By James Butler
JONESBORO Ga. – The 9th Annual Southern Crescent/South Metro Football Recruiting Fair lived up to the expectations of the previous years as the area’s football coaches got to put their players on the radar of non-FBS colleges and universities.
Locust Grove head coach Clint Satterfield has attended the fair every year and he knows what it can do for college hopefuls.
“We’ve had some success with getting a lot of kids some looks and a couple of kids in school,” Satterfield said. “It’s always a good, positive thing to promote your players.”
The number of players Satterfield was pitching Thursday was smaller than it has been in the past.
“We had a small senior class,” he said. “We got about four guys who have ambitions of going on. Cameron Maddox, our quarterback, and a couple of defensive linemen in Dorrius Rodgers and Jenario Lamark. I’m just hoping to see what kind of options are out there for them.”
There were several players from the host school Mount Zion on hand to interact with college coaches. One was Bulldog running back and cornerback Loston Fudd
“I’m just looking to go to school,” Fudd said. “I’m looking to get a scholarship. I just want to get to the next level and be able to play on the football field.”
For Fudd, he is open to playing on any level in college, but he does have his preferences.
“It doesn’t matter, but prep and JUCO are the last resort because my grades are alright, so if I can get an offer that would be great,” he said.
Lovejoy head coach Edgar Carson said he understands that every player cannot play Division I, but he still brought information on all of seniors to the fair.
“I don’t want a kid not to have an opportunity because I didn’t put their [information] out there,” Carson said. “We let the colleges evaluate. If they’re very interested they will [visit] the school. Last year I think it benefited a lot of our kids. A lot of our kids went to FCS and Division II schools, so they still had an opportunity to play.”
North Clayton assistant coach Terron Sherman views the fair as just one of the tools he uses to get the word out to colleges about his players.
“We had a rough season this year, but we still got athletes just like everybody else in Clayton County,” Sherman said.
Some of the talented Eagles include Georgia Southern commit Kindle Vidor, lineman Vincent Donehue, running back/linebacker Terrence Harris, and athlete Ali Hill.
Donahue is 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds. He played on both lines of scrimmage. He does not have any offers as of now, but has been getting interest.
“At the next level I see him being a D-lineman [for someone] who can use a 4-3 defensive end,” Sherman said.
Harris, a military kid, went to North Clayton Middle, but subsequently moved to Virginia. He came back to Georgia and played his last season with players he grew up with. He has a couple offers from Limestone and Albany State and interest from Appalachian State, Troy, Wofford and Georgia Southern.
Hill is a player Sherman cannot say enough about.
“Ali Hill is a special talent,” Sherman said. “Freakish athlete, I think he got like a 39-inch vertical – something crazy. He runs like a 4.4 40.”
Hill has offers from Tusculum, Albany State, and Limestone and a lot of interest from FCS schools.
“I think he’s going to end up getting more offers.”
North Clayton is also excited about the future of 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle Maurice Campbell who already has garnered interest from FBS Power 5 schools.
To an even a greater degree than North Clayton, Henry County’s Creekside Christian Academy looks to take advantage of every opportunity it gets to highlight its players in front of colleges. The Cougars play in the GIACC. Head coach Johnny Gilbert experienced what the fair could do for his players when he attended last year for the first time.
“Being a small Christian school and being here getting a lot of traffic from a lot of coaches that come through here, [two years ago] we were fortunate to get a kid (Anderson Joiner) to go to Shorter University because of the [fair],” Gilbert said.
“This year I have Shane Thompson (6-3, 172) who is a free safety and wide receiver and Jordan Allen (6-3, 175 pounds), who plays defensive back and wide receiver. Hopefully those two guys can get an opportunity as well.”