Stephenson safety Javier Morton was the fifth-leading tackler for a region-winning team last season.
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Class AAAAA blog: Lanier’s Webb starts season as highest-rated senior

The highest-rated Class AAAAAA football player in Georgia in the Class of 2019 was Forest Park’s Justin Eboigbe. 

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman finished as the No. 10 overall player in the state, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The four-star recruit earned first-team all-state honors despite playing for a 3-7 team and went on to sign with the University of Alabama. 

Who will be the top-rated AAAAAA player this year? We’ll start getting some answers when the season kicks off next weekend. Here are the top candidates, according to the 247Sports rankings of the best seniors in the Class of 2020. The players are listed by their ranking among all Georgia seniors. 

*No. 6 Phillip Webb, Lanier: Webb (6-4, 220) is the No. 5-rated outside linebacker and No. 41 overall player nationally. He was a first-team all-state player after finishing with 20.5 sacks and 27 quarterback hurries, and he helped lead Lanier to the semifinals for the first time in school history. Webb has not made his college decision, but his reported favorites are LSU, Alabama and Auburn. 

*No. 8 Wesley Steiner, Houston County: The 6-foot, 220-pound inside linebacker received the highest rating for athleticism at The Opening nationals in Texas last month. Steiner is now the No. 5 prospect at his position nationally and has committed to Auburn. He was primarily a running back in 2017 and played some offense last season, when he had 42 tackles, seven for losses, on a 2-8 team. 

*No. 22 Javier Morton, Stephenson: Morton, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound safety, was named first-team all-region in 4-AAAAAA last season after recording 63 total tackles, two interceptions, two pass breakups and two caused fumbles. Stephenson finished 9-2 and won the 4-AAAAAA title. Morton is the No. 20 safety prospect and No. 220 player overall nationally. He has committed to Alabama. 

*No. 30 Isaiah Dunson, Tucker: Dunson (6-2, 175) is the highest-rated pure cornerback among Georgia seniors. Opposing teams avoided him, but he still managed 35 tackles and an interception for a Tucker team that finished 7-4, and he was named first-team all-region in 4-AAAAAA. Dunson, who has committed to Florida State, is the No. 26 cornerback and No. 311 overall player nationally. 

*No. 34 John Williams, Creekview: Williams, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle, was a first-team all-region and all-state member and the most heavily recruited player from Creekview's historic 2018 team, which won a school-record 12 games and reached the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. He is the No. 27 player at his position nationally and has committed to Clemson. 

*No. 36 Jaheim Bell, Valdosta: Listed as an athlete, Bell (6-2, 213) had 53 receptions for 801 yards and eight touchdowns from his tight end position for an 8-5 team that reached the quarterfinals. He also played fullback, running back and quarterback, scoring seven rushing touchdowns, and participated on every special team. Bell is the No. 16 athlete nationally. He has not made a college decision. 

*No. 39 Jahmyr Gibbs, Dalton: Gibbs (5-11, 195) was named first-team all-region in 6-AAAAAA and honorable mention all-state after rushing for 1,431 yards on 163 carries for a team that went 6-4 in 2018. He scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and receiving and is Dalton’s most versatile player. He is rated as the No. 10 all-purpose back nationally and has committed to Georgia Tech. 

*No. 53 Tyson Meiguez, Creekside: Meiguez, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound outside linebacker, transferred from a small private school last season and helped Creekside improve from 0-10 in 2017 to 8-4. He had 118 tackles, including 12 for losses, and earned first-team all-region honors in 5-AAAAAA. He is rated as the No. 35 outside linebacker prospect nationally and has committed to Georgia Tech. 

*No. 61 Jordan Williams, Gainesville: His coach, Heath Webb, believes Williams (6-6, 300) is a better high school player than was Baltimore Ravens tackle Orlando Brown, whom Webb coached while an assistant at Peachtree Ridge. The offensive tackle was a first-team all-region selection in 8-AAAAAA and honorable mention all-state pick last season, He has committed to Georgia Tech. 

*No. 64 Jimmy Calloway, Morrow: Calloway (5-11, 166) was the 3-AAAAA athlete of the year and Clayton News-Daily’s Clayton County offensive player of the year in 2017, when Morrow finished 5-5, its first non-losing season in 19 years. The Mustangs moved up to AAAAAA last year and struggled to a 3-7 record. Calloway is the No. 40 athlete nationally and has committed to Tennessee. 

Others in the top 100: 

No. 70 Rashad Battle, CB, Creekside 

No. 74 Kameron Wilson, OLB, Mount Zion-Jonesboro 

No. 80 Deondre Jackson, RB, Stephenson 

No. 84 JaQuari Wiggles, SDE, Mays 

No. 87 Simeon Barrow Jr., WDE, Grovetown 

No. 88 Tate Rodemaker, QB, Valdosta

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