City: Chestnut Hill, MA
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|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Drew Little||B||6'5"/245||Henry County High School||Quarterback||Boston College and Georgia State|
|Eugene Smith||None||6'3"/180||Miramar High School (FL)||Quarterback||Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Oregon and South Florida|
|Joel Kight||A-||5'10"/210||M.L. King High School||Linebacker||Boston College and Mississippi|
|Jonathan Davis||A-||5'7"/105||Tucker High School||Linebacker||Alabama-Birmingham, Boston College, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State and South Carolina|
|Stephen Hill||A-||6'4.5/195||Miller Grove High School||Wide receiver||Boston College, Central Florida, Georgia Tech and Mississippi|
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
Georgia Tech and Georgia have rarely gone head-to-head on any prospects this year, but that could change with the recruitment of Miller Grove wide receiver Stephen Hill. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Hill was offered by Tech on Thursday, and is a scholarship candidate at Georgia. Hill said the Bulldogs have discussed an official visit. “Georgia said they want me to come down in December or January because that’s when they like to bring in all the in-state kids.” The 6-5, 190-pound Hill was an early commitment to Central Florida, and was offered by Boston College and Ole Miss last week. Alabama scouted Hill’s game last Friday, and could be the next to offer, while Tennessee has also entered the sweepstakes.
M.L. King linebacker Joel Kight says he’s going to stay open on all scholarship offers until he learns more about the schools. He’s also learning a new position. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Kight has moved to safety to help the Lions (3-1) put the best 11 [defenders] on the field. He says it’s possible that he will play safety in college. “It’s not really hurting me. I think it’s helping me,” said Kight of the position change. “As long as we’re getting wins, it’s fine with me.” The biggest difference in the positions? “You think pass first as a safety,” he said. “Linebackers are always thinking run first.” If Kight had to pick front-runners, he said he’d pick Mississippi, Boston College and Oklahoma State. He also has offers from Connecticut, Duke, Miami-Ohio, Indiana and Arizona State. One requirement in the program he chooses is team effort. “As long as they play hard, I like that because I play hard,” he said. Kight is MLK’s leading tackler. He averages 11 tackles (solos and assists) in four games.
With No. 3 Georgia playing on the West Coast this weekend, Georgia Tech’s home game against Mississippi State will be front-and-center for many of the area’s top recruits. Flowery Branch defensive end Izaan Cross, Eastside quarterback Justin Wray and Salem offensive lineman Sam Watts are among the players who have indicated they plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s Georgia Tech-Mississippi State contest at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Cross, who has a scholarship offer from the Jackets, is considering several programs including Clemson and Tech. Wray, who has been offered by Central Florida, is eager to see if the Jackets will follow suit and do the same this weekend. “We’re just talking right now,” he said of his scholarship chances with Tech. Watts will cheer for the Bulldogs. He committed to Mississippi State during the summer. Milton running back Toney Williams, who committed to Tennessee in May, will travel to Knoxville on Saturday to watch the Volunteers host Florida. He’ll likely bump into Stephenson linebacker Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, a Tennessee commit who intends to drive to Neyland Stadium after his team returns home from Waycross early Saturday morning. Stephenson plays at Ware County Friday evening. Henry County quarterback Drew Little doesn’t have a visit scheduled this weekend, but he does plan to drop in on an ACC program next month. “Boston College is very interested in me,” he said. “I plan on visiting there in about four weeks.” Each player is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150.
Running back Alfred Moreland and six of his Banneker teammates drove an SUV to Columbia for Saturday’s Georgia-South Carolina SEC showdown. “South Carolina is interested in a couple of players that I play with,” said Moreland, whose group included Emmanuel Lartey, the 45th-best cornerback in the nation according to Scout.com. “We all got to get on the field before the game. It was a great atmosphere. If I had the chance, I would consider going there.” Moreland has a scholarship offer from Air Force and is receiving interest from Boston College and Middle Tennessee State. The same group plans to take another road trip this fall. I know we’re going to a Tennessee game later on in the year,” said Moreland, an AJC’s The Georgia Top 150 selection.