National Recap: Scout on the Town, South

Here's a recap of Scout on the Town from the South with links to the other parts of the country. We were at games in Georgia, Florida and Alabama.


Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Hoganville (Ga.) Callaway vs Douglasville (Ga.) Chapel Hill

This game did not feature two teams playing great football this season, but it did feature some of the top talent in the Peach State. Callaway moved to 4-1 with a 45-13 win. The top prospect in this game was five-star athlete Terry Godwin. He did not disappoint. He picked off a pass at corner, he scored a couple of touchdowns at wide receiver, and he has a couple of nice solo tackles. He is so quick, he has great ball skills, and he is one of the top athletes in the country. USC recently offered him a scholarship and he has had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and others for a couple of years. Senior Tez Parks and KeShun Freeman had nice nights as well. Parks projects as a safety, but leads Callaway at quarterback. He had some nice runs and throws and showed what type of athlete he is. He really wants an offer from Auburn, but Georgia Tech and Tennessee may lead now because each has offered. Freeman is the leader of the defense and he had a few strong tacklers. He is at his best when playing north-south and he tackles with authority. Callaway will have a few other prospects that emerge in the coming years, but these are the three now.

Chapel Hill has senior defensive tackle Josiah Coatney who is one of the best at his position, but he is out for the season with shoulder surgery.

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Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Plant City (Fla.) vs Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay

This was a game of two contrasting styles. Plant City ran a no huddle and spread attack against the methodical run game of East Bay. It was a game where the Indiana beat the Raiders in overtime, 19-13.

The biggest prospect in the game was Alabama bound three-star offensive guard prospect Montel McBride of Plant City. On this night he played right tackle as well as getting a ton of snaps at defensive tackle. This was no small task for the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder. It was a very hot and humid night in Tampa, Fla. But I have to hand it to McBride, he was on the field for most of the game and played well. Obviously he has terrific size and he moves well. McBride is strong. There were a few plays were he would basically wall off or seal the entire right side of the line of scrimmage. In fact, he did that on the Raiders first scoring run. McBride is agile and has nimble feet. He showed some strength in the upper body. On several occasions he would get his right hand extended on the defensive lineman and just push him wherever he wanted him to go. On the flip side, I would have loved to have seen him use both hands and drive the defender off the ball. The Crimson Tide is getting a raw recruit with lots of tools.

The other Plant City standout that had an impressive night was UCF commit Sedrick King. He plays defensive end and had a big night. He finished with X tackles, a sack and a few quarterback pressures. He's a long 6-foot-4, 220-pounds. He gets off the ball well and has good speed. King made some plays down the line and showed the ability to get up the field quickly.

East Bay is not a hot bed of recruits but they do have a few to keep an eye on. The Indians marquee prospect is junior defensive end Marques Ford. Like King, he's 6-foo-4, 220-pounds. It was hard on this night for Ford to get pressure on the Plant City signal caller because they rely so heavily on the quick passing game. But he showed quickness off the ball and the ability to make plays down the line. On a crucial third down late in the game he chased and applied good pressure on the quarterback, forcing him out of the pocket and to make a hurried throw. This kid is long and has speed. Duke is the one school that is showing interest and Ford is a player in the 2015 class flying under the radar.

Another recruit that would be deemed a sleeper in their middle linebacker, Deondre Romeo. He's smaller at 5-foot-11, 220-pounds, but he makes plays. Romeo is aggressive, runs well and hits hard.

Senior Anton Crutcher is a wide receiver. He didn't get too many opportunities on this night because they choose to just grind the ball. Crutcher, 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, did pick up an offer from FAU after camping with the Owls this summer.

Lastly, East Bay is home to Caleb Holley. Holley, 6-foot-3, 302-pounds, is a guard that moved to Gibsonton from Key West during the off-season. He's only a sophomore and he has a ton of tools. He's agile and moves very well.

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Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic vs Frostproof (Fla.)

Defense was the name of the game as Tampa Catholic took the win over Frostproof 21-16 Friday. Star of the stat-sheet was Tennessee 2015 linebacker commitment Cecil Cherry. Cherry was all over the field making plays, totaling nine tackles, a forced fumble, and sacked the Crusaders' quarterback to give Frostproof a safety. He also had a rushing touchdown. Frostproof quarterback Xavier Gaines did struggle, but the 2016 standout has a very bright future. He was 10 of 25 for 142-yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Tampa Catholic, senior athlete T.J. Harrell proved to be quite troublesome for the Frostproof offense. On the first play of the game, Harrell picked off Gaines' pass and gave his team great field position. Harrell had several tackles, four tackles for loss, and one interception. The breakout athlete of the night was defensive end and outside linebacker Malik Barrow. The 2016 athlete of Tampa Catholic proved to be very disruptive to the Frostproof offense and he certainly made his presence felt. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound sophomore will be one to watch moving forward.

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John Garcia Jr., Alabama Recruiting Analyst
Arab (Ala.) High vs. Gadsden (Ala.) Southside

The top prospect in this one was junior offensive lineman Tyler Carr, an early four-star for Southside and he didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder, with offers from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia among others, carries his weight very well and proves versatile on the field. He's only been playing on the offensive line for about a year, so he's excelling as a run-blocker and on the move more so than anything else right now,and developing as a pass protector. He is quick with his kick-step and has a lethal punch in the process. Carr also played some defensive line when the Panthers needed him, and he was a force to deal with just about every time he got a shot to play the position he has played longer than any other.

Another pair of standouts for Southside, which won the game 45-25, were running backs on opposite points in their career. Blake Devine, a senior, electrified with big run after big run en route to 146 yards and three touchdowns, including one on a 31-yard pass reception. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder showed great moves in the open field and top-end speed, but he wowed with his acceleration on his first score of the night, seemingly nullifying at least three defenders that had the clear angle on him. Aleric Williams, a freshman, was just as impressive. Already at 190 pounds at 6-foot-1 fresh after his 15th birthday, he showed great power and stride on his way to 124 yards on just eight carries. Every time he touched the ball, the crowd had plenty of attention on the class of 2017 talent that may be a name to remember in Alabama.

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Pat Burnham, Florida Recruiting Analyst
Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence vs Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian

Tallahassee North Florida Christian overcame a early 14-point second quarter deficit to defeat Jacksonville Providence School 55-28 in Tallahassee on Friday night. The comeback was led early on by the quick strike and big-play ability of NFC junior wide receiver Christian Philpott who caught four passes for 203 yards with all four receptions resulting in touchdowns. In the first quarter the speedy long-striding junior had a 40-yard touchdown catch for NFC's first score. Philpott, who has offers from ECU, Indiana and Wake Forest, followed that up in the second quarter with scoring catches of 80 and 44 yards respectively and tying the score at 21-21 going into halftime.

In the second half senior running back Johnathan Vickers, who is committed to FSU, took over for NFC and took over the game. Vickers scored on runs of 70, 33 and 38-yards respectively in the second half. The future Seminole showed a tough, physical running style with good vision and quick feet while totaling 243 yards on 19 carries.

Providence looked good early running behind senior offensive tackle David Sharpe who has well over a dozen BCS offers and sophomore guard Andrew Boselli. Sharpe showed flashes early of his rare combination of size and athleticism. The 6-foot-7 and 295-pound senior has all the tools but must play with more consistency and continue to improve the fundamentals of offensive line play. Sophomore running back Will Mitchell has early success running against NFC totaling 111 yards on 20 carries for Providence. Sophomore quarterback Augie Debiase threw for 265 yards on the night completing 24 of 35 passes while trying to lead Providence back from a 20-point fourth quarter deficit.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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