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Tucker's Roberson out for the season with injury

11:52 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2008

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.

Clemson offers Flowery Branch DE Cross

9:37 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2008

Just when it appeared that Georgia Tech might have the inside track on scoring a commitment from Flowery Branch’s Izaan Cross, ACC rival Clemson officially threw its hat in the recruiting ring last week after extending a scholarship offer to the talented defensive end. Cross, who also has offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Central Florida, wasn’t surprised when Clemson’s offer arrived. The Tigers have been recruiting him aggressively for several months. “With Clemson, the recruiting coach has been to my school, but the defensive line coach wanted to see me before they offered me,” said Cross, a member of the AJC’s Georgia Top 150. “But with me not being able to get over there yet, they finally said ‘we’ll go ahead and offer you.’ “And it’s just an hour and-a-half from home. That’s good, and a positive on their side.” Cross will likely take a road trip to Clemson this fall. “I would say so,” he said. “I’m going to try to get up there to one of their games this year, and it possibly might be one of my five [official visits],” he said. “As far as two or three of my other [four official] visits, I’d say Georgia Tech and probably Mississippi State.”

Other schools not giving up Tech commit Sweeting

6:41 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2008

Georgia Tech had two commitments for its 2009 class switch to other schools. Luella defensive back Roderick Sweeting, who was leaning toward Auburn before committing to the Yellow Jackets, said he is standing by his college decision. Sweeting said Alabama, Kentucky, and Maryland are still making overtures, trying to convince him to change his mind. “I thought I made it pretty clear that I was going to Tech, but I’m not surprised I’m still hearing from the other schools,” Sweeting said. “It doesn’t bother me. That’s their job, to recruit, so I’m sure they’ll stay on me but I’m going to Georgia Tech.”

Miller Grove's Stephen Hill picks Central Florida

2:21 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Miller Grove receiver Stephen Hill has committed to Central Florida, according to his head coach, Jasper Jewell. The 6-foot-4 Hill is a AJC Georgia 150 selection and is listed by Rivals as the nation's 92nd best receiver. He had 25 catches for 500 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Jewell said Hill has family in Florida. His relationship with UCF recruiting coordinator David Kelly, a former Georgia Tech assistant who also won a Class AAAA state championship in 1993 as the head coach at Dunwoody, also was a major factor in Hill's decision. "They made a very good impression on him, and he felt comfortable with the school and the coaching staff, " Jewell said. Hill was considering offers from Connecticut, Kent State, Marshall, Miami of Ohio, Richmond and Samford. While he was being recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Maryland and North Carolina, Jewell said he had "no idea" why none of those SEC or ACC schools offered Hill. "That's a great question, " Jewell said. "A lot of them wanted him to come to their camps, and he did go to the Mississippi State camp, but some previous obligations kept him from attending any others. Maybe that's a reason." Hill was this year's Class AAAA state champion in the long jump and is a standout basketball player for the Wolverines. But Jewell said he committed totally to football this summer. "He's had a great off season, " Jewell said. "We're looking for him to have a really big year for us."

Lovejoy lineman commits to Auburn

1:18 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Auburn scored big on the recruiting front when 6-foot-4.5, 321-pound offensive tackle Andre Harris of Lovejoy committed to the Tigers. "I knew all along that Auburn was one of the schools at the top of his list, " Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said. "He went down to their camp over the weekend and had a super camp. "They liked him and made an official offer. He decided he wanted to be an Auburn Tiger." Harris' most amazing feat is his ability to protect the quarterback. "He's never given up a sack, " Hughes said. "And he's been playing left tackle for us since the ninth grade." Harris chose the Tigers over scholarship offers from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and N.C. State.

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