Alvin Kamara of Norcross is rated by some as the top running back prospect in Georgia.
He played like it last week, rushing for a career-high 312 yards in a key Region 7-AAAAAA victory over Collins Hill, and returns to the GHSF Daily/Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year Watch this week.
Also, we look at five players who are knocking on the door of the POY Watch.
1. RB Tyren Jones, Walton: Did not play last week. Jones, who has committed to Alabama, has rushed for 1,313 yards and 13 touchdowns on 196 carries (6.7 ypc) on the season. At his current pace, Jones would need 13 games to break the state record for rushing yards in a season in the highest classification held by Parkview’s Caleb King, who ran for 2,768 in 2005. Walton is 4-2 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.
2. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson was 14-of-23 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-6 victory over Salem. For the season, Watson is 126-of-179 passing (71.8 percent) for 1,877 yards and 23 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He has rushed for 521 yards and 10 touchdowns on 86 carries (6.1 ypc). Watson, a junior, has committed to Clemson. Gainesville is 6-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAA.
3. QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Did not play last week. On the season, Printz is 106-of-167 passing (63.5 percent) for 1,442 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Printz has 7,234 passing yards for his career. At his 2012 pace, he would break the state record for career passing yards (9,062) in Lassiter’s 14th game, if Lassiter advances that far in the playoffs. Lassiter is 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.
4. QB A.J. Erdely, West Forsyth: Erdely rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and was 7-of-9 passing for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 37-16 victory over Johns Creek in a game between unbeaten teams. Erdely threw his first interception of the year. On the season, Erdely is 69-of-104 passing (66.3 percent) for 1,071 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has rushed for 549 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 carries (7.7 ypc). He is committed to Middle Tennessee. West Forsyth is 6-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.
5. QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb was 20-of-30 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on three carries in a 45-13 victory over Pepperell. For the season, Lamb is 143-of-210 passing for 1,649 yards and 16 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 155 yards and six touchdowns on 30 carries. Lamb has committed to South Alabama. Calhoun is 6-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AA.
6. QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and was 3-of-4 passing for 30 yards in a 38-7 victory over Richmond Academy. For the season, Green has rushed for 1,102 yards and 19 touchdowns on 115 carries (9.6 ypc) and completed 48 of 77 passes (62.3 percent) for 667 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Burke County is 6-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.
7. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb, a junior, rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in a 54-35 loss to Pickens. For the season, Chubb leads the state in rushing with 1,973 yards on 219 carries (9.0 ypc). He has scored 29 touchdowns. Chubb is on pace to break the state record for rushing yards in a season, held by Daccus Turman of Washington-Wilkes (3,172), in the 12th game. Cedartown is 4-3 and unranked in Class AAAA.
8. RB Alvin Kamara, Norcross: Kamara rushed for 312 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in a 35-23 victory over Collins Hill that gave Norcross sole possession of first place in Region 7-AAAAAA. For the season, Kamara has rushed for 999 yards and 13 touchdowns on 134 carries (7.5 ypc). Kamara, ranked the No. 3 all-purpose running back nationally by Rivals.com, has not made his college choice. Norcross is 7-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA.
9. QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish was 12-of-25 passing for 224 yards and one touchdown in a 27-24 victory over Fitzgerald. For the season, Parrish is 101-of-194 passing for 1,654 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has rushed for more than 450 yards and seven touchdowns. Brooks County is 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA.
10. HB/DB J.J. Green, Camden County: Green rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts and caught a 23-yard pass in a 47-0 victory over Tift County. He also had five tackles. On the season, Green has rushed for 446 yards and six touchdowns on 45 carries (10.4 ypc) and caught five passes for 77 yards. He has scored nine touchdowns. Recruited as a defensive back, Green has committed to Georgia. Camden County is 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA.
Coming onto the radar
These are not necessarily the next five on the POY Watch list. They don’t include players who frequently or recently have been on our list, such as Grayson’s Robert Nkemdiche, Milton’s Carl Lawson, Wilcox County’s Makail Grace, Peach County’s Demarcus Robinson or Aquinas’ Brendan Douglas.
Rather, these are players who are having great seasons that have gone relatively unnoticed. If there are others, let us know:
*Vonn Bell, a receiver/safety for 5-1 Ridgeland, is a two-way starter who has 411 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on seven carries and 338 yards receiving on seven catches with six touchdowns. He has also returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown. He’s one of the top safety prospects in the country.
*Joshua Dobbs, a quarterback from Alpharatta, has thrown for a state-leading 1,927 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games. He has completed 127 of 231 attempts. Dobbs has committed to Arizona State.
*Chris Jordan, a running back from Thomson, has rushed for 1,426 yards on 153 carries (9.0 ypc) and 13 touchdowns. His team is 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAA.
*Johnathon McCrary, a quarterback from Cedar Grove, has thrown for 1,805 yards and 18 touchdowns on 119-of-164 passing. Cedar Grove is 5-2, having won five consecutive games. McCrary is destined to become the eighth player in Georgia history to pass for 8,000 yards in his career. He has 7,903. The state record is 9,062.
*Kamani Thomas, a running back from East Paulding, has rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 92 carries (11.0 ypc). East Paulding is 6-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA.
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