POY Watch: Kamara’s big game boosts Norcross

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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35 comments Add your comment


October 17th, 2012
8:37 am

Nice to see Kamani Thomas having a good Senior Season after an injury filled Junior Season. Saw him several times during this past Spring & Summer at the gym I attend. I was impressed with his work ethic and focus on improving. He’s a very respectful, well-mannered young man that will be great addition to a college program in 2013.

I think Thomas was actually the #1 ranked RB in Georgia in the 2013 Class after the 2010 Season (10th grade for 2013 prospects) ahead of Tyren Jones and Alvin Kamara. At the time Alabama was very interested in Thomas and weren’t even recruiting Jones or Kamara. Thomas slid down the rankings after the 2011 season due to the injuries. Injuries can really impact a player’s college options….. Hence another reason getting an Education is so important.

***Another player I think worthy of consideration is Peyton Barber, RB at Milton. He’s an Ole Miss committ that has over 1,000 rushing after 6 games including what I think are 3 games with 200+ yards rushing for the high powered Milton offense that is one of the highest scoring in Class AAAAAA. I wouldn’t be surprised if Milton pulls the upset on Lassiter this Friday.


October 17th, 2012
9:27 am

Keshun Hill of Northside (Warner Robins) is having an outstanding year!!


October 17th, 2012
9:28 am

Best 2 players players I have seen in person this year:

Deshaun Watson of Gainesville.. He had a not so good game vs a stoud Buford D yet found a way to pin the first regular season home loss on the Wolves in 12 years.. Has one of the best arms from 35 yards in & is very “slippery” to tackle.

Alvin Kamara of Norcross.. Just a very good RB.. Seems like every tote is a firstdown. Can catch the ball out of the backfield. D never gets a good shot on him. Does not go backwards on hits, keeps it moving forward.

Just my .02


October 17th, 2012
9:30 am

PS…. Have not seen JJ Green in person, have read that he’s one of the best 2-way players in the country.. Looking forward to watching him in Red & Black next season!!!


October 17th, 2012
9:30 am

Chubb for Heisman!!!


October 17th, 2012
9:42 am

Chubb the next great running back at UGA. They better offer and before Alabama does.

tide roll

October 17th, 2012
9:53 am

What, is Mike Booboo on your selection committee? The next Geno Smith resides in Marietta, and his name is Anthony Jennings The best dual threat QB in America and grew up a DAWG fan!. In fact, he’s a UGA legacy. So of course, Jennings is committed to……LSU! Only Richt and Booboo are capable of screwing this up. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so dang pitiful. 32 years since a National Title, and with the Richt/Booboo braintrust cranking at full force, I’ll be danged if it won’t be another 32. Go Dogs! Could someone please post Jennings stats so far? He’s carrying Marietta on his back, and most of your readers don’t even know he exists.

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 17th, 2012
10:25 am

Where is Nkemdichi?
A bust already?


October 17th, 2012
10:50 am

in all honest what else does Nkemdiche have to prove he’s the #1 player in the nation i doubt the georgia player of the year matters much to him

I dropped my fried twinkie

October 17th, 2012
11:12 am

Observer…..how can he be #1 in the country when he is not #1 in his state? So #1 in GA doesn’t matter to him? Wow I would guess then that in College TEAM will not matter to him just how fast can he get to the NFL.


October 17th, 2012
11:23 am

Brendan Langley has carried Kell to victories in each game this year (minus Lassiter but he scored Kell’s only TD)


October 17th, 2012
11:29 am

How is it that DE, QB, and RB are all on the list but their are no WR or DB on the list for that matter unless they are two way players. I don’t know the stats but I’m sure their has to be some one catching all these passes and somone who’s sole job is to shut down the growing number of spread teams in the state.


October 17th, 2012
11:29 am

I can’t say that I’ve ever agreed with Tide Roll on anything, but UGA is missing the boat on Jennings. I think UGA is a good enough school and program to sign multiple players at every position. They need to encourage more competition, not stifle it. Sign another QB – especially when they are different types.. ie Shockley – D. Greene.


October 17th, 2012
11:30 am

PS – Jennings is the Real Deal!

I Knows

October 17th, 2012
11:34 am

Bryant Sherriffs QB of the Jefferson Dragons, Jefferson City Schools, should also be added to the relatively unnoticed lists, but definitely deserves a NOTICE!


October 17th, 2012
11:38 am

Think about the damage J.J.Green has done with limited touches! Look at his affect upon the game from three different areas, offense, defense and special teams. He plays all positions at a high level and he’s a TEAM player!

Brice Ramsey should be added to this list. He is a highly effective QB playing in the states highest classification and is one of the best Special Teams weapons in the state! :-D


October 17th, 2012
11:40 am

Michael Haynes, QB at North Gwinnett is 95/147 for 1130 yds and 12 TDs. He has also rushed 71 times for 452 yds and 3 TDs. Total, he has 1582 yds and 15 TDs in only 6 games. This is against top competition in AAAAAA playing schools like Colquitt, Norcross, and Mill Creek.

North Gwinnett is 5-1 and ranked #7. As impressive as his numbers are, you really have to see him play to witness the impact he has on a game.

I also understand that his father was a GA Bulldog, so perhaps he’ll end up at UGA.


October 17th, 2012
11:57 am

TIDE ROLL-No Jennings is not the best Dual threat QB in America.

If that is your true opinion, you need to go watch more film, or actually go see the kid play in person.

Cobb fan

October 17th, 2012
12:15 pm

Ive seen Jennings twice this year, hands down best all around QB in GA! Has no defense, has no R B, and is carrying that team on his back..


October 17th, 2012
12:27 pm

I would venture to say that Deshaun Watson of Gainesville is the best dual threat in GA.. However I have not seen Jennings.. I have seen Michael Haynes, QB at North Gwinnett play & he’s just a notch below Watson (who has been committed to Clemson for many months already & is just a Jr!)

tide roll

October 17th, 2012
12:54 pm

You guys are ignoring Jennings upside as well. 6′2″ 215 with a size 15 shoe. Won the elite 11 regionals over 90 other quarterbacks.Strong with a Capital S. Gym Rat. His father Willie is 6′5″, and actually played Defensive Tackle at UGA! It’s incredible that Richt and Bobo would ignore this kid, and stand by and watch him commit to LSU! It’s like your program is cursed or something. 32 years. Charlie Ward, Cam Newton, and now this kid. It’s kind of sad actually.


October 17th, 2012
1:19 pm

@Tide Roll…….To play a little “Devil’s Advocate”, why do you think Jennings is better than Joshua Dobbs at Alpharetta?

-Led the state in 2011 during the Regular Season in Passing Yards and TD passes
-Currently leading the state in Passing Yards and among the state leaders in TD passes in 2012, averaging 321 passing yards per game and 2.5 passing TDs per game
-Has 15 passing TDs and at least 5 rushing TDs (don’t have the exact rushing stats) during the 2012 season in 6 games.
-Currently about 6′3″, 190-195……but I’ve heard he’s still growing and now close to 6′4″
-Outperformed Jennings and Brice Ramsey at the National Elite 11 Competition where 25 Finalists from across the nation competed. Dobbs was the only 1 of the 3 Georgia QBs that made the Final Elite [Top] 11
-Alpharetta beat Marietta in their match-up in 2011
-Not that this matters in the comparison of the two as football players [as I'm not familiar with Jennings' academics] but Dobbs is an AP student with close to a 4.0 GPA and also has offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Duke.

I’m also wondering why the likes of UGA and Bama haven’t offered Dobbs. Kid is steadily moving up the recruiting rankings, as he’s now listed as the #8 Pro-Style QB in the nation by 247sports.

tide roll

October 17th, 2012
1:57 pm

Isn’t Dobbs committed to like BC?. I trust Les Miles’s evaluation of Jennings They see him as a “Committed Quarterback. who refuses to accept mediocrity. And who’s greatest strength are his downfield passing game and THE ABILITY TO KEEP PLAYS ALIVE. All of this is in the Marietta Daily Journal. It’s as if the AJC is conspiring with Richt and Booboo to withhold information on Jennings so y’all won’t question their decision to go after Ramsey instead. Any way I don’t have Jennings stats. I do know, however, he completed 18 straight passes in a game recently. and LaGrange’s head coach was quoted as saying “If there’s a better Quarterback in the State, we don’t want to face him” All of this was in the Marietta Daily Journal. It’s really criminal that the AJC chooses to ignore making this info on Jennings available to its readers.

cat doc

October 17th, 2012
7:39 pm

I wouldn’t read alot into these POY’s.

border dweller

October 17th, 2012
8:46 pm

I’ve watched JJ Green play ball since he was 7 years old, and at every level he has always been a scoring machine on offense, a wrecking crew on defense, a devistating blocker, a crushing tackler, and so feared on kick-offs and punts that most folks just kick the ball away from him. He studies and understands the game like very few ever do. But more important than all of that, he’s an outstanding young man who seems to understand what it takes to push himself to the next level. Other players might have more gaudy stats in a particular area, but I haven’t seen a high school football player take over games the way he does since Champ Bailey. Just sayin’


October 17th, 2012
8:53 pm

border dweller…….Nice post! :-)


October 17th, 2012
9:16 pm

Keshun Hill Stats so Far for 2012

Over 500 Yards Rushing and 10 TDs on only 40 Carries
Caught 10 Passes and 3 of them for TDs and a PR TD
This man is a threat to score every time he touches the ball


October 17th, 2012
10:53 pm

I agree that Ramsey should be on the list. He is probably the best kicker in the state. but as a QB he is in total control of the game and a pretty good passer also. Should be fun to watch him in college.

On another note: I hate bye weeks!!!

Causal Observer

October 18th, 2012
8:26 am

Diamond in the rough, Chandler Register, Lambert. Total package, deceptive speed, can catch, and throw, but is hidden due to daddy-ball.


October 18th, 2012
2:09 pm

Well you can really see you guys havent paid attention to Malcolm Parrish out of Brooks County we’ve only been running the spread this season and he is among the top in the state with passing stats. He threw his first three interceptions this past friday against Fizgerald. He’s only a Jr and his first 2 seasons he owned the ground so imagine if we passed nearly as much as we have this year his previous 2 seasons. BTW we are 7-0 ranked 2nd behind Calhoun in region AA with a record of 7-0 also we are undefeated in region play. So in my eyes honestly he is right there with Watson as the best Dual threats in GA. Without parrish the Trojans wouldn’t be having the stellar season the are with wins over teams Like Monroe, Fizgerald, and one more win over one of the best footall programs in the country the Valdosta Wildcats………………

Todd Holcomb

October 19th, 2012
11:11 am

re: Nkemdiche – This isn’t a list of the best prospects, or even the best players, per se. That’s more Super 11. This is about Player of the Year. Nkemdiche’s team lost a game that it should not have lost, and Nkemdiche isn’t putting up great stats. I’m not saying he’s not the best player. He’d be the one that I picked first if I’m drafting. But POY is more about the context of the current season. He’s not putting up the kinds of numbers he had in 2011, fwiw.

re: Haynes – Good points about him. He’s having a great year.

re: WR/DB – There aren’t any WR’s having super years. Demarco Robinson is doing fine at Peach, but his impact to this point hasn’t been overwhelming. There is nobody have a year like Da’Rick Rogers did a while back, IMO.

And finally, the post-season is pretty huge, obviously. If you play for an outstanding team, you might be 7-0 without having to play the full 48 minutes but once or twice. Though we’re midway through the total games that will be played, the second half is much bigger than the first.

Coach AJ

October 19th, 2012
2:16 pm

@tide roll
Dobbs is commited to Arizona State not BC.
@Todd What are good stats for this point in the year for the WR’s/DB’s to get a mention on this list not familiar with the Robinson kids stats but I know he is a player?
Alpharetta has a Junior WR in #86 Daniel Clements who has 46 receptions for 656 yds and 7 TD’s.

cat doc

October 19th, 2012
3:25 pm

POY, I think all these high stats show that these teams are not playing very good competion.


October 23rd, 2012
11:52 pm

chris jordan of thomson is flying way under the radar he is one of the top rushing backs right now in the state of GA and he is not the primary ball carrier. Seven other backs share the ball and one is Torri Battle a very explosive runner for the dogs is also flying low. He is a Two way player and he has almost 700 yard and over 500 yard in returns this season. Battle is averaging 11 carries a game he is another of the 8 runner thomson has sharing the ball. My Dogs are for real Washington county will see how real my dogs are this friday a battle of the unbeaten number 2 and 3 the Dogs this game will be an old school bonecrusher….


October 23rd, 2012
11:58 pm

One last thing Thomson has one of the hardest Schedule in the STATE OF GA AND THIS IS A FACT

08-24-2012 Burke County A W 21-14 2012 State Champs
09-07-2012 Lakeside H W 51-27
09-14-2012 St. Pius X H W 21-14 forth ranked in 3A
09-21-2012 LaGrange A W 49-42 Great football program
09-28-2012 Westminster (Atlanta) H W 20-10 solid Program
10-05-2012 Greater Atlanta Christian A W 36-27 solid Program
10-12-2012 Swainsboro * A W 57-20
10-19-2012 Dodge County * H W 21-14
10-26-2012 Washington County* A – 2 ranked in 3A
11-02-2012 OPEN/BYE – -
11-09-2012 Jefferson County * H -