June 22, 2014

Introducing ‘D-1’

Dalton High’s new linebacker receiving colleges’ attention


Nothing is final, but ...

Where is Mays leaning? Does he see himself wearing the Cincinnati red and black, making a short trip up Interstate 75 to UTC or staying in-state at Georgia State or Kennesaw State?

In his early assessment, his sights are on the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“Right now, I’m leaning toward Wake Forest,” he said. “Tennessee seemed pretty interested when I went to their camp.”

He also announced Thursday on Twitter he was visiting Wake Forest.

But don’t expect his interest to become a commitment before the summer concludes. Mays said Wednesday on Twitter, “I would rather make my decision as to what college I’ll commit to after the summer is over. Just (want to) enjoy my last summer doing camps.”

He plans to attend camps at Auburn and Georgia also, so there may be more offers coming.

The attention on Mays also brings some to his new teammates. Land said there were more than 30 college coaches at Dalton High during the first couple of days of spring practice. Many were looking at Mays — and they got to see potential college players like Veraldi, plus Jase Chastain, Zek Cobb, Kelvis Rhodes, and Chase Westfall.

“I talk to smaller Division I schools and bigger Division II or Division III schools,” Veraldi said. “The thing with Nate, him bringing in upper-tier Division I schools to watch practice, it gets eyes on us. They could come watch him, but then someone else could have a few pancakes or make a few good plays, and now they’re looking into that guy.

“It definitely helps.”

Land said all — Cobb is a rising sophomore, Chastain a rising junior and the others rising seniors — are receiving interest from colleges at some level. Chris Childs, Jordan Keener and Elijah Stidmon are the three from Dalton’s 2014 senior class who celebrated February during National Signing Day continuing to play the sport in college.

The 2015 class could have quite a few more.

“When you play for three straight years in the playoffs, that’s three more weeks of working,” Land said. “And that’s when coaches start watching you, when you’re in the playoffs. They see you playing a good team.”

A lot of coaches are watching “D-1.” Let’s see where he goes.

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