Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Edition

I figured since it is the season of giving I would give my readers a big gift. In my mind what better gift than a man-sized offensive guard. Think, an offensive lineman is the greatest gift for a quarterback because he will protect him and keep defenders away. Secondly, a running back is always appreciative of a big man up front that can move the pile and open up holes in the middle.

Justin Floyd out of Cartersville, GA definitely fits the bill. Standing at 6'5 255 lbs. this long armed junior has a great motor and seems to love malling little guys up front. I think the experience of playing against smaller quicker competition has actually benefited Justin. On film you can tell his agility and quick feet are his strong suit. He also has the leverage to pave a way for running backs. Justin does a great job of pulling and making plays on the perimeter as well. Because Justin plays in such a run orientated offense he will have to really improve on his pass blocking. But at the guard position the learning curve isn't quite as extreme. So once this 2011 kid improves those portions of his game I see him being ranked as one of the top guards in the Southeast and the top guard in Georgia.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Much Anticipated Signing

So many kids take signing and make it into a big thing. They do it on television, in front of reports, and so on. In my mind it is a big thing. These kids have put time and energy into their craft and have made the grades to have the opportunity to have college paid for. That in itself is an immense accomplishment, one that they should be proud of and something that should be celebrated.

This was the very much the case for Hutson Mason, a kid I profiled mid season. Mason, who is the record setting quarterback out of Lassiter high school, actually announced his decision on his reality show "The Ride." Hutson set the Georgia High School record for 4,560 passing yards and 54 touchdown passes. The record was one that did not go unheard. Mason, a kid who had zero division I scholarships at the beginning of the season and a three star rating, ended up with 9 offers the biggest coming from UGA who he committed with.

The biggest thing I saw in Hutson's game was his ability to make quick decision and make them accurately. In my mind any player that puts up those kinds of numbers is deserving of some looks. I have also seen Hutson at camps that showed he is not just a system quarterback. He can drop back from under center and complete the same kinds of throws. I believe he will be a very good quarterback. We will just see if it is the right fit for him behind two freshman quarterbacks.....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Packaged Deal

So often during recruiting visits and what not you hear players saying they would like to go to the same school as their friends or teammates. The idea is a novel one but not always an easily done thing. Many times a team may want one player, but not the other. Or they may only have enough scholarships for one player. Or the fact that both players may not agree on the choice of schools that they do receive the same offers from.

Well in the case of Benjamin and Javares McRoy they really will be attending the same school, Texas Tech. The Lakeland high school teammates and brothers made the decision and seem to be sticking to it. Ben is a senior and in my mind is very underrated. Javares is junior who has steadily seen his stock rise. What I see in Ben is a tough smart athlete who has been playing running back, but like Golden Tate when he makes the jump will move to wide receiver. He has nice hands coming out of the backfield and definitely has a knack for making guys miss and getting the extra yard.

When it comes to Javares he is the game breaker. He has speed to burn along with his elusive change of direction that makes Javares a nightmare in the open field. I see Javares having the biggest impact between the brother duo. He has the ability to make plays in the return game which will allow him to see time early on in his career. I see the brothers both having a very productive career ahead of them.

Check out their duel video to see what you think of the tandem.......

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


One thing that I have been asked about of late is what exactly is a Junior College and what benefit does it serve. Well when I look at it I tend to think its like red shirting a player and allowing them to develop mentally and physically before their services are needed. The only difference is after going to a JUCO for 2 years a player only has 2 years of eligibility left, but they can start right away. This is a little different than the transferring from one school to another where usually you have to sit out a year unless you go from Division I to a lower classification.

Well as signing day nears some of the countries best incoming freshman will be JUCO transfers. One of those is former Florida Gators quarterback Cameron Newton. Now it isn't often you find talent like this, with experience in high level competition coming out of JUCOs. Usually you have kids who were under-recurrited, didn't have the grades, or just ran into some off the field issues. But Cameron Newton fits none of those profiles. Cameron is a 6'6 245lbs. man. He combines a cannon of an arm with the ability to run like Donovan McNabb. He has the types of tools that coaches drool over. I mean he can launch the ball 60 yards on the fly, but has also improved his short game with throws that have touch. If all receivers are covered, Newton has the quick feet and speed to get into the secondary. And once he gets to the secondary good luck bringing that mammoth of a man down.

Cameron is getting a second chance with a big time program do not be surprised if this Georgia native signs with his former offensive coordinator who is the head coach at Mississippi State. The spread offense caters to Cameron's skill set. If you don't agree check out his high school film that is bound to wow scouts all the same.....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quick Update

Just wanted to take a second to remind all my readers that I have not abandoned my blog for one second. I am just battling my way through Finals. I am still trying to stay abreast of all the signings as well as recruits who have squeezed through the cracks. I will be back on my daily output once I am done with classes and back in the Great State of Georgia. And when I do we will be that much closer to the highly anticipated National Signing day. I am predicting some fireworks because of coach hiring and firings as well as some programs under heat......

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Slipping Through The Cracks

Finding talent is not a science. Kids get overlooked or under-publicized. Coaches don't actively promote players. It is a whole host of things that make recruiting talent a difficult thing and not an art form. Needless to say I love when kids who are two or three star players show a world of talent on film. I think I have found another kid who does just this.

Dean Haynes is a do it all player out of Turner Hill, GA. The 6'0 180lbs. two athlete does whatever his team needs, and does it quite well. When it comes to offense, Dean shows great play making ability from the quarterback position. A great instinctual athlete, Dean knows when to run and when he does he always makes the first defender miss and runs with authority and power. As a defender Dean is a big strong kid who makes plays on the ball, and always puts himself in good positions. He has great leaping ability and can really jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Dean is also a strong and sure tackler in run support.

When I look to project Dean I see him as defense of player and possibly a speciality player (situational wildcat quarterback). If Dean does not work out at corner he has the physical tools and speed to make an impact at the safety position. Regardless, NC State definitely got a gifted player in Dean Haynes.....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Little Men Can Rule the Court

In a sport that puts a premium on size it is always nice when a small guy goes against the grain and holds his own amongst the trees. That has never been more true than with Andre Stringer. The speedy little jitter bug point guard out of Jackson, Mississippi brings more to the table the most point guards who do not clear 6'0. The 5'9 17o lbs. Stringer is most know for his range and ability to light it up all over the court. I wasn't sure how great this ability was until I watched a clip of him hitting shots all over the court.

The biggest thing about Andre's shooting ability is the fact that his stroke is so effortless. The clip below shows him shooting jump shots from half court. This is a indication to his strong upper body that will help him adjust to the more physical college level. Stringer has also done a better job of getting his teammates involved and actually running the team. Honestly if Stringer was 6'0 he would probably be a Top 5 player based on his ability to score the ball ANYWHERE on the court.

Check out this Jackson native and let me know if you would want him on your squad........

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Change of Venue....?

Coaches are hitting their stride right now whether its making phone calls or in house visits as signing day nears. This will be the big push that schools will take time in order to remind players that they are important. This is also the time in which some players get cold feet or new suitors. So it is no surprise when top talent that has verbally committed to school flirts with the idea of other schools.

Telvin Smith is very much in this boat. The Florida State commit is a highly rated linebacker from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA. Cutting on a game of Telvin Smith against the top talent in the state and its clear why he is getting so much attention. Telvin is is probably one of the fastest linebackers in the country. Standing at 6'4 205 lbs. its clear that his frame has the ability to put on some good weight in college. The thing about Telvin is he uses his speed so well, that coupled with great instincts allows him to make plays all over the field. The other thing that Telvin does well is play well in space and makes sure tackles in the open field. Telvin does need to improve his pass defense since he has been playing a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position. But regardless this kid is truly special. I expect him to take advantage of other schools courting him, and with the coaching changes at FSU its a possibility he could end up with the home town Bulldogs.

Check out Telvin's film and see what you think. Don't forget to comment and follow.......

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Young Gun

I am always amazed how good players are overlooked for various reason. I have seen players passed up because of size, grades, position, an a host of other reason. Regardless of the reason I love seeing schools find these gems. That was apparent in a college game I watched this weekend, the running back from Pittsburgh, Dion Lewis.

Well down in Woodstock, GA I think I may have found one of those surprise finds. Quarterback James Harris may not look the part standing at only 6'2 205 lbs., but watching him on film I see loads of talent. Watching Harris I am reminded of Colt McCoy a lot. Harris has decent speed and since he plays in an offense that utilizes the option its clear that he can pull the ball down and run for big gains. The most polished part of his game is his accuracy in the passing game. Not only is he accurate, but he throws it on a rope all over the field. Being an accomplished baseball player shows with his strong arm, and an ability to throw on the run. I think with some more looks this kid can real wow some head coaches with his ability.......

Check out his film and see what you think.

To All My Readers

Hey guys,

I would just like to let everyone know that I have and will be sending out more sporadic updates over the next week and a half. The reason for these sporadic updates is I am currently going through Finals trying to finish up my undergraduate degree. So of course my load is a little heavy right now, but I will continue to update when I can and once I am done I will once again be on a daily update giving you the best seen and unseen in the Southeast....

-From the man who started Making the Jump to the Next Level

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Tall Order

There are some things that you just cannot teach in sports. Speed is the one that is often pointed out in football. I would like to mention another one.....Size. When it comes to the receiver position size makes it so difficult to defend.

As I look around for good players I came across a kid that has size that is often found on the basketball court. Chris Boyd a receiver out of Roswell high school in Roswell, GA is an impossible match up on the high school level. Chris stands at 6'5 185 lbs. The average corner in college is around 5'9 to 5'10 and just having Chris on the field is a distinct advantage. His school has down a decent job of just throwing the ball up around the goal line an having Chris go up and make a play on the ball. Think about it give him three shots at a jump ball against small defenders.

Now Chris is just not a jump ball threat he has really nice hands and catches the ball away from his body well. He definitely needs to get in the weight room and had size strength and size. He has the ability to shield defenders once he begins to understand how to use his body more effectively. He has accepted an offer from Vandy, and if he continues to progress I see him having the potential to develop into a Tori Gurley (South Carolina Gamecocks) type receiver.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Superior Athlete

As Rivalry week comes to a close and seasons are pretty much defined the recruiting search begins to heat up. Not only our this years seniors a hot topic, but teams are also trying to build solid relationship with the rising juniors. That early relationship is key in not only getting early visits and consideration from recruits but also getting them into your summer camps for more evaluation.

As I continue to search for the best talent in the Southeast I came across a superior athlete at the quarterback position. Nick Marshall out of Rochelle, Georgia is an amazing find that will not remain a secret for very long. This 6'2 185 lbs. playmaker is dynamite running the ball. He has the speed and quickness to take a broken play and turn it into a game changing play. As I continue to watch him I am even more amazed by his arm strength. The clip I have of him is a short one, but its of him throwing two deep passes. The second one is a 70 yard bomb that is in the air the whole time. This type of talent does not come along very often and given coaching and refined quarterback skills the sky is truly the limit.

Check out this clip and see what you think. Also attached is a clip of him in action as a team player. (

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Man Up Front

Offensive line is probably one of the most sought after positions in college recruiting. I mean think about it....if you can protect a quarterback as well as run the ball effectively you give yourself a chance to win. So when a player that has size, agility, and a mean streak college coaches are quick to jump on him.

The same could be said for Robert Crisp's recruitment process. A 6'7 306 lbs. tackle out of Hillsborough, North Carolina it is clear from film or in person why Robert would be the best lineman in the Southeast. Robert brings so much to the table as a player. First off the kid is huge and has a frame to add more muscle and still become more agile. The length of this kids arms make rushing the passer an extremely difficult task. Also, the fact that Robert is pretty agile and quick on his feet makes him a terror because if he gets in front of you he stays there.

This is probably one of the most talented offensive lineman to come out in a while especially if you look at his potential. I think with college coaching he will become a left tackle. Also, with added muscle he will become more balanced and really cause some issues in the running game. He just has too much size and speed not to be an elite blocker. I look for Crisp to make an early impact and have the ability to play in the NFL one day as well.

Check out the video and see what you think......

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Where You Win and Lose...

Between the two sports that I cover it is clear that players make quicker impacts in basketball. Because of the nature of the two sports; basketball does not require as much physical play and does not inflict the same type of toll on the body. Regardless of the lessened physical nature of basketball, the players who develop their bodies do seem to have a distinct advantage and have a more successful Jump to the Next Level.

Now I do not usually profile kids outside of the Southeast, but a player by the name of Tobias Harris (Glen Head, New York) has really caught my eye. This evening he will be deciding where he will attend college and a few of his schools of choice are in the South: Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Kentucky. Regardless of his choice Tobias has increased his stock tremendously over the last couple of years (from Top 150 to #5). The reason for such a jump in the rankings is his work ethic and dedication to getting in the gym an not just on the court. Tobias has increased his quickness, and strength down low. The 6'8 230 lbs power forward could likely be moved to small forward so his increased speed is a plus. That along with his ball handling improvement makes Harris a nightmare match up in the post, in the open floor, and on the perimeter.

Check out this talented player who does everything really well and plays the game smooth and effortlessly.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Next Big One

College basketball is built on big time players doing well and building programs. With this thought in mind coaches are always looking for the next phenom to take their team to the promise land. As this search widens often kids get noticed at younger ages, but only if they possess the skills to play with the older kids. Camps often provide this venue for younger players.

Well in my search for the next big recruit I have come across an young man with a world of talent and time to develop that skill level. Rodney Purvis who is a 2013 kid (that means he is in 8th grade) seems to be the next big thing. The 6'3 young gun really does some nice things on the court that make you reminder yourself that wow this kid is only in 8th grade.

What you see from Purvis on film is a naturally strong kid that gets to the hole fairly easily and can finish with both hands around the rim. He has good ball handling skills that will only get better. Rodney also has a nice mid range jumper that keeps the defense honest. Defensively he continues to learn, but its clear that in another 2 to 3 years Rodney will be an elite player if he continues to improve at his current pace. Check out this video and see what you think.......

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Clogging Up The Middle

Certain years certain positions are more in demand than others. While some positions are always coveted. This year it seems that defensive lineman are in demand especially when it comes to the interior guys. Also, the fact that there are not a lot of elite players speaks volumes as to why many 4 star recruits have the pick of the litter when it comes to schools so to speak.

One guy who is very much in that situation is a defensive tackle by the name of Jeff Whitaker. The 6'3 290lbs. man has offers from most of the big schools in the South and around the country and has finally narrowed his list to North Carolina, South Carolina, Auburn, California, and Georgia. With all of these schools vying for his services it would seem his play warrants the attention.

Once you pop on the film of Jeff the thing that popped into my head was "space eater." I mean he is usually the biggest kid on film and every time you watch him it looks like kids struggle to block him. And when they do seem to block him its not much of a block. Jeff constantly stalemates his opponents and must be run away from since he does clog up so much space. I think he can be an excellent 3 technique. He has good explosion, but needs to improve on hand placement as well as extension and locking his opponent out. He will not wow you with his speed an pass rushing ability, but given proper coaching he will be extremely tough to run against and will push the pocket into the quarterbacks lap. Check out his video and see what you think.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Today's post is pure personal interest. I mean so often fans coaches and everything in between watch an comment on things based on their preferences. Well I love to see exciting playmakers on both sides of the ball. Give me an inconsistent playmaker who has potential an skills over a polished player who has reached their potential any day. I like seeing kids who play on raw ability because I believe with proper coaching they can become great decision makers and in the end great ball players.

Today I am looking at an electrifying receiver out of Bradenton, Florida. Ace Sanders who is listed at 5'9 170 lbs. is one of those kids that just has "it". All you have to do is get Ace the ball and he does the rest. To me in the open field this kid can be a real nightmare. He has so much quickness laterally and burst in an out of cuts he reminds me somewhat of Noel Devine in his ability to make things happen. This past year he averaged 19 yards per catch and per run, so however you can get the ball in his hands he will do the rest.

Of course I think Ace has only begun to show what he can do on the field. He can improve on his route running and at times he tries to do too much since he does have so much ability. I think given the right offense Ace's skills can be maximized, but regardless I see Sanders committing to a big school who comes in late possibly Clemson or Florida State.

Check out Ace's skills and see what you think.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Early Signing Period

For the last couple of years the NCAA has enacted the early signing period for basketball recruits. The first period was this past Friday, an some of the top talent across the nation got their choices out of the way an can focus on the season.

One of those top talents is a shooting guard out of Hinesville, GA by the name of Rion Brown. I have seen this kid play a few times in AUU tournaments and the more I see him the more I am impressed. When you see Rion the first thing that jumps out to you is his height standing at 6'5 185 lbs. His long frame makes for a difficult match-up in terms of defending Rion. His offensive game is a mature one an the thing that sticks out to me is the patience that he plays with. Rion is never in a hurry weather making a drive to the hole or shooting the perimeter jumper.

Rion is a very very good shooter. He can extend the defense with his shot from beyond the arch. He consistently knocks down this shot, thus making him a hard cover when he pulls it down and takes it to the hole. His long arms allow him to take it up over most defenders. The best an most polished part of Rion's game is the back to the basket portion. Rion is able to isolate smaller defenders and fade away which makes him almost impossible to defend. This coupled with his ability to spin an take it to the whole is why Rion is one of the better shooting guards in the Southeast.

Check out Rion's talent an see what kind of recruit the University of Miami is getting.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Brushing It Off

So often people think that the only people in recruiting that get burned are the coaches or the schools win players commit an then de-commit, or transfer, or they just don't become very good collegiate players. Well I would beg to differ on that, players get burned all the time. Schools look to stock pile talent and often provide empty promises that leave young men wondering what happened.

In the case of Devin Burns he was hit with a different type of disappointment. The 6'4 185 lbs. athlete out of Columbus, GA. was ready to make a decision on what school he was going to attend. After trimming down the 10+ offer list he had decided to go with the hometown Georgia bulldogs. Well much to his disappointment when he was ready the bulldogs were having second thoughts and rescinded their offer. Despite that set back the athlete who plays quarterback for Carver high kept moving like he does when defenders get in his way and decided to go with Maryland University. Although it was not his original plan it seems as though with Devin's positive outlook things will work out.

Now as far as Devin's ability on the football field he has a world of talent. I believe at the Maryland the fact that Devin runs so well will be an asset to their spread offense. He also is an extremely accurate passer, who was not asked to throw the ball deep very often, but did work the sidelines well and over the middle. The best thing about Devin's game is the ability to extend the play with his feet in avoiding the rush. For a running quarterback Devin does an excellent job of not only keeping his eyes down field for open receivers, but stepping into throws even as defenders rush to make hits. And if quarterback doesn't work out his has the athletic ability to become a good receiver as well.

Check out Devin's skill set an let me know what you think......

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Last of a Dying Breed

As college football and football as a whole continues to change an transform some things are added and thus some things are taken away. One of the things that has clearly been somewhat taken away from football is the position of fullback. In a sport that praises points and exciting offenses the fullback position tends to be relegated to traditional I-set offenses and more consistent running attacks.

Despite the fact that the fullback position is becoming extinct, some programs continue to use it. In the SEC the University of Georgia, LSU, and Alabama all use the position. In the ACC Miami, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech use the position as well. Well one player is clear to show why the position should not soon be forgotten. Brandon Worle out of LaGrange, GA stands at 6'1 237 lbs. An imposing figure to say the least, Brandon brings a lot to the field that coaches want in a player. He catches, blocks, and runs the ball very well. But his size and versatility will allow him to play and dominate because of his match ability on the field. He is a tough cover since he uses his body well in the passing game. And as a blocker its a great joy as a coach to watch him consistently pave a path for running backs with crushing hits.

I think with proper conditioning and a regimented weight lifting program Brandon Worle will be very successful. He has signed with LSU and reminds me very much of a former Tiger running back in Jacob Hester. After watching his film let me know what you think of this dominant player.....

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Tall Order

When you see a 6-7 228 lbs. young man your first thought is wow that guy must play basketball. Better yet a guy who stops playing football after his sophomore year in order to focus more on basketball seems logical. Even more interesting is a highly touted power forward who hangs up the gym shoes for a pair of cleats.

All of the above is referring to Adrian Hubbard. A senior at Norcross high school just outside of Atlanta, GA. In one of the biggest late bloomers I have ever seen on a football field this former basketball player has spent the last year focusing all his efforts on the gridiron. The standout weakside defensive end has come on in his senior season and the recruiting trail has reflected his impact. This unknown player at the beginning of the season, has recently picked up upwards of 20 offers including most of the SEC and ACC schools.

What Adrian brings to the field is something to rave about. Most players of his stature do not have the mobility and agility that Adrian has. When I watch him I think of a taller version of Jason Taylor. He has excellent feet that position him to make plays all over the field. Adrian also uses his hands and extension to engage and get rid of blockers. With his long stride he can make plays behind the line of scrimmage as well as down field. The biggest thing that standout to me is his advance level of play for a guy who is really a basketball player. Adrian has a very aggressive reckless style that makes him a dream to coach. His unlimited potential is what has coaches raving. Check out his film an see how talented and advance this guy really is.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Old Players Revisited

Its Sunday night and as I look through local recruiting sites and recent offers I would like to point out some notable players that I have profiled that are continuing to get attention and offers and in some cases beginning to get offers.

Union Grove is the big winner with Avery Walls, who last month got his first offer from the University of Oklahoma. The junior safety has an additional offer from Standford an is constantly getting calls as the season comes to a close.

Union Grove also has a senior athlete who has become the target of many SEC schools. His superior athleticism and ability to make things happen with the ball in his hand has gotten the attention of the University of Georgia and Mississippi, as well as Georgia Tech.

Storm Johnson along with Eduardo Clements have both signed as running backs with the University of Miami. These two dynamic backs will bring a lot of talent to the program. Their combination of size and speed make for a great asset. Storm is more of a between the tackles runner, while Eduardo can catch screens an run on pass routes both causing the defense real issues.

Video's on all of the above can be found on older post throughout my blog. Continue to read an check for updates and see me profile the best seen and unseen players across the Southeast specifically in Georgia and Florida.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Just Get'em On The Field

As I sit on the couch each Saturday and watch college football its clear that one thing separates the big schools from the small ones. Athletes! The more you have the better chance you have to win the game. It is my opinion that players are the ones that win games. So when I see great players in high school that play both ways or any position that their team needs I say Just get them on a college field no matter what the position.

When I watched a recent high school game I felt the same when I saw Damian Swann. The athlete out of Grady high school in Atlanta, Ga can really do it all. First off he plays free safety, wide receiver, and most recently quarterback. As a safety Damian is a ball hawk that is always a threat to return an interception for six points. His physical style is a apparent with 6'0 180 lbs. frame coupled with 4.4 speed. When lining up as a receiver Damian just needs a little room and he can wreak havoc on a defense. And when he lines up as quarterback he just flat out runs around and makes plays to move the chains.

As I project Damian to the next level I see him playing either safety or wide receiver. His allusive style really makes him a promising playmaker in any system. But I cannot deny the fact that he has great potential as a deep safety that with added weight will be a real player. Seeing as Damian is only a junior an is already getting offers from SEC schools its only a matter of time before he is known around the country as a Percy Harvin type playmaker. Check out his video, Damian is #1.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Winning Trend

So often certain programs are defined by a unique style. A style that brings in recruits and wins games. Florida has their spread offense, UGA has its pro style offense, South Carolina its aggressive defense. Each school has its trade mark an recruits according to its style of play.

Well the style of the Alabama is a ruff an rugged running game that controls the line of scrimmage and the clock. Glenn Coffee, Mark Ingram, and now Jalston Fowler is the key to this style of ball. In high school this bruiser played both linebacker as well as running back. But in college I see him playing either running back or fullback. The thing I like most about this kid is his size an aggressive nature in which he attacks the line of scrimmage. Listed at 6'0 240lbs it is clear that he has talent in just a physical nature. With college coaching and an offensive line to pave the road Fowler will definitely get some playing time in the near future.

The thing is Fowler does not get enough credit for his speed and quick feet through the hole. He should be given the opportunity to play at running back. He can block as well as get to the corner on any defense. He also can catch the ball out of the back field with soft hands. The biggest plus for Fowler is that he moves the pile with force as well as brings an attitude to an offense. The areas of improvement will be better down hill running through the hole as well as continuing to drive his feet, but with the coaching and competition at Alabama I see this being a no-brainer.

Check out his video below an see if you would want to tackle him......

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Playing Below The Radar

Basketball is a lot different than football when it comes to exposure. Not many places have passing leagues that go on during the summer to the degree that the AAU circuit goes on during the basketball off season. In my mind basketball has no off season especially when it comes to AAU games, tournaments, and workouts. With so much time to improve and mold a players game it usually doesn't take long for players to get noticed.

Well in the case of K.T. Harrell, getting notice to the degree that he is now took a little longer than usual. K.T. who is a shooting guard out of Montgomery, AL is very solid. Now some would say that isn't really a compliment. Well in my mind it speaks volumes as to how good this 6'4 guard's game really is. K.T. is the type of player that can shoot, defend, rebound, and anything else a coach would ask of him. He just understands how to play the game and works extremely hard in order to continue to improve his game.

K.T. is valuable as a defender because he knows how to use his body and hands in the passing land, and moves his feet extremely well in order to gain position on players. He also has a very good offensive game. He has one of the more developed mid range games that you will see on the high school level. That coupled with his ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc consistently make him very dangerous. If K.T. continues to improve his ball handling and his much underrated post game (very nice fade away jumper) he will cause a lot of problems for opposing teams. Check out his clips an let me know what you think.....

Monday, November 2, 2009

Versatility Is Key

With the changes in offenses and defenses throughout college football the affects in recruiting are clear. Versatility is the name of the game. Finding players that can do a lot of different things on the field as well as playing on both sides of the ball can make an break a recruitment for both players and coaches. One current issue brought this to my mind. The University of Georgia has a sophomore running back named Richard Sammuels who has not produced much at the position, but talk of moving him to linebacker is only possible because of his versatility.

The same can be said for a Florida recruit, Gerald Christian out of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The 6'3 225 lbs. TE/LB has a lot to offer on the field. Not only can he run from side line to side line but he also has the ability to catch the ball and make plays all over the field. Gerald has the frame to add weight, and his speed is the biggest part of his game. I cannot see him much as a blocker, but will improve somewhat. Florida's offense will suit his skill set.

As I evaluate Gerald I would begin him at TE much like Florida seems to be doing. His ability to stretch the middle of the field and make tough catches will make a difficult match up for any team. That coupled with his rough and rugged running style that shows why he is a good defender makes for a tough task for any defense. When checking out Gerald's film, he is #32 and is shown on both sides of the ball, but mainly as a pass catching TE.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Man in The Middle

One of the most beneficial positions to recruit on a yearly basis is offensive lineman. If you think about it offensively speaking running backs are in surplus, you can usually find two or three solid ones. Receivers are also a pretty hot commodity. And if you get a prized quarterback your first responsibility is to keep him protected an upright. So when you find a good offensive lineman who is a bulldozer in the running game and has good feet and a solid base for pass protection time should not be wasted in acquiring his talent.

Saying that Georgia Tech did an excellent job of offering offensive lineman, Thomas O'Reilly, out of Pope high school in Georgia. Thomas stands at 6'3 315lbs. and in my mind will be an excellent offensive guard. The way he attacks defenders and waste little time putting them into the ground is exciting for a running back. And he has really good feet and hands in rerouting defenders in pass blocking.

I would still consider his specialty run blocking, and it will only be a matter of time before the SEC and more ACC schools begin to offer. This 2011 recruit is one of the better offensive lineman in the Southeast and if you do not agree check out his video.......

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Update On a Bulldog Getting a Lot of Attention

So often in the recruiting world one school picks out a great player before other schools even get a hint of their talent. That has never been more apparent then in Rajion Neal, a running back out of Tyrone, GA that I profiled a week ago. I profiled that Rajion was a special player and that the Mississippi State Bulldogs got a heck of player.

Well apparently other big time schools like Florida State and University of Georgia have gotten word on how good this senior running back real is. Rajion has lead his team to a 7-1 start and has amassed over 1,000 yards as well as 21 touchdowns. With those kinds of numbers its clear that Rajion's services will be coveted by more programs as the season rolls on.

Rajion remains committed to the Bulldogs despite Florida State's offer. University of Georgia will probably offer him in the near future especially considering their need for more solid running backs. In my opinion Mississippi is the best place for Rajion to not only get playing time, but also become the featured back. In the end where ever he goes will benefit from his talents.

Scroll below to check out Rajion Neal's film from last week's article.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

If Only....

So much can be said for a solid player that lacks something whether it be ideal height, weight, or physical attribute. In the game of football you will come across a lot of players that will leave you saying if only...they had this or that. Those small things in some players make a big difference when colleges come to scout a player.

One player that I feel the scouts have somewhat overlooked is a linebacker out of Grayson high school in Loganville, GA. Terry Williams stands 6'0 240lbs. which most would consider slightly undersized for a middle linebacker. The thing about Terry is when you pop in a tape of this kid you see that he has a load of talent. Honestly I enjoy watching kids like Terry on film.

When it comes to his play between the white lines he brings a lot to the inside linebacker position. Terry has good range from sideline to sideline and has tremendous burst upon contact. Terry has really good explosion an pop in his hips that always jars ball carriers. Terry is also very sure tackler that does what it takes to bring a player down. Although, he does not have great lateral speed he always seems to get to the ball even when it forces him to turn his hips and run. He is adequate in pass coverage, but uses his smarts to position himself to win. The more and more I watch Terry he reminds me of a heavier Rennie Curran. Terry has really good instincts and is able to find the ball and get there on any play, he is rarely fooled by misdirection. Williams is just a very impressive player and knows how to play the game. A little amount of coaching will go a long way with this good player.

Check out Terry Williams film and see what you think.....

Monday, October 26, 2009

Never Too Early

Lately in my spare time I have been consumed by the game NCAA 2010 on Xbox. I mean I think the game is a great thing for college football fans who really love football. The thing I love most about it is the ability to recruit and make decisions on which players you will go after each season. Giving them the whole recruiting pitch and what not really makes the game realistic.

Well the same thing is going on across the country. In fact a lot of coaches are getting a jump on some talented juniors, and even more amazing sophomores, that will make an impact come their senior season. On of those possible impact players from the class of 2012 is Deion Bonner out of Columbus, GA. The 5'11 189 lbs. cornerback brings a lot to the table as a recruit. The attribute that sticks out to me the most when I watch Deion play is his ability to use his size and speed to his advantage. He has excellent technique of closing on receivers' hips when the ball is in the air. That coupled with his knack of high pointing the ball makes him into an instant offensive threat ever time he gets the ball. And with running back skills he usually does something positive when he gets it.

Deion being used often as a running back has created a sort of toughness in his game, and he shows it when he comes up and makes tackles on the edge. With continued improvement in that facet he will be a real factor against the run on the next level. The one thing I would like to see him do more of is press coverage since he is a bigger corner. But I must keep in mind that he is extremely young and the sky is the limit for Deion. Once he gets to college I see him developing into a solid corner, if he doesn't grow into a safety, and I think he is comparable to Javier Arenas from Alabama. Check out his highlights and see what you think.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Something Special....

Its not often that a talented recruit in a state that is well known for putting out talent gets looked over, but heck it happens. You have your late developers, the kids who need proper coaching, and sometimes kids just don't show much until given the proper opportunity.

Well down in Tyrone, GA I think a very talented running back by the name of Rajion Neal is being overlooked. Now don't get me wrong this kid has offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, and he is committed to Mississippi State. But in my opinion this 5'11 200 lbs. kids has a load of talent. After watching the film its clear that with a little collegiate coaching he will be a force even in the defensive laden SEC. Neal is a big strong running back who has very nice feet, moves them smoothly and decisively in the hole. He does not tip toe in the hole, but makes short quick cuts much like Willis McGahee and Ricky Williams.

Rajion also possesses superior balance that allows him to absorb hits and continue down field. That balance coupled with a stocky thick frame make taking Rajion down extremely difficult. The grind it out type of mentality in the SEC will suit Rajion's game like a glove. I think it is only a matter of time before this kid really blows up and becomes a Matt Forte like talent, a kid not heavily recruited but does extremely well and carries the load for his squad.

Check out Rajion's video and pay attention to the ease at which he moves through the holes an his ability to make defenders miss effortlessly and with subtle jukes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Real Burner

There is one thing that cannot be taught on the football field and that is speed. Speed can beat technique, smarts, and a lot of other learned qualities. If I was building a team I would do my very best to put as much speed on the field as possible, and that is what big time programs like USC, Florida, and Alabama do on a consistent basis.

When I take a look at Martavis Bryant all I see is speed. A 6'4 190lbs. receiver who can flat out run and catch. Bryant a native of Anderson, South Carolina reminds me a lot of Ted Ginn Jr. but a receiver with more catching ability. Bryant does a great job of catching away from his body and tucking it away in traffic. He also does a great job of using his speed on deep balls creating separation as well as never being out thrown by his quarterback. I see Bryant making an instant impact either in the return game our as a receiver. He cannot be covered one on one without a jam and that is difficult as well.

Bryant needs to improve on coming in and out of breaks and running in traffic with a lower pad level to avoid the big hits. But if Bryant adds weight and does not lose speed I see him becoming like Brandon Marshall with college coaching. Check out his amazing highlight and see how speed kills.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Switch

Any coach that has dealt with recruiting dreads one thing once he gets a player to commit. Its the thought that one day he may get a phone call saying that a player would like to de-commit. It is a tough decision for the player and it usually because of changes in a program or a player feeling better with a different school. Regardless of the reasoning it is always important for a recruit to make the best decision for himself regardless of pressure, I mean its a decision a player has to be sure about in the end.

Well one of the best players in the state of Georgia officially de-committed from Stanford. Tai-ler Jones, a 6'0 185 lbs. receiver out of Gainesville High school, switched his commitment to Notre Dame. The switch came following Jones' official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game. The way Notre Dame spreads the ball around and gets its receivers open down the field seems like it would be a great fit for Jones' style of play. Tai-ler is an extremely quick and versatile player who projects as either a receiver or defensive back. I see him playing receiver because of his knack for getting open and his quickness to make plays in the open field. Jones has great hands and good route running ability. He has good strength and with a commitment to one side of the ball I think he has the ability to make plays much like current Notre Dame player Golden Tate. Jones even shows promise returning punts and kicks.

Check out this video that features highlights of Jones throughout Gainesville High school's game against North Hall. Jones wears #9 and plays both receiver as well as safety.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Simply Smooth

Over the years I have seen tons of video on different players throughout the country. Most film takes a second an third look to get a true evaluation of the player in question. But with some players you can cut on the film and within the first few plays you know you have something special on your hands. Their skills jump out at you and often they just have something that you cannot exactly explain.

Well when I cut on the film of Markeith Ambles, wide receiver from McDonugh, GA, it is clear that he has the "IT" factor. I would sum up Markeith as Simply Smooth. Markeith is a 6'2 185 lbs. receiver that has a unique skill set that makes him one of the best wide receivers in the country. I don't think that I have seen a receiver as tall as Markeith that has his fluidity on the field. The way he comes in and out of his breaks as well as making cuts to avoid defenders is simply effortless. Markieth has good quickness an speed that allows him to create separation from defenders.

What jumps out the most to me about Markeith is his sneaky ability to lull defenders to sleep with the fact that he does not appear very fast. His exceptional route running gives me the indication that he will get playing time early. He knows how to get open and has excellent catching skills. Markeith also does a great job when it comes to blocking, his long frame, with added weight, will be a force in the running game. The University of Tennessee got a great find in Markeith Ambles.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fitting a Team's Style

College recruiting in my mind is an art. It isn't just acquiring the best players for a team, you have to make sure they have the grades, the right work ethic, and in my mind a forgotten one of fitting a particular system. There are a lot of examples of players going to systems that just do not fit their particular style of play. Like a power back (example Emmanuel Moody at Florida) going to a spread offense or a pro style quarterback at an run an shoot system (Ryan Mallett when he was at Michigan- the reason he transferred out). The list goes on and on, but in my mind this problem is shared both by the coaches and the player.

Well I found a kid that fits perfectly at his school of choice. Morgan Bailey, a 6'4 285 lbs. offensive tackle, is a good player in the pro style offense that his high school runs. But in my opinion once he begins to learn the offense of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets he will be a great college lineman. My thoughts are based on the film I have watched on Morgan. He does a terrific job of running defenders off the line of scrimmage and making holes. Morgan has good pad level that allows him to really drive, that coupled with his quick get off make him a load for opposing defenders. His bread and butter is run blocking, but he needs improvement pass blocking. He is inconsistent and does not move his feet well enough to be a great pass blocker. That is why this offense is perfect for his skill set. It allows him to improve on pass blocking in a more protected scheme all the while being able to get playing time because of his strengths. I know Morgan will thrive in the system and I hope that more players pay attention to what schools benefit their style of play best.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Following Dad's Footsepts

It isn't often that pro players produce offsprings with similar talent. Often the child wants to make a way for themselves in another sport or just another genre all together. Well in the case of one highly touted basketball player, he chose to follow closely behind his fathers footsteps.

Raised in the suburban area of Canton, GA. Shawn Kemp Jr. does resemble his father in more than one way. Shawn has the size at 6'9 215lbs. and the determination to make a name for himself much like his father did coming out of high school. While the rules no longer allow for Kemp Jr. to make the jump straight to the NBA like his father, it is clear that Kemp Jr. is motivated to work hard and improve his game year round.

After watching a few videos of Kemp Jr. it is clear that he has basketball in his blood. The kid is pretty athletic for a big man, being able to get up and down the court on fast breaks, and knowing how to throw it down with authority much like his dad did on numerous occasions. I would love to see more use of his nice baby hook in the lane as well as some jump shooting from the blocks since Kemp has such a soft touch.

The biggest thing for Kemp is to face tougher competition that doesn't allow him to get to the rim so often despite him doing it so well. I think with college coaching Kemp will turn into a stud especially on the defensive end and grabbing rebounds. Also the addition of some added weight and bulk will serve him well against the pounding he will face against better competition.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Protested Play

I was checking out some highlights from across the country this morning and came across this interesting story from this past Friday night. Two schools in Michigan played a Homecoming game John Glenn v. Plymouth that turned out to be highly protested contest.

A bitter rivalry came down to the last play, with a 27-28 score John Glenn lined up for the game winning field goal. The ball was snapped and the Wildcats got a good surge and blocked the kick. As they ran of the field with excitement no whistle blew and the John Glenn players stood in shock. Then one of the John Glenn coaches ran down the sideline signaling to pick up the ball and run it in the end zone. With no Plymouth players on the field #87 jogged into the end zone and the stands erupted as the home team was signaled for a touchdown.

Apparently, the refs ruled that the ball did not pass the line of scrimmage, therefore the kicking team still had the ability to advance the ball. According to the rule book this is a dead on call. The only issue I had was #87 the holder had his knee on the ground, but considering the excitement during the play I am not surprised this was overlooked. Needless to say this says a lot for playing until the end of the whistle. Check out the video below and leave comments on what you think should have happened.

The Long Wait

Usually in the recruiting game you have two approaches....Either a player commits early and wants to get it out of the way for his senior season or a player waits to get all his visits in and make schools sweat it out. It has gotten to the point that some players hold big press conferences where media outlets televise the signings. A lot of the hoop la is determined by the individual player and how good he is.

In the case of Eduardo Clements schools may have to hold on to a scholarship and wait until the day of signing day for this prized recruit. This prized recruit out of Booker T. Washington high school in Miami, FL is no stranger to the public eye. A highly sought after recruit who has been in televised games because of his big name school has the skill set to warrant all the attention. Listed at 5'10 185lbs. Eduardo combines a nice blend of speed and elusiveness with the ability to stick it up in between the tackles when motivated.

The featured running back in a high powered spread offense has the ability to make quick decisive cuts and take it to the house out running most secondary players with his 4.4 speed. Eduardo shows great ability to not only catch the ball out of the backfield but line up as a receiver in mismatches against linebackers. What sets Eduardo apart from other running backs is his knack for breaking first contact with either shifty hips within the hole or his elusive spin move in the open field. With his home threat always a concern for defense I know that after getting into a college program and having big time blocking this kid will definitely be worth the long wait.

Check out his video and let me know what you think.....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A New Number 1

In the world of hoops there really is no down time. Even during the off season the team rankings change after different camps from month to month. Well now isn't any different and it looks like the state of Tennessee has produced another top talent that will help Memphis reclaim the number one recruiting class of 2010.

Tarik Black looks to be the newest edition that will put Memphis in the top spot. The Memphis native is a superior athlete who shows so much promise and upside that is understand why he has gotten interest from most schools around the nation.

After watching the film Black's soft hands and ability to run the floor really stand out. He does a good job of getting open in transition and always finishing strong. When in the post Black makes strong quick moves and shows the ability to get off a lot of clean shots. He also has the ability to finish with a right hand hook shot on a consistent basis. The best thing about Black's game is the ability to defend and the hustle he has on the court. He has great quicks, feet, and ability to alter shots.

Tarik is listed as a center, but once in college I think he will be able to play center out of necessity but flourish as a power forward. Black's raw skills make his acquisition a big pick up for any team especially since I feel he is underrated despite his 4 star ranking. He will become a true force once he refines his offensive game.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday Night Lights

It isn't too often that high school games are played on Thursday nights, but when its a nationally televised game that tends to be understandable. This past Thursday night Miami Northwestern faced off against the number 7 ranked team in the country Miami Central. Miami Northwestern two years ago was the best team in the country led by starting Miami University quarterback Jacory Harris as well as a host of other current Cane players. Although they lost a lot of talent the current Miami Northwestern program is led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and receiver Michaellee Harris. Those two along with running back Corvin Lamb were potent enough to create big plays and score when their team needed it.

Miami Central who came up short in the 22-14 lost was plagued by early penalties having more than a dozen penalties by half time accumulating over a hundred yards of penalties. But once again I came away impressed with the ability of Jeffery Godfrey (Miami Central QB) to not only make plays moving around in the pocket and throwing down field but the intensity and passion that he plays with. I know a lot of schools are wanting to move him to receiver or possibly defense, but in my mind if he gets in a spread offense he can really do some damage. He has an extremely strong arm and just knows how to make plays and is smart with the football.

I think Bridgewater really made a name for himself especially considering he had to compete with the hype of Godfrey. I think after this game he is looking like a more mobile Jacory Harris with the ability to improve as a passer and on the intangibles. But regardless it was a great match up of talented and speedy kids.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Can't Forget Hoops

I know some of my die hard hoop fans are wondering if I have completely forgotten about the hardwood, and for that this piece is for you. Now although I cater to the season (it being the heart of football season) I was reminded by preseason basketball that in a couple of months some of the best high school talent in America will be trying to Make the Jump to the Next Level.

Well after searching through a few highlights and game footage I came across an amazingly gifted point guard out of Memphis, Tenn. Joe Jackson will not wow you with his stature (5'11 170lbs.) but with the ball in his hands his talent is evident. In my opinion this shoot first point guard if 3 inches taller would be the number one shooting guard in the country and possibly the best offensive player in the country. He reminds me a lot of a player out of NY by the name of Jonny Flynn with his energy and ability to score in bunches and create for others.

There isn't anything on the offensive end that Joe cannot do. He is a speedy guard who has the ability to create of the dribble not only because of his speed, but more because of the attention he draws as a scorer. Joe has one of the best mid range games in the country and he knows how to position himself to make plays effortlessly. Joe also does a good job of getting quality shots despite his small stature. His game from beyond the arch could use some work, but is consistent enough to cause havoc on the defense. On the defensive end Joe utilizes his speed and quickness to play the passing lanes. He also excellent bounce that allows Joe to cheat and make blocks from the weak side.

It is clear that Jackson is one of the premier talents around. With college coaching and a bigger and better players around I think he will become a more well rounded point guard and a fear among all opposing players. If you don't think so check out his video.....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A True Hog in Razorback Country

As I watch college and high school games through Friday and Saturday I make different observations that affect the things I write about here on my blog. After watching the University of Georgia battle LSU I noticed how the pressure that a QB feels throughout a game does somewhat dictate how that player plays. Now although LSU came out with the win, it was clear that UGA's front four created some problems for LSU's QB.

After combing through some recent film I found a kid down in Arkansas that could end up creating some havoc on opposing offensive lines in the near future. Through my experience I have found it extremely hard to project Defensive Tackles from high school. So often they may be big, but not as adapt at using their tools in order to make plays. Well Byran Jones (DT 6'3 310lbs.) knows how to use his tools. After watching Byran;s film its clear that even though his height might restrict him from playing offensive line the toughness and nastiness that he plays with just belongs on the D-line.

Jones uses his hands well when attacking the shoulder of the opponent. He is at his best when he lines up as a 1-technique over the center. Jones has excellent burst out of his stance and usually gets under the pads of offensive lineman displaying excellent leverage for a man his size. Areas for improvement are consistency and better use of hands for pass rushing purposes. But in my opinion Defensive line is one of the harder positions to play as a true freshman. But with a college weight program and good coaching I can see Jones Making the Jump to the Next Level.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Unconventional Receiver

As time ticks on through the season players will begin to show their talent and following the post season will be invited to the coveted All-Star games. One of the biggest of those is the U.S. Army All-American game. This game usually involves the best of high school talent from across the nation. Throughout the season I will be profiling talent that has either made the list or has ability to play in a game of this caliber.

As I continue to comb the Southeast region a player in the state of Louisiana caught my eye. Trovon Reed out of Thibodaux High School clearly has the talent in order to play in any All-Star game in the country. This wide receiver has some of the fastest wheels and best moves in the south. Reed also has the ability to return kicks and punts and has a knack for making tacklers miss in the open field.

The only issue that arises when finding an All-Star game for Reed to play in is what position will he play. He currently plays in a triple option style running offense that requires him to mainly receive handoffs and block on other running plays. Regardless of positioning once Reed makes it to college and has time to settle into the receiver position he will be able to refine his route running and in my opinion he will be one of the few to Make the Jump to the Next Level as a freshman.

Check out his video......

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Championship Match-Up

Friday Night games are always exciting and big when your a high school player. The crowd creating a buzz as the players warm-up for quick off. This past Friday there was a little more excitement and buzz around the stadium for the match-up between perennial powers Byrnes high school (South Carolina) and St. Thomas Aquinas high school (Florida). These two big time programs are known for there high profile players. Byrnes has blue chippers Marcus Lattimore (RB), Corey Miller (DE), and Brandon Willis (DE). All three of these kids are going to big time schools. And St. Thomas Aquinas is led by Cody Riggs (CB) and LaMarcus Joyner (CB) as well as another 12 or so division I talent players.

With this much talent on the field fans knew they were in store for something special. The contest ended with a score of 42-34 in favor of the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders. The Raiders had numerous big plays off of the Byrnes Rebels turnovers. Lattimore, who is still undecided of a college choice, ran for 122 yards and 2 tds but had 3 lost turnovers. Miscues like those led to points for the Raiders. The game was an offensive shoot out with the Raiders having big plays of 40, 52, 73, and 93 yards. Not to be outdone the Rebels offense was pretty potent itself. The Rebels QB Chas Dodd threw for 416 yards and 3 touchdowns and probably could have made the game closer if it hadn't been for the Rebels 6 fumbles. Nonetheless the capacity crowd of 15,000 plus enjoyed the game.

Regardless of the outcome both schools will vie for state championships in their respective states and even more scholarship offers for their players. In the end the tradition and strong foundations will lead to more successful jumps to the next level for players as well as coaches.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Night Lights

There are some big match ups going on across the Southeast region when it comes to high school football. I will be sure to update all my readers on the big upsets and big individual performances.

I will also be looking for more collegiate players proving that they have successful made the jump to the next level. And to all of you that have sent in questions, comments, and suggestions I appreciate it and hope that you will continue. I am always interested in what my readers think and want to see more of.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who Hasn't Offered?

The recruiting process is an interesting things to fully understand. You have your kids who get noticed late in the recruiting process, then there are the camp junkies who get noticed while performing in t-shirt and shorts, and then there are those few kids that everyone wants.

In the case of James Vaughters everyone wants him. This 2011 defensive end/linebacker has so much going for him its clear why he is so coveted. James is 6'2 220lbs and has a 4.0 GPA. Not only does he look the part, but he comes from a tradition rich football high school. Probably some of the more famous Tucker high school alumni are Brandon Lang and Thomas Brown.

When it comes to on the field James can do it all. The kid is quick and shows strength that translates beyond the weight room. When taking on bigger players he has great leverage and pop from the hips. And when tackling players he explodes through ball carriers a rarely misses. He reminds me a lot of a larger version of Rennie Curran. He has the speed to chase down ball carriers from the backside and moves his hips well in pass coverage.

I think when it is all said and down Vaughters will commit to the Georgia Bulldogs and play middle linebacker. At that position he will excel and eventually barring injury make the jump to the NFL.

Check out his highlights from Sophomore year and see all the potential.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Position Change That Works

The dreaded thought of a position change so often is a players worse fear. They immediately say what have I done wrong and why is coach punishing me. They forget that this is a team game and a lot of times a position change can benefit both the team and the player. Stephen Gilmore the current starting cornerback for South Carolina was asked to play quarterback his senior year out of necessity. So it is clear that positions change in college and playing something in high school doesn't guarantee that in college.

Yesterday I profile Avery Walls, and he has an outstandingly gifted teammate in Jordan Akins. A former wide receiver that was moved out necessity has thrived and actually gotten more attention when it comes to recruiting since the move. An unranked talent who makes plays left and right it is a surprise that it took a position change to put him on the map. The 6'3 185 lbs. athlete just understands how to make plays especially in the open field. As an option quarterback he has shown his physical nature as well as his speed and ability to get to the edge of a defense. Jordan also has a knack for making defenders miss.

When given the opportunity to play receiver he looks like a basketball player. Watching his video you see about 4 jump balls that look the same because of how skilled and how much ease at which Jordan goes up over smaller defenders to hi-point the ball.

After evaluating Jordan's talent it is only going to be minimal time before he gets all the attention he truly deserves. He definitely deserves to be playing with the big boys in the SEC or ACC. Check out his video and see what you think.

Improvements Coming

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Division I Talent.....?

As a kid coming up within the high school ranks there comes a point where a player has to be honest with himself. Am I a division I player? Can I play with the big boys of the SEC, ACC, and Big XII? Nothing legitimizes this decision more than an offer from one of these top tier conferences. To get that first offer regardless of whom it is or when it comes it is always an exciting thing.

A player who was originally doubting what level he belonged at was Avery Walls. The 5'11 180 lbs. safety out of Union Grove high school in McDonugh, GA. no longer doubts where he belongs. After receiving an offer from the University of Oklahoma it is clear what level Avery will be playing on.

A reminder that this ultra athletic safety is part of the 2011 class, and after watching his film I see why. Avery has great range and does an excellent job of coming up in run support. And when he fills he does so with authority often causing fumbles. But the best part of his game is the way he plays in pass coverage in the middle of the field. Coaches are already raving about how smart and instinctive he is. Avery always seems to be around the ball. He does a great job of hi-pointing the ball and when in doubt he knocks it down. He also plays extremely hard and this is shown more on special teams where he hustles to make blocks down field. Avery is definitely the kind of player that is Division I talent and coaches will be banging down his door for the next year.

Check out his video and let me know what you think.....

Monday, September 28, 2009

Growing Out of Position

Football is a sport that often relies on set criteria. When it comes to placing a kid in a certain position a lot is determined by that kids physical make up. Offensive and Defensive lineman are usually the biggest. Wide receivers and defensive backs are the fastest and running backs and linebackers are the toughest (had to say it since I am a former linebacker). The idea is that most offensive positions have an equal on the defensive side of the ball. Well often times a player can grow out of one one position and into the other.

That is the case with one of the most talented and physically gifted players in Georgia. Clarence Jackson has, in some circles, been considered the best running back in Georgia. Jackson does it all for his North Clayton high school team and is known as their work horse. It is clear once you see Jackson why he is considered a workhorse. A year ago Jackson was listed at 6'2 215lbs. Well after a year of working out and gaining experience Jackson has added to frame about ten pounds and an additional inch to his frame. Now the question is has Jackson grown out of his position.

Luckily he has the talent to make a seamless transition to the defensive side of the ball. The same skills he possess on the offensive side of the ball suit him defensively. He has the speed to play side line to side line, the strength to take on blockers, and the coverage skills to make plays in the open field. All this being said there will be a strong argument from offensive coaches that he become the workhorse that any offense would love to have. A running back that punishes the defense. Regardless Clarence Jackson is an excellent find and will make some coach whether its offense or defense really happy.

Let me know what you think he should play......

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Success Will Bring Notoriety

As the high school season presses on its clear that most players stock will only slightly move up or down. But when it comes to a few this seasons, on field results will warrant a few extra looks and more scholarship talk. Down in Marietta, Ga. it is clear that one player will eventually raise his stock significantly, because of his amazing play.

Hutson Mason, the quarterback of an undefeated Lassiter High School is putting on a superb performance of late. Well actually not just of late. Last year as a junior Mason passed for almost 4,000 yards. And 4 games into the season Mason is continuing his tear compiling a 73 % completion percentage, 1,235 yards passing, and 12 touchdowns.

Now some might think it is his measurables that have hurt him, but the 6'3 185lbs. quarterback is physically gifted and can make almost all the throws on a football field. He throws a beautiful deep ball and has good accuracy with throws to both hashes. Mason also shows great ability to move in the pocket and make scrambles in order to move the chains. He also commands the offense with a lot of confidence almost like an on the field coach. The only down side possibly is his Texas Tech like offense that is known to put up big numbers, but I cannot see this kid continue to fly under the recruiting radar. He will eventually get some offers from the big schools and in the end I see him playing in the ACC or possibly a spread type offense.

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