Road Report: Simmons' Top Performers

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons saw four games over the weekend and he names his top 10 performers right here.

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons saw four games again last weekend. Here is a list of the games and then his top performers.

  • First Coast (FL) at Bolles (FL)
  • Madison County (FL) at Colquitt County (GA)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) vs Prattville (AL)
  • South Panola (MS) vs Hoover (AL)

    Top Performers
    Joey Bosa – 6-4/245 - DL – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-St. Thomas Aquinas - 2013

    Recruiting: Alabama and Florida State have offered.
    My Take: Bosa was a force in the middle of the St. Thomas Aquinas defense most of this game. He is a better fit for defensive end on the next level, but he was very active at defensive tackle against Prattville. For a taller guy, he played with good pad level, he showed active hands, and he pressured the quarterback and slid off blocks to help in the run defense.

  • Tony Conner – 6-1/205 – S – Batesville, Ms.-South Panola - 2013

    Recruiting: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M have offered.
    My Take: Conner was the most impressive prospect I saw all weekend at any game. He really stood out to me on both sides of the ball, but his home on the next level will be safety. He is very explosive, he made some big tackles, he showed very good speed to the ball, and he has the size to play college safety now. Conner left it all on the field and he will be a national recruit.

    Fred Coppet – 5-9/175 – RB – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-St. Thomas Aquinas - 2013

    Recruiting: No offers yet, but that will change.
    My Take: Coppet is a speed back with very good feet and someone who can be tough to tackle in space. He showed very good acceleration and patience in the Prattville game. He set up his blocks, he ran in control, and he showed the speed and hands schools will look for in a back his size. He will be one of the top running backs in Florida next year.

    Bryan Cox, Jr. – 6-3/235 – DE – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-St. Thomas Aquinas - 2012

    Recruiting: Cox has a list of offers, but remains open.
    My Take: Cox tipped a pass to himself and picked it off in the third quarter and that turnover was huge in this game. That led to a touchdown for STA and Cox was a big part of the Raiders win. Cox, Jr. plays with a motor and he was very much involved in this game. He can still improve his quickness off the ball, but showed good athleticism and toughness against Prattville .

    Austin Golson – 6-6/280 – OT – Prattville, Ala.-Prattville - 2013

    Recruiting: Committed to Florida State.
    My Take: Golson is only a junior, but he looks like a senior, and he played like a senior in this game. He played with very good balance and a good base against some tough defensive linemen. Golson very seldom lunged at his opponent and he was solid in both pass protection and run blocking. He I one that will be highly rated in Alabama next fall. The intensity he played with is what you look for in an OL.

    Joseph Jackson – 6-1/205 – OLB – Jacksonville, Fla.-First Coast - 2012

    Recruiting: Committed to West Virginia.
    My Take: From the start of the game against Bolles, Jackson was active. He made a couple of tackles inside the box, he made one in space on the edge, and he then picked a pass off. He is a good athlete that has gotten bigger since last season. He moved well, he showed good instincts, and he was a real factor.

    Sam Gillikin – 6-0/180 – QB – Hoover, Ala.-Hoover - 2012

    Recruiting: Committed to Auburn to play baseball.
    My Take: Gillikin may be set on playing baseball for the Auburn Tigers, but he could play quarterback in college as well for someone. He really throws a nice ball, he throws a very catchable ball, and for his first start, he was very successful. He showed good leadership, he made good decisions, and he finished the game with a little over 180 yards passing against a good defense.

    John Theus – 6-6/304 – OT – Jacksonville, Ga.-Bolles - 2012

    Recruiting: Committed to Georgia.
    My Take: Theus really showed great leadership against First Coast despite the Bulldogs not playing well as a team. He played with a lot of fire, he looked to finish his blocks, and he was looking each play for someone else to block after he took care of his initial assignment. He showed very good bend, he was very good in run blocking, and solid in pass protection. Theus performed like expected.

    Justin Thomas – 5-11/180 – ATH – Prattville, Ala.-Prattville - 2012

    Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.
    My Take: Thomas was everything I thought he'd be in this game. He had over 200 yards of total offense and he showed good wiggle, quick feet, and elusiveness. He played strictly quarterback against STA, but he will be used in many different ways by the Crimson Tide. He left it all on the field Saturday.

    Deonshay Wells – 5-9/165 – RB – Madison, Fla.-Madison County - 2014

    Recruiting: Too early.
    My Take: Wells was impressive, that is the best way to describe it. Against Colquitt County, he showed very good acceleration when he touched the football, he moved well laterally, and he was a threat to take it the distance from anywhere at any time. He had a 196 yards on 22 carries and he will remind many of former Cowboy/current FSU Seminole Chris Thompson as they see him in the future.

    Others Considered: Chris Black (2012 WR – First Coast), Jelani Hamilton (2012 DL – St. Thomas Aquinas), Deandre Johnson (2015 QB – First Coast), Ty Smith (2012 TE – Colquitt County), Temario Strong (2012 DE – South Panola), Laronji Vason (2012 CB – Prattville), and Tommie Young (2013 RB – Madison County).

    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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