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    Hurricane Isaac, a Category 1 Hurricane, is plenty strong enough to alter some schools' football plans in multiple gulf states like Louisiana and Alabama.

    Hurricane Isaac already is having a negative affect on this week's high school football games in several states, MaxPreps has learned.

    Louisiana appears to be the most heavily hit as of today.

    Doug Tatum, sports editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, told MaxPreps, "They're trying to move all of the games to Saturday and Sunday. It's windy with heavy rain (today)."

    Check out the latest CBS News coverage of Hurricane Isaac

    In Baton Rouge, even the Morning Advocate was surviving with just a skeleton staff. Executive Sports Editor Joe Schiefelbein noted, "None of our writers are coming in. They are not to leave their homes today. I assume we're not going to have any games on Thursday. I'm not sure about Friday. They probably haven't practiced since Monday."

    In Alabama, at least two Thursday openers already have been moved to Friday, according to Ron Ingram, director of communications for the Alabama High School Athletic Association. They involve Reeltown (Notasulga, Ala.) at Dadeville (Ala.) and Marbury (Ala.) at Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.).

    Ingram pointed out that Alabama has a policy about postponed games which states they must be made up on the next available day.

    Florida and Georgia both are involved in the same possible cancellation.

    Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.) was scheduled to play Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) on Saturday as part of the National High School Gridiron Challenge at North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.). However, at last report, Pine Forest had elected not to play. Officials also are talking to Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) as a possible replacement.

    "It was a travel issue - the Florida team getting there," pointed out Steve Figueroa, media director for the Georgia High School Association. "If there are any more (schedule changes) they're waiting (and watching the weather)."

    Figueroa, a long-time prep writer in Atlanta, related, "One thing about football, I've seen an official hold down the ball (between downs) so it wouldn't float away. Lightning is a different story. One crack of lightning is worth three inches of rain."

    As far as games in Florida, the Tampa and Palm Beach areas appear to be among the most vulnerable, according to Corey Sovers, public relations specialist for the Florida High School Athletic Association. He said that each county has to deal with its own postponed games.
  • James Franklin isn't going away any time soon. The Vanderbilt football coach, who has lured many top recruits to a program that has track record comparable to the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Clippers, scored another standout this week.

    Jonathan Wynn, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound 3.5-star defensive end from Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) has picked the Commodores over South Carolina, Wake Forest and Clemson, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Franklin is centering in on Georgia, according to the report, and Stephenson is a good place to hover. It led the state - and perhaps the nation - with 14 Division I signees from the class of 2012 and thus far six Stephenson players have been offered full rides.

    Three of the four 2013 recruits heading to Vanderbilt are from Georgia and it landed six 2012 recruits from the Peach State, according to the paper.

    Not bad for a program that hasn't won a conference championship since 1923 and has had just four winning seasons since 1959. Vanderbilt went 6-7 and lost a 31-24 Liberty Bowl game to Cincinnati in Franklin's first season in 2011.

    Wynn was wooed by Franklin's charm and humor, reciting the conversation and analogy used by the Vanderbilt coach when he committed. "He said it was like ‘we're engaged right now with this commitment, and next February we're going to get married when you sign with us,' " Wynn told the paper. "I thought that was pretty funny. He had me laughing."

    You can bet coaches from Georgia and Georgia Tech aren't even smirking.
  • Marion (Ill.) started its 2012 spring girls soccer season about as successfully as possible: A 19-0 victory over Cahokia on Tuesday.

    Was it excessive? That's part of the endless debate in prep sports.

    The Daily Republican in Marion, Ill., reports that the scoring outburst tied a pair of Illinois High School Association records: Most goals scored in a match by two combined teams, and most goals by one team in a match. Marion became the fourth team to equal the record.

    Emily Dickman and Daria Hibbler each put the ball in the back of the net five times, with Dickman netting all five in the first half and Hibbler posting three of hers in the first half. It was 10-0 at the break.

    It wasn't all offense, either. Marion also held Cahokia without a shot.

    Basketball and football blowouts garner the most attention, and some states have passed rules to try and lessen the carnage. But what about soccer? Does the sport need some sort of policy on excessive scoring in blowouts, or is this an isolated incident?

    In Georgia, there is a mercy rule, and it was invoked in less than 20 minutes as Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) jumped up 10-0 on East Coweta in about 20 minutes Thursday, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.
  • Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) in Stone Mountain led Georgia in college signees on Signing Day for the third straight year.

    Stephenson has 26 seniors headed to college football, 24 who signed Wednesday, two who enrolled at their schools in January.

    ‘'We had a real good day,'' said Corey Johnson, the Stephenson assistant coach who coordinators recruiting for a school that has sent over 75 players to college the past three years. "I'm a proponent of kids going to school.''

    This year's class included running back Mike Davis (signed with Florida), defensive end Jarontay Jones (Virginia Tech) and linebacker Raphael Kirby (Virginia Tech).

    The 26 rank below the school record of 29 from 2010, but this year included the most Division I signees. There were 14. Of those, 12 signed with Football Bowl Series (FBS) schools. The most D-I signees for Stephenson had been the 10 in 2011.,

    Johnson was asked if Stephenson's higher number of major D-I players was an issue of more talented players, or college coaches noticing past success at the school and giving Stephenson a closer look.

    ‘'I think it's little bit of both,'' Johnson said. "If you're a D-I kid at Stephenson and they don't offer you, they you're not a D-I kid. We've got a lot of information on our kids and a lot of people coming in to see them.''

    But there was more high-end talent this year, too. Johnson noted that four of the D-I signees were transfers, including Kirby, who came from nearby Parkview. The others were safety Kyle Fleetwood (South Carolina), tight end Joshua Parrish (Syracuse) and running back T.J. Moon (Richmond).

    "There are a lot of people in a situation where they want their kids to go to college, and we've got kids moving into our community because of our success,'' Johnson said.

    What makes the recruiting so successful is largely the work of Johnson and the rest of head coach Ron Gartrell's hands. Stephenson does a better job of getting film and academic information in the hands of coaches than almost any other school.

    Many of the signees didn't start. Stephenson's Wing T backfield of Davis, Moon and Purnell Whitehead (Concordia) sign, but do did four backup running backs.

    Johnson says Stephenson has not sent a player to a junior college in four years, which he says is evidence of how the school is stressing the academic side.

    ‘'People don't realize you've got to be able to keep your athletes eligible to play,'' he said. "When you see schools put out high numbers, that's a tribute to how well school prepares kids academically.''

    Stephenson finished 9-2 this past season, losing to state powers M.L. King and Lowndes.

    Stephenson's class of 2012

    LB Darreon Herring – Vanderbilt (already enrollee)

    LB Raphael Kirby– Miami (early enrollee)

    S Kyle Fleetwood – South Carolina

    CB Shawn Blaylock – Kentucky

    DE Jarontay Jones – Virginia Tech

    OL Jafar Mann – Florida

    DT Carlos Hood – South Carolina

    WR Demarcus Sweat - Kentucky

    RB Mike Davis – South Carolina

    FB Michael Dales – Concordia

    FB Michael Turnipseed – Concordia

    RB Purnell Whitehead – Concordia

    LB Kadeem Murray – Carson-Newman

    CB Kristoff Ricks – Mars Hill

    CB Teddrick Allen – Mars Hill

    RB Jordan Fitzpatrick – Concordia

    DB Sir David Brooks – Mars Hill

    WR Lontario Collier– Tusculum

    LB Brandon Blaylock – Tusculum

    DT Brandon Addison – Tusculum

    FB/LB Amos Harper – Sanford

    TE Joshua Parrish - Syracuse

    RB T.J. Moon – Richmond

    OL Steve McKenzie – South Alabama

    OL Nicholas Gibbons – Ohio

    OL Najee Daniels – Johnson C. Smith
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    Dante Fowler

    Dante Fowler, a stand out defensive end from Lakewood, decommitted from Florida State and signed with Florida.

    The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Fowler was the subject of months of rumors and speculation that he might not sign with the Seminoles.

    Fowler ranks at the nation's No. 44 recruit overall, and the nation's No. 6 defensive end.

    He joins a recruit class that features Jonathan Bullard, Dante Phillips and Jafar Mann on the defensive line.

    Visit the MaxPreps 2012 National Signing Day page.

  • Defending Georgia Class AAAAA state champion Milton will take on Huffman of Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 20 as part of the Verizon Holiday Classic at Kennesaw State University Convocational Center outside of Atlanta.

    "We are very excited to host some of both Georgia's and Alabama's best teams and players in our first annual Eric Snow Sports Verizon Holiday Classic," said Eric Snow, current color analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers and 14-year former NBA player. "I'm thrilled to be part of a great community. The competition will be action packed, the facility is beautiful and the atmosphere will be electric."

    Complete Lineup
    Noon – Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) vs. Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
    1:45 p.m. – Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) vs. Richmond Academy (Ga.)
    3:30 p.m. – Marietta (Marietta, Ga.) vs. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
    5:15 p.m. – Buford (Buford, Ga.) vs. Meadowcreek (Norcross, Ga.)
    7 p.m. – Whitefield Academy (Mableton, Ga.) vs. Thomasville (Thomasville, Ga.)
    8:45 p.m. – Huffman (Birmingham, Ala.) vs. Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.)