This year’s CovNewsSports Super Six highlights football talents in our county who we believe will be among the most highly recruited players in the area by year’s end.
OL Kendrick Carlton, Sr., Newton (Ranked top 150 in Georgia, by 247sports.com)
The 6-foot-5, 315 pound 3-Star prospect has offers from Louisville and Howard, and will likely pick more offers up as the season progresses as he is the driving force of the Ram’s offensive line.
WR Michael Mathison, Sr., Newton
Perhaps one of the most underrated recruits in the county as well as the East Metro area, Mathison possesses a special kind of quickness combined with strength that makes him nearly impossible to stop despite only being 5-foot-ten and 170 pounds. Mathison recently committed to UT-Chattanooga among offers from Alabama A&M, Southern Illinois and others.
ATH Jamari Brown, Sr., Eastside
Although he gets plenty of reps at receiver, Brown is best known for his ability to lockdown with any receiver in the state. His recruiting attention has picked up tremendously since the end of last season with offers from Navy, USF, Ball State, UTC and more.
RB Taylor Carter, Sr., Eastside
Carter has drawn interest from several schools including Georgia Southern, Mercer and even Georgia. At 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, he’s a freakishly strong back with insanely balanced attributes of power and speed. Eastside’s deep stable of backs keeps his stats down, but Carter has shown himself to be more than capable.
DE Jalen Banks., Sr. Alcovy
One of the Tigers’ most recruited players, Banks is coming off a 2017 All-Region selection season where he led the team in quarterback sacks leading season. A National Honors Society inductee, he currently holds offers from several D2/D3 schools and a D1 offer from Stetson.
RB Adarius Thomas., Sr. Newton
The Rams’ workhorse surprisingly does not have an offer yet. However, that won’t be the case for long, especially as Thomas takes sole possession of the starting role at running back following a coming-out-party type performance against Parkview in the 2017 playoffs. He is a do-it-all type of player, which will give him plenty of tape to impress recruiters with this season.