City: Birmingham, AL
Conference: Conference USA
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Alan Bonner||B+||5'10"/160||Newnan High School||Wide receiver||Air Force, Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi|
|Caleb Lester||No Rating||5'10"/170||Douglass High School||Cornerback||Alabama-Birmingham|
|Chris Hubbard||B+||6'4"/250||Carver-Columbus High School||Offensive tackle||Alabama-Birmingham|
|Greg Palmer||B||6'0"/180||Flowery Branch High School||Defensive back||Alabama-Birmingham, Furman, Vanderbilt and Wofford|
|Jerry King||B+||5'11/230||Dunwoody High School||Linebacker||Alabama-Birmingham, Maryland, Miami-Ohio, Tulane and Vanderbilt|
|Kevin Myles||B-||5'8"/155||Carver-Atlanta High School||Cornerback||Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, East Carolina, Louisville, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan|
|Logan Bennett||B||6'0"/205||Cairo High School||LB/DE||Alabama-Birmingham and Middle Tennessee State|
|Rashad Wynes||B||6'1"/200||Warner Robins High School||Cornerback||Alabama-Birmingham|
|Reginald Bryant||B||5'11"/210||Cairo High School||Running back||Alabama-Birmingham|
|Taylor Johnstone||B||6'5"/305||Chapel Hill High School||Offensive tackle||Alabama-Birmingham, Furman, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Troy|
Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen is scheduled to visit Mary Persons High School on Tuesday to speak with offensive tackle Jadareius Hamlin. "If Florida offers, I would take it in heartbeat," the member of the AJC's The Georgia 150 said. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Hamlin has official visits scheduled for Troy State on Dec. 12, Alabama-Birmingham on Jan. 9 and a tentative date for Middle Tennessee State on Jan. 16. "I'm going to wait and take all my visits before committing, unless Florida offers," he said. Both UGA and Georgia Tech have requested film of Hamilin, but yet to offer. Hamlin plays defensive end and offensive tackle for Mary Persons. He said he is primarily being recruited as an offensive lineman.
Before the weekend, Southwest DeKalb receiver Jacoby Mitchell was unsure how he would react to the small-college-town atmosphere of Western Carolina. But his official visit to the Cullowhee, N.C., school, which he took with three of his SWD teammates this past weekend, really caught his eye, especially the improvements to the football program. "I was really impressed by Western," Mitchell said in a text message Sunday. "It was real laid-back and a place I can really focus on my craft and on athletics. The campus has a new football facility (which) has new astro turf and they're getting a new jumbo tron." Mitchell is intrigued by Western's spread offense, but said he's still "trying to weigh out my options once I take the four other visits (which has yet to be determined)." The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder also has offers from Delaware, Furman, Georgia Southern, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Alabama-Birmingham, Middle Tennessee and Akron.
Miller Grove's Kenneth Gilstrap, a two-sport prospect in football and track, has an official visit to Middle Tennessee State this weekend, he said in a text message on Friday. He also reported he was named to the East squad in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl all-star game next month in Myrtle Beach. S.C. The game is scheduled Jan. 2 at Coastal Carolina University, Gilstrap, who has 4.31 speed in the 40, is a blue-chip track prospect as a sprinter with offers from Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas State and Louisville and Western Kentucky. His football offers include Western Kentucky, Ohio, Richmond, Middle Tennessee and Alabama-Birmingham. Gilstrap can play receiver, kick returner and defensive back in football. He wants to play both sports in college.
Miller Grove two-sport standout Kenneth Gilstrap originally planned to make a verbal commitment to a college scholarship Monday, but decided he wanted more time. "I decided to hold off my commitment," he said via text message Monday. "After I evaluated some things, it made me think things over." Gilstrap didn't elaborate, but he did say last week that Western Kentucky, the lone school to offer him scholarships in football and track, was "still my leader." He also visited Middle Tennessee State this past weekend, and was invited to watch Georgia Tech play Miami last Thursday night. Gilstrap, who has 4.31 speed in the 40, is a blue-chip track prospect as a sprinter with track offers from Tech, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas State and Louisville and Western Kentucky. His football offers include Western Kentucky, Ohio, Richmond, Middle Tennessee and Alabama-Birmingham. Gilstrap can play receiver, kick returner and defensive back in football.
East Carolina has shown strong interest in Jacoby Mitchell, the Southwest DeKalb wide receiver said this week. Mitchell said he heard from an East Carolina recruiter who said the program was impressed with his highlight video. “[The recruiter] said they’re going to offer,” the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder said. “He said they’re looking for two key receivers who can make plays. … I’ll try to fit in as much as I can. I am a playmaker.” Mitchell said East Carolina wants him to visit for a game and tour the facilities. That visit hasn’t been set up yet. Mitchell also picked up recent offers from Furman and Georgia Southern, adding to his list that includes Western Carolina, which has offered three other SWD players, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Alabama-Birmingham, Middle Tennessee and Akron.