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HAMMOCK: Look for these football players to have breakout years

Beginning Tuesday, the Daily Post began the release of the annual Super Six selections for high school football — our stars of now, so to speak.

We limit the football picks to seniors who are top players and coveted recruits, those who are well known both in Georgia and nationally.

While it’s fun to profile those kids, one of the other enjoyable aspects of high school football is the impact of new faces and new stars each season. They’re the players you may not have heard about yet, but you will know them by the end of the year. Or they’re the players who had good years in 2012, but will rise more toward great this season.

With that in mind, I picked my own list of rising stars for the 2013 season, one from each team. Expect breakout years from these folks in the coming months:

Dylan Singleton, Archer RB

The go-to guy to replace Sean Fowler and Ernest Alexander is talented like his brother Deondre, who signed with Duke earlier this year

Kenyuan Riddle, Berkmar WR

The Patriots have turned out several prolific receivers in recent years, and Riddle could be the next

Josh Brown, Brookwood, RB

With Jamaal Cole gone, Brown will produce even more than he did last season, when he was already very good

Isaac Nauta, Buford, TE/DE

The Wolves’ success of turning out top defensive end/tight end type guys will continue with this 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore, who is already coveted by recruiters

Nigel Adams, Central Gwinnett, RB

Expect this athletic, sophomore running back to become one of the county’s top playmakers over the next few seasons

Tyler Herman, Collins Hill, QB

He did a nice job filling in when Brett Sheehan was injured last year, and this is his year to shine

C.J. Mayes, Dacula, RB/CB

Will be a key for the Falcons as both the No. 1 running back and a starting cornerback

Thad Bell, Duluth, QB

Threw for more than 1,000 yards last season as a sophomore — should be even better as a junior

Micah Abernathy, GAC, RB

With Kyle Scales lost to graduation, the path is clear for Abernathy to get plenty of carries

Hunter Schuessler, Grayson, QB

The last time the Rams had a Schuessler at quarterback, they won state, and Nick’s younger brother is a player, too

Matthew Glisson, Hebron, WR

Glisson will need to get plenty of touches for the Lions to be successful

Travon McSwain, Lanier, DL

College recruiters already have taken notice of this junior, which tends to happen when you’re 6-foot-7, 230 pounds

Marcus Bailey, Meadowcreek, OT/DT

At 6-4, 265, Bailey gives the Mustangs what they typically lack, a big force on the line

Chris Dickhute, Mill Creek, DB

The Hawk coaches speak highly of Dickhute, an instinctual safety poised for a breakout junior year

Kielan Whitner, Mountain View, WR/DB

Will be heavily involved on both sides of the ball, and a move from cornerback to safety will make him more valuable for the Bears

Ridwan Issahaku, Norcross, DB

The defending Class AAAAAA state champions don’t have too many holes, but Issahaku fills one well as a playmaking cornerback

Anree Saint-Amour, North Gwinnett, DE

Imagine the hustle and intensity of his older brother Manrey (a starter on the Georgia Southern offensive line), only on the defensive side

G.G. Robinson, Parkview, TE

Played well last season as a sophomore; has the size (6-3, 265) and pedigree (father Gerald played in the NFL) to be a star

Myron Burton, Peachtree Ridge, WR

The Lions will try to find many ways to get the ball to this future D-I wide receiver

Charles Shavers, Shiloh, RB

Should get the bulk of the Generals’ carries and build on the final game of his sophomore season, a 180-yard rushing game vs. Central

Isiah Robinson, South Gwinnett, RB

Looks to be the leader of a talented pack of Comet running backs

Jordan Mack, Wesleyan, WR/DB

Wolves need this sophomore, who already has a Georgia Tech offer, to be a major playmaker

Will Hammock can be reached via email at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/willhammock.