UGA 2011 football commitment to protect Wesleyan’s new quarterback

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Wesleyan RB Kyle Karempelis may be the state's best player. Not "prospect" but player. (AJC)

Wesleyan RB Kyle Karempelis may be the state's best player. Not "prospect" but player. (AJC)

Wesleyan has found a quarterback to succeed Conor Welton, who led the Wolves to the 2008 Class A state football championship and has signed a baseball scholarship with UGA.

The team’s new quarterback will be rising senior Andrew Frerking, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder who drastically improved on his footwork and technique during Wesleyan’s spring football practice earlier this month.

“Andrew is tall, strong, and very bright,” Wesleyan coach Franklin Pridgen said. “He makes few mistakes and is cool under pressure. He teammates and coaches are extremely comfortable with him at the helm.”

Frerking won’t have as much pressure as most new quarterbacks, as he will be surrounded by two returning All-State players. Offensive lineman David Andrews (6-4, 280) has committed to UGA. ”(Andrews) is one of the most dominant offensive and defensive linemen in the state,” Prigden said. “He will lead our team at the line of scrimmage.”

Tailback Kyle Karempelis (5-8 170) has nearly 3,700 rushing yards and 60 TDs over his career. “(Karempelis) is exposive and tough, and has excellent vision and balance,” Pridgen said. “He’s a rare talent … poised for his best season yet in 2010.”

On defense, the Norcross private school is led by linebacker Merritt Hall (6-1, 205), the two-time region defensive player of the year. Defensive end Brinson Porter (6-4, 210) turned heads last year, starting all 13 games. “(Porter) has excellent technique and intensity … very fast and physical,” Prigden said.

Senior Kevin Brou (5-10, 230), a transfer from Dunwoody, is projected to make an impact on both sides of the ball for the Wolves.

Wesleyan always tries to keep its best athletes on the field at all times, with three key starters — Jordan Pope, Harrison Cheeley, and Drew Widner — asked to go both ways for Wesleyan this year.

Team: Wesleyan Wolves

Spring practice dates: Finished

Last year’s record: 12-1

Starters lost: 10

Head coach: Franklin Pridgen

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28 comments Add your comment

south

May 23rd, 2010
12:11 am

Does Karempelis have offers at next level?

Michael Carvell

May 23rd, 2010
12:42 am

@south, no D1 offers yet, not sure about small schools. He’s hurt by height (5-foot-8) at RB, but someone will surely sign him in Feb. IMHO, Kyle has outstanding foot quickness and fluid hips, could play D1 CB.

Pago Pago Dawg

May 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

A white running back?! No way…

Terry

May 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

Pago Pago Dawg, your comments are wrong and racist. Kyle’s biggest drawback is his size,not his skin color.

JR

May 23rd, 2010
7:27 pm

I dont think the comment was racist…RB is just a postion that you don’t see very many great whites. For the kid to be white and ball out the way he does is simply kudos. Same thing goes for white DB’s and black kickers

Warner Robbins Dawg

May 23rd, 2010
7:31 pm

Pago Pago Dawg
May 23rd, 2010
9:35 am
“A white running back?! No way”…

TELL THAT TO LAST YEAR’S hEISMAN RUNNER UP (from Stanford)

Small Town Friday Nights

May 23rd, 2010
8:40 pm

It really bothers me that private schools like Weslyan are included in Class A football. They have the ability to recruit and offer kids academic scholarships to talented athletes who would have never have been able to afford the school. That’s all fine and good, and opens up great opportunities for young men, but I feel any private school should automatically be listed in Class AAA or above.

Leave Class A football to the small towns across the state that have the rich tradition of competing against other small towns. When Weslyan and other schools get involved, it’s like the movie Hoosiers, when they play the big guys at the end, just without the happy ending ( on a football scale of course).

Just my opinion. You’re entitled to yours.

swampjacket

May 23rd, 2010
8:40 pm

At the end of the season the two best in the state will be them Berry boys at Creekside! And the Noles will have a bunch of other D-1 upperclassmen running wild in a spread offense with plenty of “meat” in the middle on both sides of the ball! Johnny T. is gonna have someting special this year!

Big L

May 23rd, 2010
9:02 pm

Pago dawg is’nt racist. He’s a bigot. He buys into stereotypes, in this case, white people can’t play running back because they aren’t as atheletic as black players. No different than thinking black guys can’t be QB’s because stupid people think they ain’t smart enough. Course Monn and Mcnabb disproved that. It ain’t hate, it’s ignorance. Pago, I am a good ol boy who loves his dawgs, big trucks and votes republican, but u gotta quit buying into this crap bubba.

ELCA

May 23rd, 2010
9:14 pm

As long as we are discussing Class A football, the AJC needs to check in on soon to be sophomore running back at ELCA, Keyante Green. He will be one of the best backs in the state in the next few years and ELCA is positioned to make a strong run for the Georgia Dome – here is the link to Green’s highlights – http://elcaonline.org/templates/cuselca/details.asp?id=28102&PID=785837

C-town

May 23rd, 2010
9:28 pm

Wilcox will repeat as Champs

4WhatIt'sWorth

May 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

C-town,
With Charlton County moving down to Class A, it’s possible Wilcox Co. won’t even win their region. However these two teams could meet in the Dome for the State Title.

private schools blow

May 23rd, 2010
10:17 pm

i got two words for ya Wesleyan, Nick Marshall!

heeldawg

May 23rd, 2010
10:38 pm

Wesleyan, Wilcox, Charlton and Lincoln County will all be top-notch. Savannah Christian, the state runner-up, lost All-State FB Chris Barnwell, but returns eight starters from the state’s best run defense. I honestly think that Charlton is probably the odds-on favorite to win it all this season.

And Small Town, your comments might apply to the Atlanta area schools, but what about smaller schools outside the Atlanta Metro area like Savannah Country Day, Brookstone or Athens Academy? These smaller, academically-oriented schools could never compete in Class AAA or even AA. Savannah Country Day has only ~65 kids per class, with over half of those kids being female The school does not give athletic scholarships–the only scholarships are given to academically-qualified kids who get into the school with demonstrated need. With an average SAT score of 1340 on the old 1600 point SAT scale, the school is academically rigorous enough so that even many bright kids cannot make it academically. Unlike some other Savannah private schools, Savannah Country Day could simply not afford to bring students in to play sports–most of those kids would egregiously flunk out in their first semester. And the school has played GHSA football since it started its first team in 1955, so don’t talk to me about them joining the GISA. There are some old rivalries at stake here. Perhaps there could be stricter rules about recruitment, but I don’t think that banishing all private Class A schools to the AAA or AA is the answer.

dawgma

May 24th, 2010
7:05 am

1A private football schools in North Atlanta – what a joke. Play real football you bunch of sissies.

Wesleyan, Buford (a taxpayer paid private school), Athens Academy, all a bunch of scared parents premoting their kids through less competition on the field.

Warpath 1

May 24th, 2010
7:23 am

I will be shocked if anyone in class A beats Charlton. They played only one team in class A last year and Clinch left the swamp with a 40-0 spanking.They adveraged 44 points a game last year in AA and this years coming team will be even better.

matt

May 24th, 2010
9:07 am

Must be nice to recruit 5-A athletes to compete in 1-A competition.

Private and city schools need to have their own region, it’s just not fair.

Paddy

May 24th, 2010
9:08 am

I don’t see anything wrong with Wesleyan offering scholorships to deserving athletes. It is the American way. Back in the day, my elementary school paid 75% of my tuition to go to any private school I wanted and the HS paid another 10-15% for me to attend. It was the only way my family could afford for me to get that kind of great education. Even in todays economy my elementary school still pays 45% of its grads tuition to attend the HS of his choice. The most dificult part was getting into my elementary school! It was free but with a nice waiting list. Probably no waiting list these days?

CaptainCaveman

May 24th, 2010
10:21 am

@dawgma: “premoting?” This is why those parents send their kids to private schools.

JoeJacket

May 24th, 2010
12:27 pm

The Karempelis kid is a very nice high school running back. But he won’t be getting any D1 looks. He is just not nearly fast enough. He’s no better than a 4.8 and I have seen it first hand. He ran track in a slow region last year and finished 8th in the 100 and 200 meters and was already in last at the 40 yard mark. There is a ton of BS in regard to most 40 times. He’s a great kid, very intelligent,and can play D3 somewhere. The first time he runs his 40 at a school combine it’s over on the spot. That’s just the way it works.
Wesleyan likes to trumpet the fact that they have only 400 students at the school and should therefore be in Class A but they turn down a lot of kids. They don’t have the tamales to take on Lovett, Westminster, BT, or GAC. Let alone Buford. Marist plays up to get better competition and Wesleyan slinks down and plays below their level. It’s all about football for them as their girls just kill everything in A ball. I wish they would step up instead of running away. They should look to Marist and raise their bar.

The D

May 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

quit complaining about private school’s. You should embrace the fact you get to go out and smash the heads of rich kids, and hopefully win a game. That was a great feeling when I was in highschool. Have some pride!

RefMan

May 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

The reason I send my son to a private christian school has nothing to do with sports even though he does play baseball and basketball for his school. I encourage anyone out there to read the book “Kingdom Education.” At the end of the day, college athletic scholarships and 40 yard dash times and athletic championships, etc etc mean absolutely nothing! Living in Christ and advancing his kingdom is what its all about. In my mind, a christ centered education is critical and you simply don’t get that in public schools.

Kelly

May 24th, 2010
2:52 pm

I agree with RefMan, do not know the book, but sending my kids to a school that embraces character, christ, and academics and athletics is worth it. I have a second job to help pay for it, we cannot go on vacation, and do not have some of the other nice things in life to offer my children a better opportunity. It just so happens the school is successful on the field, a nice benefit, but not the primary or secondary reason we send them there.

Joel Mitchell

May 24th, 2010
7:31 pm

The new addition, senior kevin brou is going to make a very big change and might end up being a very good prospect at linebacker or defensive line what ever he excels at

Paddy

May 24th, 2010
8:18 pm

The D…I guess thing have changed alot over the years. The elite HS I went to was 95% working class kids that had to take the city bus to get there. We all thanked our elementary schools (about 16) for footing the majority of the tuition bill so the everyday kid could get a great education. We seemed to have really lost our way in the education of our youth. You didn’t have to offer athletic scholarships. With 3,300 boys there was plenty of compitition to create premium squads at all levels of play.

South Ga Dawg

May 24th, 2010
9:31 pm

He wont be a high D1 player b/c he is white. Lets be honest…. not many college coaches think a small white kid can carry the load at the next level. Not being sterotypical just telling the truth.

confederate

May 24th, 2010
10:46 pm

@joejacket he runs a 4.51

GAC Fan

July 5th, 2010
2:48 pm

Karemplis has preferred walk on offers to tech, virginia, and UGA… nice try