The Marietta Blue Devils are one of the most historic high school football programs in Georgia. Led by head coach Rich Morgan, the Blue Devils had a frustrating season in 2016, but this is a young and talented group that will turn this program back to its winning ways. Coach Morgan has been at Marietta for 11 months, coming from powerhouse Oscar Smith in Virginia. The program is changing and the entire community is behind Morgan, this team, and their special young quarterback.
When building a program, it’s critical to have a quarterback who can lead. That’s exactly what the Blue Devils have in 2020 star Harrison Bailey. The 6-foot-4 220-pound Bailey started last year as a freshman, throwing for 2,812 yards and 21 touchdowns. He’s extremely humble for his age, he’s a leader, and he understands the quarterback position at an elite level for a 15 year old. He has a tremendous arm, and has been offered by programs across the country including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and many more. The future five-star quarterback is planning a trip up north this spring with receiver Ramel Keyton to visit Ohio State, Michigan, and others.
Speaking of Ramel Keyton, the 6-foot-2 185-pound wide out led the state in both receptions and receiving yards last year with 77 catches for 1347 yards. The 2019 star also scored 7 touchdowns on the year. Keyton has great size already for his age, he can jump out of the building, has great balance, and reliable hands. He’s got speed, but not breakaway speed just yet. Keyton was impressive during the True19 game in January, and holds offers from Tennessee, Syracuse, and N.C State. More schools will start showing interest sooner than later.
A 2018 Blue Devil to know is defensive end Azeez Ojulari. The 6-foot-3 225-pound junior is a along defensive end who totaled 103 tackles, 8 sacks, and 17 tackles for loss last season. He has a great pass rush and he’s the stronger player on the team. The versatile defender can play defensive end in a 4-3 look, as well as outside linebackers in a 3-4 formation. Georgia Tech, N.C State, and Syracuse have all offered so far. He will continue to grow, and with his athleticism and pass rushing potential, look for his recruitment to pick up soon.
Azeez’s younger brother, B.J Ojulari, has to potential to be a big time prospect as well. The 6-foot-4 215-pounder started at right tackle for the Blue Devils last year as a freshman, and will play on left side in 2017. Ojulari’s potential at the next level is at defensive end.
Ojulari isn’t the only rising sophomore who could see his recruitment pick up down the road. Receivers Taji Johnson and Kobe Stewart both played as freshman last year and will see their role expand greatly as sophomores. Johnson has great size at 6-foot-3 195-pound and started last year at the age of 14. Stewart is more of a speed guy who is dangerous in the slot.
Center Will Pieroni is a 6-0 245-pound center who started last season as a freshman. He’s a tough kid who plays with a mean streak. Pieroni was named 2nd team all region and will anchor the offensive line the next three seasons. He could project as a defensive tackle as well.
On defense, Rashad Torrence II is an impressive defensive back and a top prospect in the state for the 2020 class. He can play either safety position and has been impressive at MVP Camps over the years. He loves to compete and will perform at every camp he possibly can. I’m expecting big things from Torrence the next three years.
Linebacker C.J Swann is an inside linebacker who will be relied upon also next year. Swann a 5-11 215-pounder with good strength and work ethic. He has the chance to have a breakout year this fall.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart came by the school in early January, and has known Blue Devil head coach Rich Morgan for years. With all of the young talent on this Marietta team, this won’t be the last time be stop by.