AN AFFINITY FOR POLITICS AND world events is normally reserved for older members of a generation. Consid- er Bryson Allen-Williams a special case.
As far back as he could remember — either
“ 5 or 6 years old,” though he couldn’t nail down
the exact number — Allen-Williams spent time
watching television with his grandfather. And
the TV wasn’t tuned in to cartoons or other
children-oriented fare. Instead, cable news networks CNN and MSNBC dominated the screen.
His grandfather’s viewing habits went hand-in-hand with a member of Allen-Williams’ church,
an active participant in Atlanta’s political scene.
The two factors coalesced to help Allen-Williams hone in on his dream job.
“My ultimate goal is to be the district attorney
of Atlanta,” he said.
But the days in court and the caffeine-aided
hours poring over old cases can wait. After all,
Allen-Williams has yet to graduate high school.
The Cedar Grove senior linebacker is one of the
nation’s top-ranked prospects at his position
by every major recruiting service. He’s aware
of what areas still need improvement, namely
“playing in space.”
There are no questions regarding his drive to
“I make sure that I go as hard on the first play
of the game as I do the last,” he said. “You never
know what could happen. Giving 150 percent
could be the difference between picking up a
fumble and scoring a touchdown or causing a
fumble and letting the other team pick it up.”
It’s an attitude Ray Bonner has rarely seen
in a high school player. And Bonner couldn’t be
happier. Coaching Allen-Williams the last three
seasons has been a joyful experience, espe-
cially when his every-down competitiveness
permeates the rest of the team.
DEMARRE KITT HAS AN OPPORTU- nity to become the best receiver in Sandy Creek football history. That’s a bold statement considering the NFL’s reigning receiving king — Detroit
Lions star Calvin Johnson — played for the
Patriots over a decade ago.
But the statistics back it up.
With his senior season up ahead, Kitt already
owns the school’s career touchdowns record
with 21. He’s tied for career catches with 133.
and defense, so we need to fill in those spots
we lost and we should be No. 1 again,” he said.
Kitt’s 6-1, 195-pound stature has given opponents fits since his freshman year. His tape
shows a receiver playing bigger than his size,
with the ability to win jump ball battles and play
physical off the line of scrimmage.
Kitt models his game after two receivers
— former Bengals star Chad Johnson and New
York Giants wideout Victor Cruz. Kitt said he
runs his routes like Johnson and emulates Cruz
after the catch. The combination into Kitt’s skill
set helped him catch 74 passes for 1,235 yards
and 11 touchdowns in 2012.
As a sophomore, Kitt realized he had the talent to play football at the collegiate level. The
University of Georgia offered him, which led to
a pledge a year ago last April. However, Kitt realized he committed too soon and reopened his
recruitment during his junior season.
Kitt has since decided to leave the state for
college football, after being highly sought after
by colleges around the country.
“I really wanted to step back and look at
different schools, to make sure I knew where I
wanted to go,” Kitt said.
Kitt’s demeanor on the field is much like it is
off of it. He’s relaxed and even-keeled, doing his
best to remain in the moment.
“I’m not the type of person to start a scene
and start yelling,” Kitt said. “I like to stay cool
out there.” – Jason Butt
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