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Don’t Sleep On 2018



High School football recruiting has changed over the last decade.  Prior to this new era, most high school football players didn’t receive their first scholarship offer until after their senior season.  Today we are seeing 8th graders and in rare cases 7th graders offered full scholarships to FBS programs before ever stepping foot inside a high school’s door.  That was the case for South Gwinnett’s 2018 standout defensive end Justin Mascoll.  Mascoll received his first offer as an eighth grader from Clemson University.  His family kept the offer quiet for as long as they could but with his 6’4 205lbs frame it was just a matter of time before every major college program knew about this phenom. Justin currently has 12 offers, 8 from the SEC.  Justin is 1 of only 4 members of the class of 2018 in Gwinnett County that currently hold a scholarship offer. Mascoll’s teammate defensive lineman Robert Cooper, Archer athlete Taiyon Palmer and North Gwinnett’s quarterback Cade Fortin.

Robert Cooper currently holds 3 offers including Indiana, Boston College and N.C State.  Cooper is a massive DT standing 6’2 330lbs.  Cooper played in all 10 games as a sophomore tallying 49 tackles and 2 sacks.  Taiyon Palmer of Archer received his first offer from Indiana University midway through his sophomore season after an impressive showing at the Indiana camp last summer.  Palmer 5’11 165lbs had a limited role in the loaded Archer secondary this season but managed 13 tackles and played in 12 of 13 games.  Cade Fortin QB from North Gwinnett picked up his first offer from the University of California Berkeley in late August after a strong performance at their camp over the summer.  The 6’2 195lbs QB started all 10 games for the Bulldogs this season passing for 1475 yards and 11 TD’s.

The 2018 class in Gwinnett is loaded with talent and I predict it to be one of the better classes in recent history from Gwinnett.  But why so many late bloomers?  Maybe there is so much talent overall that recruiters are still evaluating the upperclassmen?  Whatever the case may be, I can assure you this class won’t disappoint.  Buford has a RB duo that show’s power 5 talent right now in Anthony Grant and Christian Turner.  They combined for over 1200 yards rushing this season and still rolling, competing for back to back State Titles.  Archer’s DL Will Choloh recorded 35 tackles and 2 sacks and plays with a high motor.  Shiloh QB Jarren Williams threw for 1650 yards and 14TD’s as a sophomore.  Athlete Matthew Hill from Brookwood showed his explosive play making ability this season as the primary return man for the Broncos.  Dacula’s DL T.K Chimedza has the size and makeup to be a standout defensive lineman.  T.K had 41 tackles in 8 games after his season ended early with a shoulder injury.  Mill Creek DB Jonathan Gipson is offer ready.  The 6’0 180lbs cornerback is physical and can cover the opponents best receiver.  Lookout for Archer RB Keegan Strickalnd, Norcross RB Omar Sinclair, Grayson RB Nick Prince and Lanier’s Tywon Reaves.  All 4 RB’s contributed in limited roles this season but should have a major impact on their prospective team’s next season.

With the number of football players signing on Signing Day in Gwinnett increasing over the last 2 years, I don’t expect the trend to end soon.  The 2018 class has a unique feel and some very special talent.  Hopefully the college coaches aren’t sleeping on the young talent due to the abundance of overall talent here in Gwinnett County.  The question is not why only 4 players in the class of 2018 have offers in Gwinnett County.  The question is who’s next?

Notable players to look out for: Fred Payton QB Peachtree Ridge, Dante Black S North Gwinnett, Malachi Carter WR Mountain View,  Christian Malloy RB South Gwinnett, Jayden McDonald LB Peachtree Ridge, Miles Marshall WR Parkview, Will Huzzie WR Duluth, Jomier Augustine LB Collins Hill, Peyton Woulard S Collins Hill, DJ Irons QB Central Gwinnett, Jallah Zeze WR Central Gwinnett, Casey Holman OL Brookwood, Erick Turner LB Lanier, EJ Pride ATH Collins Hill, Tre McMillan RB Dacula, Derrick Lawrence WR Central Gwinnett, Armon WIlliams LB Parkview, Blake Carroll OLB Mountain View, Wilson Catoe OL Peachtree Ridge, Justin Long WR Parkview & Brandon Shelnutt TE Archer.


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