*Snubbed: Maurice Turner of Coffee had 1,401 yards from scrimmage – 689 rushing, 712 receiving – and scored 18 touchdowns and can line up in the backfield or in the slot. Calhoun’s Gage Leonard, a defensive back/running back who came from Christian Heritage, is another.
*Underrated: It used to be Calhoun’s Cole Speer, who didn’t get enough credit for his 2020 season. He had 59 receptions for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns, made 50 tackles and intercepted five passes. He has a 3.96 GPA. Then he ran a 4.38-second 40 this summer. Georgia offered him this month.
*What else is new: The 26 players on the team come from 20 schools. The best three teams from 2020 – Warner Robins, Blessed Trinity and Cartersville – have only four among themselves. It suggests a more balanced if not wide-open classification this season.
QB - Thomas Castellanos, Ware County, Sr.
RB - Damari Alston, Woodward Academy, Sr.
RB - Justice Haynes, Blessed Trinity, Jr.
WR - Cole Speer, Calhoun, Sr.
WR - Daveon Walker, Warner Robins, Sr.
TE - Marques Dunn, Jonesboro, Sr.
OL - Jackson Cannon, Ola, Sr.
OL - Jalen Farmer, Eastside, Sr.
OL - Shadre Hurst, Cartersville, Sr.
OL - Kendrick Kirby, Calhoun, Sr.
OL - Owen Spell, Wayne County, Sr.
ATH - K.D. Hutchinson, Harris County, Sr.
PK - Chase Folser, Ola, Sr.
DL - Vic Burley, Warner Robins, Jr.
DL - Montrell Henderson, Drew, Sr.
DL - Deandre Jones, New Manchester, Sr.
DL - Kanye Varner, Jonesboro, Sr.
LB/DL - Donovan Westmoreland, Griffin, Sr.
LB - Khyle Cowan, Clarke Central, Sr.
LB - Anthony Gaskin, Coffee, Sr.
LB - Christopher Lewis, Calhoun, Sr.
DB - Amari Jackson, Eagle’s Landing, Sr.
DB - Roderick McCrary, Creekside, So.
DB - Dainsus Miller, Creekside, Sr.
DB - Jack Tchienchou, St. Pius, Jr.
P - Henry Bates, Ware County, Sr.
Coming Thursday: Class 4A
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