Normally, the 5-at-10 is five things we're kicking around at 10 a.m. — 5 at 10. Clever, huh.
Well during the holidays/vacation (and yes, this week is some of both at the 5-at-10 compound) we have a top-5 list and invite comments. So it's more of a list of a 5 at 10.
Top 5 best high school football players we ever seen in person
Our man Stephen Hargis had a great piece in today's TFP about the year that was in high school football around our area. Add that to the Best of Preps football offense that we unloaded, this was the best day to trot out the best high school football players we've ever seen. Feel free to discuss yours (and sorry for being a little tardy — it's Christmas).
1) Daryl Purvine, Campbell High, late 1970s
Say what you want, but Purvine was a wrecking machine. Campbell played a 7-1-3 defense and Purvine was the one. And he was all they needed. As a youngster in Smyrna, we were there when Purvine was credited with a tackle on every play. Yes, you read that correctly. He went to Alabama and injuries and school toppled the high school super linebacker. Purvine was the AJC high school defensive player of the 1970s.
2) D.J. Shockley, North Clayton, late 1990s
Dude was borderline unstoppable.
3) Johnathan Sullivan, Griffin High, mid-to-late 1990s
Wrecking ball that was unblockable.
4) Da'Rick Rogers, Calhoun High, late 2000s
Off-the-field he has had some distractions, but David Ricky was an NFL talent even in high school three years ago.
5) Jeff Francoeur, Parkview High, late 1990s
As a wide receiver and DB, Francoeur was awesome.He led Parkview to back-to-back state titles in football and baseball, and as a junior in football, he had something like 50 touches — 35 catches, five carries and 10 interceptions — and scored 25 TDs.
Of the near misses, we had Vonn Bell and B.J. Coleman and a few others including Demonte Bolden and David Greene and Jasper Sanks.
Who's on your list?
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...