TE Joshua Parris commits to Syracuse

Stephenson 2012 is arguably the most talented-loaded football team the state of Georgia has never seen (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Stephenson 2012 is arguably the most talented-loaded high school football team the state of Georgia has ever seen (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

One high school in Georgia now has 10 football players that have committed to major colleges, including seven to SEC schools.

It’s Stephenson High School, located in Stone Mountain. The latest college decision was TE Joshua Parris pledging to Syracuse over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt over the weekend. Parris has family in the area, and liked the way Syracuse uses the tight end in the passing game. He was originally committed to South Florida but switched after being told he was recruited to play fullback.

Stephenson projects to have 14-17 sign D1 scholarships in 2012, which is a candidate to lead the nation. Here’s an updated list of commitments:

Who is next?

RB TJ Moon (5-10, 215) has Boston College, Syracuse, Mississippi State and Illinois as his leaders.

OL Steve McKenzie (6-2, 300) is favoring Memphis, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky

OL Nicholas Gibbons (6-5, 285) has Vanderbilt, UCF and Boston College as his leaders


  • “Dream Team II” for UGA? You make the vote (click on story link)
  • Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at WR will pick between Auburn and Ohio State on Wednesday after (click on story link)
  • 2013 Milton HS (Ga.) WR Ryan Jenkins picked up an offer from Clemson. His older brother, Marty Jenkins, plays for Clemson.
  • Lincoln County OL/DE Charles Fogler (6-5, 220) attended UGA camp and has generated interested from Mississippi State, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State and UAB. He is waiting on his first offer.
  • Westminster DL Sam Jowers (6-3, 260) will visit or attend camps this week at North Carolina and Georgia Tech, and go to Virginia, Stanford, Duke and Princeton later this summer.  Jowers, who set school records in the squat (480 pounds) and power clean (330) is waiting on his first offer.
  • Chattooga QB Nathan Schuster (6-1, 190) has an offer from Georgia State. Schuster had a school-record 550 all-purpose yards against Gordon Central last year. He plays both QB and LB.
  • Walton QB Brad Kilborn (6-3, 205) will be playing football this year at a post-graduate school, Cushing Academy, which is located near Boston. Kilborn passed for 1,350 yards and 12 TDs as a senior last year at Walton.
  • Two Sequoyah seniors signed to play college football — Ben Rogers with West Liberty and Brandon Alexander with Mount Union.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? mcarvell@ajc.com


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82 comments Add your comment

stephenson supporter

June 14th, 2011
6:15 pm

UGA has no inroads to stephenson’s program they don’t recruit our kids like they should because they think that they have a great relationship with the staff. UGA practically lives at other schools and dont give me that crap about our kids not panning out in college. In the last 3 years we have had over 30 D1 kids and UGA offered 3. The good thing is Kentucky offers the same education that UGA does therefore our kids aren’t missing anything.

stephenson supporter

June 14th, 2011
6:22 pm

UGA fans if UGA keeps playing possum with blake tibbs he will leave the state also. The kid is 6′2 190 and the instate school will not offer thats B.S. they always wait until its too late and then the bloggers jump on the kid, parents, and the coaches because they are offended by the late offer. keep waiting UGA and it will be another georgia product playing against you.


June 14th, 2011
6:40 pm

I agree with that Stephenson supporter that if UGA does not offer Tibbs he will go elsewhere but i hear he will be back in Athens for DawgNight hopefully he will get that offer .


June 14th, 2011
7:28 pm

I hope most of the Stephenson kids are graduating from college! If not, it doesn’t matter how many of them get scholarships…………………….


June 14th, 2011
9:45 pm

Congrats! I know their (player) families are proud. I hope that they will FINISH the drill and WIN a State Championship and hush all the critics!!! Regardless of what is written havethis fun season and leave nothing on field…..

Writing on the Wall

June 14th, 2011
10:28 pm

You can get tired of reading about Stephenson and their list of recruits, but let’s be real…I consider them a winner despite winning any state championship, by the number of kids they help get a shot at a college education. While it’s not their obligation, at least they are not hindering any of the kids like Parkview HS…Kids play at Parkview….have no offers….leave Parkview…get multiple offers from MAJOR D-1 programs right away…mmm!! just something to think about. Doesn’t mean every school has to be as effective as Stephenson, but if you not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

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June 15th, 2011
6:19 am

They will not beat ML King.

cat doc

June 15th, 2011
8:13 am

Stephenson won’t do anything. I have seen it before, you put that many big headed 17 year olds on one team. They all play for themselves, not as a team. The playoffs this year will roll through southeast GA. Camden has a chip on their shoulder. Stephenson come on down here and knock it off.

stephenson supporter

June 15th, 2011
11:28 am

cat doc/doc only time will tell

bang bang

June 15th, 2011
9:31 pm

What’s more important winning state championships college scholarship. State championship is very good for community for bragging rites. Free education is for future. All the ones that have won state rings congrads. Knot winning state championship is all u can say negative. Say what’s positive. There’s 2sides to everything. Start looking at positive first before talking about negative

dekalb fan

June 15th, 2011
10:01 pm

For all of the Reggie Ball critics, the only QBS is GT History with a better winning % than Reggie are Joe Hamilton & Sean Jones. Reggie was the ACC Rookie of the Year. Tech played in Bowl Games every year under Reggie. All this while every year he was “written off” as the starter. He accomplished all of this with no offensive help. He now plays for an Arena Team called the Bricktown Brawlers.


June 15th, 2011
10:48 pm

They will lose to Parkview in their first game.


June 15th, 2011
11:02 pm

And then Parkview will go 5-4 like they have for past five years. The Big Orange Jungle is now just the Jungle, no what I mean Vern?

HS Football Fan

June 15th, 2011
11:44 pm

@ Michael Carvell,

Here’s a better article for you to write since you are committed to reporting the HS sports news–how many of the Stephenson signees have been Stephenson players for their entire careers? How many transferred from other programs? UGA doesn’t recruit @ Stephenson because the academic rigor is non-existent, hence the reason they have issues after HS. Just the facts. Or get ready to write the article when four of them are declared ineligible because they never made a bonafide move per the GHSA rules. Don’t think evidence isn’t being collected in the form of pictures, etc., to help present the case. And it’s not ONE school ready to pull the trigger–it’s metro ATL.

HS Football Fan

June 15th, 2011
11:49 pm

@ Writing on the Wall, no gwinnett school will CHANGE grades or give anyone a free ride. Say what you want about Parkview, Grayson, Brookwood or even Meadowcreek, but academically they are all giants to the likes of Stephenson. Compare graduation rates of athletes who “sign” and see the truth. It’s staggering. Kids who leave Gwinnett are typically going to Dekalb to bring their 1.5 GPA up. It happens. But not where the champions dwell. Snellville is STILL on the right side of 78. Stay on yours.

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stephenson supporter

June 16th, 2011
7:03 am

highschool fan wow you seem upset but don’t throw rocks and live in a glass house. I hope you don’t think that we don’t know your secrets in the past and present. Grayson, S Gwinett, and brookwood all have secrets and when the day comes to reveal them we can all tell and go to recruiting jail. That was a nice rhyme.

stephenson supporter

June 16th, 2011
7:16 am

Gwinnett looses an athlete and starts bashing another schools academics we have not sent a kids to JUCO. in five years. Where is all this data that you say exist? Gwinnett county was built on old dekalb coaches and dekalb athletes. The lure was better facilities, better coaching and better athletics. The shine on your armor is gone Gwinnett. You have pimp our kids long enough. They fill your coaching resumes full of victories and successes, but none of the kids go to school with athletic assistance. I am glad the kids are returning to Dekalb. its a shame that so many gwinnett athletes go without college scholarships because the parents bought into your con game. The GHSA board members had better look into their own foolishness before coming across 78, because this is not the days of rosewood and dekalb will be waiting.

stephenson supporter

June 16th, 2011
7:32 am

Stop hating on Stephenson and use that energy to get your coaches to respond in a positive manner towards college recruiters. Word on the street is that they need to take a sensitivity class on how to talk with college coaches without being arrogant. Additional topics in that class should how to deal with today’s kids in high school because yall are still talking to the kids like it was 1995. I am still waiting on that academic data, but if you want the athletics data just type in Stephenson in the search column in the AJC or ESPN or Rivals or Sporting News you get it by now I hope.


June 16th, 2011
11:24 am

How can you even try and defend Reggie Ball. To say that he had NO offensive help is about stupid. I guess you forgot who Calvin Johnson is? I sure do remember a lot of circus type catches because of that midget Reggie Ball. Him and his brother have to be two of the biggest disappointments that SHS has ever had!

stephenson supporter

June 16th, 2011
12:11 pm

ECB thank for your personal opinion. The last time I checked football was competitive sport, therefore if reggie was so bad how did he maintain his position on the depth chart


June 16th, 2011
2:23 pm

Other people have already posted it on this message board but I am going to give the “short” version of my feelings and predictions for what will happen in 2011 for Stephenson.

Looks like another year where Stephenson will have a ton of talent. They will do well in the regular season with the big games as usual being Parkview (1st game) and ML King (last game). They will make it to the playoffs where they will yet again have a sub-par performance because of one thing…….

Are you ready?

The “I’M GOING TO GET MINE” attitude that Stephenson High School is FAMOUS for. They have no idea of the concept of team football and how to progress through the playoffs and bring home the ultimate goal of a state championship.

This story of the 10 D1 committments is nothing new to Stephenson and the end result of the season will be nothing new as well.

I have said it on here before, I will say it again. They produce great INDIVIDUAL athletes at Stephenson but do not have any clue as to the TEAM picture.

I would love for them to prove me wrong and bring it all home this year. I will be the first to say “I was wrong and congratulations.” However there is too much history of mediocrity and too many years of the mighty Jaguars being knocked out of the first or second rounds of the state playoffs.

See you all again when the season gets started.

Have a great summer!!

Response for HS Football Fan "Right Side of 78"

June 16th, 2011
2:51 pm

@ HS Football Fan. I am really surprised nad alarmed at your comment. “The right side of 78 and stay on your side.” What exactly does that mean? Are we really still leaving in a world wheere people believe the their economic status puts them above everyone else? WOW!!!! What a comment to make in 2011.

There is one thing you are right about. The other side of 78 are still living in the 1960’s and your beliefs and values are far different from most people. The right side of 78 still believes that most people are beneath them, and they are above.

Come on people, be real with yourselves and everyone else. A State Championship would be nice. Yes, that is a reality. But let’s be real. Who benefits from the State Championship? Does it really benefit the kids in anyway? NO……. Who benefits from 4 years of college and a college degree? THE YOUNG MAN.. This is about being educated on a hire level, right? So Mr. Right Side of 78, why is it so important to you that Stephenson wins a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP rather than these Young Men being educated?

Would it just so happen to be that they may move in on The Right side of 78? Hmmmmm…. Is that what you are most afraid of?

OneOnOneWith TheGreatOne

June 16th, 2011
9:58 pm

What is still surprising to me is that some people live and die on this blog to talk smack about another program because there program is not getting any shine! We can agree to disgree about teams, but when you start pointing at kids then you have taken it to another level. Very strong comments by some bloggers on here. these are suppose to be feel good articles I thought Mr. Carvell. How did Reggie Ball name get thrown into this? There has been many disappointments by certain players from different high schools. Getting back to the article, regardless if Stephenson win or do not win State it great these kids are presuing college careers on the next level. Congrats to all kids who receive scholarships not only from Stephenson but from all Georgia schools.

High School Fan

June 18th, 2011
1:28 pm

The Gwinnett coaching base DOES consist of several former Dekalb coaches (old school Dekalb) who got out while the getting was good. Your own school board closed several schools and now is trying to create SPLOST to build new ones? The only coach with any integrity in the entire county is trying to leave as quickly as he can, and as soon as Coach Stephens gets to Gwinnett, the Dekalb cess pool will continue to stink only worse. Let’s see the graduation stats of all the “signees” during the history of Stephenson. In football, it’s less than half. Bet me.

High School Fan

June 18th, 2011
1:29 pm

The “wrong side of 78″ comments stems completely from the lack of management, discipline and education that goes on. It has nothing to do with race.

Stephenson Supporter

June 18th, 2011
8:55 pm

The only coach with integrity Ron Gartrell was contacted about the shiloh and the peachtree ridge jobs. Apparently you don’t speak for the masses. you keep referring to stats that you can’t present yourself. your argument is moot simply because I don’t know any parent that would say NO to an opportunity for their kid to school with financial help.

dekalb fan

June 21st, 2011
10:57 pm

ECB, no has to defend Reggie Ball, the record and statistics speak for themselves. This is from GT’s website:

Four-year starting quarterback and the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year . . . Became the first true freshman in Georgia Tech history to start at quarterback in the Yellow Jackets’ season opener in 2003, then started 27 straight games before an illness sidelined him one game . . . Started every game (49) he played over his four seasons, starting more games than any player in Tech history except linebacker Recardo Wimbush (50, 1999-2002). . . Led Tech to 29 victories as the starting quarterback, tying Joe Hamilton for second place in school history; Shawn Jones is the winningest Tech quarterback with 31 victories form 1989-92.

Ranks second or third in Tech history in most quarterback categories, including career passing yards (8,128, 3rd), touchdown passes (57, 2nd), total offense (9,579, 2nd) and touchdown responsibility (68, 2nd) . . . Set school records for passes attempted (1,363) and completed (662) . . . Also second in rushing yards by a Tech quarterback (1,451), trailing only Joe Hamilton . . . One of just 11 quarterbacks in ACC history to rush for 1,000 yards, currently ranks sixth in league annals . . . Stands sixth in ACC history in career total offense and 11th in passing yards and tied for seventh in TD passes.

What else does he have to do in order for GT fans to respect his ability and acknowledge the fact that he was indeed one of best QBs in Tech history. Whether you like it or not, the statistics don’t lie.

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