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National Signing Day 2014

2014 National Signing Day

            Feb. 5 was an important day all across America as current high school seniors were signing their letters of intent to play college football at some of the top programs in the country. For those who are coming off very outstanding senior seasons, most of them will receive a great opportunity to showcase their football skills at the collegiate level. Here are three notable names in this years’ list of top high school prospects:

1)      Rashaan Evans (Alabama): Fresh out of Auburn, AL as a five-star linebacker, Rashaan Evans had an outstanding senior season by recording a total of 37 tackles, 27 solo, and 17 sacks as the Tigers made it all the way to the State Championship Game. Everybody expected his storybook saga to continue at the University of Auburn. Instead, Evans decided to sign with the University of Alabama, which is located in the Northwestern part of the state. His choice shocked a lot of people, but he stands by his decision to play his college ball for a powerful Crimson Tide squad led by head coach Nick Saban.

2)      Adoree’ Jackson (USC): It’s hard to tell how good Adoree’ Jackson is at just one position because he is a very good all-around player. Jackson played three different positions at Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. He was both a running back and a wide receiver on offense and a cornerback on defense. In his senior season, Jackson gained 639-yards on only 66 carries, caught 38 passes for 812 more yards, intercepted six passes, and scored a total of 18 touchdowns. Going into signing day, Jackson had four schools to choose from. His options were USC, UCLA, Florida, and LSU and he chose to stay in the state by selecting the Trojans of Southern California.

3)      Lorenzo Carter (Georgia): A two sport athlete at Norcross High School, Lorenzo Carter excelled as a defensive end in football and a forward in basketball. However, his sights are set on the gridiron of Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia. Standing 6’6” and weighing 235 pounds, Carter possesses the size and speed to rush the passer, record sacks, tackle a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage, deflect passes, and create turnovers. Although his sack total dropped from 18 to six in his senior season, he still led the Blue Devils defense by registering 132 total tackles, including 40 for losses. With Carter’s outstanding play, Norcross won the Class 6-A Championship by defeating North Gwinnett, 31-14.

In seasons’ past, names in a high school program became top collegiate players and then turned into Pro Bowl careers in the National Football League. This process does not happen overnight; however, these particular recruits have a desire to play this sport no matter what they have to do to prepare. Nevertheless, if they continue to stay the course, their futures will be bright and something good will come out of their abilities.