Simmons: Notes from the Road

Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons spent the second half of last week on the road and he saw many top prospects. Find out what he learned while on the road here.

  • Vernon Hargreaves III is a 2013 corner and he looks to be the real deal. After watching him practice, he is even more impressive than he is on film. He has loose hips, he can play physical, and he could become a national prospect. The junior out of Tampa (FL) Wharton already has offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, and South Florida.

  • 2014 quarterback Chase Litton is one to watch. The Wharton sophomore has the size (6-6/190) and he has a good arm as well. He threw well on the move, he has solid mobility, and he will draw more and more attention as his name and film get out.

  • Nelson Agholor is as cool as they get. He visited Notre Dame officially over the weekend and he is an elite recruit, but he does not want to talk about that. He is a team first guy and that is what he is focused on right now. Auburn, Florida, USC, and plenty of others are coming after this five-star out of Berkeley Prep, but he is not going to start narrowing down his list until after the season.

  • Auburn has gotten a commitment from 2013 athlete Jayron Kearse already and he hasn't even stepped foot on their campus yet. Kearse plans to later this month though. The star athlete out of Cypress Lake in Fort Myers, Fla. has the ability to play for about anyone. He is a 6-foot-4, 190 pound junior that could play wide receiver, safety, linebacker, or possibly defensive end on the next level depending on how he grows. He has offers from all over.

  • Dunbar has some talented prospects to keep an eye on. 2014 Wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson and 2013 athlete Johnell Barnes are the big two. Bronson is a 6-foot-3, 175 pound wideout that glides across the field and Barnes is a 6-foot, 155 pound athlete that will likely end up at corner on the next level. Expect to hear a lot about these two in the coming years.

  • Mario Pender is an elite running back and Island Coast has another speedster working right along his side. T.J. Johnson is a 5-foot-8, 160 pound back that accelerates quickly, he makes guys miss, and he is a threat to go the distance from anywhere at any time. Pender is having a big senior year and he will likely move up in the rankings soon and Johnson already has an offer from Miami.

  • There are two big defensive lineman that will become top prospects at Manatee in Bradenton, Fla. Derrick Calloway is a 6-foot-1, 300 pound junior and DeMarcus Christmas is a 6-foot-3, 285 pound sophomore. Calloway is more of the plug in the middle while Christmas is the linger of the two, and he is a little quicker. Calloway already has an offer from the South Florida Bulls.

  • Brian Poole is the man at Southeast now and he has a couple of skill guys coming behind him at Southeast. They may not be five-star prospects like Poole, but Courtney Allen and Bobby Haines are two that will emerge as legit prospects in the 2013 class. Haines has a lot of raw ability and potential. He is a track star at 6-feet 3-inches and 175 pounds. Allen is a 5-foot-7, 187 pound tough running back. Some may pass because of his size, but he is a player.

  • The big three for Armwood next year are Alvin Bailey, Leon McQuay, and Darryl Richardson. McQuay has an impressive offer list already and Florida currently leads. Richardson is a quarterback I like a lot and he has offers from Ohio State, South Florida, and Tennessee. Bailey is a wide receiver with good speed and quickness.

  • Justin Shanks remains committed to Florida State, but he is still talking to both Alabama and Auburn. The Prattville, Ala. defensive lineman will likely visit FSU officially when they play Miami. He plans to take other visits as well.

  • Auburn is the big leader for Jeremy Johnson. The 2013 quarterback out of Montgomery (AL) Carver has an offer to play football and basketball for Auburn and he is likely going to be one of the top QBs in the South next year.

  • Tampa (FL) Hillsborough defensive end Jordan Sherit was impressive against Jefferson. He is pushing 6-feet 4-inches tall, he is long, and he is very quick off the ball. He could be a rush end or outside linebacker on the next level depending on what type of defense the school he signs with runs.
    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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