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Jeremiah Compton’s Growing Confidence

By Barry Every
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Last year the 6-foot, 185-pound safety led the Wildcats in tackles with 83 stops. Compton also chipped in five PBU’s, three TFL’s, three FF’s and two FR’s while leading the team with 11 kickoff returns for 292 yards.

Last year Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County suffered its first losing season in nearly 40 years. This is the same school that dominated Georgia’s largest classification from 2000-2013 going (158-18) while winning three State Titles. Changes had to be made; in comes former Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett Head Coach Bob Sphire who posted a (110-28) record in his 11 seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs.

Not only was there a coaching change at Camden County but a total overhaul of the offense. Coach Sphire kicks the Wing-T to the curb for a more wide open passing friendly attack. One of the athletes bringing a spark to the new offense, while holding down his responsibilities at free safety is Jeremiah Compton.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, I got here in February and it didn’t take long to see the leadership and commitment to excellence that Jeremiah possessed,” Sphire said. “He just lights up a room when he enters, if he is at a rack with three other players you can bet that they will all get better that day. We will be using him in some wildcat formations to help bring a spark to the team when needed.”

Last year the 6-foot, 185-pound safety led the Wildcats in tackles with 83 stops. Compton also chipped in five PBU’s, three TFL’s, three FF’s and two FR’s while leading the team with 11 kickoff returns for 292 yards. On top of his football prowess he boast a 3.0 core GPA with a 1040 on the SAT. That should grab the attention of college recruiters.

“I watched all the game video from last year and one thing was clear,” Sphire said. “You could see a kid playing like his team was undefeated despite the bad season Camden County was having. He really reminds me of a player I had a North Gwinnett by the name of Malcolm Jackson who went on to be a four-year starter at Charleston Southern.”

Compton currently has FBS offers from the Naval Academy, Army, and Southern Miss. At the FCS level he has attracted offers from Charleston Southern, Elon, North Carolina Central, Western Illinois and Wofford. Schools who have yet to offer, but are showing heavy interest in his talents are Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and The Citadel.

Between being a point guard on the Camden County basketball squad and battling a minor back injury Compton was unable to attend any regional camps this spring. He is set to camp at Georgia and Jacksonville University with other dates yet to be set.

“Southern Miss is the school that is showing me the most attention at this time,” Compton said. “Coach Dan Disch is keeping me informed on what’s going on in Hattiesburg and always checking in with me to see how I am doing.”

Most colleges are recruiting Compton as a defensive back not specifying whether it is as a corner or free safety. He admits to being extremely excited about the opportunities of playing a little offense this fall which could boost his visibility to college recruiters.

“Yeah they are going to give me some reps on offense and we will be throwing the ball more in the new spread offense,” Compton said. “Everybody seems to be excited about the idea of a wide open offense, but my main focus will still be making tackles in the open field. We just have to listen to the new coaching staff. Working hard is the only formula for getting better.”

Things won’t be easy for Coach Sphire as the Wildcats compete in the same Region with Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes and Tifton (Ga.) Tift County. Each of which brings back loads of experience, especially at the quarterback position.

But he has been in this position before, prior to his arrival at North Gwinnett in 2006 the Bulldogs had never won a Region Title. In his 11 seasons of roaming the sidelines they captured five Region Championships.

“When Jeremiah is in the game everyone on the sideline will be more attentive,” Sphire said. “And his teammates out on the field will have more confidence; he is a unique guy that seems to positively affect everyone.”

Whether Compton leaves his mark on the Camden County offense is yet to be seen. One thing is certain, he will be intimidating ball carriers with his quick strike capability and penchant for being around the ball. Look for this under the radar safety of high character to be the Cat that brings winning ways back to Kingsland, Georgia.