Coming off the best three-year run in the school’s football history, Alpharetta High School ushered in a 2013 signing class that not only featured some of the most highly-touted prospects to ever walk their halls, but a school-record 11 football players signing on National Signing Day.
“Today is a rewarding day as a coach. These kids come to us as freshman and you see them at the beginning of the journey, now this is the culmination of that journey,” said Alpharetta head coach Jason Dukes of a 2013 class that took his Raiders to three straight state playoff trips and a 22-11 mark in three years.
“The opportunity that these kids are presented with to play football at the next level and get the financial benefit of having school paid for as a result is just fantastic, not only for them but their families and their futures.”
The 2013 class’ success was led by their senior quarterback Joshua Dobbs, an all-area, all-region and all-state selection for the Raiders. Dobbs, who had offers from Arizona State, Maryland, Arkansas and many others, took his decision down to the final day of his recruitment — changing his commitment to Tennessee from Arizona State after a visit to Knoxville in the last week.
Dobbs completed 220-of-389 passes as a senior and tossed for a Class AAAAAA leading 3,625 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also led Alpharetta in rushing yards and scored 10 times on the ground.
Also signing to play in the SEC was Dobbs’ favorite weapon for the past two seasons — wide receiver Carlos Burse, an All-Region player himself. Burse, who caught 49 passes for 854 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, signed his scholarship papers with Vanderbilt.
Blake Rowlinson and Rodney Morris, two more senior receivers, signed with Yale and the University of Alabama-Birmingham respectively. Rowlinson caught 29 balls for 484 yards as a senior. Morris caught 21 passes and five touchdowns.
On the offensive line, Alpharetta seniors George Adeosun, DeAndre Wise and Alex Behrend all signed scholarship offers.
Adeosun, a William and Mary commit for much of his senior year, saw his recruitment take off during the last month — gaining offers from schools like Arizona State and Georgia Tech before eventually signing with the University of Virginia. Wise, the Raiders starting center in 2012, signed with Alabama State, and Behrend inked with Davidson.
On defense Naim Mustafaa was the big name all year for the Raiders. A Georgia-commit for much of the season, the 6-foot-3 outside-linebacker signed with Oklahoma State University — where he enrolled and began taking classes last month. D’Von Isaac signed to play for former Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky while defensive back Trey Whitaker signed with Faulkner State and linebacker Michael Downing accepted preferred walk-on status at Texas Christian University.
“I am extremely happy and proud for what these gentlemen have accomplished,” said the Alpharetta coach.