We reported Monday that more than 6,000 high school student-athletes transferred to Georgia schools in 2011-12. Most don’t play football. But these guys do.
Here are some football players whose transfers could have a big impact this fall. Let us know of any others.
*Orlando Brown, Peachtree Ridge: This 6-foot-7, 340-pound tackle with more than 15 major offers from Alabama to Florida came to Georgia from DeMatha Catholic in Maryland. He’s just a junior.
*LaVonte Cranford and Jordan Dooley, Duluth: Cranford and Dooley instantly upgrade Duluth’s backfield after leaving Norcross, where they would’ve found it crowded with Alvin Kamara, perhaps the state’s top running back prospect. The two have played well on defense, too.
*Kight Dallas, Stephenson: Still a bit of a project, Dallas had fewer than 50 tackles at linebacker last season at Arabia Mountain. But his talent stands out, even at Stephenson. He has committed to South Carolina.
*Rob Farriba, North Oconee: Farriba, the Region 8-A player of the year in 2011, and three other key Prince Avenue Christian players withdrew from school recently after each “made a poor decision over the summer,” according to Mark Farriba, Rob’s father and Prince Avenue’s head coach. Rob, a running back and defensive back, landed at North Oconee, where he reportedly was granted his eligibility this week. Both Oconee County teams were 10-0 in the regular season last year.
*Janier Ferguson, Coosa: Ferguson rushed for 2,063 yards and 18 touchdowns. He rushed for 402 yards in a game last season against Armuchee, becoming one of less than 10 players to break 400 in state history.
*Ty Griffin, McEachern: Griffin is in the running to replace Trent Thompson as the quarterback for this top-10 program. Griffin left what would’ve been a battle between himself and Tyler Queen, the coach’s son, at North Cobb.
*Jermaine Hutchinson, Villa Rica: Temple lost its best player. Hutchinson rushed for 1,478 rush yards and scored 18 touchdowns in 11 games.
*Ryan Jenkins, Lassiter: Jenkins left a run-oriented offense at Milton for Lassiter, where he’ll be a top wide receiver for a quarterback, Eddie Printz, chasing state passing records. Jenkins has committed to Clemson.
*Cortez Leonard, Callaway: Troup’s top loss was Reuben Foster, the top linebacker prospect in the country. He wound up at Auburn High and has committed to Auburn University. But the Tigers also will feel the loss of Leonard, a defensive back and Division I prospect (offers from SEC and Big Ten schools) who went cross-county to Callaway. That’s two years after Callaway lost its best player, Quan Bray, to Troup.
*David McTier, Grayson: McTier grew up in the Grayson system before moving to Greater Atlanta Christian for two seasons. He’s back at Grayson, where he might take over for all-state quarterback Nick Schuessler. McTier is battling junior Tyler Knight for the starting job.
*Demetrius Monday, Pebblebrook: Monday, who recently committed to Cincinnati, comes from Arlington Christian, a GISA school in Fairburn that was coached by former NFL and Georgia player Robert Edwards. He’s a receiver and cornerback.
*Chris Murphy, Lassiter: A cornerback, Murphy came from Harrison. He has offers from North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Purdue.
*Alex Stephenson, Lowndes: Stephenson came from cross-town Valdosta. His move led to a funny exchange between Lowndes assistant Hiram Johnson and Valdosta coach Rance Gillespie at the annual Region 1-AAAAAA media day. At the podium, Johnson thanked Gillespie for the new player. When it was his turn, Gillespie answered: “You’d think, Coach, you have a thousand more students than we do, that you wouldn’t have to come to Valdosta to get your quarterback.”
*Rodney Morris, Alpharetta: Joshua Dobbs, who threw for more than 3,000 yards last season, came from Wesleyan two years ago. Now comes his former Wesleyan teammate, Morris, who had four games with at least 100 yards receiving last season along with 10 touchdowns.
*Kyrin Priester, Brookwood: Priester, the wide receiver who committed to Georgia before reopening his courtship this summer, came from Lake Mary in Florida. He caught 31 passes for 565 yards and five touchdowns as a junior despite missing five games.
*Kristopher Smith, Flowery Branch: Schools from Pitt to Indiana to Central Florida have offered this linebacker who started for Greater Atlanta Christian last season.
*Hector Stanback, M.L. King: Stanback, a linebacker with a handful of mid-major offers, joined M.L. King from Southwest DeKalb, where he was fourth on the team in tackles. Arden Key, a defensive end who played key minutes as a freshman last season at SWD, also wound up at MLK.
*J.P. Vonashek, Camden County: Vonasheck, who has committed to South Carolina, left Glynn Academy for the county south, Camden. Vonasheck’s sister reportedly is a teacher at Camden County. Vonashek has been injured and might not be ready for Camden’s opener.
*Khari Waithe-Alexander, Stephenson: The Jaguars picked up a Southern Miss-bound defensive end from Alpharetta.
*Stanley Williams, George Walton Academy: Williams was committed to Georgia before finishing his sophomore season at Apalachee. Williams rushed for 891 yards as a sophomore, 964 as a freshman.
Thanks to Fletcher Proctor and Stephen Black of Score Atlanta for help in compiling this list.
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