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SIGNING DAY RECAP

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*WHERE THEY SIGNED*
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1. Nick Chubb - Georgia

 

2. Lorenzo Carter - Georgia

 

3. Nick Ruffin - Auburn

 

4. Bryson Allen-Williams - South Carolina

 

5. Dante Sawyer - South Carolina

 

6. Cortez McDowell - Tennessee

 

7. Korie Rogers - Clemson

 

8. Wesley Green - South Carolina

 

9. Mike Rogers - UCF

 

10. Orlando Brown - Oklahoma

 

 

11. Detric Dukes - Georgia

 

12. Nate Brown - Missouri

 

13. Andrew Williams - Auburn

 

14. Kendarius Webster - Ole Miss

 

15. Allen Artis - North Carolina

 

16. Demarquis Gates - Ole Miss

 

17. Kevin Mouhon - Cincinnati

 

18. Elisha Shaw - Alabama

 

19. Treyvon Paulk - Tennessee

 

20. Myles Autry - Georgia Tech

 

21. Taariq Shabazz - Duke

 

22. Kendall Baker - Georgia

 

23. C.J. Leggett - Georgia Tech

 

24. Grant Haley - Penn State

 

25. Evan Berry - Tennessee

 





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Thursday, February 6, 2014



TACO MAC-BUFORD RECAP
By Stephen Black
Big-name programs converge on Buford

 

Gwinnett County is the bellwether of high school football in Georgia. And

Photo by Jason Mussel

today's festivities at Taco Mac-Buford were a perfect reason why. 

 

Twenty-one area schools stopped in to announce their signees and enjoy the comfortable environment of Taco Mac. The began with South Gwinnett, which announced seven signees at 10:25 a.m. including Coray Keel, who will take his talents to Indiana next year. 

 

The next few teams were some of the powerhouses of the county, each with their big-name signees who took the microphone and gave their school of choice. Grayson was followed by Peachtree Ridge, North Gwinnett, Norcross and Buford. Some of the notable event included Blue Devils defensive end Lorenzo Carter stopping by despite not disclosing his decision until later in the afternoon when he chose Georgia. Peachtree Ridge's Orlando Brown announced he was uncommitted despite being pledged to Tennessee for months. Kevin Mouhon was also committed to Tennessee for months, but recently decommitted. He announced his pledge to Cincinnati today at Taco Mac. 

 

GAC and Wesleyan rounded out the day at 3:30 with signees to prestigious schools around the country. Rafe Chapple and Chris Williams of GAC will continue their pass-and-catch connection at Yale next year. Teammates Britt Lee (Army) and Ross Wood (Dartmouth) also signed with prestigious institutions. Wesleyan's lone signee, Stuart Johnson, signed with Harvard. 

 

Throughout the day, 92.9 The Game broke into their live programs with updates from Buford, as Harper LeBel and Rich Kamla were on site at Taco Mac. PlayOn! streamed the event live on the internet to add to the coverage. As always, Taco Mac provided players and coaches with $15 gift cards for food and soft drinks. 

 

Visit SigningDayFrenzy.com for more recruiting stories, information and our comprehensive state of Georgia signee database. 


TACO MAC - SANDY SPRINGS
By Brian Jones
Fulton schools announce signings at the Prado

 

If you wanted to find out where the top high school players from Fulton

Photo by David Evans

County were going to play college football, then Taco Mac at the Prado was to place to be. It was one of the five host sites for the National Signing Day Frenzy which was presented by Taco Mac and the National Guard. The event started at 11 a.m. and finished around 2:45 p.m on Wednesday.


 

Holy Innocents' kicked things off with three players announcing their school of choice. Quarterback Luke Wright will play at Cincinnati, running back Owen Penn chose the Coast Guard and Jack Palmore will play for Brown.

 

Chattahoochee was up next and receiver Avery Ward led the way for the Cougars. He signed with Mercer while running back Chase Nelson signed with Wofford.

 

The Raiders of Alpharetta came up next and defensive tackle Auzoyah Alufohai signed with Kennesaw State while Chase Stratton signed with Holy Cross. Alufohai has played only one year of football which was the past season and considered other schools such as Cincinnati and Western Carolina.

 

The North Georgia Falcons followed the Raiders and they had two players going to the same school. Running backs Austin Rothenberger and Tevon Valdez signed to play for William Penn. Both players wanted to play for the same school so William Penn took them as a packaged deal.

 

Tim McFarlin brought five players from his Blessed Trinity team and fullback Carter McManes led the way. He signed his letter of intent to play for Samford in the fall. McManes was an All-Region player for the Titans as he rushed for 10 touchdowns the past season.

 

Centennial and Mays were the last two schools. The Knights players, Alex Estes and Devin O'Neill have yet to decide where they wanted to play college ball. For Mays, defensive back Jerome Smith will play at Georgia State next year.

 

But the last player that came to Taco Mac Sandy Springs was UGA commit Rico Johnson who spent this last season at Georgia Prep Sports Academy. Johnson originally committed to Georgia last year after having a great career at Swainsboro High School. However, he was ruled ineligible after the NCAA did not accept one of his classes. Johnson went to GPSA, put in the work and will be a Bulldog in the fall.

 


TACO MAC - PEACHTREE CITY
By Ricky Dimon
Pair of state champs highlights Fayette location

 

Brothers Elliott and Evan Berry of Creekside High School signed their

Photo by Eric Murphy

official National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, both-as expected-committing to the University of Tennessee. The Berry's celebrated along with eight other college-bound teammates and Seminoles' head coach Olten Downs at the Taco Mac in Peachtree City.

 

Additional Creekside signees included Chris Collins, Lawrence Curtis, Cameron Jackson, Robert Kimble, Dexter Knox, Quatrez Sparkman, Robbie Stephenson and Darvin Williams. Only one other school aside from Tennessee landed multiple Creekside stars. Kimble is headed to Miles College (Fairfield, Ala.) and Sparkman switched his choice from Coastal Carolina to Miles.

 

Elliott and Evan Berry are brothers of current Kansas City Chiefs' safety Eric Berry, who played at Tennessee from 2007 to 2009. The twins helped Creekside compile a perfect 15-0 in 2013 en route to its first state championship in school history.

 

The Seminoles were not the lone state champs showcased at the Peachtree City location. While Creekside triumphed in Class AAAAA, Griffin prevailed in Class AAAA. A pair of Bears signed on Wednesday, with quarterback Jaquez Parks and defensive back Devontae Freeman both choosing to stay at home in Georgia. Parks signed with Kennesaw State and Freeman is heading to Georgia Military College. Griffin coaches indicated that wide receiver Trey Willis would officially sign later in the week.

 

As for high-school teammates who will stick together at the next level, Banneker was king on Wednesday in Peachtree City. Eight Banneker players enjoyed the festivities at Taco Mac and exactly half of them signed with Benedict College (Columbia, S.C.). Tavares Acree, Tre' Britt, Cameron Richardson and Antonio Todd are all taking their talents to Benedict.




TACO MAC - KENNESAW
By Craig Sager II
Cedar Grove star seems set on Gamecocks

 

Creekview's Michael Shaw was the first to arrive at the Kennesaw Taco

Taariq Shabazz and Kennesaw Mountain head coach Andy Scott
Photo by James Bates

Mac for the inaugural National Signing Day Frenzy with his head coach Terry Crowder and his immediate family. Shaw signed to the Air Force Academy and was the start to a parade of signees, mostly from Cobb County, that made their way to the stage.

 

Cedartown five-star running back Nick Chubb and his Bulldogs teammate Tyler Prewett were early guests that announced their signings. Chubb inked with the Georgia Bulldogs and Prewett signed with Pikeville College. 

 

Walton sent D.J. Smith to South Carolina, Price Wilson to Louisiana Tech and Ridge Gibson to Furman. East Paulding head coach Chuck Goddard then introduced defensive ends Connor Christian and Chris Guinn, who both signed with Savannah State. 

 

Class AAAAAA semifinalist Hillgrove brought a massive 11-person class that sent signees across the southeast. Defensive lineman Bradley Chubb led the bunch and signed to N.C. State. North Cobb had four signees and sent safety Cameron Albright to UNC.

 

Mike Rogers is one of the top safeties in the nation and signed with the University of Central Florida on Wednesday. Rogers has family down in Orlando, Fla. and said he was looking forward to being close by them next season. 

  

Cobb County sent six players into the ACC, including Kennesaw Mountain defensive end Taariq Shabazz (pictured above), who signed with the Duke Blue Devials. 

 

Kennesaw State signees and future teammates McKenzie Billingslea, Jace White, Jae Bowen, Chandler Burks and Taylor Henkle were among the Owl signees that celebrated the Owls' inaugural class just a couple of football fields from their future campus. 



Glazier Clinics
By Lindy Keffer, Glazier Clincs
Glazier's road to winning

 

At Glazier Clinics, we say, "The road to winning goes through Glazier Clinics."

 

If you're a winning coach who attends our clinics, we certainly don't want to take credit away from you. We know how hard you work to build a winning program. You've earned every single W. 

 

Our job is to put together clinics and online resources to assist you in your quest to grow as a coach and to win more, no matter what your record is right now. These priorities drive our relentless effort to provide you the best in football education: 

 

Top-notch Speakers

To speak at the Glazier Clinics, a coach has to have a history of success and a plan for getting there. Furthermore, he has to know how to deliver that message to you. 

 

We take your feedback seriously and only invite back the speakers whom you rate highly. We also strive for variety, inviting different speakers to each location each year. 

 

The Most Content

We pack more than 100 sessions into every weekend clinic. Pulling that off means we run up to seven sessions at any given time. At our 150 clinics, we cover 12 topics at an unprecedented depth, utilizing the expertise of high school and small college coaches. 

 

Our goal is for you to bring your whole coaching staff to the clinics, then have each coach attend the sessions that match his role and interests. Staff planning time becomes much more powerful when each coach can contribute and discuss fresh ideas from his area. 

 

The Real X's and O's of Football

Our founder, Frank Glazier, made sure that his speakers got down brass tacks so that coaches could take home useable ideas that would improve their teams' performance. That's still top priority today. You won't hear any booster speeches at the Glazier Clinics, and you will take home a notepad full of X's and O's. Plus, you can download more than 1,200 sets of clinic speaker notes at Glazier Clinic Online. 

 

High-Energy Weekends that Amp your Staff Dynamics

When we plan our clinics, we don't stop with putting together a great speaker schedule. We also consider the venue, and we choose locations where you and your staff can have a getaway experience that boosts camaraderie and teamwork. We hope you'll book some rooms at the clinic hotel, be on site for every session and spend some powerhouse time kicking around new ideas and planning your upcoming season together. 

 

2 Atlanta Clinics

This year, Glazier will host two clinics in Atlanta: 

Atlanta Clinic

 

February 7-9 

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly hotel 

Atlanta 150 Clinic

 

March 7-9

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

Bring your whole staff to both for one low price of $369. Individual passes are also available. 

 

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Head Coach Kyle Hockman of McEachern High School says it well: "Glazier Clinics is one of the staples of our coaching lives... The season pass enables us to go to numerous clinics at a great value. We have cut down the cost of our off-season learning, but doubled the amount of information."

 

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