Simmons: Notes from the Road

Regional Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons saw some impressive prospects on Wednesday and he talks about them here.

A number of schools in Georgia were visited on Wednesday by Regional Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons of FOX Sports/Scout.com. Here are some notes on some of the top prospects he saw.

  • Eagles Landing Christian Academy will be seeing coaches from all over the country in the coming years. They sent prospects to California and Virginia Tech in 2011 and they have more prospects in 2012 and 2013.

    The top prospect in the current class is Justin Thomason, a 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive end. He was offered by Troy on Wednesday. He also has offers from Buffalo and Washington State.

    The 2013 class looks very strong for head coach Jonathan Gess and the Crusaders. On Wednesday alone, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Wake Forest offered two of the ELCA sophomores. Running Back Keyante Green (5-9/190) and lineman Isaac Rochell (6-4/245) picked up those offers. Virginia Tech had already offered those two and Georgia had offered Green and Boston College had offered Rochell. Both will be big-time prospects in that class.

    Green grew up a fan of Tennessee, but is open at this time and Rochell would like to play somewhere close to home. Rochell could play on either side of the ball, but he could have NFL potential as an offensive tackle.

  • Anthony Hines has a few prospects to keep an eye on at Central High School in Macon, Ga., but his top guy is Nigel Bowden.

    Hines has seen coaches from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and other schools come through his office over the past couple of weeks and all have asked about his 2013 linebacker.

    Bowden is a close to 6-feet 2-inches tall and a solid 226 pounds. He has no body fat, he is very powerful, and he is starting to emerge as a top linebacker prospect in Georgia.

    Vanderbilt watched him practice last week and offered him a scholarship on the spot. Alabama, Florida, and Georgia invited to their camp in June as well.

    Engineering is something Bowden would like to get into after football, so Georgia Tech is a school he is very interested in.

  • Georgia Military College always has talent and coaches from throughout the country have been there over the last few weeks. On Wednesday, Auburn was there paying close attention to defensive tackle/nose guard Daniel McCullers.

    McCullers is a prospect that cannot be missed on the football field. He is a 6-foot-6, 380 pound lineman that carries the weight extremely well. He claims offers from Alabama, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. Expect more to come.

    Another impressive prospect at GMC is R.J. Robinson. He is a 6-foot-2, 210 pound running back from the state of South Carolina. Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, and Tennessee have offered him at this time. He is hearing a lot from Georgia and South Carolina.

    Corey Washington could be the top wide receiver for the Bulldogs. He is a 6-foot-4, 208 pound play-maker with good speed and length. He has no offers, but they will come. He could be a steal for someone. He has the speed to stretch the field with great size. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Tennessee are a few of the schools showing interest.

    Jalen Fields and Fre'Shad Hunter had strong practices on Wednesday. Both showed very good explosion off the ball and both have really improved their technique since arriving at GMC a year ago. Fields is committed to Georgia and Hunter said he is committed to North Carolina State.

    GMC Head Coach Bert Williams also received some news Wednesday about a transfer while Scout was on hand. Jamius Gunsby toured the campus and signed with the Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon. The former South Florida Bull will start classes this summer. He mentioned Auburn and Georgia as schools he would like to look at once his time at GMC is up. He is a 6-foot-4, 235 pound quarterback that played high school ball at Lagrange in Georgia.

    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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