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Norcross duo to announce college decisions

It will be a day unlike any other in the history of Norcross High School.

In the past, the Blue Devils' football program has produced its share of highly recruited players - from wide receiver Juan Daniels to defensive end Marcus Jackson to fullback Fred Munzenmaier.

But there has never been a day like today, when two of the most highly sought-after athletes in school history announce their college decisions together.

Rising seniors Brice Butler and Devonta Bolton, considered two of the top players in Georgia, will both be giving their verbal commitments today in an event at Norcross High.

Bolton has a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m., and Butler's will follow at 3 p.m.

"I'm just confident with my decision," Bolton said. "... and I'm ready to make an announcement."

Said Butler: "I'm ready (to announce). I'm real excited."

Butler was actually supposed to have his press conference earlier this week, but decided to push it back to Saturday so his brother Brenton, a former Norcross basketball star who now plays at Fordham, could attend.

Bolton then told Internet reporters that he would make his announcement the following Saturday, but earlier this week he changed his mind and decided to do it on the same day as Butler.

"It wasn't the plan," Bolton said of the dual press conferences. "He was going to have his day and I was going to have mine. But then I just figured Saturday was the best day to do it."

And so today college football fans from around the country will be planted in front of the computers to find out which two schools the Norcross stars chose.

If you believe Internet rumors, the two programs with the best shot at Butler are Southern California and Florida State, where his father Bobby was an All-American.

Although he doesn't officially have to decide until National Signing Day in February, Butler said he is looking forward to ending the recruiting process early.

"(Wednesday) that new NCAA texting rule went into effect, where the coaches can't text me anymore," said Butler, who is ranked as one of the top 10 receivers in the country by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. "So that was a load off of my shoulders."

For Bolton, the finalists appear to be Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Boston College.

This afternoon, the two star receivers will make their two future coaching staffs very happy.

And their current one as well.

"Oh, it's a great day for the program, the school and the community," Norcross head coach Kevin Maloof said. "It's great for the county, too."