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2018 Underrated Recruits

By Jim Johnson
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Having looked at five rising stars, as well as five of the hottest prospects from 'the 912', here are a few of the more underrated recruits from the area.

Having looked at five rising stars, as well as five of the hottest prospects from 'the 912', here are a few of the more underrated recruits from the area.

ILB Hunter Hall, Glynn Academy: 5'11, 195 lbs.

Hall is a true middle linebacker in the most traditional sense of the phrase. He has good speed for the position, sheds blocks with ease, has near flawless tackling form, and, above all else, plays like the opposing team took turns kicking his dog -- angry. With a motor that doesn't stop and top-notch awareness, Hall could captain an elite college defense.

QB Nick Iannone, Benedictine: 6'0", 185 lbs.

For the past two years, Iannone has been the cornerstone of Benedictine's high-powered offense. He is the perfect player for the system, just as he could be in a similar situation, at the next level. He takes care of the ball, has greatly improved as a passer, and usually puts his passes where either his guy gets it, or no one does.

LB Ernest Jones, Ware County: 6'2", 205 lbs.

Yes, this a list of underrated prospects, and Ernest Jones already has a number of offers, and some recognition, but that doesn't mean he can't still be underrated. Even as junior, Jones was one of the best linebackers in the state of Georgia, one of the four or five most talent-rich states in the country. By the end of next season, Jones should have his pick of the litter, as far as college choices.

QB Javonte Middleton, Jenkins High School: 6'0", 165 lbs.

Middleton is the quintessential field general with every positive intangible any coach has ever talked about. He's a vocal leader, but usually his play talks plenty loud. He runs with the attitude of a larger person, but has speed to burn. In the right system, Middleton could light up the stat sheet as a spread quarterback, but is also athletic enough to play other positions if necessary.

ATH JP Palmer, McIntosh County Academy: 5'9", 165 lbs.

Palmer was the offensive catalyst for MCA's 2016 run to the state championship game. He led the team with 819 rushing yards, was third on the team with 419 receiving yards, and his combined all-purpose yards were first on the team, as well. Palmer is effectively untouchable in the open field, and possesses great balance on the rare occasion he does get hit. A natural playmaker, there will always be a spot for players like this on any collegiate roster.

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