Georgia Football Preview: Players to Watch

Posted by Jacob Plunkett on 8/14/17 5:07 PM

The days of Georgia high school football going overlooked nationally are no more. The Peach State has held a firm grasp on fourth in overall blue chip talent over the past decade, and they've managed to close the gap between themselves and perennial football factories Texas, Florida & California.

With FORTY four or five-star recruits (according to Rivals) in the class of 2018 alone, the state is absolutely LOADED with future college stars. Everyone is familiar with Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, but we're here to introduce you to a few other standouts that warrant your attention on Friday nights.

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Image via The Valdosta Daily Times

Harrison Bailey / Quarterback / Marietta High School / Class of 2020

The aforementioned Lawrence and Fields command most of the attention when it comes to signal-callers, and for good reason; but get used to hearing Bailey's name over the next three seasons. He's only a Sophomore, and he's ALREADY receiving attention from programs such as Florida and Georgia. The MaxPreps Freshman All-American will be looking to lead a much-improved Marietta team to the playoffs in his second season at the helm.

Jonathon Sewell / Running Back / Clarke Central High School / Class of 2019

The Junior running back out of Athens, Georgia is looking to build on his explosive Sophomore campaign. Last season, he managed to rush for 1,042 yards and 10 touchdowns on only 128 touches. He isn't just a between the tackles runner, either - Sewell showed he can be a 3-down back by adding 18 receptions for 256 yards and two more scores. He will likely be featured even more this upcoming season, one that could help him add to a list of offers that already includes Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Tre Douglas / Defensive Back / Eagle's Landing Christian Academy / Class of 2018

According to Georgia High School Football Daily, Douglas "allowed only two receptions in his zone and none when covering man-to-man last season, when ELCA won the Class A private-school title." That is the definition of shut-down corner. The unanimous first-team all-state senior has committed to Vanderbilt.

Zakoby McClain / Linebacker / Valdosta High School / Class of 2018

With 88 solo tackles and 35 assists (including 20 tackles for losses), McClain was the leader of Valdosta's state championship-winning defense. The all-state senior plays larger than his 6'0" frame, and is ranked as the 16th best outside linebacker in the country. He's likely to commit to either Auburn or LSU.

J.J. Peterson / Linebacker / Colquitt County High School / Class of 2018

Peterson is the special type of athlete who can truly do it all. Not only did he record 59 tackles and 5.5 sacks for Georgia powerhouse Colquitt last season, but he also caught two touchdowns, as well as notching a 98-yard kick-return TD. He's rated as the #8 overall player in the country, and is expected to sign with the Crimson Tide over Auburn.

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Topics: High School Football