Lee County high school produces more college football players on a year-to-year basis than any other 6A school in the state of Georgia.
Last season, 40 Lee County graduates were on college football rosters all across the country.
The class of 2022 is no different for the Trojans.
They are led by four of the state's top prospects: Offensive lineman Qae'Shon Sapp, tight end Tyrus Washington, defensive athlete Jaron Willis and safety S Quavian Carter. All four joined Dawgs Daily on our latest edition of Grind the Tape.
Our interviews interrupted weight training at Lee County, which will be noticed throughout the interviews, and is like a religion in south Georgia. Some of these young men put up serious numbers in the weight room and it shows up on tape.
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OL Qae'Shon Sapp
At 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, Sapp has the athleticism and physical profile to play both guard and tackle on the collegiate level, and most schools are recruiting as such. That same toughness and work ethic that Lee County has developed in the weight room shows up on tape.
He's a physical and effort player on the offensive line. That effort is paired with an obvious dedication to the proper footwork, pad level, and technique — another by-product of great coaching. He's a Day-1 impact player in college based on the fact that there's not a lot to clean up physically, technically or mentally.
TE Tyrus Washington
Washington is receiving major Power-5 interest from some of the nation's top programs, but considering how much other members of the 2022 tight-end group are talked about in the state of Georgia, he's criminally overlooked. There are nearly double-digit tight ends in 2022 from the state of Georgia that will go on to play Division 1 football.
Of them all, Washington is the most interesting prospect to me. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, he's a college-ready end-of-the-line tight end in terms of blocking as a senior in high school. He not only is a willing blocker, but he relishes the idea of blocking.
When asked if he would prefer the touchdown catch or the touchdown block, he quickly responded, "Gimme the block."
ATH, Jaron Willis
At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Willis is a conundrum for college coaches, and for all of the right reasons. He's big enough to play linebacker, he's athletic enough to play safety and reek havoc, and he has the ball skills of an elite coverage corner. And Lee County uses him in every way possible.
On any given snap, Willis might be playing in the box, in the slot, roaming in the middle of the field as a strong safety, or even blitzing and converting into a pass rusher. And he does them all in an exceptional manner. He's a strong candidate to make our SI99, the nation's top 99 overall players in the class of 2022.
He currently has a top 10 with schools like Florida, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, and Florida State. He plans on narrowing things down to five on March 24.
S Quavian Carter
As football continues to evolve, so do its positions and the kind of players that play them. Carter is the prime example of that. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, a player like Carter would have been playing wide receiver a decade ago. Now, he's a physical presence in the back end of the Lee County defense.
Wide receiver was actually where Carter began his high-school career. At the start of his sophomore season, he switched to the defensive side of the ball and it has paid off. He's coveted by programs like Cincinnati, Michigan, Virginia Tech and Tennessee among others.