Two Bi-City football players ranked in ESPN Junior 300

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 8, 2014 

1. Carver (8-1)

With a 44-9 win over Peach County, Carver clinched its seventh consecutive region title. That’s an impressive streak. Ready for another impressive streak? Since it debuted at No. 10 in the Associated Press high school football poll on Oct. 9, 2006, Carver has never fallen below No. 9 in the rankings (now the Georgia Sportswriters Association poll). That makes it 100 consecutive weeks in the top 10.

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Carver High quarterback Jawon Pass and Central High cornerback John Broussard were named to ESPN's Junior 300 on Tuesday, which ranks the top 300 recruits for the Class of 2016.

Pass, who was rated the No. 15 prospect by already, was ranked No. 67 overall, while Broussard, No. 29 at 247sports, came in at No. 58. Both players have commanded offers from some of the premier programs across the country. Pass claims offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M, among many others. Broussard claims them from Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Penn State and South Carolina, and others.

Asked about his reaction to the ranking on Tuesday, Broussard initially said he didn't know it had come out. After being told where he stood, however, the Red Devils corner admitted it felt good to be mentioned among the other top recruits in the country.

He said he was working to be as high up the list as he could, but that it surprised him a little where he had fallen in the different rankings.

"I try not to worry about the rankings too much, though," he wrote in a message.

While some feel the pressure of being grouped among the elite prospects in the country, Broussard claimed he didn't feel any more going forward.

"Just wanna keep going forward and grinding," he said.

Both prospects are rated with four stars on the ESPN rankings. Broussard (6-0, 164 pounds) is No. 5 had his position in No. 3 in the state of Alabama. Pass is the No. 9 quarterback and No. 8 in the state of Georgia. Neither player has declared a commitment.

Three area players -- Mekhi Brown (Carver), Jawon's brother Khane Pass (Carver) and Traveon Samuel (Central) -- were named to this list a year ago.

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