The auditorium at Douglass High in Atlanta was filled with an embarrassment of football talent Wednesday morning. The best high schoolers from the Atlanta Public Schools gathered to literally cap off their prep careers. The assembly line of athletes took the stage one-by-one, signed their letters of intent and put on a baseball cap with the logo of their future colleges, universities and academies.
National Signing Day is big in the South. High school seniors signed their letters of intent to determine where they will spend the next few years of their lives. Some of metro Atlanta best players made their way to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games to announce where they would play college football.
Wednesday was a big day for college football programs around the state and the country. Known as National Signing Day, it’s a key part of the “business” of college football.
GPB Media (Georgia Public Broadcasting) today announced that its 15-year partnership with GHSA (Georgia High School Association) will be extended through fiscal year 2016 with a new 5-year contract.
It was another exciting "Two for Tuesday" webcast tonight on GPB.org, as the Miller Grove boys and girls defeated their Mays counterparts at the Corretta Scott King Center in west Atlanta. The opener was nothing short of a classic. The host Lady Raiders led nearly the entire way, but were undone by poor free throw shooting in the second half. Despite a triple-double from 6-3 center Mariah Dean, Mays fell 53-51.
The hardwood is heating up. A rematch of the Class 4A championship game from 2010 will take place on Tuesday as Class 4A No. 1Miller Grove takes on Mays in the second “Two for Tuesday” webcast on GPB.org. This will be the second time these two schools have met this season.
In the third edition of the hoops 44, the recent Walton-Wheeler matchup has had a serious impact. Nigel Snipes of the Wildcats fell out of the boys rankings while superstar Walton guards Karl Cochran and Lanerryl Johnson made their respective debuts. Alonzo Nelson-Ododa of Norcross also fell off the list.
As the top boys basketball teams in the state make their playoff pushes, teams from the metro area continue to dominate in the AJC’s weekly polls, especially in the larger classifications. Every No. 1 team (with the exception of Class A) is inside or within shouting distance of I-285.
If local fans of girls prep basketball were hungry last week, surely they enjoyed a few sweet pieces of upside-down cake. In just one week, three local girls teams fell from the top spot in the AJC’s rankings.
The biggest day in college football’s offseason is just around the corner. National Signing Day will take center stage Wednesday when high school seniors can sign binding National Letters of Intent. As always, plenty of the top prospects in the state of Georgia have already made verbal commitments to their schools of choice.