Simmons: Prattville's Fab Five

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons has seen Prattville High School play twice this season. Over a dozen players there will sign with Division I schools in February, so major talent is there. Simmons names his top five here.

I have spent time at Prattville High School on a couple of different occasions, I have watched film in the coach's office with them, and I have seen the Prattville Lions play on two different occasions this season. There is no question, they have a lot of talent.

They are extremely well coached, they will go into college as well prepared as any high school kids can be, and they have a few players playing on Sundays down the road.

After watching tape and evaluating prospects live, I have a top five or maybe I should call it, a Fab Five from this years team.

  • Austin Golson - 6-5/280 - Offensive Tackle - 2013
    Recruiting: Committed to Florida State
    Scouting Report: Golson is a prototypical tackle on the high school level and he looks like he has a bright future ahead of him. He has a nice slide kick in pass coverage, he fires off the ball well in run situations, and he has very good bend. He needs to continue to develop physically and continue to get stronger, but he has the tools to be one of the best in his class at his position.

  • Justin Shanks - 6-3/320 - Defensive Tackle - 2012
    Recruiting: Committed to Florida State, but will take other visits. He still talks to Alabama and Auburn.
    Scouting Report: Shanks is a big body in the middle of a defense. He could likely play the defensive tackle or nose guard position on the next level, but he may be better suited for nose guard. He eats up space, he will draw multiple offensive linemen there, and he will free up other defenders behind him to make plays. He is a good leverage player and he can help collapse the pocket, but he needs to improve his lateral movement and explosiveness off the ball.

  • Justin Thomas - 5-11/180 - Athlete - 2012
    Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.
    Scouting Report: Thomas is a gifted athlete with speed to burn. He actually has a strong enough arm to play quarterback on the next level and he makes good decisions under center, but his size will likely cause him to be moved. Wide receiver, specifically slot receiver will likely be where he plays on the next level. He is very shifty, he has a good burst, and he has top end speed that keeps him from hardly ever being caught from behind.

  • Laronji Vason - 5-10/178 - Cornerback - 2012
    Recruiting: Committed to Wake Forest.
    Scouting Report: Vason is a player and he plays bigger and more physical than most think when they see him step onto the field. He plays corner without any fear, he likes being on an island, and he can cover. He also is a good tackler. He does need to improve his back pedal, get stronger and add weight to help him closer to the line, but he is a legit cornerback.

  • Jalen Whitlow - 6-3/200 - Quarterback - 2012
    Recruiting: Committed to Arkansas State.
    Scouting Report: Whitlow is a versatile athlete that can run and throw. Not only could he be a dual-threat quarterback in college, but he could play wide receiver as well because of his size and athleticism. He has a solid arm, he sees the field well, and he has good mobility. When all is said and done, he could be a real steal for someone in the 2012 class.
    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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