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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.
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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