RECRUITING NOTES: Rams' Schuessler finally gets offer

Grayson's Nick Schuessler was one of the county's top quarterbacks this season. But despite his numbers and leading the Rams to the Class AAAAA state championship, the senior never got a scholarship offer. That changed last week when Middle Tennessee offered the 6-foot-4, 185-pound signal caller.

"He's the best quarterback in the state of Georgia. I don't get it," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "I coached David Greene and he's one of the best to come out of Georgia. Nick is every bit as good."

Despite playing in Grayson's run-oriented wing-T offense, Schuessler put up impressive numbers. He was 25-3 as a starter, threw for 1,614 yards and 19 touchdowns and had a 61.2 percent completion rate with only three interceptions all year.

Schuessler has also received interest from SEC schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State, but has no offers.

Broncos' Jackson sticking with Illinois

When Zach Jackson heard Illinois had fired its football coach more than a month ago, the Brookwood senior didn't open up his recruitment.

Jackson stuck with the Illini despite head coach coach Ron Zook being fired on Nov. 27.

"I'm still committed to Illinois," Jackson said. "Me and coach Zook had a pretty good relationship, but I'm going there for the school and the football they offer. It wasn't just him."

Illinois began the year 6-0 and ranked No. 16 in the nation. Then the Illini lost their next six games and Zook was fired. Illinois hired former Toledo head coach Tim Bekman as its head coach last month.

"I've talked to him once," Jackson said. "He seems pretty cool. I'm looking forward to meeting him."

Jackson said Beckman still planned to honor Illinois' scholarship offer for the defensive back, who earned all-county honors this season.

Jackson plans to graduate from Brookwood in May and then enroll at Illinois in the summer. The Illini are coming off a 20-14 win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Central's Marshall heads to Chattahoochee Tech

Central Gwinnett defensive back Josh Marshall has committed to Chattahoochee Teach, a junior college in Marietta.

The 6-foot, 160-pound Marshall made 51 tackles and two interceptions for the Black Knights the season.

Marshall will join a Tech program that won the National Club Football Association national championship last season.

Lions' Atwater going to Ivy League

Peachtree Ridge running back Di Andre Atwater has committed to Princeton. The Lions' running back had offers from Georgia State and other Ivy League schools.

Atwater, who is the son of NFL great Steve Atwater, led the team in rushing with 911 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

Norcorss' Kamara raises stock

Norcross running back Alvin Kamara only has one college scholarship offer, but that will likely change for the junior.

Kamara stood out during practice for the East Team for the Georgia Junior Bowl. Kamara, who has an offer from Syracuse, was used a running back and receiver during the all-star game. Kamara had five catches for 118 yards.

Kamara will be the county's top returning rusher next season after rushing for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.


southsworld 3 years, 5 months ago

Welcome Coach Conn to the world of recruiting. Schuessler had decent numbers, but a David Greene is stretching. Look at what the QB from South did 2 years in a row, broke all of Greene's records and set a couple of his own records. Also lead an offense that set several school records and all he got was a service school offer. No one understood it as well.


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