Atlanta’s Top 25 – 2014

We have selected 25 of the top signees in the greater Atlanta area as our National Signing Day Frenzy Top 25. They are some of the most highly sought after players in Georgia. See where they’ve committed and check in on Signing Day to see where they’ve signed!

1

Nick Chubb | RB | Cedartown

Nov 05, 2015
Nick Chubb | RB | Cedartown

@NickChubb21
GEORGIA

2

Lorenzo Carter | Defensive End | Norcross | 6-5 | 240

Nov 05, 2015
Lorenzo Carter | Defensive End | Norcross | 6-5 | 240

@LCarter_25
• Led team to back-to-back Class 6A state championships in 2012-2013.
• Also on the Blue Devils’ highly-regarded basketball team.
• Considered by most recruiting services to be one of the top overall recruits in the country.
• Had 125 tackles and six sacks his senior year, according to stats kept by the Gwinnett Daily Post.
• Plays the run well and is a pass-rushing monster off the edge.
• Runs the 40 in 4.6.

• One of the most highly-sought after players in the nation, he is likely to choose from Georgia, Florida State, LSU and Florida.

3

Nick Ruffin | Defensive Back | St. Pius X | 6-1 | 185

Nov 05, 2015
Nick Ruffin | Defensive Back | St. Pius X | 6-1 | 185

@nickruffin20
• Nick Ruffin committed to Auburn May 25 before his senior season.
• Also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and several others.
• Is the No. 4 recruit in the state according to 247sports.
• Ruffin competed in the Army All-American Bowl this year and he increased his stock with a great game and week of practice.
• Ruffin has the speed and quickness to play cornerback or safety in college.
• Ruffin was the Golden Lions’ top offensive weapon his junior season when they went all the way to the state championship and continued sparking highlight reel runs out of the backfield his senior season as well.

4

Bryson Allen-Williams | Outside Linebacker | Cedar Grove | 6-1 | 225

Nov 05, 2015
Bryson Allen-Williams | Outside Linebacker | Cedar Grove | 6-1 | 225

@B_Quatro4
• Allen-Williams is ranked as the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country by 247sports and the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Georgia.
• Allen-Williams committed to South Carolina on April 15, but has been hotly pursued by Georgia since the Bulldogs hired Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator.
• Skyrocketed in recruiting after his junior season when he posted 16 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.
• His ability to rush the quarterback and fight off blockers could also make him an immediate special teams contributor when he arrives in Columbia.
• Has a very high ceiling as a prospect and has the range, frame and athleticism to be a star at the next level.

5

Dante Sawyer | Defensive End | North Gwinnett | 6-3 | 262 | @SavageTaee_

Nov 06, 2015
Dante Sawyer | Defensive End | North Gwinnett | 6-3 | 262 | @SavageTaee_

@SavageTaee_
• Dante Sawyer is a 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive end that has been on recruiting boards since he was a freshman.
• University of South Carolina and head coach Steve Spurrier got the four-star to commit to the Gamecocks on Dec. 17.
• Sawyer will fit right into the Gamecocks’ history of athletic defensive linemen and this season, Sawyer threw also a touchdown pass, ran for a score and hauled in a diving interception in the state championship game.
• Sawyer has the perfect combination of height and strength to keep a low pad level needed to take on double teams and create a push in the trenches.
• At the collegiate level, Sawyer will be able to drop into coverage in certain passing situations and seeing how South Carolina uses his versatility on the field will be an interesting chapter in his career at the next level.

6

Cortez McDowell | Safety | Locust Grove | 6-1 | 200

Nov 06, 2015
Cortez McDowell | Safety | Locust Grove | 6-1 | 200

@Cortez_mcdowell
• Committed to Tennessee over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State and others.
• Had 60 tackles, two INTs and 10 pass break-ups in 2010.
• Selected for the 2014 Offense-Defense Bowl.
• Named to the AJC Super 11.
• Has ideal instincts, size and is a plus tackler at safety.
• Helped lead the Wildcats to their first playoff appearance in school history.

7

Korie Rogers | Linebacker | Buford | 6-2 | 218

Nov 06, 2015
Korie Rogers | Linebacker | Buford | 6-2 | 218

@KD_Rodgers43
• Committed to Clemson in May over offers from Auburn, Florida, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee and others.
• Had 83 tackles in season despite being taken out early in games multiple times due to lopsided scores.
• Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds.
• Likely to play inside linebacker at the next level in Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables’ scheme.
• Rogers and his fellow Buford seniors lost just three games on the field (also forfeited two games) in four years that included three state titles.
• Named to the AJC Super 11.
• Solid run-stopper and displays top-notch ability to tackle in the open field.

8

Wesley Green | Cornerback | M.L. King | 5-11 | 175

Nov 06, 2015
Wesley Green | Cornerback | M.L. King | 5-11 | 175

@WGreen_20
• Cover corner who will decide between offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina, USC and others.
• Is thought to be choosing between Georgia and South Carolina.
• Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
• Has long arms and run extremely well, even for a cornerback. Has potential to be a lockdown CB in college.
• His team made the playoffs all four years, including a 12-win season in 2011.
• Had 40 tackles, two INTs and three fumbles caused in 2013.

9

Mike Rogers | ATH | Campbell | 6-0 | 185

Nov 06, 2015
Mike Rogers | ATH | Campbell | 6-0 | 185

@SoloMikeG
• Rogers is committed to the University of Central Florida. He chose the Knights over offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, Ohio State, Ole Miss and othes.
• Rogers was named the Marietta Daily Journal Cobb County Player of the Year this season.
• His senior year, Rogers tallied 85 tackles, five forced fumbles and three interceptions, ran the ball 197 times for 1,735 yards and 23 touchdowns and, on special teams, he returned 15 kickoffs for 651 yards and three touchdowns and returned six punts for 156 yards and a score.
• Rogers is one of the toughest and most versatile players in the state and UCF will be able to use him in a variety of ways.
• Rogers tackles with authority and has incredible fundamentals and instincts.
• Many who have seen the three-star play in person consider him one of the biggest steals in this year’s recruiting class.
• His head coach Harris Rainbow said, “I grew up in Cobb County and he’s the best player this county has ever seen.”

10

Orlando Brown | Offensive Tackle | Peachtree Ridge | 6-8 | 338

Nov 06, 2015
Orlando Brown | Offensive Tackle | Peachtree Ridge | 6-8 | 338

@ZEUS_78
• Committed to play for Tennessee in May.
• Chose the Vols over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and many others. It is thought that Arkansas and Oklahoma, however, were the other two schools in his final three.
• Brown’s father played in the NFL from 1993-2005. Nicknamed “Zeus”, Orlando Sr. is widely known for being hit in the eye by the beanbag thrown by a referee.
• Brown grew up in the D.C./Baltimore area before moving to Suwanee in 2012.
• Brown has prototypical offensive tackle size and uses long arms to keep pass rushers at bay.

11

Detric Dukes | Inside linebacker | Tucker | 6-1 | 225

Nov 06, 2015
Detric Dukes | Inside linebacker | Tucker | 6-1 | 225

@DetricDukes
• Committed to Georgia in June.
• Had 65 tackles, 12 TFLs, five sacks and three interceptions in 2013.
• Tucker won 52 games and a state championship in Dukes’ four years with the Tigers.
• In addition to Georgia, Dukes boasts offers from Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and others.
• Expected to play inside linebacker in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s scheme.
• Has great field vision and sheds blocks well.
• Has a solid foundation that can add strength and size.

12

Nate Brown | Wide Receiver | North Gwinnett | 6-4 | 210

Nov 06, 2015
Nate Brown | Wide Receiver | North Gwinnett | 6-4 | 210

@BringTheNoise_6
• Caught four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener at the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic, while being covered by Auburn-commit Kalvaraz Bessent and Alabama-commit Chris Williams of Camden County.
• Two weeks later Brown had his best game of the season with 10 catches for 172 yards and four touchdowns as North Gwinnett upset Norcross 36-17. Four days later, Brown committed to Missouri over offers from Tech, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and others.
• North Gwinnett sparked miraculous comebacks throughout the season and needed a big game from Brown in its region matchup with Mill Creek. Brown hauled in eight catches for 146 yards and tallied his second four-touchdown performance of the season as the Bulldogs rallied for a 50-47 win.
• At the collegiate level, Brown will fit right into Missouri’s offensive scheme with his tremendous size, physicality and ability to catch the deep ball.

13

Andrew Williams | Defensive End | ELCA | 6-4 | 250

Nov 06, 2015
Andrew Williams | Defensive End | ELCA | 6-4 | 250

@DrewWill_79
• Will choose between offers from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Notre Dame and many others.
• His high school team went 48-5 in his four years, including a state title.
• Has the ideal frame for a college defensive end.
• Plays with good pad level and is disruptive in the running game.
• Displays great pass rushing potential and has the frame to gain size and mass.
• Has stated he will commit on signing day.

14

Kendarius Webster | Cornerback | Stockbridge | 5-11 | 175

Nov 06, 2015
Kendarius Webster | Cornerback | Stockbridge | 5-11 | 175

@d1_kendarius
• Webster has ideal size and speed to be a college cover corner.
• Committed to Ole Miss in November.
• Also had offers from Georgia, Florida State, Clemson, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.
• Named to the AJC Super 11.
• Changes directions well and has fluid hip movement, both necessary tools of good cornerbacks.
• Reads the QB well and closes quickly.
• His high school team made the playoffs all four years including 11-win seasons in 2012 and 2013.

15

Allen Artis | Safety | Wheeler | 6-1 | 195

Nov 06, 2015
Allen Artis | Safety | Wheeler | 6-1 | 195

@aartis_2
• Artis proved he was one of the best tacklers in the state as a junior when he led Cobb County with an incredible 119 solo tackles from the secondary.
• Artis enrolled at North Carolina Jan. 8 and has a chance to see the field next fall in the Tar Heels’ secondary.
• Artis chose the Tar Heels over offers from Clemson, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and others.
• Artis is a complete safety and his physical run-stopping ability translates to his prowess in defending against bigger receivers.
• Artis was selected to play in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl this season and is listed as the No. 29 prospect in the state of Georgia.

16

Demarquis Gates | Lovejoy | Outside Linebacker | 6-2 | 215

Nov 06, 2015
Demarquis Gates | Lovejoy | Outside Linebacker | 6-2 | 215

@Y_DGates
• Missed his entire senior season due to knee surgery.
• Gates, who never got clearance from doctors to return to action in 2013, should be ready in time for his freshman college campaign in the fall.
• He spent the year helping to coach the Lovejoy team, which captured a second straight region title and advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
• He also dealt with injuries as a junior, but still recorded 90 tackles, including 75 of the solo variety.
• Tallied 14 tackles for loss, four sacks, nine quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
• Gates committed to Ole Miss last spring, but it was a soft verbal commitment and he is now undecided.
• He also has offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Wake Forest and others.
• Although he is not spectacular in any particular department, Gates is solid all around and is an excellent open-field tackler.

17

Kevin Mouhon | Linebacker | Norcross | 6-1 | 225

Nov 06, 2015
Kevin Mouhon | Linebacker | Norcross | 6-1 | 225

@KMooMoo48
• A star linebacker who led the Norcross defense in tackles as the Blue Devils claimed their second straight Class AAAAAA state championship this season.
• Mouhon was named the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Class AAAAAA Defensive Player of the Year for his 200 combined tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and seven pass break-ups this season.
• Mouhon will choose from between 30 schools on National Signing Day after decommitting from Tennessee last week.
• Mouhon is a beast on the football field and his bonecrushing tackling energizes and brings a swagger to the defensive side of the football.

18

Elisha Shaw | Defensive Tackle | Tucker | 6-5 | 296

Nov 06, 2015
Elisha Shaw | Defensive Tackle | Tucker | 6-5 | 296

@elisha_shaw
• Missed his entire senior season at Tucker due to a serious neck injury.
• He also missed his sophomore season before wowing scouts with impressive showings at summer camps prior to the 2012-13 campaign.
• Dominated on both sides of the ball as a junior at Tucker, playing defensive tackle and offensive tackle.
• Will likley play defensive line at the next level due to his athleticism and his combination of speed and power off the ball.
• Shaw had been expected to make a commitment in early January, but he is now planning to wait until National Signing Day as some schools are showing interest once again after being scared off by the neck issue.
• He has named a top three of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He also either had or has interest from Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State and Texas.
• He attended the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas but did not play.

19

Treyvon Paulk | Running Back | Milton | 5-9 | 200

Nov 06, 2015
Treyvon Paulk | Running Back | Milton | 5-9 | 200

@TreyPaulk1
• He uses his power to excel at running between the tackles, where he is tough to bring down—especially by a solo tackler.
• Paulk does not possess elite speed, but he has extremely quick feet and his shiftiness allows him not only to run through tacklers but also around them. He has been clocked at 4.60 in the 40-yard dash.
• Coaches at the next level will hope to see improvement in Paulk’s first-step burst upon receiving handoffs, as it sometimes takes a moment too long for him to reach top speed and power.
• Amassed more than 1,100 rushing yards as a junior to go along with 17 touchdowns.
• Paulk suffered a torn ACL in the fourth game of his senior campaign. The Eagles went 4-0 with him and 4-3 without him.
• Paulk committed to Tennessee last spring. He also received offers from California, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among many others.

20

Myles Autry | ATH | Norcross | 5-9 | 175

Nov 06, 2015
Myles Autry | ATH | Norcross | 5-9 | 175

@KingCinco_
• Myles Autry is one of the most dangerous playmakers in the state and his heroic game-winning touchdown catch in the semifinals against Colquitt County was a preview to his 92-yard kickoff return and 69-yard catch for a touchdown that came in the state title game.
• He had 560 rushing yards and 632 receiving yards with a total of 16 touchdowns his senior year.
• During both of Norcross’ state championships, Autry was clutch and his plays switched the momentum in the Blue Devils’ favor.
• Autry helped spark the championship run as he was recovering from a major knee surgery.
• Autry is being heavily recruited by in-state Georgia Tech and 2014 BCS national champion Florida State.
• In college, Autry will likely see action as a running back and receiver.

21

Taariq Shabazz | Defensive end/Linebacker | Kennesaw Mountain | 6-3 | 240

Nov 06, 2015
Taariq Shabazz | Defensive end/Linebacker | Kennesaw Mountain | 6-3 | 240

@ShabazzTaariq
• Shabazz committed to Duke during the summer of 2013 due to the school’s academic reputation and also because of veteran defensive ends coach Rick Petri.
• Duke’s defensive system features four down linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs. It will allow Shabazz to line up in a two-point stance, which is his preference over putting his hand on the ground.
• His primary strength is speed around the outside that allows him to wreak havoc in opponents’ backfields.
• He has room on his frame to get stronger, which will be necessary for college success.
• As a junior in 2012 he compiled 16.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
• A hamstring injury prevented Shabazz’s senior campaign from being as productive, which contributed to Kennesaw Mountain’s 2-8 record.
• The Acworth native also received offers from Central Florida, Cincinnati, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt and others.
• He also wrestles at Kennesaw Mountain.

22

Kendall Baker | Defensive Tackle | Marist | 6-6 | 275

Nov 06, 2015
Kendall Baker | Defensive Tackle | Marist | 6-6 | 275

@SelfMade_52
• Baker starred on both lines at Marist, but he projects as a defensive tackle at the next level.
• A versatile athlete, he was recruited as both an offensive and defensive tackle.
• He can disrupt quarterbacks with his push off the line of scrimmage and in his ability to deflect passes.
• Baker made 24 tackles during his senior season and also tallied 11 tackles-for-loss.
• He helped Marist compile an 11-3 record and reach the Class AAAA semifinals, in which they lost to Carrollton in quadruple overtime.
• The War Eagles posted three shutouts and seven times limited opponents to seven points or fewer in 2013.
• Baker was named to both the 2013 All-DeKalb County Team and the Region 6-AAAA First Team. The Georgia Sports Writers Association also put him on its All-State Team for Class AAAA.
• Baker committed to the University of Georgia and is not wavering despite the change at defensive coordinator.
• The Atlanta native also received offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College and Clemson, among others.

23

C.J. Leggett | Running Back | North Gwinnett | 5-9 | 207

Nov 06, 2015
C.J. Leggett | Running Back | North Gwinnett | 5-9 | 207

@CeejayLeggett7
• Helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class AAAAAA state championship game before they fell to Norcross.
• Leggett dealt with a turf-toe injury for much of the regular season, but he still finished with 1743 rushing yards—including 840 in five playoff games.
• He scored 23 touchdowns during his senior campaign while also displaying prowess as a pass-catcher out of the backfield with 23 receptions for 260 yards.
• Racked up 287 rushing yards in a 27-21 semifinal win over McEachern.
• Played his junior season at Chattahoochee, where he averaged 20.7 yards per reception on six catches.
• Leggett committed to Georgia Tech in mid-December after getting a late offer from the Yellow Jackets. He had been considering Pittsburgh and UCLA.
• The Alpharetta native, who found success running both inside and outside the tackles, projects as an A-back for Georgia Tech. However, he could also be used as a B-back (more of a fullback than a wingback).
• Breakaway speed makes Leggett a home-run threat on every touch, but he is also reliable pounding out short-yardage first downs.

24

Grant Haley | Defensive Back | Lovett | 5-10 | 170

Nov 06, 2015
Grant Haley | Defensive Back | Lovett | 5-10 | 170

@haleyboy10
• Played running back and cornerback for the Lions while also returning kicks.
• He projects as a cornerback and kick returner in college.
• He does not have ideal size for the next level, but he makes up for it with elite speed. He has been clocked at 4.44 in the 40-yard dash.
• Is committed to Penn State, where his mother attended college.
• He originally committed to Vanderbilt last summer only to change his mind after the departure of former Commodores’ head coach James Franklin.
• Haley could challenge for playing time right away on a relatively young Penn State squad. Immediate contributions in the nickel formation on defense and via kick and punt returns on special teams would not come as a big surprise.
• He rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a senior while accounting for 27 touchdowns (24 rush, two receiving, one punt return). On defense he had six interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 2013.
• Haley led Lovett to its first football state championship since 1970.
• He is a two-sport star at Lovett, also roaming center field and batting leadoff for the 2013 state championship baseball team.

25

Evan Berry | Athlete | Creekside | 5-11 | 190

Nov 06, 2015
Evan Berry | Athlete | Creekside | 5-11 | 190

@aSuperManDoe
• Played multiple positions for Creekside High School and it is not yet a certainty where he will line up in college.
• Berry saw time at receiver on offense for the Seminoles, but he did his most impressive work in the defensive secondary and likely projects best as a strong safety.
• Berry is the younger brother of current Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry and the twin brother of Creekside teammate Elliott Berry.
• Both Berry twins are heading to the University of Tennessee, where Eric starred from 2007 to 2009.
• Led by Evan and Elliott, Creekside compiled a perfect 15-0 record in 2013 and captured its first state championship in school history.
• Scouts especially like Berry’s speed, hard hitting, and ball-hawking prowess.