Our look at the top high school football players for the 2013 season resumes today with linebackers.
Remember that these are not recruiting rankings. These are 10 linebackers who have proven themselves at the high school level as underclassmen.
- Bryson Allen-Williams, Cedar Grove: Really more of a defensive end last season, Allen-Williams is being recruited as an outside linebacker. He had 22 tackles for losses in 2012. Allen-Williams (6-1, 215) has committed to South Carolina.
- Daniel Crochet, St. Pius: First-team all-state in 2012, Crochet (6-3, 220) had 106 tackles, 13 for losses, on a Class AAA state runner-up. Has an offer from Syracuse.
- Ed Curney, Creekside: Curney (5-11, 210) had the best season in 2012 of three outstanding Creekside junior linebackers, including more heavily recruited Elliott Berry. Curney had 158 tackles, 18 for losses. He has an offer from Virginia Tech.
- Detrick Dukes, Tucker: Dukes (6-0, 220) had 78 tackles, 11 for losses, and three sacks last season for a 10-3 team. He was runner-up for defensive player of the year in Region 6-AAAAA. Dukes has committed to Louisville.
- Tre Jackson, Lowndes: Best player on a Top 10 program that could have Region 1-AAAAAA’s best defenses in 2012. Jackson led Lowndes with 45 total tackles last season (Lowndes doesn’t award tackles for falling on the pile.) Jackson (5-10, 230) has committed to Georgia Tech.
- Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan (6-2, 240) is the mostly highly recruited linebacker in the state. Georgia and Alabama are after him, but Ohio State is his leader. He had 22 tackles for losses and forced five fumbles in 2012 for a 6-4 team. He also rushed for 316 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
- Kevin Mouhon, Norcross: Mohoun (6-2, 225) averaged 11.7 tackles per game on a Class AAAAAA championship team. Tennessee is his leader.
- Korie Rogers, Buford: The Class AAA defensive player of the year in 2012, Rogers (6-1, 210) was tied for the team lead with 84 tackles, 12 that were for losses, plus seven sacks, entering the Class AAA championship game, which Buford won against St. Pius. Also had four interceptions. Georgia and Clemson appear to lead in his recruitment.
- Tyrell Tomlin, Marietta: The top defensive player on a turnaround 8-4 team, Tomlin (6-0, 230) had 128 tackles (96 solo), 19 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2012. He had 10 tackles, 3.5 for losses, a sack and an interception (returned for 43 years) in Marietta’s 30-27 upset of Lowndes in the state playoffs. Tomlin’s leaders are North Carolina and Tennessee.
- Ray Tillman, Miller Grove: Tillman (6-0, 195) was the Region 6-AAAAA defensive player of the year last season, beating out several Division 1 signees. He averaged over 10 tackles per game. Tennessee is his leader. Georgia has offered.