City: Cullowee, NC
Conference: Southern Conference
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Darrell Williams||C+||5'8"/165||Camden County High School||Athlete||Delaware and Western Carolina|
|Jacoby Mitchell||B+||6'1"/180||Southwest DeKalb High School||Wide receiver||Western Carolina|
|Kevin Myles||B-||5'8"/155||Carver-Atlanta High School||Cornerback||Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, East Carolina, Louisville, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan|
|Matt Autry||B-||6'5"/215||Norcross High School||Defensive end||Western Carolina and Western Michigan|
|Phillip Harvey||B-||6'3"/215||Carver-Atlanta High School||Defensive end||Western Carolina and Western Michigan|
|Rico Mack||B||5'10"/170||North Cobb High School||Wide receiver||Charleston Southern, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern and Western Carolina|
Before the weekend, Southwest DeKalb receiver Jacoby Mitchell was unsure how he would react to the small-college-town atmosphere of Western Carolina. But his official visit to the Cullowhee, N.C., school, which he took with three of his SWD teammates this past weekend, really caught his eye, especially the improvements to the football program. "I was really impressed by Western," Mitchell said in a text message Sunday. "It was real laid-back and a place I can really focus on my craft and on athletics. The campus has a new football facility (which) has new astro turf and they're getting a new jumbo tron." Mitchell is intrigued by Western's spread offense, but said he's still "trying to weigh out my options once I take the four other visits (which has yet to be determined)." The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder also has offers from Delaware, Furman, Georgia Southern, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Alabama-Birmingham, Middle Tennessee and Akron.
Southwest DeKalb running back Michael Johnson should get the cast off his broken left leg sometime next week, and he’s still hoping to get back on the field should the Panthers continue advancing in the Class AAAA playoffs. In the meantime, he’ is Southwest’s emotional leader — as well being in charge of making sure players stay where they need to be on the sideline. “Yeah, I’m the get-back guy,” he said. “I’m trying to help any way I can. I’m just happy the team’s doing well.” Southwest beat Villa Rica 27-7 in the first round of the playoffs. Johnson expects to be fitted for a walking boot next week and wear that for a few days before trying to rehab enough to get back on the field. The earliest that could happen may be the semifinals, if the Panthers get that far. “I’ve got to keep hope alive,” he said as far as returning to action is concerned. “Especially since it’s my senior year.” On the recruiting front, Johnson talked to Jacksonville State recruiters last week and is expecting to get an offer soon. He has offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, Western Carolina and South Carolina State. He has made an official visit to Eastern Michigan and an unofficial visit to see South Carolina State play a few weeks ago.
Brandon Brant says he played one of his best games at linebacker Friday in Southwest DeKalb’s first-round playoff win over Villa Rica. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior had nine tackles, three for losses, in a 27-7 win over Villa Rica in the Class AAAA playoffs. The team, despite some mistakes, played pretty well, too, he said. “Team-wise, we really clicked,” he said. “Once we get rid of those small mistakes, we can be unstoppable.” Brant’s play may be good for his college recruitment, too. “Hopefully, this run in the playoffs can bring some more offers,” he said. Southwest DeKalb hosts four-loss Cedar Shoals this weekend in the second round. So far, Brant has firm offers from Western Carolina and Army. He has cooled to the Army offer because of its high level of commitment past the football. After four years at West Point, he would have to serve in the military for five more years. With an eye on a master’s degree in History, and possibly a career as a teacher or lawyer, a traditional university is more to his liking. “The more I look at it - I hate to say it - the less I’m interested [in Army],” he said. Brant visited Middle Tennessee two weeks ago and expects an offer to come soon. He’s also waiting on possible offers from Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern and Furman.
A tough Friday night kept Southwest DeKalb wide receiver Jacoby Mitchell from taking a scheduled visit to Middle Tennessee State last weekend. Mitchell hurt an ankle in Friday’s 17-6 win over Stone Mountain and decided not to attend Middle Tennessee’s Homecoming game on Saturday, a 24-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe. “But now I’m good,” Mitchell wrote in an email on Monday. The senior picked up two more offers last week, he said, from Georgia Southern and Furman. He also has offers to Alabama-Birmingham, Western Carolina, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Middle Tennessee and Akron.
The family atmosphere on his official visit to Eastern Michigan last weekend had Southwest DeKalb running back Michael Johnson feeling kind of warm inside. Johnson found snow and temperatures in the 30s during his visit to the Ypsilanti, Mich., university, and while it was “a whole new kind of cold,” than what he’s used to in Georgia, he liked what he saw — and felt. “I toured the campus, talked about classes. I liked the facilities. I really like it here,” Johnson said Sunday afternoon while attending a Eastern Michigan women’s basketball game as part of his two-day visit. “It really seems like a family here, so that’s real important to me.” Johnson said he’s not ready to make a commitment, but that Eastern Michigan is solidly on his list of possible college homes. His other offers include Western Carolina, Akron, Eastern Kentucky and South Carolina State. He visited South Carolina State two weeks ago, and still plans a visit to Western Carolina, which also offered three other Southwest DeKalb players last month. The comfort he felt from players, coaches and other students has him thinking he can put up with the cold of Ypsilanti, located just east of metropolitan Detroit. “I can just put on a couple more shirts to be able to go out there and play,” he said.