DeMarcus Sweat, Kentucky WR commit, may be best out of Stephenson’s heralded prospects

Special teams star DeMarcus Sweat (AJC)

Special teams star DeMarcus Sweat (AJC)

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.”

  • Colleges haven’t given up on Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz, who is one of the state’s top juniors who has committed to SMU. Vanderbilt offered this week, and several other schools, including South Carolina, are interested.
  • Here’s video of AJC Super 11 member Josh Harvey-Clemons of Lowndes High School. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder will take visits to UGA, Florida, LSU and Louisville. He is projected to play safety or linebacker in college.

39 comments Add your comment

footballfan365

October 7th, 2011
5:29 am

And the stephenson bashing starts in 5,4,3,2………..

dawgerbrown

October 7th, 2011
5:31 am

Josh, would love to see you be a DAWG, first!

gamecock

October 7th, 2011
5:37 am

Whats there record?

footballfan365

October 7th, 2011
6:18 am

@gamecock they are 5-0 ranked #4 in class AAAAA

dogdownsouth

October 7th, 2011
7:29 am

This kid is for real he plays a lot of positions for the Lowndes team defensive back , linebacker wide reciever, Quarterback, running back, he can do it all. He’s fast tall rangy and loves to hit!. The Lowndes Valdosta Game will be broadcast on ESPNU i believe. This will be a WAR tonight, Valdosta has a much improved team this year, but does struggle on offense.Lowndes Offense has put lots of yardage but seems sluggish compared to past years teams.

Destin Dawg

October 7th, 2011
7:40 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education… plus Big time sports “… in a great college town… beautiful Athens, Ga… Go Dawgs !!!

Old Dawg

October 7th, 2011
7:43 am

Kids that stay in State… close to support groups… friends and family… generally do better in school and life after sports…

dap01

October 7th, 2011
8:29 am

UGA needs some of the south Georgia toughness and grit. Josh, you will be a home state hero at UGA!

RevThomas

October 7th, 2011
8:38 am

Love these college updates – GO DAWGS! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

headley lamar

October 7th, 2011
8:38 am

Kids that stay in State… close to support groups… friends and family… get booed by their own “fans”… get trashed on internet message boards… win the national recruiting championship but nothing else… finish their games in stadium that is 90% empty… go dawgs

1eyedJack

October 7th, 2011
8:49 am

Will he follow the pipeline to FSU or take the flyer and sign with the Georgia? We need athletic linebackers. Go Dawgs!

coachx

October 7th, 2011
9:11 am

JCH would look great in a Dawg uniform adding to their great legacy of safeties. He could be better then all of the ones before him with the right attitude and committment. Without doubt the clay is there to mold.

The Dawgs are on the rise !

Just Saying

October 7th, 2011
9:20 am

Headley Lamar
Really? I haven’t noticed any booing of Georgia players this season and I’ve been to every game. Don’t recall ever winning a recruiting national championship. When was the stadium 90% empty? Ok, Coastal Carolina, you are right. On the other hand, your GT program has yet to sellout a home game although undefeated and ranked in the Top 15. As a matter of fact banner ads run on this very site trying to sell GT home game tickets at flea market prices. What’s up with that? Do GT a favor, instead of spending every hour worrying about the Dawgs buy one of those 3 game ticket packs and show up at Historic Grant Field, and take a friend, you might feel good about yourself. Shouldn’t be crowded, GT games generally aren’t, plenty of room to stretch out, just be careful on the way in I keep hearing muggings have become a recreational activity for some of Atlanta’s fine young men.

FRED

October 7th, 2011
9:24 am

FORGET ABOUT sTEPHENSON THAT SCHOOL IS NOT PART OF GEORIGA.

Destin Dawg

October 7th, 2011
9:24 am

JCH come to UGA… get coached up by the best… Todd Grantham and Scott Lakatos… Junk Yard Dawgs… are BBaaacccckkkkk !!! Be a home state hero !!!

Old Dawg

October 7th, 2011
9:27 am

GT home game tickets on EBay for $19.00

RedandBlackDAWG

October 7th, 2011
9:51 am

Why can’t GT sell out it’s home games? I don’t understand how a team can be in the top 25 in the country, and yet not sell 45K worth of tickets. I always thought that the techies that come on here, were just snobbish and acted foolish towards UGA but maybe they really do act like that outside of a blog. Do you suppose they just don’t have any faith in their own school’s team? How sad is that?

Old DAWG,
Are you serious? They really are selling tickets to tech. games for $19.00. Perhaps, if they can’t sell them, they could distribute them to the downtown homeless shelters so at least it would appear that Tech. supports it’s own teams. I am sure those fellows would enjoy a day off from panhandling. Give them free hotdogs and a coke since I am sure that shelter food gets old after a while.

Old Dawg

October 7th, 2011
9:57 am

it’s dangerous downtown at night and on weekends… a tech student is running around playing graba$$.. with girls.. if they can find any ??

AVikingFan

October 7th, 2011
10:00 am

Josh, we would love to see you become a Dawg at UGA. I know you personally and you are the exact kind of person and student that UGA needs. I love and respect you family. You definetly came from good folks. Hope to see you next Tuesday night at the Coach’s show after a big win against the Cats.

To all bloggers. I’ve seen a lot of good football players thru my years. And I can honestly tell you, Josh is the real deal! He has been the starting center on our basketball team since his freshman year at Lowndes. As a receiver and defensive back, he attacks a ball in the air the same as a basketball player. He doesn’t wait for it to come to him. And he has unreal leaping ability.

Worm

October 7th, 2011
10:55 am

Josh, Come play with Mitchell and Rome..

UGA Insider

October 7th, 2011
10:55 am

I can’t wait to see Clemons and Sanders Commings/Nick Marshall starting next year for The Dawgs. Then Brandon Smith coming in on nickel coverage’s.

WOW!

shin

October 7th, 2011
11:01 am

Good playing Demarcus we are really looking forward to you joining our beloved wildcats!!!!

HahiraDawg

October 7th, 2011
11:10 am

Josh, …bro..missed you at bible study today.

blazer

October 7th, 2011
12:23 pm

I THOUGHT THEY WERE WANT TO FIRE THEIR COACH A FEW WEEKS AGO!

bucket

October 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

There is no doubt that Grantham is carrying the lion share of responsibility to help turn UGA around. So far it appears that there is a renewed excitement on the part of the players to be a part of the Junkyard Dawg Defense! With coaches like Grantham, Olividatti, Lakatos, and Garner on the defensive side I would think that we should have a good shot at top recruits like Josh Harvey-Clemons. I would love to see that guy patrolling centerfield in Sanford Stadium!

G-Dawg

October 7th, 2011
1:38 pm

Bring is one home, son!! Go DAWGS!! Could be the second coming of Randell Godfrey!!

G-Dawg

October 7th, 2011
1:39 pm

Happy fingers…LOL…Bring it on home, son!!

Bubba and Earl

October 7th, 2011
2:37 pm

HahiraDawg — First Mr. Clemons has to help take card of them wild, ugly, stray kittycats at the CP tonight. Too bad we ain’t playing them at Blazer Field again like we did last year. For some reason it just feels gooder when we whup’em over there.

Delbert D.

October 7th, 2011
4:26 pm

Could Eddie Printz enroll at South Carolina today, in order to start against Kentucky tomorrow?

All Blue

October 7th, 2011
4:41 pm

Sweat, can’t wait to have you in Lexington! Can you meet our team at South Carolina? We could use a speedy WR that has good hands. And a kick-off return for a TD would be nice as well. Hurry up, we need you!

evil empire

October 7th, 2011
4:41 pm

@destindawg…coached by the best??? grantham and lakatos?? sorry, but the best in the sec is in baton rouge and his name is Mr. John Chavis…hey josh, this is a no-brainer…go to lsu and play for national championships, or go to uga and hope a 6-6 season will get you in the jacksonville summer’s eve bowl versus texas el-paso…

Bubba and Earl

October 7th, 2011
4:56 pm

Has Lowndes scored on Valdosta yet? (1st to ask!)

How many suicides will there be at Powder City tonight? (ohhh, just lost another Hillgrove fan!) lol

Will Norcross come out of the locker room after 1/2 time?

Someone advise the Valdosta kittycats not to even get off the bus at Martin Stadium. Guaranteed best way to avoid a butt whupping at the CP.

LeftCoastDawg

October 7th, 2011
5:12 pm

I wish we had all this talent when I played for Coach Gartrell, maybe they woudn’t have shut our school down and turned it into a middle school. Long live Shamrock High!!!

jauk11

October 7th, 2011
5:14 pm

UK has gotten a lot of their stars from Georgia, usually ones overlooked by Georgia and Georgia Tech, several in the pros. Really looking forward to DeMarcus joining the family. Returners is one of our biggest weaknesses this year, a huge dropoff from Cobb.

1stkatman

October 7th, 2011
8:39 pm

Yep, We here at Kentucky are eyeing the heck out of Demarcus Sweat. He’s exactly correct when he says he can make an immediate impact here. He addresses the weak spots we are having.

Demarcus, UK once had the leading kick returner in the nation in Derek Abney. The kid ran a sub 4.3 40. When I hear the wat DS’s coach describes how he hits the hole and has no juking style, that reminds me of Abney’s style. It was like he ran the hundred meters and went by tacklers so fast that they could not hone in on him.

That phenominon also inspired a tremendous blocking effort by the special teams because that unit became an equalizer in the SEC. It didn’t take UK to the winning level of the SEC, but it put us right on the cusp. Our D was the problem then. Now that should be strong when Sweat gets to UK. The offense needs repair. Patrick Towles to Demarcus Sweat sounds really good for the Wildcats future.

CAM NEWTON SAYS DONT GO 2 UGA

October 8th, 2011
10:52 am

LOOK AT HOW MARK RICHT AND MIKE BOZO GRADED CAM NEWTON? THEY WANTED HIM TO PLAY TIGHTEND!
THE MUTTS ARE A REDNECK PROGRAM,JUST READ WHAT THE HICKS HAVE TO SAY EVERYWEEK ON THE BLOGS!

YALL WONDER WHY THE BEST TALENT IN THE ATLANTA,GA AREA IS GOING OUT OF STATE TO PLAY? IS BECAUSE YOU GOT A RACIST IN MIKE BOZO CALLING THE PLAYS!
STEVENSON
M.L.K
TUCKER
SOUTHWEST DEKALB
AND ALL THE OTHER ATLANTA AREA SCHOOLS,DONT LET YOUR KIDS GO TO REDNECK UGA!

DeeDawg

October 8th, 2011
11:05 am

DeMarcus was out injured against Newton last night. We look forward to his return. He’s a fantastic player who gives it is all on every play.

UKFan

October 8th, 2011
10:36 pm

Sweat would be the best receiver at UK THIS YEAR if he were eligible.

If I remember correctly, Derek Abney broke the NCAA record for returns (punt & kick-off)?

shankit

October 10th, 2011
10:19 am

@Bubba and Earl – The Cats got off the bus and whipped
ya’ll’s tails. Josh and your quarterback got to celebrating
a little too early. Got to play all 60 minutes.