Union Grove’s talent overshadowed by MLK, Stephenson

Tonight’s contest between classic Atlanta powers Southwest DeKalb and Marist will be a game chocked full of college prospects, but the most star-studded contest of  the weekend might be tomorrow night’s matchup between Stephenson and Union Grove.

The Jaguars have gotten publicity aplenty for their  roster of a dozen-plus prospects and they did not disappoint in last week’s nationally-televised game against talent-laden M.L. King, with defensive tackle Mike Thornton and running back Raymond Sanders (Kentucky commit) assuming starring roles.

Less publicized is the powerhouse program coach Steven Collins has been quietly building down in McDonough. The Wolverines feature three players with major-conference college offers and several others holding mid-level offers and major schools still looking at them.

  • Senior defensive end Anthony Williams already has verbally committed to Georgia Tech.
  • Multitalented skill player Jordan Akins, who plays wide receiver, quarterback and safety and returns some kicks, is quickly losing his distinction as best-kept-secret in Atlanta. He got a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech on Thursday, is on the verge of receiving one from LSU and already has offers from Connecticut and UCF.
  • Junior cornerback Avery Walls has a scholarship offer from Oklahoma, among others.
  • Linebacker Dareon Mays has at least a half-dozen offers, including UAB, Western Kentucky, Western Carolina and Kent.
  • Running back Donavon Johnson just this week got an offer from Wofford.

Like the Jaguars, Union Grove is undefeated (7-0) in Region 2-AAAAA. So something has to give on Saturday.

“Traditionally speaking it’s been those two (MLK and Stephenson) in the region and we’re yet to step up against either on of them,” Collins said. “Everybody wanted their game [last week] to be the region championship and that’s fine. But we’ve still got them both and all we can do is prepare and go out and play the way we know we’re capable of playing.”

Union Grove can probably match Stephenson in the skill areas. But it’s the line of scrimmage you must control if you’re going to handle the Jaguars, and nobody has come close to that yet.

“Their defensive front is as good as we’ve played all year.” Collins said. “We’ve lost five seniors from last year but we have seven guys we rotate and they’ve gotten better every week It should be a good battle up front.”

  • CSS Game of the Week: The game drawing the most attention tonight is a classic matchup of Atlanta powerhouses Marist and SWD, which will be televised tonight as the Nissan High School Game of the Week on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). As noted by Georgia High School Football Daily (GHSF), these two programs currently have 39 players between them playing college football right now, with the Panthers leading the way with 21. . . . Coach Buck Godfrey’s team is led by Georgia commitment Ken Malcome, a running back who leads DeKalb County in rushing (894) and touchdowns (14). They also have three other seniors headed to the SEC: DE T.J. Stripling (Georgia), DB Jonathan Mincy (Auburn) S Sharrod Golightly (Vanderbilt). Also, CB/WR/KR Marcques Dixon has offers from Southern Miss and Central Michigan and OL Brandon Clark has been offered by UCF and Michigan State. Junior DE Terrance Smith is expected to be a major college prospect for 2011. . . . Marist quarterback Andy Perez is a terrific player who can beat you running or passing.
  • Lassiter vs. Walton: Recruiting is heating up for Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason, who’s coming off a record-setting 545-yard passing performance last week. But he’ll get a considerably tougher test tonight against the Raiders, a perennial 6-AAAAA power.
  • ESPNU High School Showcase: Not much local interest tonight with a 10 p.m. kick between California schools Foothill and Monte Vista. But next Thursday they’ll be in Temple, Texas, where the top back in America (in my opinion) Lache Seastrunk will be on display. A week later, on Nov. 6, they’ll be at Little Rock Christian in Arkansas where Michael Dyer, generally regarded as the No. 3 back in the nation, plays.

16 comments Add your comment

Rodney King

October 23rd, 2009
4:57 pm

First, and if any of you MF’s complain, I’ll come down there and whip your candy a**, a**s.

Paddy

October 23rd, 2009
6:18 pm

Rodney king….you are not allowed down here. Remember the electronic ankle braclett and the automatic call to the DeKalb police station. But I am glad you are first!

TXDawg

October 23rd, 2009
6:20 pm

Second, and I got Rodney’s back…..lol.

No complaining!

TXDawg

October 23rd, 2009
6:20 pm

oops, I guess I mean 3rd.

Clint Castleberry

October 23rd, 2009
7:49 pm

I hear the Jack Rabbits at Union Grove turn into Jackets – -
GO JACKETS!!!

the 80

October 24th, 2009
12:15 am

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Intellectual

October 24th, 2009
12:19 am

I’ve been following Stephenson football team and band program for a couple of years now, and from previous seasons and this seaons I dont see Union Grove beating Stephenson, not with Stephenson’s defense as strong as it is. And as far as the band at stephenson, they are awesme and always has been great they DEFIENTLY have nothing 2 worry about going against Union Grove or at the BOTB.
Good Luck to both!

Black Angel

October 24th, 2009
12:36 am

Stephenson vs Union Grove will be a good game, but the Jaguars will prevail. To strong on both sides of the ball. Stella and Stingy Defense with a Good Offensive, Stephenson should compete for the State Title this year.

Chad

October 24th, 2009
8:32 pm

?Im interested in seeing more of Lache Seastrunk and Michael Dyer play in there ESPNU Highschool showcase games from what I have seen they are a level above the competition.

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BIG BEE

October 24th, 2009
8:47 pm

INTELLECTUAL, my money says you have never seen Tucker”s band. More movement there than a 5 gal. bucket full of jello. Oh, and the sound is pretty good too.

dawgtired

October 24th, 2009
11:31 pm

All you highschool talented athletes come on over to Athens and play for the dawgs and watch your talent and ability go flying out the window like a scared sparrow. It happens every season. Then listen to all the fair weather fans talk about how overrated you are.

Jesup Dawg

October 25th, 2009
7:09 pm

Yeah we waist all of our talent. What did we have 2 first round picks? Come to Athens and play on Sundays!

D-MAN

October 25th, 2009
7:42 pm

MLK HAS THE BEST SOUNDING BAND AROUND,SWD PUTS ON THE FIELD SHOW AND STEPHENSON HAS THE BEST FOOTBALL TEAM.BUT NEXT YEAR IT MAY CHANGE ALL AROUND,THATS THE GOOD THING ABOUT BEING A FAN YOU AALWAYS HAVE THE NEXT YEAR.GOOD LUCK TO ALL SCHOOLS IN SOUTH DEKALB YOU ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER

jag count

October 25th, 2009
8:09 pm

jag count

October 25th, 2009
8:10 pm

union grove played a good but the jags prevailed congrats jaguars

B-Nasty

October 26th, 2009
6:29 pm

Looks like Stephenson is geared for another region title..my beloved wolverines have to start stepping up in the clutch..Ty Moore is not an option QB, however Jordan Akins is…it is startling to me why Coach Collins of Union Grove will not play Akins over Moore..Union Grove was in a position to win a great game and, once again, we get screwed over..Congrats to the Jags..UG let’s get it goin..im tired of 8-3 or 9-3 seasons..playoffs are already in your grasp..win out and go in second in the region and dominate somebody in the playoffs