Alabama wideout and Norcross grad Darius Hanks (15) catches a pass in front of LSU linebacker and Peachtree Ridge grad Kevin Minter (46) during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Gwinnett's Division I-A signing class in 2007 was one of the most productive in county history, with All-Americans and high NFL Draft picks in the talented group.
Here's a breakdown of how the Class of 2007 fared after National Signing Day:
P Drew Butler Peachtree Ridge Georgia
Following a redshirt season, Butler was a three-year starter at punter for Georgia, where his father Kevin (a former NFL kicker) also played. He had a breakout season in 2009, when he averaged a school-record 48.1 yards per punt, earned first-team All-American honors and won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter. The three-time All-SEC selection boasted a 45.5-yard career punting average and should get a shot at the NFL later this year.
OL Chris Cawthon Grayson Florida International
Redshirted in 2007 and started five games as a freshman in 2008 before a serious knee injury that also kept him out for the 2009 season. Later played on the 2010 that won the program's first bowl, the Little Caesar's Bowl. Will graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice.
DL Sean Christy South Gwinnett Air Force
Christy wasn't a football star at Air Force, but he remained in school there and graduated last May with a management degree and a minor in German. He currently serves in the Air Force.
DE Brooks Cunningham Norcross Tulane
Redshirted in 2007, then played two seasons on Tulane's defensive line before a series of concussions ended his playing career. He finished college at Tulane and now works as an IT consultant in Washington, D.C.
LB Rennie Curran Brookwood Georgia
Curran started 30 games in three seasons for the Bulldogs, beginning with a 53-tackle (44 solo) freshman season. He made 115 and 130 stops the next two seasons and left a year early for the NFL Draft. Selected in the third round by the Tennessee Titans, he played in nine games as a rookie. He didn't make the Titans' roster this past season, but the free agent is aiming for a return to the NFL in 2012.
DB Phillip Davis Peachtree Ridge Tulane
Davis played his entire career at Tulane, earning first-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior in 2010. He wasn't picked in the 2011 NFL Draft, but signed as a free agent and spent training camp with the San Francisco 49ers, who cut him before the season started.
DL T.J. Greenstone Collins Hill Vanderbilt
A redshirt in 2007, Greenstone became a playmaker on the defensive front immediately afterward when he earned first-team All-SEC freshman honors. He was named the team's most valuable defensive lineman as a sophomore before fighting through injury-plagued junior and senior seasons. He made 110 career tackles and set the school hang clean record (410 pounds) before finishing his career in the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl.
PK Chad Gross North Gwinnett Air Force
Kicked for one season at Air Force and transferred to Georgia Southern. Will finish his accounting degree in May and plans to pursue a master's from GSU.
WR Darius Hanks Norcross Alabama
After a redshirt season in 2007, Hanks became an important receiver for four years and won two national championships, the most recent last month in a victory over LSU in the BCS title game. He started 29 career games and had his most productive season as a junior when he had 32 catches for 456 yards and three TDs.
WR Sidney Haynes Peachtree Ridge Central Florida
Haynes caught four passes in two seasons at Central Florida and spent a semester at North Dakota State before transferring back home to Georgia State. The 6-foot-3 wideout caught 26 passes for 298 yards and four scores on Georgia State's inaugural 2010 team, but caught just four passes for 34 yards in a shortened, six-game senior season.
OL T-Bob Hebert GAC LSU
Hebert redshirted in 2007, when LSU won the national title, then became a versatile utility lineman over the next four seasons for the Tigers. The 6-foot-3, 304-pounder started nearly 30 games in college and finished his career in last month's BCS title game loss to Alabama.
DL Cameron Heyward Peachtree Ridge Ohio State
After a standout career at Ohio State (where he made 46 starts on the defensive line), Heyward was selected in the first round (No. 31 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The son of former NFL running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, the 6-foot-5, 288-pounder played in every game as a rookie this past season, tallying 11 tackles (10 solos) and a sack.
OL Andrew Higgins Duluth Tulane
Higgins was with Tulane for two seasons, redshirting in 2007. He transferred to Tennessee Tech for his sophomore season and finished up his college career there, graduating this past December.
DB Logan Hunt Central Gwinnett Air Force
Opting to pursue a career in teaching and coaching, Hunt enrolled at Georgia Southern. He graduated last year from Georgia Gwinnett College with a degree in exercise science.
OL Ben Jacoby Buford Ball State
Played two seasons at Ball State, where he was a reserve offensive lineman for a 2008 team that went 12-2 and played in the GMAC Bowl. He transferred to Georgia State, where he became a stalwart on the Panthers' first two football teams. He was a two-year starter at center who concluded his college career this past fall.
DL J.R. Jones Norcross Troy
Went directly from high school to Hutchinson Community College (Kans.) and redshirted his only season there. The 6-foot-1, 330-pounder played the next four seasons at Pittsburg State (Kans.), making 31 tackles (5.5 for losses) and two sacks as a senior in 2011 for the Gorillas, who won the NCAA Division II national championship.
RB Caleb King GAC Georgia
King had a solid UGA career, but never reached the star status expected of him as a high-profile recruit. He rushed for 1,271 yards and 10 scores in three seasons with the Bulldogs and was declared academically ineligible the summer before his senior season in 2011. He entered the NFL's Supplemental Draft and wasn't picked, but he spent the 2011 season on the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. He was active for one game, the season finale, but didn't have a carry.
LB Jonathan Massaquoi Central Gwinnett Troy
Massaquoi ended up at Butler County Community College (Kans.) for a season, dominating in 2008 with 20 sacks and 17.5 tackles for losses. He re-signed with Troy and redshirted in 2009 before earning first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2010 and 2011. At 24 and already with an undergraduate degree from Troy, Massaquoi announced in January that he was entering the 2012 NFL Draft and forgoing his senior season. He had 128 tackles (31 for losses) and 19.5 sacks in two seasons at Troy.
DE Conrad Obi Grayson Colorado
Recruited as a defensive end, Obi finished his Colorado career in 2011 as an interior lineman. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder played in 41 career games and made 31 tackles as a senior last fall.
DB Cyhl Quarles Meadowcreek Wake Forest
Quarles started his final three seasons at strong safety, making a team-high 101 tackles as a senior in 2011. He was second on the team in tackles in both 2010 (71) and 2009 (62), and is considered a possible selection in this year's NFL Draft.
OL Kris Swanson Central Gwinnett Air Force
Swanson left Air Force after a short time to pursue a career in the ministry. He graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College last year and is serving as a youth minister in Lawrenceville.
DL Jasper Williams North Gwinnett Air Force
Spent a year at Air Force and joined Mississippi State as a walk-on, then played at Eastern Kentucky. Is currently at Delta State finishing his final year of school and football.