City: Greeneville, SC
Web site: http://www.furman.edu/
Conference: Southern Conference
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Greg Palmer||B||6'0"/180||Flowery Branch High School||Defensive back||Alabama-Birmingham, Furman, Vanderbilt and Wofford|
|Justin Randolph||B||5'10"/175||Kell High School||Running back||Air Force, Furman, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest|
|Rico Mack||B||5'10"/170||North Cobb High School||Wide receiver||Charleston Southern, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern and Western Carolina|
|Taylor Johnstone||B||6'5"/305||Chapel Hill High School||Offensive tackle||Alabama-Birmingham, Furman, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Troy|
|Tony Caldwell||B-||6'0"/200||Douglas County High School||Quarterback||Furman, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest|
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.
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.
Brandon Brant says he played one of his best games at linebacker Friday in Southwest DeKalb’s first-round playoff win over Villa Rica. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior had nine tackles, three for losses, in a 27-7 win over Villa Rica in the Class AAAA playoffs. The team, despite some mistakes, played pretty well, too, he said. “Team-wise, we really clicked,” he said. “Once we get rid of those small mistakes, we can be unstoppable.” Brant’s play may be good for his college recruitment, too. “Hopefully, this run in the playoffs can bring some more offers,” he said. Southwest DeKalb hosts four-loss Cedar Shoals this weekend in the second round. So far, Brant has firm offers from Western Carolina and Army. He has cooled to the Army offer because of its high level of commitment past the football. After four years at West Point, he would have to serve in the military for five more years. With an eye on a master’s degree in History, and possibly a career as a teacher or lawyer, a traditional university is more to his liking. “The more I look at it - I hate to say it - the less I’m interested [in Army],” he said. Brant visited Middle Tennessee two weeks ago and expects an offer to come soon. He’s also waiting on possible offers from Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern and Furman.
A tough Friday night kept Southwest DeKalb wide receiver Jacoby Mitchell from taking a scheduled visit to Middle Tennessee State last weekend. Mitchell hurt an ankle in Friday’s 17-6 win over Stone Mountain and decided not to attend Middle Tennessee’s Homecoming game on Saturday, a 24-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe. “But now I’m good,” Mitchell wrote in an email on Monday. The senior picked up two more offers last week, he said, from Georgia Southern and Furman. He also has offers to Alabama-Birmingham, Western Carolina, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Middle Tennessee and Akron.
Sprayberry tailback David Carter has received plenty of interest from a variety of SEC schools. Right now, that’s all it is. Carter is waiting on his first scholarship offer, but there is little doubt one should come soon. Carter rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons for the Yellow Jackets. He looks forward to the chance to prove himself on another stage. “I think I’ve got the vision and size you need to be a good running back in college,” Carter said. “I just need someone to give me that chance. I think it will come.” Carter just returned from a visit to Furman and liked what it had to offer. Vanderbilt has been in regular contact with Carter, and he visited South Carolina during the Gamecocks’ spring game. Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina have all been in contact with the Sprayberry senior