Do you know a high school senior overlooked by major colleges?

Do you know a high school senior who is being overlooked by major colleges in football? If so, please state your case at the bottom of this blog. Why do you feel this player is being overlooked? What makes him a worthy of a D1 look? Note: We’re only talking about current seniors in high school.

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College-football programs seem to begin the recruiting process with players earlier every year to get inside position. One of negatives is that sometimes a late-blooming senior may get overlooked.

Harrison’s  Brandon Robinson fell off the recruiting radar after sitting out his junior year because of GHSA transfer rules. He had moved with family to South Carolina and returned to Harrison a few weeks into the football season.

As a senior, the 5-foot-10, 181-pounder missed two early games because of illness. When he finally regained his strength, he matured into one of Cobb’s best tailbacks, rushing for 215 yards in the first round of the playoffs against M.L. King. “Brandon has an explosive burst and can dominate a game,” Harrison coach David Hines said. “He fueled our turnaround in the second half of the season.” Robinson is getting a lot of looks, but still waiting for his first offer.

Here are some other senior standouts overlooked by colleges:

Josh Freeman, Creekside: The 6-foot, 280-pound defensive tackle has some college offers, but bigger schools are concerned about his height. “I have heard from several major colleges the same line — ‘If he was 6-2, we would offer,’” coach Johnny White said. “He still may grow. He turned 17 over the summer and his dad is 6-5.” Freeman had a team-high 88 tackles, along with 10 sacks. “He has great grades and has dominated in football over the last two seasons,” White said. Freeman has offers from Chattanooga and Coastal Carolina, among others.

Kyle Karempelis, Wesleyan: The 5-9, 175-pounder rushed for 5,756 yards and 93 touchdowns during his career. He’s durable, missing only one game in four years. Said coach Franklin Pridgen, “Kyle is simply the most dynamic, talented running back we’ve ever had at Wesleyan … he has no scholarship offers right now because recruiters can’t get past his ‘lack of prototypical size.’ They are missing a rare talent because they are obsessed with meaningless numbers like height and weight … Kyle has certainly proven than he can [play].”

Foluke Gordon-Lamar, Druid Hills: The 6-1, 230-pounder played linebacker and fullback, rushing for 1,280 yards and 10 touchdowns. He already holds offers from a half-dozen schools, including The Citadel, Furman and Princeton. Said coach Kip Hall, “Foluke’s work ethic and character will serve him well in life … he has set the expectations at Druid Hills the highest it has been in 17 years.”

Justin Dixon, Duluth: He got a late start with colleges because he struggled early with academics before turning it around the past two years. At 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds, he also is considered by some to be undersized for linebacker. Said coach Corey Jarvis. “He is very comparable to Joel Kight, who I coached at M.L. King two years ago [and signed with Ole Miss] … just not as fast but a still a great player.” Dixon has offers from Tusculum and Virginia Union.

Brandon Chubb, Hillgrove: The 6-1, 235-pounder flourished after moving from defensive end to outside linebacker. Said coach Phil Ironside, “He just really came on as a senior … we have two Division I prospects, and I think Brandon got overlooked early. He probably had the best year, start to finish.” Chubb has offers from Air Force, Georgia Southern, Wofford and Furman.

Ike Onike, Parkview: The 6-1, 185-pounder had 25 catches as a senior and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Said coach Cecil Flowe, “We had to play him both ways because of our needs. But in the position of slot receiver, he would’ve caught 40 passes for us [in 2010] if we had been able to play him one way.” Flowe says it’s just a matter of major colleges watching the film.

Brett Gillespie, Kell: The 6-1, 280-pounder had 35 pancake blocks at center this past season. Said coach Derek Cook, “Brett has great quickness and speed for such a big kid. He is a great center — with both the shotgun and underneath [snaps]. He is a good drive blocker and does well with pass protection and run-blocking.” Cook said that several college coaches have said “the only reason Brett doesn’t have a [Division I] offer is because he is not 6-3 or taller.”

Others to watch: Centennial defensive lineman Jesse Burdick, Brookwood kicker Eric Yang, Forest Park athlete Tyrone Davis Jr., Mt. Pisgah defensive end Grant Williamson, Berkmar wide receiver Justyn Shackleford, North Springs cornerback Jemal Husband, Cross Keys athlete Diego Gaytan, Stone Mountain tailback Micah Collins, Lovejoy free safety Leander Williams, McNair athlete Antonio Hambrick, Lithonia linebacker Brandon Medina, and Collins Hill defensive lineman Jake Banta.

Do you know a high school senior who is being overlooked by major colleges in football? If so, please state your case at the bottom of this blog. Why do you feel this player is being overlooked? What makes him a worthy of a D1 look? Note: We’re only talking about current seniors in high school. ALSO: College coach read these blogs. Make sure to include player’s height, weight, 40-yard speed, GPA, and any stats.

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41 comments Add your comment

johnny too good

January 9th, 2011
12:29 am

yeah i know plenty……….. check em out>>>>>>>

i coach at a high school in Savannah, and most of the kids in the metro Savannah area suffer from lack of exposure and general knowledge about how to get noticed by scouts or get a scholarship

johnny too good

January 9th, 2011
12:34 am

in addition……….. these kids have above average grades(one is ranked 2nd in the senior class), and because a few of them are undersized they work harder than most to make up the difference, and they have no off the field issues and no baggage/behavior problems


January 9th, 2011
8:08 am

Taylor Heinicke(Collins Hill) – The GA offensive player of the year, the MVP of the GA north-south allstar game, Second in passing yards alltime in GA, 3rd in TD’s alltime in GA.

Gwinnett Football Fanatic

January 9th, 2011
8:31 am

All you have to do is look at the teams going DEEP into the playoffs – they obviously have some great senior players who helped their teams get as far as they did with hard work and commitment! Many of the D1 colleges would serve themselves better in the long run to look further than the few who get singled out by the media.


January 9th, 2011
9:15 am

johnny too good….if the kids in your area don’t know how to get scholarship exposure, it is coaches like you that are to blame. Stop blaming the kids and do your job and help them. I am glad you never had the opportunity to coach one of my sons. Can we all say lazy!!!


January 9th, 2011
9:20 am

Chris White Dalton Catamounts #1 This young man has all the tools to be a great DB at the D2 level and I feel like D1 he could be very effective, also was a RB up until this year when used primarilty on defense. Chris has great speed and hits very hard.


January 9th, 2011
9:56 am

there are several kids at Tri-Cties all with size,highlighs, grades, stats, and ACT,SAT scores. my thing is they are getting looks but being put on the back burner as fall back kids. we have schools in everyday, only to possibly offer our kids late Jan.visits. if you want players come to TC.

Friday Knight

January 9th, 2011
10:35 am

I cannot understand why Timmy Byerly is not getting more looks from larger D1 schools. He is a big, strong,smart, athletic kid with good arm and legs. Oh yeah, and besides leading his team to an undefeated season and state championship, and he broke every Chattahoochee HS record without even playing in any fourth quarter of any regular season game. Many games he was pulled in the third as Hooch was dominating.


January 9th, 2011
10:36 am

coach….keep pushing coach. Good things will happen for your players. Recruiting is so subjective. Put the throttle to the stops these last 3 weeks. Good luck!

johnny too good

January 9th, 2011
11:33 am

Paddy……….. sorry…. sir, i cannot be the blame………. this is my first year at a high school………… I just moved up from middle school last year

johnny too good

January 9th, 2011
11:35 am

so anything that happened before me is completely outta my hands


January 9th, 2011
2:40 pm

Marvae Crawford, Greg Brightwell of Social Circle and Whithead from Monroe, Ga. These guys will do wonders in college if they had the proper training. There are several players on Monroe Area roster that can play in college.


January 9th, 2011
2:46 pm


Even though he is committed to Syracuse, Cameron Lynch linebacker from Brookwood should have been offered by Georgia!

He had something like 40 sacks this year from the outside linebacker spot and has tons of room for growth…EXACTLY what Georgia needs in their 3-4

How bout the entire chattahoochee roster...

January 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

they dominated, play fundamental football, have speed, size, etc..
wonder why they aren’t being more looked at..??


January 9th, 2011
3:55 pm

Eric Worthen – Swainsboro. One of the top tacklers in the state!


January 9th, 2011
4:44 pm

johnny too good….I now understand!! Good luck and find a way to get those players into college.

Ted Striker

January 9th, 2011
6:42 pm

“Can we all say lazy?” — Paddy, 9:15 a.m.

Calling someone out as “lazy” when you know absolutely nothing about them makes you look foolish. Perhaps you should lay off the keyboard if you can’t represent yourself better.


January 9th, 2011
6:56 pm

what about the wr, qb and rb from calhoun. they looked very good and helped carry their team this year.


January 9th, 2011
8:49 pm

UGA GUY..As far as I’m concerned, after last years’s debacle with Nash and Rogers, UGA should run from anyone associated with Calhoun. Okay, I reconsider already, Hal Lamb and the city are really great for the UGA program. (And I assume I have the right school?) Why did the alumni in Calhoun let Rogers get away last year? I know we are critical of Rogers, but he could jump out of the stadium. Who are these guys you are talking about?


January 9th, 2011
8:52 pm

I agree with Friday Knight and the other posters. How can the Ga POY not be on the list of most recruited? Either someone didn’t do their homework or the media just makes these lists up off the top of their heads! Chattahoochee had an amazing roster of seniors. They went undefeated to a STATE Championship and broke records set by previous Hooch players that are now in the NFL. They are excellent students, have never been suspended from school. Their QB (Byerly) is a leader and the best dual threat QB in the south. The O-line is huge. And that Whitehurst kid is fast! Overlooked? You bet.


January 9th, 2011
10:47 pm

I agree with the poster about Byerly and Whitehurst from Chattahoochee as well as WR Brandon Alexander from Sequoyah. The kid averaged 28 yards per catch and had 9 touchdowns in just 5 games. Every third catch was a touchdown. He is 6′4″, has a 4.5 40 yard time and with a 39″ vertical, he could be one of the hottest commodities that has yet to get a solid offer from a Division 1 school. It is a shame.


January 9th, 2011
11:06 pm

Kitaro Lewis WR from North Gwinnett… 6′ 3″ 210 … Is being offered bt Valdosta St.. But would make a nice DI prospect.. Good Kid…

Chris scelfo

January 10th, 2011
12:24 am

Watched lane Thompson from north oconee for three years. He has speed,smarts,toughness, to ply safety and can be a wildcat qb. Very cometetive and can plat d I. I recruited it for 20 years and I know them when I see them.this kid can and should play. North oconee is a new school but ther are some players there. This kid can play several positions and return kicks

Sweat Tea

January 10th, 2011
12:46 am

Jonathan Seldon at Fayette County High is one kid that finished last 2009 season with 97 solo tackles and 63 assist with 7 sacks and was slated to run the ball and play LB this 2010 season and only played RB in his senior year. Lord only knows what he would have accomplished if he had played his natural position at LB. He has a 40 speed @ 4.57 and HT @ 5-11 and strong and quick. He could be considered an athlete and can play DB at safety or rover. This kid is awesome and could be another Jesie Tuggle at the next level. Good steal for any program.


January 10th, 2011
8:01 am

Ted Striker….many times what a person says is an indicator of his outlook. But not always. johnny too good explained his comment, I acccepted and agreed that he made a youthful, maybe misleading comment. I wished him well and moved on. You still have a problem with how we resolved it?


January 10th, 2011
9:49 am

I am in the “Amen Chorus” with NGA Bulldog , Friday Knight, and others….The most glaring examples are when you see players like Byerly, Whitehurst, Heinicke have the incredible, award winning seasons they had, its just hard to figure out what else they needed to do. (by the way all three of these players had outstanding junior seasons, so its not like they were under a rock last year..) I am surprised that no SEC, ACC, or major D-1 schools have offered any of the three. To their credit, Air Force, and Tulane, I believe, offered Byerly and Whitehurst, respectively, Not sure of Heinicke….Still a few weeks left, though! Lets see what happens!
It is


January 10th, 2011
10:17 am

Tanner Skogen from Woodstock. He is a 5′11″ 190lb (and still growing) RB/DB/PR/KR with 4.5 speed. GPA of 3.8, SAT 1840. Career stats include 4,237 all-purpose yards including 2,620 rushing and over 1,200 in return yards. 39 TDs. Has offers from Furman/Wofford/Charleston Southern but being overlooked by D1-A schools. His versatility will fit in very well with any offensive scheme.

S. Thomas Coleman

January 10th, 2011
11:42 am

Some random notes on this topic …

1. Nice job, Mike, giving these kids some pub!

2. Heinicke, I believe, was offered by Old Dominion, one of the hottest new programs in D1-AA. Brand new stadium (9,000 cap.) was sold out for every home game the past two seasons. They’ll compete in the CAA with Ga.State.

3. And on the subject of 1-AA schools … not every kid will have the opportunity to play at the D1-A level for whatever reason. BUT, there’s nothing wrong with a 1-AA offer. It’s still a FREE education and you still get to continue playing the sport you love on the college level. And if you aspire to the NFL, the scouts will find you. NFL rosters are full of players from 1-AA, D2 and even D3.


January 10th, 2011
12:30 pm

Tanner Skogen is more like 5′9 180 and he ran high 4.7s at GT this past summer! Stop inflating numbers. He better be thankful he got offers from DI-AA


January 10th, 2011
12:38 pm

S. Thomas Coleman…….your are right about Old Dominion U. Capacity is really closer to 10,000. They cut off season tickets their first year before the first game was even played (7,500) Have actually seen a game in their new stadium ( it is over 60 yrs old but refurbished). They should rival the stats of the old Ga Southern program before too long. Wonder why GSU did not follow their game plan of marketing? The Atl community is 6 or 7 times larger than the Hampton Roads community!


January 10th, 2011
1:55 pm

Zach Boden – Lovett – Running Back.
First-team All State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. During the 2010 Lions’ run to the State AA semifinals, Lovett’s fourth trip to the semis in the past five seasons, Boden carried 168 times for 1,463 yards and 19 touchdowns. For his career, Boden surpassed former Lovett All American, George Lombard, on the career list, gaining 3,863 yards, to Lombard’s 3,470. Lombard retained the rushing TD title, scoring 51 times via the ground, as opposed to Boden’s 48 rushing TDs. Perhaps even more impressive, however, was Boden’s average gain per carry, which on 423 career rushing attempts, was an outstanding 9.13 yards per carry.

V. Bell

January 10th, 2011
2:18 pm

Rodrick Hall (Laney; 6′2 210)All state football and basketball
1200 yds and 15 td (2010) and avg 18pts/gm in Bball last two yrs
Alot of nice players from that schools background (Kendrell Bell(UGA);JK Sabb (State player of yr;Middle Tennessee);Robert Dunn (State player of yr;Auburn)…etc


January 10th, 2011
3:09 pm



January 10th, 2011
3:39 pm

You ask for the impossible. Great unknown talent too UGA. Ha Ha. i give you Rodney “what have you done for me lately” Garner.


January 10th, 2011
4:13 pm

UGA is too much into the hype of these recruiting junky websites and magazines. It seems they have forgotten how to turnover a rock. And Paddy, really are u sure its not Cow Paddy? Recruiting is a two way street. College coaches have to get off their arses too to find the best if they want the best. They are not always going to be offered up at the stake!!!!!!!!!!

johnny too good

January 10th, 2011
5:22 pm

I agree with savannadawg, seems like everybody is chasing after the same guys……. i’ve witnessed schools offer a kid without seeing film or anything, all they know is that other major schools offered so they should offer too. Are the scouts still “scouting” talent? or just logging on the or


January 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

James Roberson ATH out of South Atlanta. He is 6′2″ and 194 lbs., 4.38/40, and 3.0 GPA (qualified). Moved schools a couple of times and fell off the radar. Easily one of the best players in Georgia. He definitely has the talent to play at a major Division 1 program. He’s one of those kids that can play anything. Played Safety, Linebacker, and Running Back. Lead his team in tackles, touchdowns, and interceptions his Junior and Senior season. Rated 3 stars by Definitely worth a look.


January 13th, 2011
10:56 pm

Is anyone interested in a kid with a 1500 SAT who can play the game?

He’s only 17 years old and still growing into his 6′ 2″ frame (currently 190 pounds).

He has already received full academic scholarships to some good schools, but he would love to continue playing football somewhere.

Check out this short clip from the AAAAA State playoffs:

He’s a two sport athlete who’s getting ready to start his senior baseball season…


January 15th, 2011
5:33 am

William Miller 5′11 210 LB 2.9 GPA from Avondale and Bernard Gardner 5′9 185 ATH 3.4 GPA from Avondale
William had 50 tackles this year with 45 last year with INT and 2 FC also was a RB with 200 rushing yards and 60 receiving yards but last year had 130 receiving yards/ Bernard had 81 tackles with 2 sacks and a INT this year also was selected to the Dekalb All Star Game which he had a key INT and a couple tackles,he played RB too which he had 290 rushing yards and 4TDs and he also played QB:Last year he had 77 tackles
Want These guys to get some scolarships Thank You.

Curt N.

January 15th, 2011
1:36 pm

Zack Walker…… One of the most explosive WR’s In GA…… Check his highschool stats…


July 9th, 2012
6:45 pm

Jeremy Lutali MLB/OLB 5′11″ 225lb Long Beach Poly HS. Lead the team 2nd in most tackles (120) last season. Leading LBers core in sacks in a season 4. And 2 interceptions. Over looked because of his size (height) was going to attend Malone University but decided to attend Junior College with hopes of getting an upgrade in scholarship offer. This kids is extreemly athletic, versitile and can cover pass coverage well. And when he hits? RB and recievers think twice about running his way! Part of the core Trio Linebackers with fellow teamates and Arizona bound Salamo Fiso & Matt Rowe!