I’m heading over to Stone Mountain today to check out the bus load of college prospects that dot the roster at Stephenson High School.
According to assistant coach Corey Johnson, at least 16 Stephenson seniors are currently being recruited. At least 13 of those have garnered interest from what would be considered major Division I (or FBS) schools (SEC, ACC, Big East, Conference USA, etc.). And that doesn’t include some juniors and sophomores that are also getting looks.
Three of the Jaguars’ players have already committed to programs: LB Tyrone Cornileus (Miami), RB Raymond Sanders (Kentucky) and DB Kenneth Ladler (Vanderbilt). Another one, CB Chris Sharpe, appears on the verge of pledging to Louisville, though that’s just speculation at this point.
Of course, the one uncommitted Stephenson player everybody is interested in is defensive tackle Michael Thornton. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder is being pursued by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Alabama, among many others.
I’ll let you know what I found out tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to visit with coach Ron Gartrell and all these guys. Let me know if there’s something specific you’d like me to ask.
Now for a few links. . . .
Traivon Bailey, a highly-touted linebacker from McArthur High in Hollywood, Fla., and an Auburn recruit, quit his team this past week, according to the Miami Herald. No definitive explanation has been given yet.
A Georgia quarterback recruit is son of Florida State’s offensive line coach, which has made for some interesting recruiting scenarios, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. . .
Big 12 connections pay off for Auburn with the surprise emergence of a freshman defensive end, the Mobile Press-Register reports. . . .
A lot of you guys might have seen this last week while I was on vacation but it’s worth repeating even if you did. The State columnist Ron Morris tells us about a Lexington, S.C., kid who plays trumpet in his high school band who has been mistakenly receiving recruiting letters from major football programs, including South Carolina.