Remember the hype and hoopla surrounding Stephenson and its bid to lead the nation with the number of seniors to sign football scholarships this February with 11?
The best out of the talented bunch may be a speedy wide receiver who was ignored and overlooked by many college recruiters that stopped by at Stephenson. DeMarcus Sweat has returned a jaw-dropping 4 kickoffs or punts for touchdowns in five games in Class AAAAA, the state’s largest classification.
Sweat committed to Kentucky on the spot after auditioning for an offer an summer camp, picking the Wildcats over Florida International and Indiana.
“We’ve never had anybody like that on special teams at Stephenson, and we’ve had some pretty good returners,” Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell told the AJC. “He sees the hole and he is gone. There’s not any cutting, dancing around or trying to make people miss. He finds the seam and he’s gone. He is as fast and explosive and anybody we’ve ever had at Stephenson.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Sweat has also caught a pair of touchdowns this season against Westlake. In a scrimmage against No. 1-ranked Tucker, Sweat ran back another kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
“Coach threw me out there, and things started happening,” Sweat said. “I have to give credit to the 10 other guys blocking out there for me.”
Sweat said he hasn’t really heard from any colleges other than Kentucky since the season started. He said even if he does, he will still sign with the Wildcats. “I’m all Kentucky,” Sweat said. “I feel I can go up there and make an impact.”