The 2019 high school football season may be long over and spring practice for next season is still almost three months away, but prospects for the 2020 campaign are already looking very promising.
In addition to a strong group of returning players from last year’s 11-2 team that won another Region 8-AAAAAAA championship and advanced to the Class AAAAAAA state quarterfinals, the Rams have welcomed four highly-rated transfers to the program since the winter/spring semester began in January.
Former Central Gwinnett receiver Daejon Reynolds and former McEachern quarterback Carlos Delrio, both current juniors who have already verbally committed to play college football at Florida, joined sophomores Griffin Scroggs, a former Buford offensive lineman, and Andre Stewart, an Auburn-committed cornerback who helped Marietta to a Class AAAAAAA state championship last fall, in enrolling at Grayson.
The additions figure to be a boost for the team’s talent leave, but as head coach Adam Carter points out, the biggest impact they will have is on the competition level for playing time among the team, a process he’s already seeing during Grayson’s offseason program.
“Our offseason is going really well,” said Carter, who completed his first season as the Rams’ coach last season. “The kids are working hard. … It’s still the same stuff. We told the (transfers when they) that if their families move into the (Grayson) area, we’ll coach them, but they’ll have to get in line with our kids that are already here. They’ve done a good job of that so far.
“What’s huge for us is that anytime you have competition at all positions, it makes you better. What we’ve told all of our players is that if you want to play in college one day, you’ll have to walk in and compete for playing time. Nothing is given to you. You have to be able to earn it, and that’s the approach we’re going to take.”
All of the new players bring in impressive resumes.
Reynolds, who has a five-star rating by most recruiting services, was named first-team All-County by the Daily Post during his junior season at Central, leading Gwinnett County with 88 catches for 1,534 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Scroggs was a starting offensive lineman for Buford, and helped pave the way for a Wolves offense that rolled up over 5,000 yards and 33.9 points per game en route to the Class AAAAA state title.
Delrio, a four-star prospect, was named honorable mention All-County by the Marietta Daily Journal after throwing for 1,792 yards and 16 TDs and ran for 572 more yards and eight TDs in helping McEachern to 12-1 record and a berth in the Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals before being eliminated by North Gwinnett.
Stewart made 20 combined tackles and assists and five pass breakups during Marietta’s state title run.
Reynolds and Delrio will add to what is already an impressive rising senior class for 2021 at Grayson that includes Clemson-committed running back Phil Mafah, Georgia Tech-committed receiver Jamal Haynes, cornerback Marsyas Fox and three-star defensive back Jibrahn Claude, as well as third-team All-County offensive lineman Garrett Brophy, last year’s leading receiver Jaden Smith, leading tackler Grady Bryant and sacks leader Jaidyn Hicks.
“We feel really good about our Class of 2021,” Carter said. “It’s a big class, close to 40 kids. They’re working really hard, and there’s still stuff they’re working to get better at. They’ve done a good job of that so far, and I’m proud of them.”