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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Buford sending pair to Ivy League

Cameron Poole

Cameron Poole

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Deion King

Over the years, Buford has produced some of the nation’s most highly recruited football players.

That hasn’t changed this year with Korie Rogers, the No. 14 ranked outside linebacker in the nation, headed to Clemson.

However, this year’s signing class features a pair of players going to two of the nation’s most prestigious academic institutions.

Tight end Cameron Poole is committed to Dartmouth, while linebacker Deion King is headed to Princeton.

King was a second-team all-state selection at linebacker in 2012 after making 95 tackles. He missed most of his senior season after injuring his knee.

King was originally committed to Yale, but then switched in December. It’s the equivalent of some players choosing between Alabama or Florida State. You really can’t go wrong.

Dartmouth only accepts nine percent of its applicants each year, so for Poole to get accepted to the prestigious school is an accomplishment. However, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end, who has been on three state championship teams, has a pretty impressive school record.

Poole grew up in the Buford community, playing football for the Wolves since he was 7. Through his entire academic career, he’s maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking nine advanced placement classes and several honors level courses.

He’s been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in his class throughout high school and is a National Honor Society member.

For Buford to send a pair of players to Ivy League schools is a little unusual. The Wolves have had 80 players sign scholarships on National Signing Day since 2000. But only two have signed with Ivy League schools. Linebacker J.D. Black in 2005 with Penn and defensive back Ryan Dillard in 2012 with Yale. However, Dillard ended up walking on at Southern California instead.

South’s Edwards commits to W. Kentucky, again

The on-again, off-again relationship between South Gwinnett’s Dennis Edwards and Western Kentucky took another turn on Monday.

Edwards committed to the school for a second time on Monday, according to his post on Twitter.

“In saying that I’m officially committed to the University of Western Kentucky! #GoTops,” he said.

Edwards committed to Western Kentucky in August to then head coach Bobby Petrino. Edwards’ scholarship was pulled by Petrino in December before he left to take the head job at Louisville.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm was hired as Western Kentucky’s new head coach and liked what he saw in Edwards by offering him a scholarship again.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Edwards was a four-year starter for South at center. Edwards was a two-time all-state selection and played in the Rising Seniors Bowl in 2012 and the North-South All-Star game in 2013.

Edwards had an 88 percent blocking grade this season with 24 pancake blocks and 32 knockdowns to help South reach the state playoffs for the second year in a row.

GAC pair make college choices

Over the last two years, Greater Atlanta Christian receiver Chris Williams had a good connection with quarterback Rafe Chapple.

The duo will continue that in college.

Williams committed to Yale last week, joining Chapple at the Ivy League school. Williams chose Yale over Princeton, Penn and Brown.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Williams had 41 catches for 622 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Over the past two years, he’s had more than 1,400 yards receiving and 15 TDs.

GAC defensive back Parker Polhill made his college decision on Monday by committing to Drake University.

“Officially committed to Drake University! #D1football #FCS #Pioneerleague #GodisGood,” Polhill posted on Twitter.

Grayson duo headed to West Georgia

Grayson running back Aares McCall and offensive lineman Austin Hamilton committed to West Georgia last week.

“Don’t question my journey, You’ll understand when I get there. I’m committing to the University of West Georgia #GoWolves,” McCall posted on Twitter last week.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound McCall rushed for 650 yards and three touchdowns last season. As a junior, he rushed for 764 yards and five TDs.

“Committed to West Georgia,” Hamilton posted on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Hamilton played tackle for the Rams last season.

Lions’ Cobb picks South Carolina St.

Peachtree Ridge tight end Kendall Cobb committed to South Carolina State on Monday.

“Officially committed to South Carolina State. Thanks to everyone who supported me through my recruiting process #blessed,” Cobb posted on Twitter.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Cobb had 16 catches for 172 yards with one touchdown last season.

Norcross DBs commit

A pair of Norcross defensive backs made college decisions last week.

Ridwan Issahaku committed to Georgia State, while Malcolm Galloway is headed to Elon.

Issahaku is the fourth Norcross player to commit to Georgia State, joining receivers Maaseiah Francis and Clinton Lynch and offensive lineman Horatio Walker.

Issahaku made 78 tackles, 20 pass breakups and six interceptions for the two-time state champions. Galloway had 61 tackles and 15 pass break ups.

Broncos’ McCain headed to Lehigh

Brookwood linebacker Hobson McCain committed to Lehigh University on Sunday after taking an official visit to the Bethlehem, Penn., school.

McCain was Brookwood’s leading tackler this season and was eighth in the county in stops with 117.

Hawks’ Leonard going to Jacksonville St.

Mill Creek linebacker Michael Leonard has committed to Jacksonville State. The 6-foot, 215-pound senior chose Jacksonville State over offers from Georgia State, Arkansas State, South Carolina State and Youngstown State.

Leonard made 76 tackles last season for the Hawks.

Central’s Westmoreland transfers

Gwinnett County’s all-time career passer is changing colleges. Eman Westmoreland, a 2013 Central Gwinnett grad, transferred from Paine College to Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to his mother Jackie.

Paine College, which is located in Augusta, went 3-1 last season playing a club schedule. Westmoreland was a backup QB and threw a touchdown pass in the Lions’ win over Gray Military Academy, the school’s first football win since 1962.

Kentucky Wesleyan was 0-11 last year playing in the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference of NCAA Division II.

Westmoreland was a three-year starter at Central, throwing for 7,795 yards and 74 touchdowns during his career. He led the Black Knights to a 6-4 record in 2012, their first winning season since 2006.

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

TE Kendall Cobb Peachtree Ridge South Carolina State

QB Rafe Chapple GAC Yale

OL Jehosua Chang North Gwinnett Yale

OL Dennis Edwards South Gwinnett Western Kentucky

RB Jordan Ellis Peachtree Ridge Virginia

DB Shattle Fenteng Grayson/Hutchinson C.C. Georgia

WR Maasaiah Francis Norcross Georgia State

DB Malcolm Galloway Norcross Elon

DL Donte Gordon Buford Wofford

OL Austin Hamilton Grayson West Georgia

OL Christian Harris Collins Hill Duke

RB Tyler Henderson Collins Hill Wake Forest

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

LB Michael Leonard Mill Creek Jacksonville State (Ala.)

DB Bryce Lewis Parkview Vanderbilt

WR Clinton Lynch Norcross Georgia State

LB Hobson McCain Brookwood Lehigh University (Pa.)

RB Aares McCall Grayson West Georgia

QB Taylor Mitchell Buford Davidson

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

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 Cameron Poole Buford Dartmouth

DB Parker Polhill GAC Drake University

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 Chris Williams GAC Yale

WR/DB Terrnace Wilson Buford University of Buffalo

DB Thomas Wilson Buford Missouri