City: Ann Arbor, MI
Web site: http://www.mgoblue.com/home/
Conference: Big 10
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Quinton Washington||No Rating||6'3"/315||Timberland High School (SC)||Offensive guard||Michigan|
McEachern tight end Terrell Mitchell, who has set up official visits to Georgia and West Virginia, was offered by Clemson. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Mitchell said he spoke on the phone with Clemson recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Billy Napier, who extended the offer. “Coach Napier just said they really wanted me, to come up to a game to meet all the coaches, and they would officially offer at that time,” Mitchell said. How does Mitchell feel about Clemson? “I really don’t know a lot about them, other than that they have a reputation for a strong defense.” Mitchell’s other offers are West Virginia, MIchigan and South Carolina. Georgia has promised an offer if Mitchell meets college entrance requirements. He takes the SAT for the first time next month
Recruiting mail continues to pour into Valdosta for Georgia-bound linebacker Mike Gilliard. But Valdosta coach Rick Tomberlin believes that Gilliard, who is rated by Scout.com as the 24th-best weakside linebacker in the nation, will fulfill his commitment to the Dogs. “The folks at Michigan are calling him,” Tomberlin said. “He’ll come in and say ‘the coaches at Michigan want me to take an official visit.’” But don’t expect the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Gilliard, an AJC’s The Georgia Top 150 selection, to show up in Ann Arbor, Mich. anytime soon. “He’s a red and black bulldog all the way,” Tomberlin said. During stints at Lowndes and Washington County, Tomberlin coached greats such as Takeo Spikes, Demetro Stephens, Randall Godfrey, Robert Edwards, Terrance Edwards and Chris Edwards. How does Gilliard stack up against this talent? “I think Mike is in that club, or role, with these guys,” Tomberlin said. “I think we’ll have to wait and look at his whole senior year before we can really evaluate. “But there’s no doubt that he can be a great player on the collegiate level, and maybe go on to the level beyond that.”
Lovejoy offensive lineman Andre Harris, who committed to Auburn in June, plans to make his first visit of the season to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sep. 20 when the Tigers host LSU. Harris, considered the 23rd-best guard in the country by Scout.com, said three other programs continue to actively recruit him. “LSU really came on hard after I committed, and so has Michigan,” said Harris, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150. “And Boston College has kept in touch.” None of those programs have offered - yet. “I think I’d take my time to make a better decision if they offered, but I’d still be committed to Auburn,” predicted Harris, who hinted that he’d be willing to visit the campuses of LSU and Michigan.
Griffin's Kentorius Jackson, recovering from Aug. 8 surgery to repair two tears in the meniscus in his right knee, will miss the Bears' season opener Friday against Dunwoody. Jackson, an AJC Georgia 150 pick, said he has been able to run and cut and that he'll be ready to play next week against county rival Spalding. "It feels really good," said Jackson, who is considering a visit to UAB this weekend. "I was having a lot of pain after workouts and I waited a long time to get it checked, but I was in pretty good shape and I've healed fast." Meanwhile, he said he's still interested in Central Florida, Auburn and Alabama. "I've got a lot of verbal offers, but I'm still waiting on the official offers," he said.
Henry County’s Jamal Patterson, who was one of the nation’s most-heavily recruited wide receivers with around 50 offers, made the stunning decision to commit to Stanford on Monday night. Patterson picked the Cardinal over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, and Oregon, among others. “My senior season is about to start, and I just wanted to get that [college choice] out of the way,” Patterson said. “Stanford had been my favorite since I visited there in June. I kept visiting other schools to check out all my options, but Stanford was No. 1 all along.” How did Stanford lure Patterson away from the surrounding SEC and ACC schools? “It felt like a family atmosphere, and you can’t beat the academics. You can only play football for so long, academics are for the long run in life.” “All the other programs are good, too, but it just came down to which school I felt like was the best fit for me. Stanford is where I want to be.” Patterson said he consulted on Monday afternoon with his parents, who supported the decision. “They loved everything about Stanford. They didn’t put any pressure on me, they told me it was my decision to make, and they were very excited my decision.”