Gwinnett County produces football talent plain and simple. Evidence of the talent can be seen throughout the year as scores of recruiting services, collegiate scouts and coaches frequent the county to visit players and teams, talk with coaches and attend games. National Signing Day has drawn more and more attention in recent years and Gwinnett County has grown right with it.
National Signing Day for football scholarship is an unofficial holiday, one where masses of parents must leave work early or go late to provide their support for their athlete signing a scholarship.
Gwinnett County signed a mass of football scholarships this past week. 125 players signed with colleges all across the country. Of those 125, 45 signed with Division-1 (FBS) programs and 26 with BCS schools.
Norcross, winners of back-to-back state championships in the highest classification, led all Gwinnett school with 26 players. Peachtree Ridge (13) led by Orlando Brown (Oklahoma) and Jordan Ellis (Virginia) and Buford (12) led by Korie Rogers (Clemson) were the next highest totals for the county.
There were last minute decisions of the shocking variety and the formality of others. North Gwinnett’s DE Dante Sawyer remained low key throughout the recruiting process but stuck with South Carolina after making it public shortly after the state championship game in December. Norcross’ Lorenzo Carter decided to remain in-state choosing Georgia over Florida among others. Carter will face off against Miles Autry (Norcross) and C.J. Leggett (North Gwinnett) who chose Georgia Tech. Missouri was scooped up Nate Brown (North Gwinnett) and Thomas Wilson (Buford)
Oklahoma stole one late in Orlando Brown (Peachtree Ridge) while players with talent yet slowed by injuries including Berkmar’s QB Jaquaan Morris (Miles College) still signed. Mill Creek’s Carter Governale did not sign he is considering Kennesaw State. Kennesaw State will not begin play until 2015 yet had a very good recruiting class including Governale’s teammate Andrew Sciara. The list goes on and on and there is nothing showing that the trend will change when it comes to the mass numbers from Gwinnett County signing football scholarships.
In total twenty Gwinnett County schools that play football signed players to college scholarships. Safe to say there will be very few college games on television in recent years that will not include talent produced from the hot bed that is Gwinnett County.