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February 12, 2014NORTH FULTON, Ga. – After a hectic 2013 college football signing day in North Fulton, last week was much less dramatic. Only one area player signed to play with one of the country's power conferences.
Milton High School running back Treyvon Paulk was the area's highest profile recruit, signing with Tennessee despite missing most of the past season with a knee injury. Paulk will be a teammate of former Alpharetta quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who ended the season as the Vols' starter
Chad Toliver, who starred in his only season for Milton as a running back, kick returner and defensive back, will play both football and lacrosse at Rutgers, with lacrosse his primary sport.
Punter Matt Moskowitz signed a letter of intent to attend the Air Force Academy, while defensive back Jordan Genovese will be a part of Kennesaw State's fledgling football program.
Joining Moskowitz at Air Force will be Alpharetta wide receiver Daniel Clements. Andre Harton, who also started at wide receiver for the Raiders, signed with Holy Cross along with Alpharetta safety Todd Stratton.
Defensive lineman Auzoyah Alufohai, who has played just one season of football, signed with Kennesaw State. Linebacker Bryce Grauss, the Defensive Player of the Year in North Fulton, was not heavily recruited by larger schools and signed with Division II Adams State in Colorado.
Chattahoochee wide receiver Colin Lisa and quarterback Taz Wilson both signed with Division I Alabama-Birmingham, sticking with their original commitments after the school made a head coaching change.
Running back Chase Nelson signed with Wofford and will join former Northview quarterback Evan Jacks, who started for the Terriers as a redshirt freshman, and Centennial wide receiver Wade Francis on the roster. Chattahoochee wide receiver Avery Ward signed with Mercer, which played its first football season in 2013 and has a number of local players in its roster.
Johns Creek linebacker Todd Blackwell, who missed most of the season with an injury, will also play for Mercer.
Blessed Trinity, which reached the quarterfinals of the Class AAA playoffs, had one of area's largest signing classes.
Kicker Marc Nolan signed with FCS playoff qualifier Stony Brook as a punter. Safety Chris Keegan, who missed most of the season with an injury, will play at Harvard, joining former Centennial quarterback Jimmy Meyer. Zach Mitchler, who starred as both an offensive lineman and linebacker, will be among the local group of athletes who will get Kennesaw State's program started.
Other BT players who will play in college next season are linebacker Carter McManes (Samford), offensive lineman Tray Cato (Liberty) and wide receiver Colin Bradley (Centre), with Bradley joining a number of local athletes at the Kentucky school.
Signing from Roswell were receiver Kendall Smith with Limestone (S.C.) and offensive lineman Clayton McDonnell with Millsaps (Miss.). Defensive back Josh Selembo will be a preferred walk-on at Georgia Tech.
A number of local athletes are still talking to colleges. Among them are Milton defensive lineman Grant Peagler; Centennial's Christian Robinson and Alex Estes; Roswell's Devonte Hill, Colin McCauley, Matt Cory and Justin Auer; Chattahoochee's Nick Williams, Malik Stephens, Montel Austin and Kieron Ashley; Alpharetta's Jay Youngblood, DeAndre Watkins, Jalen Johnson and Elijah Burnette; Mount Pisgah's Jacob Delk, Browning Dunn and Tommy Pease; Blessed Trinity's Austin Werkheiser and Fellowship Christian's Hunter Bryant.
Two former North Fulton players signed with Division I schools last week. Running back C.J. Leggett, who played his sophomore and junior seasons at Chattahoochee before transferring to North Gwinnett, signed with Georgia Tech.
Quarterback A.J. Bush, who started at Milton as a junior after transferring from Chattahoochee, signed with Nebraska. Bush started as a senior for AAAAAA state champion Norcross, which may be adding another North Fulton athlete next season to its long list of transfers over the years in football and basketball.