Piedmont juniors to tour The Capstone
by Nick Birdsong
nbirdsong@annistonstar.com
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Two of Piedmont’s finest will head to Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Linebacker/defensive back Jamie Major and offensive lineman Austin Bishop are headed to The Capstone this weekend as invites to the Crimson Tide’s second junior day this spring.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Major has been on college recruiting radars since he logged more than 100 tackles as a freshman on the Bulldogs’ 2009 Class 3A state championship team. He’s a two-time MaxPreps All-American and has been named a first-team selection to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s all-state squad the past two seasons.

This past fall, he was third on the team with 98 tackles and rushed for 760 yards. The 6-4, 260-pound Bishop was a first-team selection to The Star’s Class 3A All-Calhoun County team after grading out at 85 percent as a blocker and recording 51 pancake blocks to help pave the way for an explosive Piedmont offense.

“You get to go down there, meet the coaches, see the facilities and see if it’s a place you feel comfortable,” Major said. “Hopefully, it’ll lead to an offer. Either way, we’ll keep working hard.”

The Tide received commits from Fultondale’s ArDarius Stewart, the Class 2A Back of the Year, Autauga Academy tight end O.J. Howard and North Little Rock (Ark.) running back Altee Tenpenny at its first junior day in early January.

Major also said he’s scheduled to attend Louisville’s junior day event on Feb. 25th.

• KISS THE RINGS: Kings wear rings, and Handley was certainly royalty this past football season.

The Tigers were rulers of all they surveyed, going 15-0 on their way to an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A state title, the school’s first championship in the sport. Saturday, they’ll be rewarded with some shine for their grind.

The ring ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. at Wright Field in Roanoke.

Seniors Quay Hunter, Breyon Deberry, Chris Dillard and Dexter Reese have been selected to address those in attendance.

In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Handley’s gym.

• BATTLES TO HELP COACH TEAM ALABAMA: Handley football coach Mike Battles was chosen as an assistant on Team Alabama’s staff for the 2012 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Battles, who also won a state title in Mississippi earlier in his career, is 194-102-1 in his career in the state. Mountain Brook’s Chris Yeager was chosen as the head coach for the exhibition game.

• MORE ALL-STARS: Coaches from the AHSAA’s Class 3A, Region 6 recently selected their annual all-region team. This year’s team is led by Piedmont quarterback Chris Strott, who was named the Region’s Offensive Player of the Year. He led the Bulldogs to an undefeated record at 8-0 against region competition on their way to finishing 12-1 and reaching the state quarterfinals. This year’s team includes a heaping help of talent from around these parts.

Here’s the full list of those receiving honors: Piedmont –

Jamie Major, Sloan Garner, Clay Dent, Jameson Trammell, Marquez Gamble, Quadree Woods, Landon Pruitt, and Austin Bishop; Honorable Mention – Casey Moore, Laphonso Burroughs, Collin Bradley, Dillon Terry

Glencoe – Christopher Tinker, TJ Daugherty, Deveonta Toles, Dalton Reid, Scott Bradley, Austin Hancock, Harrison Bright

HM – Justin Martin, Taylor Beggs, Daniel Otwell, and Austin Brown

Saks – Quinton Thomas, Mickey Scoggins, Josh Reynolds, Justin Grier, and Chase Johnson; HM – Cordarius Cooper, Xavier Morgan, Tre Smith, Xavier Dennard, Marquis Townsend.

Weaver – Brandel Massey, Chris English, Malik Anderson, Chandler Fall, Timothy Hawkins; HM – Trey Moore, Daniel Wilson, Johnathon Jones, Kalem Lawrence, Phillip Peavy, Ron Loveberry.

Hokes Bluff – Chase Jakeil, Colton Shaw, Cameron Kellet; HM – Brad Robertson, Chance Ford, Dylan McKee.

Susan Moore – Ed Martinez, Kyler Walker, Phillip McEvoy

Ashville – EJ Moss, Tommy Bothwell, Richie Boley; HM – Thomas Crews, Tyler Noblin, Alex Hale.

White Plains – Zach Burgess, Logan Giddens; HM – Dale Reddick, Rod Young.

J.B. Pennington – Justin Duncan; HM – Michael Swindle

Glencoe linebacker Daniel Warren was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Nick Birdsong covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575. Follow him on Twitter @birds_word.

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