Varsity Preps

Across the Deep South, III

Across the Deep South” is a series spotlighting prospects from Texas to Virginia. Varsity Preps provides a snapshot of each player’s recruiting picture. As always, highlight tapes are hyperlinked on the prospect’s name (if available).


2014 RB Aares McCall (5’11, 170, 4.4/40) of Grayson High in Georgia rushed 97 times for 764 yards and five touchdowns. The speedy back reports to Varsity Preps he doesn’t have any verbal offers, but that he’s hearing from “MissouriWestern Kentucky, MTSU, UNC Charlotte, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, and Georgia St. have reached out to me.”

He spoke about his contact with a few of the programs that are recruiting him. “Missouri is sending a lot of mail, handwritten letters, mostly. They want me to camp in June.

MTSU has come by practice and scouted me. They also want me to camp.

“I went to a Junior Day and spring game at Georgia St. They’re recruiting me as a running back and defensive back, and the staff wants me to attend a camp this summer.”

The speedy back says UNC Charlotte is showing him the most attention currently. “UNCC is recruiting me the hardest. I speak to Coach Joe Tereshinski almost every week. I think after their visit with me at my school, they really like me. Things are going well with them.”

McCall said all the programs recruiting him remain even. “I’m still wide open.”

Camps: “Auburn, MTSU, UNCC, WKU and any other school that shows interest.”


2014 RB Deryan Sanders (5’8, 173, 4.46) of Fort Mill High in South Carolina rushed for over 800 yards and 19 TDs last season. He claims no offers, but says he’s hearing frequently from “Liberty, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest, Kansas, UNCCand Appalachain St.

The Deep South has no shortage of quick backs, and Sanders is no exception. He spoke about the programs expressing interest in him. “Appalachian St. came by school, told my coach they were interested and want me to camp this summer.

Wake Forest likes my film, want me to return to camp.”

Sanders reports that UNCC is recruiting him the hardest. “I went to a Junior Day there, got to know the coaches. I speak to and receive letters from them frequently. They’ve visited me four times at school.”

A few days ago, Sanders was invited to camp by the USC Trojans.

Camps: “Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Coastal Carolina. I might attend more, we’ll see.”


2015 S Robert Knowles (6’1, 185, 4.5) of Champagnat Catholic posted 44 tackles, one interception, and forced one fumble last season at Miami Edison. Because of his impressive sophomore season and high ceiling, Knowles was added to the Varsity Preps 2015 Watch List.

Knowles doesn’t claim any offers, but reports Mississippi St. came by practice and was evaluated by the Bulldog staff in attendance.

The talented safety told Varsity Preps he’d like to hear from Florida, FSU, Miami, and Louisville.

Knowles feels he and his team improved over the course of the spring. “We’re working extremely hard to get ourselves ready and become the best we can be. We will compete for a state championship.”

The plan is to get him a few touches on offense from the running back position, but his ticket to the next level will stamped on defense, roaming the secondary as a safety. He spoke about what he feels he does well on the football field. “I’m a physical tackler and I can cover,” he said. “This offseason, I’ve concentrated on improving my footwork. It’s gotten a lot better.”

His coach, Mike Tunsil, said Robert is planning on camping at Kentucky, LouisvilleCincinnati, and maybe a few more. Tunsil adds of his standout junior that “A lot of schools are interested. He’s going to be as good or maybe even better than Michael Johnson, who’s committed to Louisville and owns SEC offers.”

— Michael Bradley



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