Five Georgia high school players named 5-Stars in 2025 recruiting class from

Five high school football players from the state of Georgia have been included in 247Sports most recent update of their list of 5-Stars in the 2025 recruiting class from 247Sport’s Andrew Ivins.

The players from Georgia high schools that are a part of the media outlet’s initial list of 5-Stars include Elijah Griffin, Zayden Walker, Justus Terry, Josh Petty and Julian Lewis. These five are considered some of the top talent in the Peach State and are going to be household names when they make the jump to college football in the coming years.

Here’s information on each 5-Star prospect and where they rank:

Elijah Griffin (DL, Savannah Christian, No. 7 in Class of 2025)

Griffin is ranked as the top player in the state of Georgia in the 2025 recruiting cycle. The 6 ’5, 285-pound defensive lineman out of Savannah Christian Prep has offers from almost every major Power Five school and has wreaked havoc on opposing offenses. Griffin shows tremendous promise as a force on the defensive side of the ball. Last season, he was named Georgia Class 3A Defensive Lineman of the year as he finished the season totaling 97 tackles and 31 tackles for loss. The junior also recorded 17.5 sacks and an interception on his way to leading Savannah Christian Prep to a Class 3A championship appearance. Along with football, Griffin is a member of the school’s track and field team and competes in shot put. On March 3, Griffin named his top 12 schools and included UGA, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Oregon, Southern Cal, Colorado, Louisville, Miami and Duke in his list. He holds a 247Sports composite ranking of 0.9985, the highest among defensive linemen in the 2025 recruiting class.

Zayden Walker (LB, Schley County, No. 9 in Class of 2025)

Walker is listed as the No. 1 linebacker in the 2025 recruiting class and the No. 2 players in Georgia, behind Elijah Griffin. While he is listed as a linebacker on most recruiting sites, Walker played on both sides of the ball for Schley County at both linebacker and running back. On defense, he recorded 40 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. On the Schley County offense, Walker scored 17 touchdowns and has just under 700 yards of total offense. Walker has two brothers, one a defensive lineman at Auburn and the other a signee to South Carolina. While also playing football for the Wildcats, Walker is also a member of the basketball and track and field teams. He holds a personal best of running the 100-meter dash in 11.47 seconds.

Justus Terry (DL, Manchester, No. 13 in Class of 2025)

Terry has been committed to continue his football career at the University of Georgia since Jan. 2023. He is ranked as the third best player in the state behind Griffin and Walker and is the second-highest rated defensive lineman in the state. Terry was a major factor in the Blue Devils 11-3 record last season as he helped lead Manchester to their first state championship appearance in close to 30 years. As a junior last season, Terry totaled 78 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and two forced fumbles. In his sophomore season, the 275-pound offensive lineman lined up at tight end where he recorded just 100 yards and a touchdown on the opposite side of the ball. Since committing to Georgia more than a year ago, the defensive lineman has visited Florida State and Auburn but remains committed to play his college football in Athens.

Josh Petty (OT, Fellowship Christian, No. 14 in Class of 2025)

Petty ranks as the No. 4 player in the state of Georgia and the second-highest rated offensive tackle in the 2025 recruiting class. The offensive tackle has lined up on both sides of the ball, competing on both the offensive and defensive lines throughout his junior season. As a defensive lineman, Petty was a major contributor to the defense recording 58 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception and fumble recovery. While he plays football during the fall, Petty also competes in track and field and wrestles in the Fellowship Christian athletic program. As a wrestler, Petty became the Class 2A 285-pound state champion as a sophomore and was the runner up in his junior season a year later. The junior offensive tackle holds more than 40 offers from major college football programs, most recently from Kentucky, Colorado, Wisconsin and UCLA that he received in Feb. 2024.

Julian Lewis (QB, Carrollton, No. 16 in Class of 2025)

One of the most intriguing prospects in the recruiting class, Julian “JuJu” Lewis reclassified to the 2025 class after he was the No.1 recruit in the 2026 recruiting cycle. Instead of being the top player in the class, Lewis is now ranked as the no. 4 quarterback and ranked at no. 16 while keeping his 5-Star ranking. Lewis has been committed to play football at the University of Southern Cal since August of 2023, but continues to visit schools across the country. As a sophomore last season, Lewis won Region Offensive Player for a second year in a row and was also a finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He completed 66.4% of his passes while throwing for 48 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards. Lewis was a major impact player for Carrollton as he helped them have a record of 11-2 last season and led the Trojans to the Class 7A quarterfinals in the state playoffs. On his way to throwing close to 50 touchdowns, Lewis had six games with four or more passing touchdowns including throwing seven touchdowns in their matchup against Harrison. As a freshman, he led Carrollton to the Class 7A state championship where he threw for a record 531 yards in the loss to Mill Creek. Though he is committed to Southern Cal, the 5-Star quarterback has taken visits to Auburn, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana and Alabama so far in 2024.


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