Posted On: 03/24/21 8:26 AM

This state is full of talent at many positions but who are the top game breakers, top playmakers?

Here we give you five guys who could be considered the top in-state playmakers and a few others to consider and further evaluate going forward.

1. (Ath) Shannon Blair Shannon Blair 6'0" | WR Knox. West | 2022 State TN - Knox. West

- Blair is not just considered one of the top in-state playmakers but he is also one of the top recruits overall and college coaches have taken notice. A two way standout that could excel at receiver or cornerback on the next level, Blair is a long and athletic guy that maneuvers his way thru traffic to eventually find the end zone. Blair can take the top off or catch a short pass and take it to the house. Blair also has the upside to become a lockdown cover corner or at worst, a versatile performer anywhere in the secondary. No matter where the East Tennessee product is on the field, he is a threat to change the game. 

Offers: App State, Arkansas St, Duke, Eastern Ky, Liberty, Michigan St, MTSU, Purdue, Tulane, Virginia and Wake Forest

Junior Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/12043411/5fbbe69415ffd40bd8681646

2. (WR) Shannon Blair Shannon Blair 6'0" | WR Knox. West | 2022 State TN - Knox. West - Blair is not just considered one of the top in-state playmakers but he is also one of the top recruits overall and college coaches have taken notice. A two way standout that could excel at receiver or cornerback on the next level, Blair is a long and athletic guy that maneuvers his way thru traffic to eventually find the end zone. Blair can take the top off or catch a short pass and take it to the house. Blair also has the upside to become a lockdown cover corner or at worst, a versatile performer anywhere in the secondary. No matter where the East Tennessee product is on the field, he is a threat to change the game.  Offers: App State, Arkansas St, Duke, Eastern Ky, Liberty, Michigan St, MTSU, Purdue, Tulane, Virginia and Wake Forest Junior Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/12043411/5fbbe69415ffd40bd8681646 2. (WR) Barion Brown Barion Brown 6'1" | ATH Pearl-Cohn | 2022 State TN - Pearl Cohn - Elite ball skills and quickness. Those are the two main traits that stand out when evaluating Brown. A 6’1 long and lanky guy, Brown is a big play waiting to happen whenever he steps onto the field. The Firebirds star receiver has some of the best quicks off the line you will find in the country. His get-off is what separates him from others at his position as Brown can get into his route quicker than most and before you know it, he has the ball and he is gone. He also has an outstanding vertical. Brown can get up and go get the ball no matter where the ball is placed. This is an elite level receiver that you will see playing Power Five football very soon.  Offers: Alabama, Arizona St, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida St, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Michigan St., Miss State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn St., TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and West Virginia Junior Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/12170494/5fb9b526bd6ac704dc124fa6 3. (Ath) Anthony Brown Anthony Brown 6'2" | ATH Milan | 2022 State TN - Milan - One of the top overall in-state recruits for the 2022 class, Brown is a true playmaker no matter where he’s at on the field, whether that’s on offense or defense. A strong, physical competitor that can run, Brown plays like his hair is on fire every game and every snap. He is always around the ball which means Brown is always in play to make something happen. The Bulldogs star rising senior is a ball hawk. He has a knack for making big plays and coming up with that game changing moment that his team needs. Brown is also an ultra competitor, so his love for the game will always put him in the right position to be that needed playmaker.  Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Arkansas St., Ball St., Boston College, Cent. Michigan, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Liberty, Marshall, Memphis, Miami, MTSU, Miss State, Oregon, Purdue, Tulane, UAB, UCF, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia,  Junior Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/14209406/5f5e48b25b3d6d0a5c1f2f70 4. (Ath) Ben Coggin Ben Coggin 5'9" | RB Nolensville | 2022 State TN - Nolensville  - Coggin is one of the fastest overall prospects in the entire state and he does not have a set position, which means he is a true playmaker. No matter where you place Coggin on the field, his speed plays everywhere. Well built physically, Coggin is a versatile prospect that could play running back, receiver or defensive back on the next level. He is the type of prospect that can do a little bit of everything but does need to keep improving his overall game to become the kind of player his upside presents. Coggin has also yet to hit that recruiting stride, so there is a long recruiting process yet to go for this Middle Tennessee speedster. Offers: Eastern Ky and Tulane Junior Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/11144799/5fb5e1ac688fbe0a44f3c1d2 5. (RB/DB) Nakelin McAfee Nakelin McAfee 5'8" | ATH The King's Academy | 2022 State TN - King’s Academy - Hailing from the East Tennessee region, McAfee could be considered the top overall playmaker on his side of the state (Go see Blair at Knox. West) and that’s because he could excel in college on either side of the ball. Translating to the next level as a running back, McAfee provides a lot of tools at that position that screams playmaker from his speed, quickness and elusive game breaking abilities. McAfee could also stand out on defense as well as he has a ball hawk mentality that seems to always be around the ball. College coaching staffs have taken notice of McAfee as he sports several offers but expect a surge in his recruitment to happen in the near future.  Offers: Arizona St, Arkansas St., Duke, Kansas, Liberty, Ole Miss, Tulane and UTSA Junior Film: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9340366/5f658b662aa7ad0ab8ad218f Others Considered: (RB) Dallan Hayden Dallan Hayden 5'11" | ATH Christian Brothers | 2022 State TN - Briarcrest Chrst., (DB) Jaylen Lewis Jaylen Lewis 6'1" | DB Haywood | 2022 State TN - Haywood, (WR) Jake Roberts Jake Roberts 5'11" | WR Elizabethton | 2022 State TN - Elizabethton, (Ath) Joseph Adams - Mitchell, (DB) Kody Jones Kody Jones 5'11" | ATH Germantown | 2022 State TN - Germantown, (RB) Antonio Patterson Antonio Patterson 5'11" | RB Oakland | 2022 State TN , (Ath) Antonyus Moore - Middle College, (WR) Coleman Baker - Lipscomb Acad., (QB) Destin Wade Destin Wade 6'3" | QB Summit | 2022 State TN - Summit, (WR) Brandon King Brandon King 5'9" | WR Summit | 2022 State TN - Summit

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