303-yard game moves Walton’s Jones to top of POY Watch list

Walton running back Tyren Jones used a 300-yard rushing performance to jump to the top of the GHSF Daily/Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year Watch. The senior matched his career high of five touchdowns.

New to the POY Watch this week are junior quarterbacks Deshaun Watson of Gainesville and Malcolm Parrish of Brooks County. Out are Cedar Grove quarterback Johnathon McCrary and Eagle’s Landing Christian running back and linebacker Keyante Green.

Expect more movement next Wednesday as most of our top 10 players are playing their season openers this week.

1. RB Tyren Jones, Walton: Jones rushed for 303 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries in a 35-24 victory against Brookwood. Jones, who has committed to Alabama, led the state with 2,375 yards rushing last season. Walton is ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA.

2. DL Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson: Nkemdiche rushed for 51 yards on seven carries, scored a touchdown and had four tackles in a 31-12 victory over McEachern. Nkemdiche, who is committed to Clemson, was the all-classification player of the year in 2011 when he scored 18 touchdowns and had 17 sacks for a state championship team. Grayson is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA.

3. HB/DB J.J. Green, Camden County: Green rushed for 88 yards on eight carries, caught three passes for 38 yards, scored a touchdown, forced a fumble and made two tackles in a 42-0 victory over Peachtree Ridge. Camden County is ranked No. 2 in AAAAAA.

4. QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Printz’s first game is Friday against Hillgrove. Printz passed for 3,350 yards in 2011 for a team that reached the state semifinals. He is committed to UCLA. Lassiter is ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAAA.

5. QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb’s first game is Friday against Ridgeland. A South Alabama recruit, Lamb led the state with 3,638 yards passing for the Class AA championship team in 2011. Calhoun is ranked No. 1 in Class AA.

6. WR Demarcus Robinson, Peach County: Robinson’s first game is Friday at Perry. Robinson, committed to Clemson, had 1,027 yards receiving in 2011 for a team that reached the state finals. Peach County is ranked No. 1 in Class AAA.

7. QB Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta: Dobbs’ first game is Friday against Milton. Dobbs threw for 3,113 yards last season for a team that won its region. Alpharetta is ranked No. 9 in Class AAAAAA.

8. DL Montravius Adams, Dooly County: Adams’ first game is Friday at Macon County. The consensus No. 2 recruit in Georgia and the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle, Adams had more than 20 sacks and 40 tackles for losses in 2011.

9. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson’s first game is Thursday against West Forsyth. In 2011, Watson, a junior and a three-year starter, was 230-of-379 passing for 3,251 yards and 41 touchdowns for a team that reached the state semifinals. He also rushed for 1,073 yards. Gainesville is ranked No. 8 in Class AAAAA.

10. QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish, a junior and a three-year starter, was 15-of-22 passing for 198 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 150 yards and two scores in a 43-3 victory over Clinch County. Parrish played only 2.5 quarters. Parrish passed for 1,504 yards and rushed for 1,056 yards last season. Brooks County is ranked No. 3 in AA.

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August 29th, 2012
7:46 am

The kid is a beast!!! However, I hope Walton does not get him injured during the season. I seriously doubt it though because Nick Saban, aka Satan, will not allow it.


August 29th, 2012
9:10 am

The next Great running back at BAMA!

The Agent

August 29th, 2012
9:24 am

Bama is loaded, he should at another school if you ask me.

22 SEC Titles

August 29th, 2012
9:27 am

Rollin w/ Tyren Jones

The Agent

August 29th, 2012
9:30 am

The game against MC was not a good one for Robert, but that # 4 kid for grayson was the real deal, he should be # 2 on this list.


August 29th, 2012
9:32 am

If Tyren Jones continues at this pace he will be POY hands down, and it would be well deserved! :-)

Super Man

August 29th, 2012
9:44 am

Stay healthy Tyren. You will be great.

Rowdy Raider From East

August 29th, 2012
9:57 am

From what our boys said after seeing Tyren over the summer at a 7 0n 7 he is not only talented but a great young man who is also humble. Rare combitnation these days.

Good luck on a great season!!!

Plowboy - Viking

August 29th, 2012
10:10 am

Brookwood’s defense sucked…..he would not have ran for 300 yds against Grayson, colquitt, north Gwinnett, Camden, Lowndes, Valdosta etc……

tide roll

August 29th, 2012
10:28 am

You must have Mike Bobo evaluating Anthony Jennings for you! An LSU commit (despite being a UGA legacy, Richt and Booboo didn’t offer!), Jennings had over 300 yards total offense vs. a very good Newnan defense. This total doesn’t include a 26 yard touchdown reception by him! Newnan’s Head Coach was quoted as saying:” He’s everything they say he is. If there’s a better Quarterback in the State, I don’t want to face him.” Come on AJC, you guys covering up for Richt and Booboo’s bias against the kid?


August 29th, 2012
10:42 am

IMO, at this point, J.J. Green should be in the # 2 position……He’s a game changer and can turn a game around on one play, whether on offense, defense or special teams! :-D

68 viking

August 29th, 2012
11:37 am

plowboy-viking, I hate to disagree with u But I believe this kid will run on any of the teams u mentioned I we should be lucky enough to play them I think it would be exciting to watch. This kid has all the tools needed to be great running back, yes it would be a tuff slog to get thru the afor mentioned teams but all it takes is 1 or 2 tries where he slips by and that could be enough to beat u

Titletown USA

August 29th, 2012
12:39 pm

I agree with 68 viking…this kid is the truth and has the talent to break a tackle here and there to change a game…not to mention open up some passing lanes.

The Truth

August 29th, 2012
1:07 pm

It’s not where you start but where you finish, so I will take Watson at 9. Too bad it only took over 4200 yards of total offense, 41 TDs and a trip to the final 4 as a SOPHOMORE to get noticed. Your number 1 kid gets a ton of support from his teammates, while Watson is a 1 man gang. By the way, football in Cobb county is like basketball in south georgia. When was the last time either won something? If Watson gets any protection from his line, he may throw for 4,500 yards this season. If he goes 4,500 passing and 1,000 rushing, he should be national player of the year. Put him at Flowery Branch, and they would be a lock for state champs…in any classification!

Football Fan

August 29th, 2012
2:37 pm

Rivals live analysis of Tyren Jones after Brookwood game:

By Chad Simmons
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 29, 2012

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Tyren Jones is one of the top running backs in the country and he seems to have perform best on the biggest stages. He did so Saturday when he ran for 302 yards and scored five touchdowns.

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When many were sleeping Saturday night, Tyren Jones was running and weaving through the Brookwood defense. The game ended around midnight and Jones had run for 302 yards on 30 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Jones did it again.

When eyes are on him, he performs at a very high level.

Here is Jones’ Scouting Report after seeing him play in the Georgia Dome.

Prospect: Tyren Jones
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Walton
Class: 2013
Position: Running Back Size: 5-9/202
Ranking on Scout: Recruiting Notes: He is currently committed to run the ball for the University of Alabama. Jones recently visited Georgia and the Dawgs among others schools are still in pursuit. He plans to take some of his official visits.

Live Evaluation: Walton vs. Brookwood in the 2012 Corky Kell Classic on Saturday Aug. 25.

Strong Points:

There are so many strong points when talking about Jones as a running back. He does so many things well and here is what he showed on Saturday night.

Vision is one of his biggest strengths. He sees things well before the normal person would. He just has a great feel, he sets up his blocks, he sees daylight to the backside of plays, and he sees holes developing before they are actually there.

Quickness something he displayed in numerous ways while playing in this game. He has extremely quick feet, he changes direction on a dime, and he makes very quick decisions when he has the ball in his hands. He accelerates very quickly as well.

Jones runs with patience and he just has a great feel for the position. He gives the guys in front of him time to do their job and he lets things develop before making his push up the field.

There is an art to taking a hit and Jones has that. Very rarely does he take a big lick from a defender because he knows how to set up his body, how to get down, how to spin away from a big blow, and that makes him one of the most durable backs in this class.

He has a great spin move and that is just one way he makes defenders miss. He has great quickness laterally, he can stop and go on the snap of a finger, and he is extremely tough to tackle in the open field.

One of the biggest reasons he is successful is his balance. He is very tough to bring down because he runs low to the ground, he runs behind his pads, and his balance is such a good trait.

Jones could be the best back at catching the football in the country. He has receiver-like hands, he catches the ball consistently, and this is another strength of his as a running back.

Areas for Improvement:

He is right at 5-feet 9-inches tall, so he is not the biggest back in the height department, but he is big enough. Some want to hold that against him or question that about his ability on the next levels, but it will not affect him when he gets to college.

He is more of a quick than fast back and that is OK. He does not have that second gear and he is not what we would call a burner, but trust me, he is plenty fast enough. He very rarely gets caught from behind, he has broken plenty of 50 plus yard runs in his career, and this is not a big area of concern.

Jones is closer to topped out as a prospects, so he does not have a lot of upside there. His body may add another 5-10 pounds, but he will not get much bigger or much better overall as a running back. Is that a real concern? No. He has the ability, strength, and skills to be a very successful back in college right now.


Jones is one of the most complete backs in the country. He does so many things well out of the backfield. He has great quickness, he has vision you cannot teach, his balance is one of his biggest strengths, and he accelerates very quickly. He also spins out of tackles, he gets yards after contact, and he is very durable, so there is so much to like about Jones. He is more of a quick back than a fast back, but his speed is a little deceiving. He is currently the no. 19 running back in the country and he will likely be a top 10 back very soon.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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Football Fan

August 29th, 2012
2:40 pm

Should have said Scout analysis…and Scout is only service that currently has him rated outside of Top 10 in country (something sounds like they are about to rectify in next update)

Plowboy - Viking

August 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

Never said he wasn’t a good back…..how many running backs have gained 100 plus yards on Grayson, Camden, Lowndes …….300 would be unheard of


August 29th, 2012
5:08 pm

Tyren is a New Orleans kid, most posters on here don’t even realize how big saban is to New Orleans kids. I’m more surprised that LSU hasn’t came after him harder. He’s in the bag for bama.

tide roll

August 29th, 2012
11:37 pm


August 29th, 2012
11:56 pm

This kid is amazing indeed but down here in the south he wouldn’t get all them yards. He play against slow defenses in his region but the kid is still a great back but all them yards in the region with camden,valdosta,lowndes,coffee,colquitt, etc, wouldn’t happen. Grayson shut him down last year and when you got fast defenses already in your backfield you not going to gain no yards.


August 30th, 2012
8:29 am

Lamb led the state in passing yards last season while only playing three quarters in most of the games. He may be the most underrated of the quarterbacks. Look for him to have a monster season this year.

how 'bout

August 30th, 2012
9:07 am

…Plowboy – Viking …WAKE-UP Jones is that GOOD …and you are RIGHT he probably wouldn’t run for 300+ yards on most of the teams you mentioned …they might slow him down …but if you think any of those teams would stop him you are kidding yourself …the amount of attention to stop Jones would (with good coaching) open up so many options for his team that he would still be effective even when not handling the ball… (but then this is just MHO :) )

Silly Head

August 30th, 2012
6:33 pm

@Football Fan

That is stupidest cut and paste ever. Anyone who watched the game could say that.
Keep spending your money to be told the obvious.

Chad is the same guy who said Tyren was average after last years game against Norcross. I know I was next to him.

Football Fan

August 30th, 2012
11:22 pm

@ Silly Head…EADB…how about that post?

Silly Head

August 31st, 2012
8:18 am

Well Tim, not all Walton Fans think like you JA.


September 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

to the truth still talking bout what deshaun watson did last year as a sophmore well if anything donquell gator green #5 from burke county should be on this list ahead of him he out shined and out played him in his own stadium in front of evebody in the state and he was just a sophomore his self going for ove 556 total yards in a game returned the opening kickoff for 99 yards for a touchdown after deshaun watson scored on the first play from scrimmage and then scored four more touchdowns and led his team to the final four as a freshman and then came back and led his team to the state chamionship as sophmore and won it with two touchdowns and 137 yards rushing as a sophmore look like he is well more deserving than he is for this spot but like they say this is an atlanta journal constitutional they forget about the country teams with the great players and i am pretty sure if u came to that semifinal game last year in gainseville u saw the perfomance that kid put on in that stadium that game was no where near close we could have burst the clock but our coach is humble but 63-28 is still not a good score to be in a semifinal game u expect something a little more closer game than that with the type of player that everyone hypes him up to be like they say he only does all of those things to little weak schools with no winning records and that whole thing with him not having a line so i guess he didnt have a line when he threw for all of those yards and ran for all of those yards yea yea yea i know if he is a one man show who does he throw the ball to and who blocks for him so that he can get the ball to them i just want the ajc to recognize not just metro schools and players thats all i am saying make it fair