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Dylan McMahon is the Total Package

By Barry Every
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McMahon shined on both sides of the ball last season as an offensive center and defensive tackle. At 6-foot-3,265-pounds he already has the size and athleticism to attract national attention.

In the Peach State it is not uncommon for college prospects to hail from schools in smaller classifications. Recently that has definitely been the case at GHSA-A member Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Christian Prep where they have had five football players sign FBS scholarships since 2012. Offensive tackle Zach Quinney was the latest FBS signee inking with Georgia Tech back in February.

This past April former Raider defensive back Jalen Myrick was drafted in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is not alone as fellow high school teammate DeAngelo Brown signed a free agent contract with the Titans.

But the former Raider that probably made the biggest splash on the national seen last year was Cal wide out Demetris Robertson. Robertson caught 50 passes for 767 yards and seven touchdowns, breaking freshman records held by Keenan Allen and DeSean Jackson.

Savannah Christian Head Coach Donald Chumley has been blessed with top level talent that has allowed him to guide the Raiders to (115-32-1) record over the last 12 seasons. This includes three trips to the State Championship game and one State Title.

Needless to say expectations run high for the Raider Football program year in and year out.

One player that Coach Chumley will be relying on in 2017 is rising junior Dylan McMahon. McMahon shined on both sides of the ball last season as an offensive center and defensive tackle. At 6-foot-3,265-pounds he already has the size and athleticism to attract national attention.

“I’ve been blessed with some very good lineman in my time at Savannah Christian,” Chumley said. “I really think, though only a sophomore, that Dylan will be as good if not better than Brown or Quinney. He’s the type of kid that works hard even when coaches aren’t watching. He understands what he wants in the classroom, life and on the football field.”

Speaking of academics, McMahon sports a perfect 4.0 GPA and has already taken the SAT, but has yet to receive his score. Combine his classroom acumen with his ability to snap the ball and you have a prospect that could see his recruitment skyrocket in the near future.

McMahon currently has scholarship offers from FAU, Georgia State and Indiana. The 2019 prospect is also receiving strong interest from Nebraska, Rutgers and USF, but would love to hear from Appalachian State and FSU. His brother Ryan started over 50 games for the Seminoles from 2007-10.

He took part in the Three Stripe Camp held in Atlanta earlier this spring and has already camped at Georgia, Georgia State and Mercer. He is scheduled to hit a FSU one-day camp this Saturday and on June, 24th a tryout camp for the Georgia True 19 All-Star Game. July is still left open as other college camps are still in the planning phase.

“He’s the total package as a recruit,” Chumley said. “Ryan is a high academic kid with great work ethic, he’s a very coachable player, and that’s what college coaches want.”

McMahon has been a starter for the Raiders since his freshman season and when not in football he participates in wrestling while also competing in the shotput and discus at Savannah Christian.

“Last season I mostly played offensive center, but once it came playoff time I was starting both ways,” McMahon said. “I’ve been working out at center and some guard at the camps I have been attending.”

McMahon is a workout warrior in the gym claiming a 315-pound power clean, 305-pound bench press and a 435-pound squat. He ran an astonishing 5.19 electronic 40-yard dash at the camp and boast a 29-inch vertical.

But recruiting has to take a backseat at Savannah Christian as winning a Region Title while making a long in the playoffs has been commonplace. Last year the Raiders (7-4) were knocked out of the GHSA-A Private School playoffs by bitter rival Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day; it was the second loss on the season to the Cavaliers.

“I have to help get everyone on board with what the coaches are preaching,” McMahon said. “If we just buy into what the coaches are saying we will have a much better season than last year.”

These are sacred words to the ears of Coach Chumley.  Last year’s seven win season was the second lowest total in the last 11 seasons.

College recruiters looking for a quality center, that simply cuts his opponents in half, will get a chance to see McMahon live September, 8 at Folkston (GA.) Charlton County. But if they can’t wait, I’m sure he will have quality film from the season opener versus an athletic Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County squad.