Other prospects steal the show from DeKalb running backs

As I reported from Hallford Stadium Friday night, the Mack Brown-versus-Kendrun Malcome matchup in the M.L. King-Southwest DeKalb game did not live up to its billing. Neither player managed even 100 yards rushing in the defense-dominated contest, won by the Lions 13-9.

Thanks to M.L. King quarterback Cameron Myers, Southwest DeKalb defensive end T.J. Stripling was having to take in a lot of water Friday night. (Photo by C. Towers)

Thanks to M.L. King quarterback Cameron Myers, Southwest DeKalb defensive end T.J. Stripling had to take in a lot of water Friday night. (Photo by C. Towers)

This is not to demean either players’ abilities or reputations. In fact, you could see flashes that justified the fuss even as Brown struggled for 66 yards on 20 carries and Malcome 75 on 17. Brown had a spectacular 26-yard run for a touchdown that was called back for an illegal shift. And the majority of Malcome’s yards came after being hit at the line of scrimmage or behind. And you had to like the Knowshon Moreno-like, pop-up-and-walk Malcome threw in after a good gain.

Actually, the matchup that ended up holding the most intrigue for me was the battle of SWD defensive end T.J. Stripling versus MLK quarterback Cameron Myers.

You can see why Georgia is so excited about winning the sweepstakes for Stripling. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound pass-rusher is incredibly quick and spent the better part of the night in the Lions’ backfield. Likewise, Myers spent the majority of the evening running for his life with Stripling never far behind. Unofficially I had Stripling with three sacks and there’s no telling how many hurries he had. But the elusive Myers managed to get loose long enough to fire two touchdown passes and a long, scrambling completion late that helped MLK put away the victory. He with 11 yards passing and 27 rushing. Quite impressive under the circumstances.

Said Stripling: “He’s a good quarterback; I can’t say anything bad about him. We kept pressure on him all night but he managed to come out with the win. I’ve know Cameron since we were younger and he’s always been a good athlete. I knew I was going to have a tough time with him and he showed me what he could do out there.”

To date, the 6-foot, 180-pound Myers has gotten only lukewarm interest from BCS schools and no firm offers. But that’s likely to change soon. I plan to talk to Myers (I missed his call-back Sunday night) this week and tell you more about him.

Here are some other notable performances from major college prospects from Atlanta and around the state:

  • RB Charles Perkins: While the focus was on the Florida and Georgia commitments Friday night, it was this Georgia Tech commitment from Collins Hill that made the most noise this weekend. Perkins had an astonishing 303 yards rushing on 33 carries in the 10-7 win over Parkview. Oddly enough the 6-1, 210-pound back scored only once and didn’t break any long runs. His production was described by colleague Todd Holcomb of Georgia High School Football Daily as “workmanlike” and “not spectacular.” You’d also have to say “effective.”
  • WR Da’Rick Rogers: The Georgia commitment from Calhoun High, generally considered the top receiver in the state, certainly looked like it in the Yellow Jackets’ spirited win over rival Dalton. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound speedster had 204 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including 101 yards receiving on four catches and a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He had another kickoff return called back for a penalty. Another big number for Rogers — three excessive celebration penalties for 45 yards.
  • QB B.J. Bostic: Another Georgia Tech commitment that played big, this Jefferson County standout had 189 total yards (106 rushing, 7-of-10 passing), ran for two scores and passed for another in a 28-20 win over Laney. He will play a different position for the Paul Johnson’s Jackets
  • QB C.J. Uzomah: In his first start as North Gwinnett’s quarterback, the rangy Uzomah — an uncommitted junior — outshined Prattville, Ala.’s, LSU-committed signalcaller Sam Gibson with 119 total yards, including 10-of-18 passing for 65 yards and two TDs, in the hard-fought 14-11 victory. Don’t let the little offensive numbers fool you. This was a slobber-knocking defensive slugfest. The Bulldogs’ bookend offensive tackles — Alabama commitments Jawuan Jones and Austin Sheppard — were also impressive.
  • QB Blake Sims: The Alabama commitment accounted for 254 total yards — including 177 passing — in Gainesville’s walkover win.
  • QB Connor Shaw: This South Carolina commitment had 80 rushing yards and 156 total in an easy victory.
  • RB Storm Johnson: The shaky LSU commitment (more on that this week) had 123 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 20-15 loss to Clarke Central.
  • RB Raymond Sanders: The Kentucky commitment had 125 yards on six carries in a 42-0 win over McNair. That’s 20.8 yards a pop for those of you without a calculator handy.
  • DE Quenton Brown: The UCF commitment had 13 tackles, three sacks and a pass break-up in Tucker’s 26-20 overtime win over Brunswick. The Lions, it should be noted, were playing without highly-touted junior linebacker James Vaughters, who will be out at least three more weeks with an arm/wrist injury.
  • RB Aaron Wimberly: I actually don’t know that much about this kid (yet) but the 5-10, 165-pound junior averaged nearly 19 yards a carry and scored three TDs for South Gwinnett.
  • RB/WR Trenton Pruitt: The Vanderbilt commitment from Fitzgerald accounted for four TDs.
  • K Joe Mansour: The Kentucky commitment from La Grange High had three field goals, including a 57-yarder.

I’m sure there were numerous other notable performances from high-profile recruits in Atlanta and across the state. These are the ones I saw, was told about, tracked down or otherwise heard through the grapevine. So feel free to use the comments section below to tell me about performances I missed or e-mail me and I’ll follow up on them. HIGH SCHOOL COACHES PLEASE NOTE: I’ll be doing this every week so be sure to get the info to me if one of your players has one of those spectacular nights.

69 comments Add your comment

secondguesser

August 31st, 2009
7:36 am

Hey Chip, Tucker’s win wasn’t over Bainbridge. It was over Brunswick. A team from the other side of the state. Just sayin. BTW,it was a great game!

BobbyGodd

August 31st, 2009
7:56 am

Guess you did not want to toot Tech’s horn anymore? What about the newest commit Syngyn Days? Heard he also had a great game.

SO. DEKALB CEO

August 31st, 2009
8:23 am

CHIP, U ARE CORRECT. THERE WERE PLENTY OF STARS ALIGNING LAST WEEKEND. ONE IN PARTICULAR WAS PATRICK CALLAWAY OF MLK. HE’S ONLY A JUNIOR AND HE WAS THERE ALL NIGHT TO HELP KEEP MY GUY (#34) UNDER WRAPS. IF GET CHANCE, CHECK THE FILM. HE WEARS #1. D-1 LINEBACKER CHECK HIM OUT

Paddy

August 31st, 2009
8:23 am

I would say you guys are tough graders on Perkins. “Workmanlike” at over 9 yards per carry? Maybe he fumbled a lot?

SC Fan

August 31st, 2009
8:32 am

Why does the AJC not show Rajion Neal from Sandy Creek no love. He is also considerded one of the top backs in Ga and in some polls like Rivals ranked higher than Malcome. Neal had 176 yards on 25 carries with 2 touchdowns 89 and 15 yards. He did it with an 8 and 9 man front all night.This kid is goning to have a outstanding year.He is running behind an young and undersized line with 2 senior and alot of sophmores with no previous starts on varsity.

Hey Dogtards

August 31st, 2009
8:33 am

“workmanlike” refers to the 33 carries, although I can’t imagine breaking 300 yards against Parkview was “not spectacular.”

Geori

August 31st, 2009
8:39 am

I’m sure that Mack Brown would have had 400 yards! NOT!

If he did what Charles Perkins did against Parkview (no slouch), there would be a ticker tape parade down Peachtree. Yet Perkins is lucky to get a passing mention because UGA and Florida commitments were noticibly absent from ‘da game. Gotta love those star rankings.

NOVAJacket

August 31st, 2009
8:49 am

Yep, that’s only 9.2 yards per carry. Quite pedestrian…. :)

Pirates

August 31st, 2009
9:07 am

YOu have to check out that young Stone Mountain team. They are full of sophomores and juniors. QB Jhyree Harris, RB Mike Gilbert, WR Octavious Andrews are they key Juniors, Tammarick Johnson FS/WR, Fred Scott CB/WR, Tim Webster LB, and Marcus Ileguye LB Arron Sibley FS, and Willie Parker RB are the sophomores who played a heck of a game against Cedar Grove. They have like 4 Seniors who should go D1 Derek Sibley the big Offensive tackle who is 6′6 280 who can move, Derrick Harris is an amazing corner who already has college size at 6′0 175, Chris Gilzeane is the core of the D, at Middle LB he is leaning close to LSU, and Don Steib is an underrated D lineman who should receive plenty of interest as the season progress.

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 31st, 2009
9:18 am

What a great article. Well done…. Lot of good info… I’m not used to that from the AJC

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2009
9:25 am

SC Fan: I didn’t get the word on Rajion Neal, so thanks for sharing. Plz email me directly as soon as you hear about/see a great performance. . . .

Geori: I know what you mean about those star rankings. But here’s the good thing about them — they’re always updating them. More performances like Friday night and Perkins will end up as a 5-star. Regardless I’d say the Jackets have landed another great back. . . .

BobbyGodd: I did communicate with Synjyn Days but it sounds like the Hawks didn’t want to overuse him in a lopsided 48-14 win. He left the game in the second quarter leading 42-0. He wasn’t sure of his exact stats but thought he was 4 of 5 passing for 129 and 2 TDs and 64 yards rushing on 6 carries. We’ll get a better look at Synjyn this Friday when Hillgrove takes on Rome.

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2009
9:29 am

Pirates: I did get a chance to check out Stone Mountain on Friday. Caught the second half of its win over Cedar Grove. I’ve got a few of their guys on my radar screen. Thanks for sharing.

lakeside football parent

August 31st, 2009
9:49 am

Chip, I would like to congratulate the Lakeside High School Vikings. We won our first game in 2 years. It goes to show that with determination anything can be accomplished. GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!

Cuttysark

August 31st, 2009
9:51 am

For more information on Charles Perkins, go check out the recent article under the Georgia Tech Football postings at isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2009
10:15 am

Lakeside football parent: Please tell me about the running back you guys have over there. Somebody mentioned y’all have a good one but they didn’t have a name or any info.

Dannyboy

August 31st, 2009
10:19 am

Chip, thanks for keeping us updated. I think this a fantastic addition to your recruiting section.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 31st, 2009
10:26 am

A running back for Hawkinsville – named Forrest ran for over 200 yards and scored 3 TD’s. Just a junior.

like it

August 31st, 2009
10:27 am

Great coverage!!!!! A lot of times Saturday night high school football gets no love.

like it

August 31st, 2009
10:28 am

Yes Mack would have had 400 yards easy He is the truth.

SavannahJacket

August 31st, 2009
10:29 am

Well it sounds like the Dawgs have a wide reciever that will fit right in with thier program. 3-15yard celebration penalties in the first game. I see why Paul Johnson didn’t go after him. That crap wouldn’t fly on the flats.

theTruth

August 31st, 2009
10:30 am

Rogers-with three unsportsmanlike penalties. They were for taking his helmet off after scoring. Ugggh. However, football is back! Yeah!

theTruth

August 31st, 2009
10:35 am

btw, Ridgeland’s new qb is named Dominique Wilkins.

Tom

August 31st, 2009
10:46 am

“Rogers-with three unsportsmanlike penalties. They were for taking his helmet off after scoring.”

Terrence Mann to Ray Kinsella….

“We got a learning disability here?!”

SO. DEKALB CEO

August 31st, 2009
10:54 am

THOSE “GRESHAM PARK” GUYS CONTINUE TO SHINE ON FRIDAY NIGHTS. I LOVE IT

fan

August 31st, 2009
11:00 am

savjacket, your an idiot. go on dawgpost.com and watch Rogers. paul johnson would kill for that type of receiver. tech fans=idiots of the college football world.

Facts

August 31st, 2009
11:07 am

Da’Rick Rogers will be the perfect Bulldog. 3 unsportsmanlike penalties… guess he was too dumb to stop after the first one. Athens PD is drooling to get this one in their lineups.

Decatur 4 Life

August 31st, 2009
11:19 am

Geori, that was an impressive game to have but Parkview stinks. He does deserve a lot of credit but doing it against a cupcake takes away the zing.

BK

August 31st, 2009
11:26 am

I don’t think all three of those flags were on Rogers. He definitely got one after the kickoff return, but I think that any player with multiple unsportsman like flags gets tossed.

austindog

August 31st, 2009
11:27 am

“Another big number for Rogers — three excessive celebration penalties for 45 yards.” Now that’s spunk. Rogers new favorite Bulldog already.

buzz is wiser

August 31st, 2009
11:27 am

Facts, it’s not fair to pick on the kid Rogers and call him dumb but I must agree 3 unsportsmanlike penalties does make it seem like he’s a great fit for CMR’s undisciplined bunch up in Athens.

5 days til toe meets leather

BK

August 31st, 2009
11:28 am

Don’t kid yourself either, Paul Johnson would have walked to Calhoun if he thought there was any chance Rogers would end up at Tech. He’s cocky, he’s also the best athlete to come out of North Georgia in the last ten years.

Where's my crack pipe?

August 31st, 2009
11:38 am

D’arick Rogers = Ryan Perioeuax…..He will have a great career at some obscure Div II school……..Same antics got him thrown out of previus school..Calhoun has no class..after the second penalty he should have never been back in the game!!!

CALHOUN ALUM

August 31st, 2009
11:41 am

Rogers was impressive but was having problems with cramps. Seems like he is always either limping or cramping during games. Concerned?

Unsportsmanlike?

August 31st, 2009
11:50 am

Did not see game, but 3 unsportsmanlike? Are you sure? You are supposed to be automatically ejected after 2 unsportsmanlike penalties.

Sanford Drive

August 31st, 2009
11:52 am

SavannahJacket,

You’re right. That would never happen at Tech since they don’t pass the ball.

View From the Smallter Schools

August 31st, 2009
11:54 am

Chip: Don’t forget our small schools. Remember that Single A produce Herschel Walker (Johnson County), a Heisman winner, Garrison Hearst (Lincoln County), a Second in Heisman vote, Champ and Boss Bailey (Charlton County; I think that Charlton is now AA), just to name a few. Brookstone, ranked 6th in Single A, hosted Landmark Christian of Fairburn. Despite an early 62 yard TD hook-up between Brookstone QB Jake Howard to 6′ 7″ Brookstone TE Brian Vogel (committed to Alabama), Landmark controlled the line of srimmage on both sides of the ball and held a lead for nearly three quarters. Landmark QB Carson Barnett connected with Landmark WR Robert Trotter (both juniors) for a 73 yard touchdown pass right before the half to give Landmark 17 to 10 halftime lead. As a punt return and kickoff returner and receiver, Trotter amassed about 170 yards in total touches. The defense for Brookstone, known to be a second half team, stiffened and held on to win. Just a view from the small school arena.

I think that Newnan may take all the marbles this year in AAAAA. Alec Ogletree, Newnan’s strong safety who has already committed to UGA, is perhaps the best strong safety to ever have come down the pike in Georgia high school football. He is ranked by some as the #2 strong safety in the country.

Buck Godfrey continues to put out good teams at Southwest DeKalb, despite the fact that M. L. King, Stephenson, and Miller Grove have been built in recent years and have drawn away many skilled athletes from SWD. “Buck” (as so many refer to him) is a quality person, coach, and scholar. He teaches English at SWD, and he is determined each year to help his seniors to get scholarships so that they can continue their education.

Brooks

August 31st, 2009
12:00 pm

Da’Rick Rogers is just like any other high school superstar. The man running around with boys and gets caught up in it. Those refs were probably flag happy knowing he was a superstar. Any other players would probably have received nothing. Tech fans don’t kid yourself in thinking that Paul Johnson wouldn’t have him in Atlanta because we all know he would lay out the red carpet for him. GO DAWGS!

Gdawg

August 31st, 2009
12:06 pm

Chip,

CMR should take a look at RB Terrence Gore of Jones County High School. In Jones County’s win over Mitchell County on Friday night, Terrence had ~110 yards on maybe 10 carries and 2 touchdowns with one of these coming from about 40 yards out. Anyway, Terrence has Deion Sanders type speed and I am not sure if Georgia is on to him. There is a good chance that Terrence will be drafted early in baseball because of his speed but you never know. Please tell CMR about this kid. He is very explosive and fun to watch. Maybe Georgia can offer him in baseball and football.

daltondawg

August 31st, 2009
12:26 pm

I was there and only one penalty was on him. There were actually 2 penalties on the touchdown one was 40 yds from him but they were both unsportsmanlike just from different players!

GT 1990 NatlChamps

August 31st, 2009
12:33 pm

Kendrum Malcolme proved himself to be a better back Friday night, but admittedly, the season is more than one game. MLK’s QB did some good things, like keeping his eyes open while scrambling for his life. I saw that game from start to finish and Stripling only had one sack. He did have quite a few hurries. They must have doubled him all night because we didn’t hear his name much at all. However, I have to believe he had something to do with all those holding penalties MLK had. SWD defensive lineman Isiah Cook should be mentioned also.

The Red and Black

August 31st, 2009
12:39 pm

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Paddy

August 31st, 2009
12:46 pm

Don’t believe Rogers would still be in the game after his second unsportsmanlike. Don’t think we have the whole story yet. On the flip side, after the first one, I don’t believe most players would have removed their cover!!!

lakeside football parent

August 31st, 2009
1:22 pm

Chip, We have several up and coming but Jonathan Gibson is the one. But also be on the lookout for our middle linebacker #7. Who’s a junior this year.

g dub

August 31st, 2009
1:24 pm

I think people are underestimating MLK by calling the win over SWD an upset. MLK has more than just Mack Brown and it showed on Friday. It was unfortunate that the SWD qb got hurt but that can’t take away from a great defensive effort by MLK. Also, I think #83 for MLK did an outstanding job on SWD’s DE #15. Don’t sleep on MLK.

SavannahJacket

August 31st, 2009
1:41 pm

Samford & Sons Drive:

You are right… GT never throws the ball. That is why they took a 4 star recruit away from UGA last year and had a stable of young recievers coming up, including one transfering in from Alabama.

And who needs to throw when you can run up 409 yards on the ground against the preseason #1 team in the nation.

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2009
2:08 pm

to be fair, regarding the unsportsmanlike penalties on Rogers, two came on his first touchdown, an excessive celebration, which would technically be on his teammates as well, and taunting, for removing his helmet. The second was just excessive celebration. Obviously I wasn’t there and heard about it all second hand but there was some videotape of it on http://georgia.scout.com and it didn’t really look that bad.

football fan

August 31st, 2009
2:23 pm

This kid Brad Roby from PTree Ridge (Vanderbilt) had a TD and 2 INT on defense. He also had a 45 yard kickoff run. Got this information from articles on GDP and AJC.

Their RB, Chris Sawdney, had 93 yards rushing and 3 TD.

Dekalb County Fan

August 31st, 2009
2:33 pm

anyone see the stephenson game?

DC

August 31st, 2009
2:58 pm

Yes, Stephenson defense look good and the offense had 2 touchdown called back . Plus STEPHENSON was in the slaughter rule midway in the 3rd quarter.Overall totally mismatch for McNAIR.

see ya there

August 31st, 2009
4:32 pm

Of course The Stephenson was as expected hands down. JV really got a chance to work out and it was still an egg.