NCAA standards.

Without further ado, starting this class off in the #1 spot is giant left offensive tackle Micah Morris of Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County. Morris has been a starter on the Wildcat varsity since his freshman season. The natural hip and knee bender already boasts 15 FBS offers which include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

One of the most dynamic all-around athletes in this class is Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County receiver Chauncey Magwood, who comes in at #2. Through eight games the stellar sophomore has nabbed 23 passes for 379 yards and two scores while adding two rushing touchdowns. Keep in mind Magwood has seen little playing time in the second half do to the mercy-rule. He currently holds offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pitt, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

This may be the Year of the Offensive Lineman in South Georgia as Weston Franklin of Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County enters at #3 on this list. Like Morris, Franklin has been a starter since his first season of eligibility at the varsity level. This versatile lineman has played multiple positions along the offensive front in high school, but most likely projects as on the interior at the next level. Franklin has garnered offers form Georgia Southern, Michigan, South Carolina and Southern Miss.

A name that may be new too many, but not to those in-the-know, is Trent Broadnax of Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine. The two-way standout has caught 18 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns in aiding the Cadets to a (7-1) start. He has also added seven tackles and a pair of interceptions to his resume. Broadnax comes in at #4 in the initial rankings.

As alluded to earlier this could be one of the top OL classes in recent history. Coming in at #5 is offensive tackle Terrence Ferguson of Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County. The athletic behemoth could play guard or tackle at the next level. Colleges have taken notice of his skillset as he has hauled in early offers from Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Possibly the youngest player in the Top 40 is Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County inside backer Baron Hopson, who has already skipped one grade due to outstanding achievements in the classroom. Hopson leads perhaps the toughest defensive unit in the state regardless of classification. Through eight games the Trojans have allowed a mere 30 points while Hopson has accounted for 66 tackles, six TFL’s and two sacks. The #6 ranked player’s current offer list reads: Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.

South Georgia Football is known for producing major talent from the state’s smallest classification.  That is just the case with two-way standout Zamon Ross of Ellaville (Ga.) Schley County.

Through eight contests the #7 player has carried the ball 89 times for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching four pass for 41 yards and score. That’s not all; he has also added 24 tackles, two TFL’s, one sack, six PBU’s and one INT on the defensive side of the ball.

One of the most dynamic pass catchers in the entire state regardless of grade is Valdosta (Ga.) receiver Aalah Brown. Brown has snagged 47 passes for 772 yards and nine scores through nine games. His hard work has paid off with a pair of offers: Pitt and Vanderbilt. Brown projects as a shifty slot at the next level. Brown comes in at #8.

Coming in at #9 is safety Sirad Bryant of Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County. If the school and his last name sound familiar, you are correct. This young ball hawking safety is the younger brother of Auburn’s Big Kat Bryant. Through eight games Bryant has racked up 35 tackles, four PBU’s and three INT’s.

Rounding out the top ten entries is Waycross (Ga.) Ware County linebacker Michael Mincey. This hard hitting inside linebacker has accrued 54 tackles, five TFL’s, three sacks and two FF’s in leading the Gators to a (6-2/2-0) mark. At this point last season Ware County sat (3-5).

Remember the whole point of these rankings is to help expose players south of the gnat-line to college coaches all over the country. This list will be updated again sometime after the final signing period in February.