Brief sketch of the problem…

In the United States, we pay attention to and celebrate the work of HS athletes.
We carefully ignore the exemplary academic work of diligent HS scholars–the results follow as you might expect—we get what we want.

Will Fitzhugh

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
11:02 am Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
AJC’s Signing Day Central

By Michael Carvell

Welcome to the AJC’s Signing day Day Central. This is the place to be to catch up with all the recruiting information with UGA, Georgia Tech and recruits from the state of Georgia. We will update the news as it happens, and interact on the message board below.


Lorenzo Carter, DE, 6-5, 240, Norcross: UGA reeled in the big fish, landing the state’s No.1 overall prospect for the first time since 2011 (Josh Harvey-Clemons).
Isaiah McKenzie, WR, 5-8, 175, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage: This was one of two big surprises for UGA to kick off signing day. McKenzie got a last-minute offer from UGA and picked the Bulldogs because of his best buddy and high school teammate, 5-star Sony Michel (signed with UGA).
Hunter Atkinson, TE, 6-6, 250, West Hall: The Cincinnati commit got a last-minute call from Mark Richt and flipped to UGA. I’m not going to say we saw it coming, but … Atkinson had grayshirt offers from Alabama, Auburn and UCF.
Tavon Ross, S, 6-1, 200, Bleckley County: The Missouri commit took an official visit to UGA but decided to stick with Missouri. He’s signed.
Andrew Williams, DE, 6-4, 247, ECLA: He signed with Auburn over Clemson and Auburn. He joked with Auburn’s Gus Malzahn when he called with the news, saying “I’m sorry to inform you….. That I will be attending your school,” according to’s Kipp Adams.
Tyre McCants, WR-DB, 5-11, 200, Niceville, Fla.: Turned down late interest from UGA to sign with USF.


Lamont Gaillard, DT, 6-3, 310, Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest: This was probably the biggest scare on signing day. Gaillard’s coach said he signed with UGA over Miami at 9 a.m but UGA didn’t announce it until 10:35 a.m.
Gilbert Johnson, WR, 6-2, 190, Homestead (Fla.) Senior: Speedster scared UGA after he told on Sunday night that he would sign with Bulldogs, South Florida or Louisville .. and then went MIA. UGA can relax after he was one of team’s first signees.

Kendall Gant, safety, 6-2, 180, Lakeland (Fla.): He flipped from UGA to Marshall on Tuesday due to “academic reasons,” according to his coach, who also claimed his offer “got pulled” by the Bulldogs.

For the rest of UGA’s Big Board for 2014, including a rundown of commitments, go HERE


Myles Autry, ATH, 5-9, 170, Norcross: Georgia Tech fans are always screaming about wanting to have a high-profile recruit commit on signing day on national TV. Autry picked Georgia Tech over FSU on ESPNU cameras. His older brother plays wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets.
Mike Sawyers, DT, 6-2, 300, Nashville, Tenn.: He signed with Tennessee after taking an official visit to Volunteers on the final weekend before signing day.

For the rest of Georgia Tech’s Big Board for 2014, including a rundown of commitments, go HERE


FOR COMPARISON, HERE IS SOME EXEMPLARY HS ACADEMIC WORK, BY DILIGENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, WHICH THE MEDIA (completely) IGNORED. We take it for granted that the media (including their coverage of education) should ignore the exemplary academic work of HS students, but we also ignore the consequences of doing that.

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High School History Students”Teach with Examples”The Concord Review reports:

Nathaniel Bernstein of San Francisco, California: Bernstein, a senior at San Francisco University High School, published an 11,176-word history research paper on the unintended consequences of Direct Legislation in California. (Harvard)

Gabriel Grand of Bronx, New York: Grand, a senior at Horace Mann School, published a 9,250-word history research paper on the difficulties The New York Times had with the anti-semitism of the day and also in covering the Holocaust. (Harvard)

Reid Grinspoon of Waltham, Massachusetts: Grinspoon, a senior at Gann Academy, published a 7,380-word history research paper on the defeat of legislation to allow eugenic sterilization in Massachusetts. (Harvard)

Emma Scoble of Oakland, California: Scoble a senior at the College Preparatory Academy, published a 9,657-word history research paper on the Broderick-Terry Duel, which defeated pro-slavery forces in California in 1859. (NYU)

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