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Three-year starting RB for two Atlanta area schools, Stephenson HS and Tucker HS... As senior RB, rushed for 1,127 yards and 22 TDs for 9-3 Stephenson squad that advanced to second round of Class AAAAA playoffs... Earned First Team All-Area honors as senior... Played in postseason DeKalb County All-Star Game... Transferred to Stephenson prior to senior season... As a junior at nearby Tucker HS, was DeKalb County's leading rusher with 1,110 yards and 14 TDs, helping Tucker to 10-3 and state quarterfinals... As sophomore, rushed for 882 yards and 18 TDs helping Tucker to 15-0 record and AAAA state title... Honors student, Atlanta Carson Scholar recipient.
Dallas James Rivers... Born May 25, 1996... Son of Rhonda and Lester Rivers III... Has two younger brothers, Dawson and Dylan... Involved in Young Life organization, worked as counselor at local summer camps... Video game enthusiast.
STEPHENSON ASSISTANT COACH COREY JOHNSON
"Dallas has been an excellent running back for us since transferring last year. He's a great kid too, a young man who came into our system and did everything that was asked of him.
"Dallas brings a ton of power and what I'd call deceptive speed. Guys don't think he's that fast, but Dallas just never gets caught when you watch highlight tapes.
"Though Dallas is a guy that catches the ball well out of the backfield, his biggest asset is the power and physicality he brings to the game. You might tackle Dallas in the first and second quarter, but eventually he's going to wear you down. He's a load in the fourth quarter."
Selected Vanderbilt over Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Nebraska and Arizona among others