ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Few (if any) Georgia schools made as much college football recruiting news in recent months as did Alpharetta.
Like Milton, the Raiders had 10 seniors sign national letters of intent last week, along with a player who will be a preferred walk-on.
Two of the team’s three most prominent signees changed their minds after early commitments, and a previously unheralded Alpharetta player emerged as a last-minute target of some major programs.
Joshua Dobbs, one of the state’s most highly rated quarterbacks, made a late switch from Arizona State to Tennessee. The Volunteers’ coaching change and a chance to compete early on for playing time impacted Dobbs’ decision, according to Alpharetta head coach Jason Dukes.
Also backing off his early commitment was defensive end Naim Mustafaa, who switched from Georgia to Oklahoma State and is already attending college as an early admission. Mustafaa is a better fit in Oklahoma State’s defensive system than Georgia’s, which likely would have necessitated that Mustafaa change positions.
Wide receiver Carlos Burse stuck with his commitment to Vanderbilt, and will be joining a team that is on the rise, but is very talented at the receiver position.
“I think Carlos will be up to the challenge,” Dukes said, with Roswell’s Chris Boyd one of the Commodores returning starters at Burse’s position.
One of the big stories the final week of recruiting was the hot pursuit of Alpharetta offensive tackle George Adeoson, who played his first season of high school football as a junior in 2011.
Adeoson’s 6-foot-6, 309-pound frame and athletic ability caught the attention of recruiters late in the process, and he ended up signing with Virginia after being offered by Georgia.
Because Adeoson did not move up to the varsity until midway through his junior season, he received little attention and his only early offer was from Holy Cross. He initially committed to William and Mary, and things were “kind of quiet,” Dukes said, before Virginia, Georgia and Georgia Tech, among others, made late runs at him.
Also making a late switch was defensive lineman D’Von Isaac, who opted for Western Kentucky over UAB. Isaac could have been have college teammates with wide receiver Rodney Morris, who signed with UAB, giving the Raiders six Division I signees.
Other Alpharetta players to sign national letters of intent were wide receiver Blake Rawlinson, one of three local players who will attend Yale; offensive linemen DeAndre Wise (Alabama State) and Alex Behrend (Davidson); and cornerback Tre Whitaker (Faulkner, an NAIA school in Alabama).
Linebacker Michael Downing will attend TCU as a preferred walk-on, and Dukes said he expects running backs Julian Macon and Stephon Perry to sign later in the school year.