*Best player: Justin Fields is the most heavily recruited uncommitted player in the country after a highly acclaimed offseason of camps, combines and 7-on-7 showcases. One recruiting source, ESPN, elevated him to the No. 1 recruit nationally. In 2016, the dual-threat QB from Harrison was 158-of-231 passing (68.4 percent) for 2,278 yards and 19 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He rushed for 851 yards and 13 touchdowns.
*Best position: Offensive line. Houston County’s Trey Hill is the No. 2 guard prospect in the country. Brunswick’s Warren McClendon is a top-200 recruit nationally among juniors. Stephenson’s Jalil Irvin (Auburn commit) and Tucker’s Dylan Wonnum (South Carolina lean) also are top recruits.
*Highly recruited: Fields, Hill and McClendon are the cream of the crop along with four-star recruits Otis Reese of Lee County (a Michigan commit), Zakoby McClain of Valdosta, Jaycee Horn of Alpharetta and Tucker teammates Josh Vann and Michael Harris.
*Lowly recruited: College coaches are struggling to get past Zion Custis’s 5-foot-8 stature, but the Lovejoy back just keeps producing. He ran for 1,487 yards last season, his second straight over 1,000. His only firm offer is Faulkner University, but mid-majors such as Western Carolina, East Carolina and UTC are very interested.
*What else is new? Tucker, the 2016 state runner-up to Valdosta, placed five players on the list, the most of any school. That includes Harris, the Region 4 defensive player of the year who transferred from Lovejoy. He’s committed to Auburn.
QB – Justin Fields, Harrison, Sr.
RB – Zion Custis, Lovejoy, Sr.
RB – Taurean Taylor, Tucker, Sr.
WR – Sam James, Richmond Hill, Sr.
WR – Steven Peterson, Harrison, Sr.
WR – Josh Vann, Tucker, Sr.
TE – Zach Williams, Johns Creek, Sr.
OL – Collin Foster, Lanier, Sr.
OL – Trey Hill, Houston County, Sr.
OL – Jalil Irvin, Stephenson, Sr.
OL – Warren McClendon, Brunswick, Jr.
OL – Dylan Wonnum, Tucker, Sr.
ATH – Evan Conley, Pope, Jr.
PK – Ivan Mora, Dalton, Jr.
DL – Nick Markus, Alpharetta, Sr.
DL – Derick Newton, Coffee, Sr.
DL – Antonio Showers, Tucker, Sr.
DL – Caleb Washington, North Atlanta, Sr.
LB – Kameron Brown, Lanier, Jr.
LB – Antonio Grier, Mays, Sr.
LB – Michael Harris, Tucker, Sr.
LB – Zakoby McClain, Valdosta, Sr.
DB – Aaron Casey, Alexander, Sr.
DB – Jaycee Horn, Alpharetta, Sr.
DB – Otis Reese, Lee County, Sr.
DB – Jayce Rogers, Valdosta, Sr.
P – Diego Huerta, Douglas County, Jr.
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