Here are five players to watch:
• Ean Pemberton, RB, Grayson: Perhaps no one has more to prove than the 5-foot-4, 160-pound senior. He is already established as perhaps the state's top player, rushing for 1,950 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. However, he has been virtually ignored by college scouts because of concerns over his size and durability. It bothers his coach, Mickey Conn. "If I could say two things about Ean, it's that he plays bigger in the bigger games, and the more carries he gets, the better he gets. We're absolutely playing the best team in the state, the defending champs [Camden County], which provides a good stage for Ean to show what he can do."
• Max Garcia, OL, Norcross: The 6-5, 275-pounder is one of the state's top uncommitted prospects and has narrowed down from 15 scholarship offers to three finalists — Clemson, Vanderbilt and Maryland. "Max is truly a Norcross product. He has been in our youth football program since he was six years old," coach Keith Maloof said. "It has been exciting to watch him develop and mature over the years. He is one of the best lineman around, averaging from 88-92 with his [blocking grades]. And he's one of the smartest kids you'll ever meet, both in football and academics."