Greater Atlanta Christian School
HIGH SCHOOL Senior captain... Four-year varsity lettewinner... Three-year starter at LB... Posted team-leading 146 tackles for GAC as senior linebacker, helping GAC to AA playoffs... Also contributed five rushing TDs... Earned First Team AA All-State recognition from Georgia Sports Writers Association and First Team All-Gwinnett County honors... Selected to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game... As junior, helped Spartans advance to AA semifinals and achieve 9-4 overall record... Standout thrower in track & field, finishing seventh at the 2008 state meet in the shot put... Personal best in event is 49'11... Involved in campus FCA activities.
PERSONAL Blake Phillips Southerland... Son of Barry and Jill Southerland... Born Nov. 3, 1990... Youngest of three siblings: sister, Brittany, and brother, Brannan, a four-year starting fullback at Georgia who graduated in December... Dad is self-employed; mom is the GAC food store manager... Enjoys collecting coins and hunting.
GACS HEAD COACH KEN ROBINSON
"Blake has been a great contributor to our program, on and off the field.
"Blake was extremely productive at linebacker, our top tackler this year and second leading tackler the year before. He plays the game fast, plays with an edge and with great intensity. He's also one of those guys that packs a punch when he gets to the football.
"He has the right work ethic to succeed at the next level. Blake just goes about his business the right way, a responsible guy that never makes any excuses."