August 24, 2012

Focus: Norcross High

NORCROSS High - On Thursday, UGASports made the trip to Norcross High School to visit Coach Keith Maloof and what could be a surprise team in the AAAAAA classification in 2012.

The big name for the Blue Devils is four-star running back Alvin Kamara, who is down to a top six of Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and Oregon.

Kamara had a huge game in Norcross's preseason scrimmage against Colquitt County with 14 carries for 221 yards two scores, and is primed for a huge season as the primary running back.

The Peach State playmaker maintains that he will choose from his list of six schools sometime in September, and but it appears that Georgia and Alabama are the top two with FSU being the dark horse.

Keep an eye on this 2014 elite pass rusher

Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter is only a junior, but he looks like he could be going through fall practice at most schools.

At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, the transfer from Whitfield Academcy is very explosive, and has long speed like few other big men do. Teammates and practice observers have tabbed him as "The Freak," which can be an overused nickname, but is true in this instance nonetheless.

The star junior has already been selected to play in December's Georgia Junior Bowl in Atlanta, and is already getting a great deal of attention from both instate schools, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

"They (Georgia Tech) like me over at the defensive end, outside linebacker spot, so I'm trying to work some outside linebacker later this year," said Carter. "UGA is the same, so I'm jus trying to see."

Carter is also a big-time basketball talented, but says that football is first at this point in his career.

Two explosive running backs?

Kamara may be primed for a big season, but Norcross will experience little to drop off when he leaves the game.

A great deal of that can be attributed to the rise of 2014 athlete Myles Autry.

Autry was named as the underclassmen skill performer at Top Gun camp, by Football Academy, in Williamsburg, Virginia this summer, and has done nothing but impress since Norcross's spring practice in May.

At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Autry, like Kamara, projects as an all-purpose back or even a defensive back at the next level, but is absolutely lethal with the ball in his hands.

The junior standout had a score of his own in the preseason scrimmage against Colquitt, and there will be many times this season where both he and Kamara will see the field at the same time.

Autry currently claims offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Penn State, Florida State, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt, and will undoubtedly see other offers roll in once his junior film starts to circulate.

Two big 2014 linemen to watch

One of the quietest positions for the 2014 class in the state of Georgia is the offensive line.

That may not be the case much longer as the Blue Devils will showcase two big offensive guard prospects in 2012 with Horatio Walker and Trenton Jenkins.

Walker, who measures in at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds starts at right tackle for Maloof's squad while Jenkins, at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, starts at left tackle.

Both project to play inside at the next level, but Jenkins has the length to bump outside at the college level if he can improve on his length.

At this time, both prospects are hearing from Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Miami, and depending on how their junior year shakes out, they could see offers start to roll in within the next 12 months.

Jenkins has been selected to play in the Georgia Junior Bowl while Walker, who was hurt during the last Junior Bowl camp, will be hoping to earn an invite in the near future.

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