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Update on nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back

  • 11:30 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

McEachern High School’s Taj Griffin, who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, is expected to undergo next surgery within the next two weeks.

Griffin, who is committed to Oregon, suffered a torn ACL on one of the final plays of McEachern’s season-opener on Aug. 25.

“He had consultation (last week), and the doctor wanted him to rehab just a little bit more,” his father, Herb Griffin, told the AJC.

“He wanted his leg a little bit straighter than it is right now before he does the surgery. So we go back in this week for another consultation. It is [More]

Atlanta basketball star commits to Louisville

  • 10:25 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

St. Pius point guard Asia Durr, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN, committed to Louisville on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-10 senior has led St. Pius to back-to-back state championships in basketball, and was named last year’s Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year.

Durr, who averaged 24.4 points and 7.1 rebounds last season, also considered Baylor, Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame.

Note: You can watch the video of Durr’s announcement by clicking here

No. 1 WR Preston Williams remains on ‘shutdown’ with Tennessee

  • 3:03 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

When Preston Williams said he was “shutting down” his recruiting this summer, he wasn’t kidding.

Williams is rated as the state’s No. 1 prospect at wide receiver and committed last year to Tennessee.

The senior from Lovejoy High School flirted a little bit with UGA and Florida, among others, in the spring before tiring of the recruiting process.

But is Williams really finished visiting schools?

He talked about the topic in the below video

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Chris Fredrick reflects on committing to Syracuse

  • 12:12 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Christopher Fredrick, a 3-star safety from Cedar Grove High School, reflects on his decision to commit to Syracuse last month.

The 6-foot-1, 172-pounder is rated as the state’s No. 105 overall prospect.

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Austin King: NC State QB commit gets looks from Notre Dame and Virginia Tech

  • 10:05 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

UPDATE: It’s automatic these days for other schools to recruit the top committed prospects all the way until signing day, but news that Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are trying to talk with King upset still upset some N.C. State fans on Thursday. King addressed the situation with the AJC, “Although schools have contacted me, I have not told them I’m free to them. I’m fully committed to N.C. State.”

Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are still taking a look at Alpharetta High School quarterback Austin King.

The 6-foot-4 King committed to N.C. State last month over South Florida, Harvard and West [More]

Sleeper watch: 2016 TE Kris Ballinger of Villa Rica

  • 10:15 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

One 2016 prospect who has really been impressive at a couple of big 7-on-7 camps this summer is Villa Rica High School tight end Kris Ballinger.

He’s 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, and passes the eyeball tests with his athleticism and size.

Ballinger doesn’t have any early scholarship offers but that will change soon. He’s attending Auburn’s camp this week and will go to UGA’s Dawg Night on Friday.

He also likes Miami, Notre Dame, Missouri and Oregon, among others.

Ballinger talks about his recruiting in the below video:

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2016 QB Zerrick Cooper has early offers from Clemson, Miami and Ohio St.

  • 12:39 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

This is the third time we’ve caught up with 2016 QB Zerrick Cooper at a 7-on-7 camp this summer.

And to be quite honest, really nothing has changed with recruiting since the first time we talked to Cooper.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound QB from Jonesboro High School has around 10 early offers, including Miami, Clemson, Ohio State and Kentucky.

Cooper talks about his recruiting in the video:

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2016 DB Jordan Griffin switches Kentucky hat for UNC

  • 12:37 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

You never know which college baseball cap that Jordan Griffin, one of the state’s top 20 overall prospects for 2016, will be wearing this summer at 7-on-7 camps.

At McEachern High School a few weeks ago, Griffin busted out the Kentucky hat.

Kentucky is one of a half-dozen offers for the junior DB at Jonesboro High School. He also has offers from Clemson, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Cincinnati and Wake Forest.

Griffin put on a UNC cap at Lassiter High School over the weekend.

He talked about that and more in the below video:

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Mohamed Barry reflects on decision to commit to Wisconsin

  • 12:35 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

Mohamed Barry, an outside linebacker from Grayson High School, committed to Wisconsin over Syracuse last month.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder reflected on his decision in the below video:

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2016 QB Kyle Banks ready to hear from colleges

  • 12:33 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Michael Carvell

North Paulding High School’s Kyle Banks is a QB prospect to watch for 2016.

Banks, who was recently invited to play in the Rising Seniors all-star game in December, doesn’t have any early offers but hopes to generate interest soon.

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