COMBINING RECRUITING RANKINGS FROM WEBSITES SCOUT,
RIVALS AND 247 SPORTS, the state of Georgia features seven
five-star players in the Class of 2015. Those standouts are
North Gwinnett offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt, Westover
defensive tackle Trent Thompson, McEachern offensive
lineman Chuma Edoga, McEachern athlete Taj Griffin, Lovejoy
receiver Preston Williams, Lakeside defensive back Rashad
Roundtree and Callaway cornerback Terry Godwin. Of those,
Hyatt (Clemson), Edoga (USC), Williams (Tennessee), Godwin
(Georgia) and Griffin (Oregon) have already committed to
colleges. Thompson and Roundtree have yet to decide.
Thompson and Hyatt are the only two listed as five-star
prospects on all three recruiting sites.
Longtime Red Devils
LINCOLN COUNT Y’S LEGENDARY COACH Larry Campbell decided to call it a ca- reer in April. It was a long and illustrious 42 years as a head coach for Campbell,
who became Georgia’s winningest high school
football coach in state history. His 477 career
wins are a distant first place, with former Warner Robins and Westside (Macon) coach Robert
Davis in second with 352.
Shortly following his retirement, Campbell
was arrested in May on charges of simple battery after an alleged altercation at a Lincoln
County Board of Education meeting. Campbell
reportedly confronted someone in attendance
who criticized his son, Bryan Campbell, the Lincoln County school superintendent.
Campbell later apologized for his actions, but
denied threatening the victim.
Despite the less than ideal circumstances
surrounding Campbell’s exit, his career and
football legacy is still intact. Even more spec-
tacular was that he only lost 85 games (and
tying three) throughout his career. That’s good
for an average of just two losses per year.
He only had one losing season, his first, when
the Red Devils went 3-7 in 1972. Campbell
would go on to lead Lincoln County to eight undefeated seasons and 11 state championships.
“I think age had more to do with the decision than anything,” Campbell told The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. “I still enjoy the game and
enjoy coaching and feel that I could continue,
but after 44 years in one school system, it’s
time. It’s been a good run.”
Campbell got his start out of college as an
assistant with the Red Devils for the 1970 and
1971 seasons before taking over in 1972.
Campbell’s 477 career wins place him third
all-time nationally, behind Summerville (S.C)
coach John McKissick’s 612 and John Curtis
(La.) coach J. T. Curtis’s 530.
Westover’s Trenton Thompson (No. 78) and North Gwinnett’s Mitch Hyatt (No. 75)
earned five-star status from all three recruiting services.
the Heat Program
THE GATORADE BEAT THE HEAT PRO- gram is celebrating 10 years of education athletes, parents and coaches on how proper hydration can help reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic activity. Following
years of research, Gatorade has put together
some tips to reduce the risk of heat illness and
ensure proper hydration that are easy to follow
and even provided to our professional league
partners, including NFL, MLS, NBA and MLB.
Allow For Acclimation – It takes about 10-
14 days for an athlete’s body to adapt to the
heat, so acclimation should start about two
weeks before practices begin.
Adopt A Hydration Strategy – Maintaining
hydration (within approximately 2% body weight
change) helps reduce an athlete’s risk of heat
illness and can help the athlete maintain a high
level of performance. Steps athletes can take
to avoid dehydration include:
■ Check urine color before practice. If
it’s like pale lemonade, that’s a sign
of good hydration.
■ Weigh in and out before and after
■ Drink enough fluid to minimize weight
loss during practice – for each pound
lost, add an additional 16 oz. of fluid
during the next practice.
■ After practice, consume 20-24 oz. for
each pound lost to rehydrate for the
next training session.
Drink Up – Athletes should drink enough
fluid to minimize dehydration without overdrinking. Flavored, cold, lightly salted sports
drinks like Gatorade Thirst Quencher are important because sodium helps maintain the
physiological desire to drink and helps retain
the fluid consumed.
Find Time For Recovery – Rest and recovery are key. Athletes should work in times
for breaks when active throughout the day, attempt to get six to eight hours of sleep a night
and sleep in a cool environment, if possible.
Maintain A Healthy Diet – Athletes need
to think about fueling before, during and after
physical activity. They should be fully hydrated
with fluids and fueled with foods that contain
electrolytes to maintain fluid levels. Fluids
lost through sweat and breathing should be
replaced by fluid consumption.