Class of ’13 promises many top prospects

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – By typical standards, this was a slow recruiting season for local high school football players. That will not be the case for the 2013 graduating class in North Fulton.

The area features a sizeable number of highly coveted recruits who will be seniors this fall. Alpharetta High alone will likely have more Division I signees next year than the entire North Fulton area had this season (3).

Rising senior quarterback Joshua Dobbs and his top wide receiver Carlos Burse are already in the crosshairs of college recruiters.

Likewise, defensive linemen Naim Mustafa and Khairi Waithe-Alexander and offensive lineman De’Andre Wise will attract plenty of attention from college coaches. A few other Raiders are also likely to get some looks from recruiters.

Milton High has two prime recruiting targets – tailback Peyton Barber and defensive lineman Karl Lawson, both of whom have already been visited by Nick Saban, head coach for national champion Alabama.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora also stopped by the Milton field house to shake hands with Lawson and Barber. Wide receiver Ryan Jenkins, with good hands and 4.54 speed, drew his interest as well.

Northview running back Terrence Upshaw and Centennial offensive lineman Vincent Calhoun are also showing up on the recruiting lists of top juniors.

Johns Creek and Blessed Trinity have several juniors who will get some looks from college coaches, especially if they show improvement on the field next fall.