Stephenson easily tops list
of state's recruiting hotbeds
There are Web sites devoted to ranking college teams' recruiting classes. Which high schools have the best recruiting classes? That's easy. With about 15 seniors expected to sign with FBS (formerly Division I-A) schools in February, Stephenson leads Georgia, if not the country.
Here are 10 Georgia high schools that are getting a lot of attention from college coaches this year:
*Brunswick - This Class AAAA school has three mid-major Division I pledges in DB Willie Bolden (UAB), OL Dominique Stallworth (East Carolina) and WR Demetrius Frazier (Louisville). The Pirates have two or three others with a shot to go FBS.
*Buford - Does this school have a shot at five consecutive Class AA titles? With as many as eight Division I signees? Yes. Committed are LB Dillon Lee (Alabama), DB Paris Head (Vanderbilt), DB C.J. Moore (Virginia) and OL/LS Reid Ferguson (LSU). OL Vadal Alexander and TE Kurt Frietag have several SEC and ACC offers. DT Dequan Clark and DB Ryan Dillard also have D-I offers. This is the most college-bound Buford team in history.
*Carver - The Columbus school had more than 20 college signees, seven to D-I schools, including five-star RB Isaiah Crowell. Those big numbers won't be repeated, but DB Deion Bonner and WR Artimas Samual have several major D-I offers, and underrated DL Derious Bennett (Wake Forest offer) is getting there.
*Columbia - This program had only nine players on college rosters last fall, and only one of those (Tank Sessions of FSU) was D-I. But things are changing. WR Keithon Redding has committed to Tennessee. RB Kenno Loyal, a 240-pounder, has reported offers from Georgia Tech and several Big Ten schools. DE Jhaustin Thomas has offers from Georgia and Alabama.
*Colquitt County - TE Ty Smith (Georgia) and OL Bryce Giddens (Southern Miss) are committed. OL Preston Mobley has an offer from UAB. DT Brett Smith and QB Cole Segraves could be headed D-I, as well.
*Creekside - Few schools have two better cornerback prospects than Joshua Holsey (committed to Auburn) and Davion Tooks (Virginia Tech). Eric Berry's younger twin brothers, Evan and Elliott Berry, both sophomores, also are in that secondary. All will play high D-I.
*Henry County - DT Dalvin Thompson is a four-star recruit and Georgia Super 11 candidate. QB Chris Moody has offers from Georgia Tech, South Carolina and others. QB Jonathan Jean-Bart has committed to Georgia State. This is a school that's putting high-profile players at the next level, including WRs Markeith Ambles (Southern Cal) and Jamal Patterson (Stanford).
*McEachern - The Indians have three D-I pledges in DE Darius English (South Carolina), OL Kofi Amichia (South Florida) and WR Amba Etta-Tawo (Maryland). QB Trent Thompson and PK Nicholas St. Germain will have D-I opportunities by February.
*Sandy Creek - DB Mike Hilton (Ole Miss) became the defending AAA champions' fourth preseason Division I commitment this week. The others are DT Quinteze Williams (Florida), WR JaQuay Williams (Auburn) and OT Will Adams (Georgia Tech).
*Stephenson - There are a dozen already committed to Division I schools, and the march isn't over in what could become the best signing class for a high school team in Georgia history. Three are four-star recruits in LB Raphael Kirby (Miami), RB Mike Davis (Florida) and DE Jarontay Jones (Virginia Tech).
Ten more schools with a pair of Division I committed players:
Brookwood - RB Nick Tompkins (Michigan State), DB Zach Jackson (Illinois)
Calhoun - PK Adam Griffith (Alabama), DE Reed Allen (Air Force)
Camden County - DT Devlyn Cousin (Southern Miss), junior QB Bryce Ramsey (Georgia)
Crisp County - DB Marshall Taylor (Air Force), WR Jontavious Carter (Miami)
Jenkins County - DL Jonathan Taylor, James DeLoach (both Georgia)
Lassiter - DB Niles Clarke, WR Charlie Hegedus (both N.C. State)
Marist - PK Austin Hardin (Florida), OL Nick Brigham (Maryland)
North Hall - RB Imani Cross (Tennessee), WR C.J. Curry (Georgia)
Tucker - DL Josh Dawson, LB Jacob Sealand (both Vanderbilt)
Walton - DB Zach Blaylock, DB Daron Blaylock (both Kentucky)
And furthermore: Collins Hill lacks blue-chippers, but four have mid-major offers in DT Kyle Scott (Rutgers offer), DE Nick England (Troy, Georgia State), LB Samuel Batiste (Air Force, Georgia State) and WR Andrew Everett (Southern Miss, Georgia State). ... Central Gwinnett is not exactly Gwinnett County's source for college talent in recent years, but things may be turning. DE Francis Kallon has committed to Georgia Tech, and RB George Morris has offers from Illinois and Vandy, among others. Mid-majors are after DB Aaron Taylor, and WR Malachi Jones has camped with several top schools. ... Lanier County, a Class A school, will have two linemen go D-I in Junior Gnonkonde (Georgia Tech) and Super 11 candidate Jeremy Daniels (uncommitted). ... St. Pius has Super 11 contender Geno Smith and South Carolina-committed LB TJ Holloman. ... Hillgrove has RB Kenyan Drake (committed to Alabama), plus Joran Marshall and John Silas, who have mid-major offers. ... Banneker LB Larry Jefferson has committed to Louisville, but the top recruit is S Chaz Elder, rated the No. 8 safety nationally by ESPN. WR Trey James (Georgia State, Marshall) has D-I offers, and a couple of other teammates can expect them.