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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Region champion Eagles closing in on scholarships

Collins Hill’s football team won a share of the Region 7-AAAAAA championship this season with Norcross and North Gwinnett.

Many of the stars of the Eagles’ state semifinal team are still making their college decisions.

“We don’t have a bunch of Division I kids,” Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach said. “But we do have a few that will play in college.”

Running back Tyler Henderson, the Daily Post’s Offensive Player of the Year, recently picked up an offer Georgia State to go along with offers from Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee.

Quarterback Tyler Herman led the county in passing and has an offer from West Georgia.

Two of Herman’s leading receivers — Grant McDonald and Quentin Jones — have also picked up scholarship offers. Jones has offers from Lehigh and Virginia Military and McDonald has an offer from Stetson.

Defensive back Rhyan England led the county in interceptions and recently picked up an offer from Army. He also has offers from Georgia Southern and West Georgia. Defensive back Ari Benoit has an offer from Shorter.

Linebacker Jonathan Thomas began the season without any college scholarship offers. After posting 64 tackles and 7.5 sacks, he has offers from Oklahoma, Syracuse and Cincinnati.

Offensive lineman Christian Harris is headed to Duke and is the Eagles’ only committed player. National Signing Day is on Feb. 5.

Collins Hill’s largest signing class was in 2012 when 10 players inked scholarships on National Signing Day.

Buford adds five commitments

Defending Class AAA state champion Buford added five college commitments over the last few weeks.

Quarterback Taylor Mitchell, who threw for 901 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception, is headed to Davidson.

Defensive end Donte Gordon was fourth in the county in sacks with nine and is committed to Wofford. Defensive back/receiver Terrance Wilson is headed to Buffalo, offensive lineman Harrison Morgan is going to West Georgia and tight end Cam Poole is going to Dartmouth.

Deion King (Princeton), Korie Rogers (Clemson) and Thomas Wilson (Missouri) have also made college commitments.

Archer lineman focused on wrestling

M.J. Couzan’s future is in football, but the Archer senior offensive lineman is focused on wrestling right now. The defending heavyweight state champion has a pair of college offers, but is focused on helping his team to another traditional state championship next month.

“Wrestling is the most important thing right now,” Couzan said.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Couzan plans to take a visit to West Georgia and has an offer from Tennessee State. He was a second-team all-county selection by the Daily Post.

Louisville’s Petrino not

welcomed at South

Bobby Petrino took the head coaching job at Louisville last week, but South Gwinnett head coach John Small is not welcoming him back to the Snellville school.

“He shouldn’t spend a dime coming back to our school no matter where he is” Small said.

Before taking the job at Louisville, Petrino was the head coach at Western Kentucky and pulled the scholarship of Comets offensive lineman Dennis Edwards. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Edwards committed to the program in August.

“I wouldn’t want him to come back to our school while I’m here. That’s bad business,” Small said.

Colleges pulling scholarships from players is nothing new in the recruiting world. Oftentimes it doesn’t go public, but Small wanted to let other coaches know about the situation to protect their players.

“I think it happens all the time. It doesn’t go very public,” Small said. “You do it in Gwinnett County and 22 other schools are going to take notice. You can’t do that kind of stuff. Some of them have no regard for young people. It’s all about them. Our job is to protect our kids.”

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

TE Emmanuel Aka Norcross Georgia Southern

RB Josh Boyd Norcross Appalachian State

WR Nate Brown North Gwinnett Missouri

OL Orlando Brown Peachtree Ridge Tennessee

WR Myron Burton Peachtree Ridge Auburn

QB Rafe Chapple GAC Yale

OL Jehosua Chang North Gwinnett Yale

RB Jordan Ellis Peachtree Ridge Virginia

DB Shattle Fenteng Grayson/Hutchinson C.C. Georgia

WR Maasaiah Francis Norcross Georgia State

DB Nick Glass Peachtree Ridge Georgia

DL Donte Gordon Buford Wofford

OL Christian Harris Collins Hill Duke

TE Chris Herndon Norcross Miami

OL Stuart Johnson Wesleyan Harvard

WR Coray Keel South Gwinnett Indiana

LB Deion King Buford Princeton

DB Darious Latimore Central Gwinnett Virginia

RB C.J. Leggett North Gwinnett Georgia Tech

DB Bryce Lewis Parkview Vanderbilt

WR Clinton Lynch Norcross Georgia State

QB Taylor Mitchell Buford Davidson

LB Edward Muldrow South Gwinnett/Contra Costa Community College/Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson, Mississippi West Virginia

LB Dru Moody Peachtree Ridge Butler Community College

LB Kevin Mouhon Norcross Tennessee

DL Jermaine Morris Archer/Coffeyville Community College (Kans.) West Georgia

OL Harrison Morgan Buford West Georgia

DB Jordan Noil Norcross Maryland

OL Ryan Northrup Norcross Georgia Southern

OL Owen Painter Grayson Appalachian State

LB John Patterson Parkview Wofford

TE/DL Cam Poole Buford Dartmouth

LB Korie Rogers Buford Clemson

DL Dante Sawyer North Gwinnett South Carolina

QB Hayden Sphire North Gwinnett Murray State

FB Brandon Sullivan Parkview Georgia State

OL Horatio Walker Norcross Georgia State

WR/DB Terrance Wildson Buford University of Buffalo

DB Thomas Wilson Buford Missouri