Wed., February 2, 2011 7:48pm (EST)

APS Hosts Signing Day Event for College-Bound Football Stars
By Sean Conway
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Photo by Delbert Ellerton
Photo by Delbert Ellerton
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.

The event could be summed up with one word, understated. Anyone expecting intrigue and suspense left disappointed. Administrators from each Atlanta school simply introduced each player, listed a few highlights and attributes, watched as the kids signed their “letters” and then, moved on to the next student-athlete. If the microphone was not turned-on, and the players didn’t sport their colorful caps, the audience would have a hard time separating the very good players from the most sought after, Damian Swann of Grady High.

In fact Swann, rated the No. 3 cornerback in the country by Rivals.com, made his announcement between some classmates that signed to play at Division 2 schools. Like the all the others Swann simply picked-up went along with the script. There was no need for the game of Which-Hat. Swann a rangy athlete with 4.45 speed in the 40 yard dash, really took the suspense out of the room by wearing a UGA sweater vest over a tie. When asked how long he knew Georgia was the only school for him, he remarked just a few minutes after pen met paper, “Every day since I gave them my word, since day one.”

Other students that formally committed to play for FBS schools this fall included Swann’s Grady classmate and best friend, Marcus Caffey. The no. 26 th ranked prospect in the state by Rivals, Caffey is a running back with 18 touchdowns in 2010 and has a frame begging to see a major college weight room. He looks forward to playing for Joker Phillips at Kentucky because of “the home atmosphere. It’s also a good situation to come in and play.”

Pass rushing specialist Lorenzo Mauldin from Maynard Jackson High is headed to play for the legendary Steve Spurrier and the reigning SEC East champion South Carolina.

Darrius Caldwell, another speedy, athletic pass-rusher from Mays is headed to play for Illinois. His high school teammate, Greg Eason will take his talents to the Naval Academy. Joining Eason at Navy will be Marcus Mack from North Atlanta. Another North Atlanta player, linebacker Eddie Jordan chose to head for the beaches of South Florida and play for Miami’s new head coach, Al Golden.

Of course, no matter how established the college program (be it like brand name Georgia or thestart-up Georgia State program), all the stars that took the stage seem to have a similar goal, the NFL. Defensive lineman Roderick Thompson from Mays High is no different and excited to play for Ga. State’s Bill Curry. In Thompson’s own words, “(It’s about) the rings, Superbowl rings, Coach has got Superbowl rings.”

Following is a list of all of today’s football signees from the Atlanta Public Schools website.

NEW SCHOOLS AT CARVER


Dequadis Tucker North Carolina Central


SOUTH ATLANTA HIGH


Julius Moses Albany State University


James Roberson Middle Tennessee


MAYS HIGH


Roderick Thompson Georgia State


Darius Caldwell Illinois


Greg Eason Navy


Timothy McCoy Tusculum


Devonte Bailey Tusculum


MAYNARD H. JACKSON HIGH


Marquise Henderson Tusculum


Maurion Raines Post Universtiy


Lorenzo Mauldin University of South Carolina


NORTH ATLANTA HIGH


Edward Dickey Tusculum


Jim Russel Boston University


John Eagle Concordia


Joe Swartzmiller Concordia


Carlton Henry Tusculum


Brad Brown Concordia


Marcus Mack Navy


Chris Henderson Concordia


Eddie Johnson University of Miami


Grace Shea University of Wisconsin – Soccer Scholarship


Dara DeMateo Boston University – Soccer Scholarship


WASHINGTON HIGH


Courtney Hunter Johnson C. Smith University


Davanta Rogers Virginia Union


Zachery Witchett Hinds Community College


Adonis Lovejoy Tusculum


Dekeshion Phifer Tusculum


GRADY HIGH


Daron Wright UAB


Treveon Albert Fort Hays State University


Eric Brewster Valdosta State University


Dijon Elder Tusculum College


Omari Foreman Valdosta State University


Darius Hawkins Valdosta State University


Hoderick Lowe Tuskegee University


Marcus Caffey Kentucky


Damian Swann University of Georgia


D.M. THERRELL HIGH


Riley Lindley Valdosta State


Karnorris Benson Western Carolina