Team Georgia 2017 – Linebacker Breakdown
Only one week away from the start of the 2017 Future Stars Game. As we look at each position group for Team Georgia, we look at the heart of the defense, the linebackers.
The 6th grade linebackers are looking for the linebackers in this year’s game to step up big. This group is not the deepest or biggest we have seen in the Future Stars Game, but can they step up and handle the linebacker duties for the team. Christian Smith of Suwanee, Jaxon Hulsey of Bremen, and Ty Brewer of Carrollton all need to play the games of their lives. Look for the coaches to turn to players from other positions like Bryce Bowens, Raul Aquirre and Quinterrio Lawson if they need more help at linebacker.
In a common theme for Team Georgia 7th grade, the linebacker group is deep and very talented. One to keep your eyes on is Carlos Cervantes of Marietta. The 5-9 and 170lbs linebacker is strong, athletic, and capable of having a big game. First time participants Solomon Locke (5-10 145lbs) of Chatsworth, Antonio Martin (5-8 166lbs) of Fairburn and Jamad Willis (5-8 161lbs) of Moultrie are all capable of being significant contributors for the 7th graders.
Two returning players though may be the foundation of the group. The explosive play making linebacker Rashad Dubinion (5-9 150lbs) of Decatur and Tyler Hughes (5-10 160lbs) of Marietta are as talented as any linebackers you will see in the game.
Two more newcomers are very talented to add to this top-notch group in John Cochran (5-7 150lbs) of Ellerslie and Jonathan Powell of Columbus. This group is deep, good size, good football IQ and should leave their impact on this game.
The 8th grade linebackers are not a deep group, but you have four linebackers that are very different, but as talented of a group you will see. One to watch for is newcomer Baron Hopson (6-0 180lbs) of Leesburg. Hopson is a star in the making and has the high school coaches at Lee County High School excited about his future. Another freak of nature is the 5-11 205lbs Jared Nedd of Fayetteville. Need is perfectly sculptured, and a hardnosed gritty linebacker that moves very well.
Preston Simmons of Albany is a 4 time FSG participant (played as a 5th grader) and is a linebacker that plays the game of football as fast as any player on the field with determination to make every play. The final linebacker is a kid that will never be outhustled, or outworked on the field. Omari Terry of Stone Mountain, is simply a kid that plays the game with passion, determination, heart and a high football IQ that has him in the right place to make play after play.
The 8th grade coaches are going to love the diversity and talent in this group.
We should enjoy watching the linebacker player for the 7th and 8th grade teams as there are a lot of stars on those teams at these position group.