City: Athens, OH
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Emmanuel Edouarzin||B-||6'1"/232||McEachern High School||Linebacker||Mississippi State, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Michigan|
|Vincent Williams||A-||5'11"/180||Alpharetta High School||Cornerback||Akron and Ohio|
Miller Grove's Kenneth Gilstrap, a two-sport prospect in football and track, has an official visit to Middle Tennessee State this weekend, he said in a text message on Friday. He also reported he was named to the East squad in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl all-star game next month in Myrtle Beach. S.C. The game is scheduled Jan. 2 at Coastal Carolina University, Gilstrap, who has 4.31 speed in the 40, is a blue-chip track prospect as a sprinter with offers from Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas State and Louisville and Western Kentucky. His football offers include Western Kentucky, Ohio, Richmond, Middle Tennessee and Alabama-Birmingham. Gilstrap can play receiver, kick returner and defensive back in football. He wants to play both sports in college.
Miller Grove two-sport standout Kenneth Gilstrap originally planned to make a verbal commitment to a college scholarship Monday, but decided he wanted more time. "I decided to hold off my commitment," he said via text message Monday. "After I evaluated some things, it made me think things over." Gilstrap didn't elaborate, but he did say last week that Western Kentucky, the lone school to offer him scholarships in football and track, was "still my leader." He also visited Middle Tennessee State this past weekend, and was invited to watch Georgia Tech play Miami last Thursday night. Gilstrap, who has 4.31 speed in the 40, is a blue-chip track prospect as a sprinter with track offers from Tech, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas State and Louisville and Western Kentucky. His football offers include Western Kentucky, Ohio, Richmond, Middle Tennessee and Alabama-Birmingham. Gilstrap can play receiver, kick returner and defensive back in football.
Georgia Tech’s big night of hosting prospects Thursday will include at least one who is wondering if it will mean a chance to play two sports for the Yellow Jackets. Miller Grove defensive back/wide receiver Kenneth Gilstrap, also a blue-chip track prospect, will be one of the 100 or so football recruits invited to watch the Jackets play Miami. Gilstrap, who wants to run track and play football in college, but only has one dual offer so far (from Western Kentucky), has been offered a track scholarship by Tech. A sprinter with 4.31 speed in the 40, he also has high-profile track scholarships from, South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas State and Louisville. His football offer list is less stellar, with Western Kentucky, Ohio, Richmond, Middle Tennessee and Alabama-Birmingham. Gilstrap isn’t sure if Tech will come up with a dual-sport ride. “If I get an offer [in football] that’ll be great, but I can’t count on something I don’t have,” he said. “They keep telling me to be patient, but I’ve been pretty patient.” Gilstrap plans to attend a game at Middles Tennessee this week, then an official visit there next month. He went on an official trip to Western Kentucky earlier this month and a track visit to South Carolina earlier this fall. He said Western Kentucky is “still my leader.”
The new football program at Georgia State is interested in Tucker linebacker Tevin Holliman. The new program offered Holliman, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior, last Friday before Tucker beat Whitewater 33-7 in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Although he prefers attending college out of town, he said it would be OK to play college football near where he grew up. He’s still leaning toward other programs that have been recruiting him hard for months. “That’s cool to me that they offered,” Holliman said. “It’s whatever. I’m not discriminating against anyone. I’m open to every one.” Holliman also has offers from Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Central Florida, Akron, Buffalo, Ohio, South Alabama and Eastern Michigan. Western Kentucky, Iowa State and Central Florida are the leaders, although he hasn’t taken an official visit. Next up may be a visit to Western Kentucky on Nov. 22.
After sending out a fresh set of highlight tapes, Kell’s Will Middleton has found new interest for his services. The Longhorns tight end received a scholarship offer from Ohio University last week. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Middleton has received offers from Indiana, Louisville, Rutgers, Marshall and South Carolina. Kell’s defensive coach Doug Orebaugh has a connection on the Bobcats staff. The friendship has proved beneficial for Middleton. “I like what they [Ohio] do with their tight ends,” Middleton said. “They catch a lot of balls, and they really like to use them in the passing game. That’s what I like. I want to be that option.” Middleton is a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150. He previously committed to South Carolina but ended that through a “mutual separation.” Now, he’s open to any school. “I’m just leaving it open until I take my visits,” Middleton said. “I want to be certain this time. I’ve still got interest in Louisville and Marshall, but it’s too early to say.”