High School Sports

Dooly County’s Clayton getting plenty of attention

Dooly County’s Antonneous Clayton is rising on the list of high school football players who better keep their cell phone battery charged.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder can add LSU to his latest list of offers, joining -- to name a few -- Georgia, Florida, Clemson, Alabama and Auburn.

Marquez Callaway of Warner Robins is up to No. 9 in the state as a four-star recruit in the latest 247sports.com composite state rankings.

Houston County’s Darion Anderson, a Georgia commit, is No. 25

Callaway and Anderson are both two-way players at defensive back and wideout.

Veterans quarterback Logan Byrd is 28th, and Anderson’s brother Darius, despite a relative lack of action on the loaded Bears, is 32nd, two spots ahead of Upson-Lee defensive lineman David Marshall.

Clayton is at 38, listed as a three-star prospect.

Westside wide receiver Steve Dolphus is ranked 53rd as a three-star, as is Peach County defensive back Tyrique McGhee (No. 71, Georgia commit).

Macon County defensive lineman Malik Walker is 73rd, and a three-star.

SIGNINGS, SIGNINGS, SIGNINGS

Tyler Flood won’t have a long trip to begin his college baseball career.

The Northside outfielder has signed with Middle Georgia State.

Flood batted .411 with three homers in a season shortened by injury.

The Knights went 17-32 in their first season as a four-year program in NAIA.

Flood will join plenty of area products in Cochran. The Knights had 11 underclassmen from Middle Georgia on the 2015 roster, including Clint Wynn from Houston County and John Hartzog from Perry.

Mary Persons’ Bryson Jackson won’t have too much farther to go, either.

The Bulldogs’ baseball standout has signed with Columbus State. Jackson started for three years and earned all-region honors twice.

Columbus State went 35-14 last season, a year after going 4-2 in the Southeast Regional.

ALUMNI UPDATE

A Middle Georgia high school alum is doing his part to try to slow down the postseason run of a Middle Georgia college baseball team.

Former Crisp County standout Taylor Walls has started every game at shortstop this season for Florida State as a true freshman and did so again Friday in Florida State’s 5-4 win over Mercer in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

He’s in solid company. The last freshman to start at shortstop for Florida State was Buster Posey in 2006.

Walls is batting .215, ranks second on the team with 209 at-bats and third with 41 runs. He is perfect on seven steal attempts, and he is fielding at a .933 clip.

Walls had two hits in the Seminoles’ win.

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