One high school in Georgia now has six players committed to SEC schools.
The pipeline to the SEC starts at Stephenson High School, located in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain.
No. 6 is DB Shawn Blaylock, who committed to Kentucky minutes after being offered by the Wildcats on Thursday. He picked Kentucky over Arkansas State, Indiana and Middle Tennessee State, and had serious interest from others.
What does Blaylock think of Stephenson sending a six-pack to the SEC?
“It’s ridiculous,” Blaylock told the AJC. “I can’t even put it into words. SEC football is the best. And we’ve got six going there. Well, at least six.”
Stephenson is a candidate to lead the nation with football prospects signing major-college football scholarships in 2012. The DeKalb County school has 6 players committed to FBS schools (formerly NCAA Div. I-A), with a total of 14-17 projected to sign D1.
Back to Blaylock: He went to Kentucky camp last weekend, and thought he had impressed the coaches enough to earn an offer afterwards. He didn’t get one. “Yeah, it was disappointing because I thought I had done really well,” Blaylock said. “But the coaches told me they would watch the film from the camp and get back with me. And they did on Thursday.”
Blaylock was offered by Kentucky assistant Randy Sanders, who asked “Are you ready to commit?” Maybe to the surprise of Sanders, Blaylock did not hestitate, saying “Yes sir, I’m ready to be a Wildcat.” Sanders response? “OK. Congrats. Let’s get Coach Phillips on the phone.” Blaylock then relayed the news to Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips.
“I just want to thank my coaches at Stephenson because without them getting the word out about all of us, none of this would’ve been possible,” Blaylock said.
Blaylock’s teammate, WR DeMarcus Sweat, committed to Kentucky on Sunday night (go here for full story)
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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