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2020 South Georgia Player Rankings: V6.0

By Barry Every
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Major expansion takes place in Version 6.0 of the South Georgia Player Rankings, There are 27 new names as the rankings expand from a Top 107 to a Top 130.

Major expansion takes place in Version 6.0 of the South Georgia Player Rankings, There are 27 new names as the rankings expand from a Top 107 to a Top 130. All new entries are designated with the acronym (NR) in the last rankings column.

More surprising are the number of offers for prospects south of the gnat line. There are currently 39 athletes with double digit offers, while a whopping 67 hold five of more FCS/FBS scholarship offers. There are also 16 prospects that have already given their verbal commitments to colleges.

The SEC currently leads the way with five commitments followed by the ACC and AAC with three apiece. Florida, Navy and Troy are the only schools that have more than one commitment from South Georgia, each with a pair.

Three players in the Top Ten have made their destinations known. Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County linebacker Sergio Allen (#2) has verbally committed to Clemson, Valdosta (Ga.) wide out Jaheim Bell (#3) chose Florida and Blackshear (Ga.) Pierce County offensive lineman Avery Jernigan (#6) is headed to Auburn.

The highest new entry at #22 is Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County safety Micheal Holmes, who recently transferred from Jacksonville (Ga.) Raines. This past season he actually played at Atlanta (Ga.) BT Washington where he racked up 64 tackles and a team leading seven sacks. Holmes holds over 18 offers which include Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Oregon State and Texas A&M.

Coming in at #38 is Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County defensive lineman JaQualin McGhee. In 11 games as a junior he recorded 55 tackles and five sacks while leading the Trojans to the GHSA-AAA State Championship Game. He currently has offers from Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, South Alabama, Tennessee, Troy and West Virginia.

Representing the Savannah/Coastal Area, while coming in at #40, is Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County linebacker Jalen Barnum. As a junior he racked up over 100 tackles in leading the Yellow Jackets to an (11-1/4-0) record. Barnum has been offered scholarships by Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Liberty, Mercer, Navy, Purdue, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Wofford.

Defensive back Michael Dixon of Statesboro (Ga.) makes his entry at #43. The long corner recently committed to Minnesota over 12 other suitors. As a junior he was named First Team All-Region. Dixon projects as either a long corner or a ball hawking safety at the next level.

Rounding out the top five new entries is Ashburn (Ga.) Turner County athlete Jaterrious Morris. Morris holds double digit offers which include Florida Atlantic, Tulane, West Virginia, Western Kentucky and UNLV. This past season he was named Second Team All-Region.

Barnum is not the lone Savannah/Coastal Area new entry into the South Georgia Player Rankings. Nahunta (Ga.) Brantley County defensive end Anthoine Lattany comes in at #70 followed by defensive end Daylan Dotson of Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins at #98.
Just outside the Top 100 is Jordan Swain of Brunswick (Ga.) Glynn Academy at #102, Jordan Billups of Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County at #114, Austin Singleton of Savannah (Ga.) Islands at #115 and Kenneth Reedy of Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Country Day at #124.

This past February the class of 2019 set a record for the number of FBS signees from South Georgia with 53 players inking scholarships. After closely evaluating the numbers for the class of 2020, it’s safe to say that this class of athletes may smash that record.
We are now in the commitment period for the class of 2020, as the number of players making the final decision equals the number of players still receiving offers. This means offers will begin to disappear as colleges finish up their recruiting for the current recruiting cycle.

The 2020 South Georgia Rankings will be updated one or two more times prior to the early signing period in December.