Stephenson High School has seven players committed to major colleges, including five to SEC schools.
Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat committed to Kentucky on Sunday night after attending camp earlier in the day. He said he picked the Wildcats over offers from Indiana, Purdue and Florida International.
Stephenson projects to have 14-17 players sign FBS (formerly Div. I-A) scholarships in February 2012.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Sweat pledged to Kentucky right after performing for the Wildcats coaching staff at camp on Sunday. But he didn’t make it “official” with Kentucky coach Joker Phillips until late Sunday night.
“I told Coach Phillips that I wanted to be a Wildcat,” explained Sweat. “I said I really wanted to talk to my parents first about it, but wanted to go ahead and commit because I didn’t want to lose that spot if another wide receiver committed. Coach Phillips was great about it. He said ‘I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry about it. We got your scholarship. We’ll hold your spot. Talk to your parents and call me back later.’”
Sweat made the six-hour return trip from Lexington, Ky., to Atlanta by Sunday evening, discussed his college decision with his parents, and was given the greenlight to commit. Sweat caught 12 passes last season in Stephenson’s run-oriented offense.
Stephenson High School is a candidate to lead the nation with players signing major-college scholarships for 2012. Here’s the current list:
RB Mike Davis (Florida)
DT Jafar Mann (Florida)
LB Darreon Herring (Vanderbilt)
DL Carlos Hood (South Carolina)
WR DeMarcus Sweat (Kentucky)
TE Joshua Parris (South Florida)
LB Raphael Kirby (Miami)
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