Norcross’ Kevin Mouhon has been selected as the Daily Post’s defensive football player of the year. (Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
Less than two weeks before National Signing Day, Norcross’ Kevin Mouhon had a change of heart with his college decision.
The linebacker committed to Tennessee in July, but on Thursday decided to de-commit from the SEC school.
“I just felt like I had better opportunities elsewhere,” Mouhon said.
The Daily Post’s Defensive Player of the Year had more than two dozen scholarship offers when he committed during the summer. His older brother Silverberry is a defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Mouhon, a U.S. Army All-American, took an official visit to Cincinnati on Jan. 17 and de-committed from Tennessee on Jan. 23.
“I’ve decided that the University Of Tennessee is not for me and I’ll be attending college somewhere else,” he said on Twitter.
Mouhon led Gwinnett County in tackles with 181 stops and 3.5 sacks to help Norcross to the Class AAAAAA state championship. As a junior, he was third in the county in tackles with 152.
Mouhon is expected to be one of 25 signees for Norcross on Feb. 5. That’s right. The Blue Devils are expecting to have 25 players sign scholarships. Norcross already has 11 commitments and highly recruited Lorenzo Carter and Myles Autry are still pondering their college choices.
There’s another 11 players like linebacker Jaquan Frazier and quarterback A.J. Bush, who are still uncommitted.
One player that will not be at the signing day ceremony is offensive lineman Ryan Northrup. The senior graduated in December and signed and enrolled at Georgia Southern in January.
Of the 12 commitments Norcross has, four of the them are to Division I-BCS schools. The most recent is cornerback Ridwan Issahaku.
A week after committing to Georgia State, Issahaku committed to Texas Christian University.
Issahaku committed to Georgia State on Jan. 19 over offers from Buffalo and Western Kentucky.
He took a visit to TCU on Friday and committed to the Big 12 school on Sunday.
Issahaku made 78 tackles, 20 pass break ups and six interceptions for the two-time state champions.
Defensive back Malcolm Galloway has committed to Elon. Galloway had 61 tackles and 15 pass break ups.
Fullback/linebacker James Keeling committed to Pikeville College last week.
GAC’s Lee going to Army
Greater Atlanta Christian offensive lineman Britt Lee committed Army on Monday, according to head coach Tim Hardy.
“So proud and blessed to say I am committing to play football for Army in the next phase of my life,” Britt posted on Twitter.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Britt helped protect one of the state’s top passers in Rafe Chapple. Lee bench presses 330 pounds and squats 470 pounds.
He chose Army over offers from Air Force, Alabama-Birmingham and Jacksonville State.
North’s Bradford commits to E. Illinois
North Gwinnett linebacker Tony Bradford committed to Eastern Illinois on Sunday after taking an official to the school, according to head coach Bob Sphire.
“He’s been an integral part of our success,” Sphire said. “He seemed to raise his game in our biggest, most challenging moments. Eastern Illinois has been on of the more dominant FCS programs and Tony should fit in nicely and help them compete for a national championship.”
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Bradford was a two-year starter and made 78 tackles, one interception and one sack last season. He helped the Bulldogs to a share of the Region 7-AAAAAA title and reach the state championship game.
Broncos’ Kelly going to Presbyterian
Brookwood offensive lineman Joe Kelly committed to Presbyterian College last week, according to head coach Mark Crews.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Kelly was a two-year starter for the Broncos.
Wolves’ Hoxie commits to Boise State
Buford running back Zavior Hoxie missed most of the season with an injury, but that didn’t keep college recruiters away. The senior committed to Boise State last week over offers from East Carolina, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Navy and Wake Forest.
Hoxie played in five games this season, rushing for 106 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. As a junior, he rushed for 777 yards and seven touchdowns.
Lions’ Davis going to Georgia State
One of Gwinnett County’s leaders in interceptions will continue his college career in Atlanta. Peachtree Ridge’s Walden Davis, who made five interceptions last season, committed to Georgia State.
“I decided that I will stay home and play ball with my boys at GaState next year! We will put State on the map #GoPanthers,” Davis posted on Twitter on Friday.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Davis was tied for third in the county in interceptions with five. He also made 61 tackles and was a two-year starter at defensive back.
South’s Nelson commits to West Georgia
A second member of South Gwinnett’s offensive line will play at the next level. 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive tackle Abed Nelson committed to West Georgia.
“I’ve Been Blessed With Many Opportunities Despite My Inexperience With Football, I Am Committing To The University Of West Georgia #GoWolves.” Nelson posted on Twitter on Friday.
Comets center Dennis Edwards is committed to Western Kentucky.
Hawks’ James going to ETSU
Mill Creek defensive back Keanu James committed to East Tennessee State University, according to his post on Twitter last week.
“I have officially committed to East Tennessee state university!!! #Blessed #Etsu #GoBucs,” James said.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound James was a two-year starter for the Hawks and made 32 tackles and one interception last season.
Shiloh’s Exford headed to Presbyterian
Shiloh defensive back Austin Exford to Presbyterian College in South Carolina.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Exford was a two-year starter for the Generals, making 90 tackles and one interception.
Eagles’ Jones going to Lehigh
Quentin Jones, a two-way starter for Collins Hill, has committed to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
“Thank you god and everyone for everything that has allowed me to be able to commit to Lehigh University to play d1 football #mountainhawks,” Jones posted on Twitter last week.
Jones is being recruited as a defensive back and made 40 tackles and one interception last year. He also started at receiver and caught 41 passes for 424 yards and seven touchdowns.
Four Patriots to play in college
Berkmar will have the second-largest signing class in school history next week.
The Patriots have four players committed to colleges in quarterback Jaquan Morris (Miles College), defensive tackle Averee Giles (Alabama A&M), offensive lineman Darshaughn Lee-Green (Presbyterian) and defensive back Darrious Mitchell (Hutchinson Community College).
In 2001, the Patriots had eight players sign, while 2008 and 2011 had four each.
Morris was one of the county’s top returning passers this season, but a broken ankle in Game 3 ended his season. He threw for 1,970 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, but just 589 yards and three touchdowns in three games this season.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Giles was an all-county selection after making 44 tackles and four sacks.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Lee-Green was a two-year starter for the Patriots, while Mitchell made 39 tackles.
TE Emmanuel Aka Norcross Georgia Southern
RB Josh Boyd Norcross Appalachian State
LB Tony Bradford North Gwinnett Eastern Illinois
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 University (Conn.)
OL Jehosua Chang North Gwinnett Yale University (Conn.)
DB Walden Davis Peachtree Ridge Georgia State
OL Dennis Edwards South Gwinnett Western Kentucky
RB Jordan Ellis Peachtree Ridge Virginia
DB Austin Exford Shiloh Presbyterian College (S.C.)
DB Shattle Fenteng Grayson/Hutchinson C.C. Georgia
WR Maasaiah Francis Norcross Georgia State
DB Malcolm Galloway Norcross Elon University (N.C.)
DT Averee Giles Berkmar Alabama A&M
DL Donte Gordon Buford Wofford College (S.C.)
OL Austin Hamilton Grayson West Georgia
OL Rick Hardick Duluth Tuskegee
LB Aaron Harris Peachtree Ridge Samford University (Ala.)
OL Christian Harris Collins Hill Duke
RB Tyler Henderson Collins Hill Wake Forest
TE Chris Herndon Norcross Miami
RB Zavior Hoxie Buford Boise State
RB Ridwan Issahaku Norcross Texas Christian University
DB Keanu James Mill Creek East Tennessee State University
OL Stuart Johnson Wesleyan Harvard University (Mass.)
DB Quentin Jones Collins Hill Lehigh University (Pa.)
WR Coray Keel South Gwinnett Indiana
RB James Keeling Norcross Pikeville College (Ky.)
OL Joe Kelly Brookwood Presbyterian College (S.C.)
LB Deion King Buford Princeton University (N.J.)
DB Darious Latimore Central Gwinnett Virginia
OL Britt Lee Army GAC
RB C.J. Leggett North Gwinnett Georgia Tech
OL Darshaughn Lee-Green Berkmar Presbyterian College (S.C.)
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
DB Darrious Mitchell Bekmar Hutchinson Community College (Miss.)
QB Taylor Mitchell Buford Davidson College (N.C.)
LB Edward Muldrow South Gwinnett/Contra Costa Community College/Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson, Mississippi West Virginia
QB Jaquan Morris Berkmar Miles College (Ala.)
DL Jermaine Morris Archer/Coffeyville Community College (Kans.) West Georgia
OL Harrison Morgan Buford West Georgia
WR Tre Neal Buford Central Florida
OL Abed Nelson South Gwinnett West Georgia
DB Jordan Noil Norcross Maryland
OL Ryan Northrup Norcross Georgia Southern
OL Owen Painter Grayson Appalachian State
LB John Patterson Parkview Wofford College (S.C.)
DB Bryant Pinkney Duluth Valdosta State (Ga.)
TE Cameron Poole Buford Dartmouth College (N.H.)
DB Parker Polhill GAC Drake University (Iowa)
LB Korie Rogers Buford Clemson
DL Dante Sawyer North Gwinnett South Carolina
QB Hayden Sphire North Gwinnett Murray State (Ky.)
FB Brandon Sullivan Parkview Georgia State
OL Horatio Walker Norcross Georgia State
WR Chris Williams GAC Yale University (Conn.)
WR/DB Terrnace Wilson Buford University of Buffalo (N.Y.)
DB Thomas Wilson Buford Missouri
DL Bishop Woods Peachtree Ridge Murray State (Ky.)