Former Milton standout Carl Lawson made a big impression as a freshman at Auburn last year, when the 6-foot-2, 261-pound defensive lineman recorded 20 tackles – including 7.5 tackles for loss – to help lead the Tigers to the BCS championship game, where they lost to Florida State.
Lawson’s status for his sophomore season is up in the air, however, after undergoing surgery to repair damage in his left knee, which he injured during spring practice in March.
Lawson will be joined at Auburn by former Milton teammate Peyton Barber, a 5-11, 225-pound running back who will be playing his first college season this fall after redshirting his freshman season in 2013.
Another former local high school star who is expected to make an impact in the SEC this year is former Alpharetta quarterback Joshua Dobbs, a 6-3, 203-pound rising sophomore who is coming off of a promising freshman season at Tennessee.
Dobbs assumed the starting quarterback role midway through the 2013 season – becoming only the eighth true freshman in Tennessee football’s 117-year history to start – and made an immediate impact with 72 completions on 121 attempts for 695 yards and two touchdowns.
He also rushed for 189 yards – the most rushing yards by a Volunteer quarterback since Tee Martin gained 317 yards on the ground in 1999.
Another north Fulton star may make a similar impact at Tennessee as former Milton running back Treyvon Paulk begins his freshman season.
The 5-8, 201-pound Paulk is coming back from a knee injury that ended his senior season at Milton in ’13 after only four games.
Former Alpharetta wide receiver Michael Bennett is once again expected to play a key role in the Georgia offense as a senior after catching 41 passes for 538 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games – including nine starts – for the Bulldogs last season.
Former Chattahoochee defensive lineman Barron Dixon is gearing for his senior season at Vanderbilt after a strong junior campaign last year in which he recorded 26 total tackles, 10 solo tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss while playing all 13 games for the Commodores.
Former Centennial defensive back Martin Jenkins looks to play a key role in the Clemson defense as a senior after recording 26 tackles in 13 games last year.
Former Alpharetta wide receiver Brandon Terry will be a redshirt senior at Wake Forest this year after a successful junior season in which he caught 15 passes for 290 yards in 12 games a year ago.
Former Chattahoochee quarterback Tim Byerly was the No. 3 quarterback at Georgia Tech last year and is expected to move up to the backup slot behind starter Justin Thomas in 2014.