Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Druid Hills Red Devils

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You have to be a special player to start as a freshman in high school.

You have to be super duper special to start at QB as a freshman in high school.

John Henry Carey is that rarity, according to Druid Hills coach Kip Hall.

Hey, at least the kid has a good football name.

Why the freshman? The coach needs someone to direct the team’s “Multiple I” offense, and John Henry seems to be a natural fit.

We will let the coach explain it: “He has a passion for the game. He is not only intelligent in the classroom, but he is a student of the game. From just what I have seen, he has the tools to play the position. [And] he will only get better over time.

“He already has some of the nuances of the position. After working and speaking with him these past few months, he is miles ahead of most players of the same age. It’s our job now to bring that potential out and coach him up.”

The good news is that Druid Hills will have some playermakers around the young buck, including RB Foluke Gordon-Lamar (73 carries, 500 yards), OL/DL Joseph Ray (19 tackles for losses), and TE Brandon Harrison (6-4, 210). The bad news is Region 5-AAA, Div. A, with St. Pius, Booker T. Washington, and Grady, among others.

He has a passion for the game.He is not only intelligent in
the classroom, but he  is a student of the game.
Just what I have seen he has the tools to play the position,
but he will only get better over time.
He already has some of the nuances of the position. After
working and speaking with him these past few months he is
miles ahead of most players of the same age. It’s are job
now to bring that potential out and coach’em up

Team: Druid Hills Red Devils

Spring Game: May 15

Spring practice dates: May 3-15

Last year’s record: 2-8

Starters lost: 8

Head coach: Kip Hall

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5 comments Add your comment

cith slicker

May 2nd, 2010
9:42 pm

good luck druid hills hope this freshman pan out

Jecorey Jackson

May 3rd, 2010
12:28 am

Let’s go DEVILS!!!!

Pope UGA XXIII

May 4th, 2010
8:09 pm

First got acquainted with Kip 20 + years ago.
He’s a good guy and a capable coach, but not a lot
of numbers to work with @ Druid Hills
Hope you do well this year, coach.

Tyan

May 6th, 2010
12:14 am

A winning tradition has to start some where and if a Freshman with solid leadership and skills can man the team then let him! He will have 4 seasons to do so and obviosely is DH’s best option. Remember traditions start at the key positions so if this Kid John Henry Carey makes it happen it will attract other solid talents to consider DH and not leave the district. Make it happen kid and know either way that progress is measured in the execution of each play and managing the game at the QB position. So if he doe’s that then the odd’s are with 4 season’s there should be some promise. Best of skill Kid!

glw

May 6th, 2010
4:45 pm

I agree winning has to start somewhere and am sure he will take his lumps and hopefully will get better. I will be moving into the Druid Hills area later this year, and my son will be entering middle school this year. So I will be keeping a close eye on how the program develops over there.