Top prospects on display in Roswell-Grayson game

(Jason Getz / AJC)

(Jason Getz / AJC)

Roswell vs. Grayson

When, where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Roswell is 14-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAAAA and No. 2; Grayson is 13-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAAAA and No. 1.

Last meeting: Roswell won 30-26 in the 2015 Class AAAAAA semifinals.

Things to know: There probably has never been another game between Georgia teams with so many major college recruits. Roswell has six of the top 75 senior prospects in the state, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. They are headed by No. 10 Xavier McKinney and No. 21 LeAnthony Williams (committed to Clemson), both in the secondary. Grayson has seven of the top 100 seniors, plus LB Owen Pappoe, the No. 1 sophomore. Each team has another five or six seniors who are mid-level Division I prospects. Both teams are ranked top 10 nationally. Roswell QB Malik Willis (Virginia Tech commit) has thrown for 2,562 yards and rushed for 1,033. His receivers include Jayden Comma (Maryland) and Corey Reed (Louisville). Sheldon Evans has rushed for 1,554 yards on the season and more than 5,000 for his career. Grayson QB Chase Brice (Clemson) has thrown for 2,590 yards. Kurt Taylor (Michigan) has rushed for 922, including 201 in the quarterfinals. DB/WR DeAngelo Gibbs (No. 2 prospect in Georgia) and RB/DB Jamyest Williams (South Carolina) are two-way stars. Roswell won last year’s semifinal between the two on a 35-yard pass with 10 seconds left.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Grayson by 15

Class AAAAAAA
Roswell   Grayson
14-0 Record 13-1
35.2 Points per game 42.2
8.2 PPG allowed 11.2
217.6 Avg. yards rushing 159.6
190.2 Avg. yards passing 190.2
407.8 Avg. total yards 349.8

 

Rushing Leaders        
  Att. Yards Yds./Att. TDs
Roswell        
Sheldon Williams 246 1,554 6.3 15
Malik Willis 140 1,033 7.4 10
Grayson        
Kurt Taylor 184 922 5.0 14
Jamyest Williams 78 544 7.0 10
         
Passing Leaders        
  Comp. Att. Yards TD/Int.
Roswell        
Malik Willis 184 304 2,562 27/9
Grayson        
Chase Brice 157 244 2,590 30/2
         
Receiving Leaders        
  Rec. Yards Yds./Rec. TDs
Roswell        
Jayden Comma 44 764 17.4 10
Christian Ford 37 517 14.0 2
Kentrell Barber 41 466 11.4 3
Grayson        
Evan Sturgill 38 523 13.8 3
Jamyest Williams 20 402 20.1 5
DeAngelo Gibbs 24 386 16.1 5

 

Other Leaders  
Roswell  
Sam Diroberto 56 solo tackles, 66 assists, 16 tackles for loss
Xavier McKinney 76 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions
Turner Barckhoff 60-for-65 extra points, 13-for-25 FGs (long of 43)
Grayson  
Will VanPamelen 44-for-47 PATs, 12-for-14 FGs

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