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Injured Tucker DL Deion Roberson has plenty of big-time offers

11:23 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tucker lineman Deion Roberson is 6-foot-3 and 258 pounds, but there's still some growing to do, says his high school coach. Once that happens, look out in college. "Deion is a big athletic defensive lineman who will demand double teams on the next level," said Tucker coach Franklin Stephens. "When he finishes growing and maturing, he will be an excellent lineman on the next level." Where Roberson will end up at the next level has yet to be decided. He said recently that he has official visits set with Louisville (this weekend) and North Carolina State in January. He also said that a visit to West Virginia, originally planned for the first weekend of December, had to be re-scheduled because it's the same day he is taking the SAT. There hasn't been anything else new to report on Roberson's recruitment, perhaps a product of the ankle injury he suffered in the first game of the season. The severely dislocated left ankle has kept him off the field the entire season. Stephens said Roberson's rehab "is on schedule." Roberson also has been offered by Memphis, Maryland, East Carolina, Michigan State, Iowa State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama.

Dutchtown WR Joe Stewart hearing from Hawaii

1:20 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2008

Dutchtown’s Joe Stewart’s distracting ways have helped the Bulldogs to a breakout season. In its fifth varsity season, the Henry County school has assured itself of its first non-losing season. The Bulldogs are 5-4 heading into this weekend’s game against Region 4-AAAA leader North Clayton. They had not won more than two games in any of the previous four seasons. A big reason is the 6-foot, 165-pound Stewart, who has played quarterback, wide receiver, running back and kick returner. He specializes in returning kicks and playing receiver. His 4.4 speed in the 40 has drawn attention of more than recruiters. “When I’m on the field, people are looking to see where I am,” said Stewart, who was averaging three catches and 40 receiving yards per game entering last week’s 27-22 loss to Griffin. “People won’t even kick off to me. If they kick it, they kick it away from me. I’m double-teamed all the time [at receiver]. … “I don’t like it, but if that helps my team win, it’s OK being a distraction.” Stewart has offers from Missouri, where his father Joe Sr. played, as well as Stanford, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Central Florida, Hawaii and several smaller programs.

Tucker DL Deion Roberson is finished for season with injury

12:02 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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.”

Schools try to lure away Clemson recruit Corico Hawkins

7:56 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2008

South Carolina and North Carolina State are trying to lure Baldwin linebacker Corico Hawkins, the state’s only player committed to Clemson. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hawkins said the two schools contacted him after Tommy Bowden stepped down as Clemson’s coach on Monday. While Hawkins said he appreciated the interest, he said he is sticking by his commitment to the Tigers. “I like Clemson and I want to be there for the next four years, [regardless of who is coach],” Hawkins said. Hawkins said he was also contacted by Clemson interim coach Dabo Swinney. “He told me to hang in there. He said they are turning things around and to just hold on.” Hawkins said he will know more about everything after he travels to Clemson for Saturday’s game with Georgia Tech. Since Clemson’s coaching change, the Tigers have lost three commitments

ACC schools offer Cedar Grove RB Pratcher

6:03 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It happens every year — a senior running back comes out of nowhere to emerge into a major-college prospect. Last season it was little-known Kenny Miles of Brookwood who ended up going to South Carolina. This time it could be Cedar Grove’s William Pratcher. The 5-10, 185 pound Pratcher has run for 732 yards and seven touchdowns on 69 carries (10.7 per carry). As a result, several ACC schools, including North Carolina State and Boston College, have offered him scholarships, Saints coach Ray Bonner said. “He is sort of like Emmitt Smith, where you don’t think he’s doing much, but he just gets past people,” said Bonner

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