LEGACY WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Leaving A Mark

Leaving behind a legacy means more than just people remembering your name. For these WRs/TEs, it has meant/does mean that the kids sitting in the stands want to be like them, and while the numbers and stats are important, they aren’t everything. When we may not be able to recall their statistical prowess, we’ll still remember the fact that they got it done on the field under the Fright Night Lights.

CRITERIA

  • Years of Eligibility – C/O 2010-Present
  • Schools of Eligibility – Blitz territory only: Banks, Commerce, Dawson, Habersham, Jefferson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White
  • Statistical Threshold – MUST include a minimum of 1,500 receiving yards and/or 20 total TD, AND at least 2 years as the starting WR/TE.
  • Ranked – by receiving yards (tie-breaker receiving TD). NOTE: This is not in order of the best WRs, just a rank by yardage first.

#1 · Blake Gowder

Union County c/o 2010
4,002 REC YDS, 41 TD

Gowder was unstoppable at Union County. His senior year saw him go for 72 receptions for 1,237 yards and 14 TD. His 4,002 receiving yards still ranks third in state history (as it did when he graduated). As good as that senior year was, his junior year was better – 77 rec, 1,423 yds. He closed with 225 career receptions, 4,002 yards, and 41 TD. His TD total was the state career record until 2017. Gowder went on to play at Vanderbilt.


#2 · Braxton Hicks

Rabun County c/o 2020
3,490 REC YDS, 46 TD

Hicks left Rabun County as the state’s all-time leader in career TD catches. His career was spectacular, as he hauled in 183 catches for 3,490 yards and 46 TD. He averaged 19.1 yards per reception, and had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as a junior and senior. His TD totals from freshman to senior year were 8-12-14-12, and he averaged 67.1 yards per game (9.3.5 as a senior). Hicks went on to play at UGA.


#3 · Tavarres King

Habersham Central c/o 2008
3,270 REC YDS, 37 TD

TK is the standard that every receiver in the North Georgia area tried to model themselves after. He was the man for quite awhile. His 37 career TD was the state record for a couple of years before Blake Gowder (above) surpassed him, and later Braxton Hicks (above). TK had a monster senior season, catching 100 passes for 1,641 yards. King had a brilliant career at UGA, and went on to play several seasons in the NFL, even catching a crucial TD pass for the New York Giants from Eli Manning in a playoff game.


#4 · Sawyer Drake

Union County c/o 2020
2,829 REC YDS, 27 TD

Sawyer Drake’s career at Union was marked with consistency. He simply was reliable as a target and was good for 2,829 yards and 27 total over an outstanding career for the Panthers.


#5 · Charlie Woerner

Rabun County c/o 2016
2,703 REC YDS, 30 TD

Photo by Bobby Escoe

Woerner, who went on to a solid career as a TE at UGA and eventually to the NFL (49ers), is the most unique on this list as he also is a Legendary RB. He was a hybrid who had nearly identical stats as a runner (2,358-36) as a pass-catcher (2,703-30). He topped 1,000 total yards in 3 straight seasons at Rabun. Oh, by the way, Charlie also had 428 career tackles and 12 INT. Unbelievable talent. His stat line as a receiver was 2,703 yards and 30 TD.


#6 · Sam Gilbert

Union County c/o 2016
2,347 REC YDS, 19 TD

Sam Gilbert was a reliable target for Joseph Mancuso, as his career was tied closely to his. The WR caught 19 TD passes for a total of 2,347 yards.


#7 · Austin Jones

Rabun County c/o 2019
2,282 REC YDS, 24 TD

Austin Jones was the Swiss Army Knife. He was all-purpose, gathering well over 1,200 yards in punt and kick returns, had 354 career tackles, and 10 career INT. He hauled in 2,282 yards at the receiver position, and scored 24 times as a WR alone. Jones was one of two on this list (Braxton Hicks) to catch TDs from both GOATS, Bailey Fisher and Gunner Stockton. He went on to play at Furman University.


#8 · Adriel Clark

Rabun County c/o 2021
2,200 REC YDS, 43 TD

Adriel Clark had about the most ridiculous season a WR could have – 1,557 yards and 28 TD (a state record that was held previously at 27 for over 10 years). He was an All-State talent even before going from Riverside Military to Rabun County, but it certainly helped to play with Gunner Stockton and the Cats. He went on to play at East Tennessee State University.


#9 · Jacob Rogers

Union County c/o 2015
1,945 REC YDS, 25 TD

Jacob Rogers closed his career with close to 2K yards, coming in at 1,945. He was a dynamic receiver who tallied 25 total TD receptions for Union County.


#10 · Bruce Clark

Dawson County c/o 2013
1,891 REC YDS, 16 TD

Bruce Clark was the first big pass-catcher Dawson truly had. He helped kickstart the golden age of Tigers football. He hauled in 1,891 yards and 16 TDs, and was the favorite target for one of the program’s best in Tyler Dominy. He went on to play at Shorter University.


#11 · Jim Barnett

Habersham Central c/o 2018
1,856 REC YDS, 14 TD

Barnett had a split career of two years at Gainesville sandwiched between years at Habersham Central. He had a stellar junior and senior year, and finished with 1,856 in the yardage and had 14 scores.


#12 · Dakohta Sonnichsen

Dawson County c/o 2021
1,834 REC YDS, 17 TD

Dakohta Sonnichsen was a do-it-all player for Dawson County. He finished with 1,834 yards in the receiving department, complete with 17 career TD on that end. He caught passes from two Tiger great QBs – the Dawson GOAT Coey Watson…and Zach Holtzclaw.


#13 · Donovan Curry

Habersham Central c/o 2019
1,839 REC YDS, 21 TD

Donovan Curry had a solid career for Stephens County and mostly with Habersham Central (his final two seasons). He put up 1,829 total receiving yards and 21 scores. He was a homerun threat, also having over 1,000 kick/punt return yards and tallying 80 tackles along the way.


#14 · Jaden Gibson

Rabun County c/o 2023
1,787 REC YDS, 17 TD

Jaden Gibson was a great pass-catcher for two seasons at Dawson County, but he QUICKLY took it to a whole new dimension when going to play with Gunner Stockton and Rabun County. He had back-to-back-to-back near or 200-yard games (184, 197, 202), including a 3 TD performance against Pace Academy on ESPN. He’s still got time to keep climbing the list. Gibson has two career 200-yard games, which is an elite figure in state history that few have ever seen. He led the state in all classifications in yards for much of his junior year.


#15 · Cooper Turner

White County c/o 2021
1,683 REC YDS, 11 TD

Cooper Turner set program records with 1,683 receiving yards and 11 TD catches. He was one of J Ben Haynes’ favorite targets to throw to. He approached 1,000 yards as a junior and had a solid senior season as well.


#16 · Cole Keener

Rabun County c/o 2018
1,600 REC YDS, 19 TD

Cole Keener was an All-State selection, and one of the Rabun greats. He hauled in 19 TD passes from Bailey Fisher and 1,600 yards. Oh, and he had 11 career INT as well.


#17 · Gamarion Carter

Stephens County c/o 2021
1,588 REC YDS, 13 TD

Gamarion Carter was big-time at Stephens. Too bad he didn’t get a full career to show it. For over a year in the program, Carter was the elite receiver who played in an offense that ran the ball about 80% of the time in his sophomore season. His last two years still gave him a chance, and he showed out to the tune of 1,588 yards and 13 TD. He was a highly-recruited WR who wound up going to Vanderbilt.


#18 · T’omas Colbert

Stephens County c/o 2013
1,577 REC YDS, 8 TD

T’omas Colbert was legit. He was way better than just 8 TDs. Those stats can’t be right. He had next-level talent, and proved it with 1,577 yards and 8 TD (known) for Stephens County.


#19 · Robert Prunier

Union County c/o 2015
1,544 REC YDS, 19 TD

Who had Robert Prunier on their bingo card? Chances are, this one surprised you. He quietly, and consistently put up solid numbers for the Panthers, and was one of the top options for gun-slinger Joseph Mancuso. Prunier had 1,544 yards and 19 TD in a great career!


#20 · Tucker Maxwell

Dawson County c/o 2016
1,515 REC YDS, 21 TD

Tucker Maxwell may have been a DI baseball player (UGA), but wow did he put together a great senior season for the Quarterfinals-bound Dawson County Tigers. 892 yards and 16 TD in that season alone. Great WR.


#21 · Kyle Morlock

Union County c/o 2019
1,509 REC YDS, 18 TD

1,509 career yards and 18 TDs for Kyle Morlock at Union County, catching passes from Pierson Allison. He was often the second option to Sawyer Drake, but that 1-2 punch was pretty solid because Morlock would be a WR1 on most other teams. He went on to play at Berry College.


***Mason Kinsey***

Habersham Central c/o 2016
1,355 REC YDS, 10 TD

Mason Kinsey doesn’t have the statistical threshold to be on the list…BUT we’re putting him here anyway. Anyone who goes on to be an All-American, lead the country in TDs, and go on to the NFL…I mean, come on!


Up & Coming

These WRs are probably a season away statistically and currently playing.

  • Darius Canon – White County c/o 2024 (1,093 yds, 13 TD) *prior to OCT 1, 2021 game
  • Tate Ramey – Rabun County c/o 2022 (799 yds, 15 TD) *prior to OCT 1, 2021 game
  • Baxley O’Brien – Rabun County c/o 2022 (809 yds, 9 TD) *prior to OCT 1, 2021 game
  • Cam Lacy – Stephens County c/o 2023 (794 yds, 8 TD) *prior to OCT 1, 2021 game
  • Bailey Dameron – Dawson County c/o 2022 (636 yds, 4 TD) *prior to OCT 1, 2021 game
Notable Honorable Mentions
  • Jonathan Gilreath – Lumpkin County c/o 2014 (1,490 yds, 12 TD)
  • Austin Young – Dawson County c/o 2017 (1,457 yds, 9 TD)
  • Marqueze Maddox – Banks County c/o 2011 (1,407 yds, 14 TD)
  • Isaiah Mighell – Stephens County c/o 2015 (1,321 yds, 14 TD)
  • Sammy Elegreet – Jefferson c/o 2019 (1,207 yds, 5 TD)
  • Dean Ewing – Banks County c/o 2011 (1,201 yds, 9 TD)
  • Ryan Glass – Dawson County c/o 2019 (1,176 yds, 12 TD)
  • Zez Steeple – Banks County c/o 2016 (1,135 yds, 18 TD)
  • Dalton Hill – Jefferson c/o 2015 (1,041 yds, 11 TD)