March 4, 2013

North Gwinnett deep in talent

SUWANEE - North Gwinnett defensive end Dante Sawyer seems to be raking in an at least one offer per day these days.Sawyer has eight verbal SEC offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

His top three is made up entirely of SEC schools at this point, and one of those may surprise some people.

"Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky are my top three," Sawyer said. "Kentucky has climbed up there to the top recently. Alabama is my leader and Georgia is second right now."

Other 2014 standouts

Wide receiver Nate Brown is another 2014 prospect to keep an eye on for the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect doesn't hold an offer as of right now, but that could change at any moment according to North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire.

"There are a bunch of teams sniffing around that are as close to offering as they can be without offering," Sphire said. "I thought Vanderbilt was going to offer him recently, but they haven't yet."

On the hoof, Brown is one of the most impressive receiver prospects in the Peach State regardless of class due to his length and build.

Brown caught 41 passes in 2012 for 491 yards and nine touchdowns.

Fellow 2014 prospect and wide receiver Caleb Scott was second on the team in receptions with 38 catches but finished the season with 684 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Scott is flying under the radar a bit at this point but is a 6-foot-3, 185 pound prospect with solid speed and excellent length.

2015 could be big

Many already know about North Gwinnett sophomore offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, but there are a number of other prospects that could make a splash in a couple of years.

Defensive end/outside linebacker Anree Saint-Amour is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Saint-Amour played big minutes for the Bulldogs late in the season and during the team's playoff run, and is as physically impressive as a sophomore can be.

At 6-foo-2, 215 pounds, Saint-Amour could grow into a weak side defensive end, but he also has the flexibility and range to play linebacker if he doesn't continue to grow.

Sphire also has a couple of 2015 receivers to go with the 2014 duo of Scott and Brown.

Almonzo Brown and Daniel Imatorbhebhe are a couple of big time athletes with excellent upside as pass catchers.

Brown, who's father played at Florida in the late 1980's, grew up a Gators fan and has received some interest from SEC schools already.

Brown has 26 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns in his sophomore season.

Imatorbhebhe, whose nickname is "Bebe," isn't on many teams' radars as of yet but that could change with a strong showing as a junior.

Big time transferNo coach has a problem welcoming top talent to their program and Sphire was no different when he found out one of the top running backs in the state of Georgia, C.J. Leggett, would be transferring from Chattahoochee to North Gwinnett.

Sphire confirmed on Monday that the junior standout made the move just over a week ago and would be playing football for the Bulldogs this fall.

Leggett currently holds an offer from UCLA, and could hold many more once he makes his rounds on the camp circuit this summer.

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