Stephenson’s Mike Davis is 126th pick in NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
It was a good weekend at the NFL Draft for former DeKalb County high school football players with three selected to get their opportunity in the professional ranks.
Former Arabia Mountain receiver and Central Florida star Breshard Perriman became the DeKalb Schools first ever draft pick as the Baltimore Ravens selected him in the first round with the 26th pick of the draft.
Perriman was a lightly recruited player out of Arabia Mountain (2011) when he signed with the Knights having just 13 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He went on to accumulate 2,243 yards receiving (1,044 in 2014) and 16 touchdowns (9 in 2014) in his three years playing.
Perriman was the fifth DeKalb player drafted in the first round since 1971 joining the likes of Irvin, Huey Richardson (Lakeside, Florida, Pittsburgh, 1991), Harris Barton (Dunwoody, North Carolina, San Francisco, 1987) and Jeff Bryant (Gordon, Clemson, Seattle, 1981).
He was the first DeKalb player selected in the first round since Stephenson’s Bruce Irvin was picked by Seattle out of West Virginia in 2012.
The second DeKalb County player chosen was Stephenson’s Preston Smith (2011) who was the 38th pick overall as the Washington Redskins took him in the second round.
Smith came out of Stephenson with 8 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss over his junior and senior years along with 83 tackles. He signed to play in the Southeastern Conference at Mississippi State where he had 48 tackles, 15 for a loss, 9 sacks, 2 interceptions and 15 quarterback hurries during the 2014 season after collecting 44 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and 9 QB hurries.
Stephenson’s Mike Davis (2012) was the third DeKalb alum taken in the draft as the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the fourth round with 126th pick of the draft.
Davis who ran for 3,390 yards and 34 touchdowns in three seasons at Stephenson went on to excel at South Carolina putting himself second on the list only to South Carolina Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers in several rushing categories. He had 11 100 yard rushing games for the Gamecocks which put him second behind Rogers and ran for a total of 2,540 yards and 24 touchdowns, 11 each of the last two seasons.
Davis rushed for 1,183 yards in 2013 and came up just 18 yards shy (982 yards) of becoming only the second Gamecock running back to rush for 1,000 yards twice in a career.
The three draftees marks the fifth time since the 2000 draft for DeKalb to have three or more picked and the first time since 2012.