Jordan Akins, early on one of the best kept recruiting secrets in Atlanta, received a scholarship offer this week from Georgia Tech, according to Union Grove coach Steven Collins.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Akins is a multi-skilled, two-sport athlete who plays wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back and kick returner for Union Grove. Also a pro baseball prospect, he remained under recruiting radar at Strong Rock Christian before transferring to the Henry County public school for his senior season. He also has offers from Connecticut and UCF and is being considered as a two-sport player by LSU.
Grayson now has 3 D-1 defenders
Terry Williams became the third member of Grayson’s defense to land a Division I scholarship this week and there will likely be a fourth before the year is over.
Williams, a 6-foot-260-pound middle linebacker, accepted an offer from East Carolina on Thursday. He now joins defensive tackle Shawn Green (Georgia Tech) and safety Kori Gaines (BYU) in the ranked of the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I.
The Rams will likely end up with a fourth defensive player in D-1. Defensive end Joseph Champaign has several mid-level offers, including the military service academies and Marshall.
“Four Division I signees on one side of the ball, that doesn’t happen very often,” Grayson coach Mickey Conn said.
Major injury for UGA commit
Brent Benedict, one of the top offensive line prospects in the country and a longtime Georgia commitment, suffered a major knee injury this past weekend. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle from The Bolles School in Jacksonville tore his anterior cruciate ligament, his posterior cruciate ligament, meniscus and hamstring. Benedict and his family met with noted orthopedist James Andrews in Pensacola on Thursday and was advised it will take two surgeries to repair the damage. He will be out of action for 12 to 18 months.
The Bulldogs will honor their scholarship commitment to Benedict.
“They called and told us not to worry, that his scholarship was still good,” Benedict’s father, Ed Benedict, told the Florida Times-Union. “They said it’s not even a consideration, so don’t give it any thought.”
Lady Dogs get Atlanta guard
Khaalida[cq] Miller, one of the highest-ranked basketball prospects in Georgia, committed to the Georgia Lady Dogs this past week. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard from Atlanta’s Douglass High, is rated the No. 10 shooting guard and No. 36 prospect overall by ESPNU. She stars in AAU ball for the Georgia Metros, a team coached by her father.
Miller continues a stellar recruiting effort for coach Andy Landers, who has also gotten commitments from five-star, 6-foot-5 center Ariel Johnson of Oak Hill Academy and four-star point guard Ronika Ransford of Washington D.C.
Georgia State adds 2 commitments
Georgia State football program got its fourth and fifth commitments of the 2010 recruiting class. Joining the Panthers were Etowah tight end Joey Gilkey (6-2, 240) and defensive back Justin Hughes (5-9, 160) of Treasure Coast High in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Those two players join LB Blake James (6-1, 220) of Little Rock (Ark.) Christian, L Sherrod Loud (6-2, 280) of Worth County and L Tyler Pitt (6-6, 275) of Telfair County in the Panthers’ signing class of 2010.
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Georgia coach Mark Richt has turned up the recruiting heat on Gainesville quarterback Blake Sims, an AJC Super 11 selection who has been committed to Alabama since April. . . . AJC Super 11 wide receiver Tai-ler Jones of Gainesville switched his commitment from Stanford to Notre Dame this week. Jones’ father Andre Jones played for the Fighting Irish from 1988-91. . . . AJC Super 11 offensive tackle Ed Christian committed to Auburn this past week. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior initially committed to Florida State. . . . Georgia Tech commitment Denzel McCoy of Northview declined an invitation from Tennessee to make an official visit and remains “solid” with the Yellow Jackets. . . . Georgia commitment Nickell Robey, a cornerback from Frostproof, Fla., is now planning to visit Tennessee and South Florida.