Best player in school history: Region 1-A teams
Region 1-A is first up in GHSF Daily’s project to identify the best single player in each of the active GHSA football-playing schools.
The 1-A list includes NFL players Thomas Davis, Bacarri Rambo, Charles Grant and Frank Harvey. Davis (Carolina Panthers) and Rambo (Buffalo Bills) are still playing.
Of those, Grant was the most celebrated high school player. His 45 touchdowns for 12-1 Miller County in 1997 tied Herschel Walker’s state record. Grant was a devastating high school running back but made his living as an NFL defensive end after starring at Georgia. His high school team averaged a record 49.5 points per game.
But the best player in this region’s history might be one who never played in the NFL, Al Pinkins of Mitchell County. Playing for what was then Mitchell-Baker, Pinkins became the first Georgia player to throw for 3,000 yards in a season (3,090) while leading the Eagles to the 1989 Class AA championship. Pinkins finished with a state-record 6,616 yards passing for his career. Standing 6-6, Pinkins also starred on two state-championship basketball teams and pursued the hardwood in college, most notably at N.C. State. He later became a college basketball coach.
*Baconton Charter: Brock Pinson
*Calhoun County: Jake Fleming
*Chattahoochee County: Niko Jones
*Miller County: Charles Grant
*Mitchell County: Al Pinkins
*Pelham: Bruce Johnson
*Randolph-Clay: Thomas Davis
*Seminole County: Bacarri Rambo
*Stewart County: Clifton Claude
*Terrell County: Frank Harvey
Note: Only schools that have played a region schedule are included.
This series resumes Monday with Region 2-A
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