Gilmer should be tremendous once again on offense led by Oklahoma commit Justin Johnson who is one of the top backs in the state. Johnson who could have a HUGE season, boasts a rare combination of size and speed. GHS will be breaking in a new QB likely a sophomore so expect the running game to be featured in 2007. Not only does Gilmer boast Johnson, but a wonderful offensive line led by Texas commit David Snow. Snow is joined by 3 other first team all-district performers and 2 other second teamers on the line. With the Buckeyes depth on the offensive line you could see some of those guys see some time on the defensive front seven, as Gilmer looks to have lots of youth on that side of the ball. The receivers should be strong led by Lamar Harris, Brennan Thompson and mercurial transfer Houston Tuminello who has put up huge numbers in Canton and at Colleyville Covenant which is a private school.
Gilmer's defense which at times has been a liability graduated 9 starters and has some rebuilding to do especially in the front seven. Gilmer should be strong in the secondary however, led by Darion Godfrey who was 15-3A co-defensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore and Kezie Camp who shared the award with Godfrey as a freshman. If Gilmer can get strong play from their young front seven they should be in the mix to compete for a state title.
Overall it's been a wonderful run for GHS Coach Jeff Traylor, posting a 71-14 record in 7 seasons and winning a state championship. However 2006 has to go on the list of disappointments with all the talent the Buckeyes had assembled. Gilmer is by no means void of talent and they'll be right there among the elite in 2007.