Scout on the Town - South Recap

Tallahassee Godby junior safety Deion Singleton had a big game for the Cougars in their upset win over Tallahassee Lincoln. Read about his performance and more from the Southeast from this weekend.

Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Carrollton (Ga.) vs. Lagrange (Ga.)

Carrollton took control of this game early and they took it to Lagrange in this contest. They won 41-14. The Trojans have a very good junior class, but a freshman really stole the show on this night. Running back Jarvis Terrell is a class of 2016 athlete to put on the radar. He had 240 yards rushing in this game including touchdown runs of 77 and 90 yards. He has great speed, he is not afraid to stick his shoulder in there, and when in the open field, he is really tough to get a hand on. They have a number of juniors to watch and they are running back Trey Chivers, tight end Cole Cook, offensive lineman Jake Sanders, and defensive lineman Dontavious Russell. Chivers is a back with good vision and cut-back ability that could be a good fit in a Georgia Tech option offense. Cook is primarily used a blocker and he his very good at that, but the 6-foot-4, 230 pound junior had two receptions, and he showed soft hands in this contest. Sanders plays tackle for Carrollton, but is likely a guard on the next level. He is a good drive blocker, he looks (6-4/320) like a college OL now, and he is drawing a lot of interest. Russell was in the backfield numerous times and he was shooting gaps and using his pure strength to beat his opponent in this contest. None have offers yet, but all listed will.

Lagrange has some talented prospects too. Joe Sanders plays defensive end for the Grangers and he committed to Tennessee the night before this contest. Sanders made a couple of plays behind the line of scrimmage and he showed good speed when he chased the ball down the field once too. He is raw, but extremely athletic, and he has some upside in Knoxville. Dee Smith is another 2013 athlete that is a legit D1 recruit. He is likely going the Junior College route, but you can expect to hear his name again in two years. He plays linebacker and receiver for Lagrange, but will likely be recruited as a receiver. He is fluid, he has good speed, and he catches the ball well. Benny Gray is a junior running back to watch. He is 5-feet, 11-inches tall, close to 200 pounds, and he runs with authority. He is very decisive, he got plenty of his yards after initial contact, and he could emerge as a prospect in the future.

Douglasville (Ga.) Chapel Hill vs. Atlanta (Ga.) Maynard Jackson
Not a lot of high profile prospects in this contest and Maynard Jackson won the game 22-14 in front of about 50 fans, but junior Josiah Coatney of Chapel Hill showed he could be a highly recruited prospect over the next year. Coatney is a 6-foot-4, 255 pound defensive lineman and he showed a lot of potential. He was double-teamed all night and he went around the blockers, through the blockers, and he would drive both back at times to where the ball was. He did not make a ton of plays, but he was always right there. He did have at least one sack and numerous pressures, but he showed quickness off the ball, speed to the ball, and very good strength.

Maynard Jackson has a senior that is a sleeper and he will sign with someone come Signing Day. Malik Reid is his name and he is a 6-foot-4, 224 pound athlete who will likely be a defensive end on the next level, but he looked athletic enough where he could be a tight end as well. He is a kid that stood out when Maynard Jackson was warming up and he showed signs of a prospect during the game too. He had a nice initial burst off the ball, he has very good size, and although raw and in need of strength at the point of attack, he is drawing interest from ACC and SEC schools.

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst
Tallahasee Lincoln vs Tallahassee Godby

Godby upset Lincoln on Thursday in this city rivalry game. A big reason why was the big plays provided by Cougar junior safety Deion Singleton. Lincoln was up 7-0 and going in for another score early in the game when Singleton was "Johnny on the spot" with a scoop and score for 90–yards off a fumble. He also had an interception, was in on a handful of tackles and made a few bone crunching hits. This is a very active safety who's not shy of contact, solid in run support and in coverage.

Another big reason for the Godby upset was the play of junior defensive end Jacob Pugh. He made some plays early in the game, showing his athleticism and speed. But he sat out the middle of the game, as he was battling an illness. But in the middle of the fourth quarter on a crucial fourth down play with Lincoln trying to make it a one score game Pugh had a critical sack to give the ball back to Godby.

On the following play, speedy junior running back Kenny Young raced 73-yards around the perimeter for a touchdown to put the game out of reach. Young is small (5-7/170) but he can absolutely fly. He had a big time game. Senior running back Khalid Thomas, a Kentucky commitment, had a terrific second half. Longmire was recently offered by Penn State and says he will visit the Nittany Lions while Calloway has been offered by most of the MAC schools.

Sophomore Jaylin Hayward didn't get too many touches but when he did you can see how easy things come to him. This is a kid who was offered by Miami the summer going into his ninth grade season. He's smooth, quick and fast and should be a good one in the future either in the slot, cornerback or both.

Godby quarterback J.T. Bradford is another Cougar to keep a close eye on. He has good size (6-2/190), an above average arm and throws a great ball. He's above average athletically and can run around a little bit. This kid is really coming into his own.

Where do you even begin with Lincoln? The Trojans are loaded in all classes. Senior linebacker James Hearns has bounced back nicely from an ACL injury sustained a little over a year ago. This kid has unreal size (6-3/230 range) and has plenty of room to fill out once he gets to Gainesville. He's aggressive, physical and plays like he wants to knock someone's head off on every play. He's slightly stiff but certainly moves well enough.

Junior cornerback Kendall Randolph should be the next big thing at this position for Lincoln. This is a program with an extremely rich tradition in the secondary with guys like Antonio Cromartie, Pat Watkins, and Greg Threat. He has good size, is physical and displays quality cover skills. He had a big interception in this one. All the Florida schools but the Gators have offered him already and he also has offers from programs like Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina and Auburn.

A sleeper in the secondary for Lincoln is senior safety Jamerson Blount. This 6-foot-2 and 175-pounder, has an offer from Washington State and he will visit Mike Leach after the season is over. Plain and simple this kid is always around the ball making something happen.

Offensively, Lincoln has so much talent at wide receiver. Their big target, Taj Williams, is still uncommitted. He had a quiet night with no catches. But Myles Gaines, Joe Burt and Reggie Davis, all made a handful of plays. And to be honest, the Trojans big play wideout on this night was Gaines, who's Yale bound. This kid plays in the slot and has very good athleticism and ball skills. He runs well and showed great concentration on a few receptions. Burt, only a sophomore, already has offers from South Carolina and Ole Miss. This kid has elite speed and he has a chance to develop into one of the state's top receivers in the Class of 2015. Meanwhile, Davis may be the fastest Trojan on the team right now. This Georgia commitment didn't get loose against Godby but he got open and made a few plays in the passing game.

Like Burt, sophomore offensive tackle Tarrick Thomas has a chance to be big time. This kid is a long 6-foot4 and 270-pounds already. He has very good feet and a frame to really bulk up. There's no telling how high this kid's ceiling is. His father is former FSU star and NFLer Tarlos Thomas.

Hamilton (Ga.) Harris County vs Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central
This was a fantastic game from start to finish in south Georgia, as Harris County scored late to take home a 18-12 victory and earn the district championship. Their main senior, defensive tackle prospect Jay Ellison, had a really nice game, especially in the first half. He actually played defensive end all night and for the most part, TCC ran away from him all night. That didn't prevent him from securing a bunch of tackles and a few tackles for a loss. This kid is deceptively quick and athletic. When he got his hands on the guy in front of him it was all over.

A star in the making is wide receiver/cornerback Taquon Marshall. He's only a sophomore. This kid had several catch and runs. He's very fluid and has very good speed and quickness. Marshall even played quarterback and had several "wow" runs.

TCC has a very talented junior named Adam Choice. He plays a running back playing quarterback and it's Choice who pilots their option attack. He has a good size ( )-speed combination. Choice has quick feet and very good balance. All night long he was so close to busting loose. Choice finished with 24 carries and 158 yards and he really elevated his game in the second half and seemed to get better the more he ran.

A sophomore to keep an eye on is Austin Bryant from TCC. He's an outside linebacker that has great size and length. He runs well and made a lot of plays on this night.

John Garcia, Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Atlanta (Ga.) Columbia vs Atlanta (Ga.) Grady

Grady was able to cruise to a big win, and the impact plays of a 2013 sleeper began the onslaught. Wideout Deshawn Benton has long felt he was underrated at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, and he plays with a chip on his shoulder to prove he is a top-notch player despite less than ideal size. Benton scored the first three touchdowns of the game, including two where he simply out-ran the defense over the top. But the third was the most impressive, as he had to leap over a pair of taller defenders on 4th-and-23 to come up with another highlight-worthy play. Benton has good speed, acceleration and worthy hands. He even dabbled on defense as a safety, helping keep the talented Eagles in front of him all night long while coming up and showing no fear in run support.

Amy Campbell, Southeast Field Reporter
Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer vs Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage

It was quite the defensive showdown Thursday night in Delray Beach as American Heritage barely took the 13-7 victory over Dwyer. Senior defensive end Malik Brown lead the strong Dwyer defensive line as they held Heritage stud running back Greg Bryant to just 69-yards on 18-carries. Bryant had two big runs of 45-yards and 20-yards but most of his carries were stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage. Dwyer Junior defensive tackle Mark Kelly will be another name to remember in the future. In recruiting news, Greg Bryant is looking at three main schools: Florida State, Auburn, and South Carolina. American Heritage quarterback Marcus Davis plans to visit West Virginia after the season and will decide between WVU and Wake Forest. West Virginia is also in the running for offensive lineman Roderick Johnson, who is also considering Florida State, Auburn, and Florida.

Kristen Ledlow, Southeast Field Reporter
McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy vs Tyrone (Ga.) Landmark Christian

Eagles Landing Christian Academy locked down the Regional Championship in a shutout over Landmark Christian on Friday. Standouts for the Chargers include senior running back Keyante Green, who is committed to Purdue. Green, who decommitted from UCLA, says his decision now is final. Senior defensive end Isaac Rochell impressed off the line in his final regular season performance. Rochell is committed to Notre Dame and says no other offer will sway his commitment. He also admitted that his Chargers' season sends a message throughout Georgia...ELCA is not merely a small Christian academy, but a breeding ground for upcoming champions.

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