Towers blogging live from MLK-Stephenson tonight
I’m getting ready to leave my office very shortly to head over to James R. Hallford Stadium for tonight’s mega-matchup between Martin Luther King High and Stephenson. I’m going to get there early and I’ll be there late — blogging throughout — so be sure to check back for updates and commentary from pregame to final whistle!
Remember, it’s a 6 p.m. kickoff tonight and it’s expected to be jam-packed so I’d suggest you get there early, too. It’s a beautiful night for football and it looks like these two teams, ranked 7 and 8 in the state’s highest classification, are going to encounter perfect conditions for the the competition.
Here are just a few things I’m looking forward to:
- MLK’s Mack Brown: This will be my second chance to see in action the top-rated back in the state. The last time was against Southwest DeKalb, which held him in check with 66 yards. Stephenson’s D may be even tougher.
- Mike Thornton: This will be my first opportunity to see tackle Mike Thornton live. Thornton (6-2, 280) is the top uncommitted D-lineman in Georgia. Auburn, Georgia and Penn State are all over him.
- Stephenson’s D: And don’t forget about the Jaguars’ defensive end Tyrone Cornelius, who’s headed to Miami. They also have a DB headed to Vanderbilt (Keith Ladler), another one being courted by D-1 schools (Chris Sharpe) a big-time linebacker (Jabari Johnson).
- MLK QB Cameron Myers: He’s not getting big-time offers but I’m impressed by the playmaking ability of this elusive runner and thrower. Too bad Demarco Robinson (broken foot) won’t be out there for him.
- Raymond Sanders: ESPN’s Tom Luginbill thinks the Stephenson back committed to Kentucky is sorely underrated.
- Best MLK player you probably haven’t heard of: DT Dameon Herring (5-10, 300), a shoo-in D-1 recruit if not for his height. May be anyway.
- The Lane Kiffin watch: Will Tennessee’s brash young coach fly into Clarkson via helicopter as reported? What will he do for attention? He, too, has his sights set on Brown and Thornton. And as we know, he’s the king of the “flip” in recruiting. What other coaches may be on hand?
- The ESPN fuss: I’ve written a lot this week about the television network’s new niche with high school football. I’m eager to get a behind-the-scenes look at their operation.
There’s a ton of storylines to this game, not the least of which are state championship hopes and region title battles. So be sure to check back in and see how it’s going. And who knows, maybe you’ll see me on the tube?