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Juco spotlight: Garden City C.C.

9/26/2012

A trio of Georgia high school graduates, including two members of the University of Georgia’s No. 6-rated 2011 recruiting class, headlines the roster at Garden City (Kan.) Community College.

Second-year coach Jeff Tatum directed the Peach State infusion after an 11-year stint at Georgia Military College.

Cornerback Quintavius Harrow and quarterback Nick Marshall signed with UGA in the same class that featured five-star running back Isaiah Crowell less than two years ago.

Like Crowell, Harrow and Marshall were dismissed from the Bulldogs. Crowell landed at Alabama State.

Harrow, a December graduate, arrived in Garden City shortly before the season opened and has yet to receive a scholarship offer. Marshall, offered by the likes of Florida State and Alabama out of Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County, signed with Georgia as a safety. Texas Tech has offered him a chance this time around to play quarterback.

“I kept it quiet, because I didn’t want anybody to know how good he was,” Tatum said. “He’s a real good quarterback. He has good size and real good knowledge of the game.”

Cornerback Riyahd Jones, a former high school teammate of Harrow, Crowell and UGA star linebacker Jarvis Jones at Columbus (Ga.) Carver High School, rates as the Broncbusters’ most-sought prospect to date.

Riyahd Jones, who played at Georgia Southern last year as a freshman, recently took an unofficial visit to Georgia. LSU and Oklahoma State have expressed interest, Tatum said. Kansas State, Toledo and Texas Tech have offered scholarships.

Also from Georgia, cornerback Earnest Butts and defensive end Kitray Solomon should receive major-college interest this year. Solomon started last season at Garden City opposite Chaz Nelson, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference defensive player of the year now at Oklahoma.

Tatum brought running back Jamal Tyler from Georgia Military before last year. He rushed for more than 100 yards in Garden City’s opening two games this month.

“People have kind of forgotten about him,” Tatum said, “but they’re going to find out soon. He has that type of talent.”

Kansans Keith Curran, a linebacker-turned-defensive end, and offensive guard Tyler White, await scholarship offers. Both are expected December graduates. White has received interest from Kansas and Kansas State. Texas A&M talked to Curran last spring, according to Tatum.

Offensive tackle Darryl Williams holds an offer from Arkansas State.

Defensive tackles Dominique Jones and Frank Boenzi should also receive looks.

Jones played in 10 games as a freshman at Baylor in 2010 before transferring to a junior college near his home in Oklahoma for family reasons.

Boenzi played last year at Northern Illinois but was dismissed from the team in the summer.

“Very good player,” Tatum said. “He looks like what everybody is playing with at the three-technique.”