One of the standouts for the Rising Seniors East offense on the first day of practice was tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Day). The 6-3, 230-pound junior did not get a lot of passes thrown his way this season, but was still able to catch 22 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and he enjoyed the added repetitions at Grady Stadium on Friday.
“I think I picked up the terminology well, but my route-running needs to sharpen up,” Richard said. “I am able to stretch the field as a big receiver, but I need to do better in a three-point stance because I am used to working out of a spread.”
The ESPN Watch List selection has double-digit offers, but he said two schools are standing out in his mind.
“I like Clemson,” Richard said. “The atmosphere and family environment has them standing out a little bit. I like coach [Jeff] Scott, and I think knowing him and meeting coach [Dabo] Swinney is something to build on.”
Another school from the Palmetto State is right there with the Tigers for the coveted tight end.
“South Carolina is also right there and I like coach [Everette] Sands,” Richard said. “I have not met coach [Steve] Spurrier yet, so that is one thing I have yet to do.”
Richard was quick to point out that although the two rivals are prominently on his mind, it is by no means a representation of him narrowing things down in his recruitment.
“I named those two as standing out, but every school is pretty much even because every place has its perks,” Richard said.
That is good news for the in-state Bulldogs.
“Georgia is still in there,” Richard said. “I like coach [Tony] Ball and coach [John] Lilly. They are going to be there in the end just because of who they are. Just like Clemson, they are family-based.”
When comparing offenses between Georgia and Clemson, Richard believes one program might offer a couple more opportunities to make plays.
“I am not going to lie to you, you want to catch the ball and Clemson does that a little more, but it is OK sometimes to come down and run the ball,” Richard said.
Dawgs emerge as leader for 2014 Watch List RB
As the Region 1-AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year this season, Adam Choice (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) rushed for 1,656 yards and 23 touchdowns and also threw for 600 yards and five touchdowns. He has picked up offers from Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech so far, and one school is on top at the moment.
“Georgia is my No. 1 and Florida is my No. 2,” Choice said. “I took an unofficial visit to Georgia and I liked the campus a lot. The coaching staff treats me well. I went to the Florida vs. Florida State game as a sophomore and I hope it to check out again. Georgia wants me to get back on campus as soon as possible.”
The Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator has stood out to Choice so far in his recruitment.
“Coach [Mike] Bobo is a great guy that is very funny, but he also knows what life is like in Thomasville and he can relate to life in Thomasville, Ga.,” Choice said. “He does a great job recruiting me and is a very nice man.”
Tar Heels offer son of Wake Forest legacy RB
Safety Allan Artis (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) made 140 tackles and three interceptions this season while helping get his school to the playoffs for the first time in six years. In his last game of the season against defending state champion Grayson, the 6-foot, 195-pound junior made 23 tackles. His play on the field has caught the attention of schools such as Missouri, Miami, Maryland and Wake Forest. One program recently extended an offer to Artis, his first so far.
“A coach from North Carolina offered me and said if I wanted to be a Tar Heel to give him a call,” Artis said. “It was a humbling experience and it felt pretty good to know my hard work is paying off, but I still got a ways to go.”
While Artis has yet to step foot on campus, his family does have some established familiarity with one aspect of the North Carolina program.
“I have not visited there before but my dad Johnny Artis played with one of their coaches Gunter Brewer at Wake Forest,” Artis said. “I like them and I think it might be a good place to go check out.”
UNC also offers “The Phenom”
After tallying 128 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and breaking up four passes this season, linebacker Tyrell Tomlin (Marietta, Ga./Marietta) lived up to the nickname given to those who have seen him play.
”They call me 'The Phenom,' ” Tomlin said. “I tried to lead the defense the best way I could last season and I tried to play with intensity and physicality.”
The Tar Heels were the first to offer Tomlin.
“David Duggan from North Carolina called my coach and told him they wanted to offer me,” Tomlin said. “I visited there and I like the stadium. It is a good program.
Missouri and Minnesota have also offered, and Maryland and Vanderbilt are also showing interest in the 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker. Tomlin hopes to get an offer from another ACC program as well.
“Miami has always been my dream offer because of their tradition and being known for having hard-hitting linebackers,” Tomlin said. “I want to visit Miami, Florida State, Minnesota, Maryland and North Carolina next spring.”
Sun Devils offer athlete Stanton Truitt
In 10 games this season, athlete Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area) rushed for 1,438 yards and 17 touchdowns and passed for 764 yards and eight touchdowns. His versatility on the field was rewarded with a phone call last week.
“Last Thursday my coach told me to call Arizona State coach Ron West, and when I did he said he liked the way I played and that they wanted to offer me a scholarship as an athlete because he felt I could do a lot of different things to help them on the field,” Truitt said.
Truitt was excited to be one step closer to his goal of playing college football and getting a solid education.
“I know they have a really good sports medicine program and I like them,” Truitt said. “It felt good to get that first offer because I have been working so hard to get to that level.”
Georgia Tech, Florida, South Carolina and Florida are also showing interest. The Yellow Jackets believe Truitt could run their offense well.
Georgia Tech is recruiting me as a quarterback and I could do that because I have been running the option since ninth grade,” Truitt said. “I feel I am a big play-maker and I could also play cornerback or slot receiver in college.”