City: Greenville, SC
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Henry Anderson||B+||6'6"/245||Woodward Academy||Defensive end||Central Florida, East Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia|
|Jeremy McGahee||B-||5'10"/168||Thomson High School||Running back||East Carolina, Georgia Southern, North Carolina and Oklahoma State|
|Justin Jones||A-||6'8"/254||Heritage High School||Athlete||East Carolina|
|Kevin Myles||B-||5'8"/155||Carver-Atlanta High School||Cornerback||Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, East Carolina, Louisville, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan|
|Kyle Tudor||B||6'4"/215||Lakeside-Evans High School||Linebacker||East Carolina|
|Melvin Jones||B-||6'0"/310||Heritage High School||Nose guard||Central Florida, East Carolina and Georgia Southern|
|Rio Johnson||B||6'3"/195||Sandy Creek High School||Quarterback||East Carolina|
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.
Tucker defensive tackle Deion Roberson, who has been out since dislocating his left ankle on the second play of the season, found out last week that his rehab will definitely keep him off the field the rest of the season. The 6-foot-3, 258-pound senior had hoped he’d be able to return sometime during the playoffs, but the rehab will be “much longer” than first thought. He’ll now have to settle on watching practices and games from the sidelines and helping the Tigers in other ways, like giving pointers to younger players. “It’s hard to take, but I’ve got to make sure my ankle will be ready for when I get to college,” he said. Roberson said he has two official visits planned: Nov. 22 to Louisville and Jan. 16 to North Carolina State. He said he will reschedule a trip to West Virginia. He had originally planned a trip to Morgantown on Dec. 6, but had to cancel because that’s the same day he will take the SAT. He also has been offered by Memphis, Maryland, East Carolina, Michigan State, Iowa State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama. Clemson is still a possibility, but no offer has been made. “I like the campus, coaches, atmosphere and all of that,” he said, adding that despite Tommy Bowden’s recent resignation he’s still interested in the ACC school. “They’ve recruited me hard, but I’m going to take it day by day and we’ll see what happens.”
Sandy Creek quarterback Rio Johnson was an early commitment to East Carolina, long before he began having a breakout senior season. And Johnson, who is considered by some scouts to be the state’s No. 1 senior quarterback, said he’s sticking by his commitment to the Pirates, no matter which other colleges approach him. “We had some colleges come in here and try to talk to Rio, but he’s very firm with East Carolina,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said. “East Carolina told Rio from the beginning that he was the No. 1 guy they wanted, and offered him on spot on his visit to campus last summer. That went a long ways with Rio, and that’s why he doesn’t really have any interest in other schools. “East Carolina stuck by him before everybody else knew about him, and Rio is sticking by them because they believed in him before anyone else did. It worked out good for both parties.”
Alabama, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are hot on the trail of Heritage defensive end Justin Jones, who backed out of his commitment to Kentucky last week. The toughest part of the decision was realizing he won’t be playing college football alongside South Forsyth quarterback and Kentucky commit Brian Adams “Yeah, that [hurt],” said Jones, an AJC’s The Georgia Top 150 choice. “Brian is a good guy and one of my good friends. “But in the end, it’s what’s best for me. And I don’t think Kentucky was best for me.” Jones will now focus on scholarship offers from East Carolina and South Carolina. And Alabama and Vanderbilt are showing strong interest. He has received an invitation to visit Tuscaloosa on Saturday. “I’m going to Alabama for the Kentucky game,” said Jones, who attended junior day last year and a camp this summer in Tuscaloosa. “I’m hoping to pick up an offer [from the Crimson Tide]. South Carolina coaches turned up the heat on Jones when he attended the Gamecocks’ home game with Georgia on Sept. 13. “They made it clear that their offer was still solid, but I was committed to Kentucky at the time,” Jones said. “South Carolina is coming on pretty good and Vanderbilt has come by [Heritage]. Right now, I’m just looking to see what each school has to offer.”
Tucker's Roberson out for the season with injury Tucker defensive end Deion Roberson, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150 list, will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated ankle, his coach said. Roberson suffered the left ankle injury in Tucker’s season-opening 26-12 victory at Brunswick on Aug. 29, when a teammate was blocked into his leg during the game’s second play. Tucker coach Franklin Stephens said Monday that Roberson is expected to make a full recovery. “Anytime a player of that size [6-3, 258] and caliber is lost it affects the team tremendously,” Stephens said. “The loss of Deion is a big blow for a team that could not afford any injuries.” Tucker is 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. Roberson has been offered by Memphis, West Virginia, N.C. State, Louisville, East Carolina, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama, and has said that he’s not concerned his injury will scare schools away.