Recruiting hotbeds: Buford, Stephenson lead state in D-1 recruits

If you’re around any of these schools this fall, don’t be surprised if you see Mark Richt or Paul Johnson or any number of ACC and SEC coaches on campus.

These are 12 Georgia schools where college prospects abound this season:

*Buford – The defending Class AAA champion Wolves have at least eight seniors and several more underclassmen with reported FBS (formerly Division I-A) offers. The blue-chipper is linebacker Korie Rogers, the AAA defensive player of the year in 2012 who has committed to Clemson. TB/DB Thomas Wilson has more than 20 offers, including one from Georgia Tech. His brother, WR/DB Terrance Wilson, has four offers from mid-major programs. Three Big Ten programs have offered RB/DB Zavior Hoxie, likely the team’s leading rusher this season. Buford frequently used two quarterbacks last season, and Montgomery VanGorder (Murray State, Eastern Kentucky) and Taylor Mitchell (Austin Peay, Penn, Holy Cross) each have offers. Then there is receiver Tre Neal, who has more than 10 offers, including one from West Virginia. OT Harrison Morgan has an offer from Georgia State. Juniors with offers from SEC teams are RB Joshua Thomas, LB Austin Smith (Vanderbilt), LS Blake Ferguson (LSU), and DT Quay Picou (Ole Miss).Sophomore TE/DE Isaac Nauta has offers from Georgia, Michigan, Florida, FSU and several others. Sophomore DT Benjamin “Shrug” Frazier also has SEC offers.

*Carrollton – This Class AAAA team has five players who are committed in DT Dontavius Russell (Georgia), PK Tyler Newsome (Notre Dame), OL Jake Sanders (Duke), TE Cole Cook (N.C. State) and TE Brandon Walton (Appalachian State).

*Hillgrove - The Hawks have six players with FBS offers. Defensive end Bradley Chubb is committed to N.C. State. Georgia Tech is one of 12 schools that have offered WR Emanuel Beal. Others with FBS offers are DB LeMarkus Bailey, DT Jaylan Reid, RB Richarde Bagley and WR Omar Black.

*Lassiter - DB Chris Murphy has committed to Arkansas. WR Quincy Perdue is pledged to Troy. QB Will Anderson, a 2,000-yard passer last season at Wesleyan, has in-state offers from Mercer and Georgia State along with those from Holy Cross and Jacksonville State. WR Duby Nwaubi has two mid-major offers.

*Lowndes - LB Tre Jackson is committed to Georgia Tech, and offensive lineman Dyshon Sims is headed to Georgia. Both are preseason all-state. Defensive end Zack Copeland and defensive back Brandon Roberts have mid-major offers. Junior LB Brian Bell has an offer from Cincinnati.

*M.L. King – CB Wesley Green leads a group of at least six seniors that figure to sign with FBS programs. Green has committed to South Carolina (as has junior DE Arden Key). Defensive back Chaka Diarrassouba (Western Kentucky) and Alanmichael Harkness (Appalachian State) also are committed. WR Romello Shumake and OL/DL Keyshawn Parrish have mid-major offers. QB Roland Rivers has FCS offers. Junior OL Kwan Stallworth has an offer from Missouri.

*Norcross – Expect 10 or more Blue Devils to sign with FBS schools, led by Lorenzo Carter, the No. 1-rated defensive end in the country by Rivals. LB Kevin Mouhon has committed to Tennessee. TE Chris Herndon has committed to Miami. WR Myles Autry lists Georgia and Georgia Tech among his 20-plus offers. RB Josh Boyd has offers from Air Force and Buffalo. Others with reported offers are FS Jordan Noil (Maryland and Kansas State among eight offers), LB B.J. Credell (Missouri among three), OT Horatio Walker (San Diego State among three), QB A.J. Bush (Kansas State among three) and wide receivers LaMarcus Hardnett and Maaseiah Francis (each with mid-major offers).

*North GwinnettDante Sawyer is one of the top 10 defensive end prospects in the country, and WR Nate Brown has a dozen top offers, including one from Georgia Tech. UCLA and Vanderbilt have recruited RB C.J. Leggett, andWR Caleb Scott has mid-major offers. Mitch Hyatt, a junior, could be Georgia’s top offensive line prospect for 2015. Junior LB Anree Saint-Amour has an offer from Missouri.

*Peachtree Ridge – Three have committed to SEC or ACC schools in DB Nick Glass (Georgia), OL Orlando Brown (Tennessee) and RB Jordan Ellis (Virginia). RB Myron Burton has offers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt. DB Dru Moody has three smaller offers.

*Sandy CreekDemarre Kitt could be the state’s best receiver. He has committed to Clemson. DT Chris Williams plans to attend Ole Miss. Marshall has dibs on QB Cole Garvin. DB Khari Lain has committed to Arkansas State. Georgia and several others have offered junior RB Eric Swinney.

*Stephenson - The Jaguars are perennially Georgia’s hotbed of college signees. They’re off and running with nine FBS commitments, including offensive linemen Tyler Jones and Jordan Harris, who are headed to Mississippi State, and juniors Dexter Neal (WR) and Chauncey Rivers (DE), who are committed to South Carolina. The others are DB Jared Tucker (Kentucky), DB Ronald Peterkin and TE Ari Werts (both Georgia State), DB Cameron Glenn (Wake Forest) and RB Dallas Rivers (Vanderbilt). TE Montez Sweat has 20-plus offers, including those from Georgia Tech and Florida. Linebackers Delinine Warren (North Carolina and others) and Malike Ricks also have offers. And among underclassmen, DT Javon Barnes, WR Isaiah Zuber and sophomore DB Khalil Ladler have multiple major D-1 offers.

*Tucker – The Tigers potentially have six FBS signees on defense. LB Detric Dukes is committed to Georgia, and DE Elisa Shaw has a Georgia offer among 12 he’s considering. DB Kirk Tucker has more than 20 offers, with Ohio State and Stanford among his leaders. RB/DB Dominick Sanders is looking at Arkansas and Missouri among others. Syracuse is perhaps the top school after LB Justin Hughes. DB Josephy Proby has an FCS offer. Junior DB Duke Shelley is being recruited by Clemson.

Special mentionArabia Mountain has three FBS-committed players in WR Gregory Phillips (Purdue), DB Nasir Edwards (Air Force) and WR/DB Jonathon Slayton (Georgia State). DT Kayton Samuels has 18 FBS and FCS offers. Five others are being recruited. … Callaway, a AAA school, has three big-timers in DB/WR Terry Godwin (No. 3 2015 prospect in Georgia, according to 247Sports), QB Tez Parks (recruited by Georgia Tech and others) and LB KeShun Freeman (committed to Georgia Tech). … Camden County defensive backs Kalvaraz Bessent and Chris Williams have committed to Alabama, and lineman Trayvon Williams is another almost certain D-I signee. … LB Deshon Cooper (Mississippi State) and OL Terronne Prescod (North Carolina) have committed from Columbia, and junior WR Shadell Bell has three ACC offers. … Hughes has two prize juniors on defense in DE D’Andre Walker (UGA among 20 offers) and Montavious Atkinson (Missouri, Southern Cal) and three seniors with offers, led by 1,000-yard rusher Keion Davis (committed to Marshall). … Lamar County has three players committed to Georgia Tech in Qua Searcy and brothers Lance and Lawrence Austin. … Mays has two junior linemen that figure to sign with SEC schools in OL Dallas Warmack (committed to Alabama) and DL Natrez Patrick (UGA among six SEC offers). … McEachern has two juniors that have offers from both Georgia Tech and Georgia in RB Taj Griffin and OL Chuma Edoga. Senior LB Henry Famurewa (committed to Louisville) and QB Ty Clemons (Kentucky among eight offers) also expect to go D-I. … Monroe Area has four seniors with offers, headed by QB Stanton Truitt (committed to Auburn). The others are WR Michael Gallup, DB Junior Reed and RB Kwan Brooks. … North Cobb has two D-I commits in senior DB/WR Cameron Albright (North Carolina) and sophomore QB Tyler Queen (Auburn). … Thomas County Central has QB Adam Choice (committed to Clemson) and junior LB Austin Bryant (offers from Georgia Tech, Florida State, Clemson). … Boston College has commitments from Westminster’s Cameron Seward (RB) and Sam Schmal (OL) and has offered DE Russell Ude. … Wayne County QB Malique Jackson is committed to Florida State, and WR Krenwick Sanders and DL/OL Jeremy Patterson have offers from Florida and others. Wayne also has LB Taylor Heflin (committed to Navy). … Woodward Academy has five D-I prospects, including N.C. State-committed PK A.J. Cole, QB Terry Googer (South Carolina reportedly leads) and junior LB Arrington Farrar (Georgia Tech among a dozen offers).

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32 comments Add your comment

Black123456789

August 5th, 2013
7:21 am

Congrats to all

Black123456789

August 5th, 2013
7:22 am

How many actually qualified is the answer?

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

August 5th, 2013
8:27 am

Buford University.

That Dude Says...

August 5th, 2013
8:45 am

The Sandy Creek/Carrollton game can’t get here soon enough.

GO CREEK!!!!

Sportsnut

August 5th, 2013
9:27 am

Loads of talent, as usual.

Sportsnut

August 5th, 2013
9:30 am

Let’s see how far they go on the field this season.

Swamp Lizard

August 5th, 2013
10:10 am

@ Tood Holcomb …. ELCA !! ELCA had 5 kids sign D-1 scholorships last year. Isaac Rochell ( Notre Dame ), Keyante Green ( Purdue ), Marquis Griffin ( Air Force ), Jevious Terry ( Troy ), & DJ Curl ( Charleston Southern ). This doesn’t include others that signed with smaller programs, and ELCA has been a recruiting hot bad the last few years. This is a credit to Coach Gess and his coaching staff. I think this is very impressive for a Class A school.

Carver Panther 1

August 5th, 2013
11:04 am

@Todd Holcolmb. I know that Coach Myles has communicated to you that we (Carver Atlanta) have 3 seniors : WR Tevish Clark Multiple D-1/FBS offers, DB Julian Colvard Multiple FCS offers, OT Michael Grissom with FCS offers and Junior Safety Aaron Williams has at least 6 FBS offers to include Miss. state.

Please begin to give fair coverage to the city schools. With the Early College program at Carver we provide both high level academics (just look at the state academic rankings) and are getting players in school. 10 kids signed last signing day led by Delando Crooks to Vanderbilt, Xavier Davis to Buffalo, and Roc-m Nesbit to Tennessee State.

Fair treatment is all we ask. This program is just as good as others and you and other medianeed to acknowledge the kids accomplishments. Most have to overcome much more than those living in cushy suburban environments with better training facilities.

Carver Panther 1

August 5th, 2013
11:16 am

@Todd Holcomb Coach actually told Carvell but you all represent the AJC.

TuckerDAD

August 5th, 2013
2:06 pm

Well I know it’s football season again by the sounds of everyone jumping on Todd Holcomb because he missed something or someone that you all had high on your list.

@Carver Panther1, Your school has had a solid program for some time now, and I know you get kids in some of the more competitive college programs but don’t think for one moment that you can compete at the level that a Tucker or Stephenson or even MLK competes at. We get the attention because we play playoff level foot ball 7 weeks out of 10.
I have seen years in the past when Carver could compete in this region, but no so much here lately. Not only do we compete in a super competitive region but every year we are going to the third round of the playoffs at the very least. When you can match that then you will find yourself in relevant conversations at the beginning of the season as well as the end.

BTW – I have seen your facilities and they are just as good or better than ours at Tucker.

Camden74

August 5th, 2013
2:52 pm

How well will the stars play with their other teammates? :-)

AVikingFan

August 5th, 2013
4:02 pm

Anyone know the Corky Kell schedule?

graphite

August 5th, 2013
4:17 pm

@TuckerDad … If you could find that 2ml they stole while building the school,you would have state of the art facilities. RollOn

Ole Timer

August 5th, 2013
4:18 pm

Amazing how Buford continues to get these stars but continues to control their numbers to stay down in the bush leagues. COWARDS! Ralph Swearengin is Jess Simpson’s biatch!

Chan

August 5th, 2013
6:00 pm

Ole Timer (ORabidOne ) is obsessed with everything Buford.

dekalbFB1

August 5th, 2013
6:57 pm

Congrats to all the young men. @Black123456789 please look at the glass half full they are considering going to College! Please be more positive! Maybe you are mad b/c your son isn’t was not mention? LOL

JAB

August 5th, 2013
7:35 pm

Congrats to (ALL), but my Stephenson Jags, keep up the good work because these kids know that they have a chance to play D! ball when they play football at the school, A Powerhouse….
GO JAGS, THE SEC OF HS FOOTBALL*****

DreadHead5

August 5th, 2013
7:41 pm

WAT ABOUT GREEN FROM BURKE COUNTY HE HAS SEVERAL OFFERS FROM D-1 SCHOOLS AND MID MAJORS

RobFromNorcross

August 5th, 2013
9:38 pm

Todd,

NORCROSS UPDATE: Ryan Northrup (OG, 6-3, 280# Senior – Norcross) and Emmanuel Aka (TE- Senior- Norcross) have both committed to D-1 Georgia Southern as part of the 2014 class when they will be full FBS program in the Sunbelt Conference…

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August 5th, 2013
11:27 pm

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Black123456789

August 6th, 2013
6:45 am

No dekalb don’t have a son and please have a better response than that. I get tired of all the hype then you haven’t qualified! Maybe I am more concerned with education than these so called offers! Then we won’t have to read about another athlete ruled ineligible. We are forgetting about the education part, but I said congrats first if u can read or are u one of dekalb fathers that still wear there pants below their waist. Sorry had give u a taste of your on medicine.

miller grove fan

August 6th, 2013
7:40 am

Quentin Turner from Miller Grove committed to Ball State. Ray Tillman is a National recruit 40 offers , and OL Brandon Parker has offers from App. State , Rice among others.

Unknown

August 6th, 2013
11:16 am

WOW no Stockbridge Tigers listed they have at least 10 kids that will receive D-1 scholarships over the next couple of years. Coach Whitley and staff are doing an excellent job down there in Henry County. Even with the loss of his D cord gone M.Starr to be a head coach. They have Coach Barrow in place Looking for some big things from K.Webster, M.Thomas, M.Bryan, T.Cullens. M.Brown, J.Brandon, T.Davis, Mallard and the rest of the players Good Luck Tigers.

rwdekalb

August 6th, 2013
11:27 am

I wonder how many d1s Colquitt County, Camden County, Marist and other such schools who win consistently with great team play and with an occasional d1 but not nearly as many as a lot of other top programs

Panther Fan

August 6th, 2013
12:14 pm

If I could add to the comments posted by Carver Panther 1, I would probably say something like this:

Carver High School should be commended its accomplishments and deserve to be mentioned. “TuckerDAD”, you are correct about one thing. Our facilities are not that bad. However, the program highlight that you failed to bring to the table which gives you and other schools like MLK and Stephenson an advantage over schools like Carver is your “Comprehensive Player Recruitment Programs”. I must admit, you all do a much better job of recruiting that many inner city schools like Carver. Oh wait, Carver does not recruit. They coaching staff work with the kids that have and those that feed into their schools as the system is designed to do. So the fact that Carver gets the results it does when it comes to college signings is to be commended. What I still have not been able to understand yet is how is it that a school that has 25 to 30 kids sign scholarships annually can’t win state championships on a regular basis. Clearly the talent is there. You think its inability to develop players which is why you need such a Comprehensive Player Recruitment Program at schools like your’s?

Signed,
Carver High School Panthers where we do things the right way.

rwdekalb

August 6th, 2013
2:26 pm

I believe someone stated any another blog the recruiting done by the top programs is actually winning games. Winning programs attract the kids that want to win.

Real Dekalb VET

August 6th, 2013
3:54 pm

Panther Dad- Most of the Dekalb programs Carver and Mays will not win championships until there is more concentration in recruiting field goal kickers and punters. Outside of Tucker most of the programs you referee to haven’t had quality field goal kickers, as you know it makes a difference..
Remember the DALTON GAME……

TomDawg

August 6th, 2013
6:37 pm

@SwampLizard, I guess if ya’ll keep recruiting these D1 players and keep the enrollment down to qualify as Class A, we’ll call it that.

Camden74

August 6th, 2013
6:56 pm

AVikingFan……Go to the GPB website and you’ll find the schedule for the Corky-Kell Classic. Go Head and RELEASE THEM CATS!!!! :-D

JR

August 7th, 2013
10:41 am

Most Dekalb teams are overrated and so is this list. The few teams that have discipline win in Atlanta/Dekalb. Honestly most of the teams in Atlanta have great athletes that have the talent to receive a scholarship but many don’t have discipline as a team. This is why the championship rarely comes back to an Atlanta or a Dekalb county school. The teams here rarely know how to handle a discipline team that will not let a team full of athletes beat them. Plus as someone else said they will not spend time on kicking game. When was the last time Stephenson, MLK, or SWD sent someone to college to be a punter/kicker and (I am not talking about an HBCU school either)?

JAB

August 7th, 2013
9:38 pm

@ JR go eat some crow, how dare you get on this blog and say that dekalb teams don’t have any discipline. Tucker won the state champion 2 times out of the last 5 years, and dekalb teams as a whole send more guys to D1 then any county in the state. It takes discipline to get this done @ Dekalb teams dominate the basket arena both girls and boys, it takes discipline that also. I think you is just a Hater…..

AVikingFan

August 8th, 2013
9:57 am

Thanks Camden74, I simply Googled it and got it. Thanks tho! Some great match- ups this year!