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Gwinnett's growth translates into signing day success

It wasn't that long ago that National Signing Day in Gwinnett County wasn't a big deal.

The county was lucky to have 10 to 15 players sign college football scholarships 10 years ago and about half of those were to Division I programs. Of course in 1998 there were only 15 high schools in Gwinnett and one of those was a first-year program, Wesleyan.

But over the last 10 years as the county has grown, Gwinnett has become a hotbed for college football recruiting. Since 1998, Gwinnett has had 376 players ink on NSD. The county has had dozens of players sign over the last few years and today will be no different. There are 63 local players who have already made college football commitments, including 15 to Division I programs, and a handful of others could make their choices today.

But it might be hard to top last year's signing class, which was the best in Gwinnett County history. The county had 76 players sign last year, including 27 to Division I programs. It's quite a contrast to the late 1990s when Gwinnett had just 12 players sign in 1998 and 14 in 1999.

Wilkes makes his mark with first signing class

When Keith Wilkes was the head coach at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., he typically had anywhere from 12 to 18 players sign college scholarships each year.

The first-year Shiloh head coach won't have nearly as many today, but the Generals will have the largest signing class in school history.

Shiloh will have six players sign football scholarships today, the most ever in the 25-year history of the program. The group is headlined by Cameron Whigham, who is headed to Ole Miss. The defensive end is the first major Division I signee for the Generals since Davey Pollack signed with Georgia in 2001.

Other signees include Max Allen (Birmingham Southern), Kadeem Boyd (Louisberg College), Sejean Hart (Alabama State), Guy Holmes (Louisberg College) and Gerrard Stepp (Louisberg College).

Buford's signing class continues to grow

Back-to-back Class AA state champion Buford will have a large class of seven players sign scholarships today.

Jeffery Gazaway, who made 90 tackles last season, will join teammate Andrew Sachais at Georgetown. The free safety chose the Patriot League school over Lehigh, Fordham, and a preferred walk-on spot from Vanderbilt.

Trevor Warbington, a two-year starter on the offensive and defensive line, also made his college choice, selecting Brevard College (N.C.). Warbington made 107 tackles last season.

The duo join earlier commitments Dallas Lee (Georgia), Blake Bennett (Wofford), Devin Durden (Air Force) and Cody Getz (Air Force). Buford grad Steven Singleton, who is at Georgia Military College, will sign with South Carolina.

North's Jarry, Wesleyan's Parrish take walk-on route

Two of the top players in Gwinnett County last season will walk-on at Division I colleges this fall.

North Gwinnett's Tyler Jarry, the county's all-time leader in receptions, has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with Georgia Tech. Wesleyan's Josh Parrish, who led the Wolves to the Class A state title, will walk on at Georgia.

Both players were Daily Post all-county selections and had interest from other colleges.