*Finishing off a long week on the road checking out in-state prospects, I was at Jacksonville State today to check out a pair of big early games. The first saw Hoover take on Park Crossing and the field was loaded with college prospects. Big Marcus "Tank" Jenkins had a solid day playing right tackle for Park Crossing but I still feel like his best position on the next level is going to be guard. He's a player that Auburn OL Coach Herb Hand was checking out on Saturday. Athlete Cam Taylor looked really good throwing the football at quarterback and could make the T'Birds a tough team to defend next season.
Starting with our theme of young players to keep an eye on was Park Crossing 2019 cornerback Tacorey Turner. A basketball player that is in his first season playing football for the Thunderbirds, the 6-2, 180 cover man has some obvious football skills and definitely has a future in the game. He may not get tested in the 2017 season as much as he was on Saturday facing off against a talented Hoover wide receiver group.
*While Park Crossing did some good things, the story of the day was at Hoover and it was more than just Auburn WR target Shedrick Jackson. He did have a good day with a TD catch, but he was far from the only Buc making noise.
Hoover has an impressive group of 2019 prospects with wide receiver George Pickens, running back Larry McCammon and linebacker Nicholas Curtis all showing the ability to be big-time prospects for the Bucs. At 6-5, Pickens is a player that one of Hoover's assistants told me has a chance to be the best player ever at Hoover. That's strong praise, but he looks the part. A speedy back, McCammon had over 200 yards rushing on just eight carries. A clone of Auburn linebacker Darrell Williams in terms of athleticism, Curtis has a longer frame and may be more similar to a guy like Vandy's Zach Cunningham.
That brings us to 2020 quarterback prospect Robby Ashford. At 6-3, 200 already and not turning 15 years old until October, Ashford could be the next big thing at the quarterback position not only in just Alabama but the country. He's already been offered by several teams even though he's yet to play a varsity high school game. On Saturday he showed a good arm and mechanics throwing the football and very good running ability out of the backfield. I predict he'll get a huge amount of offers this season even though he'll be just a sophomore.
Big Jerome Carvin
*The second game featured some impressive prospects as well with 2019 Alabama OL commitment Pierce Quick looking very good up front for Hewitt-Trussville. A 2019 teammate that also did some very good things was speedy wide receiver Dazalin Worsham. With a pair of touchdown catches and more than 100 yards receiving, he's a name to remember at the position down the road.
On the other side top Auburn OL target Jerome Carvis is a massing human being and moves very well for a guy that is 330 pounds. Listed at 6-4, he looked bigger than that to me on Saturday. I could see him being a right tackle or even a guard on the next level because of his athleticism. He definitely looks like a fit for Auburn's offense that wants to run the ball and be physical while adding more in the way of the passing game under Chip Lindsey.
In addition to Hand, Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee, UAB, Florida Atlantic and Jacksonville State were all on hand Saturday and Carvin was one of the reasons why.
It was tough for him to get started on Saturday because of Hewitt-Trussville's blitzing defense, but Cordova running back Jeremy Banks is impressive in his own right. A big back, he's got some skills and could be a big riser this summer as teams get a closer look at him in camps.