But perhaps the best prospect McKissick has ever coached is currently a junior wide receiver for the Green Wave and this week he made his college decision.
6-foot-4, 190-pound A.J. Green committed to the University of Georgia this past weekend. Green had stated that Georgia was his favorite several weeks ago and after visiting Athens this weekend, he decided to end his recruitment very early. In his first two years at Summerville, Green caught 120 passes for over 2,000 yards. He is currently on a pace to have over 2,000 yards receiving this season and is perhaps the top wide receiver prospect in the class of 2008. Green is the second junior to commit to the Bulldogs. Defensive end Cornelius Washington selected Georgia back in July.
But not all the recruiting news was good for Georgia this weekend. Defensive end Conrad Obi, who committed to Georgia in March, visited Colorado this weekend and switched his pledge to the Buffaloes. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Loganville, Ga. native will miss the remainder of his senior season due to a hand injury, but should be ready to play for Colorado next season. Obi was recruited as a defensive end, but word is that he has put on some weight recently, fueling speculation that he may become a defensive tackle.
For many months, cornerback Jordan Mabin had been considered a heavy Pittsburgh lean. His cousin, Dorin Dickerson, is a current Panther freshman and Mabin had always spoken glowingly about the Pittsburgh program. But this week, the four-star prospect from Macedonia, Ohio turned down Pittsburgh and committed to Northwestern. While he will play defense in college, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Mabin rushed for 1,495 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2005. Scout.com has him rated as the No. 22 cornerback prospect in the nation.
Another surprise was the commitment Al-Ghaffar Lane to Rutgers. His father said that he was stunned by his son's decision, thinking that the three-star prospect would choose Purdue. But the closeness of Rutgers campus to his Paterson, N.J. home proved to be the determining factor in the end. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Lane is known for his pass rush skills and will play either outside linebacker or weak side defensive end for the Scarlet Knights. Lane was named to all-county and all-league teams last season after making 74 tackles and piling up 14 sacks for Paterson Catholic.
Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C. has several division one prospects this season and four of them will remain teammates next season when they play for Clemson. The latest Byrnes product to become a Tiger is linebacker Chad Diehl, who committed last week after receiving a scholarship offer from head coach Tommy Bowden. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Diehl had considered committing to Virginia Tech or Duke, but waited and was rewarded when his lifelong favorite extended an offer. The other Byrnes players that will attend Clemson in 2007 are linebacker Stanley Hunter, wide receiver Xavier Dye, and five-star quarterback Willy Korn.
The name Justin Grant was not known in most recruiting circles just a short time ago. But when the cornerback intercepted three passes for Nease High School in St. Augustine, Fla. a few weeks ago, the Florida coaches in attendance took notice. They offered him a scholarship and last week he accepted. At 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Grant has good size for the corner position. The offer from the Gators was his first, though Georgia Tech, Miami, and Wake Forest were showing interest.
Staying in the SEC, Tennessee got a commitment from a local Knoxville star, running back Dennis Rogan. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Rogan has gotten off to a fast start this season, rushing for 930 yards and 17 touchdowns in just six games. This comes on the heels of last year's 1,800 yard, 26 touchdown season at Fulton High School, which earned him a nomination as a finalist for Mr. Football in the state of Tennessee. The three-star prospect chose the Vols over Virginia Tech, and he also had offers from Miami, Arkansas, and Ole Miss.
Another Knoxville native selected a college this week as Michael Hoag of Farragut High School committed to Wake Forest. The 6-foot-6, 283-pounder will most likely play offensive tackle for the Demon Deacons. Hoag selected Wake Forest over Vanderbilt.
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