Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood getting popular

By DARRYL MAXIE
dmaxie@ajc.com

Westlake cornerback Darius Robinson seems to be gaining in popularity every day with college football recruiters.

Over the last week and a half, Robinson has received five scholarship offers from Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Purdue and West Virginia.

While Robinson, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior, told rivals.com that he had a slight preference for Miami, he added, “I will look into them — that’s for sure. They have shown interest in me and I will show it back.”

ALSO GETTING MORE LOVE
Interest in Alpharetta High receiver Michael Bennett seems to be picking up, and he’s planning to reciprocate during the summer when he makes his way to several camps. Georgia is among six that Bennett has specified — the others are Florida State, Michigan State, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. … Southwest DeKalb cornerback Jonathan Mincy has another scholarship offer to consider: Oklahoma. … Washington High receiver Antonio Goodwin, who began spring practice this week, says Tennessee has recruited him harder than any other school and that the prospect of immediate playing time makes the Vols and Auburn the most appealing of his choices. But he hasn’t made up his mind, and Georgia remains in the mix. A decision likely will not come until January at the earliest.

HOLDING PATTERN
South Paulding cornerback Ryan Ayers has plans to visit Georgia and five other SEC schools in the coming weeks, starting with Florida. He hasn’t made Georgia Tech a firm favorite, but has spoken highly of coach Paul Johnson and his staff. There’s a ways to go before he comes to any sort of conclusion. … Georgia remains in the running for Booker T. Washington running back Eduardo Clements of Miami. The Bulldogs hope their tradition of fine running backs (and perhaps the obvious void that departing Knowshon Moreno presents) will help them overcome the home-state advantage that Florida State and Miami might have. … Reading between the lines, Walton defensive tackle Kyle Woestmann believes an offer from South Carolina could be on its way, though he acknowledges that no Gamecock coach has specified anything to him. It’s not like he has to sweat it — he already has offers from Georgia Tech and five other schools in the Southeast. But if it comes, it could move to the head of the pack. … Being a small cornerback in a big pond is better than being a small running back in a smaller pond. Or so Lovett’s Taylor Mack tells rivals.com. He believes he could be a cornerback at Georgia Tech (among other big-name schools), but if he wants to play running back, he’d have to do it on a lower level, like Georgia Southern or Richmond. … Georgia is in third place in the pursuit of Manning, S.C., defensive back John Fulton, who favors Alabama and Florida over the Bulldogs, who have offered him, according to The State.

WRESTLING
A pair of two-time state wrestling champions and one of the top wrestlers in DeKalb County over the past two seasons have signed scholarships with Anderson University in South Carolina. Clarkston’s Terrance Gaddy, Southwest DeKalb’s Dequan Warner and Tucker’s Melchisedac Lavergne are joining the Trojans. Gaddy dominated the 171-pound division winning 74 of 75 matches and a pair of state cham pionships. Warner won the 2006 (103) and 2007 (112) Class AAAA titles and reached the finals of the Class AAAA tournament in the 125-pound division in 2009. Lavergne was the runner-up in the 135 class, despite a meniscus tear.

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