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Roland taps North Gwinnett pipeline

North Gwinnett High School doesn't have any official plans for expansion, but a satellite school in Hammond, La., might not be a bad idea.

After all, it seems like half the football team ends up there anyway.

Southeastern Louisiana University head coach Dennis Roland, who coached the Bulldogs in 2004, went back to the Suwanee well on Wednesday and got four commitments from his former school.

Record-breaking quarterback Bradd Schlosser, talented wideout Crawford Kilpatrick and offensive lineman Josh Anderson and David Ward all signed with Roland's program.

North graduate Sam Savoy signed with Southeastern Louisiana last year.

"I'd take them all if I could," Roland said of his former North players. "But these four guys are all very deserving of a I-AA scholarship. I think they have a chance to contribute right away, and then maybe start and be a great player at his level."

Another Gwinnett product, Shiloh's Caleb St. Louis, also inked with Roland on Wednesday. He also signed Collins Hill quarterback Brandon Jones last February. The former North head coach realizes the kind of talent that plays on Friday nights in the county, and he's certainly taking advantage of the connections he made in Gwinnett during his one-year stint with the Bulldogs.

"I like the coaches there and I enjoyed my time there," Roland said. "Recruiting is all about relationships anyway, and if the coaches feel like they can trust you then you have a little bit of a leg up. And since I was there for a period of time hopefully I'll continue to have a leg up."

A new streak?

Norcross fullback Fred Munzenmaier's signing with Georgia could start a new streak for Gwinnett players.

On National Signing Day in 2005, no local player signed with Georgia or Georgia Tech, the first time that had happened since 1993. Most of the seasons between 1994 and 2004, Gwinnett sent multiple players to the Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets, but that streak ended last season.

The county's biggest year for sending prospects to the two big state schools was 2003, when Buford's Trey Chandler and Mikey Henderson, Parkview's Zeb McKinzey and Dacula's Des Williams signed with Georgia and Brookwood's Mansfield Wrotto inked with Georgia Tech.

Curry picks 'dream school'

It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. Even though he won't officially enroll at the school until January, Buford defensive end Justin Curry couldn't turn down playing for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

"It's my dream school," Curry said. "I grew up there and I've always wanted to play there."

Curry's father Buddy, a longtime Falcon, is one of the all-time greats at North Carolina.

The younger Curry is being "grayshirted" this season and won't actually count toward this year's recruiting class for the Tar Heels. Instead he will sign in January and count toward North Carolina's 2007 Class. He won't officially be part of the team until next year.

The Union Army

A whopping seven Meadowcreek Mustangs signed to play at the same school on Wednesday. Union College (Ky.) got letters of intent from William Meadows, Michael Johnson, Isaiah Thompson, Benito Mendoza, Demetrius Blake and Maquis Gamble on National Signing Day.

Another Mustang will be heading to Kentucky as well - Mychal Patterson signed with Western Kentucky.

Three other Meadowcreek players, Jeffrey Flowers, Lys Pierre-Louis and Cordarro Thomas, signed with Fort Valley State - giving the Mustangs a county-best 11 signees on Wednesday.

Head coach Reggie Perry said his players wanted to go the same places and stick together.

"I'm going on my 20th year and I've never seen anything like it," the veteran coach said. "They said, 'We want to go together (to college). We want to make sure we graduate together.'"

On the rise

Gwinnett sent 15 players in the Division I-A ranks on Wednesday, two more than last season. Five of the players went to SEC schools and three are headed to the ACC.