Archive for July, 2013

Metro ATL rated No. 10 for high school football nationally

Atlanta is ranked as the 10th-best metro area nationally for high school football by MaxPreps.

The rankings, compiled by MaxPreps writer Kevin Askeland, is based primarily on computer ratings.

Here are those that made the top 400 from metro Atlanta:

No. 11 Norcross
No. 110 Sandy Creek (Tyrone)
No. 113 North Gwinnett (Suwanee)
No. 132 Gainesville
No. 168 North Cobb (Kennesaw)
No. 326 South Gwinnett (Snellville)
No. 331 St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta)

A couple of things jump out immediately for local football fans.

If St. Pius made it, what about Buford, the Class AAA champion? And if South Gwinnett, why not Grayson?

And what about Class AAAAAA runner-up Lovejoy?

DeKalb County produces more top-flight recruits than any other area in the state, but there’s no M.L. King, no Tucker, no Stephenson in the top 400.

Metro Atlanta did get extra points for Gainesville, though many don’t consider that metro Atlanta.

The No. 1 area in the country, according to MaxPreps, is Los Angeles. Five …

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North Cobb QB shines at National 7-on-7

Update: North Cobb and North Gwinnett each reached the semifinals Friday in Hoover, Ala., at the National Select 7-on-7 passing tournament. The tournament was won by Kenton of Ohio, which beat North Gwinnett. North Cobb lost to runner-up Byrnes (S.C.). Jefferson County made the quarterfinals and lost to North Gwinnett.


North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen was named the top offensive performer through pool play at the National Select 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday in Hoover, Ala., by

Queen led his team to a 7-0 record on Thursday. North Cobb is seeded No. 2 for Friday’s championship bracket. Other Georgia teams and their seeds are North Gwinnett (No. 9), Lassiter (No. 10), Valdosta (No. 15), Jefferson County (No. 17) and Alpharetta (No. 18).

The No. 1 seed in the 32-team field is Dutch Fork of South Carolina.

Here is the assessment of staff writers Woody Wommack and Kynon Dodington on Queen, a junior who led North Cobb to the Class AAAAAA semifinals …

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Ex-UGA signee winds up at new Atlanta prep school

Rico Johnson, the Georgia football signee who found out this week that he was not cleared academically by the NCAA, signed Thursday to play for the new Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Atlanta.

Georgia coaches will keep in touch but advised Johnson to open up his recruiting, said Michael Carson, Georgia Prep’s head football coach. Carson, formerly coach of M.L. King High School, spoke with Georgia assistant Tony Ball and got the impression that Georgia now was a long shot to resign Johnson because of the Bulldogs’ depth at receiver.

Johnson didn’t sound deterred.

‘’Any school that will give me a chance, it really doesn’t matter,’’ said Johnson, a wide receiver out of Swainsboro. “I just want to prove to them I’m not out of it. Hopefully I’ll get back to Georgia, but if I can’t, I’ll move on.’’

Carson said Johnson is probably the most high-profile player to commit to his school, which is something of a novelty in Georgia.

“’It’s a prep program similar to Hargrave or Fork Union …

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ESPN to televise Norcross, South Gwinnett games

Norcross and South Gwinnett will be playing football games televised by ESPN on Aug. 24.

Their games are part of the fourth annual ESPN High School Football Kickoff series that will include 13 games televised by ESPN Networks over the weekend of Aug. 23-25.

Of the 26 teams involved, 13 of them are reigning state champions, including Georgia Class AAAAAA champ Norcross, which will face Florida Class 4A champion Booker T. Washington of Miami on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

South Gwinnett will play Lincoln of Florida at 3:30 p.m. at Norcross.

The Norcross and South Gwinnett games are two of only four that are on ESPN. The others will be on ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3. This is the first time that Georgia teams have been involved in ESPN’s Kickoff series.

The highest-rated college prospects in the games, according to ESPN, are Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter (No. 10 overall) and American Heritage running back Sony Michel (No. 17 overall), who has committed to Georgia.

Friday, Aug. …

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40+ Georgia players make NCAA Watch Lists

More than 40 former Georgia high school players were named on the NCAA’s Watch Lists of candidates for year-end awards.

The last of those 17 Watch Lists, the Walter Camp Award, was announced Friday.

Four Georgia players – Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt of Monroe Area, Stanford offensive guard David Yankey of Centennial, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger of Oconee County and Ohio State wide receiver Bradley Roby of Peachtree Ridge – have made the Watch List for national players of the year.

The four are on the Watch List for the Maxwell Award (Player of the Year). Tuitt is on the Watch List for the Walter Camp Award (Most Outstanding Player).

Only about one-quarter of Georgia players on the Watch Lists are playing in state.

Home-grown University of Georgia players on the Watch Lists are David Andrews (Wesleyan), Michael Bennett (Alpharetta), Chris Burnette (Troup), Jordan Jenkins (Harris County), Malcolm Mitchell (Valdosta) and Damian Swann (Grady).

Georgia Tech players …

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McCann makes it 5 Georgia players on NL All-Star team

Updated original story to include news of Brian McCann being named a late addition to the All-Star Game.

Five former Georgia high school players are on the rosters for the Major League All-Star Game on Tuesday at Citi Field in New York.

All will suit up for the National League. They are Brandon Phillips of the Reds (Redan), Domonic Brown of the Phillies (also Redan), Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals (Glynn Academy), Buster Posey of the Giants (Lee County) and Brian McCann of the Braves (Duluth).

There have been as many as five Georgia players in the All-Star Game only one other time since 1947.

In 2010, the list included McCann, Marlon Byrd (Sprayberry), Matt Capps (Alexander), Jason Heyward (Henry County) and Jonathan Broxton (Burke County).

This year, Phillips, a 1999 Redan graduate, was voted the starting second baseman for the National League by fans. He is hitting .262 with 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 64 RBI in 90 games.

Brown, a 2006 graduate of Redan, is hitting a …

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Savannah basketball coach to head football team, too

Tim Jordan, the Savannah basketball coach who has led his team to the state finals the past two seasons, is now the school’s football coach, too.

Jordan was hired to take over the football team on an interim basis to replace David Jackson, who resigned earlier this year after three seasons. Savannah’s football team last had a winning season in 1995 (7-4). The team’s 4-6 finish in 2012 was its best since 2001.

Savannah’s basketball teams are another story.

Jordan has led the Blue Jackets to six final-four appearances and a state championship in 1998. They lost to Johnson of Savannah in the 2013 Class AAA final and to Milton in the 2012 AAAA final.

Jordan has worked for Chatham County schools for 28 years. He was recruited to Savannah State to play wide receiver  out of high school.

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Arabia Mountain hires Pritchett as head football coach

Arabia Mountain, a 4-year-old school in DeKalb County, has hired Stanley Pritchett as its head coach.

A former NFL player who played with the Falcons, Pritchett was at Westlake last season but left after an 0-10 finish. Pritchett’s five-season record is 21-29. He led Washington of Atlanta to three straight winning seasons from 2008 to 2010.

Arabia Mountain was 4-6 last season in strong Region 6-AAAAA. The Rams was competitive in losses to top programs such as Tucker (39-20), Stephenson (28-18), Miller Grove (21-10) and Southwest DeKalb (26-15).

Junior quarterback Trevous Reynolds threw for2,009 yards last season, the most of any non-senior in DeKalb County.

Arabia Mountain’s only head coach had been Christopher Beal.

The school’s booster club announced through Facebook that Pritchett would be meeting with players and boosters on Monday.

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