Norcross, Sandy Creek ranked top five nationally in preseason football poll

Two Georgia teams are ranked in the top five of the first national high school football poll for 2013.

Norcross, the defending Class AAAAAA champion, is No. 3 in the preseason top 25 of MaxPreps, an online site that covers high school sports.

Sandy Creek, the 2012 champ in AAAA, is No.  5.

Both teams return several major FBS (formerly called Division I-A) prospects from teams that finished 15-0 last season.

Norcross’ bid for a national title gets a sharp test at home on Aug. 24, when the Blue Devils face Booker T. Washington of Miami, which MaxPreps ranks No. 9 nationally. Three Norcross players  (WR Myles Autry, DE Lorenzo Carter, LB Kevin Mouhon) are rated four-star prospects or better by Rivals.

Sandy Creek returns two 1,000-yard rushers (Eric Swinney, Delvin Weems), a 2,000-yard passer (Cole Garvin) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Demarre Kitt), all of whom are FBS prospects. It is unusual for Georgia teams outside the highest two classifications to make top-25 national polls.

”Norcross was legitimately in the discussion for preseason No. 1,” said MaxPreps’ rankings compiler Stephen Spiewak. “Ultimately, we felt there was a little too much uncertainty offensively, replacing a quarterback and with Autry coming back from an injury. Sandy Creek could prove to be even better. There were several other Georgia teams that just missed the cut. Georgia produces many of the nation’s top recruits, but it is also home to some of the country’s top high school teams.”

De La Salle of Concord, Calif., is ranked No. 1.

50-in-50 preview: Norcross

50-in-50 preview: Sandy Creek

68 comments Add your comment

FayetteCoFan

June 3rd, 2013
8:42 am

Go creekkkkkkk!!!!!

Max Sizemore

June 3rd, 2013
9:09 am

Booker T. Washington has good athletes, but that’s all. If Norcross comes to play, it won’t be close. Same deal with Grayson and Miami Central last year.

WnE

June 3rd, 2013
10:16 am

”Norcross was legitimately in the discussion for preseason No. 1,” said MaxPreps’ rankings compiler Stephen Spiewak. “Ultimately, we felt there was a little too much uncertainty offensively, replacing a quarterback and with Autry coming back from an injury. Sandy Creek could prove to be even better. There were several other Georgia teams that just missed the cut. Georgia produces many of the nation’s top recruits, but it is also home to some of the country’s top high school teams.”
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Despite what is mentioned above by a “recruiting expert” (among many others), our own in-house resident GENIUS HC, Paul “Pajamas” Johnson of GT has decided it would be better to LEAVE Ga. and instead go an invest time recruiting in Va., DC., & Md.

There are enough Ga. HS recruits that can graduate from GT with a BS in Business Admin. and play CFB at a high level for GT not to recruit better locally.

The problem is simple, Pajamas is a terrible recruiter and cannot “close the deal” among the better recruits with NFL aspirations.

yo

June 3rd, 2013
11:22 am

W – Wake
n – nights
E – Entertaining thoughts of a man in Pajamas

Dekalb Watcher

June 3rd, 2013
12:19 pm

@ Maz Sizemore While they may not be as well coached as Grayson and Norcross. Those Miami teams are well run programs, and have coaching. Remember that Miami Central came up here to play last year, remember that team from California a few years ago that came to North Gwinnett. It is not easy to play games like that. I think you see a much different game had Grayson had to, or North Gwinnett had to make those travels. That is the true definition of home field advantage, those coaches knew they would be at a disadvantage. You have to give them credit for not being afraid of not only the travel, but also the risk of losing a high profile game.

Camden74

June 3rd, 2013
12:20 pm

Preseason Rankings……….Yawning. :-)

sportsnut

June 3rd, 2013
1:28 pm

Who are the “several other Georgia teams that just missed the cut” and where did they rank ?

BeeProud

June 3rd, 2013
1:30 pm

Woefully
In
Ept

sportsnut

June 3rd, 2013
1:36 pm

I watch plenty of high school football. I watch Michigan, Texas, California, Colorado, Ohio and others and I don’t see much competition. Florida and Texas has a large amount of good teams but they would be hard pressed to win against Georgia’s best. Individual talent exist everywhere. Teams full of talent are not the norm everywhere though. I think there are more teams in Georgia made up this way than anywhere in the U.S.

pbt

June 3rd, 2013
1:48 pm

Norcross is overrated. Norcross will lose the first game, and will lose at least 3 games. Norcross won the state on a lucky pass after clearly being out played. Yea coaching always looks good when your you are able to recuit talent from other counties.

FootballTopFan(c)

June 3rd, 2013
1:56 pm

FootballTopFan(c) would like to congratulate the Norcross Blue Devils and the Sandy Creek Patriots for their rankings in the national high school football poll.

These state champions have great football programs.

Football Top Fan believes that ” Georgia is the CENTERPIECE of high school football nationwide”

We wish all the high school football teams in Georgia the best of luck and success in the upcoming season.

Football Top Fans support high school football.

LoveFridayFootball

June 3rd, 2013
2:21 pm

How did Norcross finish in the Gwinnett 7on7 tournament this past Saturday?

Newnan222

June 3rd, 2013
2:24 pm

Newnan does not recruit, and still put up a 9-3 season. Coaching is drawing attention of more players and parents. This staff will feel the pain soon. Players are heading for the border. McDonald and the ole boys can have their way. Newnan is not a place, good players want to be. Change or the slide is coming.

Double Standard

June 3rd, 2013
2:48 pm

I saw Booker T Washington several years ago. They were scary fast but didn’t like to hit or get hit. Don’t know if their staff or philosophy has changed. Either NSWR or WR ????? gave them a heavy dose of smash mouth ball and they ” laid down”.

Tha Truth

June 3rd, 2013
3:22 pm

@LoveFridayFootball…Norcross won the 7 on 7 this past Saturday

TrinityFootballParent

June 3rd, 2013
3:55 pm

To guy complaining about Tech and how they recruit. I don’t disagree. Never been a big tech fan. Ted Roof will recruit Georgia hard though. It will be a little different over the next couple years.

WACO2000

June 3rd, 2013
4:19 pm

Washington County made the Top 25 nationally as AA back in 1998…Sandy Creek is worthy of their ranking.

Blu eagle

June 3rd, 2013
5:03 pm

Booker t did lay down at hands of nswr a few years back. No prob for norcross the cross still has the core of a great team.last year was the awakening of a sleeping giant!

Todd Holcomb

June 3rd, 2013
5:16 pm

re: other teams that MaxPreps considered -

”Gainesville for sure. Off top of my head, also considered North Gwinnett. Gave Colquitt a look too. Maybe some others, don’t recall.”

Remember that the Top 25 nationally is a pretty elite group, so I doubt any others were ’strongly’ considered.

Trojan94

June 3rd, 2013
5:51 pm

Hey I remember Washington co they and Thomas county central were two of the best teams of the 90’s, a shame they never played each othe a classic matchup that never happen. Sandy creek most defintly gets the nod as best team in Georgia with norcross and Buford a close 2nd.

Camden74

June 3rd, 2013
5:59 pm

Sportsnut……I agree that Georgia has some of the best HS Football in the country. But I have to disagree as to Georgia having the most really good teams. Texas has two State Champions in each division, and trust me when I say, Texas has some really good players on some really good teams. Because of sheer numbers, I would have to say that over all, Texas probably has more really good teams than Georgia. But I would place the top teams in Georgia with the top teams in Texas or any other state! IMO, the top states for HS football are, in no particular order, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California and Ohio, then Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Release the CATS! :-D

Camden74

June 3rd, 2013
6:06 pm

Buford? When has Buford played a team in Georgia on their level, with good coaching and good players and won? :-)

That Dude Says...

June 3rd, 2013
6:07 pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOOO WEEEEEEEEEEE

When I say SANDY you CREEEEEEK!!!!! That’s what up!

Air Bud

June 3rd, 2013
7:33 pm

The Head Football Coach of Booker T Washington is Tim “ICE” Harris who recently returned to lead the program after leaving to work at the University of Miami after winning the State Title. He was a;so the national coach of the year prior to his departure Since his return the team has played for the State Title both years winning it last year. You will see a much different team than the Miami Central team that came to Ga last year. BTW has a QB and many top 150 players and most of all they have better coaching. @ Double Standard trust me this is not the team you say you saw that doesn’t hit or get hit. All the talk of Norcross all of a sudden????? Alvin Kamara carried that team for two/three years so let’s not act like he wasn’t difference in all the success

Creek Rising!!!

June 3rd, 2013
8:35 pm

FIRST DOWN CREEEEEEEK!!!!!!!

Camden74

June 3rd, 2013
8:50 pm

Air Bud…….Is BTW playing defense now? That’s the knock I have on almost all of the good Florida HS Teams. They light it up on offense, but most times are suspect on defense! Norcross will have to match them point for point in order to win. Most people don’t realize that the Miami Central team that played Grayson last year was not the same as the one that played Camden in 2010. :-)

LoveFridayFootball

June 3rd, 2013
8:53 pm

@Tha Truth….Norcross won sat? I know they had their hands full with the little 1A school from the south side.

Man

June 3rd, 2013
11:18 pm

I know Coach Jarvis at Mays wish he had Lorenzo Carter back and, the sophmores at Sandy Creek back.

sportsnut

June 4th, 2013
8:19 am

@ 74 == Can’t argue with you on that. I know there are so many more people and that means have a large pool naturally. Your list is pretty much the truth and I would add N.J. slipping in.

@ Air Bud == I agree, somewhat. Kamara was their backbone and I am not sure Autry or anyone else gives them what Kamara did. He had a determination that will be hard to replace, especially given his position.

Camden74

June 4th, 2013
11:09 am

I believe it’s going to be very difficult to win back to back State Football Titles right now in Class 6A. There are currently too many good teams and the fact that one injury can change a team’s entire season. Just ask Walton! There will be quite a few surprises this coming season, and probably a few disappointments too. Norcross was on a mission last season, they were hungry. Let’s see if they have that same hunger this time around…….. :-)

sportsnut

June 4th, 2013
12:02 pm

I hope we pull off a few surprises this year, starting Sept. 6th. No one, I repeat, no one should overlook the Wildcats of Lovejoy. I tried to explain for the past 2 seasons what I saw before everyone else had a chance to. I see them now. This time I won’t have to explain.

DOSTA DAWG

June 4th, 2013
12:16 pm

@ TODD,
Its amazing how Colquitt County has not won a State Championships in 17years or finished in the top 2 in their region, yet they are consistently ranked nationally!!!!!!!!!!!!

Camden74

June 4th, 2013
1:58 pm

DOSTA DAWG……..They’re all aboard the Propst HYPE Train! :-)

Camden74

June 4th, 2013
2:00 pm

Sportsnut…….Are you telling us that Lovejoy will be in the finals again this year and the third time is a charm? :-)

sportsnut

June 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

I like the way you think. Although I won;t go that far, I will say what I said the previous 2 seasons and that is that Lovejoy will come to play ball. Trying to replace 17 of 22 starters is quite a job. Coach Hughes will find them.

@ Dosta Dawg == I agree totally. It is not all about the coach hype, the AJC loves Colquitt

BcS2010

June 4th, 2013
5:53 pm

Tucker will beat both of these teams!!

sportsnut

June 4th, 2013
7:04 pm

@ BCS2010 == Dreams. Not Sandy Creek , Not Norcross

blu eagle

June 4th, 2013
10:43 pm

2007 NSWR finished ranked #7 in ESPN top Elite 25. That same year Booker T. finished #4 in the nation as ranked by ESPN top Elite 25. The next year NSWR met the same BOOKER T. team.
Score NSWR 31 Booker T. 7.Norcross has nothing I repaeat nothing to worry about from these overhyped Fla. teams.Norcross did not lose much to graduation even without Kamara!

Patriot Power

June 4th, 2013
11:23 pm

Turn up, Sandy Creek! Hope we live up to our billing. Carrollton and Burke County will both be tough to beat this season.

manblk22

June 4th, 2013
11:26 pm

I don’t think its some much Sandy Creek or the other elite teams have the best athlete’s. It’s all about coaching. Can the head coach motivate the players or put them in position to win? Carrollton has some of the best athlete’s in Ga. But, without a head coach. U have nothing but a subpar team every year. Hats off to Coach Walker at Sandy Creek. How does a coach with a smaller budget produce some of the best teams in Ga history? Teague is one of the best salesman I have every seen high school football. 12 years of nothing at one of the storied programs in Ga history.

manblk22

June 4th, 2013
11:34 pm

Patriot Power, believe me. Carrollton will not give The Creek no problem. Athletic wise. Carrollton can compete with anybody in the country. When it comes to coaching. Coach Walker will blow Teague out the water. Two different levels. Teague is the best con artist I’ve every seen in my life. I doubt if Burke will be in the mix this year. One hit wonders. lol

Trojan94

June 5th, 2013
6:07 am

Seems like we have a hater on our hands! Now this hater WILL NOT TELL US WHAT TEAM HE PULLS FOR!

Trojan94

June 5th, 2013
6:29 am

Coach walker is a top notch coach no argument here, just look a his success there. Teague sometimes do call some questionable plays in big games I’ll admit that, but to say he’s not as good of a coach as coach walker is just crazy. Maybe you have selective memory but the 2010 state championship game was a yard away from going into overtime so if teauge can’t coach why was carrollton playing in that game in the first place?

rural boy

June 5th, 2013
8:21 am

But,but we’re the TROJANS {yeah right}

manblk22

June 5th, 2013
9:59 am

Trojan94, i’ve been a carrollton fan probably as long as you been living. Stop drinking the jim jones koolaid. Look at his body of works in the playoffs. You call them questionable calls ? Wow. Go back over his lack luster playoff games coaching calls. 2010 wasnt him, it was the pure talent of the players.how do u jave one of the fastest player in the country playing fullback? Wakeup and call a spade a spade. Oh i forget, they will allow him to finish his last two years at carrollton. Wow

Camden74

June 5th, 2013
10:11 am

Word to the wise…….If Norcross underestimates BTW, they will lose! :-)

Trojan94

June 5th, 2013
1:08 pm

@manblk22 let’s look at his body of work he lost to Lagrange carver col twice peach co sandy creek and an mlk team that was better team than we thought at the time. All but one of those teams was favorites to win state those years anyway but some of you cry baby fans never give credit were credit is do. But since you have all the solutions to carrollton playoff problems who would hire…..Ross new?

Trojan94

June 5th, 2013
1:16 pm

No team can win a championship without coaching the 2010 team was great but a lot of those playoff game were close and came down to x’s and o’s.

Camden74

June 5th, 2013
7:45 pm

Thank goodness for preseason euphoria! Let’s see who’s still around in December……. :-)

manblk22

June 6th, 2013
2:37 am

Trojan 94, check your history. Carver, Peach, Eastside and Ridgeland wasnt favored to win state. You talk about x’s and o’s. What x’s and o’s ? I forgot, Oxford wasnt favored in Alabama. Against quality teams he’s a failure as a head coach. Anyone running rec. league offense will never win state. Lets hold him accountable like they did coach New and coach Scott. Lets get past the second round before we start putting him on the level as Coach Walker, Mcgee, Lamb, Herdon. Once he put his ego aside. Maybe he will win state again.