With the new rankings, a lot has changed and they will reflect who has been putting in work during the offseason. Some players have taken advantage of the offseason and it shows. These athletes have worked on improving to prepare to become an asset to their high school teams this fall.
Rankings Updated June 10, 2015
List of the Top 100 Players in GA (Class of 2019), is below.
Ross Malmgren looks better and better every time we see him. Yes, we know the arm strength isn’t there just yet but he is deadly accurate. Malmgren throws with great anticipation, doesn’t turn over the ball and most importantly he knows his offense like the back of his hand. Over time, as he hits the weight room, his arm will get stronger.
Out in Hiram, Nathan Presnell continues to work on his craft. If he can put it all together, Prensell can become a productive player but it’s going to take a lot of work. Zack Calzada is one of those kids that you look at and try to put to the side because of his size. Then you see a pretty ball fly threw the air and realize that he is the kid that threw the ball!! Right now Calzada throws the ball very well and is deadly accurate on all of his throws. He has good height in his family so he will likely grow and when he does reach the desired height that comes along with the strength to get more zip on his ball then the kid will be spectacular.
Paris Brown is special. No other back runs and catches the ball like Brown. Then add that he is attending McEachern which is the same school Oregon commit, Taj Griffin, played at. This will work well for Brown due to the fact they are very similar players and Griffin was definitely successful.
Paris Brown playing RB for McEachern vs Hillgrove
Jeremy Smith is big and fast. As of right now he is the best pure RB in GA. When it comes to running the ball Jeremy is scary. However you want to run it, he can do it. Inside or outside, zone or man scheme in front of him, it really doesn’t matter. At the end of the day he will be successful.
Trevor Smith has been a popular player for many years while coming through the youth ranks. Right now he is focused coming off of the work he has put in during the offseason. He is 5”11, 186lbs, which is a great size for a running back. Then add in the fact that he was the third fastest athlete in the state in the 100M. Hillgrove has a special one coming their way. The most important thing about Trevor is that he doesn’t fumble at all and has a mean streak in him when he is running the ball. Smith can easily be one of the few surprises in the state as a freshman RB.
Zion Hawkins at North Paulding is making the switch from WR to RB as he heads into high school. If you go off the spring game it looks very possible that Hawkins is going to be getting a lot of snaps during the game. A couple of things we know about Hawkins is that he is actually quicker than fast so that should help him getting in and out of holes. He has natural vision, so that should translate into him making the proper decision when he is running the ball. He is also old fashion country strong. Everything else we are going to have to see but we are sure he is up for the challenge.
Steele Chambers is Mr. Consistent. Every time he laces it up he is always going to give you a good game. Chambers is going to be big and if he stays at RB then he can be something to write about. His speed is not great but its good enough and he does however posses amazing quickness which will get him in and out of his cuts. Chambers will go on to Blessed Trinity for high school and rip through that region.
Ronald Thompkins, was the best player last year on the Grayson team. Now that we think about it, every time we have seen Thompkins play since 8 years old he has always been one of the top three players on the field. Every big game Thompkins has come through and made huge plays. Not sure why he doesn’t get the publicity but if everything works out for him, he might end up being the most talked about player out of that talented Class of 2019 coming into Grayson High.
Jadon Haselwood is a monster. Standing at 6”1 and weighing 183, he is big and he knows it. Right now, he looks like he is going to grow into the next Mike Evans who currently plays for the Buccaneers. Haselwood doesn’t have mind-blowing speed but is fast enough. He gets in and out of cuts well and knows how to high point the ball better than anyone in the country. Last two WR’s to come through with his potential is DeAngelo Gibbs (Peachtree Ridge) and M.J. Walker (Jonesboro). Walker went on to become the National Basketball Player of the Year as a Sophmore and Gibbs has become one of the top football prospects in the country. Haselwood has the potential to be the top WR and it won’t even be close.
Jadon Hazelwood playing with the YPL 7v7 team against Chicago Boom. Highlights start at the 1:21 mark.
Nicolas Manson has some serious raw potential. Standing at 6”1 and with the speed to kill, he is a special blend of ideal size and ability. He is a true deep threat as he locates the ball very well in the air and is able to adjust his body and make the spectacular catch. Always catches the ball with his hands, which is something you don’t always see with big wideouts at a young age. Route running ability is still raw right now as he hasn’t been truly coached up on how to properly run them but given time and proper coaching this raw athlete can be the next Preston Williams.
Ryland Goede has the size you want. A big bodied athlete at 6”4 and 220; Goede plays baseball so you know he knows how to locate the ball. The more and more he plays this position, he is starting to look like a natural. This athlete has the most upside for this group as he continues to develop.
JD Bertrand is just an old-fashioned football player. He might as well put on the leather helmet and get with it. Bertrand can help you both in the pass game and the run game, as he is a willing blocker. He will have the opportunity to go into Blessed Trinity High and make some plays because of his high football IQ. JD future might end up being at Linebacker because he does have a great nose for the ball and when he gets to the point of contact it is violent.
Harry Miller has been the star of the offseason welcoming all challengers. He is a heck of an athlete and right now his athleticism and length alone make him very productive. He won’t be asked to do a lot of pass protection at Buford High School but as he works on that skill and get better at it, he has the ability to be the top lineman not only in the state but in the country. Buford has a great coaching staff and they will make sure to get the best out of him.
Great battle between Harry Miller and Nolan Smith at the MVP Camp.
In this year’s class, there are a whole bunch of pass rushers. Starting with top DE Nolan Smith. He has moved from Linebacker to now playing DE. He doesn’t possess violent hands yet but they are quick. He has all the moves for a rusher including a nice spin move inside that will always get him to the QB when he wants to use it. Don’t be suprised if he ends up as the #1 recruit in high school by his senior year. He has that much ability.
Derrick McClendon and Kendrall Watts are very similar to Nolan Smith. McClendon is a super athlete that is a dual threat on the field and the court. Watts is probably the best with his hands as he can play inside and outside because of his aggressiveness and technique. Did I mention the guy is already running a 4.6 in the forty.
Tru Thompson from Griffin has all the tools. He is an animal standing at 6”0, 252lbs. He already benches 300lbs and squats 515lbs, that is almost unreal for an incoming freshman. You would also think with that strength he would be stiff but he isn’t. Big boy can move and he is constantly working on his hands. Won’t be shocked if he is in the top ten by the end of the year.
Travon Walker is special, played linebacker for his middle school team but will probably play defensive line in high school. Watching the 6”2, 227lb backer move that well is almost unbelievable. He sheds blocks very well and although he may not be a big hitter like Kevon Glenn, he is an excellent tackler. We could see him stepping in Day 1 and giving any varsity team quality snaps in a game. He is also a great basketball player as well. If he continues to grow and reaches 6’5 he will be the one of the top five defensive linemen in the country.
Travon Walker takes over the top spot at linebacker. Watching the 6”2, 227lb backer move that well is almost unbelievable. He moves sideline to sideline and he knows how to navigate through traffic to get to the ball carrier. He sheds blocks very well and although he may not be a big hitter like Kevon Glenn, he is an excellent tackler. We could see him stepping in Day 1 and giving any varsity team quality snaps in a game.
Kevon Glenn is right on the heels of Walker as being considered the #1 linebacker in the state as they are almost the same player. Walker is just the better tackler but when Glenn gets to the ball carrier, its lights out with his ability to run through the opposing player’s body. Kenney Edwards from Grayson and Kameron Brown from North Gwinnett have the same type of high motor and mean demeanor you need to play the position. Both will be the prototype for their positions. Edwards is better suited to play the outside with his speed and Brown is built to play the middle as he can get the job done with run support and he is also the best in the country playing in zone against the pass.
The 2018 group was all about the defensive line. All four of the top lineman last year went on to get major D1 offers and also make a huge impact on their high school teams as freshmen. The 2019 class is all about the DB’s starting with Cornerback Jalen Alexander from Grayson. The kid is the real deal. He is the prototype, tall, long, aggressive, great hips, good hands, can cover in man and zone. Grayson has a very good one coming in. After his first year in high school, if he is on the field, Alexander should have over 10 D1 offers. He is that good.
Jalen Alexander is #32 in white for Dacula. Highlights start at 1:36 mark.
Kenyatta Watson has flown under the radar forever playing on some very solid teams with the Gwinnett Chargers and this past year with Grayson but he is long and athletic. Has a great football IQ and a even better work ethic, if he is in consideration for being one of the top players in the country by the time his senior year rolls around don’t be surprised
Jaylen McCullough is making the change from linebacker to safety very well. The #1 Safety in the 2019 for the state of GA has the ideal size already, standing at 6”1. If he doesn’t grow taller anymore, it is okay as his body will grow out. By the time he is done, McCullough could easily be north of 200 pounds.
DJ Turner of North Gwinnet and Nasir Sudler from McEachern are very good corners. DJ Turner is the most versatile as he can play Corner, Safety and cover the slot. Nasir is pure energy out there. As he is always flying around making plays on the ball. His coverage has gotten a lot better this off-season as he has worked tirelessly on his press man coverage.
To View DJ Turner Highlights go to the Hudl link below
Malik Webb of Parkview and Malik Washington of Creekside both can get the job done. Both are great in press coverage and can also come down hill in support of the run game. Webb can guard outside on an island or come down to the slot because he is lightning quick. Webb is going to be a DB who gets a lot of interceptions as he has the best hands in the 2019 DB Class. Don’t be surprised if you see him returning punts or playing in the slot at Creekside. Washington can play outside on the corner and also back up to Safety and run your secondary for you as he has a very high football I.Q.
This is a good class as you have three that can make a major impact on their high school teams next year. It all starts with Christopher Hinton. He could possibly end up playing tackle, defensive end, middle linebacker or tight end. He is just that gifted. A legit 6”3 and 256lbs, Hinton can do whatever he wants to do on the field. The fact that he is going to Greater Atlanta Christian with a very good QB, if he plays TE, then he will be a guaranteed freshman All American. Not only is he good on the field but he is also a monster on the court as he is considered one of the better players in the country in basketball as well.
Owen Pappoe from Grayson, the genetic freak is something to see. Already with the body of a grown man and the athletic ability as well, Owen can be special. 6”1, 190lb, running a 4.6 coming into high school is very rare. Not to mention his 35 plus vertical jump. Not sure how he is going to grow but he has two possible paths. If he continues to grow then of course he can come down to the line, put his hands in the dirt and become arguably the best player in the country. He would be the second coming of Jadeveon Clowney… yes he has that type of ability. If he doesn’t continue to grow, he has the ability to be one of the better OLB or SS. He has very good straight-line speed and he has a nose for the ball. So either way Owen is going to be very successful.
Dominick Blaylock from Walton can get it done. He can excel at whatever position he chooses to play. Whether it is at safety or wideout, he is going to be very good. He has the speed and quickness to play and excel at both positions. He has the hands to be a game changer and is consistent, meaning you are going to get the same top-notch production out of Blaylock every week and on every single play. And we cannot forget to mention that Blaylock is also one heck of a baseball player, one of the best in the country.
Rankings Updated June 10, 2015
|4||Travon||Walker||Defensive Line||Upson Lee|
|30||Nasier||Currie-Sudler||Defensive Back||Powder Springs|
|33||Paris||Brown||Running Back||Powder Springs|
|35||Tucker||Mccoy||Offensive Line||Silver Creek|
|36||Trevor||Smith||Running Back||Lithia Springs|
|42||Justin||Eboigbe||Offensive Line||Forrest Park|
|44||Malik||Webb||Tight EndDefensive Back||Atlanta|
|52||Zion||Hawkins||Running Back||North Paulding|
|54||Tyler||Fromm||Tight End||Warner Robins|
|57||Gary||Benton||Running Back||College Park|
|82||Jaqualeon||Harris||Defensive Line||Upson Lee|
|84||Deshon||Stoudemire||Defensive Back||Stone Mountain|