Prospects on Parade: RBs look to prove their worth tonight

It’s Friday afternoon and that means it’s almost time for “Friday Night Lights.”

There are a bunch of good games on the schedule but not necessarily many great clashes of college prospects. But there are some I like from the standpoint that they can be proving-ground contests for some of the state’s standout players.

For instance, I’m eager to see what Westside- Macon running back Robert Brown does against Bainbridge. Brown is one of those intriguing prospects who has compiled some very good numbers (776 yards, 8 TDs) but you’re not so sure about the competition. Well, we should have a better idea after this week as the Class AAAA No. 2-ranked Seminoles (4-0) play host to undefeated and No. 8 ranked Bainbridge.

Likewise, I have some folks telling me that North Clayton’s Clarence Jackson might be the best back in Atlanta, not Mack Brown of M.L. King or Ken Malcome of Southwest DeKalb or Charles Perkins of Collilns Hill. Jackson has 686 yards and 7 TDs on the season and is coming off a 200-plus performance against Ola. He’ll get a stiffer test against Mt. Zion-Jonesboro, which gave Griffin a run for its money for three quarters last week.

And there are several other running backs in the state I have no real strong opinions about, such as Brooks County’s Keith Christoper (vs. Thomasville tonight) and McEachern’s Rajaan Bennett (South Cobb). And what about this little 155-pound sophomore down at Charlton County, Tre Hamilton, who had 311 yards against Pierce County last week. I don’t know much about Pierce County, but I know from GHSF Daily that Appling County is undefeated and giving up just 2.5 points per game.

So that’s some of the questions I’ll be watching to get answered tonight. Tell me what you want to see.

Meanwhile, if you’re hanging at the house, there are two games you can catch on TV:

  • Newnan Cougars vs. Creekside, CSS, 7:30 p.m.: Matt Stewart’s Nissan Football Game of the Week was orginally slated to be Grayson at Parkview before the 500-Year Flood left the circumstances in doubt. But I’ll be tuned in to watch this one to get a good look at Georgia’s 5-star commitment in Newnan safety Alec Ogletree and his linebacker twin brother Zander Ogletree. The Cougars have pitched shutouts in their last three games and have allowed only 15 points all year. The Seminoles should provide a better test.
  • ESPN High School Coverage: The World Wide Leader will be bringing us two games. At 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU you can catch Bosco (N.J.) at Prattville (Ala.) and we’ll see if LSU-committed quarterback Sam Gibson can handle Bosco better than he did North Gwinnett a month ago. At 10 p.m., Lakeland (Fla.) visits pernnial power De La Salle, Calif., on “The Deuce” (ESPN2). We’ll get a look at Lakeland’s ESPNU150 junior Javeres McRoy, who’s supposed to be some crazy kind of speester. De La Salle is reported down this year but has its own small, speedy back in senior Terron Ward (5-9, 190, 4.43).

17 comments Add your comment

Kentucky is next

September 25th, 2009
5:38 pm

To the top recruits- you want a shot at a National Title then don’t go to Georgia.


September 25th, 2009
5:50 pm

Thanks for the great insight Kentucky is next. Any more gems? Or did that take you all week to come up with?


September 25th, 2009
7:53 pm



September 25th, 2009
9:26 pm

A kentucky fan saying anything? Take your beating tomorrow. lol


September 26th, 2009
4:34 am

Charles Perkins is the best back in the state, hands down.



September 26th, 2009
7:08 am

KY a NC??? They have NEVER been the best team in the tri-state area let alone getting into the top 25 once in a while would be nice.

voice of reason

September 26th, 2009
8:00 am

His name is Kentucky is next. Since UF is playing KY today, he probably is a UF fan. Dang, use a little common sense morons.

skee bo

September 26th, 2009
9:58 am

Perkins is a great back dont get me wrong,but it sounds like to me he is the only offensive threat on the tam.I just think he is going to get burnt out by time the playoffs roll around carring the ball 30 to 35 times a game.News flash to stop Collins Hill stop Perkins and u might just win the game.


September 26th, 2009
11:37 am

Enter your comments hereTarrell Woods of Cross Creek High School in Augusta should be mentioned somewhere. He’s only a junior and the best (Running Back) football player in the CSRA

dekalb coach

September 26th, 2009
11:38 am

raymond sanders tb from stephenson is the best back in the state and in my opinion the kid daquavius hickson of mcnair #4 is the great athelete that plays every skill position on the field including special teams also miles gooch of towers is a very talented qb that has d1 potential

Recruiting Observer: Who's Under the Radar?

September 26th, 2009
12:20 pm

Under the radar? Which standout high school players are under the recruiting radar screen? The blue chippers do not always pan out. The percentages, though, say go with the blue chippers — the choices of Scout and Rivals. Smith, Auburn’s top receiver last year, was a walk-on from Gwinnett County. Smith obviously earned a scholarship. Dooley was known for “battlefield promotions” (viz., walk-ons earning scholarships on the practice field). Richard Tardits, who held UGA’s sack record until eclipsed by Pollack, was initially a walk-on. Google college football stars who were initially walk-ons, and you will see that recruiting is not an exact science. The key is being able to find those players who are being overlooked. Consensus All American Terry Hoage was the last kid to whom UGA offered a scholarship. I believe he played QB in Texas, but he was converted by Vince Dooley into an amazing Rover and had a stellar career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tim Jennings, like Hoage, was the last kid to whom UGA offered a scholarship in his recruiting class. He hailed from Orangeburg, South Carolina and only stood at 5′7″. Two or three years ago, the Colts drafted little Timmy Jennings in the Second Round. I love stories like this. There a junior class Quarterback-Wide Receiver tandem that I hope is not overlooked. Landmark Christian’s Carson Barnett and Wide Receiver Robert Trotter have teamed up on several ariel connections thus far this season. In four games (Trotter missed one game due to injury), Barnett has connected with Trotter on four TD passes, three of which have gone for 73, 63, and 55 yards. Barnett, a heady QB who stands at 6′1″ or 6′2″ (and still growing), has caught the attention of those in the know because of his strong arm. His favorite targets are Trotter, who has break-away speed, and Zach Barnett, his tight end twin brother. Landmark Christian traditionally has a strong football program in the single A division of GHSA. Remember that Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, and Champ Bailey also came from this single A division.


September 26th, 2009
12:27 pm

raymond sanders 3 gms 403yds, 8 tds, 7recs,125yds, two 2point conversions.. guess wat he only has 30 carries.. has to be the best back in the state.. charles is good but his least amount of touches is about 22… his team barely beat north forsyth come on he had to carry it 33 times against time????? hands down raymond sanders best back in the state

Not Disappointed

September 27th, 2009
2:04 pm

High School Football! I love it next to college, but you have to start someone! Ramblin Wreck all!


September 27th, 2009
9:36 pm

Hopefully there is a follow up to this article I would like to see how these RBs faired I do not get much Georgia High School Info over here in Alabama.

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September 28th, 2009
10:27 am


tech fan

September 28th, 2009
11:30 am

Enter your comments here
Not to take anything from any RB mentioned in this article, but Mack Brown has continously proven that he head & shoulders above the others. Sanders from Stephenson is a good back as well. Perkins may be a little over rated, but he is a good back. The article proves that the state of Georgia is extremely fertile ground when it comes to producing good RBs.

Sweet James Jones

October 8th, 2009
7:59 am

Dekalb Coach,

Miles Gooch of Towers led an unbelievable comeback against Columbia last week. He’s definitely starting to create a buzz for himself.