Road Report: Simmons' Top Performers

Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons watched four games last week and he saw teams out of three different states compete. Find out who stood out to him the most here.

Troup County (GA) hosted Auburn (AL) on Thursday, Butler traveled to Charlotte to play Mallard Creek on Friday, and Grayson played Kell and Lassiter played Brookwood inside the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Chad Simmons saw each of those games live and he saw a lot of talent.

A number of prospects had solid performances, but here is who stood out the most.

Top Performers
Jela Duncan – 5-9/180 - RB – Charlotte, N.C.-Mallard Creek - 2012

Recruiting: Duke has a commanding lead.
My Take: Duncan ran for over 200 yards against Butler, the number one team in the state. He put Mallard Creek ahead with a 61 yard touchdown run early and then continued to run tough the remainder of the night. He is not about a lot of wiggle and he may not have elite speed, but he is tough, durable, strong, and fast enough.

Reuben Foster – 6-1/227 – LB – LaGrange, Ga.-Troup - 2013

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama
My Take:: Foster will be ranked as one of the top overall prospects in the country next year and he could be one this year as well. He started off the game with a tackle three yards deep in the Auburn backfield and he made plays all night. He has great instincts, he is very quick to the ball, he explodes through the ball carrier, and closes on the ball very well. He is a special player.

D.J. Humphries – 6-5/275 – OT – Charlotte, N.C.-Mallard Creek - 2012

Recruiting: Committed to Florida
My Take: Humphries is 2011 is different from Humphries in 2010. He has really picked up the intensity, he emerged as the leader for Mallard Creek, and he is playing with fire. He not only put opponents on their backs numerous times, but he was seeking someone to hit until the whistle blow. I saw him block three people on one play and that was impressive. He is so light on his feet and his best football is ahead of him.

Peter Kalambayi – 6-2/235 – LB – Matthews, N.C.-Butler - 2013

Recruiting: Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and others have offered. He is open.
My Take: Kalambayi is going to be in the running for the top prospect in the state of North Carolina in 2013. He is a very physical linebacker who likes contact and he is a force inside the box. He was in on a number of tackles against Mallard Creek. He is a strong downhill player that will likely move to inside linebacker in college although he plays outside linebacker now. He plays smart and could be a leader in the middle of the defense down the road.

Robert Nkemdiche – 6-4/265 – DL – Loganville, Ga.-Grayson - 2013

Recruiting: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, and others have offered. He says he is open at this time.
My Take: Nkemdiche was a force on both sides of the ball and he actually he scored the only touchdown in the game against Kell. He had a handful of powerful runs running like former Georgia star Charles Grant, but his home is on the defensive line. He was pretty much unblockable in this game. He was constantly altering plays, making plays in the backfield, chasing the ball down, or pressuring the quarterback. Go ahead and pencil in five stars beside his name in 2013.

Others Considered: Takhare Donalson (2012 DB – Mallard Creek), Wayne Gallman (2013 RB – Grayson), Riley Ferguson (2013 QB – Butler), Brendan Langley (2013 CB – Kell), Uriah LeMay (2013 WR – Butler), and Caleb Peterson (2012 OL – Auburn).

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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