Henry County has long been home to some of the top players in the state. This season, these six players are expected to carry on that tradition.

Brenton Cox

School: Stockbridge

Class: Senior

Position: Defensive End

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 240 pounds

Noteworthy: Recorded 75 tackles, 18 sacks and eight tackles for a loss last season, named Henry Herald and Region 4-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year, committed to Ohio State

Coach Kevin Whitley’s take: “Brenton is a great combination of size and speed. He is good against the run and the pass.”

Tre’ Douglas

School: ELCA

Class: Senior

Position: Defensive Back/Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

Noteworthy: Recorded three interceptions, 34 tackles and allowed only two passes to be caught last season, Named to the Henry Herald’s All-County First Team Defense, committed to Vanderbilt

Coach Jonathan Gess’ take: “Tre has tremendous talent and potential as a college DB. On top of that he had a tremendous summer developing as an athlete and showed tremendous leadership. He has the ability to lock one side of the field down.”

Marquez Ezzard

School: Stockbridge

Class: Senior

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 195 pounds

Noteworthy: Caught 50 passes for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, earned First Team All-Region and All-County honors, committed to Florida State

Coach Kevin Whitley’s take: “Marquez is a big time player who excels with the ball in his hands. He has tremendous ball skills and has a very aggressive mentally on the field.”

Josh Mays

School: ELCA

Class: Senior

Position: Running Back/Defensive Back

Measurables: 5-foot-9, 190 pounds

Noteworthy: Scored 14 touchdowns as a junior last season, scored go-ahead touchdown in overtime in last year's state championship game, has totaled more than 3,000 all-purpose yards and 250 tackles in his career.

Coach Jonathan Gess’ take: “Josh Mays is the ultimate high school football player. He has started since his freshman year and has over 3,000 all purpose yards and over 250 tackles. This is his turn to be the featured back in our offense and we are very excited about him taking on that role. He is a hard worker and a tremendous leader.”

James Ohonba

School: Woodland

Class: Senior

Position: Offensive Line

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 350 pounds

Noteworthy: Leader of an offensive line that averaged 6.5 yards per attempt and recorded 2,420 yards rushing last season, named All-State, All-Region and All-County as a junior, holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Notre Dame

Coach Bryan Love’s take: “James is an intelligent student-athlete who is also a student of the game. He has some great attributes — speed, knowledge of the game and the ability to move piles. We will rely on him heavily for his leadership.”

Chris Rodriguez

School: Ola

Class: Senior

Position: Running Back

Measurables: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds

Noteworthy: Rushed for 1,660 yards and 26 touchdowns in 11 games last season, earned First Team All-Region and All-County honors, set school records in yards (391) and touchdowns (6) in a single game last season against Eagle’s Landing

Coach Jared Zito’s take: “Chris is running back with a lot tools. He is a big back who runs downhill but can also outrun a lot of people in the open field. In my opinion, his best attribute is what he does with the ball after initial contact. He is a three-year starter and team leader for us. I expect him to have an outstanding season.”

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