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2020 South Georgia Player Rankings: V1.0

By Barry Every
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Version 1.0 of the South Georgia Player Rankings starts off as a Top 20.

Version 1.0 of the South Georgia Player Rankings starts off as a modest Top 20. The number of offers a particular player may, or may not have had no bearing on this ranking. Size, length, athleticism, long term potential and film were the main criteria in creating this list.

One of the aspects that separates South Georgia from the rest of the country is the fact that classification has little bearing on a recruit's potential at the highest level. Allen Bailey, Champ Bailey, Thomas Davis, Charles Grant, Charles Johnson and Demetris Robertson all played for high schools currently in the Georgia’s smallest classification.

So it should come as no surprise that in Version 1.0 that eight of the initial Top 20 players come from the GHSA-A level. There are 38 high schools south of the preverbal “Gnat-Line” that play single-A football. In comparison there are only 33 schools in the four highest classifications in that same geographical region.

Starting the year off in the #1 spot is Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County outside linebacker Sergio Allen. Through the first nine games this season Allen is currently second on the team in tackles with 78 stops, 14 TFLs, one sack and one INT. He currently has FBS offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine has won two of the last three GHSA-AA State Titles and are currently ranked #1 heading into the 2017 playoffs. Rico Powers, Jr., who comes in at #2, is one of the young stars making a huge impact for the Cadets. Through 9 games Powers has run the ball 70 times for 611 yards and seven scores. He has also caught 17 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns.

Right on his heels is another Coastal Area player, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County outside linebacker Desmond Fogle. Through nine games Fogle was second on the team in tackles with 59 stops, six TFLs and four sacks. Though the Wildcats did not qualify for the playoffs, Fogle is just one of several underclassmen that can reestablish gridiron greatness for Camden County.

Columbus (Ga.) Kendrick has only won a single game over the last two seasons. But again this is South Georgia, a great prospect can come from almost anywhere, there is no rhyme or reason. Hybrid DE/OLB Ali Lambert has all the tools to attract national attention. His length and athleticism should make him a coveted pass rusher. He also happens to have the ability to drop in coverage. He comes in at #4.

Rounding out the Top Five is Ellaville (Ga.) Schley County two-way standout Zykevious Walker. Yes, Walker is another Single-A sleeper that possesses incredible length and athleticism. Through the first nine games of the regular season he was second on the team with 54 tackles and eight TFL’s. He also caught ten passes for 122 yards and two scores from his tight end position.

Powers and Fogle are not the lone Coastal Area representatives in South Georgia Top 20. Coming in at #6 is Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Christian athlete Michael Robertson, Jr., the nephew of current Cal receiver Demetris Robertson. He already boast offers ten Power Five schools.

At #10 and #12 respectively are a pair of potential interior defensive lineman. Jaden Hardy of Benedictine currently rotates in at defensive end, but at 6-foot-3, 265-pounds he already has the frame to make the move inside. Savannah Christian two-way lineman Warren Brinson is similar in size and should also project as a defensive tackle.

The final Coastal Area player is Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Country Day defensive end Andre Miller. In nine games he has recorded 55 tackles, eight TFL and three sacks. Miller could project as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Making this list guarantees nothing! It takes dedication in the weightroom and more importantly the classroom. A bad high school transcript will discourage college coaches from pursuing your football talents.

This list will be updated numerous times over the next two years. The next addition will not come out until after the GHSA Playoffs are completed.