Story from The Champion Newspaper
Recent graduates from the DeKalb County School District raked in millions of dollars in athletic scholarship during the 2017-18 school year.
The district’s athletic department announced July 11 that 173 student athletes received a combined estimated $6.37 million in scholarships in 10 sports from 103 colleges. Those colleges come from 27 states with Georgia leading the way with 21 colleges signing 41 athletes. Alabama followed with 13 colleges signing 26 athletes, Tennessee with 10 colleges signing 12 athletes and Florida with eight colleges signing 13 athletes, according to the athletic department.
Colleges as far north as New Hampshire and west to California also signed DeKalb student athletes.
The district’s football players earned the most in scholarship money with 90 players earning a combined estimated $3.76 million. Tucker High School’s football program had 17 signees, Stephenson had 10 and Columbia, Lithonia, Miller Grove and Southwest DeKalb had eight each.
Twenty-seven basketball athletes (15 girls, 12 boys) combined for approximately $976,000 in scholarship money. Miller Grove (four boys, one girl) and Cedar Grove (four girls, one boy) each had five signees followed by Columbia (three boys) and Tucker (three girls).
Girls’ (12) and boys’ (8) track and field combined for 20 scholarships for more than $525,000. Arabia Mountain led the way with four (three girls, one boy) signees followed by Cedar Grove (all boys) and Druid Hills (two boys, one girls) with three each.
Redan led the way in baseball scholarships with nine signees. A total of 16 baseball players across the district received a combined estimated $450,000 scholarship.
Soccer (four boys, three girls) and girls’ fastpitch softball (six) had more than $157,000 and $105,000 respectively in scholarship money.
Boys and girls lacrosse ($55,000), wrestling ($42,000), girls’ volleyball ($28,000) and girls’ tennis ($8,000) round out the scholarship money offer to athletes in other sports.