Location: Marietta, Ga.
18-19 Record: 5-6
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: Marietta looks set to improve off a disappointing 2018 campaign that saw injuries to the quarterback, top wide receiver and ineligibility issues.
Defensive backs Rashad Torrence and Dawson Ellington were ruled ineligible last season due to transfer rules, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The return of those three-star players is expected to boost the defense. Leading rusher Kimani Vidal, a three-star running back, will be back for his senior season, as will three of the top four receivers – most notably Arik Gilbert, a five-star tight end rated as the No. 1 athlete and No. 10 player in the country. The Blue Devils will be led by four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey, a Tennessee commit back for his senior season.
On defense, four-star BJ Ojulari returns after leading the team in tackles (104) and tackles for loss (18). Sacks leader Labarron Kennedy Jr., who played nine of 11 games, also returns. With six of the top 50 players in the state and 10 total three-star or better players, Marietta is in position to compete with the elite Georgia teams and potentially come out on top in the state.