National Signing Day came and went on Wednesday in Gwinnett.
And so did a record number for letters of intent, which were faxed off to colleges all across the country as the county proved yet again just how fertile it is for top-notch football talent.
"The quality of football just keeps getting better," said Buford athletic director Dexter Wood. "The way athletes are being developed in this county, you're just going to see more and more scholarships.
"And it's a feather in our cap so to speak, for all the football coaches and parents who give them support."
When the dust settled on Wednesday, 23 Gwinnett seniors signed Division I-A football scholarships - easily breaking the record of 16 that was set last year.
"A lot more guys committed than I thought," said Brookwood linebacker Rennie Curran, who signed with Georgia. "I was pretty surprised. The talent around here is pretty good. There's definitely a lot of talent around here. It says a lot about the coaches and the players around here."
"I think Gwinnett is a hotbed and has been for several years for high school football," Collins Hill head coach Larry Sherrill said. "These are all big schools and when you have a big population like that, the more big and fast kids you should have.
"And we also have some very good programs that do a good job of developing talent."
But what seems to make Gwinnett so unique is not just the number of blue-chip football players it sends off to Division I-A, but the sheer amount of talent it sends to the college level.
Counting Division III, Division II and Division I-AA, the country produced a staggering 58 signings on Wednesday.
That's right, at least 58 - and probably more considering there were a handful of talented seniors who are still mulling over decisions - will be playing college football on Saturdays in the fall.
"I think it's obvious the reputation Gwinnett County football has among college coaches," Sherrill said on why college recruiters continually invade the county borders every year. "And when they come to Gwinnett they know the players will have a quality education and the players are going to typically meet the standard grade-point average and the standard SAT score to be recruited."
"Rarely do you have to worry about the academic quality of the kids," he said. "That really helps."
Also, it doesn't hurt that there are 18 schools within a 30-mile radius, giving college coaches a chance to see dozens of big-time football players in the span of a day or two.
"Absolutely, the population density helps that," Sherrill said. "There are schools that are four and five miles apart ... for a college recruiter that's a great deal."
So is the chance to watch a dozen future college players on one field.
Case in point: The 2006 game between the region champion Norcross Blue Devils and the eventual co-state champion Peachtree Ridge Lions.
Norcross wound up winning the slugfest 6-3, but the real winners appear to have been college recruiters.
Consider from that one game alone, 12 players signed scholarships on Wednesday - seven from Norcross and five from Peachtree Ridge. Out of those 12, eight were Division I-A signees. And this doesn't even take into account the juniors who played in that game, most notably Peachtree Ridge's Brandon Davis and Norcross' Brice Butler and Devonta Bolton, who will no doubt be signing letters of intent at this time next year.
"Wow. Just in that game?" Peachtree Ridge head coach Blair Armstrong asked. "That's incredible. Well, we knew going into that game it (was) going be a very tough game because they (were) very, very talented as a group."
Armstrong might as well be talking about the county as a whole, which has made a habit of producing top-notch college talent in recent years.
From David Greene to Davey Pollack to Darius Walker to Kenny Irons, Gwinnett has proven to be one of the richest areas in the nation for football talent.
And this class, featuring signees to Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Georgia among others, does nothing to dispute that trend.
"We take great pride in how many of them going on and having great careers in college," Wood said. "Just the notoriety they bring back to our county has been great."
Gwinnett County football players to sign with colleges broken down by high school:
LB Rennie Curran Georgia
DE Briley Hale Bethel
OL Josh Turner Brevard
WR David Hendrix Furman
LB Trey Hunsucker Colgate
OL Ben Jacoby Ball State
DL Brandon McEachern Georgia Southern
DB Logan Hunt Air Force
LB Jonathan Massaquoi Troy
PK Devin Sabina Valdosta State
LB Bryce Smith Samford
OL Kris Swanson Air Force
DL Bo Adebayo Western Kentucky
DB Taylor Gayle Truman State
DE T.J. Greenstone Vanderbilt
OL T.J. Hurless Tenn.-Chattanooga
RB Craig Jackson Cumberland College
RB James Lewis Georgia Southern
DB Chris Wellborn Valdosta State*
TE Michael Butler Presbyterian
OL Andrew Higgins Tulane
WR Andre Williams Morehead State
WR/K Landon Bennett Wofford
QB Lee Chapple Georgia Southern
OL T-Bob Hebert LSU
RB Caleb King Georgia
DB Meko McCray Princeton
OL James Boatright VMI
OL Chris Cawthon Florida International
DE Conrad Obi Colorado
QB Jamell Clarke Johnson C. Smith
RB Lloyd Collins West Virginia Tech
DB Anthony Kitson Fort Valley
OL Jackie Monroe Truman State
DB Lamarr Person Fort Valley
LB Cyhl Quarles Wake Forest
RB Justin Thomas Georgetown
DE Brooks Cunningham Tulane
DB Leonard Foster Valdosta State
WR Darius Hanks Alabama
DE J.R. Jones Troy
DB Kendall Parks Tuskegee
LB James Simien Navy
LB Matt Tribble Tuskegee
PK Chad Gross Air Force
WR Ryan McDaniel Samford
DE Jasper Williams Air Force
OL Seth Baker Shorter
DB Tremayne Graham Richmond
OL Grant Walker Shorter
DL Aaron Blue VMI
P Drew Butler Georgia
DB Phillip Davis Tulane
WR Sidney Haynes Central Florida
DL Cameron Heyward Ohio State
DE Sean Christy Air Force
DB Chris Grant Valdosta State
DB Chris Lamar Valdosta State
WR Andy Merlino Washington & Lee