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Cartersville’s Morgan Alexander has scheduled an official visit to <b>Louisville </b>on Nov. 22, when the Cardinals host West Virginia. Louisville is one of four schools that have extended scholarship offers to Alexander. The others are Arkansas, Indiana and South Carolina State. Coaches from North Carolina State met with Alexander at Cartersville last week and told him that they would be offering soon. Additionally, Tennessee and Clemson have begun recruiting Alexander, who has seven touchdowns in three games this season — five rushing, one receiving and one 91-yard kickoff return. “I haven’t started to narrow down my list yet, but I know I need to,” Alexander said. “I’ll probably start doing some research on the [internet] on each school, to see what they have to offer.” Alexander said he likely will take official visits to Arkansas and Indiana. He’ll take unofficial visits to the other schools, including Tennessee on Saturday, where he will watch the Vols host Florida. “I’ve been in that atmosphere before. I went to see them play Georgia last year,” Alexander said of the scene at Neyland Stadium. “It will be exciting for me. Like a fat kid in a candy store.”
Cedartown running back/defensive back Brandon Brown (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) has one official scholarship offer, from Navy. But he has several teams actively recruiting him, including Georgia Tech, Auburn, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and lately, Georgia. While he is happy with the offer from Navy, which he received over the summer, Brown would rather see some offers from the other schools recruiting him. “Navy is cool, but I really like Georgia Tech, Auburn and UGA,” he said, Tuesday evening. When asked if he prefers those schools to Navy because they play in better known conferences than the Midshipmen, Brown said, “yeah, something like that.” While he remains undecided on where and when he will take his official visits, Brown said he will be at Tech on Saturday afternoon to watch the Jackets take on Mississippi State. “I don’t know when any of them will offer me,” Brown said of the larger, more prominent schools recruiting him. “I hope they do soon.”
Walton’s David Paulsen received an offer from Oklahoma State on Tuesday, and the Cowboys immediately moved into his top five. Paulsen, a 6-foot-3, 240 pound defensive end, indicated via text message that Oklahoma State has joined Miami (Ohio), Duke, Tulane and Georgia as his top choices. The Walton senior said he likes what Oklahoma State has to offer, especially the fire from head coach Mike Gundy, who you’ll remember from this YouTube rant. Paulsen is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150. He just returned from an official visit this weekend to Tulane. His next trip will be to see Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 4
Central Gwinnett running back Diante Drake will play his first game Friday against Dacula after serving a two-game suspension for an Aug. 4 arrest on marijuana possession. Drake, who is on the AJC’s The Georgia 150 list, is a tailback who ran for 1,501 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He continues to draw interest from Boston College. “Boston College has been making contact with him; he gets a ton of mail from those guys,” said Central Gwinnett’s first-year coach Ed Stokes. “No solid offers, [but] there’s a lot of interest in him.” Central Gwinnett is looking for its first victory of the season after dropping games to Mainland High School (Fla.) and Mill Creek. Having a big-play threat like Drake back in the lineup can only help. “Our guys know Drake can go at any time; any time he touches the ball,” Stokes said. “He’ll bring up the level of play