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Prep football stars commit to ACC schools
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
July 23, 2014 05:13 PM | 1963 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>Alexander High School football player Mikell Lands-Davis, left, verbally committed to attend Georgia Tech last week while Chapel Hill’s Tyler Cross, right, committed to Syracuse.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
Alexander High School football player Mikell Lands-Davis, left, verbally committed to attend Georgia Tech last week while Chapel Hill’s Tyler Cross, right, committed to Syracuse.
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Two Douglas County prep football stars who are entering their senior seasons have committed to attend programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference starting in the fall of 2015.

Alexander High School running back Mikell Lands-Davis has verbally committed to play collegiate football at Georgia Tech. The rising senior also had offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State and Michigan, among others.

Lands-Davis emerged as one of the top players in the Southeast after rushing for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns last season for the Cougars. He helped lead Alexander into the postseason for the first time since 1997, which was also the last time they won eight contests in a season and had a winning record. They also reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs after road wins over Dalton and Lanier.

“Throughout the recruiting process, I felt most comfortable with the coaching staff at Georgia Tech,” said Lands-Davis, who said he visited The Flats three times on different trips to Atlanta.

“In the offense, I may have a chance to get the ball 20 times a game which is pretty good.”

He said he plans to major in business and minor in sports management at Georgia Tech before pursuing a career as an athletic director.

Chapel Hill High School defensive lineman Tyler Cross has verbally committed to attend Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. The 6-foot, 2-inch prospect helped lead the Panthers to a postseason appearance in 2013.

“The deciding factors committing to Syracuse were the support of the fans and the personal relationships everyone has in the program because it’s a family,” said Cross.

With Chapel Hill, Cross lines up at defensive end but plans are already forming for him to transition into a defensive tackle upon entering Syracuse. He will pursue a degree in business.

Alexander and Chapel Hill each open their seasons on Aug. 29 with the Cougars traveling to Douglas County, while the Panthers host Cambridge.

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