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Today, we release the latest boys hoops poll and continue setting the stage for National Signing Day on Wednesday. 

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Boys Hoops Poll
Signing Day Frenzy Top 25
Boys Hoops Rankings
Signing Day Frenzy
NSD Frenzy
Treyvon Paulk
Score Poll
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How many commitments from scholarship players does Kennesaw State hold? 
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Friday's answer:
Georgia Tech commit C.J. Leggett rushed for 23 touchdowns during his senior season for North Gwinnett.



1. Wheeler

2. Tift County

3. Westlake

4. Norcross

5. Hillgrove

6. Walton

7. North Gwinnett

8. Douglas County

9. Milton

10. McEachern



1. Allatoona

2. Miller Grove

3. Jenkins

4. Sprayberry

5. Tucker

6. Stephenson

7. Clarke Central

8. Warner Robins

9. Drew

10. Villa Rica


Class AAAA

1. Columbia

2. South Atlanta

3. Alexander

4. Eagle's Landing

5. Fayette County

6. Eastside

7. Glenn Hills

8. Rutland

9. Statesboro

10. Westover


Class AAA

1. Johnson-Savannah

2. Savannah

3. Cartersville

4. Washington County

5. Buford

6. Morgan County

7. Blessed Trinity

8. Elbert County

9. St. Pius X

10. Woodward Academy


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Vidalia

3. Laney

4. Manchester

5. Calhoun

6. Model

7. Jefferson

8. Pelham

9. Crawford County

10. Taylor County


Class A

1. Whitefield Academy

2. Greenforest Christian

3. St. Francis

4. North Cobb Christian

5. Landmark Christian

6. Holy Innocents'

7. Aquinas

8. Randolph-Clay

9. Calhoun County

10. Mount Vernon Presbyterian



1. Nick Chubb


2. Lorenzo Carter


3. Nick Ruffin


4. Bryson Allen-Williams


5. Dante Sawyer


6. Cortez McDowell


7. Korie Rogers


8. Wesley Green


9. Mike Rogers


10. Orlando Brown


11. Detric Dukes


12. Nate Brown


13. Andrew Williams


14. Kendarius Webster


15. Allen Artis


16. Demarquis Gates


17. Kevin Mouhon


18. Elisha Shaw


19. Treyvon Paulk


20. Myles Autry


21. Taariq Shabazz


22. Kendall Baker


23. C.J. Leggett


24. Grant Haley


25. Evan Berry


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Wheeler tops 6A, Buford climbs in 3A



Top-ranked Westlake dropped to No. 3 after a 76-75 defeat to Tri-Cities, its first in-state loss of the season. Wheeler takes over No. 1 in Class AAAAAA and Tift County slides up to No. 2 in front of the Lions. Hillgrove beat McEachern 67-51 this weekend and took over No. 5, while the Indians dropped three spots to No. 10.


In Class AAAAA, Allatoona remains No. 1, despite its first loss of the season, which came to Iroquois (Ky.) 50-49 on Saturday. Villa Rica (18-4) debuts in Class AAAAA at No. 10.


In Class AAAA, Rutland dropped two slots to No. 8 after an 89-86 loss to Westside-Macon on Friday. Eastside is the new No. 6 in Class AAAA, and the 18-2 Eagles topped Alcovy 101-23 on Saturday. Sandy Creek lost to LaGrange 56-54 and fell out of the top 10 and Glenn Hills (18-4) replaces the Patriots in the poll, checking in at No. 7.


No. 6 Buford

Photo by Ty Freeman

grabbed a 57-55 win over Dawson County and a 69-58 win over No. 5 Morgan County this past weekend. The Wolves' win over Morgan County moves them into the top five and drops Morgan County one spot to No. 6. Also in Class AAA, Woodward Academy reenters the poll and replaces No. 10 Cedar Grove after the Saints' 57-39 loss to No. 7 Blessed Trinity.


In Class AA and Class A, the poll remained the same as no ranked teams suffered losses this past week. 


By Craig Sager II
A new era of National Signing Day begins 


To all the football fans in the state of Georgia: It is time to buy into the hype around National Signing Day, because Feb. 5, 2014 is the day that this celebrated event changes Peach State football forever. The excitement, drama and theatrics surrounding National Signing Day are growing each year across the country. More players make their decisions on national stages and heated recruiting battles come down to the final hour. This already-giant spotlight on the state of Georgia on signing day is entering a new era this year as upstart programs Kennesaw State, Mercer and a still young Georgia State program are aggressively picking up instate talent. With these new programs, Georgia is going to continue to be on center stage on National Signing Day for years to come.


This is the first year that Mercer can award scholarships and the Bears' recruiting

Photo by Jon Barash

class holds some serious talent. Kennesaw State has already grabbed 24 instate players for its inaugural class and Georgia State holds a top 100 recruiting class in the country filled with players from all over the state.


Having Kennesaw State and Mercer competing with Georgia Southern, Georgia State and the big boys, Georgia and Georgia Tech, is going to give more opportunities to Georgia's players whether they are heading to a Division 1 program or a junior college. As the instate schools grab talent, it requires out-of-state schools to be more aggressive in their recruitment of the state as well. Georgia products already dot rosters across the country and it is going to exponentially increase from here.




Georgia high school football is a trusted destination for recruiters because across

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

all six classifications, there is competition and talent every Friday night. Our state does not have any weak points and every region produces talent and every corner of the state has future college stars. As Class AA Lovett stifled an explosive Lamar County team 14-7 to win its state championships this season, it showed one of the most fundamentally sound and well-coached teams ever seen at the high school level. 


In Class A, Marion County and Aquinas had starters making plays on either side of the football as they grabbed state titles this season. Talent-saturated Buford won yet another championship in Class AAA and Griffin won the Class AAAA title with brilliant playmaker Jaquez Parks at quarterback. Parks won the AJC Georgia High School Player of the Year and just committed to Kennesaw State on Thursday (Jan. 30).


Norcross won its second consecutive Class AAAAAA state title with a team that will send more than 20 players to college campuses next fall, yet some could argue Purdue-commit Dexter Knox and the talented Class AAAAA state championship Creekside team was the best team in the state in 2013. The amount of talent is almost overwhelming.




For the first time in history, each college signee from the state of Georgia will be entered into a signing day database. Information like college destination, county, high school and position will show exactly where the talent is heading and where it came from. This list will ultimately show the entire country how well-represented Georgia is in college football and will continue to get the state the recognition and spotlight it deserves.


Across the metro-Atlanta area on National Signing Day, five Taco Macs will have more than 100 schools come and announce their college signees. Uncommitted five-star Lorenzo Carter will be there as will five-star UGA-commit Nick Chubb. Every top prospect in the metro Atlanta area will be there to make their decisions and all the action will be updated live at and broadcasted live via 92.9 The Game FM. Signing a scholarship is one of the most important moments in an athlete's life and myself and Score Atlanta hopes everyone joins the celebration this year as National Signing Day Frenzy and the 'world's largest signing day event' is born.



Join National Signing Day history


Georgia is one of the premier football hotbeds in the country and we are providing all the information needed to completely cover the Peach State's incredible talent with a list of every signee in the state. In our coverage you will find a statistical breakdown by the county and high school of each athlete, as well as their future college destination and current commitment or signee status. Recruiters come back to Georgia each year because of the countless stars that have gone to college and been successful. By providing a thorough analysis of this year's signees and by doing so for future recruiting classes, Georgia High School football will continue to get the recognition and spotlight it deserves.






by Ricky Dimon
Paulk heads to Knoxville


Treyvon Paulk is a small, but strong running back at 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds. He uses his power to excel at running between the tackles, where he is tough to bring down-especially by a solo tackler. Paulk does not possess elite speed, but he has extremely quick feet and his shiftiness allows him not only to run through tacklers but also around them. He has been clocked at 4.60 in the 40-yard dash. 


Coaches at the next level will hope to see improvement in Paulk's first-step burst upon receiving handoffs, as it sometimes takes a moment too long for him to reach top speed and power.


He starred at Milton, where he amassed more than 1,100 rushing yards as a junior to go along with 17 touchdowns. Paulk suffered a torn ACL in the fourth game of his senior campaign. The Eagles went 4-0 with him and 4-3 without him. He may be ready in time for next season at Tennessee, but his status is still uncertain as he continues to rehab.


Paulk committed to the Volunteers last spring. He also received offers from California, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among many others.




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