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.