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Tucker's Holliman no closer to decision

10:32 p.m. Monday, September 29, 2008

Tucker linebacker Tevin Holliman said the Tigers played their best defensive game of the season in their recent 27-10 victory against Miller Grove, in which Tucker scored two touchdowns on interception returns. “As a unit the defense played great,” he said. “I played a lot of snaps and I think I did well.” Holliman’s statistics from the game were not available, but the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder had three sacks in the first three games. Holliman, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150, said he is no closer to making a decision on his seven scholarship offers. He has not scheduled an official visit, although he pointed out Akron, Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan are in his plans. Akron was the first to offer Holliman last spring and continues to stay in contact with him. Holliman also has offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Kentucky, Central Florida, Iowa State, Ohio and Buffalo.

Peachtree DB Norman staying busy with visits

10:43 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Following a successful trip to the Ohio University last weekend, Peachtree Ridge cornerback Connor Norman is eager to visit the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on Saturday and Wofford next month. Norman, who has a scholarship offer from Army, was impressed with Ohio coach Frank Solich and his program. “He’s a nice guy and a great coach,” said Norman, an AJC’s The Georgia Top 150 selection. “And I like the school and campus there.” Norman is also being courted by Furman and several Ivy League programs. It’s too soon for him to consider committing to Army. “That is definitely an option,” he said. “I’m not counting it out.”

Tucker's Holliman likes the attention

11:46 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tucker linebacker Tevin Holliman, who has offers from several small Division 1-A programs, admits he likes the attention that comes with the college recruiting game. “It’s been busy, but the phone calls [from recruiters], they make you feel like they care for you,” said Holliman, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker/defensive end. “I really like that. It makes me feel like I’m important to them and they’re taking the time out to call me.” Holliman has been offered by Central Florida, Western Kentucky, Iowa State, South Alabama, Buffalo, Akron, Eastern Michigan and Ohio. He said he will wait before making a commitment, hoping that some larger programs will come calling. “I think I can play [major] Division 1,” he said. Holliman has not taken any visits, but plans one to Western Kentucky this month.

How It Went: Friday night hero visits East Carolina

9:37 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2008

Just hours after tossing a 36-yard winning touchdown pass Friday night on the final play of Sandy Creek’s 17-16 upset victory over Shaw, quarterback Rio Johnson hit the highway for the seven-hour drive to Greenville, N.C. Johnson, who committed to East Carolina this summer, wound up witnessing arguably the biggest win in the school’s history after the Pirates slammed No. 8 West Virginia 24-3. “It was just great,” said Johnson, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150. “The game was sold out and the atmosphere was crazy. “They got the recruits out of there and off the sidelines with about 50 seconds left because they didn’t know what the fans would do.” It was the second trip to East Carolina for Johnson, who attended a camp there earlier this year. Johnson, who also has scholarship offers from Memphis, Ohio and UAB, said he’s set with East Carolina, even if an ACC or SEC program make a late run at him. “I’m 100 percent with East Carolina,” he said. “They liked me from the beginning. Other schools are just now noticing me. “And that game [on Saturday] made me smile a little more about my decision.”

Sandy Creek's Rio Johnson compared to 'young' version of Falcons QB

12:48 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Sandy Creek quarterback Rio Johnson, who has committed to East Carolina, is drawing comparisons to Atlanta Falcons quarterback D.J. Shockley. "Rio reminds me of a 'young' D.J. Shockley, " said QB guru Tee Martin, founder of Playmakers Sports. "Rio has good passing mechanics and can get out of the pocket and make things happen with his feet. I'm not sure he was asked to do much running last year [at Sandy Creek], but he can do it. This kid can do everything at QB." The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Johnson committed to East Carolina over Alabama-Birmingham and Ohio.

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