EDITOR’S NOTE: There was no drama, although some trepidation on the part of BamaMag.com when Friday Night Lights reporter Cary Clark expressed an interest in a transfer to Georgia. But he has assured us he will be on the scene at important prep games, mostly in Georgia, but in Alabama as necessary. And he’ll continue to be a part of the Crimson Tide coverage team.
A recent work-related move to Atlanta has changed the home base of Friday Night Lights, 2016-style, but fear not. The Crimson Tide of Alabama is heavily involved with a number of metro Atlanta prospects, especially when one considers underclassmen. And, the state of Alabama will still have a couple of visits from FNL this fall. Readers will (hopefully) enjoy some very new restaurant reviews from the North Metro area. Here is the schedule (subject to change):
Aug. 26: Every recruiting reporter who draws breath and maybe a few others will be on hand when IMG Academy visits Grayson. Whoa, Nellie! IMG has Alabama long snapper pledge Thomas Fletcher and linebacker Dylan Moses, among many others. Grayson? Well, former Crimson Tide player Mickey Conn has moved on to Clemson to work for Dabo Swinney, but he left a loaded team that includes 2019 OLB Owen Pappoe and a ton of other D-1 guys. A TON. I will arrive around 4 pm. for this one.
Sept. 2: Bye Week. A trip to the North Georgia mountains will include a game featuring a second cousin, but there will be more mid-major baseball prospects on the field than high D-1 football guys. Trust me.
Sept. 9: Colquitt County and long-time FNL friend Rush Propst come to Roswell. Propst has junior linebacker JJ Peterson while Roswell has 2018 tight end Tyneil Hopper. The Hornets also have former Tide safety pledge Xavier McKinney.
Sept. 16: I’ve never done an FNL on my alma mater, Stone Mountain, but when the Pirates visit Pace Academy and junior guard Jamaree Salyer, I will be in the house. Good times. Nostalgia. Food.
Sept. 23: Lithonia is at Westlake, and the home team has several prospects, including junior safety Myles Sims.
Sept. 30: Mundy’s Mill at Tucker: The home standing (and homecoming, this night) Tigers of Tucker now have Tide 2017 pledge Aaron Sterling. They also have junior guard Dylan Wonnum.
Oct. 7: Rockdale County at South Gwinnett: The home team features junior defensive end Justin Mascoll, and a battle royal is developing for the pass-rusher’s services.
Oct. 14: Bama receiver prospect Henry Ruggs leads his Lee-Montgomery Generals to Phenix City, where Central High features Bama linebacker commit Markail Benton and his uber-talented teammate, junior wide out Justyn Ross.
Oct. 21: Bye. My Birthday is the 19th. I’ll be somewhere celebrating on this evening.
Oct. 28: Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) at Norcross. The visiting Broncos have 2018 receiver Matthew Hill , while the home team has massive junior nose man Robert Cooper lying in wait.
Nov. 4: Up next: ALABAMA PLAYOFFS. Will it be a trip to Prattville or Clay-Chalkville? Junior Lions athlete Cam Taylor or senior Cougars receiver Nico Collins? Time and Tide will tell.