COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Monroe’s Glanton turns heads after Atlanta MVP showcase; Brooks County star Parrish commits to UGA

Tay Glanton has spent the last two seasons on Monroe's offensive line, but he wants to play both ways this coming season.

Tay Glanton has spent the last two seasons on Monroe's offensive line, but he wants to play both ways this coming season.

ALBANY — When Monroe offensive lineman Tay Glanton — who admittedly has a secret love for defense — traveled to Atlanta last weekend for the nationally renowned Atlanta MVP Camp full of highly recruited upperclassmen, he had sky-high expectations he would be able to stand out among a crowd.

And he was right.

Glanton, a rising junior at Monroe, was named the camp’s MVP for defensive linemen after a series of workouts and drills in front of scouts. What makes what Glanton did even more impressive was the fact he was competing against a pool of 25-30 players, most of whom were upperclassmen — and specialize in defense.

Glanton, meanwhile, has played offensive line the last two seasons at Monroe.

“I’ve just mainly been playing offense at Monroe because that’s where they needed me,” Glanton, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 256 pounds, told The Herald this week. “But my passion is for defense. And I think the coaches up there saw that.”

In the hours and days after Glanton returned home, the calls started pouring in. He was officially on scouts’ radars.

“Florida Southern called me once I got back to Albany that night, and I’ve (since) gotten e-mails from West Georgia and Jacksonville State,” he said. “And before that, Auburn and Duke had already been sending me letters. But I guess the interest really got turned up after the camp.”

When Glanton was asked what he thought he did well during the camp to earn MVP honors, he said he felt it was his leadership skills coming from a sophomore.

“I was breaking down the huddles, helping move guys around and just kind of running the defense,” Glanton said. “I also feel like I dominated one-on-ones. A lot of the coaches told me afterward that I had a great day.”

Glanton said he was also encouraged by the coaches to pursue a college scholarship on defense.

“I’m really hoping to get myself in good enough shape where I can play both ways full-time this year,” he said. “That’s my goal.”

Glanton’s father Billy, a former college football star on the OL at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga who is Monroe’s offensive coordinator, doesn’t think there’s any reason his son shouldn’t be able to achieve that.

“Tay is very driven and works very hard at whatever he puts his mind to. He made his own highlight tape, stays in contact with coaches and really just motivates himself,” Billy said. “And athletically, he’s very capable of playing both ways and excelling. Once he gets himself in good enough shape, the sky’s the limit.”

Tay, who made several all-star teams while playing defense in middle school, says his goal is to have a college offer on the table before his junior season is over.

Then he hopes the flood gates of opportunity will open.

“I’ll be at the UGA camp this weekend and some others before the end of the summer, and I hope I start getting more and more looks from colleges,” he said. “Hopefully, Atlanta was just the beginning.”

Brooks County gridiron star Parrish picks Georgia over Georgia Tech

ATHENS — What an offseason this has been for Georgia football.

First the Bulldogs picked up five-star running back Sony Michel last month, and this week the Peach State’s top rushing recruit, Nick Chubb of Cedartown, also chose the Bulldogs over several other major Division I offers.

Then Thursday, UGA picked up another huge commitment from Brooks County dual-threat Malkom Parrish, who had narrowed his choices to Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Parrish is the No. 6 recruit from the state of Georgia, according to the 247Composite ratings, which also rates Parrish as the No. 10 cornerback in the nation.

But he’s just as lethal on offense, throwing for 3,001 yards, rushing for 1,000 yards and racking up 41 touchdowns playing quarterback last season.