In a county that boasts 172 players on Division I college football rosters, there are bound to be some superstars.
Despite seeing players like Justin Fields, Trey Sermon and Azeez Ojulari move on to the NFL this spring, Cobb County still presents a contingent of college exports filled with proven talent and up and coming stars. As the county nears the beginning of another high school football season, it should be noted that there are upwards of 20 prospects who are rated as three-star players or better by the national recruiting services.
They will soon join this group of talented players from the county, and could soon find themselves — like this current roster of players — on the All-Cobb County College Football Team
QB Bailey Hockman (Sr.), McEachern, Middle Tennessee State
Hockman led North Carolina State to an impressive 8-4 season in 2020, as well as a Gator Bowl appearance. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Hockman threw for 2,088 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. The transfer to Middle Tennessee will be the fourth school of Hockman’s college career, after beginning at Florida State and spending a season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
RB Quay Holmes (Sr.), McEachern, East Tennessee State
The 6-1, 190-pound running back rushed for 640 yards in the 2021 spring season. Holmes was named to the STATS FCS First-Team Preseason All-American squad before his junior season.
RB Jordan Simmons (So.), McEachern, Michigan State
Simmons led the Spartans in rushing with 219 yards in his freshman season. The 5-11, 195-pound running back was second on the team in carries and looks to have an increased role in 2021.
WR Dominick Blaylock (R-So.), Walton, Georgia
Blaylock saw action in 12 games his freshman year with the Bulldogs, catching 18 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns. Unfortunately, the receiver missed the entire 2020 season after injuring his knee in preseason practice. Blaylock should slot right back into Georgia’s pass-catching rotation in 2021.
WR Ricky White (R-Fr.), Marietta, Michigan State
White played in four games in 2020, starting three of them. The freshman showed potential catching 10 passes for 223 yards before missing the final three games of the year due to injury.
FLEX Keyon Brooks (Jr.), Kennesaw Mountain, Vanderbilt/Transfer Portal
Brooks started in five games as a sophomore and led the Commodores in rushing yards on the season with 494 yards. The talented back is currently in the transfer portal and will play elsewhere next season.
TE Arik Gilbert (So.), Marietta, Georgia
The 6-5, 248-pound Gilbert was voted to the All-SEC Freshman Team in his first year at LSU. He started all eight games for the Tigers before opting out, catching 35 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Gilbert will play his sophomore season at Georgia.
T Hunter Nourzad (Sr.), Walker, Cornell
Nourzad was named to the All-Ivy League second team after his sophomore season at Cornell. He started all 10 games at right tackle in 2019. His 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19.
G John Thomas (So.), Hillgrove, Mercer
After seeing action in the first five games of the spring 2021 season, Thomas found himself in a starting role for the final six games. He helped the Bears to a season-high 323-yard rushing game against Campbell.
C Isaac Weaver (Sr.), Lassiter, Old Dominion
Weaver had started in 32 consecutive games before missing the Monarchs’ game with Florida State with an injury last year. He now has 35 starts and looks to increase that number at center this fall.
G Brady Scott (Sr.), Mount Paran Christian, Florida State
Scott blocked for a Florida State offense that averaged 199.9 rushing yards per game in 2020. At 6-6, 327 pounds, Scott should get plenty of time at right guard for the Seminoles this fall.
T Johnathan Bass (R-Jr.), Kell, Georgia State
Bass took over the right tackle job in the second game of 2020. He was a part of an offensive line that ranked No. 13 in the FBS for fewest sacks allowed.
DE Myles Murphy (So.), Hillgrove, Clemson
Named ACC Co-Newcomer of the Year by the AP and Freshman All-American by The Athletic, ESPN, Rivals and the Football Writers Association of America, Murphy was credited with 51 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles in his first year at Clemson. The 6-5, 275-pound edge-rusher will be one of the Tigers’ premier defenders this fall.
DT Julian Rochester (Sr.), McEachern, Georgia
The 6-5, 300-pound defensive tackle has 51 appearances for the Bulldogs over his four years in Athens. Over that time, he racked up 103 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.
DT Kevin Hester Jr. (So.), North Cobb, North Carolina
Hester played in all 10 games for the Tar Heels in 2020. He tallied 10 tackles, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
DE Kwabena Bonsu (Jr.), South Cobb, Army
Bonsu played in 10 games for Army, totaling 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks along the way.
EDGE BJ Ojulari (So.), Marietta, LSU
Ojulari played in all 10 games his freshman year. The 6-2, 230-pound outside linebacker totaled 16 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble that he recovered.
LB Christian Albright (Sr.), North Cobb, Ball State
Albright was all over the field for Ball State in 2020. He started all 12 games for the Cardinals and led the team in tackles for loss (10.5), quarterback hurries (5) and forced fumbles (2). Albright also tallied 71 tackles in his fourth year.
LB Chandler Wooten (Sr.), North Cobb, Auburn
Wooten opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. However, the veteran linebacker has a proven history with the Tigers. In 2019, Wooten tallied 27 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. He will play a large role for Auburn in 2021.
LB Bryson Armstrong (Sr.), Kell, Central Florida
Armstrong was the back-to-back Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and 2020. The senior has 320 total tackles in his Kennesaw State career, including 40.0 tackles for loss. He will finish his collegiate career at UCF as a graduate transfer.
S Nicholas Ross (Jr.), Kell, Appalachian State
Ross played in all 12 games for Appalachian State in 2020. He finished the season with 32 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.
S Jaylen McCullough (Jr.), Hillgrove, Tennessee
After a breakout freshman year, McCullough played in all 10 games his sophomore year, starting eight of them. He totaled 43 tackles and two pass breakups.
CB Ajani Kerr (R-Sr.), McEachern, Tulane
Kerr played his first few years of collegiate ball at Georgia Tech before transferring to Tulane. As a Yellow Jacket, he played in 29 games and made 66 tackles.
CB Bennett Bay (Sr.), Wheeler, Harvard
With the Ivy League’s cancellation of the 2020 season, Bay last touched the field in 2019. He totaled 13 tackles in 10 appearances.
K Skyler Davis (Jr.), Allatoona, Elon
Davis has made 34 field goals in his three-year career at Elon. He was also named CAA Special Teams Player of the Week in November 2019.
P Jason Pierce (Jr.), Hillgrove, Chattanooga
Pierce was named first team All-OVC in 2019 when he averaged 41.8 yards on 48 kicks. His longest kick of the year was 69 yards.
KR Quay Holmes (Sr.), McEachern, East Tennessee State
Holmes, who is already on the team as a running back, is also the Buccaneers’ kick returner. In 2019 he returned 27 kicks for 628 yards.
PR Dominick Blaylock (R-So.), Walton, Georgia
Blaylock returned 14 punts for 128 yards in 2019. Missing the 2020 season through injury put Kearis Jackson in the punt returning spot for the Bulldogs. The two will battle it out for the position this fall.