Simmons: Notes from the Road

Regional Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons spent the second half of last week on the road in South Georgia and North Florida. Here are some notes on some of the top prospects he saw.

South Effingham Athlete is Emerging

Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Missouri are the schools showing the most interest in Josh Mercer early on, but more schools are expected to join that group this fall.

Mercer is a 5-foot-11, 180 pound athlete that could be recruited to play running back or safety on the next level. He ran for just under 900 yards as a sophomore on the offensive side of the ball. He has good speed and change of direction and he plans to attend at least one camp this summer.

"Georgia stopped by the school a couple of times during the spring to check on me and they have invited me up to their camp, so I will definitely be there," said Mercer. "I may be at a couple others too, but that is the only one I know right now."

A school Mercer grew up watching was the Auburn Tigers and he is interested in them along with Georgia and some others.

No offers for Mercer yet, but his name is starting to get out, and the coaches at South Effingham feel he could have a breakout season in 2011.

Ramsey's Got It

Brice Ramsey is just a cool customer. No, he has not started a Varsity game yet in high school, but he already has offers from Clemson and Georgia. He is 6-feet 3-inches tall, he weighs over 200 pounds, he talks with a Barry White like voice that works well in the huddle, he has a big league arm, and he has good mobility in the pocket.

He lacks the experience, but he has all the tools that have drawn him a lot of attention since he was in the eighth grade. Over four dozen schools stopped in at Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga. to check on this 2013 signal caller during the spring evaluation period and the flood gates could open later this fall.

Right now, Georgia has a commanding lead, but he has yet to visit Clemson. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, and many others have their eye on him. If he shows in games early this fall what he showed on the practice field in May and in camps over the past 18 months, then look for the offer list to grow rapidly.

He is a confident quarterback with tools that many dream of that play quarterback and he is on track to being one of the premier prospects in the South in 2013.

Bishop Kenny has Talent

The Wolford brothers are two to watch in the 2012 and 2014 class, but the biggest prospect on the Bishop Kenny campus right now is 2013 wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood.

The rising junior is a 6-foot-4, 200 pound wideout with sticky hands and good speed down the field. He has the frame to add a good bit of weight and he is likely going to be one of the top five wide receivers in the Sunshine State next year.

Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson, Florida A&M, Ole Miss, and South Carolina have offered Fulwood a scholarship already and those offers caught him off guard a bit.

"All I can say is that I am blessed and I thank God for this. It is shocking to me because I really did not think I was going to get offers this early," said Fulwood.

Expect his offer list to grow throughout the summer as he plans to camp at numerous schools in June and July.

Joining him on that camp circuit will be 2014 quarterback John Wolford. He is a 6-foot-1, 190 pound quarterback who started last season as a freshman. He has already had phone conversations with Clemson and he has received letters from the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Purdue, and Oregon.

His older brother is one to watch in 2012. Bobby Wolford has been offered by Georgia State, Harvard, Princeton, and Navy. All of those schools like him as middle linebacker, but some schools like him as a tight end/H-back.

"Boston College, BYU, and Wake Forest have all talked to me about playing tight end and/or fullback for them," said Wolford. "I think all three are close to offer me and BYU appears to be very close. I will play anywhere on either side of the ball."

Other 2012 prospects to watch out of Bishop Kennny are linebacker Desmond Huff, safety Steven Cornellier, and offensive lineman Will Lewis.

Allen's Happy about the Attention

Marcus Allen is all smiles these days. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound linebacker out of Hilliard, Fla. has picked up close to 20 scholarship offers in less six weeks.

Arkansas is the latest school to offer him and they joined schools like Boston College, Duke, and Tennessee among others. When Scout walked into his school, he had a big smile on his face.

"I can't help it," Allen said. "I am always smiling. I just do that a lot. I guess I am a happy person."

His coach said he flips the switch though when it comes time to strap the pads on and hit someone. That is what led to the offers.

"Schools like my speed, how I get to the football, and they like my size too. They all saw my film and then offered me. I had a good season last year and it was my first year playing football. I know I can still get a lot better."

Right now, Tennessee has the lead for Allen, but he is not close to a decision at this time. Everything has happened so fast for him over the past two months and he plans to take his time with the process.

"I may be ready to name a top three or top five this summer and if I am ready after that, I could commit, but if not, I will take official visits before I decide.

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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