Stephenson linebacker picks Miami over Georgia Tech

At times, it seems like Stephenson High School’s entire starting roster will sign college scholarships this year.

Linebacker Tyrone Cornelius was the latest member of the Jaguars to reveal his college decision, committing to Miami over Georgia Tech. He was also heavily considering South Carolina and Tennessee among 25 offers, according to assistant coach Corey Johnson.

“Tyrone is extremely athletic and fits in with the Miami’s linebacker tradition with being very fast and very physical,” said Johnson, who coaches Stephenson’s linebackers and special teams. “He’s probably the fastest linebacker in the country. He’s runs a legitimate 4.4 in the 40-yard dash … that’s flying.”

How did Miami edge out Georgia Tech? “He has been to Miami twice and really developed a good relationship with the coaches. He felt very comfortable with his decision,” Johnson said. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Cornelius had 117 tackles as a junior.

Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell has said as many as 12 of his seniors could sign with Div. I programs, and at least a half-dozen with smaller colleges. Tailback Raymond Sanders has committed to Kentucky, while safety Kenny Ladler is headed to Vanderbilt. Defensive back Chris Sharpe has Louisville as his leader. Defensive lineman Michael Thornton, perhaps the team’s crown jewel with offers from nearly every top team in the country, is undecided.

Stephenson, the DeKalb County powerhouse, is one of the state’s top producers of college football talent. Former players include Jermaine Cunningham, a preseason All-America defensive end at Florida, and ex-Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball.

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shame, shame

August 18th, 2009
11:24 pm

I wish you the best Tyrone, but will enjoy seeing my jackets whip your Cane tail for many MORE years to come…should have gone with the home school and better team bro…good luck!


August 18th, 2009
11:41 pm

Glad to Stephenson defense has not fallen off. Now if someone will get more info out about these kids. Thornton has to be the quiet storm. Cornelius and the group seem to have pulled parents and class mates together for a group support. That’s speaks volumes. Thanks to all the coaches,parents,faculty and class mates.


August 18th, 2009
11:50 pm

Good luck Tyrone…. well except when GT plays MIami. Would have loved to seen ya in a GT uniform, but sounds like you were comfortable with Miami. Glad to see Tech doing well in recruiting and looking forward to seeing a couple more good fella’s jump aboard GT.

5 titles>state of GA combined

August 19th, 2009
12:38 am

5 titles>State of Ga combined. Thats why he went to MIAMI.

Big Dawg

August 19th, 2009
12:44 am

Don’t think this cat what have helped the feable ‘jackets beat the dawgs anyway so probably not a huge loss for the state of GA. Good luck regardless at Miami. You’ll get to read about history rather than making it.

Big Dawg


August 19th, 2009
1:28 am

If Reggie Ball is one of the best out of stephenson, by all means send all of them to North Ave Technical school, UGA will be happy every year!


August 19th, 2009
5:32 am

Ah yes. Reggie we remember you fondly. One of our all time favorite jackets.

Topp Dogg

August 19th, 2009
6:27 am

Why would anyone in there right mind pick GT over Miami,this isnt news.


August 19th, 2009
7:31 am

Congratulations Tyrone on your choice, however I am one who likes to see local talent chose either gtu or UGA, it is always better for the kids family and friends in getting to see them play. I even understand a kid picking UTK, Bama, Awbern, SCu, Clempson or FSwho as their family still can easily travel there, but Miami? 10+ hours is a long drive during football season. At any rate, good luck again Tyrone.


Ehsanul Islam Sadequee

August 19th, 2009
7:58 am

Have fun losint to Tech for four years as the Canes are Tech’s whipping boy.

What the

August 19th, 2009
8:33 am

The story is two days old. Nice try anyway Mr. Carvell. Any new news, that’s right rivals or scout hasn’t posted anything in the last 24 hrs. Enjoy your job while you got it.


August 19th, 2009
8:42 am

Don’t listen to these cretins..go to the school you feel most comfortable with (in this case Miami). Don’t just be a football player, make sure you learn something and you’ll be fine. Good luck….Go Dawgs!


August 19th, 2009
8:56 am

Smart move young man, Miami has a solid tradition of winning football and a steady program which will help you get to the next level. You were wise to pass on a second rate smoke and mirror’s trade school that is best known for it’s students getting mugged.

Case in point.. Thursday night games with 20,000 fans.. Buford high school generates more interest than that.

45-42 total FLUKE


August 19th, 2009
8:57 am

Reggie Ball – that makes me rofl.

Ready for Some Football

August 19th, 2009
9:01 am

Congratulations, Tyrone! Miami = great football tradition. You will do them proud!

Anyone have ideas on where Thornton is going? He is now the #1 uncommitted prospect in the state.

Gerald Ball

August 19th, 2009
9:42 am

Wow, UGA fans certainly are opposed to Georgia Tech recruiting talented athletes. Gee, I wonder why? If UGA fans were so convinced of their superiority, they would say “Come on down to Tech so we can beat you!” Yes, Tech did need this fellow to provide speed and athleticism at OLB, although to be honest it would have been down the line as he would not have played his first two years. Also, the ugliness that Reggie Ball experienced at GT would explain why their athletes might skip the program … Reggie Ball’s own brother (a very highly regarded LB) bypassed GT for the same reason. Then again, how many players does UGA get from that Southwest DeKalb factory after what Quincy Carter went through up there? Come to think of it, how many players does UGA get from D.J. Shockley’s old high school? Hmmm …

The truth is that if Tech wins 9 games this year, they’ll find good players to fill the 2-5 spots that they have remaining. And oh yes, this is a critical year for UGA on the field as well. If they don’t beat Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, and South Carolina (who has a QB this year, so you won’t be able to win snoozers like last year) and get to 10 wins, UGA runs the risk of falling further behind Florida, Alabama and LSU in the recruiting race. And that’s the difference, UGA fans. Georgia Tech actually recruits as well as does anyone in the ACC. Even once mighty Miami and FSU are now reduced to competing with the likes of Virginia Tech, Clemson and Georgia Tech for players. So Georgia Tech really doesn’t have to worry about falling behind in the ACC so long as they can keep from losing too many Atlanta kids, and especially if Tech can get back to raiding other states like Gailey did Florida and Louisiania (Gailey wasn’t much of a coach but he could recruit). But UGA … that isn’t the case. Richt can get top 10 classes every year and still finish behind Richt, Saban and Miles because they’re in the top 5 or 8. And now that Tennessee is actually trying to recruit again under Lane Kiffin, that is even more competition.

So UGA has a lot more to lose by failing to reach 10 wins than Georgia Tech has to lose by failing to reach 9. And guess what … UGA has to reach 10 wins against a much tougher schedule than Tech’s, and more importantly do so without your starting QB and RB, which Tech still has. Any way you cut it, it is a lot better to be Paul Johnson right now than Mark Richt. And Mark Richt knows it, which is why he is scrambling to find playmakers at RB, WR and TE among his true freshmen and get them on the field as fast as he can.

Dawg Pound

August 19th, 2009
9:58 am

Nice job Tech!! Sounds like you almost had ONE player this yr. NOt so fast my friends! hahah


August 19th, 2009
10:44 am

He has a better chance of playing sooner than later at the U. I do not know what he will study, but miami is a small privite school with few degree options. Like Tech you need to be smart to take the real degree classes, but MIAMI has a Football track. It is easier and it hopes the student goes Pro before thay have to finish/use their educatation. Good Luck and I hope the best for you after U football.

Harry Ball

August 19th, 2009
11:17 am

Hey Gerald Ball,

Look at the committment list for ‘10 @ Georgia. Now I’m not Reggie Ball but I count two from Southwest DeKalb this year alone. Kills your theory now doesn’t it?


August 19th, 2009
11:23 am

Face facts……….GT has decided to implement the 4-2-5 defensive scheme, this limits linebacker spots at GT and correlates into the potential of less playing time for Tyrone (and other future linebacker prospects). I would be shocked if this fact did not factor into his decision.

Good luck to Tyrone against every team except for GT!!


August 19th, 2009
11:27 am

Stephenson is a state championship team this year. Gartrell will finally get it.

Reality Check

August 19th, 2009
11:40 am

Gerald Ball – This one of many reasons why I don’t like Tech fans. Most of you don’t know anything about highschool football or recruiting in the state of GA, so please don’t bring it up. DJ Shockley’s highschool was North Clayton which hasn’t had a top talent there since DJ left. UGA has not offered anyone from there. Also, as Harry Ball pointed out, UGA has two committments from two of the states top seniors that just happen to be from SW Dekalb.

Tech = Great school, terrible football fans


August 19th, 2009
11:42 am

Canes will win a National Title very soon (2-3 years) much sooner than GT, smart move Tyrone!

GetReal RealityCheck

August 19th, 2009
12:30 pm

Reality Check- I believe Morgan Burnett went to North Clayton High School. I think he’s a top talent (int return against the Mutts last year) and UGA offered him in ‘07. Get YOUR facts straight.

UGA= Great Campus, lazy fans

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 19th, 2009
12:41 pm

Not real sure of this decision, he’s going to a program that is no longer relevant (Miami), instead of a GT program that is……………Never mind Tyrone…good call


August 19th, 2009
12:49 pm

Cornelius just didn’t fit in with Nerds I guess.


August 19th, 2009
1:03 pm

“Georgia fans are passionate, but let’s face it – they’re not the brightest fans. Passionate, but not bright.” – Former UGA QB Eric Zeier, November 21, 2001


August 19th, 2009
1:08 pm

Heoff, I poot that bandaido een your burrito.


August 19th, 2009
1:35 pm

Big Mike Stop hating on Reggie Ball and Stephenson. Reggie was one of the best to play at Stepehnson but there are many more. Perry Riley(LSU) Kelvin Sheppard(LSU) Mike Grant(Arkansas) Josh Johnson(Marshall) Marcus Ball(FSU) Kregg Lumpkin(UGA) TJ Gatrell(UGA) Rod Rogers(Wisconsin) Andre Anderson, Anthony Cannon, Sean Lucas, Israel Route(Tulane) Brandon Cannon(Clemson) Corey McCutchen, Ahmed Shakoor(Marshall) Reshon Ball(Central Mich) Demario Minter(UGA) Breon Rogers(UCF) the list goes on. I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY TEAM IN THE LAST 10 YEAR THAT HASN’T WON THE STATE TITLE THAT HAS SENT THIS MANY D1.


August 19th, 2009
1:42 pm

i am a former student at Stephenson and i most say this is a great pick up for miami….i mean i’ve seen alot of good players come from stephenson and he is a top 3 linebacker to come out of stephenson just does not get the media attention like former players. He has a great i eye for the ball and can get there very fast…a real sideline to sideline player…hopefully he carrys that to the next level with him because i see him in the NFL…u watch and see..

The U

August 19th, 2009
2:16 pm

Great choice young man! You just improved your draft status and gave yourself shot at a National Championship. Tech is a great school, but they’ll never win it all. Miami is on the way back to being the most feared team in the country. Everybody better get their kicks in while they can. 5 x National Champs. 2001 Greatest Team of All Time.


August 19th, 2009
2:32 pm

Gerald Ball

You must be a Tech grad or student? Instead of trying to communicate intricate thoughts on football perhaps you should work on basic sentence structure and paragraphs?


August 19th, 2009
2:48 pm

Well if he likes girls..where would you go..I mean really both are tier 2 teams so NO chance at a NC.I mean really there are a lot of great women in the ATL but you like have to go off the U..they deliver…Congrats young man enjoy your career!


August 19th, 2009
3:24 pm

Tough for Tech. With that size & speed sounds like a prototype WOLF.

F The U

August 19th, 2009
3:49 pm

The U stands for underachieve in recent history. GT owns the U. Did you really just say that they are on their way to being the most feared team in the country? Come on, man, better back off that pipe.


August 19th, 2009
4:01 pm

You mutt luvers can bash reggie all you want, but remember both he and your beloved jesusfreak green are both in the same category today,OUT of the nfl, one cause he was too short, and the other cause he was too stupid to remember the plays, imho.


August 19th, 2009
4:08 pm

and don’t forget that puke pollack is also out of the nfl, yet un hearled GT Defensive players from the same graduating class are still playing in the nfl.


August 19th, 2009
4:26 pm

“Gerald Ball

You must be a Tech grad or student? Instead of trying to communicate intricate thoughts on football perhaps you should work on basic sentence structure and paragraphs?”

Hey Ken, do you know what “Ad Hominem” means? Did they teach Latin in your remedial classes?


August 19th, 2009
4:29 pm

There’s a joke in that comment, btw.


August 19th, 2009
4:32 pm

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Miami stole one from Georgia. It’s about time. UGA has been stealing them lately from Fla with Mark Richt coming from the “U” and all. Knows his way around the schools and the area. The “U” need you Tyrone Cornelius. Family, don’t worry about the distance. To see your son you would just go about anywhere. Tyrone, you will be in good company in the Sunshine State. And no, Miami don’t deliver young women like Pizza Hut. It’s just like “that” down in the “Sunshine State”. GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


August 19th, 2009
5:20 pm

Lots of classy bulldogs in here.

Not Disappointed

August 19th, 2009
6:15 pm

I like others rather see the talent state in the State of Georgia or near by, but I respect your decision and wish you the best Tyron. Make the state of Georgia proud until you play Georgia Tech! Ramblin Wreck!

Joe Cox

August 19th, 2009
6:31 pm

Miami has to be the most overrated football program in the last 7 years. With all the recruits the miami area produces and all the talent they bring in, miami has always struggled to instill discipline in its players. That is what separates Miami and FSU fromt eh other ACC schools. Lack of discipline both on the field and off. They will not win an Coastal division title in the nest fives years much less a national title. There is no chemistry and no discipline and players there are pure athletes, not football players. To win, a team has to play together and play smart.

Toot of the Whistle

August 19th, 2009
6:53 pm

The only reason a recruit would pick Miami over Tech is the same reason one would pick ga over Tech. They are afraid they won’t be able to cut it athletically or academically.

herschel walker's 4th personality

August 20th, 2009
2:42 am

Joe Cox-you are retarded, who is the last player from Miami to get arrested? How many ga players went to jail last yr? Kill yo self.
He could have went to tech if he wanted to join an al qaeda sleeper cell which is a minor at tech
Miami’s 5 titles>state of ga combined
not including the only football power in the state, GA southern


August 20th, 2009
9:11 am

I am a assistant football coach in DeKalb County Randy has a relationship with many of the high school coaches and so does Mark up in UGA. Then you have to consider that Tyrone Cornelius has a relative at UM. “BTW Toot of the Whistle ”
UM Cracks Top Tier in U.S. News & World Report Rankings


August 20th, 2009
10:23 am

The last time I checked, Miami football team has had a higher graduation rate than GT so that means the guys are going to school but not finishing. Follow your heart Tyrone.

San Francisco Dawg

August 20th, 2009
10:54 am

Gerald Ball, you are clueless! Georgia Tech’s recruiting class sucks and it will not get any better…who want’s to play at a school that can’t even sell out a 35,000 seat stadium…or play on a team that won’t pass the ball? Why go to Tech? To be close to the Varsity?

Hey dogtards

August 20th, 2009
11:44 am

“who want’s to play at a school that can’t even sell out a 35,000 seat stadium”

Close, but you are only off by about 60%

M Anthony

August 20th, 2009
1:53 pm

Folks just wish this kid good luck with his decision. Dang when did any of you clowns play at that level.