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Colleges didn't call, but Cobb Saints did

By Brian Paglia

bpaglia@news-daily.com

The premise of the Henry County All-Star Football Game for some players was more than the spectacle and entertainment and honor of participating in the county's first-ever all-star exhibition game. For some, it was an urgent, poignant chance, perhaps their final one, to attract the attention of college programs.

Eight were noticed and signed with the Cobb Saints Sports Academy, a first-year junior college program located in Marietta.

The signees were Jonathan Atkins (Union Grove), Deandre Crockett (Luella), Juan Hector (Union Grove), Tyrone Holmes (Luella), Matthew Moody (Eagle's Landing), Lamar Napper (Eagle's Landing), Le-mon Ragin (Eagle's Landing) and Danny White (Union Grove).

"We're very happy with those guys," Saints program director and recruiting coordinator Tim Freeman said. "We think they all could contribute immediately to the program. They're not in bad academic shape. With a little work, they should get some good scholarship offers."

Freeman attended the Henry all-star game hoping to mine four to five players amongst the seniors without scholarship offers. Saints defensive coordinator Erasmus Harvey also conducted a combine before the all-star game with his company, Elite Performance Sports.

Their efforts reaped enough talent that Freeman said the Saints plan to frequent the county in the future.

"I like the number of kids we got from Henry County," Freeman said. "It has a good high school football system. Hopefully in future we come back down."