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RECRUITING NOTES: Academics the main focus of recruiting fair

DULUTH -- South Gwinnett head coach John Small had a list of college prospects at his table at the Gwinnett Touchdown Club Recruiting Fair on Monday.

He listed their name, number and position. But he didn't bother to put any kind of stats like rushing yards or tackles. He knew the only stat college recruiters want to see.

"If they don't have the SAT or ACT score, then it's a waste of time," Small said.

Small's sentiments were echoed by every coach at the Gwinnett Civic Center on Monday. It didn't matter if a player was the biggest, strongest or fastest. If he didn't have qualifying grades, a college recruiter wasn't going to look at his highlights.

"They are looking at academics," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "The higher the academics, the more interest they draw from certain schools."

There was wide variety in the more than 80 college represented at the recruiting fair. It ranged from high academic NAIA schools to Division II programs and junior colleges.

It didn't matter if they needed a right tackle or middle linebacker. They needed that player to meet qualifying academic standards before they would even give them a look.

"Everyone has a bunch of kids that can play, but they have to have the test scores," Archer head coach Andy Dyer said. "It's huge. It's the difference."

Parkview's Vereen headed to Air Force

Parkview's Shaq Vereen will continue the pipeline from Gwinnett County to the Air Force Academy. Panthers head coach Cecil Flowe confirmed on Monday that Vereen committed to the service academy last week.

Since 2009, Gwinnett has had 11 players sign with Air Force on National Signing Day, including three in February.

Vereen, who has a 3.7 GPA, chose Air Force over offers from Ohio and Charlotte. The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back made 86 tackles and two interceptions to lead Parkview to the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals.

North's Lewis going to Georgia Southern

North Gwinnett offensive lineman Andy Kwon committed to Georgia Southern this fall. The guy he was blocking for this year will join him in Statesboro. Running back Cam Lewis has committed to the Eagles' program.

The 6-foot, 220-pound senior rushed for 552 yards and six touchdowns, while catching 25 passes for 280 yards and one TD.

Buford's Wilson commits to Western Kentucky

Buford running back Dontravious Wilson has committed to Western Kentucky.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Wilson, who has battled injuries this fall, has rushed for 1,052 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

He joins Josh Cardiello (Georgia) and Mikey Bart (South Florida) as Buford's other college commitments.