By Gabriel Stovall
Two days before National Signing Day in the four-county Southern Crescent area, and there’s a whole lot of flipping going on.
It seemed to start Sunday with Jonesboro defensive tackle Kali James. After a strong 2015 season that propelled him from a virtual unknown on the recruiting trail to a late bloomer who ended up committing to Campbell, the 5-foot-10, 270-pound senior decided to snag a late offer from Tuskegee.
— Kali James Jr . (@_tadaaaaaaaaa) January 31, 2016
Other athletes in the area have either backed off once solid verbals or announced de-commitments from schools they’d been pledged to for quite awhile. Among those is Lovejoy DE Chris Henderson who reversed field on a verbal with Indiana.
Henderson is considered a 3-star prospect, according to 247sports.com, and had received offers from Louisville, South Alabama, Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee State. It’s unclear if those schools would still be in the running for the 6-foot-4, 232 pound rush end.
Meanwhile over in Fayette County, speedster wideout Korey Banks had this to say about his commitment to North Carolina:
One tough decision pic.twitter.com/hsBtDGl6q9
— 7⃣DAT (@__KB7) February 1, 2016
Banks was one of South Metro Atlanta’s most highly sought after prospects, netting a total of 25 offers while drawing tremendous interest from a plethora of other schools. His offer list includes such schools as Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee and Arizona.
Although the 6-foot, 170-pounder backed away from his Tar Heels pledge, he indicated that UNC is still in the hunt. When contacted, Banks said He would be making his decision during Sandy Creek’s Signing Day ceremonies Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the school, and he’ll be choosing from a top three that includes Alabama and South Carolina along with North Carolina.
Stay tuned to thecrescentbuzz.com and our Twitter page @crescent_buzz throughout the day Wednesday for the latest in National Signing Day coverage. We’ll be live at Sandy Creek, ELCA, Lovejoy and Jonesboro to provide you comprehensive coverage.