Scouting Shades Valley vs. Hoover

There were a couple of five-star prospects on the field Friday night at Hoover when the Bucs hosted Shades Valley in the second round of the playoffs. Find out how the top prospects performed here...

There were some big names on the field Friday when Hoover had Shades Valley over for a playoff game.

Hoover pulled away in the second half and that was behind some great defense, strong special teams play, tough running back a junior running back.

Scout takes a look at the top prospects in this game.


Christian Bell
| 6-4, 215 | 2015 DE | Hoover

Bell and a long and lean defensive end who can step back in play in the shallows if needed. He is best when he has his hand down right now. He is strong off the edge, he can dip the shoulder, and pursue the quarterback. Good length, has athleticism, and he looks to project best as a weakside end.

P.J. Hall
NR | 5-11, 175 | 2016 CB | Hoover

The first thing that you see in Hall is his size. He is close to six feet tall, so that stands out when talking cornerbacks. He also has good length, he reacts well to the ball, and he is not afraid to play physical. He had an interception in this game and he tracked the ball well and showed good receiving skills. Hall is working with and learning from a top senior corner and a great coaching staff, so he is only going to get better.

Marlon Humphrey
| 6-0, 180 | 2014 CB | Hoover

Humphrey was not tested in this game on defense. He locked up the receiver and the ball was not thrown his way once. He did come up and support the run a couple of times. Shades Valley tried to keep the ball away from him on special teams and they did all but once - the one time he got the ball, he ran 80-plus yards for a touchdown. He is a special player with Sunday potential and he will sign with Alabama, Florida State, or Mississippi State.

Justin Johnson
NR | 6-3, 192 | 2015 WR | Hoover

Mississippi State has offered Johnson and he is attracting interest from other ACC/SEC schools. He is a big wide receiver who is physical and he could be used in multiple ways on the next level. He is a good blocker on the edge, he has strong hands, and he is like a jumbo-athlete who could play wide receiver, H-Back, or be a hybrid on the next level.

Jeremiah Moon
| 6-3, 190 | 2016 OLB | Hoover

Moon is an athletic sophomore with a lot of upside. He has very long arms and he is fluid for his size. He is lean and needs to add good weight and get stronger to play the run. He had a blocked punt in this game that got recovered for a touchdown and he was also in on a couple of tackles. He has already picked up an offer from Mississippi State.

Bradrick Shaw
| 6-1, 203 | 2015 RB | Hoover

Shaw finished with 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns and he had two more scores called back due to penalty. Shaw was recently offered by Vanderbilt and Mississippi State and Ole Miss had offered prior to the 'Dores. He is slashing back who has a good burst into the hole and very good vision. He needs to run with better pad level and that will help run through more tackles. He is a back who should hit double-digits in 2014.

Darrell Williams
| 6-4, 215 | 2015 OLB | Hoover

Williams picked a pass off on the first possession and he was active in this game. He may end up being more of a hybrid on the next level and he showed he could rush the passer, drop into coverage, and play the run this game. Schools like Florida State, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. He uses his length well, he moves well, and he could end up playing at around 240 pounds on the next level.

Keith Mixon
NR | 5-8, 176 | 2015 ATH | Shades Valley

Mixon was the Shades Valley highlights in this game. The junior athlete finished with a touchdown on a 96 yard kickoff return and 274 yards of total offense. He has that subtle quickness and he is very elusive. He is not a burner, but guys just don't catch him when he gets out front. He can catch the ball, he can run the ball, and he can return the ball. He is best in a spread system. South Alabama recently offered.

Daron Payne
| 6-3, 315 | 2015 DT | Shades Valley

Payne was not a guy who showed up a lot on the stat sheet, but his presence was still felt. He was double-teamed all night even though he was playing was a sore ankle that had him limping much of the game. He did help move and collapse the pocket of Hoover and was a key blocker on the offensive line on a few third and fourth down conversions. He has offers from Alabama and Auburn among others.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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