Best player in school history: Region 6-AAA schools

Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley Jr. shares a laugh with teammates taking the field for the first day of mini-camp on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Vic Beasley of Adairsville is the best football player to come out of the current Region 6-AAA schools. The Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker and former first-round pick led the NFL in sacks last season and was named All-Pro. He also was one of only nine former Georgia high school players to become a two-time consensus All-American. He did that while at Clemson.

Was Beasley the best high school player from these schools? Probably not. He made first-team all-state, but he played for unremarkable teams at Adairsville. He never played in a GHSA playoff game.

In Beasley’s senior season of 2009, the AJC all-classification player of the year was Calhoun WR Da’Rick Rogers. Rogers set the state record for receiving yards in a season with 1,647 (since broken by Demarco Robinson of M.L. King).

But, Rogers played only one significant season at Calhoun. GHSF Daily’s choice for Rogers’ alma mater is Taylor Lamb, a two-time first-team all-state quarterback who led Calhoun to its first state title in 59 years in 2011. Lamb, now the starter at Appalachian State, was the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year in 2012. He threw for 7,193 yards and 76 touchdowns over his final two seasons.

*Adairsville: Vic Beasley (2009)

*Bremen: Dwight Hurston (1964)

*Calhoun: Taylor Lamb (2012)

*Coahulla Creek: Bailey Jones (2015)

*Haralson County: Brandon Wood (2005)

*Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe: Frank Keller (1958)

*Murray County: Joel Statham (2001)

*North Murray: Brady Harper (2016)

*Ringgold: Houston Black (1955)

*Sonoraville: Kenny Cooper (2015)

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