No. 6 to commit from Stephenson High School: LB Darreon Herring picks Vanderbilt

D1 No. 6 from SHS goes to ... Vanderbilt (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

D1 No. 6 from SHS goes to ... Vanderbilt (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Six down, and eight more to go at Stephenson High School.

Darreon Herring committed to Vanderbilt on Thursday morning, picking the SEC school over his other finalists of North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker is the sixth 2012 player to commit from Stephenson, which is a top contender to lead the nation with most players from one high school to sign major-college football scholarships in February 2012.

The others are:

LB Raphael Kirby (Miami)

RB Mike Davis (Florida)

DT Jafar Mann (Florida)

DL Carlos Hood (South Carolina)

TE Joshua Parris (South Florida)

How about Vanderbilt? The Commodores have invaded Georgia. Vandy now has four commitments for its 2012 recruiting class, and three are from Georgia  — North Cobb DE Tre Griffin, Tucker LB Jacob Sealand and Herring.

Back to Stephenson: Who is the best player left on the board? It’s Jarontay Jones, the 4-star defensive end.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Old Gold Britches

May 19th, 2011
8:48 am

All the best to Darreon Herring! Would have loved to seen you play at the Flats.

Dr. Phil

May 19th, 2011
8:50 am

Must be a real “student athlete.” Good luck young man.

Bama Fan#2

May 19th, 2011
8:51 am

Vandy may take over 4th place in the SEC East over Kentucky and Georgia.

J. Parrott

May 19th, 2011
8:58 am

Its amazing how tech and georgia can never land a player from stephenson. This is one of the top high schools in this state and our two top schools in football can never get a kid from there. I don’t understand that.

Best QB?

May 19th, 2011
8:59 am

Darreon Herring we hate you left Stockbridge! he is a helluva athlete. Good Luck to you!

SoGA supporter

May 19th, 2011
9:00 am

With all these D-1 prospects, maybe just maybe Stephenson will make it past the second round of the playoffs.

GT Hulk

May 19th, 2011
9:07 am

Nobody wants to play for PJ or Dinosoar Al Groh !!!! unless Troy, Ga. Southern or Elon are in the running. Its time for PJ to go or GT football will be at Division 2 level.

Curious

May 19th, 2011
9:11 am

This is a great accomplishment for this young man and congatulations are in order. However, one has to wonder how Stephenson seems to have so many D-1 and D-1AA athletes that didn’t start their high school careers at Stephenson. I can’t blame parents for wanting their sons to attend Stephenson and the exposure that many other schools can’t offer or compete with. Over the past couple of years it seems as if many of the student-athletes that receive college scholarships from Stephenson did not start high school there and it makes you wonder if they are really moving into the district or simply finding a way in. I know the GHSA treats DeKalb County as one district simply because it is nearly impossible to truly enforce the districts there. But when there have been numerous student-athletes who have started their careers at an out-of-county high school and then transfer to Stephenson by the junior or senior year. Does the GHSA look the other way or is the school or school system looking the other way? I don’t want to take anything away from the kids who are obviously talented and have made the grades, but it seems like schools in the surrounding area are at a disadvantage since they are probably losing their best player to Stephenson. If rules are being followed in each case, then shame on me for questioning, but if the rules are being skirted around, then shame on somebody.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 19th, 2011
9:14 am

Curious, you do whatever it takes to get your kid noticed. Buford is the same way. If my kid played for Central Forsyth, which has never got a kid to the D1 level in a long time, I would move to Buford or pay the tuition in order for my kid to get noticed if he had skills.

Bug Zapper

May 19th, 2011
9:16 am

Had UGA offered him, and he picked Vanderbilt, the headline would have read “Local Recruit Slams Door in UGA’s Face”, or something to that effect.

Bug Zapper

May 19th, 2011
9:18 am

SO how is Al Groh’s 1976 Super Bowl ring worked for impressing recruits like you nerds thought it would when you hired him right after him being FIRED from ACC powerhouse program, Virginia???

Dekalb Fan

May 19th, 2011
9:23 am

Good job Darreon . This is a real good kid and Student athelete .

6-2, 200 lbs LB?

May 19th, 2011
9:23 am

better switch to SS

johnny too good

May 19th, 2011
9:38 am

@JParrot…… not every kid in the state is in love with UGA or Tech, alot of the kids at my school could care less about UGA

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Genius Jacket

May 19th, 2011
9:40 am

He clearly has the academics for the Flats, yet he snubbed us? Why can’t Paul Johnson recruit good athletes?

It’s about more than academics

Melting Pot

May 19th, 2011
9:45 am

Is it possible for a Techie to talk football without using the word “academics”???

No

Zone 6

May 19th, 2011
9:45 am

Stephenson has placed some prospects at Georgia…Big Mike Thornton, TJ Gartell, Kregg Lumpkin.

Jacket Man

May 19th, 2011
9:55 am

He was never an option at GA Tech so I’m not sure about the headline here.

chillywilly

May 19th, 2011
10:04 am

This high school recruiting has become a slave auction. These misinformed young boys are obviously being mislead by their ignorant high school coaches. They signed with these so-called big football programs, are exploited for 4 or 5 years and then have nothing to show for it. When are they going to realize that Morehouse, Howard University, Florida A&M University, Hampton, North Carolina A&T and Tuskegee are much better options and have their best interest at heart? Lord let my people go!

Rocket City Jacket

May 19th, 2011
10:05 am

He was never offered by GT. Nice try though. Good luck to him at Vanderbilt.

Stinger

May 19th, 2011
10:09 am

I understand picking Vandy (better academics than GT) but why was GT never really in the running for this kid.

Is it the SEC over the ACC?

Is it coaching staff?

Is it Campus atmosphere?

Is it the lack of quality coeds?

I just don’t understand.

Hawk Supporter

May 19th, 2011
10:15 am

All of that “talent” and Hillgrove came in and beat them last year. Was not a factor at all.

Mr Westside

May 19th, 2011
10:22 am

Chillywilly. Maybe the young man just wanted to go to Vanderbilt. Let’s give the young man credit, if he’s intelligent enough to get offered a scholarship from Vandy, then I believe he’s smart enough to know of other options. I think this is a moment to congratulate the young man, instead stating he’s misinformed for choosing to attend one of the top academic colleges in the country.

ChillyWilly

May 19th, 2011
10:30 am

Did you really just compare Morehouse to Vandy? All of the schools you listed are black schools, are they in his best interest solely because he is black? That seems a bit ignorant and likely racist. He will have plenty to show for his commitment to Vandy if he graduates, and he will definitely have more visibilty to the pros than ANY of the schools you listed, with exception maybe to FL A&M. Ignorance!

@ChillyWilly

May 19th, 2011
10:34 am

the above comment was not written by chillywilly, rather to him. whoops!

beebee

May 19th, 2011
10:51 am

chillywilly that’s funny man! And it ain’t altogether crazy. However, you don’t know the personal goals of these players. Some might want a differcult culture like a Vandy. Others may want the culture and climate that the HBUCs offer. It’s a personal choice man. Lord, let your people go where THEY want to go.

I’m sure the “exploit” factor does play a part somewhere, somehow, in some instances. But you can’t paint the entire landscape with that broad brush.

beebee

WnE

May 19th, 2011
11:01 am

re:
chillywilly
May 19th, 2011
10:04 am
____________________

You’re full of race-based BS!

Many of those HBCUs that you list have Graduation rates for FB & BB combined down in 20% range with few IF ANY of those schools having graduation rates for Athletes in FB & BB combined over 33%.

In the last 20 or so years HBCUs have DEPLORABLE Graduation Rates for Scholly athletes in the major sports.

You might wanna check your friggin’ calendar putz; Eddie Robinson & Jake Gaither ain’t roaming the sidelines anymore.

HBCU FB is an EMPTY SHELL of what it used to be, both on the field AND when it comes to graduating young Black Men.

Please wait for another topic before you attempt to play the “race card”!

rduck

May 19th, 2011
11:02 am

where did you get the info that GT even offered this kid? i can’t find one site that has us even in consideration. good luck to the kid and i hope he does well at Vandy…

rduck

May 19th, 2011
11:04 am

for once i have to say “excellent post Wrex” !!

WnE

May 19th, 2011
11:07 am

re:
rduck
May 19th, 2011
11:04 am
________________
Actually all of my posts are excellent, but too many readers refuse to admit it. ;-)

Matt Sarazan

May 19th, 2011
11:07 am

Carvell, please make note that he wasn’t offered by Tech. Him naming them as a finalist is one thing, but he wasn’t offered. If you’re going to run a blog and let idiots post based on your “reporting” then you need to clarify when appropriate. Thanks!

And, it is great that this young man is Vanderbilt bound. He’ll get to play in a great football conference and attend one of the best universities in the nation.

WnE

May 19th, 2011
11:10 am

re:
Matt Sarazan
May 19th, 2011
11:07 am
________________________

The pale white kid from Friday Night Lights is Matt Saracen, BTW.

Football_365

May 19th, 2011
11:11 am

tech fans whats your excuse now? You cant use your academics card with this kid. Whatever excuse you guys decide to use please make it a good one its been a long week I need a good laugh!

Delbert D.

May 19th, 2011
11:21 am

Building up the Vanderbilt program is a good thing. Makes for a stronger conference.

LizellaJacket

May 19th, 2011
11:31 am

Football365,

It’s pretty easy on this one. He didn’t have a Tech offer.

Ty

May 19th, 2011
11:38 am

Obviously this kid is thinking about his life after football. Vandy is an incredible academic school as we all know. I went to UGA, but have to admit that I’m scratching my head with people on hear making fun of tech not getting him. He could not go wrong with either school. Does anyone know this guys major? That could be the reason why he chose Vandy over tech. I don’t know. I wish him the best. We don’t get all of the recruits we go after in GA and neither does tach! There are too many

Best QB?

May 19th, 2011
11:38 am

My son played with Darreon his freshman year. We had some internal issues with coaching/parents at Stockbridge that caused several really good athletes to leave. So there are varying reasons kids transfer, coaching, better competition, better opportunity, but a lot of times unfortunately its overzealous parents. My son had the opportunity to transfer to a school that would showcase his skills better. When he didn’t want to do it as a freshman (he wanted to play with his friends that he had gone to middle and Elem School with) then it became a loyalty issue. I preach that and accountability. If he puts in the work, and he has, then regardless of the school he is going to shine! His current coach has done one helluva job of getting our kids noticed. Stockbridge will make some noise this year. Go tigers!

SCJacket

May 19th, 2011
11:39 am

Come on people. He was never on our radar and didn’t even have an offer from us. He is a decent safety prospect at best! Dont neeed him and he is not good enough to play linebacker for us.

???????????

May 19th, 2011
11:43 am

Man 3 of those guys didn’t even play at Stephenson last year. Kirby, Parris now this guy?????????????

Captain's Mama

May 19th, 2011
11:48 am

Folks … the young man, and there is NOTHING wrong with this, prefers academics over football. More kids should do this considering the percentage of high school “stars” that DON’T make it to the NFL.

Love how MC stokes the SEC-ACC fires by saying “….picking the SEC school over his other finalists of UNC, CU, WF, GT.” Notice how OF his other finalists the reporter leaves out any OF the other SEC schools.

Rocket City Jacket

May 19th, 2011
11:51 am

Apparently, Stephen Weatherly committed to Vandy over GT and some other schools. Now with him we have no excuse because he was actually OFFERED (in big letters for the ignorant Pup fans that don’t seem to get we didn’t offer the guy in this article) by GT. We have better OLB prospects on our radar, but we lost a kid with a great combination in academics and athleticism to Vandy.

They are on fire with their recruiting this year, so far. Good for Vandy!

Captain

May 19th, 2011
11:51 am

You GT supporters are a real hoot, reading your excuses on this site brings smiles to the face.

Usually your excuse is “academics” so and so didn’t have the grades to be admitted to GT. We all know that is amongst the biggest Urban Myths in collegiate athletics. Now your latest when a young man chooses another school over GT is “he didn’t have an offer”. I’m sorry boys, I’ve gotta call BS on that one as well. The young man says he had an offer, why would he say that if he didn’t? There’s certainly no prestige factor in claiming an offer from GT, a GT offer is about as weighty and impressive as one from Western Carolina, Furman, or Eastern Illinois, not exactly “top shelf”.

It will be interesting to see the next set of excuses coming from the GT supporters. He didn’t have an offer……… yeah right, and water ain’t wet.

Captain's Mama

May 19th, 2011
11:53 am

and by saying he prefers academics over football, which MOST high schoolers should do, it’s obvious. UNC, CU, and GT are always better football programs than Vandy. And WF has been too, under Jim Grobe’s watch.

But great for the young man. He can get a GREAT education…for FREE!! I sure would’ve liked to have been in shoes when I was comming out of high school.

Carvell's a Hack

May 19th, 2011
11:55 am

Time for a career change. Journalism is just not for you, buddy.

MHC Tiger

May 19th, 2011
11:57 am

@ChillyWilly (the 2nd one)
Watch your mouth son! LOL Morehouse is as good an institution as Vandy! Look it up! Now as a Graduate of HBCU’s I agree with chilly Willy to an extent. The HBCU’s do offer SOME kids added benefits. However, I preach to my kids and the one’s I’ve coached to dream big. You can always drop down to D2 or a sub div school and not lose any ellig. If I had to do it over again I would have walked on at a Major school or accepted the offer to go to prep school so I could get into the school of my choice back in the day. I loved my Morehouse experience; it was 17 to 1 girls to guys. (Feel me, lmao) However back in the day the facilities were horrible. Now all HBCU’s didn’t have those challenges. In the end it worked out. The kid has to be comfortable with his choices. Darreon is a bright and gifted kid. Vandy is a great option to get a quality education and play big time ball! My son knows if he doesn’t go D1 he WILL be going to ‘THE HOUSE!”

Johnny Too Good

May 19th, 2011
12:01 pm

@MHC Tiger, that girls to guys ratio maybe a little higher now bcuz alot of the guys at “the house” are having gender identity issues

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

MHC Tiger

May 19th, 2011
12:01 pm

@SCJacket… he actually plays like Reggie Balls lil brother who went to FSU. he is sideline to sideline and tenacious and athletic! They will add 20-30lbs to his frame easy!

MHC Tiger

May 19th, 2011
12:21 pm

WNE… you sound bitter about your HBCU experience like I once did. (if your white then you simply don’t know what your talking about) HBCU’s are a diff animal. I had to look in the mirror and take some ownership of my circumstances. I didn’t have to hang out at Spellman or Clarks female dorms EVERY night! You’re incorrect with regards to the grad rates. They are comparable with most major schools. The bottom line is few if any of the schools have great track records with regards to grad rates. But after doing JR. days this past spring with my son, the the resources are there at major colleges and univ. A kid has to be a freaking idiot to flunk out at a major school these days!

GTJason

May 19th, 2011
12:27 pm

Strange: http://rivals.yahoo.com/georgiatech/football/recruiting/player-Darreon-Herring-99261

Wonder why GT isn’t even on the list… he doesn’t fit the 3-4 scheme, the same reason UGA isn’t on the list. The kid can play and is smart(even had an offer from Stanford) but he didn’t fit in the defensive schemes of the 2 in-state schools, give it a rest and do some research before posting on a blog like this.

Stephenson

May 19th, 2011
12:39 pm

@GTJason, you idiot this kid did get an offer from GT- Rivals didn’t update all of his offers but I know of several others that don’t appear. Look close at Rivals and 247 they’re not the same. Idiot! From East coast to West coast and plenty of stops between this kid has offers. VANDY YOU GOT A GOOD ONE!!!