SCORE Atlanta

Below are a few of my writing samples from my internship with SCORE Atlanta.


Grayson earns nation’s preseason No. 2 ranking

Grayson High School has been a national powerhouse for years and even though they have a new coach coming in the expectations of winning still stands. Jeff Herron has been coaching in the state of Georgia for over 20 years now and has won four Georgia High School football state championships, one with Oconee County in 1999 and three with Camden County in 2003, 2008 and 2009. Herron has a career record of 273-51-0 and will be coaching at his seventh high school in the state of Georgia.

Last Tuesday MaxPreps came out with their preseason national high school rankings and Grayson debuted at No. 2 in the nation. Herron wasn’t too sold on this ranking as he figures this was just another opinionated poll and that whoever it was that put these rankings together has yet to watch Grayson or any other school this offseason.

Herron knows that being a great team doesn’t come easy and that a preseason ranking means nothing unless you can get the wins during the season. “Right now we are a team with talented individuals but I don’t think we are a great team yet. There is a lot that goes into being a great team,” Herron said.

Grayson has brought in a lot of new faces, both on the coaching staff and on the roster and so Herron is much more concerned about getting familiar with everyone and making sure everyone is on the same page. “I think we can be a good team but we are not there yet by any sense,” Herron said.

Grayson’s top recruits are QB Chase Brice, CB Deangelo Gibbs, CB Jamyest Williams, OT Tony Gray, LB Breon Dixon, DT Ellison Hubbard, C Will Taylor, and LB Owen Pappoe who was a freshman All-American last season.

His expectations for the team are to be as good as possible. “We want to be a team that plays hard every week,” Herron said. Of course he wants to win every game on their schedule and win every playoff game but Herron knows that the level of competition is high in Georgia and that is not an easy task to complete. The last time Grayson went undefeated was in 2011.

Grayson opens up the season this year at home against IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL), Aug. 27. IMG was ranked the No. 4 team in the nation according to MaxPreps preseason rankings. Last year IMG became the first high school in the nation to have every starter on their roster get a Division 1 college scholarship offer.

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