By Marquis Chambers
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Georgia high school football.
Polls: top tight ends | top quarterbacks | top defensive backs
There are thousands of standout football players in Georgia, and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive! Use the comments section to discuss the other linebackers worthy of fans’ attention in 2021.
Pictured above is Jefferson's Malaki Starks (photo by Jamie Spaar), who'll be playing for the Georgia Bulldogs next season.
Zakye Barker, Norcross
The 5-foot-11 Barker is a hard-hitting linebacker who shows intelligence in the classroom and on the field. In both 2019 and 2020, he had 150-plus tackles to lead the state. He is one of the leading generals on the Norcross defense and has 87 tackles (26 for loss) through seven games this year. He is committed to play for East Carolina next season. "As a coach, Zakye takes on every challenge and adjusts the defense to the offense's game plan," head coach Keith Maloof said. "He plays at such a high level and constantly terrorizes other offenses. Every team we play has always said that 'we have to look out for No. 33.'"