The Corky Kell Classic is always a good way to start the high school season, and there are plenty of great games again this year. The Classic starts Thursday Night at Mercer University in Macon, then two games at McEachern of Friday night, and the remainder of the games will be played at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Here's a breakdown of some of the best games and players that you can look out for this weekend,
Thursday Night (Mercer) at 5:45
Mary Persons vs. Houston County:
Georgia commit Jake Fromm takes the field against longtime Georgia target Malik Herring of Mary Persons. After watching Fromm and the Houston County 7-on-7 team this off-season, I'm expecting big things from the Houston County offense this season. The Bears also have 2018 offensive lineman Trey Hill, who really blew up in the recruiting world this summer. The 6-foot-4 333-pound guard prospect currently holds offers from Georgia, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee, among others.
Look for the 6-foot-3 253-pound Herring to come off the edge with a fury, and get in the backfield early and often. He's the second-ranked defensive end prospect in Georgia for the 2018 class, and Georgia is in a good spot here. Clemson looks to be Georgia's biggest threat at the moment.with Alabama, LSU, and USC also in the mix.
Friday Night (McEachern):
Roswell vs. Buford (McEachern):
This might be my favorite matchup of the weekend. This Roswell team is loaded, and coming off of a championship loss to Colquitt County. Unfortunately for Buford, This Roswell team might be better than last year. Led by Virginia Tech quarterback commit Malik Willis, this Roswell team has a fire powered offense that has the ability to score at will. Senior back Sheldon Evans is one of the most underrated backs in the state, and will be relied on heavy during this one. Receivers Jayden Comma and Corey Reed are two solid weapons who will use their size to make big plays down the field all season. Tennessee commit Jordan Tucker will lead a strong offensive line, On defense, the Hornets are led by Georgia target Xavier McKinney at safety, and Clemson corner commit LeAnthony Williams. The loss of linebacker Tre Lamar will hurt in the middle, but this should be another terrific Roswell defense in 2016.
The key for Buford will be to run the ball. I've said if for months now, junior running back Anthony Grant should have a monster season this fall. He dominated in the Elite Sophomore Classic last December, and he looks great on film. He has the power to break tackles, and the explosiveness to crack off a big run at any time. It will be very interesting to see how he does against a strong Roswell defensive line.
Hillgrove vs. South Forsyth (McEachern):
I might be a little biased here because I graduated from South Forsyth, but they were one of the most fun teams to watch all of last season. Senior Quarterback Davis Shanley is currently committed the Western Kentucky, and is the best quarterback the War Eagles have had in a very long time. He can run, he's accurate, and he runs the offense extremely well. South Forsyth lost to the eventual state champion Colquitt County in the AAAAAA quarterfinals 49-31 after an impressive run through the playoffs. Look for South Forsyth to have another big year in 2016.
A Hillgrove player to watch out for is 2019 athlete Jaylen McCollough. The running back/defensive back had an impressive freshman year last year, and should be one of the top defensive back prospects in the South for the 2019 class. He is a guy you will hear more about sooner than later.