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2019 South Georgia Player Rankings: V4.0

By Barry Every
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Major expansion takes place in the latest version of the 2019 South Georgia Player Rankings.

Major expansion takes place in the latest version of the 2019 South Georgia Player Rankings. There are 16 new names extending the rankings from a Top 65 to a Top 80. Each new entry is bolded and has the designation NR in Last Rankings column. The previous version ran on January, 4, 2018.

Trezman Marshall, Warren McClendon, Curtis Fann and Dylan McMahon hold onto the top four spots. Moving into the Top Ten for the first time is Albany (Ga.) Westover Linebacker Jamie Pettway at #5 and Savannah (Ga.) Islands linebacker Kalen DeLoach at #8.

Tifton (Ga.) Tift County defensive end Kadarius McDaniel is the lone ranked player verbally committed. He made his college intentions known on February, 26 when he chose to wear the blue of the Kentucky Wildcats.

The highest new entry at #15 belongs to Tifton (Ga.) Tift County offensive lineman Austin Williams. Williams was the starting left offensive tackle last season for record setting signal caller Griffin Collier. He currently holds offers from Georgia State, MTSU, Minnesota, South Alabama, South Carolina, UAB, UCF and USF.

Making his entry at #28 is Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County cornerback Jay Ward. As a junior Ward recorded 46 tackles, 12 PBU’s and four INT’s in leading the Packers to the GHSA-AAAAAAA State Championship Game. Ward has offers from Chattanooga, Florida A&M, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, South Alabama and West Virginia.

Quitman (Ga.) Brooks County hybrid DE/OLB Tae’Aviion Gray is the next highest new entry at #39. In just eight games as a junior Gray was still able to lead the Trojans in sacks with 5.5. He also added 33 tackles and 8.5 TFL’s. Gray’s current offer list is Appalachian State, South Alabama, South Florida and Washington State.

The highest new entry from the Coastal Region is QB/TE Trace Dorminy of St. Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy. Dorminy had a stellar showing at the ESPFC Football camp held at Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County earlier this month. He is also a standout performer for the Greed-D-Boyz 7-on-7 traveling squad. Dorminy currently has an offer from Army.

There are six other new entries from the Savannah/Coastal Region; they are Marlon Taylor, Julian Roberts, David Vann, Kendall Lovett, Deon Durden and Ronald Fuselier.

Taylor of Brunswick (Ga.) Glynn Academy makes his entry at #58. This past season he was a key member of a Red Terror defensive unit that came just seconds away from making the GHSA-AAAAAA State Championship Game. Taylor plays defensive end, but could eventually grow into a defensive tackle.

Roberts a defensive end/tight end from Savannah (Ga.) Memorial Day recently picked up his first offer from Georgia Southern. He was part of the Matadors’ GISA-AA State Champion Team and most likely projects as an outside backer at the next level. Roberts makes his entry at #62.

One of the top overall standouts at the recent ESPFC Football Camp was Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County offensive lineman David Vann. Vann earned OL MVP over several other highly recruited linemen. The potential center/guard comes in at #65.

Ludowici (Ga.) Long County really struggled in 2017 going (0-10), but they are not void of talent. One of its top returning stars is safety Kendall Lovett. Lovett possesses excellent length and is a more than willing participant versus the run. He comes in at #69.

Another ESPFC Football camp top performer was receiver Deon Durden of Reidsville (Ga.) Tattnall County. The long and lanky wideout proved to be a mismatch versus smaller defensive backs while demonstrated the ability to high-point the football. Durden comes in at #73.

The final new entry from the Coastal Region at #80 is Richmond Hill (Ga.) cornerback Ronald Fuselier. In nine games as a junior he recorded 34 tackles, five PBU’s and one INT in leading the Wildcats to their second consecutive playoff berth.

This past February just over 50 South Georgia Players inked FBS scholarships, which is possibly an all-time record. That number could have been higher, but a handful of players had academic shortcomings that deterred their chances of meeting NCAA academic requirements.

Remember the sole purpose of this list is to help South Georgia football players gain a free education while playing football at the highest level. There are no star ratings, nor is the number of offers one receives used in determining where someone falls in this ranking. Varsity game film is the main source of evaluations.

Version 5.0 will be released sometime after the spring evaluation period which ends May, 26. Also keep in mind not all FBS/FCS colleges accept the minimum NCAA requirements. Another words the better your academic standing, the more likelihood of receiving additional interest from colleges nationwide.