Back Pack Grab Two of Savannah’s Finest

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Pack Grab Two of Savannah’s Finest

By Barry Every
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Associate Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof recently dipped into his native state, securing commitments for from two of the top football prospects in South Georgia.

Associate Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof recently dipped into his native state, securing commitments for from two of the top football prospects in South Georgia. Both Dylan McMahon of Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Christian and Jakeen Harris of Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine made their college intentions known by deciding to play for North Carolina State.

This should come as no surprise as the Wolfpack have hit several homeruns recently recruiting the Peach State. Just this past April former North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb of Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove was chosen with the fifth pick in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Two rounds later former Austell (Ga.) South Cobb standout Justin Jones was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers.

One only needs to look at Jim Johnson’s recent Southern Top 100 impact players for the upcoming ACC season to see the inroads the Wolfpack have made in Georgia. Former Decatur (Ga.) Columbia offensive lineman Terronne Prescod comes in at #19, Stone Mountain (Ga.)

Stephenson offensive lineman Tyler Jones makes his mark at #28 and finally receiver Jakobi Myers of Lithonia (Ga.) Arabia Mountain tips the scale at #34.

This past February North Carolina State inked former Hoschton (Ga.) Mill Creek defensive back Kishawn Miller out of Georgia Military, cornerback Taiyon

Palmer of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer and offensive lineman Jalynn Strickland of Waycross (Ga.) Ware County. This is not happenstance but a trend that seems to be paying dividends for the Wolfpack.

McMahon a three year starter along the offensive front for the Raiders also pulls double duty at defensive end. This past season he racked up over 40 tackles and seven TFL’s while being the stalwart run blocker for Savannah Christian’s patented triple-option attack. The 6-foot-3, 297-pound grinder projects as an offensive center for the Wolfpack.

The #4-ranked player in the 2019 South Georgia Player Rankings chose North Carolina State over 20 other suitors which included

Power Five schools Boston College, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Northwestern and Virginia. His decision was made while on an unofficial visit this past weekend.

“Going into the weekend Georgia Tech was number one,” McMahon said. “This was my first trip to North Carolina State and I just fell in love with the comradery of the staff and the craziness of their fan base. Everyone was like family in the whole program and it made me feel at home.”

Academics are paramount to McMahon as he intends to major in Engineering. He currently has a 4.0 core GPA and a 22 on the ACT. This highly competitive student-athlete recently finished second in the discus and third in the shotput at GHSA-A (Private) Track State Championships.

“I wish I could be there tomorrow; I plan on contributing as a freshman,” McMahon said. “And there should be no reason for the fans and the coaching staff to worry, because I’m only taking one official visit and that’s to NC State.”

McMahon was not the lone visitor from Savannah on an unofficial visit to Raleigh this past weekend. Benedictine’s Hitstick Harris also made the trip north, though it must be told they drove separately.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety led the Cadets to a (12-1) record while leading the team in tackles this past season with 103 stops. He also added three TFL’s, two sacks and five INT’s on his way to being named Region 2-AA Defensive Player of the Year. The three-year varsity player knows a thing or two about winning games; Benedictine has gone (39-2) during his tenure in the secondary, including a GHSA-AA State Championship.

Harris comes in ranked #10 in the most recent version of the 2019 South Georgia Player Rankings. Like McMahon, Harris boasted over 20 offers which included Boston College, Indiana, Kansas State, Minnesota and North Carolina.

“The coaching staff was like a brotherhood and I was utterly impressed with the facilities, the campus and the education North Carolina State offers,” Harris said. “I’m going to come in and work hard in order to become the best safety/nickel in the ACC.”

Harris is no slouch in the classroom either sporting a 3.0 core GPA and a 1270 on the SAT. And if the similarities couldn’t get any more uncanny, this past spring Harris ran the fourth leg on the Cadet’s State Championship 4x100-meter team.

“I told Coach Roof he is getting a really good football player that loves the game and loves to practice,” Benedictine Head Football Coach Danny Britt said. “What really sets him apart from other players is his physicality and he is such a joy to coach.”

Not to sound like a broken record, but Harris is shutting his recruiting down. His only official visit will be to North Carolina State.

So not only did Ted Roof, the recruiting coach for McMahon and Harris, do a double dip in Savannah, he garnered commitments from two of the most physically dominate players in all of Georgia. So maybe one day we’ll see the names Dylan McMahon and Jakeen Harris as potential impact players in the ACC, heck maybe we’ll hear their names called out by the NFL commissioner.