The Leaderboard: Rogers ‘gives Campbell a chance’

In nominating Mike Rogers for preseason all-state, Campbell coach Harris Rainbow predicted, “He is going to blow up this year.” The coach was right.

Rogers, maybe the state’s best player that you haven’t heard about, has rushed for 1,147 yards – more than 100 yards ahead of the next-closest player in AAAAAA. He has scored 17 touchdowns.

He has returned 13 kickoffs for a 46.5-yard average and one touchdown, and he has returned six punts for a 26.0 average and one touchdown. At safety, he has 42 solo tackles, 21 assists, a blocked kick, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.

“In my opinion he is as good as anyone in the state and maybe in the country and definitely as good as anyone in AAAAAA,” Rainbow said. “He should be considered for player of the year for the state. He is probably the only player that plays at this high of a level and plays every single snap of the game.”

Why the low profile? Campbell was 7-33 in the four seasons before Rogers arrived. Rogers moved to Georgia from Chicago a week before school started last year.

He played in only five games as a junior because of some medical issues. The team was 3-7. This season, Campbell is 3-4 overall, 1-4 in Region 4, but has scored at least 20 points in every game and put up 35 against second-ranked McEachern.

“I realize that at Campbell we are not in the playoff hunt, but in the past we have been real bad and not competing,” Rainbow said. “With Mike, we compete every week, and he gives us a chance to win.”

Rogers is not unknown in recruiting circles. He had offers from Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia Tech. In recent weeks, Georgia, Florida and others moved in. Rogers remains committed to Central Florida.

The GHSF Daily state leaderboard in rushing, passing and receiving yardage will be published each Friday. To compile leaders, we rely on coaches and statisticians to keep us updated. Please let us know of any omissions at ghsfdaily@bellsouth.net.

Rushing

1,887 – Nick Chubb, Cedartown

1,551 – Kawon Bryant, North Oconee

1,248 – Jamar Smith, Toombs County

1,147 – Mike Rogers, Campbell

1,141 – Adam Choice, Thomas County Central

1,125 – Mikell Lands-Davis, Alexander

1,071 – Stanley Williams, George Walton Academy

1,057 – Joshua Bettistea, Allatoona

1,047 – Voltaire Driver, Bremen

1,000 – Jordan Ellis, Peachtree Ridge

998 – Shannon Brooks, Pickens

980 – Mecole Hardman, Elbert County

967 – James Brown, Emanuel County Institute

950 – Ruben Garnett, Aquinas

944 – Tyler Epps, Southeast Bulloch

936 – Michael Sutton, Emanuel County Institute

936 – Austin Burt, Harlem

921 – Micah Abernathy, Greater Atlanta Christian

913 – Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area

907 – Deion Sellers, Cedar Grove

889 – Tra Hardy, Vidalia

875 – Deshawn Waller, BEST Academy

872 – Christian Wofford, Whitewater

860 – Mario Cherry, Thomasville

858 – Tra Minter, Schley County

849 – Ty Clemons, McEachern

847 – Keion Davis, Hughes

842 – Kwan Brooks, Monroe Area

835 – Duranta Dunson, Heard County

823 – Chandler Burks, South Paulding

818 – Johnny Royal, Marion County

813 – Esaias Chapman, Harris County

Passing

2,120 – Deshaun Watson, Gainesville

1,868 – Tyler Harris, Pierce County

1,818 – D.J. Pearson, Northview

1,668 – Devin Watson, East Hall

1,622 – Joseph Mancuso, Union County

1,617 – Keenan Moore, Jackson (Atlanta)

1,601 – Trevor Brown, Christian Heritage

1,523 – Ty Sellers, Locust Grove

1,513 – Gabe Tiller, Archer

1,497 – Spencer Ashley, Cherokee

1,483 – Chance Thrasher, Peachtree Ridge

1,470 – Chandler Burks, South Paulding

1,415 – Greg Williams, Peach County

1,399 – Michael Peterson, Calvary Day

1,377 – Tyler Herman, Collins Hill

1,362 – Hayden Sphire, North Gwinnett

1,343 – Rafe Chapple, Greater Atlanta Christian

1,330 – Trae Harrington, Charlton County

1,381 – Kyle Wilkie, Creekview

1,341 – Brooks Barden, Cartersville

1,309 – Tyree Paulk, Coffee

1,305 – Chase Noonan, North Paulding

1,305 – Felix Harper, Creekside

1,302 – Will Harris, Jordan

1,272 – Bradley Dewberry, Eagle’s Landing

1,251 – Elijah Ironside, Hillgrove

1,248 – Will Anderson, Lassiter

1,239 – Roland Rivers, M.L. King

1,232 – Price Wilson, Walton

Receiving

865 – Nich Bartley, Christian Heritage

804 – Matty Biondich, Northview

796 – Nathan Waller, St. Francis

774 – Jay Gaudlock, Gainesville

733 – Blace Brown, Cherokee

727 – Javante West, Jordan

701 – Tyler Gibson, Peach County

690 – Justin Drake, Locust Grove

656 – Orenzo Smith, Jackson (Atlanta)

637 – Brandon Cameron, North Springs

635 – Brandon Norwood, Cedar Grove

624 – Daniel Clements, Alpharetta

616 – Jacob Rogers, Union County

599 – Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County

596 – Christian Robinson, Centennial

595 – Tyler Gibson, Peach County

595 – Andre Harton, Alpharetta

586 – Marlon Horne, Campbell

578 – Darius Slayton, Greater Atlanta Christian

570 – Tydus Curtis, Calhoun

559 – Nate Brown, North Gwinnett

544 – Juan De La Rosa, Jenkins

532 – Quin Tisdol, Wilcox County

528 – Rodney Lackey, Gainesville

525 – Tevin McDaniel, Northwest Whitfield

524 – Noah O’Neal, Fannin County

520 – T.J. Rahming, McEachern

517 – Jacob Harper, Hebron Christian

504 – Quintavious Monday, Jackson (Atlanta)

504 – Quincy Perdue, Lassiter

501 – L.J. Pope, South Paulding

500 – Xavier Harper, Jackson County

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5 comments Add your comment

lantwine

October 18th, 2013
8:26 am

Matty Biondich is from Northview High School.

Todd Holcomb

October 18th, 2013
8:46 am

Fixed, thanks.

FarTrain

October 18th, 2013
4:26 pm

Are my eyes deceiving me or do I see only one player from Region 1-AAAAAA in any category above?
Is that even possible?

Todd Holcomb

October 18th, 2013
6:05 pm

That’s correct. Keep in mind that 1-AAAAAA has only seven teams. Two of them – Camden and Lowndes – run a Wing T, so they’re not going to have a passer or receiver w/ a ton of yards, and they’ll spread out the rushing carries. Also, AAAAAA teams in general tend to spread the wealth more. They are less likely to have one marquee player w/ a ton of yardage. These are the top 30 in the whole state. Not an easy list to make.

K Martin

October 18th, 2013
6:23 pm

Taz Wilson, Chattahoochee QB should be on the list with 1,257 yards passing. How do I get him listed?