MaxPreps came out with its annual high school freshman All-American list, and five from Georgia made the first team. That’s right, five out of the top 22 players for the class of 2019 are from Georgia.
While many of their classmates were getting used to the freshman curriculum, these five were starting out their varsity careers in an impactful way.
Aptly nicknamed “The Freak,” Owen Pappoe’s measurements are off the charts for a freshman. He is the first freshman to ever play varsity for Grayson and was runner-up for MaxPreps’ freshman of the year. Pappoe explodes through his tackles and is an extremely physical player. His wingspan is really impressive, and he is terribly hard to block. Over the summer FSU, Tennessee and Georgia offered, and now the outstanding OLB holds nearly 20 offers.
Grayson recruiting coach Kenyatta Waltson spoke about Pappoe: “He is the hardest working young man I’ve ever met. I coached him his 1st two years of football. It’s amazing how humble he is and he just wants to be the best. He was runner up this year for National Player of the Year and it’s driving him. He was runner up to the same kid last year! He works like he is the worst kid on the team. Honor roll student great character great family.”
Tru Thompson caught the attention of a lot of recruiting pundits when he was offered by FSU this summer. He is an absolute monster for his age and looks more like a seasoned varsity starter on film. His lateral quickness is off the charts for his 6’1″, 300-pound frame, and he makes plays all over the field. Thompson has a great motor and is a menace in the opposing backfield.
Jones moves extremely well at 6’4″, 270, but where he stands fundamentally is equally impressive. He does a great job of getting leverage on the defender and driving him back. His elite acceleration allows him to get to the second level in a hurry. Jones has long arms, and he uses them well when in pass pro. Athletically speaking he is one of the most impressive freshmen we have seen since we started doing this in 2014. Alabama, Auburn and Georgia offered the big-time offensive lineman over the summer.
Blaylock doesn’t exactly stand out on the field initially, but when the lights come on and the ball is snapped, you see how much of a gamer he is. He has a bevy of moves in his arsenal to make defenders miss, and he rarely makes drops. His route-running is very impressive for a freshman. Blaylock has over 10 offers including Michigan, Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia.
Walton head coach Mo Dixon on Dominick Blaylock: “Dominick brings a young, positive attitude to the program. Having proved himself as a true freshmen to be a legitimate playmaker in a heavyweight football state as Georgia, his work ethic has already stepped to the front of our off season workouts. The notoriety at such a young age is flattering but it’s a long time before he can sign a letter of intent. His continued concentration on our team work and development must be his priority. Everyone wants a piece of him, but his family and teammates must stay at forefront. He doesn’t have to prove himself at combines. His game film as all players, will be the resume.”
Recruit Georgia first heard about Jashawn over the summer, and just watching his practice film, we could tell he was special. His long body and running stride makes him nearly untouchable at the GISA level in Georgia. He is 6’2″ and just beginning to scratch the surface in the weight room, but Sheffield has the chance to be a special athlete. Tennessee (as a running back) and Georgia offered this November, but more schools are about to come down to St. Simons and see the uber-talented Jashawn Sheffield.
Frederica recruiting coach Alex Mathis on Jashwan Sheffield: “I’m extremely proud of Jashawn for achieving this accomplishment. I knew since the 6th grade that he was going to be special. We didn’t know how his first year of varsity would go. Apparently it was a good one. Two SEC offers and a Max Preps Freshman All-American. I can’t wait to see how much he grows in the next 3 years.”