Last week we looked at the top Class AAA recruits on 24/7's list for 2020. Now let's look at the class of 2021. Of the 24 players from Georgia listed, three are from Class AAA schools:
-- Cane Berrong, Hart County: Ranked fifth on the 24/7 list, Berrong, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end, has a .9767 rating as a four-star recruit. Berrong has Clemson and Georgia on his short list, but also is being recruited by Alabama, Notre Dame, Auburn and Florida.
Berrong plays for a Hart program that seems to be on the rise. Hart struggled to a 4-7 finish last season after limping out the gate with three consecutive losses. Hart, from Region 8-AAA, went 3-3 in the region with victories against Jackson County, East Jackson and Franklin County, but it lost to Jefferson, Monroe Area and Morgan County. Hart County was eliminated from the playoffs by Cedar Grove, the eventual state champion, in the first round. In 2019, the Bulldogs are expected to field a more experienced team.
-- Terrence Feguson, Peach County: The next player listed for the Class of 2021 is two places behind Berrong at No. 7. Ferguson is a 6-4, 282-pound offensive tackle with a .9663 rating as a four-star recruit. He is undecided, but has Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, LSU and Michigan listed as possible colleges.
Last year, Peach County returned to the championship game for the second consecutive year, but lost to Cedar Grove on a last-second touchdown pass to Jadon Haselwood. In 2019, the Trojans likely will debut as the No. 1 Class AAA team and for good reason. Many pieces of the offensive puzzle return, and those lost to graduation will be replaced with experienced players.
-- Jayden Thomas, Pace Academy: Thomas is the final AAA player considered by 24/7, listed at No. 11. Thomas is a 6-1, 198-pound wide receiver with a .9506 rating as a four-star recruit. He’s undecided, but has Boston College, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio State on his list.
Pace opened with a 31-0 victory against New Manchester last season before handing Eagle’s Landing Christian its first loss since Oct. 9, 2015. The victory snapped ELCA’s 37-game winning streak and was the high point of the Knights’ season. Pace struggled from there, losing four of its next eight games before losing to Monroe Area 38-22 in the first round of the playoffs. Pace should return enough talent next season to contend in Region 5 with Westminster, Lovett and Cedar Grove.
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