Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: South Gwinnett Comets

No. 16 is a darkhorse to be the state's No. 1 QB in 2010. Not QB prospect but in production and accomplishments (AJC)

No. 16 is a darkhorse to be the state's No. 1 QB in 2010. Not QB prospect but in production and accomplishments (AJC)

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Whoa, whoa, whoa. Before we go anointing others as the “state’s best quarterback,” I suggest taking a look at South Gwinnett’s Kent Rollins.

He may not have the arm strength of Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall or the height of North Gwinnett’s CJ Uzomah — or the Nintendo-like stats of Lassiter’s Hutson Mason (signed with UGA) from last year. But Rollins is a darn good high school quarterback.

While no one was looking, Rollins passed for 2,200 yards and 31 touchdowns. That’s hard to overlook when you’re playing in arguably the state’s toughest region (8-AAAAA), but somehow it happened.

I watched Rollins closely in South Gwinnett’s 27-16 loss to then No. 1-Grayson, which was much closer than the final score indicated. Rollins caused fits for the state’s best defense. Grayson, as always, had a great defensive gameplan. But Rollins would ruin it with his legs.

He scrambled around in the pocket — not blazing speed, but just enough speed and quick feet to dance around the defenders. He bought time for his wideouts, breaking down the defense (not even an NFL defense can cover forever),  and then launched some darts, especially in the first half. When Rollins takes time to use proper technique, most notably setting his feet correctly, he can rifle some pretty spirals.

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When Rollins is hot, he’s hard to stop. And another year of maturity may prove it to the rest of the state.

What about colleges? No offers yet, but few quarterbacks other than the nation’s elite ones get early offers. Please remember that Hutson the Great was offered in by UGA …. in …. December.

Rollins has a couple of factors working against him, most notably his height (6-foot, 180 lbs.). But hey, he’s about as tall as UGA’s Aaron Murray (6-1).

The good news for Rollins — who I predict will sign Div. I when it’s all said and done — is that he has two teammates hauling in the college scouts. Outside linebacker Edward Muldrow (6-4, 200) has offers from South Carolina, West Virginia, and Ole Miss, among others. Tailback Aaron Wimberly (5-11, 180), who gives South a tremendous 1-2 punch by rushing for 950 yards and 10 TDs as a junior, has offers from Troy and Minnesota.

Team: South Gwinnett Comets

Spring Game: 7:30 p.m., May 21

Spring practice dates: May 10-21

Last year’s record: 10-2

Head coach: John Small

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38 comments Add your comment

r prosen

April 29th, 2010
6:57 am

Region 8 AAAAA is no where near the best region in 5A football. Region 1AAAAA was last year and team for team will probally be the same this year. You better watch out for Camden, you folks don’t want them in the Corky Kell, but you will more than likely have to watch them on 11Dec.

Say it Aint So

April 29th, 2010
7:04 am

If memory serves me right, Camden lost in the Kell Classic last year to Grayson.

hsfootballfan

April 29th, 2010
9:18 am

If memory serves me right Camden won the title and Grayson didn’t, also the only Kell Classic lose Camden has had was to Grayson last year they are 6-1 or 5-1 but last year is just that last year doesn’t matter. New season it’s spring, and with spring comes hope for every team out there

Mustang

April 29th, 2010
11:28 am

Are you really asking a pll question like that about a high school QB? Come on, you are putting too much pressure on him. Get rid of this post.

Cracker Jacket

April 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Gwinnett football has gone belly-up! Never be as good as it once was! Most folks are moving out!!!!

SportsFan31313

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Region 3-AAAAA will win the title again for the 3rd year in a row. :-)

Northside Observer

April 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

Hey Sportsfan 31313,

See you are still watching/commenting on the blog. Your Bradwell girls
Basketball team played well in the quarter final at FVSU. Were you there?

Okay guys, I know this is a Football blog–go easy on me.

reality check

April 29th, 2010
3:25 pm

If my memory serves me correct I forgot?

SouthGARules

April 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

Region 8-AAAAA is not even the TOUGHEST region in GWINNETT COUNTY. However, 8-AAAAA should be a dogfight between South & Grayson. Brookwood, Parkview & Dacula will fight for the last 2 playoff slots.
Shiloh, Central, Archer & Central Gwinnett will bring up the rear.
Greetings SportsFan31313: Hope things are going well for you, sir.

ghsclassof2012

April 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

yeah, I definately wouldn’t call region 8 the best, too many games where grayson’s jv was playing the second half last year. On Kent Rollins, I would be surprised if a school didn’t offer him. Great awareness, he looks to move in the pocket, draw the LBs up, then toss it in between them and the safties. That type of mobility is useful at all levels.

Bazemore

April 29th, 2010
11:48 pm

Watch out for the Colquitt County Packers. Rush Probst has got this team playing real good ball.

Region8

April 30th, 2010
12:58 am

Who is Rush Probst??? I’ve heard of Rush Propst, the guy that cheated at Hoover and now mysteriously has guys in Moultrie playing that would have probably been ineligible in the past. Good motivator though.

Rollins can play. It is nice to see South Gwinnett competing at high level again after the off years following T. McFerrins departure.

1-AAAAA

April 30th, 2010
10:00 am

Oh my God! Region 3-AAAAA Camden in the only team in that region. every other team is horrible. thats why Camden is so healthy and rested for the playoffs, they play JV teams in thoer region. Region 8 has 3 great teams 1-AAAAA has 7 that beat up on each other like the SEC, so yall up there in th Big 10 of High school football can dream on…. Go Vikings!

Monroe's first Redcoat

April 30th, 2010
10:24 am

I wonder if Propst is still screaming at his players in practice to decide whether they’re going to study or play football (as he did in at least one episode of the MTV series). I love football as much as anybody, but this guy is a tool.

Monroe's first Redcoat

April 30th, 2010
10:28 am

8-AAAAA has been the toughest region, but traditional powers Brookwood and Parkview have been down (by their standards) for a couple of years as Grayson has emerged. I loved South’s coming-out party last year and hope the Comets can continue the rise. South and Grayson ought to be competing for the region title this year, and both will make deep playoff runs. The rest of the region has slid into relative obscurity.

r prosen

April 30th, 2010
4:22 pm

region 1AAAAA doesn’t have 7 teams.

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT

April 30th, 2010
7:40 pm

Man here yall go with these excuses about CAMDEN COUNTY, just give us our props man, we are the best!!! we ran through the whole 1-AAAAA n the playoffs so it doesnt matter..and to grayson yes yall beat us in the classic but it dont matter how you start, it matters how you finish!!! and northside observer, we ran through yall the past 2 years for our state championship run so save that, were talking about football, not basketball!!! and to the lowndes fan, we ran through yall too, so stop coming up with the excuses towards CAMDEN COUNTY FOOTBALL, we earned our respect…Grayson havent even touched the hardware yet!! or even seened what a state championship ring looks like!!! so all i can say is GO CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!!!!! were going for a 3 peat!!!!

Camden Alum

May 1st, 2010
2:52 pm

listen here now. u can only make so many excuses. yea camden lost to grayson. but camden won the state title. so whos the real champs? and my senior year me and my boys beat grayson like a drumstick.. that was the 07 season. really the wins add up. every supposed powerhouse has been taken down at one point or another by camden. valdosta, lowndes, brookwood, parkview, walton, grayson, ptr, hoover alabama. feel free to add to the list. and if camden is only good cause of there weak schedule, what does that say for the teams that get beat by us year in and year out in the play-offs.. im just sayin. CAMDEN RUNS GA!!!!!

Camden Alum

May 1st, 2010
3:04 pm

and for those of you who dont know, camden is a notorious wing t team. but two of the most talented qbs in the state of ga are on camdens roster. soon to be senior joel ruiz and soon to be junior bryce ramsey have all the intangibles that college coaches look for. big tall athletic guys both could start for any team in the state, if not the country. they have cannons for arms. watch. youll see. camden is comin for that 3peat baby. join the wildcat nation, or be our pray..

Camden Alum

May 1st, 2010
3:06 pm

correction, bryce will be a sophmore..

JNelson

May 1st, 2010
7:30 pm

There is a brand new iPhone app called Athletic Recruiter that helps HS student athletes learn about the college recruiting process. It has key questions the student athletes should ask the college coach, admissions, legal issues, and even interviewing tips, and if they want recruiting help there is even a link for that.

cith slicker

May 2nd, 2010
12:59 pm

region 1 5a has only 5 teams but its tough but it cant be considered the best. The 2 Gwinett regionsare just top heavy meaning they can beat on the bottom feeders so there fore they can’t be the toughest. But, the mighty region 2 streched 60 mile across the south east end of metro atlanta. this region is tough from top too bottom Newnan and Stephenson where both underfeated in the regular season and both wonregion champslast year and are always good, MLK,Westlake,Newton County,Luella,East Cowetta. Langston Hughes is a new school in a talented area with decant coaching they should be good.

Camden Alum

May 3rd, 2010
2:07 am

cith slicker, to say region 1 5A isnt the toughest region is like saying the SEC isnt the best conference. come on now. you gotta come correct on these blogs! and im not from region 1 so please consider this is coming from someone who played against warner robins, valdosta, lowndes, nswr, and tift in hs.. from the 2004 season through the 2007 season. every game we played against a region 1 team was tight. my sophmore year we beat the breaks off of newnan 50-0.. freshman were playing in the third quarter. same with walton, not sure of there region to be honest, but we beat them 45-14 in the corky kell my sophmore year. we dominated grayson when i was a senior.. all im sayin is the best teams are from macon on down..

Camden Alum

May 3rd, 2010
2:08 am

i didnt play against nswr.. that was the year after my class, but i went to the game when i was home from school. very good team.

Camden Alum

May 3rd, 2010
4:25 am

i figured it out.. for AAAAA-
Region1-SEC (everyone is a contender year in and year out)
Region 8-Big 10(ohio state, michigain-grayson(insert brookwood or parkview))
Region 3-Pac 10(from a few years ago, USC, Camden)
lol.. thought that was funny

SportsFan31313

May 3rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Greetings Northside Observer,

No I did’nt make that one but it was a great season for Bradwell Institute Ladies Baskbetball Team. They have an Outstanding Basketball Coach in Faye Baker. They will be back next year as well. So much for that. I am ready for some Football. :-)

SportsFan31313

May 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Greetings SouthGaRules,
Thank you for your kids words. I am doing preety well. :-)

How are you?

SportsFan31313

May 3rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Greetings SouthGaRules,

That was a typo. I was saying thank you for your kind words…

SportsFan31313

May 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

Greetings 1-AAAAA

Lets not go there again. Okay? Thanks……

justafan

May 4th, 2010
12:50 pm

didnt look very stellar against lassiters defense

cith slicker

May 4th, 2010
8:34 pm

region lost warner robbins an nswr 2 quad A.Tift County will be rebbuilding for a couple years, coffe i dont know maybe, thatleaves COLQUIT, VOLDOSTA AND LOWNDES ALL THREE ARE MONSTERS BUT HOW CAN THE REGION BE A MONSTER WITH ONLY 5 TEAMS AND FOUR PLAY OFFS SPOTS. AND SINCE U BRING UP CONFERENCES Y DO U THINK MOST CONFERENCES ARE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDING IN COLLEGE U DONT SEE THE SEC DOWNSIZING WHICH IS JUST WAT 1 5A JUST DID.

newnancougar

May 5th, 2010
8:45 am

cith slicker, I am an obsessed Newnan fan and proud student but saying that Region 1 is not the best is just insane.Yes, we will have a strong region this year but that doesnt mean the best. Besides, how do we know were the best until weve all really played each other? Now about the Camden issue. Camden is a great football team with a great coaching staff from an awful region. Newnan also came from an awful region but the difference is we arent Coweta County High School. I can guarantee you if we got all of the talent in the County we would be a state champ in football year after year and powerhouse in most other sports. Camden is definitely large enough to make 3 pretty darn large 3a schools and probably three average to small 4a schools. The main reason yall are a county school is to have that sports dynasty you have. Hopefully things will even up and get much more fair in the future when Camden becomes too big and has to split up. When that happens then Camden will have to rely on less talent and probably less talented coaching cuz thatll split up to.Until then you guys have an unfair advantage.

Camden Alum

May 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

newnancougar.

what are the enrollment sizes? i dont know what they are anymore. ill tell you when i graduated in 08 we had 3,000 kids roughly attending school regularly. which ive heard is comparable to most of the states 5A schools, not including the savanna schools who play up for basketball and track.. ive even heard of a couple schools in atlanta having 4,000 kids. again i dont know cause i didnt go to school there. but if all the schools have equal enough enrollment than i dont feel there is too much of an advantage because our county has one hs for 30,000 residents. so yea the school gets the talent for the whole county, but the county is miniscule compared to fulton or cobb or gwinete etc.. see what im saying?

SportsFan31313

May 6th, 2010
4:18 pm

I have a feeling that Colquitt County may very much be the real deal In Region 1-AAAAA.

SouthGARules

May 7th, 2010
10:55 pm

SportsFan31313: Doing very well sir. Agree with you about Colquitt County & Region 3-AAAAA winning the title again. Will be interested in the South Gwinnett-Lowndes game in September. This could a real indicator if South can be a contender for state this year. Defense needs to tighten up. They were unable to get off the field against Grayson & Mason passed them silly in the playoffs.
newnancougar: Camden is not the only county that has 1 HS for the entire county. Look at Colquitt, Tift, Coffee, Crisp, Grady, Sumter, etc.

Mister Johnson

May 14th, 2010
11:53 pm

It will be very interesting to see how South plays in there first 2 games. They open up with an always tough Lowndes team and M.L. King is no slouch either. Both teams are perennial playoff contenders… They may just open up the season 0-2

SGfan

May 16th, 2010
12:44 pm

Souths going to go down and shock lowndes. This is our year

CometsFan

August 22nd, 2010
4:07 pm