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FULTON â€“ ICC head football coach Jon Williams introduced Hawatha Bell and DeAntre Rhodes, a pair of SuperPrep All-Americans, as the newest additions to the roster for the upcoming football season.
Bell, a former four-star commitment to the University of North Carolina, was a member of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team and was rated the No. 16 Inside Linebacker in the country by Rivals after recording 86 tackles, 39 solo, with 10 going for a loss along with six sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown, and five forced fumbles during his final season as a Butler High School Bulldog. He also earned a spot on the PrepStarâ€™s All-American team and the Atlanta Journalâ€™s Super Southern 100.
â€śHawatha was a very highly recruited guy out of high school. We hit the Carolinas pretty hard and hit the jackpot with him,â€ť said Williams, who played football in North Carolina. â€śWe are absolutely thrilled to have him. I know heâ€™s going to have solid career here at ICC and move on to bigger and better things.â€ť
Rhodes, who originally committed to Virginia Tech, was rated the No. 35 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Rivals after earning numerous honors during his career as a Varina High School Blue Devil including being named to the Mid-Atlantic first team and was an All-Atlantic selection after recording 48 tackles, 14.5 for a loss, while having 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior. He was also named to the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Group AAA second team.
â€śDeAntre is one of those kids that I think will elevate the level of our defense,â€ť said Williams. â€śHe plays with a high motor and heâ€™s going to be a solid addition along with Bell. You can tell by a few workouts heâ€™s going to be a solid player for us.â€ť
ICC opens its 2010 football season on September 2 at home against Hinds Community College.