RECRUITING NOTES: Nkemdiche, Kamara bring excitement to Signing Day


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In recent years, there hasn't been much excitement on National Signing Day in Gwinnett County.

Many of the county's top players usually have their college decision announced. It's just a formality of signing a national letter of intent.

That's not the case today. Two of the nation's biggest recruits that reside in Gwinnett will make their college choice public.

Grayson's Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 college recruit, will make his decision at 7:30 a.m. on ESPNU. Norcross' Alvin Kamara, the No. 1 running back in Georgia, will announce his decision at 3 p.m.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Nkemdiche originally committed to Clemson this summer, but decommitted in the fall.

He's narrowed his choices to Florida, Ole Miss and LSU, where he's taken official visits the last three weeks. His older brother Denzel plays linebacker at Ole Miss.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Kamara has narrowed his choices to Alabama and Georgia, where he took official visits last month.

While Nkemdiche and Kamara will grab most of the national headlines, it will be a big day for more than 100 Gwinnett football players. The county already has 75 players committed to colleges and that number will likely grow beyond 100 today. The county had a record 119 players sign last year, smashing the old mark of 85 set two years ago.

Norcross' Akins going to Middle Tennessee

Norcross' Shon Akins, a former Cal commitment, will sign with Middle Tennessee State University today.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Akins was an all-county and all-state selection, making 91 tackles and one interception to help the Blue Devils win the Class AAAAAA state championship. He will join Norcross defensive end Jahmal Jones, who is also committed to Middle Tennessee.

Duluth's Campbell headed to Georgia Southern

Duluth's Myles Campbell, a three-time Gwinnett County Touchdown Club specialist of the year, will take his talents to Statesboro.

The 5-foot-6, 150-pound Campbell will sign with Georgia Southern today. As a receiver, Campbell caught 31 passes for 442 yards and two TDs. He was also one of the county's most dynamic kick returners.

Duluth's Gregory Blackshear (Stetson), Jordan Dooley (Clark Atlanta) and Julian Williams (Lane College) will also sign today. Lavonte Cranford, Jordan Dandridge, Michael Stewart and Timothy Taylor are headed to Atlant Sports Academy, a prep school in downtown Atlanta.

More Comets make college choices

South Gwinnett is shaping up to have one of the largest signing classes this year. Defensive back Nick Hylton, who made 30 tackles and was second in the county in interceptions with five, committed to Valdosta State.

Meanwhile, linebacker Deonte Davis, who committed to Georgia State last week, has decommitted and is now headed to West Virginia.

The Comets are expected to have at least a dozen players sign letter of intent today.

Hawks' Cheeks headed to West Georgia

Mill Creek receiver Michael Cheeks will sign with the University of West Georgia today.

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Cheeks was third on the team in receptions with 21 this season, but led the Hawks in receiving yards with 588 for a 28-yard average. He also had seven touchdown catches.

Cheeks is also a standout on the track. He was the Region 7 runner-up in the 400-meter run and a member of the region champion 400 relay team last year. He also took second at the county meet in the high jump.

Collins Hill duo make college decision

Two key members of Collins Hill's defense will play at the next level.

Defensive lineman Tra Palmer committed to Navy, while defensive back Raymere Thomas is headed to Charleston Southern.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Palmer made 23 tackles and two sacks. The 6-foot, 175-pound Thomas totaled 37 tackles.

Parkview offensive linemen choose schools

A pair of Parkview's offensive linemen made their college decisions over the weekend.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Blake Dunham is headed to Faulkner University, and 6-2, 240-pound Freddie Hart is going to Shorter University.

The duo helped Parkview rush for 2,766 yards this season, including 1,100 by Chris Carson.

GAC's Lewis going to VMI

Greater Atlanta Christian's Andrew Lewis will sign with Virginia Military Institute today, a Division I-FCS school that plays in the Big South Conference.

The tight end/defensive end battled back from an early season injury to help the Spartans reach the Class AA semifinals. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder made 18 tackles and one sack. He is the son of Greg and Lesa Lewis.

Six Lions to sign today

Peachtree Ridge is expected to have six players sign college scholarships today.

Linebacker Devin Davidson and defensive end Andrew Stanley are headed to Mercer University. Defensive lineman Dominick Hall is going to Shorter University, kicker/punter Connor Rouleau will sign with Georgia Military College, while defensive lineman Tony Porter is committed to Ohio University and Daniel Stephens is going to Middle Tennessee State University.

Archer's Philbert commits

Archer offensive lineman Jaypee Philbert committed to Alabama State.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Philbert helped Archer total 3,226 yards of offense and post a 6-4 record.