As part of an ongoing series, GHSF Daily is listing the best five players in Georgia at the following positions – quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, linebacker, defensive back and kicker/punter.
Today, we resume with defensive backs. In making these choices, we value a history of production over potential (listed in alphabetical order).
NOTE: These picks are made by GHSF Daily, not by the AJC or its staff.
Ryan Ayers, South Paulding: Ayers is a two-way player who had five interceptions and 16 pass receptions last season. He’s almost always the fastest player on the field. Scout and Rivals each rate him among the top 20 cornerbacks nationally.
Isaiah Johnson, Sandy Creek: Probably the best defensive back in school history, Johnson had seven interceptions and 35 solo tackles, including several sacks, last season. When he was named to the GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state team for all classes in June, he was not highly rated by the recruiting services. He’s moved up quickly and has committed to Georgia Tech.
Alec Ogletree, Newnan: Ogletree was the best defensive player on a team that led the state in scoring defense. He blocked six kicks. He’s Rivals’ No. 1 safety in the nation.
Brian Randolph, Kell: Randolph made 117 tackles and intercepted three passes (returning one for a touchdown) in just 11 games. He is one of two juniors on this team. Randolph was an ESPN Rise sophomore All-American.
Pernell Williams, Coffee: Williams was involved in more than 100 tackles for a 9-4 team last season. Clemson is his best offer, but he’s holding out for Florida.
Others: Steven Atwater, Peachtree Ridge; Jermyrin Bodiford, Cairo; Daunte Carr, Gainesville; Ty Cornileus, Stephenson; Fred Holton, Thomasville; Demetruce McNeal, Banneker; Jonathan Mincy, Southwest DeKalb; Garry Peters, Heritage (Conyers); Darius Robinson, Westlake; Cadarious Sanders, Troup
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