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In person I would have to say Eli Manning. I was working for a small newspaper that covered local in sports in southwest Louisiana and in '98 saw Eli and Newman HS play the Iota Bulldogs in the 1st or 2nd round. There wasn't a throw the kid couldn't make. Everything about him was big league.
I saw Cecil "The Diesel" Collins play live once at Leesville High School. As good as anyone I've ever seen.
I played at Athens in the late 70'S played with some great players and against some to but the beast was Philip Cochran.
Philip and I played at Warrior befor i moved to Athens.Small school players . One of the beast no one ever heard of.
I've seen most of the great basketball players in this state and very few of the football players.
Gerald Wallace was easily the most dominant. He was playing butler which was a good team and they would guard him with 5 guys.
Adalius Thomas from my alma mater Coosa-Central. Beast at football and hoops. Someone posted Justin Tuck earlier, didnt see Justin play football until he left Coosa for Notre Dame but did see him in the hoops playoffs. Beast on the hardwood too.
Freddie Roach, Brooks HS. He played both offense and defense. On defense he was unstoppable. As they say he was " a man amongst boys".
AJ McCarron and Mark Barron. That SPE team was unreal.
Also saw Davin Palmer (David's son) in high school. Def had college talent. Scored 3 TDs in three plays as the first two were called back for holding. I think he'd probably would have played D-1 if he hadn't of got his dumb butt arrested for holding up a gas station,
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Eric Berry for me too saw him against Stars Mill and Wihte Water. He never left the field went both ways and was on special teams as well.
Noel Devine and Nick O'leary.
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