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

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  • 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.

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82 comments Add your comment

redeagle4

June 14th, 2011
7:22 am

If Stephenson didn’t win the state championship then something is seriously wrong there!

ECB

June 14th, 2011
8:12 am

I predict a region title for Stephenson….then a loss in the 1st round! Any takers??

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 14th, 2011
8:28 am

So if thats the 10th and they may have 17, does that mean I may have to read this article 7 more times?

GStateBen

June 14th, 2011
9:14 am

Thanks for the mention Michael! Georgia State has offered Schuster as well as 4 other QBs (including Cairo’s Steven Bench who is receiving tremendous attention from SEC powers).

You're my boy Blue

June 14th, 2011
9:23 am

I’ve heard the waterboy has just pledged to GA Tech. Seriously, how many times is this going to be a new story? Must be a slow day.

Michael Carvell

June 14th, 2011
9:24 am

@Blue, thanks for your post. As long as Stephenson High School continues to have kids commit to D1 schools, they will continue be written about. Thanks

TTiger

June 14th, 2011
9:25 am

Can’t wait until their second round playoff loss. I’ll give it to the head coach, he sure can recruit kids to his school and play the recruiting game$ for his students… but he can’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag.

Sir Barks A Lot

June 14th, 2011
9:27 am

Great collection of football players at this school – this should be an exciting senior season for all of them – and I hope they come together as a team – and bring home some hardware.

I am sure many are asking why these kids are not going to UGA?
Well – only two were offered – Jafar Mann and R. Kirby.
UGA needs to focus on their needs and target the players that best fit what they are looking for.

This is not a slight to any of these young men – they all have received opportunity from various schools and how exciting the next 4 or 5 years will be for all of them.

The players need to find the right fit for them as well. It would have great to pick up Mann or Kirby – but both were offered by an impressive list – and they chose the school that they felt was best for them.

Again – congratulations to all these kids – and hope they all take advantage of the educational opportunity.

AJC Sports

June 14th, 2011
9:28 am

Personal attacks on the specific kids will not be tolerated. You will be banned from further commenting. Otherwise, thanks for participating in the discussion.

Sir Barks A Lot

June 14th, 2011
9:32 am

Hey Michael Carvel – what are your thoughts to UGA’s remaining position needs for recruiting class of 2012 recruiting class and who are the main targets.

Sir Barks A Lot

June 14th, 2011
9:36 am

Goldtimer – I see kids from this group going to some impressive schools. All the schools listed – I would be proud if my son received a scholarship to attend.

I agree that schools will have issues with kids as they mature – but why would you say these kids are problems?

Johnny Too Good

June 14th, 2011
9:52 am

@Sir Barks A Lot, Goldtimers is just making some good ole’ assumptions

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Ringleader

June 14th, 2011
9:55 am

Nope………..Go back and look at Valdosta in 1963, 1964, and 1965 for the record.

You hear me

June 14th, 2011
10:04 am

I hope all of them go to Tech…Stephenson had a great QB go to tech…Reggie Ball. Also Reggie’s little brother had a great career at FSU, right before he was caught cheating. Pretty funny that he was caught cheating and was Reggie was declared academically ineligible…LMAO!

PTC DAWG

June 14th, 2011
10:15 am

Good for those kids at Stephenson. With all the talent coming out of there, I agree with others…they should win State.

I like the bet offered above…sounds about right. Early playoff loss.

JB

June 14th, 2011
10:17 am

do the Georgia coach’s not have access to that school?

RomeDawg

June 14th, 2011
10:20 am

Out of 10 players at one school I am shocked not one commited to an in state school. Kinda sad. I am also sick of hearing about this team so much. Anything less than 15-0 state champs is a disappointment with this kind of talent.

Les W. Moore

June 14th, 2011
10:44 am

Loaded with talent doesn’t always mean successfull. Does it mutt fans?

Beast from the East

June 14th, 2011
10:49 am

Sir Barks A Lot,
Nice post @ 9:27.

Jason

June 14th, 2011
10:59 am

WHO CARES. They’ll lose in the 1st round of playoffs as usual. And they all go out of state hmm. If I see another SHS recruiting article I’m going to vomit.

COBB COUNTY

June 14th, 2011
11:07 am

WHERE ARE THE LINEMAN????….THATS WHY THEY CANT WIN…ALL THESE SKILL GUYS….THAT KID THAT WENT TO UCF HAS BEEN THERE ONLY GREAT LINEMAN….THEY SHOULD HAVE TOOK OUR LINEMAN INSTEAD OF OUR FS & LB…LOL…HILLGROVE HAWKS

Coffee HS fan

June 14th, 2011
11:10 am

Congrad to a great group of players. Best of Luck in all the kids future. Great job Coach, you deserve a great deal of thanks.

JB

June 14th, 2011
11:11 am

Notice to all Dawg fans and Haters: There are probably 35-40 quality Div 1 players in Georgia left to commit somewhere…..and another 100 that are so so. Georgia has 8 spots left. At least 5 will be OL.
Please don’t nut up when you see a LB or a DB or a TE go somewhere else. The rest of this class will be position specific.

Coffee HS fan

June 14th, 2011
11:14 am

I tip my hat to Ringleader @ 9:55…u are so right!

DEKALB FAN

June 14th, 2011
11:19 am

@COBB COUNTY….I AGREE..IT STARTS & ENDS WITH THE BIG H.O.G.S!!!!!..SOUNDS LIKE THERE STRENGTH & O-LINE COACH DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO…..

SHS HILL GANG

June 14th, 2011
11:36 am

IF WE START JAFAR-CARLOS-STEVE-JORDAN-NICK ON THE LINE…WE WILL BE IN THE DOME IN 15 GAMES……IF THAT O-LINE IS ANYTHING DIFFERENT WE WILL LOOSE…..I AGREE WITH COBB & DEKALB…WE GOTTA GET THE HOGS RIGHT

Un-Tank

June 14th, 2011
11:37 am

UGA has at least 10 spots left. The Stephenson coach’s son played WR for UGA. I doubt UGA has access problems to the school. More like they have issues with the specific kids – i.e. they like others better…

Walker, Texas Ranger

June 14th, 2011
11:38 am

Whats new, Stephenson has 8-10 D1 every year. Sounds like Bobby Cremins is the head coach, great recruiter, poor game coach.

Goldtimer

June 14th, 2011
11:54 am

@ Sir Barks A Lot, the track record for Stephenson kids at college isn’t all that great. The name Reggie Ball should be enough for any Tech fan to shake at the thought of another kid from that program coming to The Flats. I might be wrong on some of them but as a whole I would stay away from anybody coming from that school. Their physical numbers may be impressive but I’ll take good sound kids over physically gifted problem childs any day of the week.

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GT..GAN

June 14th, 2011
12:21 pm

@GOLDTIMER….HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT…HE STARTED 4 YEARS…SO THAT TELLS ME THAT HE WAS A HARD WORKER…WHAT QB HAS DONE GREATS THINGS SINCE HE HAS LEFT…..THE SYSTEM OR O.C WAS A BUST…WHERE IS THE O.C NOW…HE WENT TO MIAMI & GOT FIRED…NOW HE IS WHERE…..

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Buzzed in the Brain

June 14th, 2011
12:28 pm

The fact that Reggie Ball started four years tells more about the Yellow Jacket program than Ball’s abilities. The simple fact is that Reggie stole four years of an oportunity of free education. Just curious where is Reggie Ball nowadays?

GT..FAN

June 14th, 2011
12:30 pm

@GOLDTIMER….REGGIE STARTED 4 YEARS….WE HAVE NOT HAD A QB SINCE HE LEFT..YEAH THE 1ST YEAR PAUL CAME THRU WE DID GREAT..NOW ALL THE ACC SCHOOLS KNOW HOW TO STOP US…THAT GA.SOUTHERN GAME DOES NOT WORK WITH THE BIG BOYS……I THINK IF WE WOULD HAVE GOT SOME MORE STEPHENSON GUYS….JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM-GATORS(NFL)..KREG LUMPKIN(NFL)..DEMARIO MINTER(NFL)..ANTHONY CANNON(NFL)…KELVIN SHEPPARD(NFL)..PERRY RILEY(NFL)..ANDRE ANDERSON(NFL)…JUST TO NAME A FEW & YOU SAY TRACK RECORD IS NOT GOOD……..WHAT HIGHSCHOOL DO YOU ROUTE FOR??????

The Big "O"

June 14th, 2011
12:30 pm

WOW, never seen so many grown people HATE on CHILDREN. Very upsetting. If you don’t like the Stephenson program, that is one thing. But to not be happy for the kids is just disgraceful. You all should be ashamed of yourself. JEALUOSY!

the HEAT is on

June 14th, 2011
12:42 pm

I guess you can say that Stephenson is like the Miami Heat. The get the most of the best kids in the county (that Tucker, Marist don’t get). Get all the hype through the year. Then can not quite bring home the hardware! Now a serious question. When was the last time Stephenson won a State title or even made it to the Final Four?

Dawg14

June 14th, 2011
12:54 pm

Is the Stephenson Coach anti-georgia? It seems weird that a talented hs with that many going on to play Div 1 has none commited to either state school which could use them badly.

SHS

June 14th, 2011
1:16 pm

UGA DOESNT RECRUIT AT STEPHNSON DONT U GUYS GET IT???

GHSA & UGA FAN

June 14th, 2011
1:28 pm

@HEAT IS ON…WHO WON LAST YEAR NOT TUCKER OR MARIST & WHO IS YOUR TEAM….( I CAN’T HEAR YOU..HELLO )…@SHS…UGA OFFERED KID WHO WENT TO MIAMI & V-TECH…….LAST YEAR THEY GOT D-TACKLE….

Boltman

June 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

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the HEAT is on

June 14th, 2011
1:54 pm

Ummm Brookwood no more than 10 miles away from you…

Rob

June 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

Comments about these being problem kids is little surprising. Other than Marcus Ball with the FSU cheating scandal, what “problems” have Stephenson kids caused?

Many of these kids would not make it to college without a football scholarship. The fact they are putting in the work and earning a free education is more important than a state championship. These kids are putting in the work on the field and in the classroom. Look at some of these schools they are considering (Vandy, VA Tech, etc). Congratulations to the coaches, parents and these kids for their accomplishments. I think in the last 2 years, they have sent 49 kids to college. Sounds like the coaches have their priorities in line. A state title may or may not come but an education will last these kids a lifetime.

Keep writing about Stephenson Carvell. They deserve the attention for what they are doing.

King Gator

June 14th, 2011
2:17 pm

Welcome to the Gator Nation! Go Gators!

Texas-baller

June 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

Continuity overrides talent….everyday!
7-3…out in the first round!

The Big "O"

June 14th, 2011
3:25 pm

You guys speaking of the O-Line. I know Jafar and Steve can hold that LINE all day!

RRTDawgs

June 14th, 2011
3:56 pm

Good news is that Auburn out the running for Kieth Marshall with the commit of T. J. Yelldon bad news they keep getting stronger but at least Marshall is not going to Auburn i think he will be a dawg in the end .

JEALUOSY IS TOUGH TO SPELL

June 14th, 2011
3:58 pm

THANKS FOR THE LAUGHS.

RRTDawgs

June 14th, 2011
4:18 pm

@Michael Carvell will UGA offer Jason Croom and Blake Tibbs at some point i hear Tibbs will be at DawgNight in July do you have any info thanks .

Einsteindawg

June 14th, 2011
4:53 pm

Anyone hazzard a guess why UGA isn’t tapped in on any of these young men? I know we even gave Ron Gartrell’s son (TJ) a football scholarship, so the coach must like us. Is there more than meets the eye?

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