City: Statesboro, GA
Conference: Southern Conference
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Anthony Hunt||B-||6'2"/225||Pierce County High School||Linebacker||Central Michigan, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State|
|Carlos Likely||C+||5'10"/165||Clinch County High School||Cornerback||Georgia Southern and Valdosta State|
|Chris Williamson||B||6'3"/195||Marist School||Kicker||Georgia Southern|
|Darius Eubanks||B-||6'2"/185||Thomson High School||Defensive back||Georgia Southern|
|Jeremy McGahee||B-||5'10"/168||Thomson High School||Running back||East Carolina, Georgia Southern, North Carolina and Oklahoma State|
|Kevin Burke||B-||6'4"/200||Stockbridge High School||Wide receiver||Central Florida, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Southern and South Carolina|
|Melvin Jones||B-||6'0"/310||Heritage High School||Nose guard||Central Florida, East Carolina and Georgia Southern|
|Rashad Williams||No Rating||6'1"/220||Dunwoody High School||Linebacker||Georgia Southern|
|Ray Rayburn||B-||6'0"/178||Walton High School||Quarterback||Eastern Michigan, Elon, Georgetown, Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State|
|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.
Lithia Springs linebacker Justin Marable is hoping his 25 tackles for loss will look good enough on tape to overcome a stat he can do nothing about -- his size. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder has no official offers, though he has visits planned to Alabama State, Georgia Southern and Valdosta. Previous reports of offers from Illinois, Indiana, Akron and Army were unfounded, he said. "I don't know where that came from. I'd be interested, but no one's offered yet." Some of them told me they were going to, but none of them has yet, and I guess it's because I'm a little undersized. I had a really good senior season, and hopefully when they get game tapes they'll see something."
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.