GPSA 2013 signees
Jamaad Stephens WR 6'2 213 Flowery
David Tanis RB 5'9 185 West Boca H.S
Ricardo Cardona DT 6'1 245 Miami Edison H.S
Shavar Holliday QB 6'2 195 Lanett H.S
Marcquez Williams MLB 5'11 190 Columbia H.S
Germarlon Hollingshead CB 5'9 160 Miami
Timothy Salter SS 5'11 215 Miami Northwestern H.S
Yonel Henri DT 6'3 295 Miami Northwestern H.S
Kenneth Norwood WR 6'3 195 Marrietta H.S
Gary Waller RB 6'2 200 Putham County H.S
Lavante Williams WR 5'9 170 Shaw H.S
Carlton Little WR 6'2 180 Shaw H.S
Daniel Brewah's DT 6'3 305 ELCA H.S
GEORGIA PREP SPORTS ACADEMY
By Fletcher Proctor
Photo courtesy of Michael Carson
Carson gets back into football
his many years as a high school coach, Michael Carson built tremendous
relationships with colleges across the country, helping many of his
former players at Avondaleand ML King further their education. Carson
stepped down from his position at ML King just days before the 2012,
but the game remained in his blood and he sought out a way to get back
involved with football in the state of Georgia.
Carson looked around the south and realized that Atlanta was the
perfect location for a prep school that could help the countless
athletes that have the talent to play football at the next level but
need help with grades. The former ML King coach decided to move
forward with plans for the Georgia Prep Sports Academy.
"We're people who care about kids being educated and moving on," said
Carson. "Our five-month program will be suited for kids that do not
immediately meet requirement standards, especially test scores."
The Georgia Prep Sports Academy will be a "Grade 13" according to
Carson and will only be available for student-athletes that have
graduated from high school. Current high school students will not be
allowed to skip high school time to attend.
"Hopefully a program like this will extend opportunities to students
that come out of high school but feel they don't have options," said
Carson. "We'll give them hope."
Carson explained that if a student doesn't meet requirements out of
high school, many times the student will be forced to attend a junior
college long distances from home. The Georgia Prep Sports Academy
recently entered a partnership with Morris Brown College to share
facilities, allowing parents to come visit and watch the games.
"Our goal is to be the elite prep program in the southeastern United
States," admitted Carson. "We want to be a total program to develop
the total person."
In fact, Carson said the school won't simply be a football factory.
Students will have a chance to mature, improve grades and learn life
lessons such as time management skills.
"We are aiming to be a viable program for students that need that
extra push," said Carson.
With National Signing Day approaching, Carson said he has been
receiving calls to inquire about enrollment possibilities. The program
is currently targeting 150 kids, but Carson will know more about the
inaugural recruiting class after National Signing Day. Parents and
students will have options on when to "sign" with the Georgia Prep
Sports Academy, but Carson expects players to begin reporting Aug. 1.
Classes will commence at the GPSA Aug. 20.
"We'll play a road schedule our first year, 11 or 12 games," predicted
Carson, who will coach the football squad. "By the third year, we'll
look into potential conference affiliations."
The new team would face opponents such as Hargraves and Fork Union, as
well as JV programs of some colleges.
Carson also noted that the GPSA will initially begin with just
football but eventually could expand to baseball and basketball, as
well as, women's sports.
"This is a pilot for the state of Georgia," said Carson. "We want to
give our student-athletes options and let them mature."