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2020 South Georgia Player Rankings: V4.0

By Barry Every
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The rankings go from a Top 45 to a Top 70 with 27 new names.

It’s been three and a half months since the last Southern Pigskin 2020 South Georgia Player Rankings. Since that time massive expansion has taken place. The rankings go from a Top 45 to a Top 70 with 27 new names. All new entries are bolded and assigned the acronym (NR) in the Last Ranking column.

These rankings are fluid and will be updated and changed several times prior to signing day for the class of 2020. Being on this list does not guarantee success or a scholarship, as does not currently being on this list dictate that a prospect will not become a highly coveted commodity.

All rankings are based on either in-person evaluation or film. Offers or lack thereof at this time do not play a part in the rankings process. Size, speed, potential and production are just some of the criteria used in making the evaluations. The goal is to help expose as many kids from the South Georgia area to FBS and high level FCS schools as possible.

No longer in the rankings are defensive lineman Warren Brinson and offensive lineman Connor Griffin. Brinson has transferred from Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Christian to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy while Griffin made the move from Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County to Gray (Ga.) Jones County, which is outside the designated South Georgia area.

The only change in the top ten at #10 is signal caller Tate Rodemaker, who is also the highest new entry. Through five games this season the prolific passer has completed 117 of 175 passes for 1,527 yards and 14 touchdown passes. This kid simply throws bee bees all over the field.

Making his appearance at #21 is vertical threat Jacyais “Stretch” Credle of Columbus (Ga.) Carver. Credle missed most of his sophomore year with an injury and the Tigers struggled mightily finishing with their first losing season since 2005. Through five games this year Credle has snagged 17 passes for a whopping 335 yards and three scores and the Tigers are unbeaten on the season.

Long defensive ends that are athletic enough to play linebacker in a 3-4 defense are always a hot item on the recruiting trail. Dublin (Ga.) has senior pass rushing specialist Steven Linton who boasts double digit FBS offers. On the other side is junior Romello Height who makes his entry at #23. Height transferred in from Dexter (Ga.) West Laurens just prior to the start of the season and is already making a huge impact for the Fighting Irish defensive unit.

Coming in at #27 is outside linebacker Titan Blevins of Nashville (Ga.) Berrien. Yes, believe it or not the Rebels have two legitimate FBS prospect in Blevins and Ja’Marquis Johnson and the Rebels are off to a surprising (4-1) start. Through five games Blevins leads the team in tackles with 59 to go along with eight TFL’s, one sack and three PBU’s.

If you like shifty slot receivers then you’ll love Marcayll Jones of Warner Robins (Ga.) who comes in at #31. Through five games this whirling dervish has caught 33 passes for 733 yards and two touchdowns in the Demon’s pass happy attack.

Now, what can you do to help market your football value to college coaches? With the regular season halfway through it’s time to start putting together a midseason highlight on HUDL. This does not mean simply combining all your single game highlights into one big highlight reel.

Pick your very top plays that show off your athleticism and football prowess. Basically, what is it that sets you apart from other players across the region and the state?

Keep your highlight around three to five minutes in length and please, please take the time to put your very best plays first. College coaches need to get a quick taste of your skills, if they like what they see early on in the highlight they will continue to watch and evaluate.

Just as important is your academic standing in school, striving for the NCAA minimum requirements is the wrong mindset. There are a multitude of colleges that offer full rides that cannot take a prospect with an 820 SAT and a 2.5 core GPA. Just clearing the academic hurdle limits the number of colleges that can recruit you.

Any prospects that feel they have been overlooked are more than welcome to send their hudl clips via Twitter to @BVEvery. The next version will take place sometime towards the end of the GHSA Football season.