Address: 2863 Kelley Chapel Road
City: Decatur, GA
Web site: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/swdekalbhs/
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Brandon Brant||B||6'2"/205||Southwest DeKalb High School||Linebacker||Air Force|
|Jacoby Mitchell||B+||6'1"/180||Southwest DeKalb High School||Wide receiver||Western Carolina|
|Jonathan Mincy||No Rating||5'10"/175||Southwest DeKalb High School||Defensive back||Auburn|
|Kendrum Malcome||No Rating||6'0"/212||Southwest DeKalb High School||Running back||Georgia|
|Marques Dixon||No Rating||5'10"/180||Southwest DeKalb High School||Cornerback||Tennessee|
|Michael Johnson||B+||6'1.5"/219||Southwest DeKalb High School||Running back|
|Sharrod Golightly||No Rating||5'11"/180||Southwest DeKalb High School||Safety||South Carolina|
|T.J. Stripling||No Rating||6'6"/20||Southwest DeKalb High School||Defensive end||Georgia|
It will take a few years to assess the damage Lane Kiffin caused the Tennessee football program with this selfish antics. But the initial blast to recruiting seems to be over and certainly wasn’t as devastating as it could have been. But thanks to the quick hiring of new coach Derek Dooley, UT has managed to talk some high-profile prospects off the ledge and gotten them to stick . . . for now at least. Several major prospects have elected to stay on, including North Gwinnett offensive tackle JaWuan James. James left Knoxville last Thursday to return home to Suwanee to counsel with his family and gather his bearings. According to his high school coach, Bob Sphire, James returned to UT over the weekend and he began classes Monday (James has not answered multiple messages since last Wednesday)
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.
With an official visit planned this weekend, a new offer, visits from recruiters and a nibble on what seemed like a shot in the dark, Southwest DeKalb wide receiver Jacoby Mitchell has had a busy week. Mitchell, an AJC The Georgia 150 prospect, will go on an official visit this weekend to Western Carolina, which offered scholarships to him and three of his teammates in October. He will make the visit with linebackers Brandon Brant and Richard Hughes and running back Michael Johnson. "It should be fun," Mitchell said. Recruiters from Western Kentucky and William & Mary were at Southwest DeKalb Monday to talk to Mitchell and other SWD players. No offers were made, but Mitchell came away thinking there would be an offer from both schools. Last week, Delaware made an offer, adding to Mitchell's list, which includes Furman, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Alabama-Birmingham, Middle Tennessee and Akron. The highlight of the week, however, was interest from Oregon, which requested more information and video. The Pac-10 school had not contacted Mitchell until now, but he has dreamed of attracting their attention. Mitchell has been interested in the Ducks -- and their distinctive green-and-gold uniforms -- for quite some time. So he sent a highlight video of his first four games on the off chance that they'd be interested. They bit. "They saw the first four games, and they liked it. I'm going to make a highlight tape of the whole season and send it," said Mitchell. "I love their spread offense. I know I can make plays in it."
Southwest DeKalb running back Michael Johnson said Florida has remained in contact while he is recovering from a broken leg. Johnson hurt the leg in practice last month. Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, rated Florida's interest as "medium," but they have been calling. "I've been taking to them consistently. They just haven't made an offer," said Johnson, who added that Florida has been honest in their contacts with him. Things will have to change - such as other Florida recruits backing off - before his status changes with the Gators. Johnson says Jacksonville State has impressed him with its interest. No offer has been made, but he still is interested in lining up a visit. Johnson has made an official visit to Eastern Michigan and an unofficial visit to South Carolina State. He also has offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan and Western Carolina.
East Carolina has shown strong interest in Jacoby Mitchell, the Southwest DeKalb wide receiver said this week. Mitchell said he heard from an East Carolina recruiter who said the program was impressed with his highlight video. “[The recruiter] said they’re going to offer,” the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder said. “He said they’re looking for two key receivers who can make plays. … I’ll try to fit in as much as I can. I am a playmaker.” Mitchell said East Carolina wants him to visit for a game and tour the facilities. That visit hasn’t been set up yet. Mitchell also picked up recent offers from Furman and Georgia Southern, adding to his list that includes Western Carolina, which has offered three other SWD players, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Alabama-Birmingham, Middle Tennessee and Akron.