Charlie Weis shows off Super Bowl ring, LB Raphael Kirby commits to Miami Hurricances eventually
Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis may have a higher Q Rating than some SEC head coaches, including his own with the Gators (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)
Stephenson High School, showcasing 14 prospects with D1 offers, had its spring football scrimmage on Tuesday.
There was so much going on that we’re just going to hit the high points:
- The star of the scrimmage was Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, one of around 20 college coaches to make an appearance. Either everybody was looking at Weis or his Super Bowl ring, which appeared to weigh 100 pounds. Not sure how he carries that ring around. Charlie didn’t show much interest in the scrimmage, spending most of the time chatting on his cell or telling football war stories to younger college assistants eager to listen. Stephenson has two 2012 prospects committed to Florida, tailback Mike Davis and defensive lineman Jafar Mann. Charlie left the building right after halftime of the scrimmage. On his way out, Charlie posed for pictures with a few fans wearing “Florida” shirts, and even let one kid wear his Super Bowl ring.
- Stephenson linebacker Raphael Kirby initially planned to announce his college decision at halftime but maybe he didn’t play well enough in the first half because that plan got vetoed. We’re not sure what really happened, but Kirby — and the entire defense — got an earful at halftime from the team’s defensive assistants (although the defense and team was praised at the end by the coach). After the scrimmage, Kirby committed to Miami over Florida, with LSU and North Carolina tied for third out of his 26 early offers. “It’s a great school, a great academic school as well as football,” Kirby said. “I’ve always been a Miami fan and once I got offered by them, they jumped to the top. And once I did more studying on Miami, then I said I’ve got to go there.”
- Kirby was the fifth Stephenson player to commit, following Davis, Mann, DT Carlos Hood (South Carolina) and TE Joshua Parris (South Florida). Kirby said UGA was in his initial top 5 but dropped because “they didn’t recruit me as hard as other schools.” What about Georgia Tech? “I don’t think they offered me,” said Kirby, who transferred from Parkview High School last January.
- Stephenson may have the most D1 prospects out of any high school in the USA, but there were more D1 prospects in the crowd. There were players from rival schools that were finished with spring ball and attended the scrimmage, including Stone Mountain linebacker Markuss Eligwe, who committed to FSU over UGA and Florida last month. We’re not sure on final attendance, anywhere between 500 and 1,000 — more than some other DeKalb schools draw for a regular-season game.
- Stephenson defensive tackle Jafar Mann, who has committed to Florida, was not permitted to participate in the scrimmage after violating undisclosed team rules.
The college announcement was "delayed" but LB Raphael Kirby eventually got around to committing to "The U" (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)
- What’s the latest with UGA’s “Dream Team” recruiting class with meeting NCAA academic standards? Here’s the latest on QB-DB Nick Marshall (go here to read full story)
- Kirby is the third elite LB to announce his decision to leave the state in recent weeks, including the commitment of Buford’s Dillon Lee to Alabama (go here to read full story)
- More Miami Hurriances: RB Storm Johnson, who played at Loganville and Buford high schools, will transfer from the ACC school, and his dad explains WHY (go here to read full story)
- Who is having the best year in the state with college basketball recruiting? You could make a case for Georgia State, which landed Virginia Tech transfer Manny Atkins (go here to read full story) … As a senior at Tucker High School in 2009, Atkins had scholarship offers from around 15 colleges, including Georgia Tech, Michigan and UGA
- This and That: Alabama made a football offer on Tuesday to Creekside DB Josh Holsey, who was shocked with an UGA offer recently … Georgia State made an offer to North Oconee OL Joseph Scelfo, the son of the Atlanta Falcons TE coach.
FINAL THOUGHT: Who knew the best month of the year to cover college football would be … May … booster club meetings? SEC coaches talking smack everywhere.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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