"I now have offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn and Florida," Jerrell Mabry said.
The last time we spoke with Mabry, he named a top 5 consisting of the big 3 in Florida, in addition to Georgia and Maryland as well. The Columbus standout isn't so sure of that anymore.
"I'm just looking at everybody right now. I'm not ready to name a top 5 yet. All of them is the same."
What's Jerrell looking for most of all in the school of his choice?
"Academics. I want to see the graduation rates and whether the coaches have a plan for you, and how they are going to help you achieve. I'd like to major in Business Management, or something to do with teaching."
There has been much speculation that the Raiders star could grow into a DT at the next level, but so far interested schools have only talked to him about the offensive backfield.
"Everybody has said either running back or fullback. If I had my choice, I'd go with the one who gets the ball the most."
Mabry's Shaw High School team has been a power at the AAAA level for many years, but they will drop down to compete in AAA this season. The bad news for any of the Raiders expecting a bit of a break is that waiting on them in their new region will be State Champion LaGrange, and annual contender Troupe High School. Add Alabama superpower Phenix City High School to the out of region slate, and you have a schedule slap full of potential landmines and that fact has not been lost on Jerrell.
"I've already got LaGrange and Phenix City circled on my calendar, but we've got to play together. Our whole offense is returning but our defense is pretty new. We need our young linebacker's to step up and we'll be fine."
With the Grangers now on the schedule, Mabry will finally get his first live look at the state's top player in the person of LB Tray Blackmon.
"I want Tray Blackmon. He's supposed to be the best in the country and I'm ready to see it for myself. I've been watching film on him since January and I know he's fast and likes to blitz. I'm just gonna try to run straight at him and see if he can take the pounding for the whole game. He's too quick moving side to side for me to go around him."
That matchup will without a doubt be one of the most anticipated battles in the Peach State and I'm personally finding it difficult to wait.
Can't we kick it off now?
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