Friday Night Lights Sees Junior Prospects

PRATTVILLE – In a matchup of two of central Alabama’s top programs, 7A Prattville jumped out to a 24-0 lead over 6A Carver-Montgomery and held on to win, 52-20. Prattville has struggled in recent years, but seems to be an awakened, ticked off giant. Oh, and there were plenty of prospects on the field, as is always the case when these two meet. was not the only media outlet present to cover that group. To the categories:

TOP PROSPECT: Normally, this space is reserved for seniors, but on this night the best three college prospects between the chalk lines were all juniors. Of those, the man garnering the most attention – and rightfully so – is Carver linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson (6-3, 225). My theory is that they call him “Mack” because of the way he hits, like the truck of the same name. They could also call him “Jack,” as in “of all trades.”

As Carver Coach Billy Gresham put it, “He does just a phenomenal job. He such a great athlete, and he does so many things for us. He’s our long snapper. He’s our Wildcat quarterback. He can throw it and run it. On defense, he brings that versatility (at linebacker). He’s able to cover slot receivers at times He plays well in zone, and he can blitz the edge. He can diagnose plays for us, in the run game and the passing game. He does a real good job for us.”

Prattville Coach Chad Anderson is also impressed with Wilson. “He’s just a great athlete, and they use him several ways. He can play in the box, and get out in the flats for the pass.”

To wit: On one first-half play, Wilson lined up at left defensive end, diagnosed a screen in the right flats, and ran across the field from one hash mark to the other to make the tackle in the open field. Kid can play.

SENIORS WHO SHINED: Prattville quarterback Keith Washington (6-2, 165)is an athletic guy who could play a number of positions at the next level. He scored five touchdowns: first on two short sneaks in the first half, before breaking loose for a 31-yard score. He closed the half by leaping over the pile from a yard out for his fourth touchdown of the first half as time expired, staking the Lions to a 31-7 lead at intermission. He added an 8-yard draw for his fifth score midway through the third quarter. He also completed his first 10 passes. His offers include Duke and Hawaii. His other top suitors are Missouri and Kentucky. Duke seems to be the current leader.

Lions offensive lineman Kenny Thomas is getting some looks. Troy has a commitment from Carver receiver Ismail Saleem (6-0, 180). He caught a 30-yard pass for six points to get his team on the board late in the opening half. His teammate, Melvin Tyus, is a 6-1, 205-pound defensive back with offers from several mid-majors such as South Alabama and Memphis.

JUNIORS TO WATCH: Carver defensive end Marlon Davidson (6-5, 275)transferred in from Greenville over the summer. He’s picked things up rather quickly, according to his new coach. “He’s done great. He leaves no doubt that he’s one of the best players on the field every Friday night,” said Gresham. “He flies around, and plays with a lot of heart and tenacity. He’s a great leader for us, and he’s a high-profile guy as far as recruiting stands. He comes out every day and works hard. He’s taken our program to another level. His teammates now can see how guys with that kind of stature compete, and come to work every day.”

Anderson said, “(Davidson’s) a big boy. He carries a load, and he’s tough to block.” That he is, and he showed in when he shot through the line and threw Washington for a 3-yard loss twice on the option play.

Davidson’s older brother, Kenneth Carter of Greenville, played defensive line at Auburn. Davidson is good friends with Wilson, and is mutual friends with Alabama freshman Shaun Dion Hamilton. His recruiting, like Wilson’s, will be an in-state war.

To give credit where it’s due, Prattville offensive tackle Cody Wyatt (6-2, 230) fought Davidson tooth and nail while both were in the game. Each man won his share.

Davidson and Wilson both left with injuries in the third quarter. Davidson did not return, but played long enough to make quite an impression.

For the Lions, running back Kingston Davis is a load at 6-0, 220. Said Anderson: “He’s just a good, solid kid with good parents who does a great job in the class room and works hard on the field. He takes care of the football, and he works on the little things like blocking, making his cuts, and getting up field. He’s done a really good job for us.”

Gresham agrees. “(Davis) is pretty big, and real physical. He plays hard, and plays the game like it should be played. He blocks well, and that really stands out (on film). For a running back, those are the things that you look for. He’s a hard-nosed football player.” Davis finished the night with 15 carries for 65 yards. The weight room warrior is a load to tackle.

SUPER SOPH: Anderson has coached a number of talented guys over the years between Wetumpka and his current stop, and he says we need to keep an eye on wide receiver Josh Moore (5-10, 160). He had a catch for eight yards, and is a good stalk blocker. Remember the name, Mr. John Garcia.

NEXT UP: Prospect-laden Hoover and new author/Head Coach Josh Niblett travel to Spain Park for an inner-Hoover, Thursday night tilt. We’ll focus on Hoover freshman defensive tackle Khamari Brown and Spain Park senior cornerback Michael Jackson. Should be a “Thriller.”

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