May 10, 2010

Top talent coming to state track meet

Every year Georgia's best high school track and field stars gather in Jefferson for the annual state meet.

Although you won't see the athletes there donning any helmets or football pads, don't be surprised if a number of college coaches include the small Northeast Georgia community among their list of stops on their current evaluation trail.

There's certainly going to be plenty of talent on hand.

Four of the participants will be arriving in Athens with the rest of the 2010 freshman class at the end of the month.

They include Southwest DeKalb's T.J. Stripling, who will be participating in the Class AAAA 400-meter relay, Newnan's Alec Ogletree who will be competing in the Class AAAAA long jump, Stephenson's Mike Thornton, who will be throwing in the Class AAAAA shot put and Greenville's Kenarious Gates, who will be throwing in the Class A shot put.

All finals for the field events and the 1600 meter run will take place Thursday starting at noon with the track preliminaries set to begin Friday with the finals set for Saturday, also starting at noon.

Two other future Dawgs will also be shooting for state gold.

Griffin's Corey Moore will be trying to win a state title in the Class AAAA triple jump, while North Paulding's Chris Conley will look to sweep his way to victories in the Class AAAA 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash.

The state's two top running back prospects with Bulldog offers will also be in action.

Callaway's Quan Bray will attempt to qualify for the finals in the 100-meter dash after posting a state qualifying time of 11.39.

Isaiah Crowell has a shot for three gold medals.

Crowell, arguably one of top running back prospects in the entire country, will run in both the Class AAA 100- and 200-dash, along with the 400-meter relay. Crowell qualified for the state in the 100-meter with a time of 11.090.

He's not the only big-time prospect being recruited by Georgia who will also be competing.

In fact, Mitchell County receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is expected to verbally commit to the school of his choice sometimes during Friday's portion of the meet.

The former Stanford commitment, who speaks extremely highly of the Bulldog program, will be competing in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter relay for Class AA.

Others to watch include Thomas County Central's Ray Drew in the Class AAAA discus and East Hall's Sterling Bailey in the Class AAA shot put. Bailey is expected to announce his college choice on Saturday.

A number of other participants also hold offers from the Bulldogs and several others being considered.

Highlighting that list is Carver 2012 cornerback Deion Bonner (triple jump), along with Charlton County speedster Chris Milton, who has offers from 12 schools, including Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Purdue.

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