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Georgia's top high school football players: Meet the state’s best linebackers

Who are the top linebackers in Georgia high school football this season?
Scenes from Jefferson at Cedar Shoals HS, October 9, 2021

Scenes from Jefferson at Cedar Shoals HS, October 9, 2021

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.

Last week we started with the running backs, moved on to wide receivers and then tight ends.

We kicked off this week with the top quarterbacks, turned next to the defensive backs, and now we'll finish the week with the linebackers.

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.'"