South Alabama's recruiting class is currently ranked #1 in the Sun Belt according to 247Sports, largely on the strength of their committed high school players. Several of them, like OT Noah Armstrong of Lawrence County and Georgia DEs Jalen Wells of Dublin and Willie Williams of Americus-Sumter, are on teams that did not make the playoffs. Others, like WR Tevaris McCormick of Biloxi and Roman Buchanan of Daleville, are members of squads that made a quick exit in the postseason (although it bears noting that Buchanan did have a 31 yard TD catch in his team's defeat).
The rest of the prep class suited up again this past Friday and, in most cases, led their teams closer to a championship. Here's how they did:
Calhoun QB Taylor Lamb was 18-23 passing for 242 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 33 yards and two more touchdowns in a 42-10 first round playoff victory over Wesleyan.
WR/TE Caleb Hayman had two receptions for 47 yards and touchdown in Gainesville’s 41-14 win over Rome.
DB Tiquan Lang, back from an injury that had kept him out for the last month, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. It wasn’t enough to stop his Lowndes team from being upset 30-27 by Marietta.
WR Caleb Alves had a 57-yard touchdown in Palm Bay’s blowout 56-7 of South Fork.
Milton WR Dejon Funderburk scored on a 37 yard interception return and also caught at least two passes for 64 yards in a 38-31 overtime win against Niceville.
DT Jacob Chaffin was credited with one sack and had at least one tackle for a loss in Spain Park’s 39-21 win.
Hoover DB Devon Earl wasn’t required to do much as his team jumped to a 21-point lead by scoring on their first seven possessions as they cruised to a 49-26 win over Pell City.
Next week we'll check in with these future Jaguars again to see how they perform in the final act of their high school careers.