Raekwon McMillan is the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the country. He’s now the No. 1 player in GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.
McMillan is averaging 111 yards rushing and 13 tackles per game for Liberty County, which is off to a 2-0 start. McMillan takes over the top spot from Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose team must regroup from its loss last week to Buford.
McMillan, the No. 2 overall prospect in Georgia, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, says that Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are his favorite teams for now, but he plans to visit Georgia and Florida.
This week’s top 10:
1. LB/RB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan had 15 tackles (four for losses) and rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in a 19-16 victory over Appling County. For the season, McMillan has 26 tackles (six for losses) and a forced fumble, and he has rushed for 222 yards on 18 carries (12.3 ypc) and scored five touchdowns, one receiving. The consensus No. 2 college prospect in Georgia made the AJC’s Super 11 team, but he has never played in a state playoff game. Liberty County was 6-4 in 2012.
2. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in a 33-6 victory over Pepperell. For the season, Chubb has rushed for 459 yards on 43 carries (10.7 ypc) and scored eight touchdowns. Chubb, the No. 1-rated running back prospect in Georgia, finished with 2,721 yards rushing in 2012, a state record for the regular season. Cedartown was 6-4. Chubb is committed to Georgia.
3. DE Dante Sawyer, North Gwinnett: Sawyer’s team did not play last week but faces a critical game on Friday with defending Class AAAAAA champion Norcross. On the season, Sawyer has six tackles for losses and one sack for the No. 1-ranked team in AAAAAA. Sawyer is rated among the top 10 defensive end prospects in the country.
4. LB Korie Rogers, Buford: Rogers had eight tackles, one for a loss, and one QB pressure in a 38-14 victory over Gainesville in a game between defending state champions. For the season, Rogers has 12 tackles in Buford’s 2-0 start. Rogers, who is committed to Clemson, is the leader of the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA. He was the AAA defensive player of the year in 2012.
5. QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green rushed for 187 yards on nine carries and scored five touchdowns in a 55-0 victory over Hephizbah. Green was 4-of-5 passing for 65 yards and a touchdown. He played only in the first half, after which Burke led 48-0. Green had 235 yards of total offense in the first quarter of a game Aug. 23 against Thomson that was canceled in the first half because of lightning delays. In 2012, Green passed for 1,399 yards and rushed for 1,827 and scored 32 touchdowns for an 11-2 team.
6. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson was 22-of-42 passing for 193 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 38-14 loss to Buford. Watson rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries. For the season, he is 49-of-83 passing for 576 yards and five touchdowns. He has rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries (5.0 ypc). Watson, who is committed to Clemson, passed for more than 4,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,400 in leading the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA title in 2012.
7. QB Tyler Queen, North Cobb: Queen’s team did not play last week. Queen was 10-of-18 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 37 yards on two carries in a 48-7 victory over Starr’s Mill in North Cobb’s only game. Queen, who is committed to Auburn, passed for 2,607 yards and rushed for 925 yards and accounted for 43 touchdowns for a Class AAAAAA semifinal team in 2012.
8. RB Taj Griffin, McEachern: Griffin’s team did not play last week. For the season, Griffin has rushed for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in McEachern’s 2-0 start. He is rated the No. 1 all-purpose running back prospect in the country in 247Sports’ composite rankings for the class of 2015. McEachern is ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.
9. QB Adam Choice, Thomas County Central: Choice rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and was 4-of-4 passing for 56 yards in a 28-21 victory over Marist. For the season, he has rushed for 473 yards on 65 carries and scored five touchdowns in three games. He is 10-of-19 passing for 157 yards. Choice, a member of the AJC’s Super 11 team, rushed for more than 1,500 yards each of the past two seasons.
10. Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area: Truitt rushed for 93 yards on 10 carries and was 2-of-3 passing for 67 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-14 victory over Winder-Barrow. For the season, Truitt has rushed for 353 yards on 30 carries (11.7 ypc) and is 7-for-16 passing with five touchdowns. In 2012, Truitt rushed for 1,438 yards and passed for 764 despite missing four games to injury on a team that finished 12-2. Truitt is committed to Auburn.
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