Simmons: Looking Back and Ahead

After seeing four schools play last weekend, who was Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons' Top Performer? Find that out, here, find out who he'll see play this week, and more here.

South Georgia was where Simmons was last week and he saw Savannah host Bradwell Institute on Thursday and Camden County host Treasure Coast (FL) on Friday.

Top Performer

A few prospects stood out in these games, but this honor has to go to 2013 cornerback J.J. Green of Camden County. Who will be the first school to overlook Green's size (5-8/170) and offer this young man a scholarship? That is the biggest question around being asked around Kingsland, Ga. right now.

Green opened up the game with a kick-off return for over 70 yards to put the Wildcats up on the Titans and Camden County never looked back.

He scored on a run out of the backfield for over 40 yards, he caught a pass from Brice Ramsey, he had a couple of pass break-ups, and he had two big hits.

Green is a football player that believes in himself. He plays with confidence, he plays physical, he can cover, he can tackle in the open field, and he is a Division I prospect for 2013.

What Simmons Learned

  • Football on the east coast of Georgia is just not the same. Camden County creates an electric atmosphere and they have some of the best football in the country, but right up the road in Savannah, that is not the case. There may have been 200 people at the Savannah-Bradwell Institute game and the game was sloppy. The football in that area is different and just not among the best in the Peach State.

  • Treasure Coast athlete Travares Copeland is worth the price of admission. Copeland ran for his life much of the night against Camden County, but he made plays. He has quick feet, he kept plays alive all night, and it was like a video game watching him run from side to side.

  • Brice Ramsey has it. He has continued to get better, continued to learn the Camden County offense, and he just has it. He is as cool as they come, he is emerging as a leader, and he could lead the Wildcats to a state title this season.

  • Savannah may have a sleeper. Kavon Freeman is a 6-foot-4, 253 pound athlete that played defensive end, defensive tackle, and tight end for the Jackets. He caught two touchdowns and was constantly standing out against Bradwell Institute. He did not play football last year and he has grown up a basketball star, but football is his future. No offers yet, but he has talked to Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Southern, and Georgia Tech. He is not very explosive and he needs to play with a little more effort, but his size and athleticism will lead to him signing a scholarship with someone in February 2012.

  • Chester Brown plays with emotion. The Georgia commitment does not like to lose. He lays it all on the line, he leaves it on the field, and playing with that type of attitude will help him be successful as an OL between the hedges.

    Looking Ahead

    Where Will Simmons be this week?

    He starts off Thursday in the state of Florida watching five-star athlete Nelson Agholor and Berkeley Prep go against 2013 athlete Ryan Green and St. Petersburg Catholic.

    On Friday, he'll be in Alabama where he will see Carver host Prattville. There will be plenty of talent in this game with Florida State commitment Justin Shanks, Alabama commitment Justin Thomas, and 2013 quarterback Jeremy Johnson leading the way.

    There will be stops made at multiple high schools on Thursday and Friday as well to see prospects in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 classes.

    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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