Carrying The Load

One of the top prep football players in Georgia continues to lead his team through the playoffs at a torrid pace.

Warner Robins, Ga.--Quarterback/athlete Chansi Stuckey from Northside High School is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous players in the Peach State this season. If you don't believe that statement, just look at what he has done in the last two games for his team.

Coming into the playoffs undefeated, Northside, coached by Conrad Nix (father of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix) first took on Coffee High School and Stuckey proved his worth early and often in the game. Leading his team to a 52-14 win by passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 97 yards on the ground on just nine carries, Stuckey served notice that Northside was a team to be reckoned with in 2001.

The 6-0, 170-pounded with 4.5 speed continued his fantastic season Friday night when he led Northside to a 35-6 win over Starr's Mill by rushing for 178 yards from his quarterback spot on a combination of option runs and scrambles. Now 11-0 on the season, the War Eagles face outstanding running back Kenny Irons and Dacula Friday night in the third round of the GHSAA playoffs.

All the outstanding play has done for Stuckey is increase his looks from football teams that were wary of recruiting him earlier in the season because of his talent on the basketball court. An outstanding point guard prospect who averaged 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds per game last fall, Stuckey says that his schools of interest vary right now but there are several that he likes at this time.

"Recruiting is not too bad at the moment," he notes. "I don't really have a favorite yet. I'm going to try to set up some visits. The schools I'm looking at right now are Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. Those are just some of the schools I'm looking at."

Interested in Auburn since early this season, Stuckey says that the Tigers have several things going for them in their quest to gain his signature in early February. Being recruited as an athlete who could play any number of positions, he says he really likes what the team does on offense.

"I like the offense they run, they have good coaches," he says." Being recruited for Auburn by defensive tackles coach Don Dunn, Stuckey says that this staff really makes him feel wanted. "He's a good guy, real nice. All the coaches are."

Being recruited by Miami, Ole Miss and others for basketball, Stuckey says that his decisions on visits may come down to which schools recruit him for both sports. With plans to play both in college, that could be a sticking point with him for his final visits to several schools. While Auburn hasn't offered yet in basketball, the Tigers are looking at him and that could help the Tigers in the long run.

Tiger Ticket Extra: A classic high school athlete who doesn't have time to devote himself fully to one sport, Stuckey didn't attend any football camps over the summer because of his AAU basketball schedule. Playing for the Middle Georgia Mustangs, he led the team to a third-place finish at the national tournament by averaging 19 points per game for the season.

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