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State of Tennessee HSFB Class 4A Preseason Preview

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By Carter Mansfield 

As football season gets closer, we will be breaking down each classification in the coming days and weeks leading up to the season. These previews include players to watch, our staff's top 15 preseason rankings, our Mr. Football pick, state championship pick, and region predictions for each region in the class.


One Player to Watch at Each Position


Carter Smith, QB, Jr., Hardin County

Smith was one of the most dynamic passers in the state as a sophomore. Even with the loss of the junior quarterback’s top target in Kaydin Pope to Mississippi State, except Smith to be one of the state’s most efficient passers, while also turning heads in the passing yards category.


Jaxson Rollins, RB, Jr., Upperman

Rollins was an offensive star for one of the state’s best teams last season as a sophomore, and expect him to carry the load for the Upperman offense once again this season. Expect Rollins to become a household name around the state this season and a contender for Mr. Football once the season is over.


Bryson Vowell, WR, Sr., Anderson County

Vowell is everything you want in a wide receiver. Vowell has great size at 6’4 and has great speed along with his frame. Vowell will be a key piece in Anderson County’s passing game, which should be one of the better units in the state. Vowell currently holds offers from schools like Iowa, Memphis, and Arkansas State.


LaJairus Abernathy-Robinson, Lineman, Sr., Pearl-Cohn

Robinson was one of the centerpieces of one of the state’s best defenses last year in Pearl-Cohn, while also being a great blocker on the offensive side when he was used there. Expect him to become an all-state candidate this year and establish himself as one of the state’s best linemen. He currently holds offers from schools such as Ball State, Charlotte, and UT-Martin.


Nathan Robinson, LB, Sr., Greenbrier

Robinson was absolutely dominant as a pass rusher last season, totalling 19 sacks as a junior. Robinson is committed to Tennessee and will look to lead Greenbrier back to the playoffs in his senior season.


Jamari Person, DB, Sr., Haywood

Person is one of the best two-way players in the state and has really blown up on the recruiting trail, as of late. Expect Person to play the same role for the Tomcats this season as star Jaylen Lewis, who is now at Arkansas, did last season. Person currently holds offers from schools such as Indiana, Marshall, and Austin Peay.


Mr. Football Pick: Jaxson Rollins, Upperman


Region Predictions


Region 1-4A

1. Greeneville 10-0 (5-0)

2. Elizabethton 9-1 (4-1)

3. Volunteer 5-5 (3-2)

4. Seymour 5-5 (2-3)

5. Sullivan East 2-8 (1-4)

6. Grainger 2-8 (0-5)


Region 2-4A

1. Anderson County 8-2 (5-0)

2. Carter 8-2 (4-1)

3. Fulton 5-5 (3-2)

4. South-Doyle 4-6 (2-3)

5. Gibbs 2-8 (1-4)

6. Scott 0-10 (0-5)


Region 3-4A

1. Red Bank 8-2 (6-0)

2. East Hamilton 9-1 (5-1)

3. Chattanooga Central 5-5 (4-2)

4. Soddy Daisy 4-6 (3-3)

5. Hixson 2-8 (2-4)

6. East Ridge 1-9 (1-5)

7. Sequoyah 0-10 (0-6)


Region 4-4A

1. Upperman 8-2 (5-0)

2. DeKalb County 7-3 (4-1)

3. Macon County 6-4 (3-2)

4. Stone Memorial 7-3 (2-3)

5. Cumberland County 4-6 (1-4)

6. Livingston Academy 0-10 (0-5)


Region 5-4A

1. Pearl-Cohn 9-1 (8-0)

2. Tullahoma 9-1 (7-1)

3. Marshall County 8-2 (6-2)

4. Greenbrier 6-4 (5-3)

5. Creek Wood 4-6 (4-4)

6. Montgomery Central 4-6 (3-5)

7. Lawrence County 4-6 (2-6)

8. Hillwood 1-9 (1-7)

9. Glencliff 0-10 (0-8)


Region 6-4A

1. Hardin County 10-0 (5-0)

2. Lexington 7-3 (4-1)

3. Jackson South Side 6-4 (3-2)

4. Chester County 6-4 (2-3)

5. McNairy Central 1-9 (1-4)

6. Liberty Tech 0-10 (0-5)


Region 7-4A

1. Haywood 10-0 (5-0)

2. South Gibson 7-3 (4-1)

3. Milan 5-5 (3-2)

4. Jackson North Side 4-6 (2-3)

5. Crockett County 2-8 (1-4)

6. Obion County 1-9 (0-5)


Region 8-4A

1. Ridgeway 7-3 (5-0)

2. Kirby 6-4 (4-1)

3. Melrose 6-4 (3-2)

4. Wooddale 4-6 (2-3)

5. Fayette-Ware 4-5 (1-4)

6. Craigmont 3-7 (0-5)


Top 15 Preseason Rankings

1. Greeneville

2. Pearl-Cohn

3. Elizabethton

4. Anderson County

5. Haywood

6. Hardin County

7. Tullahoma

8. Carter

9. Red Bank

10. Upperman

11. East Hamilton

12. Ridgeway

13. Marshall County

14. South Gibson

15. DeKalb County



State Championship Pick: Greeneville over Pearl-Cohn

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