City: Cullowee, NC
Conference: Southern Conference
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Brandon Brant||B||6'2"/205||Southwest DeKalb High School||Linebacker||Akron, Army, Georgia Southern, Miami-Ohio, Middle Tennessee State, Western Carolina and Western Kentucky|
|Darrell Williams||C+||5'8"/165||Camden County High School||Athlete||Delaware and Western Carolina|
|Jacoby Mitchell||B+||6'1"/185||Southwest DeKalb High School||Wide receiver||Akron, Army, Bowling Green (KY), Eastern Michigan, Kentucky, Miami-Ohio, Middle Tennessee State and Western Carolina|
|Jahron Brown||B+||6'0"/225||East Paulding High School||Running back||East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Troy, Western Carolina and Western Michigan|
|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||Duke, East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina and Western Carolina|
Southwest DeKalb receiver Jacoby Mitchell has a Nov. 8 weekend visit planned to Western Carolina. Mitchell, who also has offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, Miami-Ohio, Bowling Green, Marshall and Middle Tennessee, admits he doesn’t know much about Western Carolina, but the Catamounts have been checking up on him nearly every week. He received a hand-written invitation from the school’s coaching staff to come visit. Akron also is strongly recruiting Mitchell, and has been as long as anybody else. It helps that former Southwest DeKalb teammate Manley Waller is in the Zips’ lineup. Waller is a freshman at Akron and sees significant playing time in the defensive secondary. “Akron really wants me to come up bad,” Mitchell said.
The midpoint of the high school football season is highlight time for many college recruits. With a few games under their belts, players who are still deciding — and possibly trying to grab the attention of other programs — put together highlight packages from the current season. Southwest DeKalb receiver Jacoby Mitchell has hooked up with teammate Brandon Brant to produce a DVD Mitchell will start sending to colleges as soon as possible. Brant, who also did a DVD for running back Michael Johnson, charges $25. “It’s a pretty good deal,” said Mitchell, who has offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, Miami-Ohio, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee and Western Carolina. “Brandon does a pretty good job. Mitchell says the first disc he sends out goes to Oregon. The Pac-10 school hasn’t contacted Mitchell, but he dreams of playing there.. “I gotta send one to the Ducks,” said Mitchell. “I love the green and gold.” Mitchell grew up playing for the Gresham Park Rattlers and learned to “bleed green and gold.” Mitchell has been interested in Oregon — and its distinctive uniforms — for quite some time. He has surfed the Internet to learn as much as he can about the school and the program. He knows it may be a longshot to attract Oregon’s attention, but he says he’s going for it. “It doesn’t hurt to try,” he said
Southwest DeKalb linebacker Brandon Brant has some new suitors. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Brant has a solid offer from Army, but several other programs are interested. Western Carolina and Georgia Southern just started calling him last week, he said. “I’m getting a lot more phone calls than I was earlier,” said Brant, who had 31 total tackles, three sacks and six tackles for losses in Southwest DeKalb’s first three games. Western Carolina’s interest is intriguing to Brant because it plays a base 3-4 defense, with multiple fronts. He could play defensive end or linebacker in the system. Akron, Miami-OH, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee also are interested in Brant. Brant also was offered by Appalachian State in the spring, but says he has not heard from the school in months. He plans a visit to Army in the near future, but he has not set a date.
Southwest DeKalb teammates Jacoby Mitchell and Michael Johnson attended Georgia Tech’s game against Mississippi State on Saturday. The invitation came on Friday, when Tech linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary watched Southwest beat Lakeside. Both players said the visit was unexpected. “That was the first time I’ve talked to them,” said Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver who had two catches for 50 yards and touchdown against Lakeside. “They just kind of showed up. It was a big surprise,” said Johnson, a 6-2, 220 running back. “Hopefully, it will turn out to be something good.” Johnson, who has had offers from Akron and Eastern Michigan, had a short conversation Friday with Jean-Mary. “He said he was looking for a complete back,” Johnson said. “I’m glad he talked to me instead of maybe someone else.” Johnson, who also has had recent contacts with Florida, has scored five touchdowns and has 300 yards rushing and receiving. Mitchell has been offered by Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Akron, Miami of Ohio, Middle Tennessee and Western Carolina, and says while it was nice to draw interest from Tech, his college wish is to go out of state.