Scouts keeping an eye on Sandy Creek

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

All eyes are on Sandy Creek this week.

Defensive end Lacy Coleman committed to Louisville on Thursday. Sandy Creek’s highest-profile remaining prospect, running back prospect Rajion Neal, is considering Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Tulane, among others. Reporters are on stand-by awaiting his commitment news, though no date has been specified.

“He’s looked at several other places and probably will commit before the beginning of the season,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said.

Wide receiver Jarrett Davis, who also has looked at Louisville, Tulane and several MAC schools “might not be far from committing,” Walker said.

One of their newest teammates is starting to get some attention, too. Cedric Byrd, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound safety who has transferred from Clarke Central, is getting some interest. While confessing to “really keeping my options open,” Byrd has paid special attention to the SEC and ACC interest in him. Among those schools, he likes Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson and Florida State.

Byrd, who earned all-region honors while playing in Region 8-AAAA, e-mailed that he’s “ready to play against top competition and I think that I am able to if given the chance.”

He had 62 tackles, five interceptions, nine pass breakups and a fumble recovery last season for Clarke Central. Byrd was expected to attend a one-day camp at Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday.

14 comments Add your comment

mano17

July 10th, 2009
11:49 am

ATTENTION ALL SCOUTS DONT SLEEP ON THE MCNAIR NUSTANGS!!!! PLEASE COME SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER

mcdawg

July 10th, 2009
11:55 am

whats the story about the guy from GMI? thought he was suppose to announce today-between UGA and Bama

lowndes25

July 10th, 2009
1:26 pm

mcdawg, you are talking about Jakar Hamilton…he does not announce till tomorrow at a restaurant in Augusta, GA.

Bama Man

July 10th, 2009
1:39 pm

He will be attending Alabama. I have inside sources! Sorry mutts

Dawg Pound

July 10th, 2009
1:41 pm

Jakar will be b/t the hedges next season!!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!

punkin

July 10th, 2009
1:52 pm

Rajion Neal is an oustanding RB who is flying under the radar. He has been to all the top camps and out performed the top backs like the Mack Browns,and Marcus Lattimores. This kid has a hell of a work ethic and is going to have a monster year. Great hands, look for him to have a big year catching the ball to.

buzz

July 10th, 2009
2:15 pm

No offense to Mr. Neal, but Isaiah Johnson (GT commit; offers from UGA, Ole Miss, NC State, etc.) is the highest profile recruit at Sandy Creek.

SEC

July 10th, 2009
2:33 pm

highest profile remaining prospect…which means he is the highest profiled remaining. The people that have committed, he was not referring to them.

Paddy

July 10th, 2009
3:29 pm

nano 17 what is a nustang??? A close relation to a Noga?

skee bo

July 10th, 2009
3:32 pm

Neal has been looked over cause of his stats that didnt jump out at you. But the kid is very talented and didnt get used in the passing game. There is not one LB that can play him one on one and very view DBs can either. Keep an eye out for this kid he’s going to make believers out of those people that’s over looking his talent. Some of the BCS schools are going to hate they did’t give this kid a chance when he’s standing across the field chewing up yardage on the ground and in the passing game.

blue bird

July 10th, 2009
4:28 pm

Sandy Creek with all that talent… gee whiz. How about spreading it out in Fayette County?

Coweta county

July 13th, 2009
4:45 pm

Newnan will surprise a lot of people this year. Should be down a little. Have A freshman class that could beat a lot of varsity teams. Sandy Creek will rule their region with Whitewater right behind them.

5566snake

September 29th, 2009
11:57 am

Mike Spaulding FB/LB at Sandy Creek High is being over-looked by many of the top colleges. This kid will take on any position that his coaches ask him to and performs at a high level at every position. He has been a starting Linebacker since his Freshmen year. He was asked to help the team this year by playing Fullback and Longsnapping in addition to special team play. He went to most of the camps in the SE and out-performed most of the kids that are now getting the interest from colleges. This kid puts in the work and is a beast at whatever he is asked to do. All I know is some major college is going to get an outstanding athelete when they sign him, so recruitors may need to wake up before you miss out.

Bdaddy

September 29th, 2009
12:12 pm

Dear 5566snake, you have hit it on the head about Michael Spaulding. I have watched the kid play football and baseball since he played in the parks at the rec level. He has been either the best or next to the best on every team he played on. I coached him in the park. He is still the same beast on the field that I coached. He’s fast, strong, and just nasty. I wish Sandy Creek would play him more at fullback, but I guess they don’t want to over-use him because thay have to have him on defense the most. I saw him play both ways and the kid doesn’t get tired. He’s an athelete. I would love to see him at fullback more. Some school will be real lucky to get him. I don’t know what Sandy Creek would do without him. The defense, offense, kick off team, punt return team, punt team, and field goal team would all suffer. As 5566snake said RECRUITORS WAKE UP!!!! Don’t beleive all the hype on alot of the kids out there on these different sites, seeing is beleiving. Michael Spaulding is real and not just hype