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2010 UNIVERISTY OF GEORGIA SIGNEE BIOS 

DEMETRE BAKER

LB, 6-0, 200

Orange Park, Fla., Orange Park HS

DEMETRE F. BAKER…Born: November 30, 1990…High School: Orange Park…SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie teams….PrepStar All-America Team…Scout.com Four-Star Player, #270 Player in the Country, #23 OLB in the Country, #90 Player in the South, #35 Player in Florida…Rivals.com Three-Star Player, #25 OLB in the Country, #63 Player in Florida…70+ tackles, 11 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and two interceptions as a senior…113 carries for 1,040 Yards and 13 rushing touchdowns as a senior…eight receptions for two TDs and one kickoff returned for a touchdown…played in USA National Junior vs. The World All-Star Game…SunState Football All-State linebacker…Florida Times-Union Boys Athlete of the Year…Florida Times-Union Super 75 OLB…Two-time Class AAAA state champion in shot put, two-time runner-up in discus event…All-Conference selection in weightlifting and track….High School Coach: Danny Green. 

BRENT BENEDICT

OT, 6-5, 273

Jacksonville, Fla., The Bolles School

BRENT EDWARD BENEDICT…Born: January 18, 1992…High School: The Bolles School… SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie teams…PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team..Scout.com Four-Star Player, #89 Player in the Country, #10 OT in the Country, #29 Player in the South, #13 Player in Florida…Rivals.com Four-Star Player, #76 Player in the Country, #12 OT in the country, #5 Player in Florida…#19 in the ESPNU 150… Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…selected to play in Under Armour All-America game…Missed part of senior season due to injury…High School Coach: Corky Rogers. 

MICHAEL BENNETT

WR, 6-3, 186

Alpharetta, Ga., Alpharetta HS

MICHAEL BENNETT…Born: December 12, 1991…High School: Alpharetta…North-South All-Star Game…SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…PrepStar All-Region team….2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 and Honorable Mention Class AAAAA All-State team…All-League honors for WR play… Scout.com three-Star prospect; #81 RB in the Country…..DawgPost #39 Player in Georgia… Rivals.com three-star prospect; #55 Wide Receiver; #30 player in Georgia… ESPN three-star recruit…MaxPreps calls Bennett one of the most underrated WR prospects in Georgia….During his senior season, he rushed for 693 yards and scored 7 touchdowns…gained 1,084 all-purpose yards and also picked up 35 tackles…High School Coach: Jason Dukes.

BRANDON BURROWS

DE, 6-3, 240

Marietta, Ga., Walton HS

BRANDON SCOTT BURROWS… Born:  September 19, 1991….High School: Walton… Suffered torn ACL in spring practice of his senior year and missed all the 2009 season….SuperPrep All-Dixie team…Pre-Star All-Region team….Scout.com three-star recruit, #52 ranked DE, DawgPost.com #34 player in Georgia… Rivals.com three-star recruit, #28 ranked DE, #42 player in Georgia… ESPN.com four-star recruit, #37 ranked DE… also played running back in high school…as a junior recorded 24 tackles, 10 sacks, and a forced fumble… helped lead Walton to a 9-2 record and a regional championship in 2008… High School Coach: Rocky Hidalgo.

MARC DEAS

SAF,  6-1, 185

Kissimmee, Fla., Osceola HS

MARC ANTHONY DEAS…Born: April 5, 1992…High School: Osceola…SuperPrep All-Dixie team….PrepStar All-Region team…Scout.com Three-Star Player, #59 safety in the country, #91 Player in Florida…Rivals.com Three-Star Player, #51 safety in the country…Orlando Sentinel All-Central-Florida Second Team…Orlando Sentinel All-Osceola County First Team…Miami Herald All-State first team linebacker… 2009 Florida Times-Union Super 75 Safety…as a senior registered 54 tackles and one interception on defense, completed 26 of 76 for 536 yards and seven touchdowns as the Kowboys' primary quarterback throughout the 2009 campaign, and rushed for 458 yards and six touchdowns on 88 carries….recorded 108 Tackles as a junior…High School Coach: Jeff Rolson. 

Jalen Fields

DE, 6-5, 250

Dalton, Ga., Dalton HS

JALEN FIELDS…Born: June 12, 1992…High School: Dalton…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #14 DE nationally, #8 overall prospect in Georgia, and Rivals250…Scout.com four-star prospect, #30 DE nationally, Top 300, #76 Player in the South…DawgPost #16 player in Georgia…ESPN.com #44 DE nationally…SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams….PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team…2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 prospects in state (#37) and Class AAAA All-State Honorable Mention…2009 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State Team Honorable Mention… Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…Georgia's first commitment for 2010 class…The Daily Citizen 2009 All-Area Team…The Daily Citizen 2009 All-Region First-Team Defense…as a senior, recorded 63 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one returned 35 yards for a touchdown…helped lead Dalton High School to its 50th straight winning season in 2009…The Daily Citizen 2008 All-Area Team…recorded 78 tackles and eight sacks as a junior including 35 tackles for loss…lettered in football and basketball at Dalton…High School Coach: Adam Winegarden. 

KENARIOUS GATES

OL, 6-5, 300

Grantville, Ga., Greenville HS

KENARIOUS GATES…Born: October 24, 1991…High School: Greenville…2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 #44, All-State First Team Class A…Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A All-State team… Scout.com three-star prospect, #90 offensive tackle nationally…Rivals.com three-star prospect…ESPN.com #139 offensive tackle nationally…helped lead the Patriots to the second round of the GHSA playoffs and an 11-1 season in 2009…also played basketball at Greenville…High School Coach: Jeremy Williams.

JAKAR HAMILTON

SAF, 6-2, 196

Edgefield, SC, Georgia Military College

JAKAR HAMILTON….Born: October 2, 1989…. Junior College: SuperPrep JUCO 100…PrepStar All-Region team….Rivals.com four-star player, 4th rated safety, 2nd best JUCO player… Scout.com four-star player, 10th best safety, and 2nd best JUCO player in the country…. JUCO All American first team….finalist for NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year…also earned rank of Captain in the GMC Cadet Corps…career stats at GMC were 88 tackles and six interceptions….Georgia Military College's Head Coach: Bert Williams... High School: Strom Thurmond High School… Scored 20 TDs his senior year… led his team to the Class AAA State Championship… High School Coach: Lee Sawyer.

KOLTON HOUSTON
OL, 6-5, 270


 Buford, Ga., Buford High School

KOLTON HOUSTON… Born: July 25, 1991…High School: Buford High School… Named to the 2010 Under Armour All-American game… named a PrepStar All-American… SuperPrep All-Dixie Team….selected for the Atlanta Journal Constitution 2009 Georgia's Super 11, Class AA All-State, and ranked 26th in the 2009 AJC Top 50… 2009 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AA All-State first team….ranked No. 3 offensive guard prospect by ESPN…member of ESPNU150… ranked No. 21 offensive guard by Rivals.com…Rivals.com Georgia Midseason Top 100 for 2010… Scout.com four-star player ranked #6 OG in the country, #73 overall 21 offensive guard by Rivals.com…Rivals.com Georgia Midseason Top 100 for 2010… Scout.com four-star player ranked #6 OG in the country, #73 overall players in the South, and #15 player in Georgia…helped lead Buford High School to its third straight Class AA state championship in 2009… 2008 Georgia Sports Writers Association AA All-State…2008 First Team All-Area.…High School Coach: Jess Simpson.


KEN MALCOME

RB, 6-0, 212

Decatur, Ga., Southwest Dekalb HS

KEN MALCOME…Born: September 25, 1991…High School: Southwest Dekalb…2009 Prepstar All-American and SuperPrep All-Dixie team…2009 Atlanta Journal Constitution Top 50, Class AAAA All-State First Team Honorable Mention…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #24 RB nationally, #20 overall in Georgia…Scout.com four-star prospect, #25 RB nationally, #96 overall in the South…Dawg Post #20 overall in Georgia…ESPN.com #97 overall nationally…Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…missed four games in junior year with sprained knee and ankle but still finished with 954 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns…as a senior rushed for 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 129.8 yards per game…ran the 100m and 200m sprints on the high school team …High School Coach: Buck Godfrey. 

HUTSON MASON

QB, 6-3, 190

Marietta, Ga., Lassiter HS

HUTSON TAYLOR MASON… Born: September 20, 1991….High School: Lassiter…2009 Parade Magazine All-American…2009 Georgia Sports Writers' Association All-Class Player of the Year and Class AAAAA All-State team… 2009 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year… 2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year, Top 50, and Class AAAAA All-State first-team… SuperPrep All-Dixie team…. PrepStar All-Region team…2009 Georgia Athletic Coaches North-South High School All-Star game… 2009 and 2008 Marietta Daily Journal Cobb County Offensive Player of the Year… MaxPreps.com Georgia all-decade team… Scout.com three-star recruit, DawgPost.com #39 player in Georgia… Rivals.com three-star recruit, #97 ranked player in Georgia… ESPN.com three-star recruit, #21 ranked QB… 2008 GSWA Class AAAAA offensive Player of the Year and Class AAAAA All-State team… 2008 AJC Class AAAAA All-State honorable mention…in just two years as a starter, compiled 8,265 yards passing and 85 touchdown passes… as a senior, set Georgia state records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54) in a season… set state records for passing yards (552) in a single game against South Gwinnett… helped lead Lassiter to 12-1 record and first region championship in school history in 2009 … as a junior, passed for 3,705 yards and 28 touchdowns…High School Coach: Chip Lindsey. 

DEXTER MORANT

DE, 6-7, 240

Manning, S.C., Manning HS

DEXTER MORANT…Born: September 19, 1991…High School: Manning…SuperPrep All-Mid-Atlantic Team…PrepStar All-America Team….Rivals.com four-star prospect, #9 overall prospect in South Carolina, #15 DE nationally, and South Carolina Midseason Top 30 (#9)….Scout.com three-star prospect, #44 DE nationally, #12 player in South Carolina, and #97 in Southeast Class of 2010 Top150... ESPN.com #73 DE nationally...The State Top 50 Seniors in S.C. (#10)...2009 ESPNU 150 watch list...2009 Charlotte Observer S.C. Top 25 Recruits (#10)... Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120….2009 The Item All-Area First Team…2009 SCADA North-South All-Star Football Game participant…2009 Palmetto Champions All-Star Team Class AA…2009 Class AA Lower State Lineman of the Year…participated in Shrine Bowl as a senior…recorded 80 tackles as a senior, including 25 for loss. had 9 sacks, four caused fumbles and blocked three field goal attempts…made over 100 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and ten sacks as a junior...2007 The Item All-Area Team…recorded 86 tackles, including 17 for loss as a sophomore…High School Coach: Robert Briggs III.

ALEC OGLETREE

DB, 6-3, 215

Newnan, Ga., Newnan HS

ALEC OGLETREE…Born: September 25, 1991…High School: Newnan…Under Armour All-American…2009 USA Today All-USA First Team…Parade Magazine All-American…2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11, Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year, All-Decade Team, All-State First Team, No. 2 on Top 50 list…SuperPrep Elite 50, All-America, and All-Dixie teams… PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team…GSWA Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year, All-State team… MaxPreps.com #2 safety nationally, #29 overall…ESPN.com 150, #4 safety nationally, #29 overall…Scout.com five-star prospect, #3 outside linebacker nationally, #7 player in the South, #22 overall player nationally, Dawg Post #2 player in Georgia…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #3 safety nationally….Rivals100 2010 #40…. Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…Newnan Times-Herald County Player of the Year…played in Georgia North-South High School All-Star game…2008 GSWA All-State…2008 AJC All-State Honorable Mention... three-year starter for Newnan during a stretch where the team went 37-4 and made the GHSA state semifinals twice…blocked a field goal with five seconds to go and caught the winning touchdown pass during Newnan's 9-7 win over Grayson in the 2009 GHSA playoffs…finished the 2009 season with 85 tackles, including five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks…also recorded 33 receptions for 633 yards and five touchdowns on offense…as a junior in 2008 had 75 tackles, three interceptions and six blocked punts…as a sophomore in 2007 had six blocked punts and returned one for a touchdown…also was a starter on the basketball team and ran the 400-meter dash and the 4x100 relay and long jumped for the Cougars…high school teammates with twin brother and fellow Georgia signee Alexander Ogletree…High School Coach: Mike McDonald.

ALEXANDER OGLETREE

LB, 5-10, 205

Newnan, Ga., Newnan HS

ALEXANDER OGLETREE…Born: September 25, 1991…High School: Newnan… PrepStar All-Region team….Scout.com two-start prospect, #74 middle linebacker nationally…ESPN.com #109 outside linebacker nationally…Newnan Times-Herald County Co-Defensive Player of the Year…named All-Region 4-AAAAA First Team (offense and defense)… as a senior finished with 90 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and two sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, one blocked kick and one blocked punt…. hauled in 16 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns on offense…also rushed for 93 yards on six option plays…three-year starter for Newnan during a stretch where the team went 37-4 and made the GHSA state semifinals twice…was a starter on the Cougar basketball team…high school teammates with twin brother and fellow Georgia signee Alec Ogletree…High School Coach: Mike McDonald.

LONNIE OUTLAW

WR, 6-5, 180

Rochelle, Ga., Wilcox County HS

LONNIE OUTLAW…High School: Wilcox County…2009 Atlanta Journal Constitution Class A All-State Honorable Mention…member of Georgia High School All-Star Game South Team…Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A All-State Honorable Mention…2009 All-Middle Georgia GHSA Second Team…helped lead Wilcox County to the 2009 Georgia Class A State Title Game…hauled in 41 passes for 829 yards and six touchdowns in 2009…scored 10 touchdowns on 22 catches on 417 yards receiving as a junior in 2008…High School Coach: Mark Ledford. 

DEREK OWENS

CB, 5-9, 180

Jacksonville, Fla., Andrew Jackson HS

DEREK OWENS…Born: January 22, 1990…High School: Andrew Jackson… SuperPrep All-Dixie Team…PrepStar All-Region team…Scout.com Three-Star Player, #44 CB in the country, #54 Player in Florida…Rivals.com Three-Star Player, #27 cornerback in the country…SunState Football #52 Player in Florida…2008 First Team All-First CoastFSWA Class AAA All-State third team… Florida Times-Union 2009 Super 75 Cornerback…20 career interceptions…High School Coach: Kevin Sullivan. 

GARRISON SMITH

DT, 6-3, 250

Atlanta, Ga., Douglas HS

GARRISON SMITH…Born: October 9, 1991...High School: Douglass…2009 Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team and SuperPrep Elite 50, All-America and All-Dixie teams…2009 Atlanta Journal Constitution Top 50, Super 11, Class AAAAA All-State First Team…2009 U.S. Army All-America Bowl participant…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #3 DT nationally, #79 overall nationally, #5 overall in Georgia…Rivals.com 2010 DT Rankings: #3 Best athlete, #1 Best pass rusher, #2 Quickest…Scout.com four-star prospect, #6 DT nationally, #77 overall nationally, #7 overall in the South…Dawg Post #4 overall in Georgia…ESPNU.com #15 DT nationally, #143 overall nationally… Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…as a junior recorded 108 total tackles including 27 for loss and 14 sacks and also forced 7 fumbles…as a senior tallied 80 total tackles including 20 for loss and 10 sacks through the first nine games, named Touchdown Club of Atlanta Lineman of the Week for Week 9…brothers with Greg Smith, backup A-back for rival Georgia Tech in 2009…High School Coach: Kenny Barrow.
 

T.J. STRIPLING

DE, 6-6, 215

Decatur, Ga., Southwest Dekalb HS

T.J. STRIPLING…Born: October 29, 1991…High School: Southwest Dekalb…2009 Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team…SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams….2009 Atlanta Journal Constitution Top 50, Super 11, Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year, Class AAAA All-State First Team…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #4 DE nationally, #45 overall nationally, #2 overall in Georgia…Rivals.com 2010 DE Rankings: #3 Best pass rusher…Scout.com four-star prospect, #12 DE nationally, #92 overall nationally, #30 overall in the South…Dawg Post #6 overall in Georgia…ESPN.com #84 overall nationally… Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…as a junior tallied 88 total tackles including 18 for loss and 14 sacks…as a senior recorded 117 total tackles including 22 for loss and 21 sacks…high school teammates with Georgia signee T.J. Stripling…Coach: Buck Godfrey.

MIKE THORNTON

DL, 6-1, 280

Stone Mountain, Ga., Stephenson HS

MICHAEL THORNTON…Born: January 1, 1992…High School: Stephenson…2009 Prepstar All-American …SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie teams….2009 Atlanta Journal Constitution Top 50, Class AAAAA All-State First Team…2009 Defensive MVP of UGA Nike Camp…Rivals.com four-star prospect, #15 DT nationally, #145 overall nationally, #10 overall in Georgia…Scout.com four-star prospect, #16 DT nationally, #175 overall nationally, #58 overall in the South…Dawg Post #13 overall in Georgia…ESPNU.com #18 DT nationally…Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…as a senior tallied 78 total tackles including 13 for loss and 6 sacks, named Touchdown Club of Atlanta Lineman of the Week for Week 3, led Stephenson Jaguars to a 11-1 record….as a junior recorded 95 total tackles including 15 for loss and 2.5 sacks… …High School Coach: Ronald Gartrell.

                             2010 Georgia Tech Football Signees 

Catlin Alford     OL    6-3   275   Adairsville, Ga.   Adairsville HS

* Rated the 79th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Named second team Small Schools All-America (MaxPreps).

* A versatile player who also played tight end and nose guard in high school.

* A big, strong lineman that could play guard or tackle.

 

Jeremiah Attaochu LB    6-3   223   Washington, DC    Archbishop Carroll HS

* Rated the 17th-best prospect in the mid-Atlantic region (Superpreps).

* A strong classic edge-type defender.

* Is tall, long and rangy.

* Had 118 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior.

* Recorded four touchdowns as a senior by blocking kicks or returning fumbles.

* Committed to Tech in January, 2010.

* Originally from Nigeria.

 

Ryan Ayers  CB    5-10  178   Douglasville, Ga. South Paulding HS

* Rated the 27th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated the 22nd-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Rated 21st on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* Played in the third annual Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

* A corner with great speed.

* First Team 4A All-State

* Had 34 tackles and  2 interceptions for 128 yards as a senior in 2009.

 

Morgan Bailey     OL    6-4   298   Loganville, Ga.   Loganville HS

* Rated the 71st-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated the 68th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Rated 32nd on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* Was a dominating run-blocker in high school.

 

B.J. Bostic CB    5-11  165   Louisville, Ga.   Jefferson County HS

* Rated the 17th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated 16th on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* Rated the 20th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* 2009 Region 3-AA Player of the Year, All-State, State Offensive Player of the Year, Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year.

* 2008 first team All-State, All-Area and All-Region.

* 2007 first team All-State, All-Area, All-Region.

* Played in the third annual Offense/Defense All-America Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

* Accounted for 2,600 yards as a quarterback in 2008.

* A versatile player who could play any skill position.

* Played four years of football at Jefferson County HS under coach J.B. Arnold.

* Served one year as a team captain.

* Also played three seasons of basketball and ran track for three years.

* Led high school team to regional championships in 2006 and 2009, and regional runner-ups in 2007 and 2008.

* Rushed for 1,227 yards on 165 carries, scoring 17 touchdowns as a senior in 2009. Averaged 7.4 yards per carry.

*Also caught nine passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns.

*At quarterback, threw for 1,124 yards and 17 touchdowns with a .680 completion percentage.

* Set 15 school records at JCHS.

* First name is Barry but prefers to go by B.J.

* Born July 2, 1992 in Fort Riley, Texas.

* Has two siblings – Krystal and Ebony.

* Is related (cousin) to Yellow Jacket redshirt freshman Christopher Crenshaw.

 

Synjyn Days QB    6-1   205   Powder Springs, Ga.   Hillgrove HS

* Rated the 72nd-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated the 69th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Rated 43rd on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* Three-time all-county and all-region selection.

* A two-time all-state performer.

* Played in Cobb County Senior Bowl where he ran for a 60-yard touchdown.

* Scored five touchdowns in a game two times in high school.

* Rushed for 75 touchdowns and threw for 30 touchdowns during high school career.

* Played four seasons of football.

* Also played one season of basketball and ran track for one season.

* Led football team to second round of state playoffs.

* As a junior in 2008, threw for 800 yards and eight touchdowns.

* Rushed for 1,050 yards while scoring 16 touchdowns.

* A versatile athlete who could play on either side of the ball.

* Given name is Synjyn Skky Days.

* Has one sibling – Jabari Hunt-Days.

 

Shawn Green DT    6-0   270   Grayson, Ga.      Grayson HS

* Rated the 49th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated 45th on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* Rated the 13th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Gwinnett County Defensive Player of the Year.

* Named first team All-State.

* Played in the third annual Offense/Defense All-America Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

* Played four seasons of football, including one as team captain, at Grayson HS.

* Led Grayson to back-to-back regional championships.

* Set a school record as a senior with 29 tackles for loss.

* Recorded 69 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a junior in 2008.

* Born Nov. 11, 1991 in Bloomfield, CT.

* Has two siblings – Treyvon and Jailyn.

* Thinks one day he may want to be a college football coach.

 

Deon Hill   AB    6-0   205   Phenix City, Ala. Central HS

* Rushed for 1,587 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior in 2009.

* His 18 touchdowns tied the school's single-season record.

* Named all-state in Alabama as selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (Class 6A).

* Selected to and played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game.

* Was a high school teammate of current Yellow Jacket Orwin Smith.

Served as Smith's back-up at running back in 2008.

 

Fred Holton S     6-1   198   Thomasville, Ga.   Thomasville HS

* Rated the 36th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated the 37th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Rated 40th on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* First Team 2A All-State

* A big, physical player who can play either safety position.

* Holton said: "They are building something special at Tech and I want to be a part of that."

 

Isaiah Johnson    S     6-2   175   Tyrone, Ga. Sandy Creek HS

* Rated the 21st-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals)

* Rated the 28th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Rated 9th on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* Enrolled at Georgia Tech in January.

* Earned All-State, All-Region and All-County honors as a safety in 2009.

* Broke school records for career and single-season interceptions.

* Member of the academic honor roll in high school.

* Helped lead Sandy Creek to a state championship in 2009.

* Recorded 53 tackles and seven sacks as a junior in 2008.

* Has great instincts and good speed.

* His stock rose with outstanding performances in the state playoffs.

* Full name is Isaiah Nathan Johnson.

* Born May 16, 1992 in Columbus, Ohio.

* Has three siblings – Aaron Smith, Tyler Smith and Sierra Johnson.

* Chose Tech because "it prepares you for life," Johnson said.

 

Denzel McCoy      DT    6-3   268   Lawrenceville, Ga.   Northview HS

* Rated the 13th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated the 16th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Named second team all-region.

* Played in the third annual Offense/Defense All-America Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

* Set school record for tackles for loss in one game (4).

* Had 72 tackles, 9 TFL and 7 sacks as a junior in 2008.

* Played four seasons of football, including one year as team captain, under coach Jim Showfety at Northview High School.

* Also played two seasons of basketball in high school.

* An excellent student.

* Given name is Denzel Lorenzo McCoy.

* Born Dec. 1, 1991 in Greensboro, N.C.

* Previously lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

* Father, Gary, played football at North Carolina A&T.

* Cousin, Wayne McGarrity, played football at Texas and later for the Dallas Cowboys.

* Began playing football at age 5.

* Wore #72 in high school because he was a big Glen Dorsey fan.

* Chose Tech because of "the great family feel, excellent degree program and the great football program."

 

Justin Moore      PK    5-10  160   Atlanta, Ga.      Marist School

* A two-time all-region selection.

* 2009 all-state, all-county and a member of the Atlanta Touchdown Club Metro All-Star Team.

* Made 60 percent of his field goal attempts as a senior and 11-of-17 for his career.

* Converted 88 of 89 career PAT attempts including 39-of-39 as a senior.

* Had 48 touchbacks as a kickoff man and averaged 42-plus yards punting.

* Holds the Marist School record for the longest field goal (50 yards).

* Holds the school record for best punting average (41.4 ypa).

* Had 139 career kickoff attempts, including 78 that were touchbacks.

* Earned a top 12 ranking from the prestigious Chris Sailer kicking camp in Las Vegas each of the last three years.

* Has a strong leg and makes kicks with great height and accuracy.

 

Quayshawn Nealy   LB    6-1   220   Lakeland, Fla.    Lakeland HS

* All-State FSWA 5A Honorable Mention and All-Area Second Team LB.

* Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Polk County.

* First team all-county.

* Named 2010 Florida Varsity Top 100.

* As a senior in 2009, recorded 121 tackles (85 unassisted), 25 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three pass break-ups, two interceptions, five sacks, two blocked punts and eight quarterback hurries.

* Career stats: 354 tackles (234 unassisted), 66 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, six interceptions, 11 sacks, two blocked punts, one blocked field goal.

* 126 tackles, four sacks and two fumbles caused as a junior in 2008.

* Has outstanding speed.

* Played four seasons of football including two as team captain under coach William Castle.

* Also played four seasons of basketball.

* Led Lakeland High School to district championships in 2008 and 2009.

* The 2008 team was the state runner-up, the 2009 team was a 5A state semifinalist.

* Full name is Quayshawn Tyree Nealy.

* Born August 5, 1991 in Winter Haven, Fla.

* Has two siblings – Zedrick and Jimmie, Jr.

 

Charles Perkins   BB    6-0   205   Lawrenceville, Ga.   Collins Hill HS

* Rated 4th on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* Rated the 35th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Rated the 34th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* First Team 5A all-state.

* Enrolled at Georgia Tech in January.

* Rushed for over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior in 2008.

* Possesses good size and speed.

* Expected to play the B-back position.

 

Jake Skole  ATH   6-1   175   Roswell, Ga.      Blessed Trinity HS

* Rated the 96th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals).

* Rated the 76th-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* First Team 2A all-state.

* Had nine catches for 168 yards, 124 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns in 2009. Defensively, had 59 tackles.

* Was a two-way standout at receiver, quarterback and safety in high school.

* An outstanding baseball player. A two-time all-state selection.

* 2008-09 MVP of the prestigious Cobb County Baseball League.

* Scored 14 points in the 2009 state basketball championship.

* Brother, Matt, plays on the Georgia Tech baseball team.

 

Anthony Williams  DE    6-4   221   McDonough, Ga.    Union Grove HS

* Rated the 25th-best prospect in the state of Georgia (Rivals)

* Rated the 31st-best prospect in Georgia (Superprep).

* Rated 34th on the AJC Fab 50 list.

* First Team 5A All-State.

* Registered 80 tackles and eight sacks as a junior in 2008.

* Has great speed for his size.

 

Louis Young CB    6-1   190   Washington, DC    Good Counsel HS

* Ranked as the No. 13 cornerback prospect nationally by Rivals.com.

* Ranked as the No. 19 cornerback nationally by Scout.com.

* Named all-state and the state defensive player of the year.

* 2009 Montgomery County Player of the Year.

* Most Valuable Player of the Maryland Crab Bowl Game.

* Led Good Counsel HS to a conference championship in 2009.

 

Tony Zenon  AB    5-8   174   Albany, Ga. Deerfield Windsor Acad.

* Produced staggering numbers at Deerfield Windsor Academy, a Class AAA school in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA).

* Ran wild in DWA's Wing-T offense.

* Finished senior season with 244 carries for 2,264 yards – an average of 9.28 yards per carry – and had 27 rushing touchdowns.

* For his career, Zenon had 5,684 rushing yards on 650 carries and 65 TDs.

* Considering a major in architectural engineering at Tech.

* Originally from New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina forced him to move to Georgia.

                          Savannah State Signs 13 In-State Recruits  

SAVANNAH, Ga.- Savannah State University interim football coach Julius Dixon announces the signing of 13 players to National letters of Intent to play football for the Orange and Blue. 

Dixon and his assistants focused on  in-state recruits this year. "Until we get the program up and running we have to sign kids from the state of Georgia. We tried to concentrate our efforts to make the dollar go as far as it can. In getting in-state players, there is more opportunity for family and friends to come see them play." 

The 42-year-old interim coach is pleased with his first signing class. "I am very pleased with these young men. Not only what they bring athletically but academically. We made it a point to get kids who have been academically sound," said Dixon. 

Dixon feels all of the recruits bring a lot to the table for SSU. ‘I consider all 13 of these kids jewels. They picked Savannah State because they thought SSU gave them the best opportunity." 

Of the 13, three are from the coastal empire. Running back Sheldon Barnes and linebacker Darvean Herron of Hinesville, GA will remain Tigers but will trade in their Bradwell Institute blue & gold for SSU's orange and blue.  Also inking with the Tigers was Brunswick, GA wide receiver Josh Coleman. "I'm excited about signing the local guys. They are good kids. They are athletic and fit our needs," said Dixon. 

Dixon went back to his hometown of Toccoa, GA to sign defensive back/wide receiver Quan Trammell. "Quan is a tremendous kid. He will help us do a lot of things. He adds that element of the game of size, quickness and soft hands," stated Dixon. 

Savannah State signed four wide receivers, three 2-way players, two linebackers, one quarterback, one running back, one offensive lineman and one tight end. Dixon hopes to add more linemen in the near future.      

Georgia Southern Football 2010 Signing Class

Robert Brown (RB, 5-11 1/2, 199) Macon (Westside-Macon)

Region I AAAA Offensive Player of the Year… first-team All-Region selection as a senior… helped lead Seminoles to 11-2 record and Elite 8 appearance… rushed for 1,917 yards 274 carries and 22 touchdowns as a senior… averaged 6.99 yards per rush and 147.5 yards per game… had six receptions for 80 yards and one TD… 2009 Macon Touchdown Club Back of the Year and earned "Back of the Week" honors three times… named one of "Middle Georgia's 12 to Treasure" by the Macon Telegraph… All-Middle Georgia first team selection at running back… Westside-Macon team MVP following 2009 season… selected to play in the 2009 Georgia Coaches North-South game… gained 770 yards in junior season… coached by Cedric Risper.

Tray Butler (A-Back, 5-9, 179) Stockbridge (Woodland)

Selected to 2009 4AAA All-Region team… 71 career receptions for 1,525 yards… scored 25 career touchdowns for Wolfpack… earned second-team All-Region honors as a junior… named Woodland High School Player of the Year as a junior and senior… played for Coach Scott Schmitt… son of Leartis Butler.

Dorian Byrd (OL, 6-1, 245) Macon (Westside-Macon)

First-team All-Region as a senior… graded out an average of 90 percent during senior season… three-time "Lineman of the Week" for Westside-Macon as a senior… named Macon Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week (2009)… coached by Cedric Risper.

Carlos Cave (LB, 5-10, 188) Macon (Westside-Macon)

First-team All-Region pick at inside linebacker as a senior following first-team All-Region selection at outside linebacker as a junior… recorded 85 tackles and six sacks as a senior for the Seminoles… also had one fumble recovery and one interception, scoring touchdowns on each… voted by team as "Spirit of the Defense" as a senior… at OLB as a junior, recorded 112 tackles and four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown… sleected as lineman of the week vs. Jones County in 2008 with two interceptions, including one a touchdown… won team's Most Improved Award as a junior… coached by Cedric Risper… son of Renita Tate.

Justice Ejike (DT, 6-1, 241) Covington (Newton County)

Pronounced: E-gee-key

All-State honorable mention at offensive tackle as a senior… 2-AAAAA first team All-Region Offense and Defense… also tabbed as first-team All-Newton County Offense and Defense… served as Rams defensive captain with 65 tackles and team-leading eight sacks… also recorded 21 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and 10 quarterback pressures… played for Coach Nick Collins… son of Angie Ejike.

Aaron Fisher (B-Back, 5-5 ¾, 188) Tulsa, Okla. (Central)
Gained 774 yards as a senior with 12 touchdowns... averaged 8.15 yards per carry… played on defense as junior racking up over 100 tackles... helped lead Braves to the Oklahoma 5A state playoffs for the first time in 13 years… named most improved player by his teammates... selected to first- team All-District... senior team captain… runs a 4.5 40-yard dash... played for Coach Corey Russell… son of Michael and Bernadette Fisher.

Alex Ford (A-Back, 5-11, 177) Nashville, Tenn. (Franklin)

Repeat selection as Region 6-5A Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior… voted first-team All-State by Tennessee Sports Writers as a junior… helped lead Rebels to 10-3 mark in 2009… carried 433 times for 3,328 yards and 49 touchdowns during his career… averaged 7.7 yards per carry… coached by Craig Clayton… parents are Jerry and Molly Ford.

Josh Gebhardt (DE, 6-2, 235) Douglasville (Landmark Christian Academy)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution First-Team All-State selection as senior… Offense-Defense All-American in 2009… Region 5A Defensive Player of the Year… three-time member of Region 5A first team as a sophomore, junior and senior… earned Region 5A honorable mention recognition as a freshman… Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State honorable mention… played for Kenny Dallas… son of Aron and Marianne Gebhardt.

Matthew Gilbert (OL, 6-2, 275) Marietta (Walton)

First-team All-Region 6-5A… first-team All-Cobb County… Cobb County Senior Bowl participant…three-year starter for Raiders…coached by Rocky Hidalgo… parents are Jimmy and Rhonda Gilbert.

Marcus Howton (OL, 6-2, 315) Pensacola, Fla. (West Florida)

First-team All-District I pick… Northwest Florida All-Star team as selected by Pensacola Sports Association… Pensacola News-Journal All-Area team…recorded 35 pancake blocks as a senior… helped team to 245 yards-per game average in triple option-based offense… three-year letter winner in football and track for Jaguars… FCA Challenger Award recipient… team captain… moved to varsity squad after five games as a sophomore… holds school record for discus throw… played for Coach Ronnie Gilliland… son of Crystal Cabico.

Omari Jones (LB, 6-0 1/2,199) Jonesboro (Mundy's Mill)

Pronounced: OH-mar-ee

Led Tigers as a senior with 82 tackles and seven sacks… first-team All-Region 4-AAAAA team at linebacker position… defensive captain as a junior… recorded 54 tackles during 2008 season… earned three-star ranking from Rivals.com… member of the Region 4 6-A All-Academic team… played for Coach Peniel J. Dany… parents are Marcellus and Oneatha Jones.

Zach Lonas (OL, 6-1, 275) Acworth (Etowah)

Three-year starter and two-way player at offensive line and defensive tackle… All-Cherokee County Gridiron Club selection as a junior and senior… helped Eagles to 8-2 overall record as a senior and 350 yards per game in offense (262 rushing, 88 passing)… recorded 29 tackles including four tackles for loss and two sacks… had 11 hurries and a fumble recovery… coached by Bill Stewart.

Javonte Martin (CB, 5-9, 170) Tampa, Fla. (Plant)

Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times All-County first team as a senior… garnered second-team honors from Tampa Tribune and honorable mention recognition from St. Pete Times as a junior… voted top corner in the state of Florida as a junior and senior…helped Panthers to 13-1 record and state championship as a senior… part of the 14-1 Plant state championship team as a junior… finished career at Plant with 112 total tackles including 81 solos with 10 interceptions and 50 pass break-ups… also had 13 career tackles for loss… recorded 53 total tackles with 42 solo in senior season… also had three interceptions and 23 pass break-ups… recorded 46 total tackles (30 solo) with five interceptions and 24 pass break-ups as a junior… won Playmaker award as a junior… All-Suncoast first team in 2009 following honorable mention status in 2008… All-Western Conference first team pick as a senior and second team selection as a junior… grabbed two interceptions to go along with 13 total tackles (nine solo) and three pass break-ups… Panthers were 53-4 during his career… first four-year varsity letterman under Coach Robert J. Weiner… son of Sonya White and Leroy Blue, Jr.

Trevor McBurnett (OL, 6-1, 300) Lawrenceville (Peachtree Ridge)

Tabbed first-team All-Region 8-AAAAA as a junior and senior… First-team All-Gwinnett County as a junior and second-team selection as a senior… honorable mention all-state pick at offensive lineman for junior year as Peachtree Ridge finished as runner-up in 5A… pre-season all-state selection by Atlanta Journal-Constitution for senior campaign… helped lead team to 10-3 mark and quarterfinals… member of the Lions offensive line that did not allow a sack over 28 games and two years… finished 10th in state weightlifting meet as a senior… Scholar-Athlete award winner… joins current Eagle Mitch Williford in coming from Peachtree Ridge… played for Bill Ballard… son of Todd and Mia McBurnett.

Jerick McKinnon (QB, 5-9, 177) Marietta (Sprayberry)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution first-team All-State pick at quarterback… tabbed first-team All-State by Georgia Sports Writers Association as an athlete…named Region 7 AAAA Player of the Year… three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets… passed for 1,500 yards and ran for 1,300 as a senior… Cobb County Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year… also participated as a member of the track and field team… played for Coach Billy Shackelford…son of Rungie and Frances McKinnon.

Blake Riley (DT, 6-1, 250) Crescent (McIntosh Academy)

Three-year starter for Buccaneers team that advanced to state playoffs… first-team All-Region 2AA as a junior… second-team All-Region 2AA for offensive and defensive line as a senior… WTOC Super 11 selection in 2009… most valuable defensive lineman as a junior and senior… recorded 15 sacks over last two seasons… team captain and coaches award winner as a senior... played for Coach Robby Robinson… son of Alexandria Riley.

Darries Robinson (RB, 5-8, 165) Brunswick (Glynn Academy)

Brunswick News Coastal All-Purpose Player of the Year as a senior… first-team All-Region and all-area at running back as a junior… Region 2AAA All-purpose Player of the Year as a senior… amassed 1,344 total yards during senior season with 426 rushing, 290 receiving and 529 return yards… rushed for 1,100 yards and had 600 receiving yards as a junior… starting point guard averaging eight points and 10 assists per game for 16-3 Red Terrors squad… coached by Rob Ridings.

Michael Spaulding (LB, 5-11, 224) Fayetteville (Sandy Creek)

Only two-way starter (running back and linebacker) for Patriots state championship team… four-year starter… All-Region team at linebacker… recorded 94 tackles with seven tackles for loss… team captain… Coach Chip Walker called him the "heart and soul of the team."

Deion Stanley (S, 5-9 1/2, 185) Dry Pond (Twiggs County)

First-team All-State pick at defensive back as a senior and Defensive Player of the Year of Middle Georgia… also earned All-Middle Georgia honors at defensive back… Georgia Sports Writers Association first-team member at defensive back… threw for 543 yards passing and gained 283 yards rushing… scored four rushing touchdowns and had one as a receiver for the Cobras… recorded 84 tackles with 10 interceptions as a senior… forced two fumbles... played for Coach Dexter Copeland.

 

Julian Suber (QB, 5-9, 165) Lawrenceville (Brookwood)

Pronounced: SOO-ber

Named to the 2009 Gwinnett All-County Team at quarterback… three-year letterman and two-time Brookwood Offensive Player of the Week … rushed for 957 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season… averaged 6.5 yards per carry… completed 12 of 18 passes with four touchdowns in three games… 2008 Old Spice "National Player of the Year" nominee and twice named Sun Times "Player of the Week"… rushed for 1,784 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per carry as a junior… ran back two kick returns (80 and 85 yards) and one punt return (65 yards) for touchdowns… one of three sophomores to earn a spot on Broncos varsity squad … won MVP-Coaches Award as a freshman… played for coach Mark Crews… parents are Alvin and Renae Keitt.

Lavelle Westbrooks (S, 5-11 1/2, 174) Riverdale (Riverdale)

Earned first-team All-Region honors as a junior and second-team all-region honors as a senior… team captain as a senior… led Raiders in interceptions in 2008... voted best defensive back for Riverdale for 2008 season… placed second in triple jump and fifth in long jump at Regional 4-AAAAA track meet… in coached by Nick Davis.

Rashad Williams (LB, 6-1, 223) Dunwoody (Dunwoody)

First-team All-Region and All-DeKalb County at defensive end… Wildcats team leader in tackles and sacks in 2009 with 88 total, 58 solo and six sacks… also posted 18 tackles for loss and returned one interception for a touchdown… team captain as a senior… selected for team "Player of the Week" honors three times… … two-sport letterman in football and track… threw shotput, discus and ran 200 meter dash… played for Coach Michael Youngblood… son of Genita Williams.

Ezayi Youyoute (QB, 5-11 1/2, 171) Wauchula, Fla. (Hardee County)

Pronunciation: AH-sigh YOU-yute

As a senior, rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns on 97 carries… averaged – per rush and 108 yards per game… passed for an additional 350 yards and five touchdowns… led Wildcats to a 9-2 record and 2009 FHSAA Class 2A District 6 championship… team's offensive most valuable player as junior and senior… recorded 20 tackles, seven passes defended and four interceptions in spot play at defensive back… returned interceptions for a total of 141 yards and one touchdown… awarded the L. Dale Carlton Award presented to the most valuable player who demonstrates dedication and leadership in the sport of football… coached by Tim Price… parents are Virgil and Cederina Youyoute.

CLEMSON:

Justin Parker, lb, 6-3, 230, Beaufort (S.C.) HS.

Ricky Chaney, db, 6-2, 195, Battery Creek HS, Beaufort, S.C.

Kalon Davis, ol, 6-5, 325, Chester (S.C.) HS.

Josh Watson, dt, 6-4, 285, Hargrave Military Academy, Wilmington, Del.

Martavis Bryant, wr, 6-5, 200, T.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.

Corey Crawford, de, 6-5, 235, Carver HS, Columbus, Ga.

David Beasley, ol, 6-4, 290, Carver HS, Columbus, Ga.

Reid Webster, ol, 6-5, 275, Elowah HS, Woodstock, Ga.

Jake Nicolopulos, lb, 6-2, 220, T.L. Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C.

Sam Cooper, te, 6-5, 230, The Ensworth HS, Nashville, Tenn.

Victor Beasley, te, 6-4, 225, Adairsville (Ga.) HS.

Dermont Buice, rb, 6-2, 2-5, Gaston HS, Gadsden, Ala.

Martin Jenkins, db, 5-9, 170, Centennial HS, Roswell, Ga.

DeAndre Hopkins, wr, 6-2, 194, Daniel HS, Central, S.C.

Tavaris Barnes, de, 6-5, 250, First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.

Desmond Brown, db, 6-0, 192, Cherokee County HS, Centre, Ala.

Darius Robinson, db, 6-0, 170, Westlake HS, Atlanta.

Joe Craig, wr, 6-0, 170, Gaffney (S.C.) HS.

Bashaud Breeland, db, 6-1, 190, Allendale-Fairfax HS, Allendale,

S.C.

Garry Peters, db, 6-0, 173, Heritage HS, Conyers, Ga.

Gifford Timothy, ol, 6-6, 288, Middletown (Del.) HS.

Tra Thomas, dt, 6-1, 271, Anson HS, Wadesboro, N.C.

D.J. Howard, rb, 6-0, 195, Lincoln (Ala.) HS.

::rsnow@wtoc.com

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