Scouting Report: North Clayton vs. Lovejoy

HAMPTON, Ga. - North Clayton fell to Lovejoy in overtime last week, but many prospects on both sides played well. Get the full Scouting Report here.

This game went into overtime before Lovejoy scored a touchdown to win by a score of 27-21. Here is how the top prospects performed:

North Clayton

Amarlo Herrera - LB – 6-2/225 – 2011
Scouting Report: Herrera (Georgia commitment) had the size and attacking style of play to attract recruiters a year ago, but he has really improved his quickness since 2009. He got to the ball better, he played faster, and he moved better in space. Many times Lovejoy ran to the opposite side, but he made a handful plays where he showed his speed in pursuit. He still needs to work on shedding blocks and his footwork in coverage, but he showed why he is considered one of the better inside linebackers in the South in this game. He was all over the field.

Jack Ndem - DE – 6-3/235 – 2011
Scouting Report: Ndem moves around along the defensive line for North Clayton, but he has the combination of size, athleticism, and ability to play defensive end on the next level. He did a good job of getting up field to disrupt the Lovejoy quarterback and he got his arms in the passing lane a few times as well. He plays a little high and he can work on his first step off the ball, but he had a good game.

Khalil Stinson - WR – 6-1/184 – 2012
Scouting Report: Stinson is a physical receiver and that will be more of a possession guy on the next level. He made some big catches in this game to keep the chains moving for North Clayton, but he did not have any big plays that changed the game. He needs to work on his speed. Both when getting off the line of scrimmage to separation speed. That is what holds his overall game back. He has strong hands and he knows how to use his body to shield defenders, but he needs to improve his overall speed.

LaDarrius Mathis - RB – 5-8/173 – 2013
Scouting Report: Mathis is a back that has great feet, balance, and quickness. He is not a burner when talking top end speed, but his initial burst is his biggest asset. He is hard to tackle in space, he makes guys miss, and he hides behind those big offensive linemen well to make it tough for the defensive linemen to find him before he is going past them. He has nice wiggle and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Do not be fooled by his size either, he is a tough inside runner also, although he is best when in the open field.

Lovejoy Prospects

Lamont Hardy - OL – 6-5/335 – 2011
Scouting Report: Hardy is a big body that is easy to recognize the minute he steps onto the field, but he is not as big now as he was a year ago. He has dropped around 40 pounds this year and it showed. He played at around 375 pounds and he had a hard time getting into a three-point stance as well as getting out of it, but that has all changed. He had much better knee-bend, he got off the ball better, and he just looked and played better all around. He also moved to guard, a much more natural fit for him. Lovejoy ran behind him all night and they had a lot of success.

Joshua Walker - DL – 6-1/265 – 2011
Scouting Report: Walker is not going to be a top tier recruit, but he will sign with someone in February and likely make a lot of plays for that school. He is constantly playing with a lot of energy, he fires off the ball and he could play the three or five technique on the next level. He does not have the true size/speed to be a big Division I prospect, but he was in the backfield a good bit against North Clayton.

David Washington - DL – 6-3/280 - 2011
Scouting Report: Washington is similar to Walker, but a little bigger. They teamed up in the middle of the defensive line and were involved in a number plays. Washington played with good leverage and pushed his opponent into the backfield a number of times. He is a three technique guy on the next level and he is a guy that would be good with slants and stunts because of his feet and athleticism. He still needs to add weight and strength, but he could be a sleeper in Georgia.

Jamal Covington - OL – 6-4/270 – 2012
Scouting Report: Lovejoy seems to have at least one of offensive line prospect in each class over the last decade and Covington is the one to watch next year. He has very good feet and that is what stood out the most about him. He was very good against quick defensive ends and he had some nice blocks in the run game as well. He still needs to get stronger, especially in the upper body, but he is one that should attract a good bit of attention next spring when the college coaches hit the road to watch spring practices.

Rico McWilliams - CB – 6-0/170 – 2012
Scouting Report: McWilliams is a junior corner that shown Scout over the summer in camps that he could be one of the best at that position in the Peach State next year and he did nothing to change that in this game. He got turned the wrong one time and allowed a completion, but other than that, he was outstanding. He can still work on the little things at corner like footwork and back pedal, but his size and closing speed both will attract coaches. He closes on the ball very well and his true speed showed when he tracked Mathis down on a 65 yard run late in the game. He really locked his side of the field down.

Travis Custis - RB – 5-11/180 – 2013
Scouting Report: Curtis was the workhorse in this game for Lovejoy and he is only a sophomore. He showed a lot of things to like in this game with plenty of time to improve his weaknesses. He finished with almost 90 yards and three touchdowns rushing and he ran hard for four quarters. He is a punishing back that ran with good body lean, showing good balance, and vision throughout the game. He runs a little upright and he needs to work on his burst of speed, but he is one to watch in the coming years. He has the frame to add a good bit of weight and he will likely be a big running back that plays very physical when he becomes a senior.

A.J. Jackson - TE – 6-6/210 – 2013
Scouting Report: Jackson is an athlete that should emerge as a Division I recruit in 2013 as a tight end. He has that size already at 6-6 and he is thin at close to 210 pounds. He has long arms, he is very fluid, and he has a lot of room to grow. He can work on his hands a little bit and blocking is not his strength at this time, but he is the type of tight end that will be more of a down field threat than a blocker. He still has over two seasons to improve and he already shows signs of being a true 2013 prospect.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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