25 newcomers and separate candidates for the Montgomery Area High School football season

Montgomery Advertiser It continues to distribute on the site of the football field in the river area. Here’s a look at some of the best newcomers and breakaway candidates to watch in the Montgomery area during the 2022 high school football season.

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Eric Adkins

Holtville Jr.

Site: wide future

what do you know: Holtville coach Jason Franklin arrived at Adkins, who came in late in the 2021 season with eight goals for 150 yards and two points. At 6-foot-3, Adkins has solid ball skills and is a physical no match for the likes of the Bulldogs always on the outside.

Joshua Browder

Prattville, Sr.

Site: quarterback

what do you know: Browder is one of three players in contention to replace EJ Osley under the Lions (Drew Julie and Gavin Rigdon are the others). The left 6-0 double-threat got attention from FBS, including Mississippi State.

Mika Cool

Tlassie, father.

Site: Defensive line/offensive line

what do you know: 6-2, 291-pound, nose tackle, Cole had over 20 stops last season and was also instrumental as an offensive goalkeeper for the Tigers as they advanced 7-3.

Johnny Darby

Robert E. Lee, So.

Site: wide future

what do you know: The 6-0, 155-pound Darby is one of a number of receivers that will be looking to replace 2021 production superintendent of all-metro wide Chris Dellehay.

Xavier Dunn

Brave Cross, So.

Site: defensive back

what do you know: Dunn had three assists and made three loss saves during an impressive new season. He finished third in the Warriors with 31 interventions.

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Azer Hicks

Marbury, Sr.

Site: wide future

what do you know: Hicks is a 6-6 wide athlete with performances from Alabama State, Bethune Cockman and Miss South. It’s one reason coach Hayden Stockton thinks the Bulldog may have more “firepower” in 2022 than he has in years past.

Christian Johnson

JW Carver, Sr.

Site: quarterback

what do you know: Johnson is a transfer who completed 68% of his passes and threw 6,065 yards and an 82-9 touchdown interception at Parke Heritage High in Indiana. He has a “special arm talent,” in the words of Carver coach Marcus Gardner, and is competing with returnee Jack Thompson for the lead role.

Jaden Jones

Montgomery Catholic, Fr.

Site: back

what do you know: Jones played linebacker H for the Knights last season but will return to defense this fall with T.J. Dudley and Patrick Ryan both playing collectively. Coach Kirk Johnson said Jones was “enormous” in his new role as captain of Mike’s squad.

Landon Jones

Billingsley, So.

Site: quarterback

what do you know: Jones started eight games as a freshman at 6A Gulf Shores, and led the Dolphins to their first winning record since 2013. He’s moving to Billingsley with his father, Lanny Jones, who was hired as a coach for the Bears this summer.

Nedvin Jones

Sydney Lanier, Sr.

Site: back

what do you know: Lanier coach Deroni Fagan has high hopes for Jones, the 6-2, 215-pound sprinter who helped the Poets keep teams at less than 12 points per game in 2021.

Julius Lin

Pike Road, So.

Site: defensive back

what do you know: Cornback 5-8 and 140 pounds with performances from Mississippi State and West Virginia, Lynn could be close to breaking through. He moved from Montgomery Catholic after last season.

Walker McClinton

Trinity Presbyterian Jr.

Site: quarterback

what do you know: Mac Clinton started last season as quarterback, but is now set to replace Coleman Stanley behind the quarterback on the All-Metro team. McClinton, who was running 5-11, completed eight of nine assists last season in a backup role.

Bryson McGraw

Robert E. Lee, So.

Site: quarterback

what do you know: Starting as a sophomore at 7A isn’t an easy task, but coach Drakeway Everett believes 6-1 McGrew has the leadership and natural understanding of the game it takes. McGraw will replace graduate Jacques Williams, of all states in 2021.

William Moseley

Otoga Academy, Sr.

Site: line of defense

what do you know: A 6-3, 270-pound defensive tackle, Mosley was Marbury’s running player last season, scoring 25 tackles and 12 tackles for a loss. Troy and UAB have shown interest.

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Trevor Pearson

Trinity Presbyterian, Fr.

Site: running back

what do you know: Pearson was a major force on the Fairfield team that went 7-4 last season, leading the Tigers with 596 dash yards and five TDs on 109 carry. Now the 5-10, 200-pound tail will be looking to make its mark on the riverine area.

Wendell Powell

Jeff Davis, Sr.

Site: back

what do you know: Powell is a transfer from Valiant Cross, where he led the team in tackles in 2021 with 41 (four TFLs, two kisses) in six games. Additionally, he ran for 358 yards on 45 buggies.

Noah Ray

Otoga Academy, Sr.

Site: Quarterback / wide receiver

what do you know: Ray, the 2021 All-Metro Baseball Player of the Year from The Advertiser, had four touchdowns last season and intercepted a pass. He has an offer from Huntingdon.

Wendlerick Rawlinson

Prattville, Sr.

Site: back

what do you know: Rawlinson 6-2, 210-pound edge off, is a returning starter for the Lions with a showing from NAIA Thomas University.

Marquis Richardson

Park Crossing, Sr.

Site: defensive back

what do you know: Richardson had an outstanding performance during the 7v7 tournament at Alabama in June, blocking six passes to help the Thunderbirds go 5-1 and reach the semifinals.

Josiah Scott

Stanhope Elmore, Sr.

Site: tight end

what do you know: The 6-4, 215-pound Scott should play a big part in the Mustang’s passing game. Scott, who had more than 100 yards in the spring game at Stanhope, has performances from Faulkner and Tuskegee.

Brennan Turmy

Pike Road, Sr.

Site: tight end

what do you know: Turmy has played for Ezekiel Academy the past two years, racking up 39 passes for 588 yards with eight runs. Now he will be looking to jump from 8-player soccer to Class 6A. The 6-7, 220-pound narrow end has showings from South Georgia, Georgia State, Jackson State, and the Navy.

DJ Vinson

Montgomery Academy, So.

Site: wide future

what do you know: The Eagles don’t throw much, but when they do it pays to have a 6-3 wide athletic with an interest from Clemson and a penchant for seizing sports. Vinson had a major catch in third and long to maintain a game-winning MA run in last season’s semifinals against Montgomery Catholic.

AC Walters

Alabama Christian, So.

Site: running back

what do you know: Explosive athlete already presented by Ole Miss, Maryland and Kentucky, Walters will alternate back and hole receivers. He ran 300 yards and three touchdowns on 28 cars in 2021.

Kiltrick Washington Jr

Montgomery Catholic, So.

Site: line of defense

what do you know: On a talented, man-packed defense last season, Washington made an immediate impact. The 6-2, 220-pound tackle/finish made 38 tackles in eight games, 13 losing.

Brooke Wait

Edgewood Academy, Sr.

Site: Tight end / defensive line

what do you know: Edgewood’s coach, Chad Michael, has had multiple conversations with big school coaches about Whitt, who is a great size for a 6-3, 220-pound freshman.

Jacob Shames can be contacted via email at jshames@gannett.com, or by phone at 9117-201-334 and on Twitter @Jacob_Shames.

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