10 best HS linebackers: Liberty County’s McMillan stands tall

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.

20 comments Add your comment

Mr. Wolverine

May 29th, 2013
9:39 am

Great position breakdown.. Go #21..

Bill Harper

May 29th, 2013
9:40 am

I agree, great ratings

Metro Fan

May 29th, 2013
11:00 am

Chamblee rising Junior DJ Fambro can flat out play… Great student, leader, and baseball prospect, as well!


May 29th, 2013
12:33 pm

Best sleeper LB in the state of Georgia:

OLB Juwon Young 6′3″ 225 lbs 40: 4.6 Albany GA (Albany HS) this player definitely has an inside hidden drive to succeed…

Sophomore stats 100 tackles 20 Tackles For Loss 9 QB sacks.

Juwon Young interviewed by Radi Nabulsi of ESPN


“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Ball Ready

May 29th, 2013
1:57 pm

Carver -Atlanta has a great group LB Including Rising Senior Quinits Bently (5`9 185) 125 tackles 16 tackles for losses. 4 INT 4 FF. But rising Jr Malik Stevens (6`0 190) 98 tackles 10 tackles for losses a TRUE SLEEPER.

Get Down

May 29th, 2013
2:41 pm

Newnan High has one real solid LB in rising senior Tonarius Portress. (5′11″, 228) He had 123 total tackles this year, 12 for loss and 3 sacks. He had an amazing fumble recovery return against Tri-Cities, and recorded three picks, including one against rival East Coweta. He absolutely balled in the season opener again Marietta and their All-World QB Anthony Jennings. He turned in 13 tackles, a fumble recovery and an INT. Please dont sleep on this kid, He already has offers from Marshall, North Carolina and Georgia State. He should be in this Top 10


May 29th, 2013
2:54 pm

Past Performance? Demarquis Gates has started and excelled at Middle Linebacker for arguably the state’s top defense Lovejoy HS since he was a freshman. 2 State Championship Appearances. This young man is very talented and a student-athlete. Committed to Ole Miss, Rising Senior game participant. I am sure all of these are fine players but ……C’mon Man!!


May 29th, 2013
3:38 pm

No Demarcus Gates ? Who’s doing this list, Todd Holcomb ?


May 29th, 2013
3:43 pm

6′2, 217, four star, ranked # 6 by Rivals and he is not listed. Really Todd ?

Marietta fan

May 29th, 2013
4:20 pm

Tyrell Tomlin could end this year as the top linebacker in Georgia. He already has 4 SEC offers and should get a few more. He was also recently invited to play in the US Army All American Game. Also “Get Down” I remember that guy causing trouble for us along with Tray Matthews last year. I’ll be for sure to look for him on August 23. Good luck and see y’all in the season opener

Missing a good one

May 29th, 2013
4:43 pm

Can’t believe you could overlook the Portress kid from Newnan. Best player on defense for a 9-3 team that included Georgia commit Tray Mathews. This kid was main reason they took Colquitt to the wire, offensive fumbled cost them the game. Holding offers from Air Force, UTC and a host of others. If the kid was 6′0″ D1 would be tearing his door down.


May 29th, 2013
5:41 pm

I really like the Portress kid as well… Great tackler… Probably better person on and off the field. I do agree that whoever gets him will get a great player. I don’t agree that one play cost that game. Football is a team sport and I was at the CC vs NHS game and I can name 5 plays off my head that was crucial plus the refs was suspect… That was last year I am so looking fwd to this year.

Todd Holcomb

May 29th, 2013
9:38 pm

”6′2, 217, four star, ranked # 6 by Rivals and he is not listed. Really Todd ?”

Yeah, we might’ve whiffed on Gates. But not concerned about the recruiting ratings. That’s Michael Carvell’s beat. :)

Dawg-Gawn: Thanks for mentioning the Albany kid. I’ve read about him as a rising recruit. He wasn’t much for all-state last year, which is what happens often when your team is not outstanding.

What I like about running these lists is that it gives people a chance for readers to point out top players that I didn’t include. I don’t mind being called out if that means more players get some deserved attention. This state is full of great high school players.

Todd Holcomb

May 29th, 2013
9:48 pm

More on Gates – One thing that made me overlook him was the fact that he was injured for four games last season, so when it came time for post-season accolades, he took a back seat on Lovejoy’s own defense to Norwood, Robinson, Fields and some seniors. The basis for my lists is largely the info that I gathered on the players during all-state pickin’ time from coaches and media. So maybe Gates is a victim of being on a team with too many good defensive players last year. In other words, it couldn’t be my fault. :)


May 30th, 2013
7:37 am

Not blaming you. The list is supposedly for the top 10 Linebackers. Gates is one of them. Wheather you refer to the recruiting service or not, his game performances got him where he is. With his play speaking for him, he reached this level.


May 30th, 2013
10:12 am

Can not believe Juwon Young wan’t listed. Even though he wasn’t all-state, that shouldn’t matter because it’s the best LB’s in the state. That’s the interpretation that I got when you wrote that these are not recruit rankings. Using your logic you might as well copy and paste the returning all-state players and compile your list that way.

Todd Holcomb

May 30th, 2013
11:13 am

”Using your logic you might as well copy and paste the returning all-state players and compile your list that way.”

Good point. But they haven’t played any football since 2012, Should more weight be given to how these kids perform at combines and such? Maybe so. Fair question.


May 30th, 2013
1:04 pm

Who is this 6′-5″ 215 pnd kid from LambertHS (Suwanee)? I saw his highlight video on YouTube: Dillon Alexander Football Highlights…..ran into his dad who told me they relocated from Colorado. Played MLB until last year….also said that he put his highlight video on YouTube a week ago and his email has been blowing up ever since with collegiate interest. This kid was also a starting defensive longstick on Lamberts state runner up LAX Team. Hear he can round ball too!!! This kids an athlete….I would keep a major eye on this young man!!

Todd Behrend

June 1st, 2013
5:16 pm

Todd, ignore the combines as they are a joke. They have nothing to do with who can make plays in a full contact game. Looks bad that UGA is not the leader for a single one of these guys. The UGA recruiting program really is a total mystery, especially to the top players in the state.


June 4th, 2013
12:22 pm

Tre Jackson is a good player, but he’s not even the best Linebacker in Region1AAAAAA!!! Valdosta and Colquitt have Linebackers better than Jackson.