Taylor Trammell was having a very good season even before last week. Add a 346-yard rushing performance, and the Mount Paran Christian running back is now having what has to be called a great year.
Trammell has rushed for a state-leading 1,110 yards in five games. That's on pace to break 3,000 yards if Mount Paran reaches the state final again this season. Only two players in state history (Daccus Turman and Herschel Walker) have done that even once.
GHSF Daily this week asked Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan to compare the two elite running backs.
"I think Dorian's track-and-field background may have given him the edge over Taylor regarding top-end speed; however, I have not seen many people catch Taylor from behind," Jordan said. "Both guys have great vision and run with power. Taylor does an excellent job of being patient and allowing the blocking schemes to unfold. Dorian would hit the hole 100 miles an hour and adjust as necessary. That is probably the biggest difference in their running styles."
Trammell is up to No. 2 on GHSF Daily's POY Watch. New to the Watch this week is Cedar Grove DT Antwuan Jackson. Back in the Watch is Archer RB/DB Jamyest Williams.
*1. DT Derrick Brown, Lanier: Brown had 10 tackles, one assist, four tackles for losses, one sack, five deflected passes, two QB hurries and a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 21-6 victory over previously unbeaten Loganville. In five games, Brown has 43 total tackles, 20 for losses, five sacks, 14 QB hurries, eight deflections, one interception and one recovered fumble for the No. 6 team in Class AAAAA. Brown, who is uncommitted, is the consensus No. 9 recruit in the country.
*2. RB/DB Taylor Trammell, Mount Paran Christian: Trammell rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-19 victory over Pinecrest Academy. For the season, Trammell has rushed for a state-leading 1,110 yards on 119 carries (9.3 ypc), scored 17 touchdowns and intercepted two passes. Mount Paran is ranked No. 1 in Class A. Trammell is committed to Georgia Tech as a baseball player.
*3. LB Tre Lamar, Roswell: Lamar had seven solo tackles, seven assists, two tackles for losses and broke up a pass in a 49-3 victory over Milton. Roswell allowed only four first downs and 103 total yards. In four games, Lamar has 58 tackles, 14 behind the line of scrimmage, and three sacks for a 4-0 team ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA. Lamar, who is committed to Clemson, is the first AJC Super 11 player in Roswell history. He is rated the No. 8 inside linebacker prospect nationally by 247Sports' composite rankings.
*4. QB Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville: Lawrence was 22-of-31 passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-6 victory over Gilmer. For the season, Lawrence is 73-of-105 passing for 990 yards and 12 touchdowns with only one interception for a 4-0 team that is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. Lawrence is 400 yards ahead of his pace in 2014, when he passed for 3,042 yards in 14 games. Lawrence is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country among sophomores. He is uncommitted.
*5. QB/DB Mecole Hardman, Elbert County: Hardman rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in a 24-14 victory over Hart County. He was 3-for-5 passing for 20 yards. In five games, Hardman has rushed for 797 yards and 13 touchdowns on 98 carries (8.1 ypc) and is 21-of-51 passing for 308 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions. Elbert County is ranked No. 4 in Class AAA. Hardman is the No. 1-rated athlete recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He is uncommitted.
*6. QB Jake Fromm, Houston County: Fromm was 15-of-26 passing for 320 yards and a touchdown in a 39-0 victory over Lakeside of Evans. In five games, Fromm is 75-of-131 passing (.573) for 1,302 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions for a 5-0 team ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA. Fromm, who is uncommitted, is rated the consensus No. 8 pro-style quarterback prospect nationally among juniors.
*7. QB Seth Shuman, Valdosta: Shuman's team did not play last week. For the season, Shuman is 94-of-137 (.686) for 1,491 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has not thrown an interception. At 6 feet, 175 pounds, Shuman has no reported football scholarship offers. He also is a college baseball prospect as a pitcher and shortstop.
*8. RB/DB Jamyest Williams, Archer: Williams rushed for 65 yards and three touchdowns, caught two passes for 33 yards and returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown in a 49-12 victory over Parkview. For the season, Williams has rushed for 489 yards and 11 touchdowns on 84 carries. On defense, he has 10 solo tackles, two interceptions and two passes broken up. A junior, Williams is rated the No. 63 recruit nationally in the class of 2017. He is uncommitted.
*9. RB/DB Colby Wood, Jefferson: Wood rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in a 24-7 victory over Jackson County. For the season, Wood has rushed for 961 yards and 14 touchdowns (at least two in every game) on 129 carries (7.5 ypc), is 8-of-9 passing for 86 yards and has caught four passes for 70 yards and one touchdown. He has intercepted a pass, forced one fumble and made 11 tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage. Jefferson (5-0) is ranked No. 3 in AAA.
*10. DT Antwuan Jackson, Cedar Grove: Jackson has 30 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a DeKalb County-leading 17 stops for losses, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.Jackson, an AJC Super 11 pick, is rated the consensus No. 7 senior prospect in Georgia and No. 56 player nationally.
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