DeAndre Walker, the junior defense end from Hughes whose 18 sacks are the highest total reported to MaxPreps’ leaderboard, is the newest entry into GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to hold down the top spot heading into the first round of the state playoffs.
1. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 55-45 victory over Flowery Branch. He was 13-of-24 passing for 245 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, he is 210-of-301 passing (69.8 percent) for 2,791 yards and 37 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He has rushed for 712 yards and nine touchdowns on 80 carries (8.9 yards per carry). Watson, who is committed to Clemson, is the all-time Georgia leader in career passing yards with 12,093.
2. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in a 40-27 victory over Ridgeland. Chubb has rushed for a state-leading 2,612 yards on 256 carries (10.2 ypc) and scored 40 touchdowns. Cedartown is 9-1. Chubb, the No. 1-rated running back prospect in the state, is committed to Georgia.
3. LB/RB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan rushed for 133 yards on 11 carries, had nine tackles, a sack and two tackles for losses, and returned a fumble 48 yards in a 26-10 victory over Richmond Academy. For the season, McMillan has 152 tackles, 33 for losses, and 7.5 sacks. He has rushed for 608 yards on 67 carries (9.1 ypc) and scored 10 touchdowns. Liberty County is 8-2, its best record in history. The consensus No. 2 college prospect in Georgia made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 team.
4. QB Brooks Barden, Cartersville: Barden was 7-of-17 passing for 84 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-16 victory over Ringgold. On the season, Barden is 129-of-209 passing (63.5 percent) for 2,268 yards and 40 touchdowns with three interceptions for a 10-0 team that is ranked No. 2 in Class AAA. He has 304 rushing yards and has scored five touchdowns. Barden, rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the state, has committed to Charlotte.
5. DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross: Carter had four tackles, two for losses, in a 59-14 victory over Meadowcreek. For the season, Carter has 86 tackles, 24 for losses, four sacks and seven hurried passes. Carter is the consensus No. 1-rated college prospect in Georgia. Norcross is 8-2 and ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.
6. DE D’Andre Walker, Hughes: Walker had three sacks for 22 yards in losses in a 30-0 victory over Westlake. For the season, Walker has 18 sacks – nine in the past three games – for 149 yards in losses. He has 81 tackles overall, 23 for losses, and has forced six fumbles. His team has shut out five opponents and is 9-1. Walker, a junior, is the No. 8 weakside defensive end prospect in the class of 2015, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
7. Kawon Bryant, North Oconee: Bryant rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in a 33-30 loss to Hart County. For the season, Bryant has rushed for 2,485 yards and 41 touchdowns on 262 carries (9.5 ypc) and has 13 catches for 187 yards. North Oconee is 8-2. Bryant is a junior.
8. WR Nate Brown, North Gwinnett: Brown had three catches for 63 yards in a 44-22 victory over Peachtree Ridge and was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. For the season, Brown has 47 catches for 824 yards and a state-leading 18 touchdowns. North Gwinnett is 9-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA. Brown is committed to Missouri.
9. QB Jaquez Parks, Griffin: Parks was 15-of-27 passing for 137 yards and rushed for 108 yards on seven carries in a 48-7 victory over Woodland of Stockbridge. For the season, Parks is 153-of-218 passing (72 percent) for 2,070 yards and 19 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 820 yards on 78 carries and scored 14 touchdowns. Parks has an offer from Air Force and is being recruited by Harvard, Yale and Clemson. He has a 3.8 GPA. Griffin is 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA.
10. QB Chandler Burks, South Paulding: Burks was 13-of-15 passing for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-12 victory over Lithia Springs. He rushed for 28 yards on four carries. For the season, Burks is 140-of-206 passing for 2,132 yards and 22 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has rushed for 1,112 yards and 15 touchdowns on 122 carries (9.1 ypc). Burks, who is 5 feet, 10 inches and 180 pounds, has committed to Kennesaw State.
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