The way too early football top 10

Collins Hill debuts at No. 1 in Class 7A following its historic run to the finals this past season. The Eagles return the No. 1 player in the state Travis Hunter—who stars as a defensive back, return man and wide receiver. Also, Collins Hill will have four-star quarterback Sam Horn back under center. Colquitt County, Lowndes, Grayson and North Cobb round out the top 5.

In Class 6A, defending state champion Buford earns No. 1. The Wolves have won state titles in each of head coach Bryant Appling’s first two years at the helm and will be returning a star-studded roster that includes playmakers like three-stars Isaiah Bond and Victor Venn. Last year’s runner-up Lee County comes in at No. 2 and Westlake, Allatoona and Valdosta round out the top 5. River Ridge opens up at No. 6 and Hughes comes in at No. 7. Both programs are coming off their best seasons in school history.

Blessed Trinity opens as No. 1 in Class 5A. The Titans won three-straight state titles in Class 4A before making a run to the state quarterfinals. Class of 2023 running back Justice Haynes returns after racking up 22 rushing touchdowns in just eight games this past season. Ware County comes in at No. 2 and defending state champion Warner Robins sits at No. 3.

Marist returns as No. 1 in Class 4A after making a flawless run to last year’s state championship. The War Eagles outscored their opponents 479-48. Jefferson comes in at No. 2 and will have five-star Malaki Starks back to lead the offense. Benedictine, Carver-Columbus and Flowery Branch round out the top 5.

The top 10 in Class 3A features several usual suspects to go with several newcomers to the classification after 2020’s reclassification cycle. Peach County tops the class ahead of defending champion Pierce County. Region 5 powers Cedar Grove and GAC are No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Crisp County is No. 5 and will be coached by Miguel Patrick, Cedar Grove’s former coach, who took over after Brad Harber’s exit. Sixth-ranked Sandy Creek leads No. 7 Carver-Atlanta and No. 8 Cherokee Bluff. Former 4A powers Burke County and Thomson round out the top 10.

Defending champion Callaway tops Class 2A ahead of state runner-up Fitzgerald. Thomasville, which lost to Callaway in the quarterfinals last season, debuts at No. 3 with Rabun County and Lovett rounding the top 5. Pace Academy comes in at No. 6 and after a first-round loss to Fannin County last season, the Knights are poised for a deeper run this year. Northeast-Macon debuts at No. 7 and leads No. 8 Bleckley County, No. 9 Bremen and No. 10 Jefferson County

Brooks County lost to No. 5 Irwin County 27-19 in the championship game last season. This year, Brooks debuts at the top of the class. Commerce comes in at No. 2 and leads No. 3 Dublin, No. 4 Turner County and Irwin. Clinch County, a semifinalist last season, opens at No. 6 ahead of No. 7 Trion, No. 8 Lincoln County, No. 9 Wilcox County and No. 10 Chattahoochee County.

Eagle’s Landing Christian opens at the top of Class A Private and leads No. 2 Trinity Christian, defending champion and third-ranked Prince Avenue Christian, No. 4 Fellowship Christian and No. 5 Athens Academy. Wesleyan comes in at No. 6 and leads No. 7 Savannah Christian, No. 8 North Cobb Christian, No. 9 Christian Heritage and No. 10 Calvary Day.

Class 7A

1. Collins Hill

2. Colquitt County

3. Lowndes

4. Grayson

5. North Cobb

6. Milton

7. Parkview

8. Roswell

9. Archer

10. Brookwood

Class 6A

1. Buford

2. Lee County

3. Westlake

4. Allatoona

5. Valdosta

6. River Ridge

7. Hughes

8. Carrollton

9. Rome

10. Dacula

Class 5A

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Ware County

3. Warner Robins

4. Coffee

5. Starr’s Mill

6. Cartersville

7. Jones County

8. Calhoun

9. Creekside

10. St. Pius

Class 4A

1. Marist

2. Jefferson

3. Benedictine

4. Carver-Columbus

5. Flowery Branch

6. Cedartown

7. Troup

8. Bainbridge

9. Baldwin

10. Perry

Class 3A

1. Peach County

2. Pierce County

3. Cedar Grove

4. GAC

5. Crisp County

6. Sandy Creek

7. Carver-Atlanta

8. Cherokee Bluff

9. Burke

10. Thomson

Class 2A

1. Callaway

2. Fitzgerald

3. Thomasville

4. Rabun County

5. Lovett

6. Pace Academy

7. Northeast Macon

8. Bleckley County

9. Bremen

10. Jefferson County

Class A Public

1. Brooks County

2. Commerce

3. Dublin

4. Turner County

5. Irwin County

6. Clinch County

7. Trion

8. Lincoln County

9. Wilcox County

10. Chattahoochee County

Class A Private

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian

2. Trinity Christian

3. Prince Avenue Christian

4. Fellowship Christian

5. Athens Academy

6. Wesleyan

7. Savannah Christian

8. North Cobb Christian

9. Christian Heritage

10. Calvary Day

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