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Top 2018 Prospects to Watch

By Jim Johnson
SouthernPigskin.com
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Here are five of the hottest players from 'the 912' to watch in the class of 2018.

The Class of 2017 represented a banner year for recruiting in southeast Georgia. Building upon that momentum, the next crop of prospects will look to take the area's notoriety to even greater heights. With the increased exposure, here are five of the hottest players to watch in the class of 2018.

ATH Tyleek Collins, Benedictine: 5'10", 178 lbs.

Collins, who fills in as a slot back for the Cadets, is poised for a huge senior year, having shared touches with Georgia Southern signee John Wesley Kennedy up until now. He is a perpetual home run threat no matter where he lines up. Able to catch the ball out of the backfield, or split out wide, Collins can play a multitude of positions at the next level.

Offers Include: Georgia Southern, Southern Miss, Tulane

OLB/SS Sharrod Frazier, Brunswick High: 6'0", 190 lbs.

Frazier, a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine, led the Pirates with 90 stops, in 2016. With the need for versatility on modern defenses, Frazier is the ultimate weapon. He projects primarily as a strong safety at the next level, but his experience at outside linebacker will allow him to come up into the box and do what he does best -- hit people with the force of a freight train.

Offers Include: Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern

WR Sam James, Richmond Hill: 6'0", 170 lbs.

Sam James was born to catch footballs. He is as natural a wide receiver as they come. An effortlessly fluid route runner, James creates space with his change of direction ability. He also uses his leaping ability to high-point the ball, allowing him to go up and get it, even over taller defenders.

Offers Include: Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, South Carolina

ATH Randon Jernigan, Glynn Academy: 6'0", 173 lbs.

Jernigan is another straightaway burner. He's nearly untouchable in the open field, as shifty as they come, with elite explosiveness and acceleration. From a standstill, Jernigan can turn on the Jets and be gone before the defense know what hit them. His natural athleticism will allow him to be an immediate impact player at either slot receiver or slot corner, in college.

Offers Include: Central Michigan, Mercer, Troy

DT Tramel Walthour, Liberty County: 6'4", 280 lbs.

Walthour is the prototype defensive linemen. With his size, he is best suited in the interior part of the line, but those long arms, quick feet, and unceasing motor allow him to have some success as a three-technique, as well. Already exhibiting a great understanding of the position, from a leverage and technique standpoint, Walthour is a can't miss prospect.

Offers Include: Central Michigan, Mercer, Wake Forest

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: jim@espncoastal.com Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP