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PIGSKIN PREVIEW: County teams set to face some of the best talent in Georgia
Milton's Jordan Yates rolls out to the right during the Eagles' game against West Forsyth last season. - photo by Michael Chung

By virtue of being in the middle of the football hotbed that is North Georgia, Forsyth County’s teams almost always run into some of the most talented college recruits in the country.

Forsyth County isn’t currently where Gwinnett, Cobb and Fulton counties are in terms of recruiting, but county players will once again get a taste of what the talent there is like. And with Denmark now in the mix in Class 4A, there will now be elite private school athletes that Forsyth athletes have to contend with.

North, West, South, Lambert, and Central will all have one common region opponent that looks to be loaded this year. Milton. Head coach Adam Clack, the former head man at West, will have plenty of weapons at his disposal, starting with Joseph Charleston, a four-star senior safety that is committed to Clemson. Joining him on the defense is linebacker Allen Walker, a Louisiana Tech commit that had offers from Auburn and Mississippi State, among others. Eagles quarterback Jordan Yates, a dual-threat speedster, is committed to play in Georgia Tech’s spread option offense.

As a first year program, Denmark will have its hands full, sharing a region with two of the toughest teams in its class. Blessed Trinity, last season’s Class 4A state champion, will return some top recruits: At the top of the Titans’ list is Steele Chambers, a four-star running back committed to Ohio State and the No. 18 recruit in Georgia’s class of 2019, according to 247ports. Linebacker and Georgia commit J.D. Bertrand will join Chambers as the state’s No. 24 ranked senior. Marist will field some good talent as well, led by safety Kyle Hamilton, the state’s No. 16 ranked recruit, who will be headed to Notre Dame.

South will have the most matchups of anyone in the county against top Division I prospects. The War Eagles will travel to face Blessed Trinity in Week 2, and a week later, they’ll host Etowah, which boasts offensive lineman Dominick D’Antonio, a Northwestern commit. South wraps up its non-region schedule against Hillgrove, whose defense will be led by safety Jaylen McCollough, the No. 13 player in the state, who has offers from blue-bloods like South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas.

North has Kennesaw Mountain on the latter half of its non-region schedule, a team that has never really found its footing in terms of wins. Regardless, the Mustangs will have some offensive talent that the Raiders’ new-look defensive unit will have to deal with. With his six-foot-seven, 235 pound frame, Georgia commit Ryland Goede is one of the top tight ends in the state. Three-star Arkansas State commit Keyon Brooks will look to do some damage as a running back.

In the annual battle of the Longhorns, Lambert will face Lanier right before it enters its region slate, looking to notch its first-ever win against them. Getting to that goal will be a tough task for Lambert’s defense, with Lanier being led by pro-style quarterback Zach Calzada, a Texas A&M commit.

West will face Roswell, a team that struggled to a 3-8 record last season after two straight 10-win seasons. Florida commit Tyron Hopper looks to be a bright spot for the Hornets at linebacker as the program attempts to rebuild.