POY Watch: Houston County’s Fromm nears milestone
Jake Fromm is one more 400-yard passing game from a milestone.
The Houston County quarterback has thrown for 9,701 yards in his career. Only Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, with 13,077, has passed the 10,000 mark in Georgia high schools.
Fromm has thrown for more than 400 years in each of his first two games this season and leads this week’s GHSF Daily Player of the Year Watch. Houston County plays at home Friday against Eagle’s Landing.
1. QB Jake Fromm, Houston County: Fromm was 27-of-38 passing for 454 yards and four touchdowns last week in a 49-31 victory over Peach County. For the season, Fromm is 52-of-73 passing for 866 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception. Fromm is rated the No. 3 pro-style QB in the country and is committed to Georgia. His team is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA.
2. QB Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville: Lawrence was 14-of-26 passing for 250 yards and three touchdowns in his opening game Aug. 19, a 30-14 victory over Allatoona. Lawrence is the consensus No. 1 recruit nationally among juniors. Cartersville is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. Lawrence will be tested this week at Calhoun, the No. 3 team in Class AAA.
3. DB/WR Richard LeCounte, Liberty County: LeCounte scored four touchdowns – two rushing and two returning kicks – in a 53-13 season-opening victory last week over Bradwell Institute. LeCounte had 71 yards receiving and 12 rushing, and both returns (one a punt, the other a kickoff) covered 75 yards. He had eight tackles. LeCounte is the consensus No. 2 prospect in Georgia, rated No. 1 by some. He is committed to Georgia.
4. RB J.D. King, Fitzgerald: King rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries last week in a 56-19 victory over Irwin County. King was the state’s leading returning rusher, with 2,432 yards last season. He is committed to Oklahoma State. Fitzgerald (1-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class AA.
5. DL Aubrey Solomon, Lee County: Solomon had eight tackles, a sack, a stop for a loss, a fumble recovery and three QB pressures last week in a 29-12 victory over Bainbridge, which features Alabama-committed RB Dameon Pierce. On the season, Solomon has 15 tackles, four tackles for losses, two sacks and five QB pressures. Solomon is the consensus No. 8 prospect in Georgia. He is uncommitted. Lee County (2-0) is ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.
Others to watch: RB Sheldon Evans of No. 1 Roswell rushed for 119 yards in his opening game, a 24-7 victory over Buford. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards last season. .Evans was his classification’s offensive player of the year last season. … RB Colby Wood, a 2,000-yard rusher a year ago, has rushed for 265 yards and four touchdowns in Jefferson’s 2-0 start. … Grady QB Caylin Newton is a long shot, but he played like a POY candidate last week in a 14-10 upset of Woodward Academy. The younger brother of Cam Newton, Caylin rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and was 12-of-18 passing for 96 yards. Grady broke into the rankings this week. … Another long shot is Tylan Morton, but so was another Griffin quarterback, Jaquez Parks, when he won the award in 2013. Morton was 29-of-36 passing for 370 yards and a touchdown in a 53-50 season-opening victory over Spalding. … Grayson lost its opener, but the second-ranked Rams of Class AAAAAA remain the most talented team in Georgia by most accounts. RB/CB Jamyest Williams and QB Chase Brice, who made the preseason POY Watch, are a big win a way from re-entering the picture. Grayson plays this week at McEachern, which has a former POY Watch member itself, QB Bailey Hockman.
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