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For trio of top football recruits, junior year filled with opportunities, potential pitfalls
For trio of top football recruits, junior year filled with opportunities, potential pitfalls

Steven Smothers' cell phone started dancing just a few seconds past midnight on Sept. 1. The Franklin junior had switched his phone to vibrate, but he didn't ignore it, knowing college football coaches could begin contacting Class of 2016 prospects via text message, email and social media immediately after midnight. Smothers, a dazzling All-Metro wide receiver and return man, had good reason to expect a few messages. After the first one from Rutgers, he saw about a dozen more before turning in. Gilman's Ellison Jordan never heard his early messages arrive. The exceptionally-skilled All-Metro defensive tackle had already called it a night. The next morning, he lit up...

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